30 August, 2015

Our Nursery is Famous!

I'm on cloud nine right now. Inspired By This blog has featured our nursery on their website today, all thanks to our amazing photographer, Stephanie Rose. She took our labor of love and really captured it beautifully.

They gave us some of the sweetest compliments, which means so much to me considering the amazing designs they see everyday. They also quoted me as I described my inspiration and some of my sources.

I never imagined in a million years that when we started planning this nursery that anyone but Justin, Hayes and I would appreciate the finished result.

Just in case, I'll leave you with a more comprehensive source list:

Wall Art: Anderson Design Goup
Salt Rock Lamp: HomeGoods
Dresser: IKEA
Changing Pad: Land of Nod
Floor Lamp: IKEA
Rocker: Giggle
Rug: Rugs USA
Crib: Fisher Price
Crib Sheet: Little Necessities
Shelves: IKEA
Suitcases: Vintage
Ottoman: David Bromstad for Grandin Road
Sunburst Mirror: DIY inspired by this tutorial from Ruffled Blog

24 August, 2015

Saturday Night Live... Music!

After our first week back to work since little man was born, Justin and I decided we'd head out for a little Saturday night family outing. While we're pretty comfortable bringing our 5 week old out in public, we still needed to find something fairly easy for us to do since we're still new at this. I remembered one of our local outdoor shopping malls had restaurant patios that look out onto a lawn where they have a weekly concert series. Bingo.
Mama needed a sangria.

We picked a noisy pizzeria... perrrrfect for a crying baby. Yeah, we were those people I said I'd never be. But it really was so noisy, especially when the band started playing, that no one noticed our child wailing. Plus, the good thing about going out in the 'burbs is everyone had at least 1 baby/toddler/kid at their table. I felt like they knew the struggle.


Couldn't leave without a cannoli!

The sun started setting and it suddenly wasn't scorching hot anymore so we moved our party onto the lawn after dessert.

Hayes did so well! He practiced rolling over and kicked his legs to the music. By the way, the band was called Cover Down and they were great! They played classic party hits and top 40 that had Justin and I singing out loud.


Just jammin'.

This was the awesome view while we were leaving. The bright light in the middle is the stage. And the green tube to the right of it is a slide! I can't wait to go down it for Hayes to be big enough to go down it! ;)
We had so much fun, we're going again in a couple weeks! :)


22 August, 2015

Here Comes Hayes: 5 Weeks

This guy is 5 weeks old (plus 2 days since I'm late to post). Getting him to smile these days is not a difficult task. Even better, some of these smiles are accompanied by a sweet little "aaah" sound and it melts my heart! 

At his one month appointment Dr. Dollins determined that he's 22 1/4 inches long (89th percentile), 9 pounds 13 ounces (44rd percentile), and his head measured at 15 inches (81st percentile). As expected from our 20 week ultrasound measurements, he's tall, skinny, and has a big head.

His legs are incredibly strong and he kicks... Like, a LOT. While eating, while sleeping, during tummy time, and basically anytime he's being held. He rolled over from belly to back twice this week. I didn't know if it was a fluke or not, but if he gets his head and arm in just the right position, he can definitely do it!

Justin and I both went back to work this week and while it's been hard on us both to be away from Hayes, he's been staying with my mom some days and Justin's mom on the others. They both love him so much and take such good care of him, it really makes the transition a lot easier to handle emotionally.

Without going into too many details, I'll be honest: the real challenge is in the pumping at work. It's awkward and uncomfortable and as small of a staff as we have, everyone knows what I'm doing when I disappear from my office or when I lock them all out of the bathroom. I guess it just comes with the territory. Sorry, work friends.

Last week I mentioned I'd have some big things happening soon and I'm really close to sharing what it is. Don't want to count my chickens before they've hatched, ya know? Let's just say I'm SO excited that I almost can't stand it. Hence, the reason I'm teasing it right now.

Next time, I'm blogging about our first night out as a little family of three!

16 August, 2015

Here Comes Hayes: 4 Week Update

Hayes is 4 weeks old as of last Thursday! He's growing like CRAZY and on the verge of moving up a size in clothes and diapers. His newborn onesies are pulled super tight length wise, but 0-3 month onesies are a little loose everywhere else. We have his 1 month check up with Dr. Dollins next Wednesday, so we'll find out for sure how much he has grown!

He's given us a lot more smiles this week, although they're pretty random. He's also starting to make little cooing sounds, but they are few and far between right now. On Friday we asked him several times if he was ready to hang out with Gigi (my mom, who watched him while Justin and I went out on a dinner/movie date) and he smiled each time so I'm convinced he knew what we were saying.

Justin was so excited for Hayes' first Cowboys game. He kept him up late and gave him commentary through the first quarter. I think it's safe to say that the Dallas Cowboys have a new fan... I mean, check out that intense concentration!

Also, this is the Halo SleepSack Swaddle that the hospital gave us, and it's the best thing EVER. He knows it's bedtime when the swaddle goes on and the Velcro keeps it tight enough so that he doesn't get loose and wake himself up at night. 

He still loves his play mat, but he's still not a huge fan of tummy time on it. He much prefers to be tummy down laying on my chest and I have no problem with that whatsoever. Gosh, I'll miss his cuddles when I go back to work on Monday.

Last weekend we ventured out to Ten 50 BBQ, which we've been wanting to try for months. It was so good, we will definitely be back for more.

They serve a huge variety of local craft beer, so Justin was a fan from the get go. Parenting at it's finest, folks. ;)

On Saturday, the Dunaways got together so Justin and Jarrett's Uncle Joe and Aunt Debbie could meet the babies. We didn't get a group picture, but we did snap our now traditional baby group picture.

From left to right: 2 months pregnant, 8 months pregnant, babies are a month old!

Now that my maternity leave is coming to an end, I'm sure my blogging will naturally take a back seat to everything else going on. However, we have so much exciting stuff coming our way, that I really hope I can continue to find time to share it all with you.

Stay tuned!

08 August, 2015

Here Comes Hayes: 3 Week Update


Our little monkey turned three weeks old last Thursday. While he's still super sweet and loves snuggling with us, he's also been extra fussy and now cries to no end for no apparent reason. This was especially troubling for me this past week since Justin went back to work for his new-hire orientation and I was alone with Hayes for the first time.
Gripe water didn't seem to work, so when I read online about Gerber Colic Drops, I had Justin run out to get them. They seem to reduce his crying by a LOT... however, as I type this, he is crying again for the 10th time this hour. But he did sleep 7 hours straight last night and that's a first!
I know that pretty much everything we do with a newborn is considered a "first", but some others that stood out this week were:

Being worn in a wrap and actually liking it. I was able to vacuum and pick up around the house while he was fussing and not wanting to be put down.


Getting to tag along on Duke and Dakota's evening walk. I haven't been able to walk long distances while recovering, but I finally felt up for it this week. It was crazy thinking back to all the many walks Duke, Dakota, Justin and I went on while I was pregnant and how we imagined bringing Hayes out with us. Even 3 weeks later, I still can't believe he's here.


Sitting with his Boppy pillow for the first time. He loved it!
He also joined me and my mom for lunch at my favorite little French restaurant, Bonnie Ruth's. The memorable "first" here was the Bellini I had as my first alcoholic beverage in 9+ months. YUM!
Justin will be home this upcoming week, then starts his new teaching job in Coppell the following week- the same day I go back to work too. As you can imagine, we will be soaking up as much Hayes time as we can before real life sets in and our routine changes once again.

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