Ella Mary’s Newborn Photoshoot

Ugh…do you not want to pinch those squishy cheeks! We are so very much in love!

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A Sleeping Baby

Is there anything sweeter than cuddling with a sleeping baby? I think not…

With three more weeks of maternity leave left, I am savoring each and every one of these snuggles! Am I tired? Yes. Is she sleeping “through the night”? No. Will this and all of her other stages pass far, far to quickly? Absolutely!

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Birth Story: Eleanor Mary 6/20/18

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June 19, 2018

Addie and I spent the day getting our nails and toes manicured  with Meredith and Christine and ate pizza at Aunt Karen’s house for dinner. At this point I have literally TRIED everything that I could Pinterest in order to get this baby out….but she has been determined to stay put. As some have put it so kindly, I wasn’t the most fun to be around…to those of you affected, I am sorry! I had pretty much resigned myself to the fact that that I would be induced on the 21st. I was not particularly excited about artificially starting labor, but honestly I felt miserable and wanted to get Eleanor out. I wanted to meet her. I wanted to start the next chapter in life that didn’t involve my feet looking like two swollen sausages and having to pee every 2.5 minutes!

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I laid down around 11:30 and Waring came home and went to sleep around 12:30. At 1am I woke up with a broken water. I woke Waring up and told him that I thought my water had broken. We called Waring’s parents to come watch Addie while he headed to the hospital.

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At 2:30 AM I had checked into the hospital, and found out that I was already 4-5 centimeters dilated. Eleanor would arrive shortly! After an epidural (thank you, Jesus) I was able to relax a little bit, but not really sleep. By 5:30 AM I was dilated to 9 centimeters. My doctor was to report to work around 6:30 so I was told to relax and “labor down” until she came in to check in. Well….let’s just say that it was a good thing that my epidural worked really well because at 8:00 AM I still had not seen Dr. McIntosh.

The doctor finally arrived around 8:15 AM, sat her purse down, and asked if I was ready to push. After three sets of three pushes and two and a half minutes later Eleanor had made it into the work at 8:28 AM!

Eleanor weighed 7lbs 9 oz and was 21 inches long. She came out, and the doctor placed Eleanor on my chest for the “golden hour.” I am not sure what was supposed to be golden about it because she cried (read: screamed) pretty much the whole time. She wasn’t happy about her eviction from her cozy home, but her lungs were nice and healthy! That afternoon we were placed on the Mommy/Baby ward of the hospital and our family was able to visit. Eleanor was beautiful, healthy, and nursed like a champ. The experience has been altogether different than Addie’s arrival. I am thankful for a bit easier labor, delivery, and arrival.Waring and I are smitten with her, and Addie finally has a real-life baby doll. I love my little family of four and can’t wait for the adventures ahead!

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Through Your Eyes: My Child’s Gift to Me

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Through Your Eyes: My Child’s Gift to Me

By: Ainsley Earhart


The moment we met

I wrote down a list

Of all we would do

Of what not to miss.

 

We’d soar through the skies

On a super-fast plane

Speed past snowy hills

On a passenger train.

 

But on a trip to the park

You opened my eyes

Taught me life is a gift

Every day a surprise.

 

You spread your arms wide

Near a starling of blue

Leaping into the air

Head back, you flew.

 

You built mountains from sand

Played tag with a tree

Who would have guessed

You could teach me to see?

 

Squealing with joy

When you spotted a dog

Eyes smiling with wonder

At the croak of a frog.

 

You smelled every tulip

Gentle beauty so real

Who would have though

You could teach me to feel.

 

To slow down, take small steps

Make each moment last

The world is blue

If you’re spinning too fast.

 

The moment we met

I drew up a plan

To show you the world

To touch all you can.

 

Then you chased the wind

Whispered songs to the squirrels

Sitting still in the sun

Head bowed, soft curls.

 

Staring into the lake

You giggled with glee

Who could have known

You could teach me to be?

 

You danced in the puddles

When the rain pattered down

First we waltzed, then we sang

What a heavenly sound.

 

You counted the clouds

My heart pressed to your ear

Who would have known

You could teach me to hear?

 

To slow down, take small steps

Make each moment last

The would is a blue

If you’re spinning too fast.

 

The moment we met

I wrote down a list

Of all we would do

Of what not to miss.

 

But when you took my hand

My list fluttered away

For the world through your eyes

Shines brand-new every day.

 

Waiting on Eleanor….

waiting 2Eleanor is already showing that she is VERY different than her sister. Addie surprised us all unexpectedly a month early and made sure her that all eyes stayed on her as we watched nurses and doctors show her special attention and around the clock care for the first eight days of her life! Addie came out with a BANG and we have been entertained by her spirited self for the past four years!

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Time will reveal Eleanor’s special character, however if her personality is anything like her time in the womb she will be much more laid back and reserved! I can feel her movements in my belly, but she is content to stay in one location and hang out much more than Addie ever did, and she seems much more content to stay in her safe place rather than explore life outside of the womb!

Sorry baby girl, but I am personally serving you an eviction notice via a pitocin drip on Thursday. We are all ready to meet you!

 

 

Summer Bucket List: 2018 Edition

Welcome Summer!

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Do you know what I love about our Summer Bucket Lists? They are predictable, they are familiar, and they are fun! While I love experiencing all things novel and new, and I also love creating and keeping family traditions. This Summer will certainly be eventful as we welcome Eleanor home….here are just a few things that I hope we can accomplish as a family.

  1. Paint character rocks
  2. Pick blueberries
  3. Take newborn photos
  4. Go to Virginia
  5. Eat LOTS of fresh tomato and bacon sandwiches
  6. Swim lessons for Addie
  7. Create Year 9 Photobook
  8. Plan 2018 – 2019 Trips (Fall break, Christmas, Spring Break, & Summer)
  9. Paint pottery
  10. Tye dye
  11. Make stepping stones
  12. Go see a matinee
  13. Create a girl’s-only spa night
  14. Go to tea with Addie
  15. Make homemade pizza
  16. Celebrate 9 years of marriage
  17. Go new school clothes shopping with Addie
  18. Throw an End-of-Summer & Beginning-of-School Adventure Night
  19. Have a labor party to welcome Eleanor and get back to goal weight
  20. Light a sky lantern

I can’t wait to….

Time seems to move at warp speed these days, but the older Addie gets the more excited I get about reading to her. Most weeknights Addie is tucked into with a Bible story/devotional and a short fiction book. While I cherish these times, I can’t wait to read some of my very favorites along with her as she gets a little bit older.

I can’t wait for her to explore Hogwarts, Narnia, and learn to navigate diplomacy with dragons (As you can see, I am going to try my best to fully indoctrinate her into the realm for fantasy fiction). The overly-dramatic Anne and the ever-courageous Mandy were some of my cherished companions growing up. I can’t wait for Addie to meet them too. Lord, time is moving too fast…please help me to slow down long enough to cherish these moments with her and instill in her a life-long love of reading.

What else should Addie and I read together?