Thursday, September 24, 2015

Bumpdate: Week 38

Well, this week's update is a little different. I no longer have a bump to show off because...Miss Wren is here! She arrived last Friday at 8:30 pm and we are head over heels in love with our Little Bird.

If you remember from my last post, we spent most of the last week and a half obsessively checking my blood pressure and watching for signs of an early baby. My pressure had been tracking up steadily, so we wanted to be sure we stayed away from the danger zone.

At my weekly appointment, our doctor checked my pressure and test results and assured us everything was still okay. However, to keep things from getting out of control, she went ahead and recommended that we plan on meeting our little one the following Monday. We agreed and made plans for an early morning induction.

When she checked my progress, however, she let us know that it was highly likely that we'd have a baby even sooner than that. I was already in a bit of shock at knowing we'd have her by Monday at the latest, so hearing that she could very well come even earlier was a crazy blend of terrifying and exciting.

When we left the appointment, we made all the necessary phone calls - my parents, The Boy's parents, siblings, work, etc. My folks immediately began making plans to head to OKC (since their drive is 8 or so hours and they didn't want to risk missing anything), and I began doing what I could to get the girls at work set up for my maternity leave.

The rest of Wednesday was a mix of emotions and nerves as we wrapped up last minute details and preparations. Mom and Dad arrived in the wee hours of Thursday morning, and it was such a relief to have them here, just in case.

I went in to labor early Friday morning and Baby Girl arrived that night. I could not have asked for a better labor and delivery, and my team of nurses and doctors was unbeatable. All of Wren's grandparents were in town for her arrival, and everyone is just thrilled to bits with her.

The rest of Friday and the weekend are a bit of a happy blur, but I can tell you this: they are some of my favorite days ever.

I'll have more updates on our sweet one soon, but for now, here's one last "bumpdate."

She's just the best. We are beyond blessed to call her ours. We love you, Little Girl!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Maternity Photos

I've already shared several of the shots the wonderfully talented Julianne did for us, but wanted to share a few more.

She was such a good sport - dealing with our animals and pre-baby-chaos-filled house to grab some good "lifestyle" shots before trekking across town to a park for a few afternoon-light, outdoor shots. I love how they turned out and am so happy to have this sweet time captured forever.


Monday, September 14, 2015

Bumpdate: Week 37

Another week down, TWO MORE TO GO! We hit 38 weeks on Sunday - T H I R T Y   E I G H T! Hard to believe our little one will be here so soon! And, turns out, it may be even sooner than we thought.

"Why?," you ask? Well, when we went in for our standard 37W check, my blood pressure read high. Not dangerously high, but higher than it has been. That coupled with a few other odd indicators resulted in being admitted to the hospital for an extra couple of hours. They hooked me up to all sorts of machines - to watch Tiny, to watch my BP/pulse/O2 levels, and to check for contractions - and ran a few additional tests.

Little Girl passed with flying colors, but I was sent home with orders to "take it easier." Apparently, when you're prone to pre-eclampsia, trying to clean the entire house three weeks before your due date is a bad idea. Who knew?

Anyway, I've spent the week trying to relax (I'm bad at that, y'all...sitting still is BORING). We picked up a blood pressure meter to use at home (#nurseskid), and I've been checking my levels pretty regularly. Long story short: if I'm still, we're golden! Perfect BP. If I stand up/do laundry/make lunch/walk around too's less than ideal. Still no scary readings, but higher than we'd like to see at this point in pregnancy.

We see our doctor again on Wednesday and anticipate discussing our options going forward. Not that I'm not excited to meet our little one, but I'd love for her to come when she's ready, not when my body rebels against us. Say a few prayers for us this week - we'd love to make it to our due date if possible!

While we wait on that news, here's a recap of last week!

We did wrap up a few last minute "to do" items this week - just in case: finishing up laundry prep, setting up changing stations throughout the house, installing the car seat bases, and packing hospital bags. I think putting the bases in the car made it feel the most real - and each time I look in the backseat now, my heart skips a few beats! There's a whole room in this house dedicated to Tiny, but that one little change in my car is what makes it real? Life is weird, sometimes. Weird and wonderful.

Hopefully I'll have another bumpdate for you next week! If not, I'm sure there will be pictures of something even better to share. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Wren's Nursery

A few weeks ago we had our maternity photos taken. Our photographer, Julianne, is just the sweetest thing and has a great eye! She was willing to come to our house and deal with our little zoo so that I could have photos of Wren's nursery (and snag a few shots with the fur babies in them). 

She did a FANTASTIC job and I'll be posting some favorites from our shoot soon, but first, I'm excited to show you our little love's room!

A lot went into the design of this room. The Boy and I decided pretty early in this pregnancy what we wanted the theme to be (when I say "decided," I mean - we made a decision, I changed my mind twelve times, and we came back to our original decision because I was clearly in love with it and just needed to stop over-thinking everything). Now, that doesn't mean that I had an immediate idea of how that "theme" would translate into an actual room. However, over several months of collecting things and sitting and staring at walls, the ideas began to fall into place. 

We wanted to bring the idea of stories to life - to give Wren something of a living library to grow up in. We've always loved stories - it's one of the things that bonded us in our early friendship and it's a love we plan to pass on to our little ones. Stories build you, they change you and shape you like few other things do. They form how you see and interact with the world - both real and imaginary - and they let you travel to places you might not otherwise see and experience things you might otherwise miss. 

"Stories make us more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving." - Madeleine L'Engle

They make us who we are. 

We want Wren to grow up on the wings of stories. To believe in magic, to learn to explore, to crave adventure, to love with abandon and loyalty, to make wild ruckuses, to embrace nonsense, to be kind to those different from her, and to celebrate the everyday along with the extraordinary. To be alive, human, courageous, and loving - and to grow in her own way. 

Little Girl, we want all of this for you and more. 

So, when we chose items for her nursery, we based them off the books that shaped us as children - those that had an impact on who we are as Momma and Daddy. In order to be sure it all tied together, I tried to use subtle hints toward the stories, rather than calling each one out individually. We were able to include nods to all of our favorites: Narnia, The Hobbit, Harry Potter, Winnie the Pooh, Where the Wild Things Are, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Tale of Despereaux, and a few more. Many of those are captured below. 

I love the way it has turned out, and I'm so excited to watch our little one grow and learn in this room. Take a look - hope you enjoy!

The quote on the wall is another L'Engle quote that I just love. A sweet friend at work did the design for us and we had the decal printed via Etsy. As part of the room, we wanted to bring a few of the stories to life in some way, so I chose elements from six of our favorite classic stories and pulled them out of the books to live as pieces in the room. Most of the pieces I made myself so that I was sure I got just the right look and feel. A few are captured below. 

Peter Rabbit's jacket and shoes that he loses in Mr. McGregor's garden. 

Eeyore's tail (Owl using it as a bell pull is one of my favorite parts of the story).

Max's crown - and the world's smallest copy of Where the Wild Things Are (found by Seester on eBay and one of my favorite things in the room).

It's a smidge hard to see in this photo, but that little jar contains one small white button - meant to be the button Corduroy loses from his overalls (and then goes on a hunt to find).

The other two shelves hold copies of Goodnight Moon (with a skein of yarn and a small mouse) and The Velveteen Rabbit (with a large yellow flower to symbolize the fairy at the end). 

Our nod to Narnia: a petite lamp post (from Lion, Witch, & the Wardrobe), holding a candle that I added my one of my favorite CS Lewis lines to - "Courage, dear heart" (an Aslan quote from Voyage of the Dawn Treader.) 

Of course we had to have a little more Pooh Bear - found these vintage stuffed animals from the classic series on eBay and love how they look perched together in the corner. It's how I imagine they might have lived in Christopher Robin's room. 

Her dresser decor was a happy accident. Many of these pieces were gifts we received at different showers, and they all go so well together! Love that this nods to her name.
(The dresser, by the way, was her Daddy's...painted and refinished by her grandfather). 

My new favorite corner of the house! I love our rocker (so soft and comfy), and the light streams in there in just the right way. Plus, we'll never be at a loss for stories (thanks to combining my childhood collection, The Boy's childhood collection, and many, many books given to Wren as gifts.) Thank you to everyone who contributed to her library!

Speaking of the light streaming in, I have to point out the curtains. I couldn't find curtains I loved, so I made those from canvas drop cloth and hand wrote the first few paragraphs of The Tale of Despereaux onto them. They include several of my favorite lines from the story: 

“The world is dark, and light is precious. Come closer, dear reader. You must trust me. I am telling you a story.”

"The April sun, weak but determined, shone through a castle window and from there squeezed itself through a small hole in the wall and placed one golden finger on the little mouse."

“The shapes arranged themselves into words, and the words spelled out a delicious and wonderful phrase: Once upon a time.”

Kate DiCamillo. Isn't her writing beautiful?

Our hugable librarians! (via Anthropologie & Ikea)

I've mentioned the frames you see at the top of this photo in a previous post - we chose our four favorite books (Harry Potter, The Hobbit, Narnia, & To Kill A Mockingbird), and printed out the first page of each. You'll also see our nod to Harry Potter in this photo - Wren's own owl (which I turned into a nightlight). 

The two pieces here have my heart. My momma made her these monogram letters with pages from some of my favorite Little Golden Books. Aren't they precious? And The Boy made me (er...Wren) a replica of the rose from Beauty and the Beast. He's just the best thing. 

One final piece - which happens to be what I sit and stare at most often, is this wall. The pages over the changing table, which spell out her name, are from a vintage Mother Goose book we found at a consignment sale! I love the soft colors and illustrations on each page, and, of course, seeing her name will always make my heart melt. 

We just love the space and can't wait to read story after story to our sweet Wren in this room!

Thanks to Julianne for capturing it so beautifully! And thank YOU for reading! See y'all soon!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Bumpdate: Week 36

Hi, friends! Raise your hand if you're in denial that it's September? Oh...just me? Nevermind then. 

No, but really - HOW IS IT SEPTEMBER??? *deep breaths*

This little one is due this month. THIS. MONTH. 

Recently, Tiny and I have had several very productive conversations about how awesome it is to have a birthday in October, so I'm sure everything is fine. She'll cooperate...right? Right. 

Meanwhile, we're over here all: 

You know...just in case. 

We've spent the week prepping the house, prepping the cars, prepping her clothes, her diapers, her sheets, prepping the hospital bags (eek), and loving on the fur babies as much as we can. The productiveness feels good until I look down at my ankles and realize, "Maybe I should sit down for a minute. Or an hour. Or just go to bed." Thank goodness The Boy is around to police my crazy and keep me from overdoing it. Bless him. 

We're doing what we can to enjoy these last few weeks. I'm officially done travelling back to Arkansas (per doctor's orders), so that's helping me feel a bit more settled and prepared. Now we just keep on keeping on until Baby Girl decides to join us! Excited, but not totally ready, to meet her!

Then again, is anyone every totally ready?

Hopefully this isn't our last Bumpdate - I'm just not quite ready to share her yet. Fingers crossed, folks! 

And, for just a little more fun, a quick comparison shot: 

Crazy. See y'all next week!