Amazon Prime Day

How is it already Monday?! Does anyone else feel like the weekend completely flew by? We had such a nice weekend, well until Conrad got sick. He seems to have caught what I’ve been fighting for the last week or so. Congestion, sore throat, cough, fatigue, you know, the works. Bless his heart! Even though he felt pretty bad, he still made it to brunch with us and laid by the pool yesterday. He was a trooper and played with Corbin and entertained Camilla while I sat on the side and caught a ray or two and took a little #mombreak. It was a pretty laid back weekend and we soaked it up! Those weekends are my favorite. The ones that have no agenda, where you can just relax and enjoy spending time together. It makes me wish there was an extra day between Saturday and Sunday, so we could be all together a little longer, without a care in the world, or well maybe a Z-Pak. My poor hubs! Hoping today is better for him!

Why I’m writing though is Amazon is having Prime Day, which is a series of deals for the next two days and I wanted to share a few things I have bought and LOVE from Amazon to give you insight and maybe make your shopping experience a little more enjoyable, especially if there’s something in particular you’ve been eyeing. Right now is the time to jump on it! Also, let me know if you have any questions, need help finding anything, or need specific links. This is just a start for y’all, as I’m sure I’ll add to these categories as we go along. Let me know how I can be a better resource for you all and what you add to cart! Check out the categories below. They are also stoppable so you can click on them to be redirected to the Amazon website. Remember, if you click on them and shop, I will get a small percentage of the sale. It will in no way cost you a thing to go through my links for purchase but allows me to continue to run this space. Just a little reminder. ūüôā I had questions during the Nordstrom Sale last week, so I wanted to emphasize that point on today’s post.

Here are a few Amazon finds I am loving or have loved!

Women’s Clothing

   Babies & Kids

Health & Beauty

 

XO- Chelsi

 

 

 

Nordstrom Sale Picks

Happy Thursday!

If you’ve looked at Instagram today you know the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is now open to Icon and Ambassador Members! I actually shopped it a little this morning when it opened because I wanted to snag a few things I had my eye on and knew they would possibly sell out tomorrow when Early Access for card holders opened. I’ll be sharing what I actually purchased soon but wanted to give you some insight into what I feel like will be big sellers this year. I will say, per usual, animal print is HUGE. Particularly snakeskin and I am loving it! There are so many animal print options in shoes this year and I about died just browsing all of them! I’ll take one of each, please. Just kidding, but the shoes really are so good this year and if you’ve been around for a hot minute, you know I’m a shoe snob. I also found some good beauty must haves, some I’ve tried and others I’ve been wanting to try and will share and report my thoughts once I receive them.

I’m also thinking I’ll share some kids picks and men’s over the weekend. I found some goodies for my kiddos this winter that I felt were really good buys. More so kids items for them than clothing pieces for myself this year, believe it or not. Every year, I buy Corbin a new coat during this sale because the prices are just too good to pass up on Patagonia and North Face and if you’re like me, you know now is a good time to invest in these items for winter.

There really are so many good things, and as always this sale is my favorite of the season. I love fall, it’s the best season for clothes and shoes IMO and a great opportunity to also score some great deals on designer items. Excited to hear your feed back too on what you buy and what you think in general of this years selection! I’ll be sharing what is actually coming home with me tomorrow, but for starters, here is a list of items I am loving and I think you will also love this year!

 

Have a happy day!!!

 

 

Nordstrom Sale 2019- The deets before you shop

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is right around the corner and there’s a reason why it’s so popular and my absolute favorite of the year. If you aren’t familiar, the #nsale previews all of the latest fall and winter merchandise and the kicker is, it’s BRAND NEW. It’s literally never been seen, all new inventory and a sneak peak into the hottest trends of the fall/winter seasons. The best part is it’s marked down for a few weeks for the public to shop before going back up to full price the beginning of August. Best. Sale. Ever. Therefore, I wanted to share a few tips and tricks I’ve learned since first sharing the sale nearly three years ago. I am SO excited to be covering this sale as I’m forever a Nordy girl and have been an avid shopper of this retailer for years and years.

So, when is the sale?

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The Nordstrom Card: This card is your golden ticket to access the sale early; beginning for Icon and Ambassador members on July 10th-11th and for card holders on July 12th. It allows you to shop early and receive double points for every dollar spent, that can be converted into notes to use on future purchases and can also be a valuable asset in a successful shopping experience. Yet, I’ll be honest, my first year as a Nordstrom card holder wasn’t my finest. I’m pretty sure I bought about everything my first go-round and by August when I received my statement was wondering how in the world I was going to pay it. I ended up with at least 7 pairs of boots, 15 cardigans, a few handbags and no idea how I was going to break the news of my astonishing debt to my husband. I ended up with several items left with tags after that season and sold the majority on a re-sell Facebook page. It wasn’t my most shining of moments and from there have learned how to navigate the sale and not go completely overboard. I have been there, friends and would encourage you to choose wisely. The Nordstrom Card can be a great way to earn rewards and is awesome to have for this particular sale, but make sure you’re using it correctly, so you don’t get yourself in a bind. No sale is worth it and no pair of shoes is THAT cute! Create a budget and stick with it.

A guide for check out: One suggestion I will make is if you find something you know you want, BUY it immediately. These items tend to go FAST and without notice. Just because something is in your cart doesn’t mean it will be saved. I would encourage you to go to check out and finalize your purchase to ensure you get the items you’re wanting. You can make as many purchases as you would like, so be sure to check out as quickly as possible those items you KNOW you want. There is also no guarantee they will restock. Last year, I remember many items didn’t restock. It was unusual and I’m curious to see what will happen this year. There are so many items and several people will send things back, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t get something on the first try. Many times it will go back on the site, but try to snag the most desired items if you can, just in case they don’t restock them.

The best way to shop: I will be shopping online only this year because I have a four month old and we just got back from a trip so its just not feasible this year to travel to a Nordstrom, as the closest one to me is nearly 5 hours away. I would definitely say, go to the store if it’s within your reach to check everything out, try things on and just to experience the #nsale. I was in Las Vegas last year during the preview and I was able to attend. It was so fun and I loved getting to actually try things on in store. It made making decisions easier and I wasn’t as concerned about things selling out. You can go through this link to access the Nordstrom site and start shopping if you’ll be doing so online.

I thought I’d share a few preview items I’m loving below as inspiration and wish you much luck as you embark on shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Whether it’s your first time shopping or you’re a veteran to the sale, keep in mind to shop first, fast and smart and be sure to check back here, as I’ll be updating and sharing more once the sale becomes public on the 12th. Can’t wait to see what you guys are loving and to share more as it goes live! Also, I hope you’ll use me as a resource for any links or questions you may have! Happy shopping, friends!

 

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XO- Chelsi

VII Code Eye Mask

As a busy mom of two, I like many other moms tend to put my needs and self-care on the back burner. Not at all complaining and I wouldn’t change it for the world, yet mama sometimes needs to pamper herself. Anyone else feel this way? 30 minutes of alone time, yes?

I was recently gifted a product that I’ve found to be very effective for under eye circles, is safe for expecting moms, and is so easy and convenient to use. The VII Code oxygen mask is SO good y’all! It feels amazing and has become a staple in my weekly routine.

This mask helps reduce the appearance fine lines and wrinkles (can I get an amen?) and how I like to apply mine is at night before bed. I can sleep in it for up to 8 hours and wake up looking less like a tired mom and more like an energized 20 something. Okay, maybe that’s going a little far, but it’s definitely made such an impact in my routine and I think is something that could benefit other women wanting to take a little time for themselves, even if it’s while you sleep. I have tried many eyes masks in the past. Prior to pregnancy I was using an eye mask that included retinol as an ingredient, not safe for pregnant or nursing so quickly had to come up with a safe alternative that would do the job and that would make me feel like I was making improvements to my skin in the meantime.

The VII Code mask has been wonderful and I’m so glad to have been given the opportunity to use it. If you’re also interested, you can check out the oxygen eye mask, here. Let me know your thoughts and what your results are looking like and remember to always take time for yourself! Doing so will make you a better you to care for those around you!

Happy weekend, friends!

XO- CHELSI

Thank you to Stills and Ink Photography

Favorite baby products

Hey Friday!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

XO- Chelsi

Soul Slings

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Facetune_07-05-2019-02-14-41Happy Tuesday!

Several months ago, when I was still pregnant with Camilla, Soul Slings reached out to me about their amazing baby carriers. I was hesitant at first, just because I rarely if ever used a baby carrier with Corbin. My husband used a cheap one when we would go on trips and I just didn’t think it would be necessary to add to my registry. Little did I know, I would use it frequently.

Insert mom of two.

We are always on the go. Whether its school activities, baseball, or just cooking dinner at home, I am all about baby wearing. Camilla has become a little spoiled to being carried, and sometimes I just have things I have to get done. My ring sling allows me to get chores done around the house or errands checked off my list, all while keeping her content. It comes in a couple fabric options, I chose the cotton jacquard fabric and love how stylish it is. I have to add too, it’s so easy to use and just really makes life a whole lot easier when both she and Corbin need me. I quickly searched ¬†a You Tube video upon its arrival on how to use it and wear it and honestly haven’t looked back since. You simply adjust the sling to fit and cradle your babe and pull the fabric through the ring so its nice and comfortable, yet tight enough to carry your babies weight safely. Its been such a game changer, and I would encourage any soon to be mama’s out there to check them out, especially if you’re a mom of multiple children or someone who is constantly busy, you will fall in love with the ease of the ring sling.

They also have several options and carriers that will suit your specific needs if you would rather have something that will grow with your child past infancy. AseemA goes from infancy to toddlerhood, while their standard option holds babies from 15 lbs. to 40. They also have a carrier that can hold a toddler up to 50 lbs. All carriers, including the ring slings come in several fabric and color options and give great support for both parent and child. This option will in fact be our next purchase; a carrier for Camilla to continue to grow with. Especially when traveling; making airports and sightseeing much more enjoyable than lugging a massive stroller or travel system around. So convenient and easy to pack in a diaper bag or even small compartment.

If you’d like more information on baby wearing or how to purchase one of these state of the art baby carriers, you can visit Soul Slings website,¬†here. They are so worth the investment and Soul Slings takes pride in ensuring the quality and satisfaction of their products. Makes me wish I’d tried this sooner! It’s an investment ranging from $60 to $150 depending on the type of carrier and how it will be used, but overall feel the quality, efficiency and handiness make up for the cost. Plus, you’ll be able to use it for years to come! IT’S A MUST and a wonderful product that I’m so glad we came across.

Thank you to Soul Slings for gifting us a ring sling to try and love. Its made all the difference in maintaining a productive mama all while keeping my baby happy while she rests.

 

XO-Chelsi

Also, thank you to Kimberly Correa with Stills and Ink Photography.

Mother’s Day

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Being a mom is the best job in the world. Even on those days that I need more coffee in my cup, this mom gig is more than worth it and this year is even more special because I am mama to TWO! I have such a full heart in this season of motherhood and just feel grateful. I can’t believe Mother’s Day is a week away and that Camilla will be three whole months old. Just doesn’t seem possible and it’s hard to believe how fast these babies of mine are growing. Literally soaking it all in because I know they will be teenagers in the blink of an eye! I’m also excited to celebrate my sweet mom! She is one in a million and I am so thankful for all of her love, sacrifices growing up, and now help! Ha! She is the best and we are so blessed by her and the gift of the precious Glammy she is! I hope we can spoil her on her special day!

Therefore, I thought today I’d share a few ideas to shower the one who raised you, boo! Whether you’re celebrating your mother, aunt, sister, or friend, there are gifts for everyone at all different price points.

1. Dainty Initial Necklace: Love this under $30

2. Cozy Robe: Great option and under $25

3. A gift certificate to her favorite spa for a massage or mani/pedi.

4. Coffee Maker: This Nespresso coffee maker is a fan favorite.

5. Travel Steamer: For the mom on the go, this steamer is under $40 and a great option.

6. Tory Burch: These¬†Miller sandals¬†are some that she’ll live in forever. Pricey but worth every penny.

7. One word: Dyson. Only the best hair dryer known to man.

8. The comfiest¬†pajamas¬†I’ve ever put on my body. She’ll love them too.

9. Mama ring: Cute and simple and something she can wear every day.

10. Weekender bag: Cute monogrammed luggage she will love. Another here.

11. Give her something she can look at for years to come with this pretty frame and add your favorite family photos.

12. For the chef in the family, how cute are these MacKenzie-Childs baking dishes?

13. Start her day in the word with this devotional and write a sweet note inside.

14. Super mom dish towel so cute and fun to add to a gift too.

15. For gardening or the gym, these headphones are wireless and easy to take everywhere.

16. The cutest “mama” necklace in three metal choices,¬†here.

17. The comfiest and cutest tees for mom.

18. This for the lady who loves to cook.

19. Her favorite fragrance in this amazing set.

20. Shari’s Berries and Tiff’s Treats are also great options. Especially if you aren’t able to spend the day together.

21. Personalized cutting board.

22. Kitchen utensil and iPad dock.

23. Cute coffee mug.

24. The most amazing planner that will keep her busy days organized.

25. Keep all of her pretties organized with this jewelry organizer.

There are so many great gifts out there and I hope this list gave you some insight and an idea of what to get mom this year. I am also praying for those of you who may have lost your mom recently and/or who may be without your loved ones this Mother’s Day. Praying for peace and comfort for you and hoping that you will soon be reunited with the ones you love most if distance keeps you from celebrating together. For those of us lucky enough to see and spend the holiday together, I pray we will soak in these precious moments and remember to value the quality time we’ve been given. To new moms, seasoned moms, grandmothers, aunts, and those who are like mothers to us, hats off to you! May you know how wonderful you are today and each day in between and how grateful we are for each of you in our lives.

Wishing you a very Happy Mother’s Day!

 

 

XO- Chelsi

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camilla One Month Update

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Hi friends, so I just published her birth story, but figured I would go ahead and update you on our sweet one month old. It’s crazy to think it’s already been one month since our little girl made her grand entrance into the world. She is doing great and beginning to do more than just sleep, so I thought I’d share a little more about how things are going.

First, Camilla is a super relaxed baby literally ALL the time and already has such a good, sweet disposition, or I like to think so anyway. She’s been eating in 4 hour intervals, sometimes 5 at night, so I feel much more rested than when I was pregnant. She is super strong, now lifting her head for several seconds at a time and focusing much more on objects. She loves bath time, being naked and kicking around. She just flails and coos and every now and then will give you the biggest smile. If I’m across the room and she hears me, she turns her head to find me almost every time. She follows voices, especially mine and Corbin’s and loves when he sings to her. She get this big grin on her face when he’s talking to her and it just melts my mama heart. I think she’s pretty fond of her brother bear! She also loves staring at the ceiling fans, ha and is enamored with the wallpaper in her room. She just sits and stares when I’m changing her. One thing she’s starting to get more used to is tummy time. At first she was not a fan, but each day it gets a little better and I honestly think she’s going to be rolling over before we know it. She already likes her side and tries to push herself over. I don’t think I’m quite ready for that yet so it’s fine by me if she takes her time. Her mamaroo has been awesome during play time. She just rocks and watches the world go by, and let’s mama work on the laundry. ūüôā I remember it being one of my favorite products when Corbin was little too! He loved that thing and I got stuff done.

She had some reflux issues right when we brought her home so she sleeps elevated in her dock a tot at night. We’ll soon be transitioning her to her halo bassinet, but for now she’s content in the dock a tot and it gives me peace of mind as well. I love having her near me and being able to take it in different rooms with me while I’m doing house work or blogging is so nice as well, while she naps. One of my favorite things she does right now is she’ll giggle in her sleep and it’s the sweetest. Her big brother still does this and it makes me laugh every time. My grandma and mom both have always said, the angels must be playing with them in their dreams, and I think that’s most accurate. Those grins and giggles get me every time and are just so precious. She also loves to be held and I’m by no means complaining. I love snuggling with her and am soaking up every minute.

We’re loving watching Camilla grow by the day. She’s 8.5 pounds now, and is starting to get some rolls and filling out around her face. It’s amazing how quickly they grow and how much they change over such a short amount of time.

We had her well check almost two weeks ago and they had to prick her foot for a routine newborn panel and she was sound asleep. I don’t know about you but I’m that mom who dreads all the shots and the foot pricking and may or may not cry more than my kids. Well, the nurse warned beforehand that she would start screaming after they pricked her foot, so Corbin and I were prepared and ready for what was about to take place. They pricked her foot and the child didn’t move. Corbin told the nurse, wow, my sister is braver than me and it was just so funny. She got through that so well and never even flinched. Just giving you an idea of how easy she is. Above all though, I’m just happy and thankful that she’s healthy and that all is well. What a blessing and a gift she is to our family!

We’ll be going to Dallas for the weekend in the next couple weeks and so I’ll be sure to update you all on how well she travels, as with the flu season, we haven’t left our house much or been in the car for long periods of time. I’ve been much more afraid of germs this time around and have tried to stay away from crowded places as much as possible. Now that it’s getting warmer and spring is springing, I hope to be getting out more and actually enjoying some fresh air. I think Dallas will be fun and I hope she does well on the trip! So far, I feel like she will be great and be a little world traveler like her brother was.

Anyway, I hope your day has been simple amazing and just wanted to give you a quick update on our girl! Happy Thursday!!

 

XO- CHELSI

Meet Camilla Kate

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

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

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

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

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During my last appointment at week 39, my doctor confirmed our induction scheduled for February 15th and insisted that I go in the night before the induction to start Cervidil (cervical softening). I was already dilated but he felt it was necessary to go ahead with the Cervidil. Chlorophil/Borophil (name that movie). ūüôā 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.

Camilla

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 ūüėČ 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.

Camilla

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.

Camilla

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.

Camilla

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. ūüôā 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