Hello, Lenni Pearl

Now that our sweet girl is over a week old, I thought it was time to officially introduce her here on the blog! Lenni Pearl joined our family on Monday, May 9th at 11:37am weighing 7 pounds 14 ounces and measuring 20.4 inches long.
She's completely perfect and we are totally in love!
My sweet friend Aubrey spent the day with us and photographed her birth as well as Sadie meeting her for the first time...I can't wait to share the images soon! Delivery couldn't have gone better and I'm feeling really great...I'm so blessed it seriously feels like a dream. Thank you all for the congrats and kind words on Instagram and Facebook!

Big Sister Gift

With just a few days left before Sadie officially becomes a big sister, I thought I would share the details on the special gift that I put together for her! I wanted to do something really fun and looked for items that were really similar to what I'll be using, since she takes her little mama duties very seriously! Here's what I came up with...

First up is the moses basket...I'm pretty sure I squealed out loud the first time i saw it because it's just so cute! I have one from Plum + Sparrow for the baby and, although Sadie has a wooden cradle for her dolls, I just knew she would flip over a moses basket of her own. It comes with a pad, blanket and pillow and is the perfect size for her. I also got myself a few Solly Wraps and couldn't resist a matching pink one for her. She already stuffs her babies in her shirt to carry them around sometimes so she's going to be super excited to match me and be able to carry her dolls the same way! I'm also a huge fan of Raine + Skye bags and thought the pink tote bag would make the perfect little "diaper bag" for my little mama. It's the perfect size to hold a few of her doll accessories like a newborn sized diaper, her Solly wrap and an extra outfit. Speaking of of outfits, not pictured are the preemie sized Carter's clothes I got her as well. Actual doll clothes are way over priced, don't hold up well and, in my opinion, not very cute so I started buying her "real" baby clothes in preemie size and they're perfect! Carter's is my favorite place to stock up because you can get such great deals...I got her sets like this one for something like $7 during one of their crazy in-store sales and also some sleepers for $6.

I'm undecided as to whether we'll take everything to the hospital and give it to her there when my mom brings her to visit or wait until we get home to surprise her with everything....any suggestions?  Also, if you did anything special for a big brother/sister gift when you welcomed a new baby into the family, I would love to hear about it!

Friday Update!

Happy Friday friends! We've had so much going on here with my sudden pregnancy complication/injury that the past few weeks have just been crazy. I wanted to pop in with a little update as to what's been going on with us as we're really in the home stretch to becoming a family of 4...just a little over a week to go! Eeeeek!

We'll start with the fun stuff first!
I took some pictures of Sadie wearing one of her Flowersack Dresses (our new favorite handmade dress shop!!!) with her ducks about a month ago (they were still so little!) and never got around to sharing them with everything that came up! This girl loves her animals and it's the sweetest thing ever!
Speaking of ducks, we added a few more to our family last week and Sadie is now the proud owner of not 2 but 4. Y'all, I think we've officially lost our minds! Turns out our original crested one (with the pouf on it's head) is a boy and males ducks + chickens do not mix. Once we get an animal of any kind, they're sort of stuck with us because we hate to get rid of them...even Jason felt kind of bad over the thought of giving him away or taking him somewhere, especially because we got him when he was just a day or two old and he's become such good buddies with the other female we got at the same time. So, in order to keep him, we got 2 more because apparently if a male has 2-3 ladies around they'll let you chickens alone...see, it was a totally logical decision to get a few more ;-) Plus, duck eggs are supposedly totally amazing and really good for you so it will be nice if we have 3 ladies laying along with all of our hens...all of our neighbors have already signed up to get fresh eggs from us!
(The new babies...and yes, we found another crested!)
 While I'm way behind on our garden, I did start feeling good enough to get my herbs potted before baby girl arrives. It's probably good the garden is getting a late start this year because we've had a few horrible storms with hail that would have demolished everything anyway. It looks like Jason and Sadie will be getting everything else planted while I sit watching + snuggling a newborn because, at this point, it's not going to happen before she gets here!
As for me, many of you follow my personal Facebook page and know what's been going on for the past month. This pregnancy had been going wonderfully and I was feeling great until Easter Sunday when I started having horrible pain in my pelvis and sacroiliac joints. By that night I could barely walk at all and was the same the following morning...I'm talking I could barely get out of bed and had to hold on to things to be able to move at all. Something major was definitely wrong. Long story short, I have what's called SI joint dysfunction and my pelvis, sacrum and lumbar spine completely twisted...to the point that my right leg is longer than my left, mostly likely due to the fact that the baby turned into a transverse position. Everything began 4 or 5 days after that, so we're guessing her being in that position put too much strain on my pelvis and is what set the whole thing off. I've since been having multiple physical therapy and chiropractor appointments every week, along with weekly OB visits. The first 2 weeks were rough and I was in the worst pain I've ever been in my entire life. Thankfully I've improved since then and have been able to take care of Sadie, do some things around the house and actually get out a little bit. I plan on sharing more details and what treatments worked for me in case it helps anyone else who has this condition because this is not the normal/typical pelvic/SI joint pain that many women feel at some point during pregnancy, even though you'll hear from most ladies "Oh I had that and it was horrible!" Yeah, no, pretty sure you didn't. ;-) 

Anyway, I hope to get that post up within the next week, along with some other fun stuff like a peek at miss baby's nursery nook! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Nursing Must-Haves: Round Two

With less than 2 weeks until baby girl arrives, I thought I would share a few items I have on hand to make breastfeeding as easy as possible this time around. With Sadie, things got off to a rough start at first but thankfully we found our groove around the 2 week mark and it was smooth sailing from there. I definitely had some favorite products then (which I'm most definitely using again this time) but I've also picked up a few new items that I'm excited to try as well!

I got myself a few new nursing tanks and stuck with these from Target (which I used last time and was really happy with). They fit well, the price is great and I lived in them the first few weeks. They were great to take along to the hospital as well because they look cute with leggings or fun pj bottoms and it's easy to throw a light sweater over top to make you feel a little more put together, especially when visitors stop by or you're walking the hallways. I used regular 'ole Lanolin with Sadie and while I didn't have any complaints with it then, I really didn't feel like it did a super amazing job of easing soreness. It was definitely better than nothing but this time I wanted to try something a little better and, most importantly, more natural. Enter: Earth Mama Angel Baby Nipple Butter. Obviously I haven't tried it yet but the reviews on it are great, the ingredients are natural and y'all, it smells like chocolate. I'm also really looking forward to using my Covered Goods Nursing Cover. I love that it can be used multiple ways including a car seat cover and shopping cart cover! I definitely see it as an item that will get lots of use and something I wish I would have had last time! Last but not least (and also new to me) are Oat Mama Lactation Granola Bars. You guys, these are SO yummy and good for you. I kid you not when I say that I tried one just to see what the taste and texture was like and the next morning, I woke up "leaking." Coincidence?  Maybe, but I have the feeling these bars are magic. When I breastfed Sadie I was hungry all. the. time. Like an appetite of a teenage boy hungry. These bars will be so great to throw in the diaper bag for an on-the-go snack and also to keep around the house for when hunger strikes during those late night nursing sessions or times when I don't get a decent breakfast. I plan on throwing a few in my hospital bag as well!

As for other items, I consider a pump a no-brainer, (as much as every mama I know despises them) and will be using my trusty Medela again this go 'round. The My Breast Friend Nursing Pillow saved my life with Sadie, I kid you not. I had so much pain and discomfort when she would latch that I was literally ready to call it quits when the wonderful Lactation Consultants at my hospital suggested I try one. It kept her in the correct position without me having to obsess over it, it supported my lower back and took the strain off of my neck/shoulders as we logged a bazillion nursing session hours in those early weeks. In my opinion, it doesn't even compare to a Boppy and is one of my all-time-favorite baby products. I'm also stocked up on nursing pads and like to use disposable ones in the beginning until my supply regulates and I'm not leaking like a faucet 24/7. After that, I prefer reusable ones and love these

Do you have any tried and true nursing favorites or new items that you want to try out? If so, I would love to hear what they are!

nursing cover c/o Covered Goods
granola bars c/o Oat Mama

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

I thought I would share a handful of my favorite gift ideas for Mother's Day...these would be great to add to your own wish list or to spoil any special mama you might be shopping for!
One of my all time favorite things is the Lenny & Eva jewelry. I started my collection over a year ago and I seriously wear pieces of it every single day and get compliments on it everywhere I go. Even men stop to ask me about the bracelets and say it's something their wives would love! All of their items are made to be mixed and matched and are interchangeable which is so fun! Hands down, my favorite piece is this large sentiment with the quote about motherhood. I don't think there's ever been a more sweet or perfect gift for Mother's Day! Just pick your favorite leather cuff to go along with it and add some of their beaded bracelets to make your perfect stack. Love, love, love! Another favorite when it comes to jewelry are the personalized necklaces from Three Sisters Jewelry. I love the vintage feel of their stuff and how unique it is. Jason got me a necklace with both girls' names on it for Christmas and it's something I cherish and wear every day as well! I'm also loving their stackable rings and dropped a hint to Jason the other day that they would make a great Mother's Day gift ;-)

For a bit of a splurge, I can't get enough of Nena & Co. bags. I treated myself to a Day Bag II a few weeks ago when they ran a killer sale + free shipping. I plan to use it as a diaper bag and they also just released their new Convertible Day Bags that can be worn as a backpack. Such a great idea because as mama's we never have enough hands, right?!

And for a few more inexpensive but still fun + unique ideas are this Q&A Journal for Moms, this pretty tin recipe box and Farm House Fresh Body Oil (my very favorite body moisturizer). The journal has a simple question for each day of the year for 5 years and will seriously be the sweetest record of these precious years of motherhood. It asks things like "What is scattered all over your floor today?" and "What made your child laugh today?" The tin recipe box and body oil are great ideas for mama's of any age...I got my mom some Farmhouse Fresh goodies last year and she totally loved them!

Do you have any great gift ideas or something particular on your wish list this year? 

Our Easter

Just popping in to share a few favorite photos from our Easter! We started the day off with an early morning outdoor service, egg hunt & breakfast with our church and then came home and napped before getting ready for 'round 2 at our house! We made a nice lunch, gave Sadie her basket and then had another little egg hunt...it was a super fun day, although it wore this pregnant mama out!
I can't believe this was our last holiday as a family of 3...it's so crazy that we'll have another sweet girl here in just a few more weeks! Also, I can't go before thanking so many of you for your condolences and sweet messages over on Instagram for losing Jason's Grandfather on Friday. It really meant a lot to us.
 Hope your Easter (and weekend) was a great one!

Easter Weekend + Friday Favorites

Happy Easter weekend! Easter is one of my very favorite holidays...I mean, what's better than Jesus and bunnies, right?! We kicked off the festivities by dying eggs yesterday and had so much fun!
Sadie loved the kit we picked up at Target because it came with all sorts of fun stickers and rhinestones and she did a great job mixing colors and coming up with the prettiest designs. I couldn't resist getting in on the fun and did a couple myself, too :-)
We've got some egg hunts planned, both at our house and with our church, an early morning Easter service followed by breakfast and then a nice lunch at home and plenty of candy eating! And before I go, a few recent favorites are this dress for me, which I'll be rocking as a flow top these last few weeks of pregnancy and this baby doll moses basket for Sadie, which is part of her "big sister" gift...now to just keep it hidden until May! 

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend celebrating our Savior!