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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!

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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.

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  • 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!

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  • 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!

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • 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!

 

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!

Wow.

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!

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

#barbiesdreamkarr

1 Jun

One of my best friends got married on Memorial Day weekend and I was so excited to be able to celebrate with them!  Britton and I went down to Boca Raton for the wedding festivities on Saturday and hoped to be able to spend some time at the beach with the guests and wedding party.  Unfortunately we were running late that day and got there in time to get ready for dinner.

We ate in downtown Delray Beach which was absolutely adorable. ¬†I made reservations at a place called Racks Fish House and Oyster Bar. ¬†The food was great but the atmosphere was even more fun! ¬†There was a loud bar crowd but it didn’t deter from the experience. ¬†After dinner we walked the town and I got a delicious, chocolate covered popsicle ūüôā it was delicious!

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After dinner we met up with the wedding crew at their hotel, the Delray Sands.  I had a lot of fun meeting some new people and catching up with old friends.

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Sunday we were up early to join my friends Meredith and Candace for breakfast. Afterwards we went back to the wedding party’s hotel to swim in the pool and relax with old friends. ¬†It was very hot outside but I had a lot of fun in the pool with some old friends from Rollins.

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Sunday evening was the main event.  We got ready back at our hotel and then headed to the Seagate Country Club for the wedding festivities.  I was feeling quite out of place being 8 months pregnant and the size of a whale but luckily all my friends were extremely nice, telling me I was beautiful in my large state!

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The ceremony was beautiful and I danced the night away at the reception.  We had a great time that evening which made for an uncomfortable Monday for this very pregnant woman!

I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to celebrate the marriage of Amit and Barbara this weekend. ¬†After being Amit’s friend for almost 10 years, I am so glad he found his other half!

Friday I’m in Love

27 May

Happy Friday!

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Last Friday I got taped up by my chiropractor and OMG. Thank you KT. ¬†I had mentioned in last week’s post that I had begun to have more intense ligament pain as my belly has grown and the tape thing worked WONDERS! ¬†Britton is learning how to do it for me this afternoon¬†so I won’t have to go back to her every week to be taped. ¬†So glad I found this!

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This is hilarious. The mom cut on SNL with Brie Larson. ¬†I was catching up on some old episodes this week and this one cracks me up! ¬†Hoping the mom cut doesn’t choose me!

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Old Navy was having a BIG sale this week.  When I went to return some maternity clothes I got online I had to check out what they had in the kids section. OMG. This swim romper was CALLING MY NAME! And our plan this summer is to expose baby boy to the pool and beach as early as we can! So obviously I had to get it for 50% off!

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They say you aren’t supposed to eat lunch meats while pregnant. ¬†Well that’s been one of my only cravings (oh and last night I wanted one of those strawberry shortcake ice cream bars). So¬†needless to say I haven’t stuck real true to the no lunch meats deal. ¬†I love sandwiches! ¬†We have a Firehouse Subs right near the house but normally there is no parking anywhere near by to make this location convenient. ¬†Except on Tuesday ūüôā Thank you Firehouse for being so delicious!

This weekend will be a very special weekend for me as I watch one of my best friends get married! ¬†Britton and I will be in South Florida for a weekend long celebration! ¬†In reflection of my friendship of Amit here is a toast to you. ¬†To my Bridesman, and ever best friend! ¬†We can’t wait to celebrate!