Camilla’s First Birthday

Camilla’s First Birthday

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Happy 14 months to our little SWEETHEART!!! Can’t believe it’s taken me THIS long to get he first birthday post up, but lots of life has been happening around here, and I’m sure where you are as well!

For Camilla’s birthday I really wanted for everything to be sweet and feminine. We also decided that we wanted to do something a little smaller for her first birthday and chose to have family only instead of a big party this year. I remember Corbin’s first birthday as it was a big gathering in the August heat and although it was so nice and wonderful having our family and friends all together, it felt a little bit overcrowded, especially for a one year old. So we thought with it being winter and the unpredictability of the weather, a more intimate and simple setting was appropriate and it ended up being perfect.

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Camilla’s actual birthday is on February 15th, so I thought how fun would it be to incorporate some hearts into the mix?! I found a photo while browsing Pinterest late one night and was hoping to find someone locally who might be able to re-create it for us for smash cake photos and for the actual party as well. We got so lucky with my mom being a wedding coordinator, she literally knows everyone and had happened to recently cross paths with a sweet girl named Claire, who actually creates balloon garlands as her own personal business. She is INCREDIBLE y’all and as sweet as can be! I called her and she and her team completely exceeded my expectations! Over the phone I was able to tell her what I wanted and our color scheme and she showed up to Camilla’s photoshoot ready to install the most precious (and large) 4 foot ombre heart balloon I had ever seen! It was PERFECT!! Then after photos, she proceeded to load it up, take it to my house, along with a couple of super cute jumbo balloons and set everything up in the exact same day so we were ready for the party the following day. She’s very reasonable and her work is seriously amazing! Definitely look her up on Instagram or Facebook and if you have an event coming up that requires balloons, call Claire with Laughing Goat Design. Loved her and was so impressed with how seamless the process was from beginning to end!

One other thing I wanted to mention was, I ordered her precious invites off of Etsy and was given the option to download them or to have them printed and I ended up doing both so I could have one for her baby book. So glad I thought to do this and would recommend Hunny Prints  to anyone needing to select invites or announcements for an event. They have such a broad and unique selection of invitations, party essentials, and were so timely. I received the invites within a couple of days after approval and was very impressed with the quality. I will definitely be using them again for any parties we have in the future. I just love Etsy in general because you can find the neatest, one of a kinds things and they are usually small businesses, which I love supporting.

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Let’s talk cake! Once again, props to my mama for knowing all the best! Brenda Hawkins with Serendipity knocked it out of the park, as she always does! I sent her a few inspo pictures and she went above and beyond. The cakes, both smash and part, along with the personalized cookies were both adorable and delicious! Brenda is a precious friend, aside from being our favorite baker and I’m just so thankful for all of her hard work and for taking time out of her extremely busy schedule to make our cake dreams come true! She also makes some incredible wedding cakes, so any future brides to be, let her I know I sent you! She is one talented lady and can be found on Instagram and Facebook. You will be amazed at her attention to detail and will love her!

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I posted a preview of Cami’s birthday photoshoot with Macalee Taylor Creative on her actual birthday and got SO many messages about her dresses and who took the photos. First, if you are looking for a photographer who is a boss at shooting children, families, and weddings, Macalee is your girl! Her work is absolutely STUNNING and I loved working with her! Did I mention she also has a studio in her home? Such a plus, especially with little ones who you know aren’t going to typically last more than thirty minutes taking photos. Macalee was so kind and helpful! She allowed us to take our time, we changed into two different outfits (with a baby you know how that can be) but it was such a fun and stress free experience. I’ll be honest, I’ve worked with several photographers doing what I do, we take A LOT of pictures, and although many are also incredibly talented and sweet, I’ve had several moments where I feel rushed and with kids involved you know how it can already be a little stressful. I constantly feel like I’m apologizing during shoots, anyone else? Why do kids turn into wild heathens when its time to take family pictures? It never fails! This time though, was SO different and I appreciate Macalee allowing us to be in her home and enjoy these special moments with our girl. I will forever cherish these sweet pictures and love how they turned out! They show off her little personality so well and I’m obsessed! You can find Macalee’s website here. She is SO good at what she does y’all!

The two dresses she wore during her photoshoot also were flooding my DM’s and also came from an Etsy shop called Like Angel. They have amazing reviews and I felt were exceptionally priced for the intricate detail, quality, and fact that they are shipped from the Ukraine. I was blown away by how gorgeous they were in person and they literally fit Camilla like a glove. Could not have been more perfect. I sent measurements to Elena and she made them to order and did a phenomenal job. In the US they would have been well over $100 each and probably not nearly as detailed. I would love to work with Elena again and think her shop would be perfect for anyone who has a little girl needing a flower girl dress, birthday, family photos, or you just feel like dressing your girls up in something beautiful, this shop is wonderful. Like I mentioned above, they do ship overseas so remember to order ahead of time and give plenty of advancement so you order will be received on time, but I was so pleased with the outcome and have linked Camilla’s exact dresses and other details from her party at the bottom of this post if you’d like to check them out!

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It was overall such a beautiful day to celebrate our sweet, sassy, and beautiful one year old girl. We played, opened gifts, and ate lots of cake. We soaked in every moment with our precious girl. Watching our Camilla grow throughout this year has been such a blessing, it’s honestly hard for me to find the right words, but heres a little summary of year one.

From that first VERY long night at home, girlfriend CRIED all night long, yikes, to our morning walks, lots of snuggles with brother and dancing to lullabies with mommy. We loved Matthew West’s Safe and Sound. Saying your first and FAVORITE word “MAMA” (5 months), sitting up (6 months) and crawling (7 months). A very first airplane ride and trip to the beach, lots of pools days soaking up that sunshine, to fall and picking out a pumpkin at the pumpkin patch and then dressing up as a unicorn on Halloween. Lots of piggy back rides on daddy’s shoulders, rooting on bubba during basesball games, and all the nights tucking her into bed (our bed) oops once again. Celebrating her first Christmas, watching her take her first steps at 11 months, those contagious bath time giggles, and all the ruffles and big bows in between has just made me realize that all along she was the puzzle piece we had been missing. The piece that completes our little family of four and the huge blessing in the tiniest of packages. Don’t let her small stature fool you, she is fierce and that sass is REAL! Whew, daddy is in TROUBLE!! Not to mention those sparking blue eyes. She is going to get whatever she wants in this life with those eyes alone. Her warm smile and tight hugs are my very favorite. She gives the cutest little mischievous look when she’s up to something and in the mornings will sit in London and Oliver’s bed just for extra snuggles. Sometimes, she’ll even “read” to them and they love it. I have thoroughly enjoyed this past year with her, and watching she and Corbin, that’s the very best. Their bond, how they play and love on each other is heartwarming and makes me so proud. He caters to her every need and no one lights her up quite like Bubba! It is the most precious thing to witness. I pray they always love each other like they do now. It has truly been a wonderful year and I am so thankful God chose me to be Camilla’a mom and to love her every single day! You are so loved and are a complete joy to us all, Cami girl!

Happy birthday!

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XO- Chelsi

 

Easter Basket Ideas

Hello!

It’s been a minute since I sat down to write a blog post and honestly now with all that’s been going on with the Coronavirus I feel it’s absolutely necessary to continue the most important traditions. Easter is such a significant holiday and one I always look at as being a fresh start or new beginning. Jesus died on the cross to take away my sin, rose from the dead, and now sits at the right hand of God awaiting the time when we will all be re-united with him. I don’t know about you but that certainly resonnates hope within me no matter our current circumstances and should be celebrated. This year may look different from previous years, as we will all be at home, but the traditions remain the same. As a family we will get up, dress up, watch church in the basement as we have been and will hunt for eggs in the back yard after lunch. It will be different this year not having our loved ones around but I’m so thankful for technology and FaceTime which gives us the ability to be together, even if we physically can’t be. One reminder I’ve been keeping is Easter is coming and God’s goodness remains unchanged. I pray this year would bless you and yours and that hope would be restored within your heart. I’m praying for peace that would surpass all understanding and that we would soon be able to have some normalcy I know we’re all craving. Hang in there friends! We’re all in this together!!

For now, I figured I’d share some Easter basket ideas for your kiddos in case you’re like me and a little behind this year.

I’ll be honest and say I’m sad I wasn’t able to rummage through the Target dollar section for all the fun gadgets this year but nevertheless,  was able to find some fun things here and there for the kids I know they’ll still love. Thank goodness for Amazon Prime!! All the links below are shop able and should get here on time, fingers crossed! Drop a question in the comments below if you have any and I hope you find this to be easy to navigate and helpful!

 

Be blessed my friends and Happy Easter!

XO- Chelsi

 

Parent’s Choice for Walmart

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Hello friends!

Today, I am so excited to be partnering with Walmart to talk about one of their exclusive lines. Parents’s Choice is celebrating 20 years this October as Walmart’s premiere baby brand! They have a variety of products at competitive prices that suit the needs of parents everywhere. From their best selling fragrance free and hypoallergenic wipes to plush baby blankets and everything in between, you will find exactly what you need to keep your baby clean, fed, and warm in every stage from infancy all the way through toddlerhood and beyond. You can view the entire Parent’s Choice line here.

One of our favorite Parent’s Choice items is the Rosette Blanket in white. Camilla loves it and it goes everywhere we go lately. I also love their infant and toddler hangers. They come in a pack of ten and in four color combinations and are so handy. We can never have enough hangers, and I love that they keep us organized! Speaking of organization, how cute are these storage bins? So cute if you’re trying to keep things tidy and perfect for small spaces! These would be great for diapers, lotions, and necessities and could even be used later for toy storage. Parent’s Choice seriously has so many great product options for the nursery too. Take a look below at their selection for their selection of all things newborn and decorating. If you’re a new mom or mom-to-be, planning a registry or just need a little inspiration, this section is for you!

If you’re a seasoned mom, and are still buying diapers, here are a few options Parent’s Choice offers to ensure your baby stays dry in the newborn phase through the potty training phase. They’ve got you covered, literally! They have 36 count packages of diapers to a 328 count, which is priced at $38 and ranges from sizes Newborn to Size 7 or over 41 lbs. Then there’s their premium line, with a great value as well. Whatever your needs, Parent’s Choice will exceed your expectations. See below for diapering and feeding options available.

I’m so happy to have been able to share with you a little more about Parent’s Choice and Walmart’s exclusive and celebratory baby brand. I hope you’ll try some of these great products out, and if you do, be sure to let me know what you think!

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A special thank you to Walmart for sponsoring this post.

 

XO- Chelsi

 

Halloween Books and Looks for Kids

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Can you believe Halloween is almost here? It doesn’t seem possible that we’re already half way through the month of October. This is one of my favorite months of the year. That crisp, cool morning air, the leaves changing, carving pumpkins, decorating my porch, and all of the fun fall festivities and Halloween carnivals. Speaking of carnivals, our church actually puts on an amazing Trunk or Treat. Several families participate and go ALL out decorating their trunks and creating a theme at each stop. They have bounce houses, food and of course more treats than imaginable. It’s always so much fun and I look forward to going this year and for Camilla to experience her first Halloween in her cute little costume. It’s always a good time and one of the many opportunities we have that Corbin enjoys. Did I also mention his favorite holiday is Halloween? So last year he was a vampire, but two years prior he was Spiderman and y’all, he literally wore that thing EVERYWHERE. I couldn’t get him out of it for months.  It was also that phase of not understanding Halloween only comes around once a year and that “tomorrow” wasn’t Halloween again! Hah! Oh my goodness! Anyone else remember that with their toddler? So funny! Then we went through the vampire phase. Not a scary vampire, but a nice one, he would tell me. Then when his vampire costume and teeth arrived, it was an entirely new dilemma and a flashback of Spiderman all over again. He loved those crazy vampire teeth. It was a hoot!! I kept finding them in bizarre places and he even tried to wear them into pre-school a time or two. That boy! I’m interested to see how Cami will be in those phases. I’ll let you know once we get there!

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Facetune_14-10-2019-22-23-44Today, since everyone is beginning to gear up for all of the fun activities ahead, I thought it would be fun to share a few Halloween books we’ve loved and read this time of year every night before bed. It’s a fun tradition Camilla gets to join now too, as we snuggle up in Corbin’s bed, freshly bathed and ready for a good story to end the day. He picks one each night, sometimes the same one and I read it a “couple” times, but it’s one I enjoy year after year and one we’ve had since he was a little bitty guy. I’ve always read to him but I think we can agree, themed holiday books are the best, amiright?! Memories I hope they will always remember and traditions to someday begin with their littles.

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The post wouldn’t be complete without some children’s Halloween outfit inspo and some cute pajamas like the ones pictured too. I mean, how can I not? We are fans of our jammies, guys! I love coordinating the kids, like I’ve mentioned before, and even think its fun in pajama form for all the holidays. Coordinating is always a good idea in my book! Here are some of our favorites below! I hope you enjoy this fun share and that you soak up the rest of October, like we are!

Wishing you a boo-tiful and spook-tacular Halloween season!

XO- CHELSI

Mommy & Mini Twinning

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Hello and happy Wednesday, friends!!!

It’s been a minute since I’ve written a blog post, but thought today I’d share some fun mommy and me matching inspiration. With fall here, I wanted to showcase a few versatile pieces, some matchy matchy, and some understated that don’t have to be worn with your littles and look cute styled on their very own.

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BUT… Oh how I love the idea of matching! When I started this space, it really began with me sharing complimentary outfits between Corbin and me. Fall outfit ideas for family photos, and just the two of us wearing similar pieces was really where my love for the blog all began. I still love matching him, when he lets me, and remember the matching outfit trend with my mom when I was little. Laura Ashley floral dresses were our jam back then, and we have the life size hanging portraits to prove it! Now, I may not go that far but I do think complimenting your babies wardrobe from time to time is adorable. 🙂

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Facetune_09-10-2019-00-24-53I’ve linked several options below on how to coordinate or completely match your kids and loved every minute of putting this together. I have even linked mine and Camilla’s fall sweaters from the pumpkin patch, AKA Walmart if you want to shop them. Her sweater is under $25 and a purchase I made long before having her. I got lucky to be able to find mine! Hope you all have a fantastic hump day!! As Corbin would say, two more “sleeps” til the weekend!!!

 

 

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XO- Chelsi

 

 

Mamapod Ergonomic Baby Carrier Review

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Facetune_18-07-2019-13-53-37Happy Thursday from beautiful San Diego!!!

I’m so excited to share my review on the Mamapod carrier! It has been in use by us since the first part of July and is hands down Camilla’s very favorite to be carried in.

I have literally tried three separate carriers and this one has been a hit and the most comfortable, especially for her. I think one aspect she loves most is the foldable seat. It holds her in a very supportive position and the seat acts as an actual chair-like device, which leaves her feeling secure. She mostly enjoys sitting forward facing in it so she can observe the world around her and be apart of it all!

One unique aspect that the Mamapod offers versus other child carriers, is it comes with a detachable support pole. I’ll be honest and say I’ve only used the pole once to try it, and found it to be a little bit awkward. It’s something you’ll have to carry around while using for going short distances or it can be folded up in a pouch under the seat, which is my preference. It can even be held in your hand, or worn on your side until you’ve reached your destination to rest. I do think it would come in handy if you were to use it hiking or doing any type of  strenuous activity. However, I don’t feel like it’s necessary for us, considering I use mine for short term activities but definitely think it would be helpful depending on your situation. It’s simply designed to assist in carrying for long periods of time to distribute weight. The support pole also is adjustable by height and is fully collapsable.

Overall, it’s both functional and stylish. It has shoulder and waist straps for comfort, adjustable leg openings, a mesh layer for those hot summer days that is extra breathable for your tot, and is a soft material that will keep your baby cozy whether facing inward or outward. It also comes in a couple of color options to satisfy your preference and holds newborn aged babies up to toddlers.

We have thoroughly enjoyed our Mamapod so far and are looking forward to watching our girl grow into it. It has been so handy y’all, that I actually keep it in my car at all times to grab and put the baby in during my every day errands. We genuinely love it and am so thankful to have been able to try it.

I would 100% suggest and encourage you to try it, buy it, add it to your registry and have linked it here for you to look into further.

 

A special thank you to Mamapod for gifting this amazing product to us and to Stills and Ink Photography for these images of baby squish and me. So thankful!

 

Have a wonderful rest of your week, friends!

 

XO- CHELSI

 

 

Halo Dream Nest

Happy Friday!!

I’m so excited to FINALLY share my thoughts on our Halo DreamNest! We’ve been using it for about a month now after outgrowing our Halo bassinet and I have to say, we love it! Camilla sleeps so soundly in it and it gives me such peace of mind even though she’s still sleeping in our room. I’ve told y’all before that the Halo bassinet was one of my favorite purchases this time around! I loved the swivel affect, vibration settings and how tall is was, considering our bed is not an average height. I can confirm now, the DreamNest is right up there with my top favorite baby products!

The transition to the Halo DreamNest was incredibly smooth. Camilla took to it right away and it has surpassed my expectations in regards to safety and comfort. It has a breathable insert or “mattress” which allows the flow of oxygen at all times while your baby sleeps, through the mesh fabric and muslin crib sheet. It can also be stationary or if you prefer, has a rocking type attachment, which has been a great feature that our little girl loves. It also has wheels for the ease of transfer from room to room. We’re currently using the mattress in the bassinet or bassinest position which is great for up to 15 pounds. Soon, we will transition to the lower setting in which the mattress will sit on the bottom and this setting will be sufficient for up to 30 pounds.

I love that she can play/nap in it in the living room while I clean or do laundry and at night I can easily move it into my room for bedtime. It is much more versatile when it comes to mobility. We’ve even traveled with it this summer and once it’s set up is perfect! It is a great size and the bag that it fits in when folded can easily be loaded in a vehicle or if traveling by airplane can be safely checked. The only thing I haven’t mastered is having to collapse our DreamNest. It’s actually kind of difficult to tear down and set up, honestly. Conrad has had to help me on a couple of occasions where we’ve traveled out of town and taken it with us. The mattress will also fold down but has to be completely taken apart, so I just tend to carry it if we’re traveling by car and keep it at it’s full capacity. The frame after collapsing is a little bit more difficult to snap in place than our Pack n’ Play but I definitely like the DreamNest much better once it’s completely set up. I feel like it’s well made which is why it may be a little more trying to put together. Just my opinion! You may find it super easy to set up and collapse, just my opinion alone. Luckily, we don’t have to collapse it often and each time we’ve traveled, Conrad has been there to rescue me from setting it up.

We were also gifted a Halo SleepSack! If you’ve been around here for a hot second, you know I am a believer in wearable blankets for infants! I never used them for Corbin and feel he didn’t sleep as well or as long until he was quite a bit older. We’ve been using them on Camilla since about 6-8 weeks old and she sleeps like a rock for anywhere from 10-12 hours per night. I wish I would have tried them out our first time around, but hey, you live and learn right?! This one is one of our favorites! I love the zipper, how soft it is, and that it keeps her just the right temperature as she sleeps, with our home staying around 68 degrees. The HALO SleepSack grow with your baby – from newborn sizing for their SleepSack swaddle to toddler sized wearable blankets and everything size in between. I would highly, highly recommend trying the Halo SleepSack! It is a game changer, my friends and I’m so thankful they have allowed us to try the HALO SleepSack easy transition which helps control the moro reflex for babies who no longer like to be swaddled, but still need a bit of security around their arms.

We are truly enjoying our DreamNest and if you’re on the fence, I would say definitely add it and a couple of Halo sleep sacks to your registry. Halo stands behind their products and I just feel they are the absolutely best for infancy and beyond in their product line. They have developed and designed state of the art products for every day use and have hit the big check marks every parent has when it comes to purchasing what will be both the most safe and effective.

Thank you to Halo for sponsoring this post and for allowing us to try the new DreamNest. I am a believer in every Halo purchase I’ve ever made and feel so honored to get to share my honest feedback with all of you! I hope you will consider the Dream Nest for your little one as well! If you have one, tell me what you think in the comments!!

Have a wonderful weekend!

XO- Chelsi

Photography by: Stills and Ink

Favorite baby products

Hey Friday!

Anyone else so happy the weekend is here? I don’t know about you but I’ve never met a Friday I didn’t love!

Camilla is a whole three months today! I can’t believe it, y’all! Part of me feels like we’ve had her here forever and the other feels like she was barely born. So crazy how infancy works. One minute they are sleeping 20 hours a day and the next you’re putting away those newborn clothes and listening to sweet giggles. Insert all the sad eyes regarding those cute newborn clothes. It really does fly by and gets a lot easier in the meantime, especially if you’re a first time mom following along. Soak it in, thats all I’ve got to say! You blink and they are a little bit older and need you a little less.

Okay, before I start crying, let’s get to the good stuff!

Holy moly there are some awesome inventions out there since even having Corbin! I figured I would share my top 10 favorites for you and products that I use every day and LOVE!

10. Wubbanub Pacifier– The binky of all binkies. Loved these with Corbin too!

9. Baby Shusher– Just the best kept secret thats really no longer a secret. This portable sound machine is like a dream, literally. I turn this on and Camilla is asleep in minutes. It’s so good, I am nearly asleep in minutes too! You need this mama’s!

8. Mamaroo Swing– Still the best swing on the market IMO. It’s currently on sale too-BONUS!! It has 5 or 6 different movement settings, a dock for music from your phone or iPod, and is easy to clean. Corbin and Cam have lived in this thing! Always remember to buckle them up, especially when they are able to roll! **

7. Copper Pearl Car Seat Cover and swaddle blankets– Another product I didn’t have with Corbin that has changed my life. They are SO SOFT and the carseat cover doubles as a nursing cover as well. Such a good baby shower gift too! I have two covers I swap out and use the blankets daily!

6. Nose Frida– OMG I cannot believe I’m adding this to the list but it is a game changer. I refused to use this with Corbin but use it daily with Camilla. It’s 100 times better than the dreaded bulb sucker and I feel is much more sanitary. Once you get over the idea of sucking boogers out of your kids nose, it really isn’t so bad! 😉

5. Halo Bassinet– Camilla sleeps in this next to our bed every night. It has a few different settings for soothing, and makes me feel comfortable knowing she’s right next to us. Love how it also adjusts to the height of the bed and is convenient in that it swivels and the sides slide down to enable picking her up and laying her back down.

4. Haakaa Silicon Breast Pump– If you’re breastfeeding, this is life! Seriously, it helps maintain milk production, and keeps waste at bay. I use it on the opposite side when nursing during every feeding and its allowed me to store and freeze milk.

3. Dock-A-Tot– For co-sleeping or travel this is a must! Easy to maneuver and I actually carry it from room to room if Camilla is sleeping or wants to play under her gym. Also, she only wakes up once at night and a big part I believe is due to this product.

2. Owlet Monitor– Worth every penny IMO. It alerts you on your phone if something is wrong with baby by giving O2 levels and heart rate at your finger tips at all times and gives peace of mind when transitioning baby to crib at night or during nap time.

1. Doona– The greatest invention to date. A carseat/stroller combo. Pricey, but SO stinkin worth it. I LOVE this thing and would buy it again twice.

There are a few more products I could list that I swear by and love, but these are the most consistent in our every day routine. Hoping this is a helpful list if you’re in the market for baby items or gifts! Send me any questions regarding any of the above if you have them in the comments and have a lovely weekend, friends!

 

XO- Chelsi

Meet Camilla Kate

I can’t believe I’m finally sitting down to write a birth story and that Friday marked one whole month with our sweet little Camilla Kate. Yet, it honestly feels like she’s been with us this entire time; I don’t know what we ever did before her, as its truly been the sweetest four weeks with our girl.

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Rewinding just a bit and going back to around week 34, I went in for a routine check up and found out my regular OB/GYN doctor who is wonderful and delivered Corbin would no longer be able to deliver Camilla because he was having to take medical leave. Eek, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t the least bit concerned. Facing having to find a new doctor pretty late in the game that took our insurance and that I felt comfortable with had me a little panicked. Luckily, my doctor was able to accommodate us based on our circumstances, as well as his other patients’ and I was placed with a new OB I had heard nothing but amazing things about through friends who currently see him. He was thorough, had a wonderful staff, and his personality and bedside manner put my fears and “slight panic” at ease from the moment I met him. I feel strongly, regardless of your choice in choosing a physician, doula, or midwife, you should 100% feel comfortable and confident in their knowledge and ability to make your experience the best it can possibly be and he did just that.

During my first visit, we came up with a birth plan, if you will. I was induced with Corbin at 39 weeks and we decided due to my previous experience we would do the same. We talked about induction between the 14th of February up to my actual due date on the 21st and decided to see what availability the hospital had as my due date got closer.

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Then, around 37 weeks I was awoken by what I thought were just mild contractions. They started as tightening in my stomach followed by shooting pains in my back then down into my legs. They got so intense that I ended up waking Conrad because I thought I was for sure in labor. He stayed home with me into that morning and took Corbin to school before leaving for work. Thankfully, the pain subsided before Conrad left and it never returned. So strange, I know, and I still don’t know what it was exactly but I’m so thankful she decided to stay put for a couple more weeks and that I was feeling back to normal again for the remainder of my pregnancy.

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During my last appointment at week 39, my doctor confirmed our induction scheduled for February 15th and insisted that I go in the night before the induction to start Cervidil (cervical softening). I was already dilated but he felt it was necessary to go ahead with the Cervidil. Chlorophil/Borophil (name that movie). 🙂 Totally reminds me of that line for whatever reason. Ha! Let me just say, that with Corbin I wasn’t dilated or not much that I recall, didn’t have Cervidil at all, only Pitocin and he was born in 6 hours from start to finish. So, I was honestly surprised with having to go in early and remember thinking, “I hope this doctor lives close by because he may have to run up and catch this baby.” He was pretty adamant in his opinion of thinking we probably wouldn’t have a quick delivery this time around so I just went with it. I registered with the hospital to go in on the night of the 14th, (Happy Valentine’s Day to us) and start the labor process. I was so excited to have a date confirmed and that we would soon meet our precious baby! I called everyone to tell them “the date” after that appointment because I simply couldn’t contain myself.

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Those next couple of days flew by and before we knew it, we were waking up to Valentine’s Day.  I woke up to a beautiful bouquet of roses from my sweet boys, got Corbin up, fed, and dressed and gave him his little V-Day goodie bag before heading to school to attend all the parties. We had a fun day celebrating and I decided to take him out of school early so I could spend the day with just him before heading to the hospital that evening. My dad got to town around 2 p.m., as he, Tim, and Taylor would be in charge of Corbin for the night and into baby day. Corbin and I played, I stole lots of kisses, dad and Conrad grabbed some take-out and I showered while waiting on the call that they were ready for us to head to the hospital. Around 8 p.m. I decided to call and see if they were ready for us, as I had heard nothing, and the nurse told me to hang tight because they were completely full. She called me back around 10 p.m. and said she would call and let me know as soon as they had a room available. I’m truly so glad we were able to hold off for the night. Corbin came in our room and I got one last night of extra snuggles with just he and his daddy before becoming a family of four. It was so sweet and special to have that entire night with him. Then, around 4:30 a.m. the charge nurse called and said to be at the hospital around 6:30 a.m. It was go time!! I put some make up on, curled my hair and we threw our “bags” and everything but the kitchen sink in the car. I packed WAY too much this time, shocker I know! I snuck in and kissed my sleepy little C man one last time before heading out the door.

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On the way to the hospital, Conrad and I were talking about how we couldn’t believe it was time to meet our girl and how at peace I felt this time around. It was such a change for me and I really just felt excited and so ready to meet her. When we went to have Corbin I’ll admit I was a little bit of a train wreck inside, if I’m being honest. It was all due to the fear of actual child birth, which sounds so silly now (thanks friends who had gone before me with all the horror stories) and I may have cried a little walking into the hospital holding my husbands hand. Haha! Let me say, I really was so excited to meet him and hold him but the thought of labor was so terrifying to me. Thinking back, I was little dramatic, especially having now been through it twice and having an amazing experience both times. I felt much more at ease this go round and my anxiety was gone. What I think I realized most after the first delivery is that God has us in the palm of his hand, his will be done and Conrad using bribery with the promise of Chick-Fil-A after delivery never hurt either. Haha! He clearly knows the way to my heart through nuggets and well done fries, y’all! 

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After arriving at the hospital, changing into my hospital gown and signing my life away, the nurse began my antibiotics and fluids. Shortly after, my doctor came in, gave the go-ahead to start the “half pill” of Cervidil and ensured me that this delivery would more than likely be much slower and that the other half of the Cervidil pill would be given to me after a couple hours of laboring. I started having some pretty intense contractions about an hour into the Cervidil. I have to say, I never really experienced labor pains with Corbin, as they gave me my epidural thirty minutes after starting the Pitocin. At this point though, the pain was intensifying and my contractions were getting closer together, so needless to say, I was ready for some meds! I was watching the monitor for when they would come on so I could prepare to breathe and not actually hold my breath. There were some mountains on that tiny screen and I was feeling all the things. Seriously though, kudos to you mama’s who take the all natural route, Whew! Y’all are rockstars!! Before the anesthesiologist could come in, my doctor decided it was time to break my water. That wasn’t terribly pleasant but I knew my relief was coming soon after so that made it bearable. The anesthesiologist came in and administered my epidural right after which was around 2-3 hours after my initial first round of Cervidil and once in place I enjoyed a couple of popsicles and some ice chips, all before taking a 30 minute power nap on the peanut. If you haven’t experienced a peanut, it is this huge peanut shaped contraption that acts somewhat as a body pillow. In my case, it was used to get Camilla to turn face down. She had been head down but sunny side up for weeks and they wanted to see if she would turn. Luckily, she did! After about an hour on the peanut, I was checked again and was dilated to about a 7. My doctor had a C-section to tend to and figured I still had some time to labor so he was making his way to the OR. By this time, Conrad and my mom were placing bets on how much longer it would be until we met our baby girl. Conrad said 1:30, I guessed 1:45 and my mom, thinking she was joking at first said 12:45. I thought she was a little ambitious, as it was only around noon by this point. Yet, fifteen minutes after this conversation and being at a 7, my nurse came in and checked me again, confirming I was ready to push. We’re talking 12:15ish! Say what?! To top it off, next door a mama was at the exact same stage of labor about to deliver, my doctor was in a C-section, and it had to feel a little chaotic for the nurses but they just handled it all so perfectly and with such grace. They were prepared and ready and had the room set up for when my doctor got out of surgery! By 12:30 my doctor was back in my room and ready to deliver. It was like bam, bam, bam.

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At 12:35 I began pushing and by 12:39 our sweet Camilla Kate Henderson made her grand debut weighing 6 lbs. 10 oz. was 20 inches long, with a head full of hair and was absolute perfection! She let out the sweetest cry as they laid her on my chest and she drifted off to sleep soon after. It was so incredibly special and that feeling of seeing your newborn baby for the first time is an emotion that can’t be explained or accurately described. It’s overwhelming, powerful and the greatest joy.

Around thirty minutes later, Corbin was brought up and Conrad and I got to introduce him to his little sister by ourselves as a family of four. It was a precious moment I’ll cherish forever and so perfect as I really wanted us to be able to have that time together. He loved her immediately and he’s been so sweet with her ever since. He holds her hand, sings to her, and is always checking on her and making sure she’s okay. He’s such an amazing helper and does so much for her, well besides changing diapers 😉 At first, the age difference kind of worried me a little, as it’s just been us with him for four years, but I’m so proud of how gentle he is with her and how smoothly he’s transitioned into his role as big brother. It’s almost like she’s been with us forever and I couldn’t have asked for it to go better. I just feel really blessed to have two precious, healthy babies.

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Camilla

Camilla

As for our Camilla, she is seriously the sweetest and most laid back baby. She rarely cries, isn’t affected by the dogs barking or the boys rough-housing, loves to be held, and is extremely content. I can’t wait to see what her personality is like as she grows, but for now she just goes with the flow and even has her daddy wrapped around her finger. She constantly smiles, I’ve even witnessed a few giggles, and she completes us so perfectly. We are in love and adjusting to life so well together.

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In typing this with one sleeping babe on my chest and the other lying next to me, I’m overcome with gratefulness. To be called mommy and to have such a loving and supportive family through these new and exciting changes, makes me so thankful. I’ve been soaking it all in lately, as I know with each passing day both of my babies grow a little more and need me a little less. I’ve been counting my blessings and praising Him for his unfailing love, for fulfilling my hearts desires and trusting me with such beautiful gifts.

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Welcome to the world our sweet, beautiful Camilla Kate. We’re so happy you’re here and you are already so very loved. 

Registry Must Haves & Pink Blush Maternity

Registry Must Haves & Pink Blush Maternity

Hello friends!

We’ve made it to the weekend and today I thought I’d share few registry must-haves with you all, as we’re nearing the arrival of our baby girl and to switch it up from all the Christmas gifting.

I am so excited to use these items, some I’ve already used with Corbin and they were a complete game changer, and others that are newly out on the market or since he was a babe.

First, I found the cutest backpack on sale and think it will be amazing since it also has handles for the stroller so I feel it will be convenient for travel and everyday use. I honestly hardly used a diaper bag the first time around and I felt like I was such a disorganized mess so I figured I would give it a go this time around. I also love this option and how chic it looks. Freshly Picked backpack. I also love the idea of a backpack, simply because I can still carry my handbags and not feel over loaded. Just my opinion, as I tend to carry larger handbags and with all the baby gear don’t want to look or feel weighed down. Something to think about when choosing the right diaper bag for you.

Let’s talk strollers. I have a couple that I’m loving and will be the first to tell you that travel systems are worth EVERY penny. They will save you the hassle of buying individual pieces and will guarantee you less of a headache. The carseat converted stroller I’m loving is the Doona. It is a carseat and stroller in ONE. It will be so useful, not to mention handy especially with one child in pre-k and toting around an infant during school drop-off and pick-up. Check it out here. Also, here are a couple of other great travel system options that have wonderful reviews. Here and here. I have also heard great reviews on this brand and this as well if you’re just looking to find a carseat without the stroller.

When it comes to sleeping, or there lack of, and if you’ll be nursing for the first several months, I would suggest a bassinet. We have this one and didn’t have it with Corbin so I’m excited to see how she likes it and will hopefully get a restful sleep, if that even exists with a newborn. Haha! It has a vibration setting and sound as well, making it a dream in my mind. This Bassinet also has great reviews and is under $80. I’ve also heard amazing things about the SNOO but unless that’s all your child will be sleeping in long term, I think it’s a little pricey; my opinion only. We used this for Corbin as a newborn and it has its perks, but I was afraid of leaving him in the sleeper so never used that part of it. They play pen was awesome though for naps as he got older and it served its purpose during those late night diaper changes. For traveling is was also wonderful, as it folds up and is easy to tear down and set up. It’s a little bit of an investment but is a good one if you’re a traveler or just want something set up in your room for those first few months.

Baby wearing. Y’all, I never really did this with Corbin, because I was too dumb to figure out the Moby wrap. Ashamed a little to admit that but I was always afraid he’d slip right through. I’ve looked into possibly getting the Solly baby wrap, as I’ve heard great things or trying this one out. I was recently gifted a ring sling as well from Soul Slings and am anxious to use it as well. I’ve heard wonderful things about this brand and am excited to review it. Stay tuned, I’ll be sharing more once our little bundle arrives.

One of our most used products when we had Corbin was our Mamaroo. He literally loved it, slept in it, watched me as he got older do housework and it was a complete soothing tool for us during the teething phase. It also allowed me as a new mom to get things done for the first couple of months while he slept. I pray baby girl loves it as much as he did. Fingers crossed. It’s also an investment but We loved it, and literally took it on trips with us when we could. He sat in it until he was around 6 months or maybe a little older. Here is another great swing/sleeper option for under $50 that many of my friends swear by as well.

This binkie or pacifier is a little pricier than what I would normally spend, but I love that it pops in and out to keep the germs at bay. We didn’t have these either before, so I’m excited to try them out. Hope this baby likes a binkie! 🙂 She has a few colors and other kinds already, but I’ve tried to steer clear of the ugly massive ones. HA! Has anyone tried these? What was your experience?

Dock A Tot, yes please!! My mama gifted this to us and it’s another item I was hoping to receive, just because everyone I know who has use it, swears by it for sleep training and in general. It has so many good reviews and comes in a variety of color options to suit your needs. It can be found here.

Whether you plan on nursing or bottle feeding, Dr. Brown’s have been such a good choice for us in the past. They worked great for Corbin when he had a tummy ache or acid reflux so I’m hoping if baby girl has that, it will also help her. What bottles do you recommend? This is also a subject I am totally open to for any advice on, really anything I recommend is open to suggestions. Do you have a favorite brand that you like to use?

We got a new changing pad, and it’s awesome! It literally will track your babies weight and has a cool chic design plus an app that has other features. Check it out here.

Lastly, monitors. We splurged and bought the Owlet Baby Monitor. This monitor fits securely on your babies foot and reports your babies heart rate on an app on your phone. If your babies heart rate isn’t detected while sleeping, an alarm will alert you on your phone. It is reducing the risk of SIDS, which gives this mama peace of mind. I also like this option that includes a camera for over the crib. The Lollipop Cam is also neat and can be attached or wrapped around literally any surface. Another well reviewed product.

I hope this list of items was helpful if you’re an expectant mama. I am so excited to try these out and can’t wait to report back on some of the items I haven’t yet used once our sweet girl arrives.

Thank you for reading and for following along! Have a great weekend!!!

 

 

XO-Chelsi

 

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