31 July, 2017

Baby Finds | One Stop Bow Shop

Disclosure: I was sent products from  One Stop Bow Shop to review and to write this post. All opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

When I found out I was having a little girl, the first thing people would mention is how much fun I would have shopping for her. She's only been here 3 weeks and it's safe to say that everyone was right. From the tiny little dresses to the precious accessories, I can't get enough!

Don't get me wrong, I love shopping for Hayes, too. But accessorizing for Poppy is a new favorite hobby of mine. I recently received a box from Casey of One Stop Bow Shop and it was filled with every kind of bow you can imagine!

These are beautiful, y'all. They're great quality and I can tell they will really grow with Poppy and her wardrobe over the years.




She offers a Monthly Hairbow Box for $20 that includes 5 bows. That's a crazy good deal, if you ask me! I received September's box of bows for my little Poppy girl.

You might be thinking, "But wait... Poppy doesn't have any hair. How in the world can she wear these?" Casey thought of it all! She has interchangeable headbands that you can clip any bow to.




She has a huge selection of headbands too, which is perfect for infants that are lacking in the hair department... like mine. Side note: Poppy gets called "he" and "him" almost every time we go out. Hence the need for more bows. Haha!




One Stop Bow Shop has a huge selection, and even more importantly, they are affordable for any budget. They have bundles in a gazillion colors, where you get 6 bows for the price of 5. Perfect for beefing up your bow stash.

And she always offers free shipping when you spend $20. So awesome.









I'm excited that Casey has given me a discount code for you all to use. Enter code "JORDAN" at checkout for 20% off your purchase HERE. This offer ends 8/6/17.


18 July, 2017

Bringing Home Poppy: Birth Day!

Finally I was 39 weeks pregnant and it was time to meet our baby girl! I had just found out a few days earlier that my doctor would be out of town on my scheduled c-section date and that we would be moving up the surgery to 7/7/17.
 
The morning FINALLY arrived (after not being able to sleep 2 nights in a row), and we got ready, packed up the car, dropped Hayes off at his Mimi's house, and began our trip to the hospital. I noticed a missed call and a voicemail from the hospital. The hospital was apparently FULL and there were no rooms available for my scheduled surgery. I would have to go home and wait until they called me. "Hopefully" they would be able to get me in sometime that day, the message said.
 
Keep in mind I had not eaten in 12 hours at this point and they threatened that if I ate or drank anything, they would for sure not be able to perform my surgery. I was a wreck, to say the least. I was so sure I was about to meet my baby girl in just a couple hours and now they didn't know if they could get me into the hospital AT ALL that day! If they couldn't, who would do my surgery?! Dr. Bailey would be out of town for the next TWO+ weeks and I'm sure Poppy wasn't going to wait on her to get back.
 
I couldn't hold back my tears. It was such an emotional punch to the gut! I guess even the most scheduled of deliveries still can't be guaranteed to go as planned. Luckily, the hospital called just a little while later telling me to come on in.
 
 
 
The weirdest part of it all was that there really weren't any Labor & Delivery rooms available. They weren't kidding. They did all of my surgery prep in the recovery room right outside the OR, where moms are bonding with their babies. I was literally in a corner, in a makeshift L&D room. But I didn't care! I was going to meet my baby soon!
 


Proud daddy waiting to meet his daughter in our makeshift L&D room.
 
Between my amazing Labor and Delivery nurse, awesome anesthesiology team, and my wonderful OBGYN, my nerves disappeared (after that dreaded epidural/spinal of course... that part was still SUPER OOGIE) and we were able to chit chat and joke while I was on the table.
 
At 10:36am, Miss Poppy Monroe Dunaway was born weighing 7lbs 4oz and 19.5 inches long.
 
 
 

 



 

 
 
When we made it to our Postpartum room, Hayes was our first visitor. He was so excited to finally see this baby we had talked about for so long. He knew exactly who she was, yelling out, "Baby Poppy!" and "Sissy!" when he saw her.
 
 
I wish I had a better picture of him in his Big Brother scrubs. He was TOO cute.
 


 
 
 
After 3 nights in the hospital, we were discharged to go home. Just like when I had Hayes, I was so ready to get out of that room by day 4.
 
Recovering from Hayes' C-section was awful, super painful, and I ended up back in the hospital due to infection. This time was SO different. I was walking great and doing most things for myself.
 
 
 
Miss Poppy did NOT like her first experience in the car seat.
 

 
 
Here we are, 11 days into being a family of 4, I'm recovering well (minus a little UTI caused by my catheter from surgery), and we are all adjusting to our new life with Poppy. She is growing growing growing and gained back to her birth weight in 5 days, thanks to her being an eating machine.
 
We love you, baby girl, and we can't imagine life without you and your sweet face!

12 July, 2017

Bringing Home Poppy: The Day Before



Last Thursday, Justin, Hayes and I ventured out for a special outing to commemorate our last day as a family of three. The next morning we would be heading to the hospital for my repeat c-section to meet sweet sister girl! We made sure to cherish this time with Hayes and get him all of his favorites: chicken, french fries, and ice cream (to be fair, he probably prefers cake over ice cream,,, but it's July and mama is 9 months preggo).


We settled on a neat little scratch kitchen housed in a converted 1917 Victorian home. The food was amazing and the atmosphere was even better. Two things that make my heart so so happy.








The bathroom was so gorgeous that I had to take a selfie. Well, and to document my last moments of baby belly-ness, Oh and yes, that is a beautiful brass paper towel dispenser to match the vintage style brass fixtures and I was pretty much in love.





Our last stop was for frozen custard. We sat and chatted with another pregnant family and got a lot of insight and advice on becoming a family of 4. It was starting to get real.




It was an emotional night (week? month?), as I came to terms with the fact that Hayes wouldn't be my only baby anymore and that our lives would be changing so drastically after 2 years together. 

I know that our "normal" will just adapt and change with the introduction of our newest family member, but it's still hard to imagine. Change always makes me a little weepy.





At the end of the day, I was so happy to spend some last minute one on on time with my boys but I really couldn't wait to bring my little girl into the world! So much that I couldn't sleep a wink that night. In fact, I even edited these photos and started this post at around 3am because I was sooooo nervous/anxious/excited. 

Something about going in for a planned c-section is so incredibly nerve wracking.

More about that and her birth next time! 

05 July, 2017

Happy 4th of July!

I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing Fourth of July! Being 3 days away from delivering my second babe, we decided to keep everything very low key this year and it was perfect.
 
We walked to the end of our street to catch the beginning of our town's 4th of July parade. Last year's was rained out and it was looking like it would happen again this year. Then suddenly a couple of hours before the parade began, the rain stopped, the clouds parted, and a beautiful clear sky shined on us.




 
I don't think Hayes knew what was going on, but once he saw the motorcycle cops and fire truck lead the way, he was hooked!

 
His favorite part? The goodies they handed out! (He tried to wear the lei to bed last night.)
 
 
After the parade, we went home and made protein packed fruit smoothies as a mid morning snack. This is Justin's thing. He makes a Plexus protein drink evvvvvery morning for breakfast. I hear that blender around 6:30am every. single. day.
 
So, being a holiday, we had to dress his concoction up to be equally patriotic.
 
 
 
My mom came over and we got our nails done, grabbed some groceries, and came home to swim and grill. Hayes loved having his Gigi all day.
 
 
The bump is large and in charge these days.

 
 
Hayes is doing much better with his "swimming" these days. We took a week of swim lessons a few weeks ago and he learned a ton. He uses his "kickers", swims to the edge on his own, and is comfortable putting his face underwater. Although he still won't blow bubbles. He gives that a firm "No."
 
Rewind back to last weekend, we did an early celebration with my in-laws and were able to get the cousins together to play. We swam, stuffed our faces with delicious food, and Hayes got some quality time with his favorite person, Grayson.
 

 
 
Lots of Play-Doh and watermelon was involved.
 
It was so nice to have a couple last relaxing days with family (as a family of 3) before the craziness begins this weekend.
 
If I don't post again before my surgery on Friday, keep us in your thoughts and prayers! I'm pretty nervous and I could use all of the good vibes possible!

19 June, 2017

Surf's Up: Hayes is Turning 2!

Happy birthday to my baby boy and the last one you'll ever have as an only child!

Hayes is actually one month shy of turning 2 years old, but since we will be in the hospital on his actual birthday and the next few weekends are filled with other events, we celebrated yesterday. I wanted him to have a day that was all about him and things he loves: swimming, friends and CAKE!





I quickly realized that it's near impossible to host your child's party AND take pictures AND be an attentive parent. So I relied a lot on other people's cameras and their help watching Hayes. He has been known to run towards the pool and jump in without warning, so the extra eyes definitely helped keep him safe.

I went with a simple, dollar store version of a beach party since we were at a water park. 







I made super easy beach cupcakes with "sand" on top. It was just graham crackers, sugar, and black sprinkles atop regular store bought icing. They were a hit.








These pictures of Hayes stuffing his face are some of my favorites. 2 days later and he's still asking for "more cake".









Next we opened presents! He got everything he could ever want, from water toys...




clothes...





and his very first scooter (and helmet!).




Kid was in Heaven, let me tell ya!





Little man loves his Gigi!






However, soon the party ended and it was time to go. He was hours past nap time and fueled on sugar, so it wasn't easy getting him to leave the water. Luckily my paparazzi husband was there to capture this gem of a moment. 




We threw our schedule out the window that day and let Hayes keep napping, (as expected, he passed out on the car ride home) leading us to keep him up 2 hours past his normal bedtime.




I'd say he had a GREAT day! Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate our little man's *early* 2nd birthday!

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