Saturday, June 27, 2015

Father's Day: Strawberry Picking

This Father's Day was also Ty's and my 2nd Anniversary and the first day of summer. That went by quick! Little did we know we'd have another babe by our 2 year mark. Since we do have a newborn now, we didn't plan any elaborate getaway like Ty surprised me with last year, (here). But we wanted to get out of the house and do something.  Well, mostly I wanted to. We decided to go pick some berries. Strawberries are in season. Maxwell slept the entire time in the Boba Wrap and Scarlett spent half her time picking strawberries and the other half of the time in awe over the horses in the nearby pastures. We picked quite a few quarts and Strawberry Shortcake was eaten all week.

I have to say that Ty is one of the best Daddies I know. Not only is he a great father, but he's a wonderful and caring husband as well. The smartest thing I ever did in life was make him mine. Now, here we are some 6 years after meeting each other and we have built this beautiful family! Life seems like a little slice of heaven right now. Happy 2 years my love, and Happy Father's Day to a great man and an amazing father.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The First Week.

As most of you saw by my Instagram, Baby boy was born last week. June 9th, 2015.

He was 5 days late but once he came, he came in a hurry.

Earlier that day, I had gone into the hospital for what I thought was leaking amniotic fluid. They tested me and said it was not but that the test wasn't 100% accurate so to come back in if it kept happening. I went back to work still unsure of what it was that I had experienced. That night at about 11:00 pm, as Scarlett stood beside my bed telling me that she couldn't fall asleep, my water broke. We called my sister who was coming to stay with Scarlett while we were in the hospital. Since I didn't seem to have too many contractions yet, I decided I wanted to stay home until Scarlett fell asleep. She seemed a little out of sorts with the confusion that was going on, she didn't fully understand but knew something was happening. Sweet girl kept asking me if I needed a hug.  My sister arrived and still I didn't want to leave until she was asleep. Unfortunately, she would not go to sleep that night. I'm sure she sensed something was going on.

By midnight my contractions had begun. They started out 3 minutes apart and went to a minute apart pretty quickly. Ty suggested that we get to the hospital asap since the contractions were coming on so quickly. I finally agreed even though I was sure I had hours. By the time we got to the hospital which was only a few minutes down the road, I was already 7 cm dilated. It was a blur and went so quickly that I barely recall. The pain was worse than I remember with Scarlett. My nurse mentioned during my labor that often times when it comes on so quickly as this one did, it can be more painful. Oh boy was it!

At 4:17 am, after 4 hours of labor and 5 pushes, my 8 lb 12 oz baby boy was born.

Looking just like his sister, I fell in love all over again.

Amazing how that happens. I had little time to dream about what he looked like or what he would be like. Life was so busy over the last 9 months, but as soon as they put him on my chest, I saw his face and it was like....fate. That was perfectly him. And he belonged to us. We named him Maxwell Theodore. 

It seemed like everything this time around was easier. The pregnancy was similar but less stressful. I worried less about silly things like stretch marks and how I'd look in a bikini afterwards. I know what amazing things the body can do. I was still nervous about the delivery since anything can happen. Scarlett's delivery was pretty much text book but your first is not always an indicator of the next. For example: Scarlett was 10 days early, Maxwell was 5 days late. The delivery did indeed prove to be quicker and easier than my first. The first couple of days with him in the hospital were less stressful. I knew what to expect. I knew that my milk wouldn't come in for a few days and that he would eat non-stop until it did. I knew that he would sleep very little and if he did sleep more than Scarlett did, I'd be thankful. I couldn't wait to get out of the hospital, where last time, I was petrified.

It's been a week since Maxwell was born. It took me 3 days just to write this. Ha ha. If I took photos of life lately, it would be me in my sweats, hair in a messy bun, nursing Maxwell 24/7 and putting in the 30th load of laundry this week. I'm still adjusting to being a Mama to 2 littles. I wont' lie, it's an adjustment and I have a whole new respect for Mamas of 3 or more. But I do realize that things will get easier as we develop a routine. Scarlett has been extra helpful and seems so much more grown up since the baby was born. She transitioned amazingly and I couldn't ask for a sweeter little girl. We catch her singing to the baby on the baby monitor. She rocks him and gives him his pacifier. melt....

So now it takes me all day to get just a few things done. Baby Maxwell eats non-stop and I feel like a milk machine. Still, I'm enjoying it all. This newborn stage will be gone soon enough and that makes my heart sad. This second time around, I know that they are all stages that will pass whether I want them to or not. So instead of feeling stressed and unsure about it all, I'm soaking it all up. The beauty of the second child. What I would tell myself if I could give advice to me as a first time mother. I'm loving being his milk machine, even if I can't get out of the house as often as I like right now. I'm adoring the way Maxwell looks at his big sister and how Scarlett is enamored by him. My heart is full. I'm so very blessed with this sweet boy that I have taken to calling "Bubs" lately. I love multi-tasking my time between my 4 year old, who all of a sudden seems so big, and a newborn who needs me every moment of the day.

I have enjoyed this journey so much. I sat thinking about it today and got a little teary thinking that I can't bottle these moments up and keep them forever. These photos are as close as I can get to saving such a wonderful time in our lives. Our family seems complete now. Ty and I are loving these golden moments...never taking it for granted.

Welcome Baby are so loved. 
Thank you everyone for the congrats and love on our baby boy!! 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Pieces Lately.

An overdue baby calls for some sun & relaxation. 
This little peach gets a chocolate milk every time we go out for dinner. It makes her happy. 
I'm okay with that. 
 Catching glimpses of this bump in the mirror. 
Farmer's Market Days. 
This photo courtesy of Scarlett...she's pretty good, huh?
Aaannnnd just in case the rumor is true, we got some spicy Mexican this weekend ;)
enchiladas and chimichangas. Mmmmmm.
Waiting patiently in line for a balloon animal. She got a horse of course.
Flower power. 

Those car ride selfies.
Pool days....for days....
A grainy photo but it's my fav. Love her snuggles. 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

40 Weeks.

Well…here we are. I'm 40 weeks today. No baby.

I've never had to face this situation before since Scarlett came early. Almost 2 weeks early. When they say every pregnancy is different, it is true. I'm finding myself getting nervous. Nervous about all the "what if's". I know so many women go through this but honestly, this is the last thing that I thought I would have to worry about: a late baby. I feel like it's always the things that I don't worry about that happen to me.  I just assumed that he would be here early since Scarlett was an early bird. All those mothers warning me, "If your first came early, the second will be sooner."

It just goes to show that every pregnancy, every woman and baby are different. And although all the bits of advice and tips are with good intentions, I brush them all off because I know that it's all going to happen how it's going to happen.

And so I try to be patient. I'm not good with the unknown. I am the girl with a planner and all of my dates and times are perfectly laid out in them. I am organized and when things don't go according to my plans, it doesn't sit well. So as you could guess, I'm struggling with the unknown here. Trying to let it all be in God's hands. Because it certainly isn't in my control.


Life keeps on going. And I've apparently got plenty of time to take selfies of my 40 week bump...Ha.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Nuna USA Stroller GIVEAWAY!!!

 As it gets close to baby time, we've been collecting all things baby, gear included. I've been very selective on what I have chosen to buy/use for baby boy. Not that I am an expert because it's my second child, but I have more of an idea of what I want to use this time around. I know what I did use with Scarlett and what I didn't like. What I wished I used and what was a waste of money. Scarlett's been really helpful with helping me fold clothes, pick out old baby toys to pass down to her baby brother and even testing out the new stroller with me. This is the new Nuna Mixx Stroller. This color is basil and I'm loving the versatility, sleek look and color of it. (And by the way, this color is exclusive to I was really undecided about what kind of stroller to buy. I struggled a lot with which brand to buy. I mean, there are 1000's of options out there! I'm really glad I got the opportunity to have the Nuna Mixx. 

I'm obsessed and even ordered the Nuna Pipa carseat to go with it. As you can see by the photos, it can face forward or backwards, the seat recline has thee most options I've ever used with a stroller. Baby can go from sitting straight up to laying back completely and everywhere in between. The under stroller storage is really spacious. No stuffing things under there or struggling to get it out. The large wheels make it so easy to navigate and the ride is smooth. Scarlett tested and approved ;) Also, the sun/rain canopy unzips to fully enclose baby. I'm swooning over it. 
Check this stroller out for yourself Here. 
And if you like this stylish stroller, you are in luck because I've teamed up with Nuna to give away one of these awesome strollers to one of you for free!!! 

Enter below to win a Nuna Mixx Stroller! 

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