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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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. 

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. 😉 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. 🙂

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! 😉 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. 🙂

  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. 😉 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

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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Maternity Jeans: What you need to know

Maternity Jeans: What you need to know

Happy Friday!

I’m still over here thawing from being frozen the past couple of days, as winter seemed to come before fall settled in. I can’t lie, I loved it and this cozy weather just makes me so ready for the upcoming holidays. We got to use our fireplace this week, which is also a win in my book this time of year!

I wanted to talk to you all today about maternity jeans. I know many of you following may not be pregnant, but for some reason, I feel this could be a good resource for in the future. I honestly wish that there was a guide and a list of different price points before we started our family, so I thought I’d just put a little something together for y’all!

I will also be honest and say, with Corbin, I never wore maternity anything. I think I bought one designer pair and wore them some, but really just survived in all things maxi dresses and swimsuits for the duration of my pregnancy. I was also pregnant in the dead of the summer so I basically lived in the pool and drank Perrier all day, everyday.

This time around is completely opposite and I felt like I had a mini bump by 8 weeks gestation so maternity jeans weren’t far behind. I got real comfortable with the idea so much quicker than before, because I just wanted to be comfortable. Thankfully now, there are some really cute, chic and modern options for all body types. Where as before, it was all “fit” belly waist bands that always like to roll down, and the same wash and shape. So I’m pretty happy that maternity wear has evolved into what it is today. I really haven’t bought hardly any maternity sweaters or tops and maybe just own a dress or two, but this time around, I definitely invested in some jeans.

Speaking of evolved, I am loving the elastic waist bands on the sides of maternity jeans right now. I know I’ve said this before and if you’ve been following along a while you know, I will splurge on things and items I love. I bought a couple pair of maternity jeans that were over $100 and love them but also found some options recently for much less and wanted to share.

I would also suggest sizing up one size in maternity, as to accommodate your growing baby and for comfort, especially when buying a higher end brand. Here are a couple of options below that I love and a couple of the jeans I mentioned above that I invested in.

One of my favorite things about these brands is that the jeans don’t tend to sag or lose shape. I also find that the dark wash is super slimming and camouflages all the things that need to be hidden. if you’re looking to splurge a little, these are a both great option. I also lean towards more distressing than not, so both pairs I own are distressed. I wanted to give the option to of non-distressed, so they are linked above. I have worn these as non-maternity options for years as well, and they are a great product. Durable and hold up over the YEARS. Which may be why jeans are one of those staple items, I personally, tend to splurge on. Some other designer brands I would recommend are: J. Brand, AG, and Rag & Bone.

I also recently fell in love with some jeans I found at Loft. (I didn’t know they carried maternity til recently.) I saw them on one of my blogger friends and thought I’d give them a try, as I am a fan of Loft and their constant sales. So, I ended up getting my usual 26, these come with “fit” belly but are so comfy and I feel like they give as opposed to some other brands. I would suggest sticking with your usual size in this brand, just because they tend to run larger and will stretch as well. They don’t shrink too much in the dryer just mainly back to their original size, I just dry mine inside out and they are good as new. I also like that these come in several styles, and petite as well. Click the images below to be redirected to take a look.

Lastly, I wanted to share a variety of styles, that are ALL very affordable and that I think you will love if you’re in the market for some maternity jeans and maybe a pair of maternity style leggings I couldn’t resist sharing. All of these are under $50 and come in several washes and styles. I haven’t tried the Old Navy maternity line yet, but have tried the Ingrid and Isabel line at Target and have loved them. They are such a great option for a designer look for less, and fit TTS. I got a size 2 for reference in two of the jeans I bought and have room to grow. I would suggest buying your everyday size in this brand. The camp leggings, I would also suggest your true size as they have quite a bit of stretch to them as well.

I hope this post is informative and helpful for those of you soon to be mama’s or who may be planning on starting a family soon. I have loved the jeans I have purchased and they have been a lifesaver for this growing mama. Send me any questions you may have on any of my social platforms or in the comments below and I would be happy to help!

Have a great night!

XO-CHELSI

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