Nora's Nursery Reveal

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Hey there beauties :)

I finally got the last little details put together in Nora's room and am ready to share it with you! I'm so happy with how the room turned out. It's been so fun transforming it from our old, bland and boring guest room to this airy, feminine, woodland oasis. It's hard to believe I made this inspiration board just 2 months ago! We pulled that shit together QUICK. I guess babies and procrastination will do that to you.

Enough of the blabbering.. 

It took us a while to find the right crib for this room. Hadley's was a bit worn and falling apart so I knew I wanted to get something that would last in case we decide to have 3 more kids or something CRAZY like that. I was DEAD SET on this one from Ikea and waited and waited for it to come back in stock but it NEVER DID. So I had to part ways and in the end I'm glad I did. I love this one by Babyletto even more!

We used this dresser from Ikea as Hadley's changing table in her nursery and kept it for Nora's. I got some natural wood knobs from Home Depot, stained them and painted the top four with gold polka dots to keep it in the theme of the room. 

You can learn how to make your own floral letters here!

I am a bit obsessed with Amy Hamilton's paintings. Her series of little woodland creatures was too perfect for the room.. I had to exercise some real will power to not purchase all of them.

You can see the DIY post for the floral wood wall art piece here.

I love the rocker we got. It's beautiful and works really great for feedings. It's definitely more on the firm side and Josh can't sleep in it as easily as one with a tall back (#tallpersonproblem) but I think if you're looking for something you can move into other spaces when you no longer need a nursery rocker, it's perfect. 

Finkelsteins are officially my new favorite stuffed animals... so cute and quirky! I want the sloth for myself.

I bought the gold polka dots on the wall from Urban Walls. They we're super easy to work with and I love how they turned out. They peel off easily for removal and won't damage the walls so they're great for renters, too!

I had this quote in my mind since I first decided on the theme for the room and wanted to make a print inspired by our newest gal :) You can find it in the shop here!

The wood and gold planters from Light & Ink Studios are one of my new favorite items. I want to put them in every room of the house! Lisa, the owner, was super nice when the first shipment got stolen off our stoop (I bet the local teen thugs we're real pumped about those free planters they scored!!!!!) and she shipped us another batch free of charge. 
Also, everything in her shop is just plain KEWL.

And there you have it!

It'll be a little sad once we move Nora out of our room and into her own room but when the time comes, I'm glad she'll be kickin' back in a pretty place like this. 

Oh, and I can't forget to credit my assistant photographers...

Nursery sources:

crib ||  rocker  ||  dresser  ||  crib sheets  ||  crib skirt


Life with two

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Well, I think it's safe to say life is definitely not the same!!!!

These last two weeks and 3 days have been amazing, exhausting, challenging, painful and some of the best days of my life. A roller coaster, to say the least. Nora is such a sweet baby who eats like a champion so she basically has not left my teet since she popped out da womb. It's been exhausting but this girl has already gained over a pound and a half since she was born so I am one proud mama!

She grunts and makes lots of funny noises all the time. Hadley goes bonkers every time she sneezes and I think I can already see some baby blues coming in :) She's snuggly and perfect and we couldn't love her more!!!!

Hadley is continuing to blow my mind with her sweetness and patience. Every morning she comes into our room, climbs in bed with Josh, Nora and myself and squeals as soon as she sees the baby. She does it after her nap time, too... it's so adorable! It's like she forgets the baby gets to stay around and has a little Christmas morning moment every time she sees her.  

I can't wait to see them together once Nora can participate in playtime a bit more.

^^^Holding on to her little pinky :)

I think my biggest worry was how I would be able to juggle both the girls when Josh went back to work. We're taking it one day at a time, but so far it hasn't been nearly as bad as I thought it would be! Disney Junior and Pixar movies have been a BIG help so far. Honestly, I'm just happy when I've remembered to feed everyone. Including Cail. Sorry, girl! Extra doggie treats for you!

Last week we even made it out to Hadley's My Gym class, just the three of us. Nora explosively pooed all over herself, I forgot to bring an extra onesie and Hadley did most of the class with one of the teachers.. BUT we survived! And Hadley loved showing off her little sis!

It's been so nice laying low and spending all this quality time together :)

It's looking super warm and sunny this week and I am PUMPED about it!
Summertime is so close!


Nora's birth story

Friday, April 17, 2015

It's hard to believe Nora has been with us for over a week now. 

You wait and wait and wait for 9 long months and then BAM, she's here! Holy guacamole! 

Late Tuesday night of last week I started to feel contractions come every 3-5 minutes. They weren't as strong as I remembered with Hadley but I figured since they were coming so close together and weren't going away that it must be the real thing! I waited them out all night and woke Josh up around 7am to tell him, "I think today is the day!"

We finally packed our hospital bag (whoops), got Hadley ready so she could go hang with Pop & Pippy (grandpa & grandma) and slowly made our way to the hospital. They hooked me up to the monitors, checked my cervix and WHAT DO YOU KNOW, I was only 2 centimeters. 

I knew my body was slow with this whole labor thing but I was hoping for more than that! 

They had me walk around for an hour, checked me again and there was no change. The contractions were still coming but farther apart now so they sent us home. We we're scheduled to go in the next morning for an induction so we knew either way our little gal was coming soon!

As the afternoon rolled on, my contractions came on stronger and stronger but were still spaced apart. I started to feel the pain radiating in my legs like I did with Hadley before. You can read more about my pregnancy, labor and postpartum experience with Hadley here. I wasn't able to sleep with the contractions so I walked in circles around our family room, cleaned our kitchen and tried to distract myself from the pain. Even Jimmy Fallon's boy-like charm couldn't help me... I was struggling!

Around 3am I woke Josh up and told him I couldn't wait any longer. I needed some help. And by help I mean DRUGS. 

We headed to the hospital, yet again, and this time they checked us in (THANK GOD). They examined me and I was still only 2 centimeters. Que sobbing here. I could not believe that I hadn't dilated any more but was feeling so much pain. It was so discouraging! But they said I was effacing rapidly so the contractions were doing their job. 

My experience was similar with Hadley where strong contractions started coming on very early in labor. I've heard stories of some people never feeling the contractions, going to the doctor and finding out they're already at 4 centimeters so it's hard not to feel like a big, fat wimp! But every body, pregnancy and labor has it's own agenda.

By the time they got us in our room and the anesthesiologist arrived, it was around 5am. I hadn't slept in two nights and was ready to fuggin' crash. They gave me the epidural and I was able to get a little rest. The medicine made me super itchy, which was annoying, but I kept telling myself it was better than those contractions! 

They gave me a small dose of pitocin to progress things a little faster since my contractions were still spaced apart. 

A few hours later, I began to feel the contractions on one side of my body. It wasn't painful like before but a feeling of pressure that definitely wasn't there before. The epidural started to favor the left side of my body so I was getting a little nervous that I'd be able to feel the whole thing. I could also tell a difference between the feeling in my legs.. my left leg was completely numb and I could barely move it on my own while my right leg was much easier to move around.

No one had checked my progress since about 6am when I was at 5cm. It was now close to noon, we we're hanging with my family and I started to feel like maybe it was time to push. We cleared the room and I asked the doc to check me out. Sure enough she says, "Oh yup, there's her head. I think just one push will do it."

I looked at her... SAY WHAT?

Before I could even comprehend what was happening, they had changed the table for delivery, hoisted my legs and we we're about to have a freakin' baby! 

With Hadley it was such a slow process.. the nurses we're explaining everything to me very calmly and slowly, we did a push and then waited, another push and then waited. The doctor didn't even come in to deliver Hadley until after I had been pushing for a solid 50 minutes. 

But with this little girl, it was a WAM BAM, THANK YOU MA'AM kind of thing. 

They told me to push, and then almost immediately told me to stop. Josh looked at me like HOLY SHIT and said her head was already out. And then I did one more small push and in the next second she was on my chest.
I didn't even poop! 
Go self!

It was insanity. I think I was in shock for a few minutes afterwards. I couldn't believe she was finally here and I couldn't believe how fast it went down! The nurse told me to never tell any of my friends that it took one push but you know I can't keep this trap shut.. IT WAS DOWNRIGHT CRAZY TOWN.


 Hadley came in a little while after and was so adorable my heart was ready to explode. She immediately started, "Ooooohing" and "Ahhhhing", pointing and babbling away to everyone around her. I could not be more impressed with how she's handled the whole thing. 
I am one proud mama!!!!

^^This is the face that says, "Holy shit, I have two kids.........."
^^^Traditions can't be broken.

And for fun, I did a little side-by-side of Hadley and Nora after they we're first born. I see so many similarities between them, I can't wait to see what Nora looks like in just a few short months. 

We love you so much Nora girl. 
You came into this world fast & furious and we wouldn't have you any other way. We're so happy to be your parents!!!!

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