Raynor Turns 1

25 Jul

I’ve been gone. It’s been a while. I just can’t ever find the time to write anymore as a full time, stay at home, mommy. But I want to get some thoughts out about our first year with Raynor and his milestones so here we go!

Last week, July 20th, Raynor turned 1 year old! I seriously can’t even believe it’s been that long! While it feels like yesterday and also a lifetime ago that our sweet boy entered our lives. He has accomplished SO MUCH in the first 12 months of life and I know every month that passes he will become an even more amazing and independent little boy!


1 year milestones:

  • Sleeps through the night, approximately 9-11 hours, I broke my own rules and nurse him before bed but he sleeps so I don’t even care ūüôā
  • He’s only taking 1 nap a day (around lunch time) but he stays asleep for between 1.5 and 2.5 hours
  • He eats almost anything I put in front of him (hates avocado) and still does a mix of pureed fruits and vegetables as well as finger foods. I love that he will still eat puree so I can hide more nutritious foods in there.

Raynor eating

  • He has 6 teeth and is always chewing on his hands.
  • He is in mostly 9-12 month clothes but can still fit into 6-9 month rompers and even has a swimsuit he wears thats 3-6! He’s still nice and tiny!
  • He loves the water! We did 2 sessions of swim classes before coming ot the beach for the month and we practice his skills almost every day in preparation for his 3rd session of swim classes in September. He kicks like the 2 year olds in his class and is learning to “dig” his hands to the wall as well. Surprisngly, he LOVES to go under water and doesn’t fight us at all when we do it!


  • It’s amazing to me how little fear he has around strangers. He loves all our friends and will go them with little hesitation.
  • He LOVES to play with balls. He will throw the ball and put it in a basket if theres one close by. He lights up when he sees his favorite ball
  • Raynor loves music. He will dance to the music when his musical toys are on. We sing bedtime stories to him everynight and when he’s upset in the car we know just what albums to play to help him calm down.

  • After some trial and error we are back in our cloth diapers. We had some issues with properly washing them which turned me off cloth for about a month while we figured it out but I’ve decided to be less strict about diapering and will switch between cloth and Seventh Generation diapers.
  • He isn’t saying any words yet but loves to babble. His favorite is “dadadadadada” or “bubububububu”
  • Raynor is always laughing and he really is the happiest baby I’ve ever met!
  • We reached a major milestone just in the last week when he began to walk! I know that within the next week his walk will be a run and I can’t wait to chase him EVERYWHERE!

We love you sweet boy and can’t wait to see what new adventures you bring in the next 12 months!

Raynor’s Half Birthday

20 Jan

Today we are celebrating Raynor’s half birthday! I can not BELIEVE we are already at 6 months! I’m not ready! He has accomplished a lot in the last 6 months and it is truly amazing to watch him grow. Every day I am in awe at what he can accomplish!


His Milestones:

  • Can sleep in his own bed with only minimal interaction. Although he won’t sleep all night, we feel good about him sleeping in his own room.
  • Started eating oatmeal cereal around 5 1/2 months. He enjoys it for breakfast and dinner which we started this week.
  • He is in 3-6 month onsies, 6-9 month pj’s and pants (mostly due to his larger behind from our cloth diapers).
  • Raynor enjoys being outside. He rides on a 3 in 1 trike around the neighborhood with us pushing him. He also enjoys being in our Lillebaby carrier.


  • Raynor loves his grandparents and lights up when he sees all of them whether in person or on facetime.
  • Raynor can play and reach for toys and loves his crinkle book ¬†and a light up wand from the $1 of target the most.
  • His doorway jumper is his favorite place to be if he isn’t in the arms of either me or Britton.


  • He almost always falls asleep in the car.
  • Raynor reaches for things Britton and I have in our hands, like our phones, and tries to put everything in his mouth.
  • He can sit up on his own but prefers to stand with support.
  • We’ve already traveled to Iowa twice to see family and he is a great traveler!


  • Raynor loves to be thrown up in the air and enjoys BIG movement. I think he will be a thrill seeker!
  • He is beginning to recognize when we are not with him and cries for us to be near.
  • Raynor only naps for 30 minutes at a time despite our best efforts to keep him asleep longer during the day.
  • We love our BumGenius diapers most and travel with honest diapers when we need some disposables.
  • He loves to talk and can copy us when we make funny sounds.
  • Raynor is super ticklish and we love to listen to his sweet laugh!

We don’t have his 6 month check up for another 2 weeks so I can’t give an update on size but this kid is growing like a weed and its both exciting and sad at the same time. ¬†I can’t wait to see what he accomplishes in the next 6 months!


Friday I’m in Love

28 Oct

Yeay for Friday! ¬†And here at the Wall house we had a short week and a stay-cation Monday and Tuesday so it’s been a great week for us!



The midwestern fast food chain, Culvers. We have one out in Clermont and another opening up just around the corner from us in Winter Garden and I absolutely love their cheese curds!  For being fast food, its among the best and takes a close second behind Chick Fil A in our household!


Pumpkin patches with your kid! We took Raynor to a pumpkin patch a few weeks back and had a lot of fun taking pictures among the pumpkins. What is better than that?


I really love that we live so close to Disney. We took Raynor on Monday with us to Epcot’s Food and Wine festival and then to Magic Kingdom on Tuesday. We had a blast and I’d like to think Raynor had fun too! ¬†His favorite ride was The Little Mermaid with all the bright colors and constantly moving seashells!



I’ve been dying to get Raynor in our hanging door swing and this week I decided he was big enough. He’s not QUITE big enough but since he can hold his head up strongly I decided that would do. ¬†He hasn’t quite figured it out yet but he’s getting the hang of it! I find it hilarious that he prefers to have his hands inside the basket ūüėČ

Have a great weekend friends!


Friday I’m In Love

14 Oct

So I can’t guarantee that I will get a post up every Friday but since I’m on a roll, I figured I’d get back in the game!



I could not possibly start my FIIL posts without sharing the thing I love most in the world. Raynor is the light of my life and I’m so blessed to be his¬†mommy!



Now that I have a little one I’m sure there will be lots to share about the things I am loving. About a month ago, we started cloth diapering. ¬†I am in love with our bum genius pocket diapers. ¬†I’m a weirdo and have always found laundry to be the most relaxing household chore. And let me tell you, I love doing our diaper laundry! His bum is so cute in all these adorable diapers!


Right now we are totally crushing on the Halo SleepSack. Little one is a wiggler for sure and trying to get him swaddled in one of our many many muslins is a chore. So from the beginning we have opted for the swaddle sacks. ¬†I like this one the best because it allows him more leg room than some of the others we have. It’s also super soft and has multiple ways it can be worn! So as he grows and changes, it can grow and change with him!



Have you heard of LuLaRoe yet? I am absolutely obsessed and this pair of leggings is my new favorite addition to my closet. These leggings are by far the most comfortable leggings I have ever worn. And the print?! IN LOVE! I WILL be hosting an online popup with my dear friends Carly and Jessica so stay tuned for more information.

Have a great weekend folks!


July 20, 2016

12 Oct

I’ve had a hard time starting up my blogging again since our baby was born 12 weeks ago today. But while he takes a nap today I decided I wanted to get going again. Not everyone will be interested in this post as it is the story of our sons birth. Life’s a little different these days and right now I just want to document what speaks to me.

This story actually starts the day before, July 19, 2016. In the last month or so of pregnancy I began heading to my regular OBGYN appointments and coming out worried about my increasing blood pressure. ¬†At my appointment on July 15th the doctors decided to send me to the Florida Hospital triage center to check for preeclampsia. ¬†After spending the afternoon in triage, they send me home as my blood pressure stabilized and I showed no other symptoms of preeclampsia. ¬†But I didn’t feel good. So every day that weekend I had my blood pressure checked and sure enough, it stayed high and kept me worrying.

So Monday I called our doctors office and was able to schedule an appointment for Tuesday for a blood pressure check.  As I suspected, it was still high (the numbers at this point have left my brain but they were in the 140/100 range). They went ahead and sent me back to triage.  Instead of going through the same battery of tests as they had the Friday before, after monitoring my blood pressure for an hour, they went ahead and admitted me to have the baby.

My worst fears before going into labor was having to be induced because I have heard so many stories of friends being induced and being in labor for 24 hours or more. I had a whole labor plan, I was going to walk around, dance with Britton, bounce on a ball, take a show.  I spent some time doing those things. I bounced on an exercise ball for almost two hours as Britton and I watched TV and movies.  Mom brought us dinner as I was able to eat until I got an epidural.  Everything was going relatively smoothly.  On top of the high blood pressure I also had group B strep during pregnancy, that while totally normal in a woman, can be fatal if passed to the baby during delivery. While they were pumping me with fluids and meds for induction, they were also pumping antibiotics into my body every 4 hours. That was the most uncomfortable part of the beginning of my labor experience. All in all, the first few hours were uneventful. I felt pretty good.  Only minor pain from contractions and I was feeling pretty good.

In the middle of the night the contractions started to get steadier and more painful. I asked my nurse if I could take a shower to relax… That’s when I learned that my birth plan went right out the window the moment I was admitted with high blood pressure. I had no idea that the monitors I was hooked up to meant I could not do most of the things I had hoped to do to help me through the labor pains. I was bed bound. And I didn’t event know it! So when things got bad at around 3 am, and I couldn’t take the contraction pains any longer, I went ahead and got the epidural that I was putting off. ¬†I didn’t want to be bed bound so I didn’t start with any pain relievers. ¬†But now I knew, there was no point in going through the pain if I was bed bound anyway.

The epidural allowed me to get some sleep so we did that until the bright sun was shining in our room.  The morning through the early afternoon during labor was very uneventful. What really sucked was no eating or drinking. At about 3 pm the doctor on call went ahead and broke my water as labor was progressing relatively slowly. At that point I started to get antsy.  We are talking, 24 hours into my labor experience. My nurse reconfigured my bed so that I would be sitting almost upright to help move the baby down the birth canal. At about 6 pm is when I started to lose my mind. There was a pinch in my right hip that made me begin to feel contractions on that side. I was hungry and thirsty and no amount of popsicles or ice chips were going to satisfy me. I had my first ever panic attack.

Britton did his best to calm me down but we called the nurse and she hooked me up to oxygen so I could catch my breath.  She moved my bed back into a lying down position and although I was exhausted, I was feeling a little better.  Sitting upright for a few hours DID help move the baby into position.  After my panic attack things seemed to speed up and by 10 pm we were ready to go.

We didn’t realize it until I began to push that our baby boy was facing sideways and had his head cocked in the canal. ¬†He was stuck. ¬†I spent half an hour pushing in the traditional lying on your back position before the nurses and the doctor made the decision to start having me flip from side to side to move him into position. ¬†I spent 15 minutes pushing on my left side and 15 minutes pushing on my right side. And then we were ready. They moved me back to my back and in my first push baby boy was in the arms of my doctor and soon on my chest!


After 33 hours of labor, Raynor Eden Wall was born at 11:03 pm on July 20, 2016. He weighed 6 lbs 10 oz, 20 inches long, and absolutely perfect!

I had a hard labor. It took 33 hours (and I tore in 4 places!!) But I wouldn’t change it for the world. We brought into this world the most amazing little boy and we can’t wait to see who he becomes!

Friday I’m Missing Grandma

15 Jul


Last weekend Britton and I went down to visit my aunt and uncle for a quick visit to say hi before the baby arrives. My grandma had made our baby a gift before she passed away 3 years ago.  I haven’t talked at all in my blog about my grandma but she meant a lot to me. She was a knitter. She knitted each of her grand kids baby blankets and knitted each of us a blanket when we got married. She was bale to give me mine at my wedding shower but died just days before we got married. Julia Jackson was an amazing woman. I still remember snack time as a kid, getting a small Tupperware with skittles between breakfast and lunch when we went to visit her. Every year for Christmas she made all her kids, grand kids and great grand kids cross stitched ornaments. All of mine go on a special tree every year during the holidays.


So, back to the point at hand. I found out a few weeks ago that my grandma made something for our baby before she died. My aunt said that two months before she passed away she began making the afghan blanket for our first child. We were no where near even thinking about kids as a couple but grandma planned ahead. She wanted us to have, for our baby, what she gave my mom and all of her kids for their babies. This blanket means more to me than anything we’ve gotten for our baby boy. I hope he cherishes it as much as I do.




before we = 3

13 Jul

Last night Britton and I had possibly our last date night before we become a family of 3.  I had made reservations and cancelled them to various places at Disney Springs over the course of the last month and finally we made it a priority.  We wanted to check out Morimoto Asia so I made some reservations and we headed out there for an evening just the two of us.

As always we were stuck in traffic on Disney property but somehow still made it to dinner on time. Walking through the new marketplace was beautiful and we knew we would want to check it out after dinner.


Morimoto Asia was absolutely stunning inside. We were at a table somewhat tucked away near the front of the restaurant but we had a great view of the whole place.  I was amazed at what Disney was doing out there to bring in some new restaurants and experiences for their ever committed fans. The food, the atmosphere, the company, it was a perfect dinner.

Afterwards we strolled through some of the shops in the marketplace but before we knew it, the clouds opened up and it started to storm. Before we had even pulled into the garage I made a mental note not to forget our umbrella but, guess what, baby brain kicked in and we left it in the backseat! So instead we rushed from store to store until we made it to a covered section where we slowly strolled through some great shops.  My favorite shop was called Sugarboo & Co. I wanted everything in that store! We will be back with a plan. So many things I wanted for our master bedroom but its too much of a disaster right now to think about decorating it.


Once the rain cleared we made our way to Sprinkles cupcakes. I can’t ever go anywhere where cupcakes are nearby and NOT pick up a few! They even have a cupcake ATM at this location!


We had a great evening and I hope we are able to dedicate some time every month to continue to stay connected once baby comes.


guest room to nursery

11 Jul

As most everyone knows by now, we are getting closer and closer to bringing a baby into this crazy world! As soon as we moved into our house we knew exactly what room would be our nursery. It had two pink walls which we also always knew, would be changed to mint.

The exciting part was moving everything out of there and finding places for it all throughout our house.  Newer construction homes in Central Florida are extremely tight on storage space so that was quite a challenge.  We got rid of some stuff, sold some stuff and moved some stuff into the various storage spaces we have dedicated throughout the house and the garage.

Our first purchase for the nursery was actually our rocker. We had gotten some cash for Christmas that we wanted to put towards the baby’s room so we headed to Buy ¬†Buy Baby to find the perfect one! ¬†The same weekend we also found an awesome rug from Home Goods. ¬†It was a productive weekend!


Next step in this adventure was to paint. ¬†While Britton was away on business one week I started the process and completed the first coat of paint on all the walls! Once he was home, he helped me finish the walls with a second coat. ¬†It’s much more fun to paint with a partner!

In the midst of painting the space we also found out we were having a baby boy! Which helped us decide what would come next in the space to prepare for a baby boy! No more mint and coral and yellow for this room, it would now be mint, white and navy blue ūüôā Once the walls were painted it was time to figure out a dresser/changing table and get the rest of our furniture ordered. ¬†I had already picked out a crib and had hoped to refinish an old dresser for his room. ¬†The dresser, however, was not as easy to refinish as I had hoped so we scrapped the idea after finding the perfect piece from Adjectives Unhinged. A midcentury disaster was what it was when we found it but after they designer refinished it, it was PERFECT for our baby boy!

My in-laws purchased our crib for us so we put it together and we were well on our way to having everything we needed for baby boy!


I also wanted a bookcase where all of our baby books could face out so I found a great one on the pottery barn kids website! I also needed artwork for our celestial themed nursery so I headed straight to etsy to find some unique pieces. We also got a great mobile from etsy that we couldn’t be happier with. ¬†Britton even found a map of the northern sky on a deal website from Europe! Two weeks ago we put it all together and his room is PERFECT and ready for his arrival (just like I am!)

We had a lot of fun putting together his room and we really can’t wait for him to spend his first years in this room and this house. We hope he loves the space we’ve created for him!

Friday I’m in Love

8 Jul

Friday’s have become super busy for me over the past few weeks and it’s made these posts somewhat impossible to get to. ¬†It doesn’t help that I have become SUPER lazy in the last few weeks of pregnancy so I have a lot less fun stuff to share!


First and foremost, I am so in love with spending time out on the water. ¬†On Monday my dad took us ¬†and a few friends out on the Butler chain of lakes to celebrate Independence Day. ¬†We had so much fun, I didn’t want to leave! ¬†We got to the park early enough on Monday morning that we had no trouble dropping the boat in and getting a parking spot for the trailer. ¬†Getting out was a whole other story. ¬†But everything in between was perfect. ¬†Britton made breakfast burritos for us to eat once we were out on the water. ¬†We brought Publix subs to snack on for lunch, and I way over prepared snacks for the rest of the day. ¬†The water was wonderful and I think I spent over 2 hours just floating. ¬†Perfect day!


This commercial, happy tears



Last weekend we finished our nursery which I should do a whole post on that so maybe next week ūüôā I love everything about his space! ¬†Even though he won’t be there for a few months as we will be keeping him in a bassinet for a while, it feels good to have this done! Mint walls, grey and white furniture, navy accents?! ¬†It’s perfect!


Monster Cookies… These are a thing in the Midwest for sure but I made almost 4 dozen over the weekend to bring out on the boat. ¬†We’ve been snacking on them all week. ¬†Have you ever had one? ¬†They are the perfect mix of peanut butter, chocolate, and oatmeal that me and Britton find¬†irresistible. ¬†I used Paula Deen’s recipe and used dark chocolate m&m’s as that is my favorite way to eat chocolate. ¬†Make some. ¬†Don’t wait for something special.


Probably top on my list of loves is feeling our baby move around all day long. I wish I could get a video of it but he gets skittish whenever I pull out my phone to get it! ¬†He’s still super active and it makes me really excited to meet him! ¬†I tell him every day to not get too comfortable because we really can’t wait to see his sweet face!

On top of being 37+ weeks pregnant, we are renovating our master bathroom. ¬†I say we, but we hired a contractor (thank goodness) and its been quite inconvenient. Once we’re all done I’ll be excited to share but right now I feel like we are living in chaos. ¬†Hopefully next week I will be able to add a bathroom reno to my love list instead of my opposite of love list ūüôā

Monday, a fresh start

20 Jun

I started to write a Friday I’m in Love post last week and I came up at a loss. ¬†My city, the city beautiful, the city I grew up in, was brutally attacked last Sunday morning. Everyone in the world knows all the news that plastered CNN, Fox News and local stations. ¬†So it was hard for me to come up with my loves. ¬†I spent the week alone while Britton traveled and every day I watched the news and talked with friends about what was happening. ¬†But the person I wanted to talk with most was in Mexico, so far from my reality.

Yesterday at Church we held a special prayer service to pray for our city, for first responders, for the families and friends directly affected. ¬†I found hope on Sunday. ¬†I’m working towards peace.

So today after spending a lot of time grieving, and feeling anger this week I plan to start a new. ¬†Find more things to love and appreciate. ¬†People always say to find the good that comes from the tragedy and all week I think I’ve seen those things. ¬†Over 5300 people were out to give blood THE DAY of the tragedy. ¬†Counter protesters blocked grieving families from the negativity of a hateful group and over 55,000 people showed up at Lake Eola last night for a candlelight vigil. ¬†And all over the world cities are standing beside our city, Orlando, to share their support and love for a community that has faced so much hardship.

These are the things that help me move forward. ¬†To see the world throw their arms around our city to help bring us light in the face of darkness. ¬†Our church put together a great list of ways we can support our community now in our time of need. There’s a lot we can do to continue to show the world that we are united. That love is love is love. That Orlando won’t live in fear.

I will be still. I will not fret. I will hope in the Lord.