Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Fall Finery

Fall Finery

hat // sweater // lip moxie // booties // distressed jeans // clutch // eye shadow palette // booties //eternal optimist - nail polish // shirt // tote

Now that it's officially past labor day, I guess it's OK to get a little excited about Fall weather.. but more importantly fall clothes. My summer wardrobe is all burnt up and I'm ready for a change. Here are some things I'm currently craving. What's on your fall wish list? 

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Harrison's Birth Story


Now that our little Harrison is nearing the 8 month mark, I thought it was as good a time as any to share his birth story with you all. Before having this whole experience, I never realized just how different labor can be for people and how each and every birth story is unique. I was lucky enough to have a very pleasant (if that makes any sense at all) experience, and although I've debated for quite some time now on whether I actually wanted to share this, I also thought it might be nice to document it for myself... so here it goes...

The weeks leading up to my due date, I was anxiously anticipating that first contraction, signalling that labor was starting. I waited and waited, and nothing. I didn't know what to expect, and when I asked, "what do contractions feel like?" all I kept hearing was "it's hard to explain, but you'll know what it is, you'll just know". So I kept waiting, until I finally had my last doctor's appointment on a Friday morning at 39 weeks and because I had progressed so much, and Harrison was getting so big (more on that later), my doc said the magic words, "well if it doesn't happen naturally before then, we will go ahead and schedule you to be induced on your due date" - January 17th. Hallelujah. I had a specific day, at the very latest, I knew this baby would be coming out. Get. Him. Out.  

Two more days passed until the wee hours of Monday morning on January 13th around 2:30 a.m., I was sleeping ever so UN-comfortably, and then it happened. A contraction. They started slow and weak at first, coming about every 10 minutes, but I knew, just like everyone said I would. It was happening. So after about 30 minutes, Wesley was still sleeping, so I got out of bed, woke him, told him it was time, but I wanted to get a shower before we headed to the hospital. So I showered, put on a fresh face (yes, I'm that girl) and called my mom on the way to the hospital. We got to the hospital around 3:45 a.m.; my contractions had gotten much stronger and picked up to about every 5 minutes. Wesley stayed at my side the entire time holding my hand through each one, and watching the monitor, letting me know when they were almost over. Around 5 a.m. my mom got there and shortly after, the nurse said the doctor would be by soon for my epidural. Oh thank God. 

The epidural part was a little intimidating, because the nurses made Wesley and my mom leave the room, but at that point I was ready to take on anything, as long as it would take away the pain of the contractions. All the worry was for nothing, because it went in perfectly and worked like a dream. Within a few minutes, I was numb, and happy as a clam. Then we just had to wait. The next few hours feel kind of like a blur because we were all impatiently waiting for the time to push, making jokes, and just hanging out like I wasn't about to push a watermelon sized baby out of my you know what. 

Finally around 11:45, it was push time. My mom left Wesley and I to go join my sister and mother-in-law in the waiting room, and dang it those anxious nerves started returning - not knowing what to expect. But we had the sweetest labor nurse, Megan, who talked me through the whole way and it was all very calm at first. Wesley put on some Tom Petty on his iPod, and it was go time. The pushing process went quite slow at first, but when Harrison was just about ready to make his debut, the doctor came in and joked that it wasn't every day he delivered a baby, while listening to Tom Petty. The pushing kind of felt like it was all in slow motion, until Harrison was actually born and then everything sped back up to real time. The doctor pulled him out, and immediately placed him on my chest, and all of my built up nerves and emotions just flew out of me all at once. I was overwhelmed at the sight of this little human that was growing in me for 9 months and I started balling. 

Harrison weighed in at a whopping 10 lbs even and 21 inches long. After the commotion settled with visitors, and congratulations, and it was just us with our new baby boy. It was so exciting and scary, knowing that we are parents of this new baby but have no idea what we're doing, so we just stared at him in wonder, and he's been teaching us how to be parents every day since then. 

So there's a little Labor story to kick off this Labor Day weekend. I hope you all enjoy a nice holiday, and as always, thanks for reading along!

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Friday, August 15, 2014

All Dressed Up & Nowhere to Go

All Dressed Up & Nowhere to Go

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We're headed down to DVL for another low key weekend, but lately I've been getting a little tired of my "mom" attire, so I dreamed up a collection of dresses I would love to wear, be it to a wedding or event, or even just a fun date night! 
I hope you all have a great weekend! 

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Beach Days

Still coming down off of our vacation high, I thought I'd share a couple of my fav shots from our family beach trip. After a couple of rainy days in the beginning, the skies opened up and the rest of the week stayed sunny and beautiful. This rubber duck proved to be the best $12 I've spent in a long time. Harrison loved to play in it on the beach (with or without water) and the fun continued back at the cottage at bath time.  And watching Harrison feel sand for the first time and twist his little baby fingers in it, was probably my all time favorite moment from the whole week. He was so mesmerized, it kept his attention for a good 30 minutes! The Hubby and I even managed to slip away one night for dinner by ourselves at our favorite restaurant, the Blue Point in Duck.  

I'm so happy we decided to take a family vacation this year. Time has been flying by so fast, and this week away really allowed me to take the time to live in the moment with my family. It's so easy for me to get overwhelmed with juggling work and family life, that this week felt like exactly the breath of fresh air I needed. 

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Monday, August 11, 2014

White to Bright

Hey everyone! I'm happy to be back today from a relaxing beach vacation and also excited to share with you a little style board I put together featuring these Hollywood Regency Chairs found over at Chairish. If you aren't familiar with them, then you are in for a real treat. Chairish is an exclusive curator approved, online marketplace for vintage furniture, and they have tons of high quality vintage pieces to choose from. I was thrilled when Chairish asked me to take a room from white to bright using a pair of their accent chairs! I chose the Hollywood Regency Chairs for their traditional lines, and versatility. I paired them with green grass-cloth wallpaper, and a few other green and neutral accessories that create a bright but peaceful room. Check out the Regency Chairs and some other great accent chairs they have here

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Packed & Ready to Go


We're all packed up and and ready for a week in the sand and sun! I can't believe how fast this summer, year, and time in general is flying by these days. I am going to do my very best to live in the moment this week and enjoy every second of this fleeting summer and long days with our growing baby. 
See you in a week! 

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Neutral Nursery

Crib Skirt - DIY
Mobile - Handmade by W's late Grandmother

Hey friends, I finally have nursery pictures to share with you and Harrison is only 6 1/2 months old! opps! But to go back to the beginning, as soon as we found out we were having a boy, I knew I wanted to stay away from an overly cutesy nursery and instead wanted something neutral that could grow with him. I chose to layer grays and tans, with a few blue accents, and lots of different textures in the room. This is a super small room, so I knew I wanted to keep it as minimal as possible (anticipating lots of toys and baby gadgets in the future). I am one of those people that tends to get very anxious with clutter so I used a hand-me-down armoire to hide books and small toys, as well as hanging baby clothes and blankets.

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