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  • The Birth of Grayson River Moy - Baby #2

    Wednesday, Oct 17th- Grayson’s due date. I had been counting down the days to this exact date for the last 9 months and as it slowly came and went I wanted to cry. This pregnancy had been a struggle and I was so ready to meet my Grayson River and wasn’t ready to wait. I did ALL the things they tell you to do to induce labor. Literally all of them. I pumped, ate spicy foods and pineapple, drank raspberry leaf tea, bounced on a yoga ball, walked for miles and so on. Nothing seemed to be working. That Sunday, 5 days passed his due date, after walking around the farmers market for hours, Camden asked if we could go on a treasure hunt for acorns and leaves around the neighborhood. We walked and walked for over an hour. Still nothing. Whyyy wont he come out? Camden kept saying he was stuck in my tummy and I was pretty sure he was exactly right.

     Fast-forward to that evening… I took a bubble bath, watched an episode of Daredevil then went to bed thinking, well, today isn’t the day. Maybe tomorrow? Around midnight I was woken up by horrible cramps. Was this it?! The cramps went away, and 10 minutes later they returned. Ummm, ok, I am starting to get excited. I timed them with my contraction app, just in case they weren’t contraction cramps but gassss 0_o Sure enough every 10 minutes a wave of pain came over me. I tracked them for about 2 hours because they started to become irregular and came every 10 to 5 minutes. Maybe it was false labor? Camden’s labor started with my water breaking so it was obvious, this time, not so much. They started to hurt more and more so I woke Phil up and told him that I THINK baby boy was coming! Get the bags daddy!!

     I took a shower, put on a little make up, made coffee and breakfast and waited for my aunt to arrive to hang out with Camden boy while we would be at the hospital. By 6:30am my contractions started to really suck. I wasn’t able to talk through them anymore which is a good indication that its time to go to the hospital. At this point, still irregular, they were much closer together.

    We arrived at the hospital around 7:30am and went straight to the evaluation room. I was dilated to about 4cm. Before the nurse could get “are you getting an epidural?” out of her mouth, I was already begging for one. I had to wait the longest hour and a half of my life to get the epidural. My contractions hurt so bad, it felt like my hips where being torn apart. I sobbed and squeezed the living shit out of poor Phil’s hand with every contraction. The anesthesiologist, who probably thought I was a huge psycho pain in the ass, was literally my best friend forever as soon as he stuck that giant epidural needle in my spine. As I finally felt relief my anemia started making me feel sick and woozy. Typical. The same thing happened with Camden only I was holding him in a wheelchair on my way to recovery and nearly dropped him on the floor as I started to pass out. Opps. I was given a little medicine and perked right up. I figured I had a couple of hours to progress and had planned on a nice little pain free nap while I waited. Phil stepped out to buy flowers and a breakfast sandwich. My nurse came in to check on me and to see if I had progressed and well, I was already at 9cm. I had jumped from 4cm to 9cm in 2 hours. Everyone told me second baby comes quicker and they where so right. So, I was pretty much ready to push this child out, Phil was gone, and my doctor was on his way. My nurse, who was super sassy and hilarious told me to close my legs and wait. LOL. So I did. I called Phil and told him to hurry back, Grayson was ready! He made it back just in time. I started pushing with the nurse and Phil for about 5 minutes. Gray’s head was right there and my doctor was still making his way to me. The nurse broke my water, which I guess spewed all over the place (sorry Phil!), and in came my doctor. He quickly geared up and had me continue to push. My epidural had just started working so I felt nothing when I was pushing. I had no idea how hard I was pushing or if I was even doing it right? It was weird. Right as Grayson was about to enter the world, Phil’s phone, which was connected to my speaker playing some relaxing Enya tunes, started ringing. My labor was interrupted by the Super Mario theme song by a call that was deemed “spam likely”… At that very moment, 10:30 am, Grayson River Moy, who was tired of waiting and clearly super interested in Phil’s ringtone, wiggled his own head out then followed by the rest of his body with one last push.

     His umbilical chord was cut by daddy and he was all mine for the next 2 hours. It felt like time stopped for a minute right before he was placed on my chest, as I processed everything that had just happened. I was now a mom of two!!!!

     A little side note-

    Something I had not talked about with more than a few close friends, my doctor and Phil, had been bothering me since I found out I was pregnant again. When Camden was born, I felt nothing. I was numb. I was cheated out of feeling overwhelmed with love for my newborn baby that I had dreamed about and spent months growing inside of me. I did not understand why I wasn’t allowed to look at him and feel happy. Instead I would sob and felt like I had already failed as a mother because I wasn’t emotionally available to him. Was this going to happen again with Grayson? I was terrified.

     Once Grayson was in my arms I felt what I had been waiting for for so long. I could breathe! I was overjoyed, proud, happy, excited and just madly in love. He was perfect. He looked so much like his brother, which oddly made me feel slightly at peace with what I had missed out on with Camden.  For the next two hours we bonded over our first skin to skin sesh. It was a dream!

     Grayson River Moy was born on October 22, 2018 at 10:30am. My little Libra boy was a healthy 7lbs 15oz, and 21.4” long.

    meeting grayson 

    giving grayson his broher gift. cuddle + kind doll 

    home sweet home

  • Camden's 10 & 11 Month Update

    Weight: 23.5lbs

    Length: 32 inches

    Diaper size: 5

    Clothing size: 12-18 months

    Health: I don’t want to jinx it, but Camden has been extremely lucky with his health. Nothing more than a mini cold when he was a newborn. 

    Sleep: Cam is still taking 2 naps a day. His first nap is almost always a guarantee, while his second nap sometimes gets skipped (his decision, not ours). Occasionally he will take micro naps in his stroller or the car, which I don’t love, but sleep is sleep. Sometimes when he wakes up from a nap he is anxious and upset. He will scream and cry and can take up to 20 minutes to calm him down. I asked his doctor about it and she thought it might be because of bad dreams. I hate seeing him so upset so I started brining him a cracker and a sippy cup of water after his naps. For some reason this cured his nap terrors!   

    He is still sleeping through the night but for about a week he was waking up at 5:30am for cuddles. 

    Diet: The kid loves his food! Especially blueberries! He could eat all the blueberries in the world and still want more. They are his absolute favorite (which is funny because I craved blueberries while I was pregnant and ate them all the time)! He also loves grapes, bread, waffles, scrambled eggs, fruit smoothies, pasta, tuna sandwiches, crackers and yogurt. He gets picky with veggies so we try and hide them in pasta and smoothies. I’ve noticed that textures sometimes bother him… just like his daddy! 

    Loves: We recently learned how much Camden loves the water! While visiting family in Florida, we took Cam to the beach for the first time! He was not scared of the water or the waves at all. He actually crawled into the waves with a huge smile on his face. He was totally in his element! We also went swimming in a pool for the first time. He loves that too! The water was cold but my little fish-baby didn’t mind, he was busy splashing and kicking! We have a rec center and a water park down the street so we will be spending all summer in the water! 

    Dislikes: He’s been in an anti-stroller phase the last few weeks. He prefers to be carried. I loooove carrying him but he is SO heavy!!! So thank goodness for our Ergo carrier and our Sakura Bloom ring sling! 

    Milestones: He’s a pro-crawler at this point and is so quick, I can barely keep up. He has been practicing standing on his own and even took a couple steps today! He wants to walk so bad and his determination is SO sweet. He is def an Aries!  

    He can eat like a big boy and since he has SIX TEETH (he worked hard for those teeth), he can actually chew his food. We have felt more comfortable giving a more of a variety of food now, instead of purely soft bites. 

    His independence makes me really proud. Each month that passes the more and more he becomes content with toys (or garbage like bottles, boxes etc.) and less dependent on me having to sit right next to him. As much as I LOVE feeling needed its nice to see my little guy self sooth, play and dance on his own. It also allows me to get things done! 

    Cam is also aware of so much more these days! He points to things he wants, waves to friends and claps when he he feels proud. 

    Speech: He talks literally all day long and I LOVE it! What is he talking about?? No clue, but there will be a ma-ma, da-da or ba-ba every couple of minutes. He is starting to mimic tones and syllables with babbles which is super cute! 

    Baby Gear Love: 

    Lotus Travel Crib (this SAVED us while traveling! It’s super easy to set up and its small enough to travel with!) 

    Camden's first snow storm! 

    Baby models for Sunshine Baby Clothing! Thank you for the adorable rompers! 

    Gung Hay Fat Choy! Celebrating The Chinese New Year!

    Camden sent Valentine's (via email) to his "fans". Over 150 emails were sent to lovley ladies all over the world. <3 

    Little Valentine's gifts for my babe

    Like mother like son! haha! 

    A friend hand-made this bear rug for Camden and gave it to us for our shower. He LOVES it! 

    Started using a new line of dye and changed my color a bit. Arctic Fox Hair Color is a vegan and cruelty free brand that also donates 15% of their proceeds to help animals! You can achieve this color by mixing mostly WRATH, some PURPLE RAIN and a little bit of POISON. Diluted with ARCTIC MIST. My color has lasted for almost a month now! Its still vibrant and feels super healthy. I HIGHLY recommend this brand! BUY HERE<<

    +Momcore+ if I was a shirt, this would be it!  (top and teething necklace by Dotted J 

    "That Hair Though" top by Friday Apparel 

    "My Hairdo is Called: I Have Kids" top by The Trendy Pair

    ++Florida Vacation Photos++

    First plane ride! 

    Hello from Ft. Myers Beach! 

    Loving the water! Crawling through the waves! 

    Beach hangs with his cousin Parker and Uncle Stevie!

    A sweet family photo <3

    Great Grandma and Grandpa <3 We love them so so much! 

    Good looking boys! Sakura Bloom ring sling.

    Hi Dino! 

    What is going on back there??

    Little fish baby!

  • Lily Jade: A Diaper Bag in Disguise and Special Announcement 

    The amount of stuff that comes along with you and baby on even the smallest of outings is ungodly! But its all necessary..what if he is hungry? I need extra bottles, formula and water. What if he has a blow out? I need enough diapers, wipes and change of clothes! What if he is cold? I need a hoodie and his favorite blanket. What if he doesn’t want to play with Daisy (currently, his favorite toy)? I need to bring a back up. What if it gets super sunny? I need his sun hat and sun screen.The list goes on and by the time you have everything stuffed into your diaper bag, its busting at the seams! Oh, and don’t even bother trying to fish anything out because its impossible, unless you’re lucky enough to find what you need at the top. My life as a mom was about to change. 

    When Lily Jade contacted me about reviewing one of their diaper bags, I was ecstatic! Of course, I had read and seen Lily Jade bags in magazines, on several mommy blogs and “must have lists”, so I knew I would absolutely adore this bag… this amazing diaper bag in disguise. 

    You’d never know this beautiful designer bag was stuffed full of blow out essentials and toys for days! The best part is, the chaos that IS a diaper bag is actually capable of being completely organized! One of my absolute favorite features is the removable “Baby Bag” organizer that comes with every Lily Jade bag. I can compartmentalize changing necessities, food, toys and have a separate section for my own things! There are two magnetic snaps that keeps the organizer in place, which also allows it to transform from diaper bag mode to “Mom is going out baby free” mode. 

    I have the “Madeline” in black which can be worn 3 different ways. Across the chest, on the shoulder and as a backpack! My son, Camden is in that wiggly stage and having our bag strapped to my back and totally out of the way, makes everything SO much easier!

    This bag is just wonderful and has changed the way Camden and I go out. Have I convinced you to look into getting your very own Lily Jade diaper bag? I hope so because I have some exciting news! 

    Who doesn’t love a good giveaway!? I have teamed up with Lily Jade and we are giving away a diaper bag to one lucky Instagram follower. Keep an eye out for my official announcement which will be posted next week on my Instagram! 

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    Location: Old Town, Virginia

    What we are wearing:

    Lily Jade Madeline Bag

    Zara leather jacket 

    Steve Madden Flats

    Dr. Marten Crib Bottie in Auburn

    Target baby cap