Meet Camilla Kate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Camilla

Camilla

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

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

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

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. 🙂 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. 😉 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

Maternity Pictures

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you all had an amazing weekend! Mine consisted of watching my husband paint in the baby’s room, knocking out a few piles of newborn laundry, a tee ball game and rounded it out with an amazing shower hosted and attended by some of my very favorite people! I feel so blessed and this baby is already spoiled rotten, let me tell you! We definitely have felt so much love this weekend and beyond and my heart feels overwhelmingly grateful.

I’ve been meaning to write for a while now (life happens) and finally share some of my maternity photos with you all, as I am OBSESSED! Kim, my photographer always seems to just knock my vision right out of the park, y’all. She is seriously so gifted and amazing! I’m 35 weeks this week so I figured, now would be the opportune time to share before our sweet baby girl decides to make her debut. I absolutely loved having my favorite little guy with me all dressed up on that chilly West Texas winter day too. He is just so dapper and he melts my heart. I just know he will be such a wonderful big brother.

I’m not going to lie, I’m starting to feel rather large in this final phase of pregnancy. I’m living in leggings, well I have been this entire time, but my husbands t-shirts have never been more appealing. I am constantly lathering my belly in all the creams and oils created, as I don’t know how much more my skin can stretch and have been drinking water by the gallons. I also like to end my days with a nice warm bath and some chamomile tea with a splash of honey to help me sleep. I think I’ll be prepared for when she arrives because I literally hardly ever sleep. This has been my only major complaint this entire pregnancy. I feel good and have felt good besides the no sleeping bit. Bless Corbin’s heart, I know by the end of the day I can be and probably more like am, Momzilla. Did any of you have trouble sleeping the entire pregnancy or at all? I’m hoping and optimistic this will just prepare me once we make this transition with a newborn. 😉

I also forgot how heavenly Dreft smells. The things we forget over the years. I have a feeling there will be many moments that will need some refreshing this time around. Corbin is so self sufficient that I know it will be an adjustment having a new baby again. Then again, putting together her little outfits is already so fun and getting my hospital bag all ready to go has me giddy! I can’t wait to share in a post what all I’ve packed and will be taking to the hospital, along with what’s in Conrad’s bag. We’re just excited and preparing for this precious blessing. I’ve also been putting some items together for Corbin. I want him to feel included in every aspect so I’m making him a big brother bag that he will get when he comes to meet her for the very first time. I think it’s so important for us to remember his feelings and share in his joy (or sorrow) ha as he becomes the big brother to his little sister. I literally cannot wait to see him with her and to watch him hold her. More than likely, I’ll be over here ugly crying! Lol, I’m such a sap when I think about these moments. I’ll also share what I’m putting in his bag when we share our hospital bags! 😉

For now, we’re finishing up the nursery, I’m eating all the things, and we’re soaking up these last few weeks of it being just the three of us. I am so excited to soon be Henderson party of four and know she will be the perfect addition to completing our family.

 

Have a great week, friends!

XO- Chelsi

Photos: Stills and Ink Photography

 

Last minute stocking stuffers

I’m always on the hunt for last minutes ideas I can throw in stockings that are fun, inexpensive and something my loved ones will enjoy.

I found 25 great options for women, men, and children that I think you may also enjoy shopping. Scarves under $10 with the majority of these items being under $20 and most even arriving just in the St. Nicholas of time! Kids doodle pads and slime (y’all may hate me for that) and just a few more silly items perfect to complete your holiday shopping! Take a look below and happy stuffing!

XO- Chelsi

Gift guide for men

Today I wanted to highlight the main man in my life and share a little fun fact. Christmas for us is a little different than most, simply because it’s not only a day we set aside to celebrate Jesus, even though he is the REASON, but it’s also a day to celebrate the birth of this handsome husband of mine. That’s right, Conrad’s birthday is Christmas Day for those of you who may not know, and it can make gifting a little bit challenging to try and separate the activities and shift the focus to him. He tends to actually forget as he’s gotten older. Until he’s reminded by the “birthday” wrapped gifts and of course, cake. Birthdays have always been a big deal in my family so I always want him to know how much he means to us and to me, and hope he feels the love on his special day, even if Santa is in fact on his cake.  😉

With that being said, I wanted to put one last gift guide together for you while there’s still time! This one is for the men in your lives. Whether it be your husband, father, grandfather or brother, there are some good options that he will appreciate. Take a look and shop below.

Cheers to one week til Christmas!!

XO- Chelsi

Gift Guide for Kids

I can’t believe Christmas is less than two weeks away! Anyone else completely behind on shopping or is that just me? I figured I would put a few kids items together in case you needed ideas. I actually sat down with Corbin last night and he gave me a list that is apparently every four year old little boys dream. It was kind of a long one so I’m hoping he is a good boy for Santa and that Santa has plenty of back up and caffeine to get this all checked off. Haha! I’ve added a few of his picks here, along with others.

To be honest, I feel like I always struggle with this season when it comes to gifting. I would love to spoil my child absolutely rotten, but I also want him to know the true meaning of Christmas, why it is we celebrate and to have a giving spirit, instead of it being about a pile of presents. This year I started the giving manger and feel like it represents more of what this season is all about. It comes with a book detailing a specific family and their hope to share the values of giving and having a heart for others. It’s all about serving others and how even the smallest acts of kindness can bring forth a joyful heart and change someone’s day. A manger is included, as well as straw. Each day we serve others, we can add a piece of straw to the manger and eventually once it is filled with straw, we can lay baby Jesus in the manger on Christmas Day. It is our reward for service. I loved this idea because it teaches Corbin to take time for others, care about their needs and serve them when he can. To me, that is what Christmas is about. Serving and loving others like Jesus serves and loves us. You can find it here if interested. https://rstyle.me/n/dde5h9cczhp

Another idea that is a way to serve others that we do each year is we find an angel tree. The tree is usually in your local mall, or that’s where you can find ours if you reside in Lubbock. I let Corbin choose two children off of the tree and we shop for them. It’s a fun tradition we’ve started and hopefully gives two kids each year a more exciting and joyful Christmas. It’s something we do together and look forward to each year. 

Now, on to toy ideas for kiddos. Corbin has been wanting the Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage https://rstyle.me/n/ddgujmcczhp that can be found at the link provided. It’s definitely a splurge item but would be a good gift if thats all you gave plus a couple very small items, books, slime, etc.

We’re also going through a Nerf gun phase that I have a feeling isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. This one is under $13. https://rstyle.me/n/ddguxkcczhp

A fun gift for both boys and girls is also this cool web tree swing. It’s under $60 and has great reviews. https://rstyle.me/n/ddgu3ncczhp

Corbin loves tools so I thought this might be a good option for when he’s out “working” and helping his daddy. There are other options for tool sets in this tread as well.  https://rstyle.me/n/ddgva5cczhp and https://rstyle.me/n/ddgvdicczhp

Here is also an option for those of you who have children close in age and that like to play together, no matter their gender. Love how retro this looks and it’s gender neutral! https://rstyle.me/n/ddgvg6cczhp

The cutest dollhouse fit for a princess. Love this Hearth and Hand dollhouse and their design and spin pretty much on everything! https://rstyle.me/n/ddgvkvcczhp

Corbin also mentioned this fun mega hauler under $15 for all the hot wheels we’ve accumulated. https://rstyle.me/n/ddgvqxcczhp

Loved this craft table for anyone. It’s gender neutral again, and would be perfect for your littles who enjoy letting their imagination run wild. https://rstyle.me/n/ddgvw9cczhp This table is also awesome and suitable for legos as well. https://rstyle.me/n/ddgvw9cczhp

A fan favorite around here if you’ve watched my stories is the hover board. Corbin started riding it by himself at 2 and he and my husband have so much fun on ours. I found an option under $200, that comes in several colors if you prefer. These things can get pricey, but this is one of the better options I’ve found and we’ve gotten our money out of ours for sure. https://rstyle.me/n/ddgv53cczhp

Take me back to the good old days with the Lite Bright. These things are making a come back and are a hot seller on Amazon right now. It’s also a gift under $15, which makes it hard to say no and is suitable for several age ranges! https://rstyle.me/n/ddgwdjcczhp

If your child loves to build, construct and put things together, this just may be for them. $20 and entertainment for hours with Snap Circuits. https://rstyle.me/n/ddgwhccczhp

Let your little girl play dress up with this cute Disney princess dress up trunk. From Cinderella to Belle, there are four options to choose from, including accessories! https://rstyle.me/n/ddgwkhcczhp

If your kids love ride on toys, this Radio Flyer Ziggle will be a hit. It also comes in pink if you prefer for your girls! Radio Flyer has several great options for riding toys for all ages. Click the link below to see the Ziggle and browse others. https://rstyle.me/n/ddhdi7cczhp

We are readers at our house and Corbin chooses a story each night, so if you’re like us, a personalized children’s book could be a great choice for your littles, or even nieces and nephews. I’ve found these and they are also guaranteed by Christmas! https://rstyle.me/n/ddhdndcczhp

Speaking of personalized gifts, check out these ideas from Pottery Barn. If you have a little one in daycare or even school, monogramed sleeping bags and accessories are so cute and a gift that can be used for the entire year or longer. They are also 30% off right now! Matching pj’s and backpacks are also available. https://rstyle.me/n/ddhdp3cczhp

Set up camp in your very own living room with this cute tent from C&B. Love the cactus theme and that it would also make a great gift for more than one child! https://rstyle.me/n/ddhdtjcczhp

Loved this cute wooden bbq set as well. Corbin has had his eye on this one! https://rstyle.me/n/ddhdurcczhp

For the artist, is this cute easel that would be perfect in any space for both boy and girl. A great joint gift from Santa! https://rstyle.me/n/ddhdvucczhp 

Make learning fun with this cute map of the USA by Melissa & Doug. It’s also under $17 and a great tool for Kinder! https://rstyle.me/n/ddhdwzcczhp

Check out this adorable wooden workers bench for kids. https://rstyle.me/n/ddhdxrcczhp

Another amazing place to shop for plush dolls for girls and even boys is https://cuddleandkind.com They give back to kids in need by providing 10 meals per every doll purchased. Love their mission. 

Lastly, a toy store that we LOVE and have worked with previously is Rose & Rex. They have a variety of toy options and age ranges for children who love to use their imagination and even have a selection for babies. You can see more on their website here. https://www.roseandrex.com

I hope this list of toys and ideas for Christmas is helpful for you! If you have any questions at all, feel free to send me a message on any of my social platforms or even below in the comments. Happy shopping and Merry Christmas!!!

XO- Chelsi

Holiday inspiration and 30 week bump date

Hey babes! Happy Thursday!!

I wanted to share this pretty dress and belt with y’all today in hopes it may inspire something fun and fabulous for your upcoming holiday parties. You can’t go wrong with a LBD in my opinion and this one is under $25. I also wanted to update you on baby girl’s progress. I can’t believe I’m 30 weeks pregnant. For some of y’all it may seem like I’ve been pregnant forever, but for me it feels like its flown by. Probably because we’re busier this go round with a four year old constantly on the go. I wanted to also share some of the products I’ve been using and loving this pregnancy.

It’s becoming real that we’ll get to meet our sweet little one in 10 weeks or less. Which also means I better get going on the nursery. I’ve heard the more children you have the less on top of things you are. I am definitely that mom lately. I’ve been dragging my feet on getting things together in her room but know how I want things to look. So thats a plus, right? It’s just getting it done in a timely manner, and the holidays don’t help my procrastinating mindset. I do have a couple pieces of furniture being delivered next week though and can’t wait to see them bring the room together. It will get there, maybe slowly but surely.  So excited to share more once we get it done. 

I can say I feel pretty good overall and honestly can’t really complain about much, besides I stay up all hours of the night and sleep best if I can get a nap in during the day. I’ve been using this pregnancy pillow and used it when I was pregnant with Corbin. Love it! https://rstyle.me/n/ddgi3tcczhp 

I’ve also been using Bio oil and Kopari Coconut oil linked here to protect and prevent stretch marks and keep my skin hydrated.  https://rstyle.me/n/ddgi9gcczhp I also love this Kopari Coconut Body Milk as well. https://rstyle.me/n/ddgjcxcczhp

I used One a Day Prenatal Vitamins with Corbin but found that I was so exhausted during the start of this pregnancy that I figured I would switch it up. I’ve been using Rainbow Light one a day prenatal duo and have loved them so far. You can see which ones I use here. https://rstyle.me/n/ddgjk8cczhp They will be great for post pregnancy as well and have specific trimester prenatal vitamins too if you choose to go that route. 🙂

 I eat literally everything; give me all the sweets and Chick Fil A. Still on that kick and going strong. We went to Dallas last week and I ate my body weight in nuggets, fries and a fruit cup on the drive. Wasn’t at all mad about it either but you should have seen the look on my moms face. Haha, she was a little surprised at my appetite. I’ve been snacking on pineapple lately as well and if you haven’t tried the Chick Fil A fruit cup, you totally should. I always ask them for strawberries, oranges, and blueberries and have them leave out the apples. I don’t know why but I’m not fan for whatever reason. I may have a little work to do once little Miss gets here, but until further notice, I’ve just been enjoying it! Hey, thats what Spanx are for, amIright?! https://rstyle.me/n/ddgje9cczhp Here they are if you want to check them out!

We also have a name, y’all!! Disclaimer: I won’t be sharing until she arrives but am so happy to have finally decided (and agreed) on a name. I had a name I LOVED but Conrad wasn’t a fan so we compromised a little. She’s like her own little person now and it makes it even sweeter! I’ve monogrammed a few things on Etsy already and will also share them once she is here.

I haven’t left food at a drive up window again, but I did show up to my ultrasound appointment a day early today. Anyone else done anything like that? I sometimes feel like I’ve completely lost my mind. Thankfully it was too early and not too late. I love getting to see our girl and tomorrow we get to see her sweet little face and that makes me so excited! Corbin gets to join me and so I know he will be happy to see her too. He recently got a little baby doll and has been feeding and caring for “Kinley” as practice for when his baby sister arrives and although Conrad may not agree, I think it’s the most precious thing. I seriously cannot wait to see him with her. He will be amazing and will have a little bestie for life! Every day we get closer the more excited we all become to meet her. I love when Conrad talks to her and seeing him with her may be my most anticipated moment next to Corbin. She is going to have her daddy wrapped around her finger and if he’s anything with her like he is with Corbin, it will melt my heart into a puddle. He’s such an amazing daddy and our kids are so blessed that he is theirs. 

I’ll continue to update you as we get closer to her arrival and will be revealing her nursery as soon as its complete with many links in case you’re interested. I love home decor and coming up with ideas, so I think it will turn out cute and a little different than what I’ve been seeing! Stay tuned. 

I’ve also linked this look for you as well. My LBD is not maternity but works with the bump and is such a great option to dress up or down. My jacket is old but I’ve linked one similar for you as well! 

Thank you all for reading and I hope you have a lovely rest of your day!!

XO- Chelsi

Photography by: Kimberly Correa with Stills and Ink Photography.