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Chase’s 4 Year Birthday Party – June 2017

Catching up on posts and wanted to share photos of Chase’s 4th birthday party from June 2017, which was mermaid themed.

We started her birthday morning with a spa day of nails and hair. Chase’s first salon manicure and pedicure.

 

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Cake and Cakepops by Sugarmama Bakery of Normal, IL

Cake Topper by Etsy Store: PattiAntiePrettys

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Fondant Seashells from Etsy Store: anafeke

I used brown sugar in the food display to look like sand. For the table cloth my husband and I took brown paper and created a treasure map and burnt the edges and holes in it.

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Cookies from Etsy Store: SugarHeartsBakery

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For decorations, I reused vases that I had, filled them with play sand, seashells and white candles. I used existing storage boxes that I had of different types. Our professional photographer didn’t get photos of all of the food items. We had:

  • Pirate Popcorn
  • ‘Fish & Chips’ – goldfish crackers and apple chips
  • Crab Dip
  • ‘Seaweed Dip’ – Spinach Artichoke Dip
  • ‘Rafts’ – Tortilla Rounds
  • ‘Drift Wood’ – Pita Chips
  • ‘Floats’ – Root Beer Floats with Ice Cream in Mason Jars and Root Beer Bottles
  • Sea Water – Fruit Punch
  • Lagoon Water – Gatorade
  • Snowcones

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I didn’t love the Etsy Store that did the birthday banner so I won’t leave the store name here.

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We hung a net for a nautical effect. Balloons from Party City.

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Treasure Chest from Etsy Store: OldArtView

We filled the treasureΒ chest with necklaces and chocolate coins from Party City.

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Nash’s shirt from Etsy Store: pinkboxstudio

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Chase loved the day, and we enjoyed the time catching up with friends.


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I might have an addiction to Stitch Fix

I think I’m about 7 orders into Stitch Fix and felt compelled to share my thoughts on this company and service.

For those not familiar with Stitch Fix, it’s a personalized online clothing shopping experience.

  • You fill out a personal profile sharing your style preferences and schedule an order (a ‘fix’) either ad hoc or on a recurring basis (2 weeks, 3 weeks, monthly) for $20 per fix.
  • Then a stylist selects 5 items based on your profile and preferences (clothing, shoes, and/or jewelry). You can exclude categories and styles from selection. For example, I have excluded shoes, jewelry, and certain types of clothing from my orders.
  • You set the price point range on each category (tops, pants, accessories, etc.). Also, you can be even more specific on price points in your scheduled request.
  • The items are delivered via USPS to your door.
  • You have 3 days to determine what you would like to keep or return. Returns are free and you are provided a return USPS bag that you can drop in the mail or schedule for pickup.
  • You receive a styling inspiration card that shows you two options for how to wear the item. I keep these cards in my closet drawer for general styling inspiration and reference.
  • You are charged only for the items you keep. The $20 styling fee is applied to anything you keep. If you keep all 5 items, you receive a 25% discount.
  • You provide feedback on anything you keep or return. This becomes more data for your personal profile and additional data for future data analysis for other consumers. I love the data science aspects applied at their company. If you want to learn more about how Stitch Fix applied big data analytics, check this out here.

To make sure you have the latest information just check out their FAQs.

Also, Stitch Fix now offers service for Maternity and Men as well!

What appeals to me about this service:

  • Convenience – Being a working mom with two kids, time is the commodity that value has skyrocketed. I don’t enjoy shopping in the same ways as I did. Even if I had the actual free time, I get anxiety browsing around hoping to find an item and see IF they have my size, etc. All I feel is the opportunity cost of that time lost that could be doing something more productive. Only if I were shopping with a friend would I find that activity enjoyable, just because it’s time with someone I care about.
  • Selection – I live in the midwest with access to Chicago, if I want to spend the day fighting traffic. I love Chicago, but I would rather be there for an event than just to get clothing. Stitch Fix (or another clothing service) allows me access to brands and styles I don’t have close by.
  • The element of surprise. It’s almost like getting a present. That’s a mental trick in the mix. I am paying for the items. The packaging and presentation of the items gives off a gift vibe. PS – there is a way to peek at your fix while it’s in transit and I have to look every time. Still it’s a surprise to see the items in person. πŸ™‚
  • This has introduced me to other brands that I can sometimes purchase through other stores. Stitch Fix continues to grow exclusive designs and relationships with companies, so not all items are available. It’s a rare occurrence, but it has opened my eyes to other brands/styles that may work for me in general.

Some tips that have helped me make the most of my orders. Also, check out the website for additional tips.

  • I created a Pinterest board of my style tailored specifically towards my next fix desires. Meaning, if I’m wanting a dress or two I would put more pins of dresses as examples.
    • I try to make comments on those pins (when time allows) to further help describe what I like about that item.
    • I’m careful to pin an item that accurately depicts what I want. Meaning if the picture shows a woman’s outfit that includes pants I don’t like. I will likely not pin the item or update the description accordingly.
  • In my order request I describe my desires for that fix. For example, I will say “1-2 blazer/cardigans for work that I can layer with 3-4 tops that can be worn for work or casual. I would like to see an item like the <insert name of item here> pinned on my Pinterest board.”
  • I provide very constructive feedback on both items I keep and items I do not keep. As detailed as the 250 characters allow. I quickly state if I love or dislike an item and describe why by hitting on points about the color/pattern, fit/feel/weight, functional to my current wardrobe, and any other aspects (age appropriateness, event, etc.)
  • Try ALL items on even if they are unexpected. Also, I try them on more than once and sometimes with other items in my closet. I have been pleasantly surprised by items that grew on me. However, if the item doesn’t look right at all then I send it back.

Now on to my experience. I’m currently scheduling my ‘fix’es ad hoc.

Stitch Fix #1 – July – 2016

My first fix was post second baby (Feb 2016), so I was excited to be done with maternity ware and get some new items for going back to work, but I was not excited about shopping for my post-baby body. I’m rocking a mom-bod and hey it is what it is. I’m working out when I can and not stressing about it.

I was pleasantly surprised that my first fix was a 4/5 in my book. I wasn’t in love with the dress. I ended up keeping it because the 25% discount made it less expensive to just keep all five than send the dress back. I can see how this business model could keep me taking something I’m iffy about just for the discount, dangerous territory.

Here’s where I learn that there are actually groups on Facebook, eBay stores, and probably other locations where you can sell/trade Stitch Fix items that you are on the fence about to supplement keeping an item to protect the discount. For me personally, that’s meta work that I won’t do. I either will keep it AND wear it, or don’t buy it at all. If I had the cycles to post, follow up, and mail items to other people for money, then I might as well be out and about shopping for myself (which I don’t enjoy these days).

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It’s hard to see it on this item but the black print is tiny hearts. At first I thought it was too sweet looking, but I tried it on more than once and fell in love with it. The fit of the item was perfect and it was easy to layer with cardigans for work. I wore the heck out of this shirt. It felt the demise of getting laundered in the wrong load and was gone before I would have expected, but that’s my bad. I haven’t had nicer made clothing items in awhile and I recognize that I need to be more careful with laundry going forward to take care of the investment.

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I wasn’t familiar with Daniel Rainn until Stitch Fix and this is brand that you can find items in other stores too. I get compliments on this top every time I wear it. It’s so versatile to wear alone or with a blazer/cardigan/jean jacket. And it coordinates with a lot of different colored cardigans, which switches up the look.

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At first glance, I was like okay…but I could just buy a green cardigan. I’m glad I kept this item because Market and Spruce is a high quality feeling product. It’s holding up well and the shade of green goes with both tops above and others in my closet.

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Okay this is the magic of Stitch Fix. I’ve later learned from reading other people’s posts that Stitch Fix is known for their ability to fit someone in pants. How did they fit me (in my mom-bod) in dress pants that are able to even be dressed down in one try?! I couldn’t do that. This is the value add for me.

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And the dress I didn’t know I needed. This was the item I liked least, so much so I rated it as “Hate it” and put comments that I was only keeping the item for the discount on all 5 items. However, since I’m not interested in selling items I finally had to reach for it one day and actually it worked well. πŸ™‚ I’m glad I’ve kept the item. While it’s not my favorite dress. It’s functional and professional for work.

Stitch Fix #2 – October 2016

So keeping all items last fix and using them all, let’s just say my expectations where set. This is where I learn that I could have paid attention to the stylist assigned to me and specifically requested her again. Whoops. The next fix was a BUST pretty much. Everything but the scarf I’m wearing below was not only a return, but with very strong feedback that it seemed that not only did no one care to look at my style that they sent me things hoping I would just take them (because they were so ugly…I didn’t say that at least, my point was made). At the time I didn’t know I would be posting about Stitch Fix so I didn’t keep pictures of the hideousness sent to me. Instead I keep the scarf (~$30) and I’m happy I did. I love it and receive compliments on it.

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Stitch Fix #3 – October 2016

I was clear in my feedback that I was not looking forward to a future Stitch Fix and really was ready to put them out of my mind. I think they sent me an offer to get a free fix and wave the styling fee, so I went ahead and scheduled another.

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Again with the perfectly fitting jeans, impressive!

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This is the right fit and color. The weight of the material is a little heavier than I would want, but I kept it and use this dress.

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I like the rushed sleeves and the length of this blazer. It’s a bit heavier of a material, so more ideal for colder temps. I wish the sleeves cuffed to show the striped lining, but that’s ok.

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NOOOOOOO!!!!! NEVER!!!!! Everything about this is a NO.

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Return – Sizing was too large and the print wasn’t what I was looking for.

Stitch Fix #4 – May 2017

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Return – This item has a work vibe of a past era too much. The print, sleeves, and neck tie are too much for me.

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Keep – not my favorite top, but meeting my needs that it pairs well with cardigans and blazers. I was in desperate need of new tops so I felt inclined to make this item work.

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At first glance I was like “umm…I’m a mom, I can’t have white items”. So I have to be EXTRA careful, but I’m clumsy even before kids. This top has been a surprise gem that pairs well with so many blazers and cardigans. I love this top.

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Return – The texture of this blazer was too much, very crinkly. This appears to influence a future fix.

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Return – The intent was good, but the blazer felt like a t-shirt. Too comfy because it had little structure.

Stitch Fix #5 – July 2017

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Return – The intent was good, but it just wasn’t me. Too presidential….if that’s a way to describe it.

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Keep – A staple item that fits so many outfits. I would take this in multiple colors.

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Keep – Keep forever!!! Argh their ability to fit pants. How can work pants be so comfortable?!

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Return – Priced too high for an item that has little structure and t-shirt style. The shoulder pads protrude when worn because the material is too soft.

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Keep – LOOOOVE this item! I get a lot of compliments on it. The buttons are like little pyramid studs. This is the hidden gem items that keep me interested.

Stitch Fix #6 – July 2017

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Return – Reluctantly return because the buttons are scuffed and I don’t feel like I should pay for something that looks worn. If it were in the store I would be searching for another or leaving it there, so I returned it with comments. It’s a shame though. I liked this item and will try to request it.

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Return – Felt this item was too mature for me. Cozy, but not the look I was going for.

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Return – Damaged item! There was a large hole in the seam of one of the sleeves. I was very disappointed and turned off by the whole fix at this point.

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Return – Again too mature for my taste and the flower pattern too soft/delicate.

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Return – I like the pants, but returning the damaged items I don’t have a use for this pant color at this time.

Stitch Fix #7 – August 2017

Stitch Fix heard my feedback and offered me a free styling so I scheduled a new fix and we have a winner!! The stylist hit all of my preferences and even took time to consider how to mix and match with my other kept items from previous fixes.

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Keep – This was directly linked on my Pinterest board and works with various items in my wardrobe.

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Keep – Similar to a blazer in a previous fix, but without the strange texture. It’s lightweight and good for layering in warm temps.

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Keep – Love the color and the scallop edge detail.

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Keep – LOVE!!!!! Omg so comfortable! And the raw edge detail gives it some interest, without making it look too worn. Love the wash too!

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Keep – Love the color and the detail! This top goes with so many blazers and cardigans.

 

And that’s my Stitch Fix experience thus far. Hopefully some of this information was helpful in your consideration of this service or one like it. Let me know if you have any questions and I can update the post accordingly. Thanks!

 

If you want to try Stitch Fix out, you can use my referral link.

 

 


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Nash’s 1st Birthday

We celebrated Nash’s 1st birthday with a party in early March. We got very lucky with the weather that Saturday and the kids were able to enjoy some time in a bounce house. Nash’s party was baseball, Cubs theme.

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Baseball wreath from Etsy – SarahBerryDesigns

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Birthday banners from Etsy – SparklingConfetti

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Moss table runner – Amazon

“N” flag cake and baseball cake pops from Sugarmama Bakery in Normal, IL

Cookies from Etsy – TheTreatsbyTrishShop

Extra snacks: Cracker Jack, Beer Nuts, Pretzels, and Baseball chocolates

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Cotton Candy from Etsy – SweetopiaCottonCandy

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Custom Baseball Shirts – Etsy – PurpleElephantSTL

 


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Chase’s 3 Year Old Birthday Party – June 2016

So I have a bit of catching up to do on blog posts. I wanted to still do a quick write up of Chase’s 3rd birthday party (June 2016) that was pink and gold, ballet themed. At the time Nash was only 3 months old and I remember purposely picking items that would be very easy to put out and take little assembly or arranging.

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This time instead of having a giant cake we went with a bunch of cupcakes shaped into a “3” and then did a whole cake the next day with family.

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Glitter 3 from Etsy

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Cupcakes and Custom Ballet Slipper Cake Pops from Sugarmama Bakery in Normal, IL

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Cotton Candy fromΒ Easy

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Birthday Banner from Etsy

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I had a clothes line that was just brown cord and clothespins hanging pink tutus in various sizes that we then gave to the girls that attended.

Tutus from Target

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Ballerina Straws fromΒ Etsy

Face painting fun

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Bounce Castle with Slide – All About Fun Inflatables in Illinois

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Cake for the following day with family

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Our First Year with Nash

I did not get monthly (or even quarterly) posts of Nash’s first year (like I did with Chase). Really after having Nash and going back to work the blog just became a low (or no) priority. I’m still deciding if and how much time I will have for blog posts now a days.

So to catch up on the amazing-ness of being a family of four and having Nash bless our lives here’s a recap of our first year with Nash Feb 29, 2016 to is first birthday. πŸ™‚

Nash was delivered via c-section because he was breech the entire pregnancy. Rob picked Leap Day for his birthday because we just thought it was fitting for a boy who was trying to enter the world bottom first. πŸ™‚ Turns out we ended up knowing two others in our town who also had Leap Day babies (not their plan), which with our town’s population I thought was pretty amazing. Here’s my post about Nash’s delivery.

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Transitioning from one kid to two brought a lot of changes. I think Rob and I were much more ready on what to expect and handled all the baby things that come up well. The biggest adjustment was that we couldn’t tag team getting Chase ready in the morning, and bath and bed at night. Instead we were divided up man on man for those logistical moments. How people manage more than two I can’t even imagine. Hats off to you if you wrangle more than two kiddos. πŸ™‚ While it takes more time in those more task oriented moments, the pay off is seeing the love between Chase and Nash. It’s so awesome seeing how much ChaseΒ smothersΒ her brother in love. And it’s so fun to have dinner together at home and have two kids with dirty faces cracking each other up with their little games and sounds. It gives us a glimpse that this is just the beginning to their antics. πŸ™‚

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Nash has been nothing but the opposite of his sister, which is cool. He’s his own dude and all boy. He goes to sleep easily most days, eats very well, and is very chill about day to day things. His smile is just so big and warm. He lights up the room with this giant smile when he’s a happy dude. However, when he is hungry, sleepy, or told ‘no’ he can’t stand it. His flare ups are epic and very physical, throwing his body weight around.

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Nash does not like to sit and read books on end like his sister Chase. Instead he loves to throw and destroy things around the house. He is very interested in how things work and attempts to take things apart often. He’s always trying to pry open doors or cabinets, even with repeated ‘no’. Chase on the other hand only had to hear ‘no’ once or twice and never challenged what not to do. Nash LOVES sports. At this very early age he was very quick to learn to throw and catch a ball. It was amazing the first two times we took him swimming to splash around a bit. He leaned forward and started moving his arms, head, and feet just like a swimmer! We will be looking into swim teams in the future.

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Nash is just the perfect ‘little’ man in our family. He was an infant for like a week and then turned into a giant over night. πŸ™‚ He has our hearts forever, we love him so much. πŸ™‚

 


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Hiatus

Well it’s been aΒ little while since I’ve posted on this site. πŸ™‚ Suffice it to say there are only 24 hours in a day and with a full time job, two young children, and a home to take care of any remaining time left has been used for exercise (on occasion) or sleep. πŸ™‚

It feels like we might be hitting a groove so I hope to catch up some posts and capture some moments: celebrations, running, travel, and projects. If you are reading this I hope you check back as I hope to be posting again soon. πŸ™‚


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Nash: Months 1 and 2

I want to capture a bit of Nash’s growth through the first year and how things are going with us as a family of four.Β This being our second child we knew what to expect regarding the basics. Really we just needed to learn Nash’s preferences and how to coordinate managing as a family with an infant and toddler (knowing that there will be adjustments through many milestones).

The first thing that stood out what Nash’s sleeping habits were much different than Chase. Nash can nap with noise around him (thank goodness since that will be a given in many situations). Nash would nap 1-3 hrs at a time right off the bat. He still prefers to cuddle versus sleep in a bassinet/swing/crib, but he will for some of his naps. He LOVES sleeping in his carseat. At two months we started small ventures out and walk/runs and he just snoozes comfortably.

He is NOT a fan of being swaddled so we put all the swaddle blankets away pretty early on. He is also not a fan of a pacifier. He would use one a limited amount in the early days but he quickly realized it’s not the real deal and has no interest in it.

Nash is a great eater, just like his sister was. I’m so glad that breastfeeding worked out for a second time. I plan to keep it up as long as my body will allow. I know my supply will take a hit when I go back to work and pump, but any day I can still breastfeed is a blessing.

Nash is hitting all the development milestones so I won’t list them all here. It’s fun to watch his smiles and coos and he tries to talk to us. πŸ˜€

He’s wearing size 1 diapers and 0-3 month clothing is snug in some brands. It may be time to bust out full-fledged 3 month clothing.

He was hating his baths, but recently he started enjoying them. One of his favorite things is enjoying music time of John Mayer and Jack Johnson. He gets so calm and focused when we play their music and sometimes even seems to bop in time to the music.

Nash is a very calm and easy-going baby. However, it’s funny though that when he doesn’t like something he goes from completely calm to instant very loud shrill scream. There is rarely a build up of crying, just a big scream that gets our attention immediately.

A few photos πŸ˜€

1 Month Old – Rocking the baby acne

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Arrival of Nash – Our Delivery Story

Before jumping into the delivery of our son Nash, let me wrap up the pregnancy with the final bump photos.

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Nash was ‘frank breech’ (meaning presenting bottom first and feet up in his face) the entire pregnancy. It made things very uncomfortable from about week 20 on and affected my ability to workout or even walk beyond 1 mile. We had many ultra sounds to see if he would flip around to a head down position, but he never did so we were scheduled for a c-section. This would be my first experience with a c-section and I was anxious about the procedure and feelings of the baby being removed. We work for a large company so it was easy to find many women who’ve had c-sections and could help ease some of my fears that their procedures all went well. Still it’s the not knowing that remained with me and was my only apprehension to the whole process.

Since we were having a scheduled c-section, we got to pick the delivery date that week and Rob chose Leap Day. πŸ˜€ He thought it would be cool and since this baby was a boy I figured maybe he would agree with his Dad. People asked us how we plan to celebrate his birthday on non-Leap Years. I think we will celebrate on the last day of February so that we stick with the birth month (which will then work for school when they acknowledge the birth month of the students, it would be Feb).

Our c-section was scheduled for 7:15am and I had to get checked in 2 hours ahead. I was surprised to find out that between questions, monitoring, IVs, etc. that the entire 2 hours is needed and filled with activity.

They had us ready to go and things moved really fast from there.

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They had me walk down to the operating room. I said to the nurse, “it’s funny we are going to a room that is basically like your office everyday and for me it’s a very intimidating scene”. The room was bright with two very large surgical lights over the bed and there were a lot of surgical tools on tables on one side. I made sure not to look, but I did catch a glimpse of one of the spreader type tools that would help open me up – yuck! That stuff freaks me out and I can’t even watch it on tv, let alone see it in person.

They sat me on the table and proceeded with the epidural. It was different getting it this time without the contractions. The pain of contractions over played my nerves about the pain of receiving an epidural last time. This time I just had to psych up for it and let it happen. It wasn’t the worst pain the world and it takes affect so quickly. My legs became warm dead weights and the staff picked them up and positioned me on the table.

We brought in our own music for the surgery including music from Dave Matthews Band, Jack Johnson, and Christina Perri. I’m so glad we had the music so I could focus on it and and Rob. I avoided looking straight up into the two large lights because you could see a reflection of the surgery in the glass.

I had heard people describe pulling and shifting of your insides. A couple of statements made by the staff was “your stomach was distorted by his position in the womb”, which matched my feelings carrying him and not being able to comfortably work out the final trimester. And they also mentioned “there is no way he would have flipped on his own with how he was folded up in there” and “wow he’s big”. What I was not prepared for was the popping feeling up near my ribs that felt like a rib bone being popped out of my body. And with that final feeling he was here!Β It was amazing that by 7:00am I was getting my epidural and by 7:30am our little man had arrived. It all happened so fast! I was happy that we were still able to have delayed cord clamping and skin on skin right away. I was able to hold him right then and there, it was perfect!

Baby Nash – 8 lbs 5 oz, 21.5 inches long

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While the deliver was fast the recovery not so much. I felt great afterward, but in the matter of an hour the drugs that were in my system started giving me side effects. I was quite ill feeling for a few hours and got sick a couple of times which is painful with an incision in you abdomen. I couldn’t cough or sneeze without terrible pain either. Eventually I was allowed to walk to the bathroom and finally eat food later that afternoon. I had forgotten how busy the whole process is of having a baby too. Nurses in doctors are in the room constantly checking on the baby and me. Needless to say I was ready to go home as soon as possible. We were able to be discharged after 48 hrs.

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I know each child is different about meeting a sibling. In Chase’s case it was completely smooth because she wanted a sibling from the beginning. She had been anticipating her brother’s arrival for so long and she is completely in love with him. We had them exchange gifts since we knew others that had done that, but she didn’t need that at all, it was just a bonus. Chase gushes on Nash every chance she sees him, it’s so wonderful to watch. πŸ™‚

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Hanging out with Daddy

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Heading Home πŸ˜€

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I’ll post more about Nash and his development in an upcoming post. Now back to baby snuggle time for me. πŸ™‚


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3rd Trimester and Nursery Update

The first two months of 2016 have been a whirlwind between work, Rob’s jury duty, illnesses, birthday celebrations, gymnastics, swim lessons, and outings, our calendar hasn’t let up yet.

Here are the bump progress photos 31 – 36 weeks.

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We finally got the nursery completed! I still have some items to add to the shelves on the walls and organizing the closet, but everything has come together. πŸ™‚

Entering the nursery

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Rug – Wayfair, paint color Bher “Grey Area”, Rob added crown molding to the room

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Bookcase – IKEA

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Metal Magnet Display Board – Restoration Hardware

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Ceiling Fixture – Restoration Hardware

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Changing Table – Pottery Barn, Pillow – Easy, Basket – Meijer, Kendall Crib – Pottery Barn, Print – Easy, Picture Frame – IKEA, Propeller – A Simpler Time

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Mobile and Crib Sheet – Restoration Hardware, Canvas Print – Etsy

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Wood Shelves – West Elm, Table Lamp – Pottery Barn, End Table – IKEA

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Lucca Glider – Monte, Floor Lamp – Target, Pillow – Etsy

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Canvas Print – Easy, Blackout Drapes and Drapery Rod – Pottery Barn

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Closet Organization System – Container Store (I haven’t organized the closet, that’s the next step), Hamper – Pottery Barn, Hangers – Bed, Bath, and Beyond

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Just a few more weeks and our baby will be here!!!


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A quick wrap up of 2015 – October through December

Once again blogging is literally the last thing I make time for these days. My pregnancy nesting mode is in full effect that I’m cleaning spaces that have nothing to do with our nursery like our workout room and our utility storage. When I finally sit down I usually fall right asleep versus get on my computer. Thank goodness it’s a new year because that forces me to get a post done to wrap up the last three months so I can start 2016 fresh blog-wise. While in the spirit of nesting, it also needs to apply to my blog. I’m going to remove my Facebook page that relates to this blog. It just seems so unnecessary. I never post to it separately so really it’s just re-posting my blog posts and tweets. I appreciate that some of you have liked my FB page and I hope you understand that it just seems like clutter these days.

Okay so onto the wrap up of 2015:

October was a very full including a trip to Hawaii, finding out that we are having a boy, and Chase’s first trick or treating experience. πŸ˜€

First, pregnancy update pictures:

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Some professional photos:

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We got the opportunity to travel to Hawaii with our company because Rob completed his Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU). It was a gamble to see if our 2 year old would handle a 9 hour direct flight (plus the waiting to get on the plane, off, shuttle, and hotel room) and a 5 hour time delay, but she was a champ! Chase was so excited for the flight that she wouldn’t nap. We don’t give Chase a lot of screen time so we came armed with movies on an iPad for her thinking that would buy a couple hours at a time watching Frozen or something else. However, within like 10 minutes of using it should would put it down and want to go back to imaginary play: dumping goldfish crackers into and out of cups, playing ‘house’ with her seat and mine, coloring, etc. Plus she loved using the potty every 30 minutes – hour because she got to see people as she walked by, dance while we waited in line, and then comment on how bumpy it was to go potty in the tiniest of rooms ever.

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Finally we made it and enjoyed 5 days including Chase’s first time seeing the ocean, playing on the beach, swimming in the pool, checking out the hotel animals (fish, ducks, and parrots), our first luau, Chase’s first fireworks from our balcony, and our first submarine dive.

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I’m so glad that we decided to take the trip because every day went really well. I’m also glad that we didn’t extend our trip and push our luck though. We stayed on Oahu and next time we plan to visit another island.

Oh and Rob got me a souvenir, my first Chanel handbag.

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Halloween – Our Princess

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November – full of celebrations of our 12 year anniversary, Rob’s birthday, and Thanksgiving. Plus our first snow and Chase’s first (tiny) snowman.

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December – included 3 Santa visits, 2 decorated gingerbread houses, over 70 Christmas cookies, Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch, Chase’s Christmas Pageant, and the Nutcracker ballet.

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Our baby boy

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And that’s the nutshell recap of 2015. πŸ™‚ Life will only get busier when our little boy arrives. So I’m not setting any particular goals for running or blogging. I want to take life as it comes this year and savor the time with Rob, Chase, and Baby J. I’ll document things twitter (@MrsCJ2003), instagram (mrscj2003), pinterest (mrscj), and blog here and there. Thanks for dropping by to check in!