Friday, February 22, 2013

1 Month

We've got a 4 week old baby at home, WHAT! This little munchkin is a hungry, growing girl and the absolute apple of her mama and daddy's eyes.

We are getting to see these baby blues more and more each day. Such a treat! She has grinned a couple of times while awake, which will just melt your heart. We see lots of grins as she is dozing off into a milk coma.

There are so many things that I don't want to forget her doing...and it's so hard to record all of them! She has really started using her hands more...discovering her face, grabbing things (including my hair). We even caught her touching her eyeball the other day! 

Our first SEVERAL baths were very traumatic  She went into complete panic mode and I felt terrible. For the past week, she has decided that they aren't all that bad and I think she is actually enjoying them. I bathe her in a baby tub in between the 2 sinks in our jack and jill bath and she checks herself out in the mirror the entire time. We've been working hard on that body so she must be proud. We are starting to get some thunder thighs on our little pot-bellied piglet. 

Our first family of 3 shot. We laughed and laughed over this picture, as I look like a child bride sitting so much lower than Josh. This was taken the day we left the hospital.

Oh how far 4 weeks will take you! I won't lie...the transition into motherhood has been more challenging (yet more wonderful too) than I could have ever imagined. We are still learning her cues to figure out what she needs, feedings are long but continue to improve and I'm trying to get out for quick errands with her when it's possible...just to avoid a serious case of cabin fever! We are trying to soak it all in and enjoy this incredible blessing to our family!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Baisden's Nursery

College friend and super talented photographer Melissa Tuck came to our house a couple weeks ago and took some amazing pictures of Baisden...I am in love with every single one of them! While she was here, she was kind enough to photograph the nursery. I'm really happy with the way the nursery turned is such a calming space.

We kept the nursery pretty simple...I was worried the room would be too small for everything, but it really worked out perfectly. And we didn't spend a fortune...we mixed inexpensive things (Jenny Lind crib and changing table) with some refurbished antiques for a look that isn't so "nursery-in-a-bag."

Bedding is Serena & Lily...more than I would have usually spent on bedding but I justified it since we didn't buy many other items! The white ruffle curtains are Pottery Barn Kids. I think Josh about died when he saw how prissy they were, BUT they are white and we had to have a little frill! A friend had used the drum light fixture in her little boy's nursery and I copied really makes the room cozier. The rocker is a family piece that Josh painted for me.

And the painting...probably my favorite piece in the nursery, period. My mom and grandmother painted this together. It is so special to me, and I know Baisden will appreciate it when she can.

The mirrored dresser (below) is my second favorite thing! My sister and I grew up with it in our my opinion, it just oozes girlishness. My mom got it from her grandmother when she was 13! It has been every color under the sun, now a distressed turquoise. I really love it because the past colors peek through the can especially see shades of cream and pink. It was pale pink when Rae and I used it. Mom and I had planned to paint this gray but once we started sanding it, we knew it had to keep that distressed look.

The children's bookcase is another family piece that just so happens to fit absolutely perfectly between the two closets. We used this in our old house as a china was dark wood. Personally, I think the lines of the piece show up so much more now that it is painted! The inside is painted turquoise to pull in the dresser.

Inside are collectibles that I had as a child...tea sets, silver cups, glass figurines from my great grandmother, my old music boxes, old pictures and some new things for Baisden like books (and the precious silver spoon she received as a gift!).

Originally I planned on not having a changing table. Really thankful that some experienced moms advised me otherwise...this was the best $75 (yes, it was seriously that cheap) I could have spent! Now that Baisden is sleeping in her nursery, we use this QUITE often :) Please ignore that the "XOXO" is rather crooked. I DESPISE hanging things on the wall for this reason, not one of my strong suits.

So, that's was so much fun to create a sweet space for our growing baby girl!

Thursday, February 14, 2013


Happy Valentine's Day from our family to yours!

Thanks for the outfit, Aunt Rae!

Baisden is 3 weeks old today. It's hard to believe she's already been with us that long, but then again, our lives have changed so drastically in such a short period of time that I can't remember what it was like when we didn't have her! Things  at home continue to go well, although the feedings have been a bit of a struggle. Baisden has a big appetite but she is a grazer so I basically feed her all. day. long. But, it's paying off. This morning at her pediatrician appointment, she had gained almost a pound in a little over a week! She's our little piglet. Even lets out some grunts and squeals to confirm the nickname. 

She is more and more alert each day. She usually has an awake period in the morning and then a couple in the afternoon. We do tummy time whenever she is alert...she loves it and pumps her legs up under her bottom.

At the moment, she has her days and nights straight. She is fussier in the evenings and usually takes a while to settle down but she typically sleeps from 11/11:30ish to 1:30 or 2 and then about 3 to 5:30. I am not a napper, and even if I were, there is zero time during the day for a nap with her eating schedule! So, I'm thankful to be getting a couple of stretches of decent sleep.

Advance apologies for being that mom that is all about her kid. I realize I (and my blog...and Facebook...and Instagram...) may seem rather one dimensional...and to be completely honest, I am right now. There is no other way to be with an infant in the picture! 

Nursery tour up next, thanks to some really great professional pictures I have to use!