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.

 

Summer Bucket List 2018: Blueberries, Blue Water, Movies, and MORE!

This weekend marks Addie’s last weekend as an only child! We are so excited to meet Eleanor, but we are also trying to soak up as much one on one time with this little girl as possible! Here’s just a bit of what we have been able to accomplish this week from the Summer 2018 Bucket List…and a few more bonus fun activities.

On the Summer 2018 Bucket List:

  1. Blueberry picking in Granny’s backyard (in PJs because…why not!?)june2018-9

 

2. Go to the Movies: We saw two movies in two days (Ferdinand with Granny Layne and Gigi and Incredibles with Daddy).

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Bonus Items:

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2. Spa Night #2 (just because we can…)

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3. Saturday Family Day= Fun in the Sun Day at Home Day!

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Now, come on Baby Eleanor so we can meet you and have twice the fun!

Summer So Far… Tomatoes, Bananas, & Spa Nights

Tomorrow marks my last day at work before Summer break/ Maternity leave! With Ella sure to make her grand appearance soon, Addie and I have been napping each afternoon and then trying to make the most of our evenings with some Summer Bucket List items!

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Summer Bucket List 2018

1: Make-overs and Spa Night

-Addie loves to play dress up and we both love to get pampered! Look at all of of fun.

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2. Tomato Sandwiches

-We went to Polk’s Plus to get some fresh tomatoes and then made some sandwiches right on the spot!

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Bonus Item:

-My parents invited us to a Savannah Bananas Game. I am not sure if Addie actually watched any of the action on the field, but she had a lot of fun!

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Mommy Milestone: Pre-K Graduation

Parenthood is rough stuff. It is pretty much like ripping your heart out repeatedly…. How did Addie get big enough to graduate pre-k?!? Well, technically this was Pre-K 3, but I still can’t believe it. She will be coming to school with me for full day Pre-K next year. I worried about how she would make the transition to Pre-K 3 this year, but she did a great job. Her teachers really nurtured her inquisitive spirit and encouraged her to be herself. She made some great friends and really enjoyed learning this year alongside Ms. Michelle and Ms. Katie. Her award this school year was Star Student!

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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

Life Lately….

Life has been complicated, busy, tiring, and lots of emotions in between here lately. Between 3rd trimester, testing season, and ending the school year, I haven’t had very much free time or R & R. Although this seems like a short season of sacrifice I am, and continue to be thankful for family and friends who continue to love on and support me. Here is just a little bit of what we have been up to….

  1. Painting, sight words, and piano practice with Addie and Mommy nights while Dad is working….
  2. TESTING with my most-bestest-testing-friend!!!!
  3. Prepping Eleanor’s room for her big arrival
  4. Slip-n-sliding
  5. Friend Babyshower with Tea at Gryphon
  6. Ella in Wonderland-themed shower with family and friends
  7. Addie’s first piano recital
  8. Addie & Daddy Fridays…with fishing!
  9. Funtimes in the mud at Granny Mary’s

Now, onward to Summer and lots of new adventures with Waring, Addie, and Eleanor!

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This is 31….

When you are 31 years old an also 31 weeks pregnant, THIS Is what your birthday looks like:

  1. Wishing you were a mermaid and living vicariously through your latest TJ Maxx impulse purchase mug…
  2. Eating ALL the sugar in the stadium during a rock concert. Waring made it a point to note that I was the only one we saw eating a candy apple while rocking out to the Foo Fighters…. Sorry, not sorry!
  3. Listening and watching one of the top rock performers of the last 25 years…
  4. Prepping for state testing, which happens to occur right around your birthday celebration season…Yay!
  5. Loving special moments with your soon-to-be big sister who is getting bigger and bigger every day…

At 31 weeks I am certainly feeling PREGNANT these days! I am tired ALL the time, and swelling bigger and bigger by the moment. Addie tells me everyday that she misses Eleanor and can’t wait to see her soon. I have to agree! Each passing year I am thankful to get to spend time with those who mean the world to me. Thank you, Lord, for your blessings!

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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?