Tuesday, October 29, 2013

sweaters & boots

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  Sweater: Heather by Bordeaux, Pants: 7ForAllMankind, Chambray top: ABound via Nordstrom, Boots: Steve Madden, Necklace: Kenneth Cole

It's been a long while since I've done an outfit post!
Given that fall is here and the cool weather has graced us, I can now wear my favorite clothes: sweaters, boots, coats, hats and scarves.
We enjoyed a beautiful 60 degree fall weekend and spent most of it outside.
I can't say this enough: Portland is sooooo beautiful this time of year!
We went to a few vintage shops and I found the cutest vintage coat.
I can't wait to share it in a future outfit post. 

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, October 28, 2013

how becoming a mom has changed me

 
 There are many things I said I wanted to do when I would become a mother; teach him to love the Lord, protect and take the best care of him as I possibly can, teach him to walk and talk and excel in school, never say anything that would hurt him, be extra patient, breastfeed for at least six months because breast milk is the best thing for him, spend as much time with him as possible, give him my undivided attention when we are together, etc.

Every year I make new resolutions and plan to stick to them.
I remember my resolution this year was to eat super healthy; I didn't always stick to this resolution and still can't say that I do.
However, this is totally different. 
I am a mother.
These promises I made to myself to be the best mother I can be are things I work at every single moment.
These are not things I want to give up on and so every day I need to remind myself of what type of mother I want to be.
What will my boy remember when he is older? 
What example am I leading by?
Life is no longer just about me. My life revolves around him.
If we are both hungry, he eats first.
If we are both tired, he gets put to sleep first. Even if it takes hours to calm him down into a deep sleep.
If I need to clean the house and do laundry but he needs to be held and cuddled, the chores can wait.
If all of my friends are going out but my baby needs me, I will stay with him and not have any regrets.
When I look at Charles I am filled with joy. Only someone who is a mother can truly relate to this kind of love.

Life is more meaningful and my every decision is more purposeful.
My sacrifices are greater but the reward of a happy, healthy baby brings so much blessing to our home.

I have had to give up so much but do it with a happy heart.
When I wake up in the morning, I no longer think of myself but rather what my baby needs and what we can do as a family.

 Before baby my husband and I had the freedom to just get up and go whenever we wanted.
Now we find ourselves choosing activities that we can include Charles in and many times, if he can't come along, then we don't go.
We love being a family.

The moment Charles came into the world, I became a mother forever and life has never been so full.
I love how I've changed.
I love the new level parenthood has taken my relationship with my husband.
I just simply love everything about motherhood.
 ♥

Monday, October 14, 2013

just another beautiful autumn day

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How gorgeous is my sister!

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Dress: ASOS / Denim Jacket & Scarf: H&M / Purse: ShoeDazzle / Boots: Sloan Boutique

Whenever Autumn comes around I can't seem to stop talking about how much I love it.
Earlier this week I went on a little lunch date with my sister.
After lunch we couldn't help but roam around the city admiring all the beauty this time of year brings.

The leaves on the trees all over the city are changing colors and pumpkin spice lattes have appeared in every coffee shop I go to.
Autumn in Portland is breathtaking and I fall in love with it again and again each year.
(see last year in this post here)
Autumn also means Thanksgiving and Christmas (yay!) are just around the corner!
Time to bring out the boots, hats & scarves; the cool weather is here to stay and I love it!

What are some of your favorite things about this season?

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Fluffy Banana Pancakes

Saturday mornings call for fluffy pancakes......
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 Ingredients:
2 small mashed bananas plus 1 extra for slicing on top
2 cups buttermilk (if you don't have buttermilk, regular milk works just fine)
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flower
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3 teaspoons baking powder

Instructions:
1.) In a large bowl combine milk, mashed bananas, butter, eggs & vanilla extract. Whisk together.
2.) In another bowl combine all the dry ingredients: flower, sugar, salt, baking soda & baking powder.
3.) Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix thoroughly. If the batter is too thick you can add extra milk.
4.) Heat a non-stick pan or griddle and use butter on the surface to avoid sticking.
5.) Cook both sides until golden brown.
6.) Garnish with sliced bananas and top with your favorite syrup.

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Enjoy!

Friday, October 11, 2013

more pictures of my baby.....

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.......because he is so cute in this vintage onesie and I just couldn't help myself
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Happy Friday!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Painted Mason Jar Autumn DIY

I love decorating for the seasons!
Yesterday I had some free time and worked on a few little DIY projects.
Here is a super easy DIY project that will bring a little touch of Autumn to your home.

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Supplies:
Mason Jar
Paint Brush
Metallics all purpose paint (any color you choose)
Yarn
Festive Autumn flowers/leaves/branches, etc.

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Below is an up close picture of the paint I used.
I really like this brand/type of paint because it doesn't drip, it goes on easy and it dries really fast.
It also comes in multiple colors.

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Directions:
1.) Apply two layers of paint to the mason jar. Allow each layer to dry before applying the next coat.
2.) Wrap yarn around top of mason jar
3.) Fill with decorative flowers/leaves/branches, etc.

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Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

a little trip to the pumpkin patch

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On Saturday we took a little trip to the Roloff Farms pumpkin patch with my brother, his wife and their two beautiful little girls.
The Roloff Farms isn't your average pumpkin patch.
They have all sorts of cool activities for children including an old western town, an old church, Noah's Ark, a corn maze and much, much more!
We took a tour of the entire farm (which is huge!).
In case you are not familiar with the Roloff family, checkout their show - Little People, Big World.

Charles pretty much slept the whole time, which is expected from a one month old but it was so fun to go as a family!
 Fall is our favorite time of year and we are so glad it is here!
I love how all the leaves are changing color and covering the ground.
We have been spending our evenings snuggling on the couch by the fireplace while sipping hot tea.
I'm looking forward to the holidays and all the fun activities the coming seasons bring!

Monday, October 7, 2013

one month old

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Where did a month go!
It is hard to believe that Charles is already one month old today!
Time is flying and we are loving every second of it!

At one month Charles is determined to hold his head up.
We have been spending lots of tummy time to work those muscles and motor skills.
He is also sleeping so good at night. 
I only wake up two to three times to feed him and then he usually goes right back to sleep. 
We keep him on a strict schedule so that we all get lots of much needed rest at night.
Oh, and I can't forget to mention that he has the sweetest smile.
I even got a few giggles out of him last week that made me want to eat him up!

Charles, you are as sweet as can be!!
Watching you grow is an adventure every day and we wouldn't trade it for the world!
We love you so so much!
 ♥
Love, Mommy & Daddy

Sunday, October 6, 2013

{birth story}

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It all started on Friday September 6th.....
It was my last day of work. 
I got home around 5:30pm and was excited to finally be on maternity leave. 
I had ten days to prepare for the baby and relax before his arrival. 
Little did I know he had plans to come early!

When I got home that evening I put on my favorite pajamas and had planned to finish organizing some clothes and things in the nursery.
My husband was upstairs preparing to work on some finishing touches where we had remodeled.
We ate Pad Thai for dinner (my favorite!), I did the dishes and at 7:15pm as I was walking up the stairs; my water broke.
I ran to the bathroom because initially, I thought I had peed on myself!
I called my husband and we both agreed that my water broke and that I needed to call the nurse.

Side Note: when someones water breaks in a movie, they instantly have pain/contractions and rush to the hospital and within minutes they are in active delivery.
Real life is nothing like this.
I had absolutely no pain at first (so that is why I wasn't sure if my water broke!)

I called the hospital and asked them if I should come in now or wait at home.
Because my water had broken, they told me to pack my bags and head in.
I was completely unprepared so I quickly threw a few items in a travel bag and we were off!

As we drove away from home I became so nervous!
I was not mentally prepared to have this baby!
It was only the 6th, not the 16th!
My husband was so excited and he assured me that it was all going to be OK.

When we arrived they checked me into a room, I changed into a gown and began filling out a bunch of paperwork as the nurses came in and introduced themselves and hooked me up to all sorts of monitors - including the monitor that tracks the babies heart beat.
The staff was amazing and they made me feel so comfortable.

About two hours past before I finally started having contractions.
By then it was about 9:30pm.
My sister had also arrived and we just hung out in the room for a few hours waiting for some movement.

As the hours went by and my contractions began getting more intense and closer together, the babies heart rate was fluctuating.
Every time I had a contraction, his heart rate would drop.
When the contraction was over, his heart rate would be normal again.
This made us very nervous and the nurses were constantly watching to make sure his heart rate doesn't drop too low.
 
I ended up having contractions for about 12 hours before deciding to have the epidural.
As I saw the sun coming up and peaking through the window, I was tired and in too much pain to continue without it.
Once they gave me the epidural I was able to relax a little since I was no longer in pain.

At that point (since it had been 12 hours) they decided to see if I had dilated at all.
When they checked me I had only dilated 2cm!
The nurses were surprised that I had not dilated more in the past 12 hours.

They decided to let me wait a few more hours to see how things progress.
However, with each hour my contractions were getting worse, I was not dilating and the babies heart rate was not getting better.
It was getting worse.
At one point I had about eight nurses and doctors rush in and hook me up to an oxygen mask and try to get the babies heart rate back up.
His heart rate had dropped so low that they may have had to do an emergency c-section if it didn't stabilize.

After a few minutes his heart rate came back up.
This scared me so bad.
In those moments all I could do was pray that the baby would be OK.
I could not bear the thought of something happening to him!
This is when the doctor came in and gave me my options: either continue laboring in hopes that things progress OR do a quick c-section and have the baby out within 45 minutes.

 By now it had been 17 hours and I was still only 2cm dilated!
My husband and I discussed our options and decided to have a c-section.
All we could think about was getting our son here safely and as soon as possible!

As soon as we gave them the go ahead, I was literally in and out within 45 minutes as promised with our son in my arms.
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He was so beautiful and perfect.
The moment they removed him for my belly and I heard him cry was so amazing.
We were filled with overwhelming joy - I can't even describe the feeling when you first hear your baby.
In those moments nothing else mattered.
It was just me, my husband and our little babe.

Once we were back in our room we just enjoyed our little bundle of love.
It was so fun to fill out his birth certificate form and just soak in the fact that we are parents.
The way we felt in those moments can not be put into words.
Moments that truly take your breath away.

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It's already been one month and my recovery has been excellent.
I feel wonderful and Charles is as happy as can be!
He is an excellent sleeper, eater and just a happy calm baby.
God has been so good to us.

Coming later this week:
1 month photos of Charlie boy and a little October love at the pumpkin patch!
Happy Sunday
♥


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