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). ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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. 

Valentine’s Day Gifting

Valentine’s Day Gifting

Happy Monday!

It may just be me, but January seemed to slowly squeak by and it seems like February is flying! Hence why this has become a last minute gift idea post! So, let’s talk Valentine’s Day and gifting for those last minute surprises for your significant other and even your kids.

Now, don’t get me wrong, personally I love fresh blooms and won’t ever turn down chocolate, but sometimes being treated by your spouse to a latte and mani/pedi is every bit as appreciated in my opinion. Knowing your love language and theirs in a relationship or marriage I feel is so important in how you handle daily life and special occasions, like Valentine’s Day. For instance, mine is words of affirmation and gifts, and my husbands is acts of service. Therefore, I love a new killer pair of shoes, or a handwritten sweet note, or just to be told I am loved. Simply put, these are the ways to my heart. Conrad is more of a show me you love me by cooking dinner and ironing my jeans kind of language. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s nice to know how to ensure that your partner feels appreciated, not only on special days but in general. If you don’t know your love language, I would highly encourage you and your significant other to read Gary Chapman’s book here. It really is worth the read and is a great resource in improving communication and how to love your spouse well.

Like I said above, “gifts” are one of my languages. So, I have a few items I think the woman in your life will love, guys! Check them out by clicking the links below.

 

Ladies, here are a few idea’s for your man:

 

For the kiddos on Valentine’s Day

 

I hope you all have a wonderful week and thank you for stopping by!

 

XO- Chelsi

Nursery Reveal

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Y’all, I can’t tell you how excited I am about FINALLY sharing the nursery. It’s been something I’ve constantly been receiving messages about and took a poll on IG at the beginning of the year with most responses indicating you all wanting to see more home decor inspo in 2019. What a better way to start sharing more home inspiration than to share one of my new favorite rooms in our house.

I began thinking of ideas for the nursery right when I found out we were expecting. I had this vision of cactus, regardless of gender and had seen a similar cactus pattern wallpaper in a parade home over the summer that I instantly fell in love with. Little did I know where I’d be able to find such a print. I searched Anthropologie, Project Nursery and a few other sites before setting my heart on a particular print I LOVED, low and behold on Etsy. Talk about a statement wall! Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a neutral nursery and space, but wanted something more vibrant, especially after finding out we were having a girl. Honestly, if we were having a boy, I still would have gone with cactus, just maybe something a little more subtle. Once we were able to confirm the gender of our baby girl, I hopped right back on Etsy and ordered the wallpaper that would be the main inspiration for the nursery and what I would build the room completely around.

I have to tell you though, this whole ordering the wallpaper and hanging it immediately didn’t end up happening like I originally planned. For one, I accidentally sent it to my sorority sister in Midland instead of Lubbock, as Etsy sometimes doesn’t allow you to choose the address and sends to the first address provided. Oops! Also, it came from PORTUGAL (of course) so it’s not like I could call and have them re-route the order from Dallas, especially since I had realized what I had done several days after submitting my order and it had already shipped out. It was a little bit of a mess to say the least. Thankfully, my sweet friend was so kind to keep it safe until Conrad could pick it up on his way home from working in Midland. Then, once we got it home and completely unwrapped, I realized the rolls were actually too short and it wasn’t going to work on the wall. It was like a puzzle I couldn’t figure out. Seriously!! I ended up contacting the company the next day and they were amazing in that they allowed me to ship it all back, and get the correct sizing for our wall. Disclaimer: It costs a heck of a lot more to send something back out of the USA than it does to have it shipped to you from a foreign country. SO just take note in case you also want to order something from afar only to send it back and pay double what the original product costs. Yikes! I was feeling a little defeated at this point, not gonna lie. It was short lived though, and luckily for me, I was able to re-order the size I needed and it swiftly arrived within a couple of days. Home Art Stickers was wonderful to work with and I would recommend them for customer service, as well as quality. They have so many murals, and prints to choose from and are a great option when re-doing a space. Besides shipping, which was my fault for miscalculating, they were excellent in ensuring that I received just what I needed and swift to make it happen.

Once that saga had ended, I found the sweetest lady, recommended by one of my precious friends to float the nursery wall and to hang it for us. Seriously though, if y’all need someone who is amazingly efficient in hanging wallpaper and lives conveniently in the surrounding area, I will hook you up with her number because she was literally a dream and got the job completely done in two days. Wall floated, wallpaper hung, done. I was so impressed and we’re talking the weekend before Christmas y’all! She did a wonderful job and I was so thankful she agreed to help us with such short notice, not to mention giving us what I would consider a heck of a deal for all of it.

Another vision I saw for our girl was a gold crib. Let me take a step back and say, with Corbin we went the Restoration Hardware route, which I loved and still think is an amazing option both for quality and style, but I was also trying to be more cost effective this time around, as his furniture literally cost a small fortune. Let’s put it this way, the boy will be off to college one day with that full sized convertible bed, bookcase, and dresser. I won’t be at all mad about it either. ๐Ÿ˜‰ So back to her crib. I found several options I liked but this one stuck with me. For one, it was under $300 and much less even now (under $180) on sale. I really wanted that boho chic look and felt it fit the image in my head so well that I went ahead and ordered it. It was so sweet too, because when it came in, I had an event to go to that particular evening and I arrived home to a completely built crib, thanks to my boys! It melted my heart and I think turned out to be the cutest thing and looks more expensive than it is IMO. I also went with white bedding due to her wall being so busy, and felt that throw pillows would be a nice accent, obviously when she isn’t occupying the space. Her crib skirt is from Pottery Barn and is no longer available but I also loved this option with the tassels. Her crib sheet is this one. There is also a similar option here.

In regards to the other furniture pieces in the room, the pink velvet chair was a must, as was the white dresser. A long time ago or it feels like it, I took another IG poll on dressers, some of you may remember. I had such great feedback and liked all four options I shared for different reasons. However, the one I wanted was backordered til mid February and seeing as I’d be about ready to pop, didn’t want to wait or order something sight unseen. I am so happy I went with this option, as it has just enough character, yet will grow with her, is functional and fits so well in the space. I also like that its simple enough, yet has such an elegance about it. Then mom and I were walking around at “At Home” recently and found the cutest side table that we know would be perfect for extra storage and loved that it went back with the dresser, since it has gold accents. Similar and here and “At Home” still had a couple left, under $100. The cactus canvas next to the dresser and the fiddle fig leaf potted tree also came from At Home. Check out this fiddle fig leaf tree that is super similar, and under $70. World Market also has many artificial trees to choose from and a vast array of decor options, so you may want to check out their site when revamping a particular room in your home.

Wayfair is one of my faves for home decor and for unique pieces of furniture as well. I found our floating shelves on clearance (this never happens, FYI) and quickly found out why. The quality isn’t great and they were ridiculous to put together and hang but I think they are cute and work. Kind of wish I would have ordered these or  these instead, but for now, the current shelves serve their purpose and I can always switch them out down the road. One piece I love above her changing table/ dresser is this gold mirror. It’s amazing and the quality is so so good.

A lot of the decor I’ve found along the way came from this retailer. The lampcactusblanket laddersmall framesporcelain flower, and succulents all made their way into my basket in the same trip. I love how these pieces have completed the room. The llama can be found here and I decided to go with the Hatch changing pad for a more chic look instead of having to change out covers constantly. Lastly the cactus decor sitting around here and there came from Home Goods, Nebraska Furniture Mart of all places, and my mom bought a few cute glass cacti from a boutique called Jux-ta-Posh here locally. If you haven’t been in this cute shop, you must go! I love her style and there are just so many pretty things. As for baskets, I loved adding the combination of these and these. The texture and metal vs. woven were both something I wanted to incorporate. I love how pretty the metal basket looks with her beautiful Snozy Cozy throw hanging inside. The colors couldn’t be more perfect to tie the room together.

I know I’m quite possibly forgetting something or forgetting a link for you but please message me if you have any questions or leave it in the comments below. I would be so happy to answer any door questions you have, regarding this space and any details you may need. I hope to share a lot more decor this year and love that you all are interested in seeing more from me on the home decor end. I love to decorate and am passionate about it as I am fashion and mom life. Thank you for stopping by to read and I hope you enjoyed seeing our sweet baby girls nursery. Have a wonderful week, y’all!

XO-Chelsi

Thank you Still and Ink Photography for capturing this sweet space in our home.

 

 

What’s in my hospital bag

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Oh my goodness! The time is drawing near where I’ll be needing my hospital bag! EEEK! I can’t believe I’m officially #38weekspregnant and we have two weeks or less until sweet baby H is in our arms!

I remember the first time around with Corbin, when I didn’t put much thought into what I might need. I was a little naive, nervous and vividly remember our family having to make a trip or two across town to our house to get what I had forgotten during our hospital stay. This time I feel much less nervous and much more prepared. This post is also one that’s been highly requested, so I’m hoping it’s also helpful to anyone who may need a hospital check list. I’ve researched, asked friends, and have felt much more confident in packing for baby #2. ๐Ÿ™‚

I wanted to share my list of a few things that I know will be a must for me, but also I’m sharing what’s in Conrad’s bag and what I’ll be putting in Corbin’s big brother bag as well for the day our baby girl arrives. I wanted Corbin to be included in every aspect of this day and in general, and felt this was a good way to get him excited. After all, she is HIS baby too! ๐Ÿ˜‰ We’re all getting so excited to finally meet her!

Hospital Bag must haves for me:

  1. Two sets of pajamas. I chose these and this gown. Both button down for nursing and are super soft.

  2. A robe. This Barefoot Dreams robe is similar to mine, but mine is old. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. A going home outfit.

  4. A couple of pillows. Totally optional but will be more comfortable IMO. Target and Walmart both have packs of two for around $20.

  5. Toiletries: Toothbrush & toothpaste, face wipes, chapstick, shampoo & conditioner, body wash, makeup, razor, lotion, deodorant, brush and hair ties, hair dryer, dry shampoo (All of mine are mainly travel sized)

  6. A towel from home for showering. I’ll take an old one I can throw out.

  7. House slippers, flip flops, and socks. I got my ready set push socks from this site.

  8. Depends! (something no one told me the first time around). A couple pair of panties as well. Love these. I’ve also heard great things about these for C-section mama’s.

  9. Dermoplast, this and Tucks (you can thank me later) Also, the hospital should provide you with these so take advantage of all the supplies you’re paying for and take them home!

  10. Collace (stool softener)

  11. Nursing pads. I’ve always used this brand.

  12. 2 to 3 nursing bras. Mine are herehere, and here. Excited to try these and report back to y’all my thoughts.

  13. Nipple cream

  14. Tylenol/ Nexium for Conrad.

  15. Phone charger

  16. Insurance card/ Photo I.D.

What’s in Conrad’s Bag:

  1. Toothbrush & Toothpaste

  2. A couple changes of clothes/boxers/socks

  3. Sandals/pajamas/sweats

  4. Computer, phone charger, iPad

  5. Twin flat sheet set/blanket and pillow

  6. Snacks (chex mix, crackers, etc)

  7. Drinks (bottled water, gatorade) or cash for the vending machine.

Baby Bag:

  1. Pajamas & knotted gowns

  2. 2 swaddle sets (Copper Pearl, Posh Peanut and Milkmaid Goods have cute ones)

  3. A couple hats/bows (Turban and Newborn hat)

  4. Nursing pillow (Nook)

  5. Outfit for first picture/name reveal

  6. Carseat (should remain in the car until ready to go home).

  7. 2 blankets (one heavier, one muslin)

  8. Baby book

Corbin’s Bag:

  1. Big Brother Bag

  2. Big Brother Tee

  3. Personalized book

  4. Crayons and coloring book

  5. Silly Putty

  6. Water bottle

  7. Cute book

  8. Hot wheels

  9. Fruit snacks & juicy juice

 

Considering I’m notorious for overpacking, I would much rather be safe than sorry. They may wonder if we’re moving in but I like to be organized and prepared for a short or longer stay. I’m also sure I’m missing something as well, so leave it in the comments if you think there’s anything left that I just have to take along. Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day! I’ll keep you all posted as we get closer to meeting our sweet girl!

 

XO-CHELSI

 

 

Thank you to Stills and Ink Photography!

Stork Vision

Stork Vision

Happy Monday! Today I’m so excited to partner with Stork Vision and to share more information about their location here in Lubbock and all they offer. If you saw my stories last Tuesday, you know how excited I was to get to see our sweet girl before her predicted arrival in February. It’s getting so close and every day I get even more excited!

Stork Vision specializes in providing expectant mothers and families elective, non-diagnostic ultrasounds to allow the ability to see their little blessing with the use of state of the art technology in the comfort of a friendly and welcoming environment. Proud owner, Lori Martin is a certified ARDMS Sonographer, as is her staff and they will ensure that you are cared for and will do their very best to get some amazing 2D/3D and even 4D images of your baby, from their tiny little fingers to their toes. So, whether you’re a first time mom or seasoned, there’s nothing like that first peek at your sweet little one. If you’re anticipating your first ultrasound but maybe can’t wait or feel like the typical three ultrasound max just isn’t enough (thanks insurance), make an appointment with Stork Vision. It’s also easy and convenient and can be done online or by calling SV Lubbock direct at 806-781-3572. All you have to do is provide proof of prenatal care prior to your session.

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I personally could not be more thankful to have found Stork Vision and to have met Lori. When I was around 10-12 weeks pregnant, I decided to forgo the genetic testing that was offered by my healthcare provider, as I know my heart and that it wouldn’t have changed my decision regardless, but would have made me much more anxious regarding the results. My opinion alone, as I have several friends who do the testing and it’s completely a decision that is your own. Although, we didn’t do the testing, I was still very interested to know what our baby’s gender was, as was my sweet mama. Y’all know we were dying to find out if we in fact were having a girl! I decided to order the Sneak Peak kit off of Amazon, which is a blood test that had really good reviews and let me tell you, it was intense, as I’ve mentioned before. I literally had to be home alone, even our male dog had to be outside and not near me when I took the test to eliminate the possibility of contamination. Apparently, testosterone of any kind can change the outcome of that specific test. I remember having to wash my hands about 4 times, do arm exercises, all before pricking my finger to fill a tiny vile to be sent off. I had the results emailed to one of my very best friends to help with a small gender reveal. Then, around 14 weeks our son hit a golf ball in our back yard and pink smoke went everywhere! We were elated! Even though deep down I felt as though the test was accurate, my husband and I still had our doubts, and he encouraged me to postpone shopping until we knew for sure, so thats when I decided to reach out to Stork Vision and make my first appointment with them to confirm the gender of our baby. In all honesty, I should have just gone to Lori in the first place, as it would have saved a solid hour or so of my day, and saved my arm from the ridiculous arm exercises I had endured. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Their Prince or Princess Package is what I signed up for and is a great option if you’re wanting to find out what you’re having. I was also unaware until recently, but Stork Vision supplies a broad selection of heartbeat animals that make great keepsakes and hold precious sentimental value and they can provide gender reveal envelopes upon request, which is the way to go if you’re wanting a fun surprise!

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At 16 weeks, I met Lori for the first time and she confirmed we were having a BABY GIRL!!! I was so excited to finally share the exciting news with more than just immediate family and obviously the shopping could officially begin. Plus, it was so amazing to see our little girl in 2D/3D and to view her precious little profile and watch her kick and move around. A fun memory I’ll forever cherish thanks to Lori and Stork Vision. If you’re expecting and interested in the Prince or Princess Plus Package, Stork Vision has been so kind to offer my readers $15 OFF if you mention my name or the blog. This package includes 2D/3D/4D images, is a 15 minute session, and includes 5 black and white images of your baby. You can also hear the heartbeat and add a small heartbeat animal for $25 or a large for $35. Digital images are also provided. This package is best utilized between 15-24 weeks gestation.

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About a month ago I spoke with Lori about a potential collaboration to see our baby for the last time before her birth and she was so incredibly generous to allow me to come in for a 3D/4D session. With me being further along, we were concerned we might not be able to get a good view since she is officially head down. I drank a vanilla milkshake and LOTS or water and hoped for the best. Sure enough, she let us see her sweet face, chubby cheeks and LOTS of hair and it was simply amazing! To see how realistic the images were and just witnessing how much she already loves her hands made this mama melt and I just love her so much already. I left Lori’s office SO excited to meet our baby girl in just four short weeks. It’s a little crazy to me to think that she’ll soon be in my arms and feels surreal! You all are so lucky to because Stork Vision is kindly offering my readers $25 OFF their Deluxe Package for those of you who would love to also experience a 4D session. This package includes a 30 minute session, 5 black and white photos, an online gallery of images to share with family and friends and a DVD recording. All you have to do is mention my name or Bluebonnets and Bowties when booking your session for this amazing and limited opportunity. You won’t be disappointed mama’s! I am so glad I got to meet with Lori and am so grateful to have these images forever.

Call today to book your session or go to this link to be redirected to their website to learn more about Stork Vision, their practices and to make an appointment with Lori. It’s so simple and such a fun, and exciting experience that I would recommend for anyone expecting. Hurry while these amazing offers last!

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Thank you to Lori Martin and Stork Vision Lubbock for sponsoring this post and for your kindness in allowing me to share your wonderful business and services.

 

Have a wonderful week, friends!

XO- CHELSI

Easy Xplorer Review

Easy Xplorer Review

Happy Friday, y’all!!

Do you ever have those weeks where you feel like you’re so busy and have SO much to do? This week has been one of those for me. Like there is just simply not enough time in the day lately.

Many of you may know this but some of you probably don’t and you may or may not think I’m completely crazy when I tell you. We don’t and have never had a babysitter for Corbin. I know! I need to get on the babysitter train, and it becomes even more evident when I have a list a mile long and he’s over my shenanigans. I just haven’t ever really found anyone I completely trust, and having my parents or Conrad’s Nana close by, we really haven’t found a need to have someone consistently. Until, he throws a fit in the aisle at Target, then I say to myself, we NEED to find a sitter. Haha! However, he does go to school 3 days a week so I really do my best to get all of my errands out of the way during those times, yet it doesn’t always get finished. I’ve had mom guilt about him sitting in the car so long and the amount of screen time he takes in, and then the energy we have to get out once home. He’s usually really good, but I’ve just felt bad that he doesn’t have something fun to do on these jaunts. Until now!

Recently, a company reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in trying out one of their travel trays. We’ve been trying it out all week and Corbin LOVES it! Usually he is one of those that will play with something for a short time and move on, but each day when we get in the car, he’s asked for his tray to draw or color while we’re on the go. I am highly impressed by his consistency and love the tray myself. It is such a great way to organize and has compartments in several areas for storing markers, crayons, paper to color on, and is even sturdy enough for an iPad or Kindle. If you know me, you know I love to stay organized and this allows organization effortlessly. Corbin has even had a snack on his tray and it holds up great, is super sturdy, plus I don’t have to worry about a mess in his car seat after. I just wipe down the tray and we’re good to go. It has been so convenient and is such a cool little contraption. It can buckle around the seat if you have a longer trip planned, so it stays in place, includes a cup holder and the markers included are dry-erase, so mess free. You can also collapse the tray when finished to store and it has velcro to create more of a table if you so choose. The tray also comes with Easy Xplorer paper that is learning friendly. There are letters and numbers to trace, a castle maze, a traceable dragon and unicorn. It will keep your kiddos entertained on those long road trips and even just around town on those busy days.

We are genuinely loving the Easy Xplorer tray and I think it would make an amazing gift with the holidays coming up. Especially since it’s also at a great price point as well, under $20. I’m considering them for my niece and nephews for Christmas, as I think they would all enjoy them so much! It just makes traveling easier, keeps your children occupied with something productive and keeps you organized with all of their colors and other materials they may need.

I think you are all going to love these as well, so I’ve added the linkย hereย so you can check them out! So happy to have been given the opportunity to try this tray out, as its such a hit and I appreciate Lucy from Easy Xplorer for allowing us to use and review her amazing product!

 

Have a great weekend!!!

 

XO-CHELSI

Talbots

Talbots

Hi Friends!

Today, I’m teaming up with Talbots to share the ultimate jeans style guide with you all. Talk about some great jeans that are suitable for everyone! With five styles to choose from (skinny, straight, slim, bootcut and relaxed) women of all ages, shapes, and sizes can find a fit most flattering for every body type and season of life. Personally, I chose the jeggings or skinny style as I feel this is my go-to style and fit for me personally and one I wear most often. One disclaimer is making the suggestion to potentially size down one size, especially if in between. I am wearing a 2 and could easily have sized down to a 0. They are high waisted, full of stretch and the dark wash is so good for every day wear. I chose to pair them with the Talbots cactus tee and on chilly mornings, taking this look from summer to fall, adding a cardigan and cute bootie to complete the outfit.

These jeans will literally take you from a casual day at work, to a quiet dinner with your family or a girls night so easily. I love that there isn’t any distressing so they literally can be a staple for anyone wanting a good wash and fit for years to come. Talbots’ selection of jeans not only comes in a variety of styles, but several wash options as well. They aren’t the cheapest, and are around $95 per pair, but I feel as though quality speaks for itself and you get what you pay for.

For me personally, I think Talbots is trying to target a younger, chic and sophisticated generation, while still serving the customer base for which it’s established and I honestly think it’s incredibly smart to widen that gap and include more products that appeal to both markets. My grandmother has been a long time Talbots customer and friends of mine are now starting to shop with them as well.

It’s been so exciting to be a part of this new generation, fun launch and share the great pieces that Talbots has to offer. I hope that you will take a moment and visit their site to see how many cute pieces are available and the next time you’re in or near a store, try their denim line! You won’t be disappointed!

Thank you to Talbots’ for allowing me to share your brand and be a part of this amazing campaign.

XO-

Chelsi

Photography by:ย Kimberly Correa

Shop my outfit and jeans by clicking on the link providedย here.

Surprise!!! Baby Henderson #2 is on the WAY!!!

Surprise!!! Baby Henderson #2 is on the WAY!!!

We’ve been keeping a little secret… We’re PREGNANT!!!

Excited doesn’t even come close to describing our feelings about expecting our second baby! We’ve prayed and prayed and through tears, disappointment and then ultimately finding out we have been blessed with another sweet blessing has solidified my belief in how He has graciously given me the desires of my heart and our hearts as a family. What a great God we serve, y’all! We just feel so incredibly blessed and know that ultimately His timing is perfect. We are so thankful!

How we found out

I am one of those that knows pretty immediately that something is up. With every pregnancy (3) I have known super early, around 3-4 weeks. Which makes for a torturous couple of months since our doctor won’t see us until 8 weeks, unless there are signs of complications. So, I basically have to keep my mouth shut, and for those that know me, know that is HARD to do, and keeping the anticipation at bay as long as possible is near impossible. Also, I’m a horrible liar so keeping anything from my mom or my dearest friends is just not happening, especially if it’s something I am over the moon excited about! Anyways, I was feeling a little different and SUPER tired, so I thought, “I bet it’s nothing but I think I’ll take a test”. Three positive tests later and I was basically jumping up and down in the middle of the night and could hardly wait to tell Conrad. It was Father’s Day weekend so when Conrad FINALLY woke up and decided to grace us with his presence (it seemed like a lifetime til morning) I had a cute little sign and the test ( I know, gross) next to it so he wouldn’t know what the heck I was talking about! It was the sweetest and his reaction was the best! He was excited and to be honest he could have like ten kids, he really is the best daddy!! Moments like these are so amazing to share together and made me relive the moment we found out we were having Corbin. It’s indescribable and so special! Shortly there after, a few days later, because we couldn’t contain our excitement our families knew too, and Conrad may have spilled the beans to a few of our friends! ๐Ÿ˜‰ It just couldn’t be kept!!

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I seriously LOVED being pregnant with Corbin. I remember my doctor calling me and telling me he was going to induce me and I literally cried! Lol! I was so content (said no 9 month pregnant women ever HA!) but I truly was! One thing I don’t remember being was overly exhausted or maybe I’ve just forgotten in the past four years. This time around I will tell you, I am chronically exhausted. Which isn’t normal for me, as we’re always on the go around here! Like, I’m so tired that by about 4 p.m., I’m ready for bed, no joke! Corbin is very active so that may be part of it but I’m hoping my second trimester will give me more energy, and am actually praying on it. Ain’t nobody got time to be this tired with a busy toddler! I also tend to get nauseous from time to time and never experienced that before, so it’s definitely a little different.

Now, let’s talk food! I’m all about carbs, meat, and snow cones, and I want a huge coke from time to time! I don’t usually give in, but am led to wonder if I’m pregnant or just nursing a hangover! It feels like reliving my college days, y’all! So weird! I’m REALLY hoping the craving for fruit and veggies like I did with Corbin comes back ASAP or I’ll need to get on a more consistent work out regimen. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ll be 11 weeks tomorrow, we’re due February 21st, so we are nearly done with trimester one and all is well with baby! PTL!!!

Lastly, I am SO excited about being preggo during the winter! Who doesn’t love oversized sweaters and leggings?! HOLLA! This mama is ready to style this bump in all things fall and winter! Last time I was pregnant during the summer, and I loved every minute of living in dresses, although I think this being completely opposite makes it so exciting too and will be a fun change! Not to mention, one of the silly upsides I know Conrad is thankful for is that my Nordstrom bill was MUCH lower this year during the #nsale!! AHHH! Only because I won’t be able to wear all that cuteness for very long. He totally lucked out! Stay tuned for all the maternity style, friends!! I am already planning!!! Lol!

How we told Corbin

We decided not to tell Corbin until my first doctors appointment. Talk about hard to keep a secret. Try keeping anything from a three year old, it’s not as easy as it seems. We went into the room with the sonography machine first and the nurse showed Corbin the baby. He looked a little confused at first, then the heartbeat sounded loudly, and Corbin’s response was “are those twins”? I probably had a look of confusion on my face after that question. So far it’s only one! He then proceeded to tell the nurse very matter of factly that I grew him in mamas tummy so I could grow another baby too, and that “his” baby wasn’t quite ready. He told her he was going to take care of “him” but wasn’t going to be changing any diapers. I believe it was a ‘No Way Josรฉ” moment! Conrad got it all on video and it was the cutest! He also tells me daily that it’s a boy! ๐Ÿ™‚ We shall see! It was so sweet and fun to tell him there and he’s so excited to have a playmate and friend! He got the very first picture and it’s on display on his message board in his room, which melts my heart. He is going to be the best big brother and we simply can’t wait to shortly be Henderson party of four!!

Thank you so much for reading!! I am so thankful for your love, support, and prayers in this new and changing season of life and can say our hearts feel so full already! I also hope you’ll stick around as we share what’s to come and what we’ll be having in the next few weeks!! Are you team boy or team girl? Tell me in the comments!

Wishing you a blessed week, friends!!

XO-

Chelsi

For this child I have prayed and the Lord has given me the desires of my heart. 1 Samuel 1:27

Thank you to Kimberly Correa for capturing this exciting and special time for our family!

Check Kimberly.Co out here and on IG

Som Sleep Review

Happy Thursday!!

As a mom, wife, and new blogger, there are many nights I have been unable to sleep or have suffered from insomnia in feeling like I have so much to do to accomplish for the day ahead and before I know it its 3 a.m. Anyone else a little or a lot sleep deprived most days? I love a nap but who’s got time for that ย  and sometimes just wish I could get my body on the right sleep schedule and organize my life accordingly. It can’t be that hard, or can it?

That’s when SOM Sleep came into my life. It’s a new product, recently released in January 2018 and has none of the bad stuff most products used for sleeping have. It is vegan, gluten free, non-habit forming, contains vitamins, and many more, but most important; it’s safe, healthy, and effective. I would describe this product like a Tired Teddy for grown-ups! Just take it about 30 minutes before bedtime for a restful sleep.

Som Sleep contacted me and within a couple of days a four pack was on my doorstep and ready for me to try. That evening after dinner, getting my little man to bed and taking a relaxing bath myself, I decided I would give Som Sleep a go. I drank a can 30 minutes before drifting off into a full nights sleep. Y’all, I didn’t even wake up once! This is kind of unheard of for me, as I tend to wake up and stir around in the dead of night basically religiously. I woke feeling rested, awake and didn’t go RUNNING to my Keurig like usual. It was more like a normal paced walk. ๐Ÿ˜‰

For the next three nights I continued using Som Sleep and found it helpful to actually go to sleep rather than lay there starring at the ceiling. I’m still struggling with the schedule that I should be on, but definitely felt more rested and alert after trying these products. Plus, they taste good! I wasn’t slamming a chalky or energy type tasting drink. It was smooth and easy to drink.

I would definitely recommend them if you’re someone who suffers from insomnia, someone who needs a little rest, or just want to sleep as good as your husband!

Thank you to Som Sleep for allowing me to try your new products! If interested, you can visit their websiteย hereย and follow them on Instagram @getsomsleep.

Have a great rest of your week!!

CHELSI

Rose and Rex

Rose and Rex


Happy Tuesday!!!

Today, Corbin and I are sharing an adorable, interactive, and fun toy company with you all that we have absolutely fallen in LOVE with!!

Rose and Rex is a teacher-curated collection of unique and sophisticated toys that promote childhood development through imaginary play. They range from teethers and rattles to building blocks, dress-up kits and many options for children in infancy to age ten and even older. This distinctive toy collection is teaching children skill building and cultivating problem solving through learning and “playing” it forward. Plus, they have such amazing quality and potential to be passed down for generations to come.

One of my favorite things about Rose and Rex is that they give back. I absolutely love when companies have a heart for others, specifically those in need. Allison, the founder of Rose and Rex has made an intentional effort to support charities such as Second Chance Toys that refurbish and donate plastic toys to children in need to promote and give children an opportunity to learn, grow and play. Rose and Rex is also affiliated with 1% for the Planet. Meaning they are committed to giving 1% of their sales to assist in generating a healthier planet; protecting forests, oceans, rivers and so much more. This stands out to me as a customer as I know a portion of what I purchase is going to something good and that makes me eager to support their efforts so when they contacted me regarding a collaboration, besides the amazing selection of toys they provide, needless to say, there was NO hesitation in saying yes!

If you know Corbin well, you know his love for anything on wheels, specifically tractors and trucks. So we obviously HAD to have the Candylab Bad Emergency Truck. He literally takes it everywhere!! It’s made its debut in church, to the grocery store, the pool and unbelievably is still looking brand new. He also chose the Eco Sea Rock Crayons. These are SO cool, y’all! They literally look like rocks but color so smoothly and I already have several new masterpieces on my refrigerator that he’s proudly created. A perk is that they are $10 and would be such a great gift to pair with a coloring book or thinking even further down the road, stocking stuffer!! Holla!! Rose and Rex also has a broad selection of gift ideas, so if you’re stumped on what to give your favorite little, they have you covered and a full tab of great ideas specified under “gifting”.

Rose and Rex literally has so much to offer and I am SO glad to have connected with them and even more so, thankful to have been able to partner together. Check out their amazing site here. They offer free shipping on purchases of $150 or more, and are also able to ship internationally! You will love their broad selection of beautiful toys that your kids will enjoys for years to come.

Thank you, Rose and Rex!!

XO

CHELSI