Introducing Emily Grace (and a one month update)

On August 8, 2017 we welcomed baby girl, Emily Grace to our little family!  We couldn’t be more excited and happier for her to be here! After a month things are starting to settle down and be in a bit of a routine (a crazy unsustainable sleepless routine–but that’s newborn life for you!).

At 8 lbs 5 ounces, she was born with a full head of dark hair.  We have spent this last month just recovering and resting (trying to) and getting to know Miss Emily Grace.   She was born on a Tuesday, and by Thursday afternoon we checked out of the hospital and headed home.  Although by Friday her bilirubin levels had gone up, so we spent the night with a bili-blanket.  The next morning we went to check her levels and they had still gone up, so Miss Emily had to check back into the hospital to spend another day under the more intense bilirubin lights.  They originally told us it would be 2-4 days, but her levels ended up dropping so quickly that we only had to stay one (VERY LONG) day in ‘Special Nurseries’ which is an in between level for babies who need more care than the children’s wing, but less than NICU.  We had AMAZING nurses there who were sweet and kind and patient.  They have very hard jobs and we were so grateful for their hard work. We also feel extremely lucky to have only had a short stay there, as many of the other tiny kiddos have to spend significantly longer periods there, and since Wesley Hospital services most of western Kansas, there were a lot of families that were far from home, so we spent most of the day feeling fortunate for our circumstances, even as we were worried about Emily.

But since she came home, she has started to look MUCH less orange and we have full belief that she will end up with unbelievably pale skin, just like both Reese & I and of course, big sister Taylor.

She sleeps a lot, loves to eat and hates getting a bath (although she always sleeps a long time after a bath, so mom and dad are big fans!).  She likes being swaddled in a sleep sack, but hates pacifiers (much to big sister’s disappointment, as she cannot fathom why someone wouldn’t want a ‘wubba’).

The one week that I went in to weigh her after being out of the hospital, she had gained 1lb and was eating on par with a 3-6 month old, so she is starting to get adorable fat rolls and a couple of chins, making her a cute little round baby, perfect for snuggling.

She has given us a few brief periods of 4-5 hours of sleep, but most of the time she sleeps in 3 hour chunks.  She also loves being held during the day, so I’m sure daycare will appreciate that in a month, but for now I’m enjoying the time at home with just her and me! But nights and mornings are filled with Big Sister and Dada time.  And both are completely smitten with Emily.  Taylor is obsessed- and has no sense of personal space! Emily is the first thing she asks about in the morning, and if Emily is not around she is always worried about where she is.  She says Emily’s name in a high pitched voice that usually comes out sounding like “Em-e-weeeee”.  And if Emily is spotted with her eyes open Taylor shouts “a-wake! a-wake!” Its so fun to see Taylor loving on her little sister, even if it comes with a lot of prompting to BE GENTLE.

Taylor loves wearing matching outfits with little sister–which by the way is hard to do with a toddler and an infant- finding them is hard, and then someone is always spilling something!

But when you come around the corner and you see this… it is all worth it.  And I’m pretty sure that’s the only time in my life I’ll be able to grab my camera and snap that perfect of a picture at the right time.  Timing. is. Everything.


ps. if you want to read about what month one was like for Taylor: that post is here.




Well everyone, tomorrow is the day that baby girl arrives! And I promised you all a nursery update, so here it is… you can spend your time reading this while you anxiously await her arrival… no, just me (and of course my family!) anxiously awaiting her arrival? I’m sure I’ll post a pic to the Facebook page sometime in the next few days, but for probably the next week (at least) I’ll be MIA, recovering from the c-section and soaking up every minute with a precious newborn.  So in the meantime, enjoy the nursery!

We decided to go with a turquoise-y teal/navy theme for this room.  It mostly started when my mom found this super cute mini crib on clearance in a beautiful turquoise color. And from there, the rest of the room sort of evolved.

Hobby Lobby has a whole bunch of super cute artwork right now, so all three of these pictures above the crib were snagged from there, and a few of them even at 50% off!

We decided to go with the mini crib because Taylor is still sleeping well in her crib and shhhhh… she doesn’t know she is perfectly capable of climbing out. And with so many other changes in her life, we aren’t wanting to throw too many other life changes at her.  BUT, I think by the time new baby girl is too big for this crib, Taylor will have figured that out and will be in a big girl bed and we can move her crib into here.

We debated whether or not to buy a fancy glider or rocker for her room, but finally decided that the OLD la-z-boy recliner in our basement would match, is CRAZY comfortable and since I would be spending a lot of hours in the middle of the night hanging out nursing here, we decided to go with comfort over beauty.  And I’m pretty sure I’ll be happy with my decision in 6 months when baby girl is still waking up for 2am feedings. I’m still looking for a small table to put next to it, and maybe a lamp, but I love the little picture I framed above it.  Its a menu from a tea room in St. Louis that my grandmother had saved, presumably because she thought the menu was so cute.  I loved that it fit the colors of baby girl’s room, and brings in that touch of her that I would have missed without it.  It still makes me sad that she won’t get to meet this baby girl, because she loved Taylor and getting to spend time with Taylor so much.

The blackout curtains were a Target find– I love the navy and white stripe and the pop of color it brings to that end of the room.  Especially since I know that they will almost never be opened like this… and I’ll have to live with closed off curtains most of the time, because lets face it, open windows are not conducive to infant sleep… and everybody loves a sleeping infant.

The dresser was what we call an ‘investment’ piece.  We decided to take the plunge and spend the money on a nicer dresser from Pottery Barn Kids. It is the Elliot Extra Wide in Charcoal if you were looking for something similar.  We are pleased with the quality and size.  It looks great in there! In Taylor’s nursery, I bought a hand me down dresser in Waco one weekend and repainted it when I wanted it white and not cream. Its a beautiful dresser, and I still LOVE the look of it, but some of the drawers are not very easy to open and close, and at least one of them is mostly beyond repair.  So we decided for this room we wanted one that at least had functioning drawers.

The mirror is an OLD Ikea mirror that we have had for YEEEEEARS- like maybe 12 or 13?  My mom had the brilliant idea to paint the face of it Navy to match the room and I LOVE the way it turned out! She just taped around the edges and spray painted it Navy. It looks perfect above the gray dresser and really ties in all the pieces in the room.

And that’s where baby girl will live for the foreseeable future! I’m sure as she gets older, the room will evolve a bit, but I love the way this turned out.  I love that it is very different than Taylor’s first room was, and that she will have a space that is very much her own! Although I am sure that their shared Jack and Jill bathroom will be the source of many shenanigans over the years, I love that they will be connected there as well!

Pray for us as this new phase of life begins!

A New Playroom

I know I still owe y’all a nursery update! And I will post one, I promise… I’m just waiting to finish one more thing up. In the meantime, I have a cute little update we did to our workout room.  Since the husband works out mostly at work or at the gym, and I haven’t been working out (at all) lately, our workout room in the basement has gone mostly under-utilized.  As we were talking about what sorts of changes we wanted to do to the house before new baby arrived, we decided our house would be best used if we had a playroom for Taylor and eventually new baby and most importantly, the growing collection of toys we have piling up at our house.  So we decided to turn this:

Into a young girl heaven:

The floor in the room is a rubber gym mat type floor that the previous owner had installed, but we wanted something soft and cushy for the girls to play on, so earlier this spring I started searching for a good area rug for their playroom.  And silly me… I checked Land of Nod (you know… just for inspiration) and fell in LOVE with this candy dot rug.  And yes, I am well aware that $800 dollars is entirely too much to pay for a rug that is going to go in a play room and probably have crayon and goldfish crammed into its tiny little fibers. So I didn’t buy it. And I kept looking. And I couldn’t find anything else that I loved… so I talked my mom (bless her!) into buying half of it for me for my birthday.  And it is perfection.  And we had a 15% off coupon with free shipping–so yay!


My grandfather built two sets of those tables and chairs for my mom and her sisters when they were little girls and I had one set stripped down (eek… they had lead paint on them and I didn’t really want Taylor ingesting any lead paint). Land of Nod had a picture in one of their catalogs of the rug with similar color table and chairs, so I can’t take credit for that inspiration, but I LOVE how cute and fun it turned out! I have to give a huge shout out to my mom and my husband who painted those for me, since I try to stay away from spray paint and similar things while pregnant.

The play kitchen is the Chelsea All In One kitchen from Pottery Barn Kids and Taylor loves it.  She is always getting out her food and pots and pans, etc. and to bring you strange concoctions like a tomato and chocolate chip cookie sandwich.

We definitely needed some adult seating in there- and in these pictures I have put our Pier 1 Director’s Chairs in black that I have had FOREVER with some green covers on them (long story… but I’ve also had the green covers that I bought forever ago in the garage and it turned out they looked cute in this room!).  HOWEVER, since I took these photos last week, we have put a love seat that my aunt wasn’t using anymore in there for some more comfy seating, but I’m trying to decide whether or not to recover it!

Notice that I didn’t show you the other half of the room in the picture above… that is because this room has reverted back to its normal state of TOTAL DISASTER ZONE. And that is the whole point of the room, so I’m just going to leave it that way.  And if I never have to reassemble the 16 piece cupcake set that Taylor loves to dump over? Ladies and Gentleman, that is what we call success.

I also had some curtains that I had purchased for the living room at our house in Texas (but had never gotten around to hanging) that were simple white curtains, so I decided to sew some fun trim on the edges to give it a little pop of color, and I LOVE the way they turned out! This was super simple to do, I just picked up some of the ball trim at JoAnns and gave it a zig zag stitch along the edge to secure it to the curtains.

Such a fun little update to the house, and I am super happy to have a place for all of Taylor’s toys to live. Although, that does mean that new baby doesn’t get the opportunity to do planks with dad like Taylor did: