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  • Camden's 1 Month Update

    1 Month 

    Weight: 8.5lbs

    Length: 22.2

    Diaper size: Newborn

    Clothing size: Newborn

    Health: Camden is packing on the pounds and is in perfect health. All of the estrogen still in his system has caused baby acne and hair loss. But thats OK. His skin will clear up and his hair will grow back.. So Patrick Stewart won’t be his doppelganger forever LOL >.< All babies have gas, but Camden seems exceptionally gassy to where it is a little painful. We pump his legs and give him little tummy massages to help.

    Sleep: This kid loves to sleep, and will sleep ANYWHERE! His favorite cat nap spots are- the stroller/car seat (LOVES car rides, he passes right out), in his ring sling, in his bouncer and in his swing. The first few weeks Camden slept in our room so I could feed him every couple of hours but he grew to HATE his bassinet so we opted to try letting him sleep in his nursery. This was a much more successful sleeping arrangement for all, and by 4 weeks old, he only woke up twice during the night for feedings. 

    Diet: Camden latched right away so we have began our breastfeeding journey. My milk came in a few days after we brought him home. Its been a painful process but we are thankful for the ability. 

    Loves: Sleeping, ceiling fans, going on walks, the garden center at Home Depot, music, cheek tickles.

    Dislikes: Baths, his bassinet, tummy time.

    Milestones: Can lift his head up for a few minutes at a time, can sleep for 6 hours straight at night. 

    Speech: Not much going on in the speech department. He mostly makes sucking noises and burps lol

    Baby Gear Love:

    Halo sleep sack

    Conner sound machine

    Sakura Bloom ring sling

    Boppy

    aden + anais swaddle blankets

    THANK YOU SungAsaBugClothes for the adorabe mint teepee outfit, made with organic cotton! 


    THANK YOU Likely Baby Story for the adorable shirts and onesie! We can't wait for them to for Camden! 

    Gorgeous collection of handmade candles for the house from @woodscreekcandles. So insanely fragrant and perfect! *baby toes, coconut lime verbena, blooming plumeria, fresh picked stargazer lily, lilacs in full bloom, rose pedal, Aruba coconut, strawberries and cream and orange chiffon cake* http://www.woodscreekcandles.flyingcart.com/ Perfect for covering up baby the smell of baby poop that takes over!

    A couple of days old. Hat/Bib: H&M | Leggings: Target | Hoodie: Carters

    Newborn shoot SW themed, Obv. 

    Baby C cozy in his Sakura Bloom ring sling with daddy.

    2 week appointment 

    Mama loves you SOOOO much! 

  • 24 Week Pregnancy Update Plus Our Family Christmas Photo & Lovely Gifts From Friends

    How far along? 24 weeks!

    Total weight gain/measurements: 117 lbs!

    Maternity clothes: I can't squeeze this bump in normal panty-hoes anymore.. thats pretty obvious. But finding a pair of maternity hoes to go with my "bell shaped NYE dress" that aren't as thick as 4 layers of skin seems to be impossible.. or maybe I am not looking in the right places? 

    Maternity bras have happened and I am SO much happier! 

    Stretch marks? Not yet! I have been using sweet almond oil twice a day and I love how smooth and healthy my bump has been... minus the oily hands afterwards ;)

    Sleep: Pregnancy insomnia was a little better this week. We wash our sheets every weekend and Sunday nights are always the best night's sleep!I have found that reading a book instead of being on Pinterest or Youtube before bed, helps me fall asleep, and stay comfortably asleep. Not a genius discovery, but I finally caved and put the phone down! Also, can we talk about Target's SUUUUPER cheap basic pillows for a second?! They are like $4 each and are THE MOST COMFORTABLE PILLOWS EVER! I can't be bothered with my pregnancy pillow anymore, its too big. Target pillows are my jam! 

    Best moment this week:  Christmas was lovely! Phil got me a Panasonic LX7 Lumix camera so we can capture our little family! 

    Miss anything? Nope.

    Movement: Kicks for days! He is SO active. I love the little schedule he has made for himself. He isn't keeping me up at night yet, so I am pretty thrilled about that. 

    Food cravings: Everything. 

    Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing new. Still can't stand Old Bay or popcorn (barf!!)

    Gender: IT'S A BOY!!!!!!! 

    Symptoms: Nothing new

    Belly button in or out? In!

    Wedding rings on or off? On!

    Happy or moody most of the time: Pretty happy, but a little stressed from the holiday rush. 

    Looking forward to: 3rd trimester! 

    This year's family Chirstmas photo. Emily hated her santa beard, then loved it. 

    Docs forever!!! 

    Beautiful Idiot Clothing sent us THE cutest outfit! A vintage gingham dress and denim shirt were upcycled and turned into denim shorts and a waistcoat. This is going to be his 4th of July outfit. Paired with a little summer fedora. 

    Sweetest onsie from a lovely friend! Thanks Katie!

  • 20 Week Pregnancy Update Plus Gender Reveal! Its a...!!!!

    How far along? 20 weeks! HALF WAY THERE!! Weeee! 

    Total weight gain/measurements: Now at 114 lbs! Heck yes! The belly is getting big!

    Maternity clothes: Desperate for some new clothes! My fleece lined maternity leggings are cute and all, BUT they are starting to get pills EVERYWHERE which is so gross and up kept looking. So no dice on those. I need to find a new legging that doesn't do that but keeps my stems warm and toasty while comfortably hugging my growing belly!

    Stretch marks? No. Burts Bees Mama Belly Butter every day and lots of H2O! 

    Sleep: Sleep has been OK this week. I've managed to keep comfy. BUT since this last week had been so crazy exciting, there were a couple nights where it was hard to fall asleep. 

    Best moment this week:  Telling our friends and family the big gender news on Thanksgiving! 

    Miss anything? Not really.

    Movement: Kicks for days! I love it! 

    Food cravings: Mashed potatoes and gravy. 

    Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing new. Still can't stand Old Bay or popcorn (barf!!)

    Gender: IT'S A BOY!!!!!!! 

    Symptoms: Restless legs (thanks to Phil for the leg massages!)  as well as a lovely cold just days before Thanksgiving. Pregnancy pretty much kills your immune system and not being able to take medicine prolongs whatever sickness is picked up. Luckily, my stuffy nose and sore throat went away (mostly) after a couple days and I was able to enjoy Thanksgiving!  

    Belly button in or out? In!

    Wedding rings on or off? On!

    Happy or moody most of the time: Pretty happy all week long! 

    Looking forward to: Getting the house cozy for Christmas ad SHOPPING for a baby boy!!!! There are SO many adorable boy outfits out there, I JUST CAN'T!! <3 

    8 Weeks | 16 Weeks | 20 Weeks

    My little "its a..." DIY gender reveal box! I found this idea on Pinterest and though it was THE cutest idea ever! 

    I sent a couple of boxes to out-of-state family. We facetimed them while they opened it!

  • 19 Week Pregnancy Update Plus a Little Bit About Our 20 Week Appointment!

    How far along? 19 weeks!

    Total weight gain/measurements: Now at 111 lbs! Woohoo!! 

    Maternity clothes: I am at that point where my old clothes just don't fit. I went to a lovely event at the National Cathedral with some gal pals this passed Monday and was faced with the task of dressing up without a single "maternity" dress or skirt. Its full on winter here in Washington DC, so it also had to be warm! After turning my closet upside down I found a black high waisted midi skirt that I had to pull up under my boobs in order to zip.  I paired that with a cropped black sweater (with a faux leather peter pan collar) that couldn't be tucked in to my skirt so ended up tucking it under my bra and folding it over so skin didn't show. I guess it worked but it was a little uncomfortable. I am a petite person, especially up top so finding something that is not gigantic (that not basic long-sleeved shirts) is going to be hard.

    Stretch marks? No. 

    Sleep: Good nights and bad… VERY bad nights.  My legs have been crazy restless recently! NO bueno! Yesterday we found out the gender of our baby, I was so excited I didn't sleep a wink and I think baby was excited too because it was kicking all night long. I am also getting a cold so breathing was an issue. -_-

    Best moment this week:  Finding out that we are having a …….!!!! Can't tell until Thanksgiving! But OMG we are so happy and so madly in love with this child! We had a whole 45 minutes to look at our baby so the sonographer could measure all the baby's parts. Everything was perfect! <3 

    Miss anything? I was a little sore this week and the cold weather is a little bummy so I am missing a hot tub right about now! Oh how amazing would that be!!!! *dreaming*

    Movement: Someone is doing karate in my tummy! Lots of kicks! 

    Food cravings: Back to watermelon and ice water of course! 

    Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing new. Still can't stand Old Bay or popcorn (barf!!)

    Gender: ITS A …….! (Will let everyone know on Thanksgiving!)

    Symptoms: My legs are so restless its not even funny! I can't stretch enough! 

    Belly button in or out? In!

    Wedding rings on or off? On!

    Happy or moody most of the time: Happy and excited all week with the exception of one moody day where I just wanted to sleep and listen to Lana Del Rey!

    Looking forward to: Telling our family the sex of our baby right before Thanksgiving dinner (some via phone, FaceTime or text) I am also sending a little reveal box to my grandmother and brother in Florida to open via FaceTime so we can see their reactions. I will post photos of our reveal next week! 

    Happy Thanksgiving to you all! I have so much to be thankful for! We were blessed in SO many ways this year!  

    Right after finding out the sex! SO HAPPY AND EXCITED!! 

  • 18 Week Pregnancy Update, Gender Prediction and Beautiful Nursery Goodies from Honey and the Hive!!

    How far along? 18 weeks!

    Total weight gain/measurements: Now at 108 lbs!! 

    Maternity clothes: I haven't bought anything maternity specific this week. Still rocking my maternity leggings and basic tees. Even though i'm not in love with jeans, I was thinking about getting a pair so I don't look the exact same ever single day. lol

    Stretch marks? No. 

    Sleep: I have had good days and bad days this week. Some nights I fit perfectly in my maternity noodle and sleep like a baby, other nights are somewhat nightmarish. No matter what I do, I can't get comfortable. 

    Best moment this week:  First kick! It was so cute! Having a tattoo on my tummy makes it a  little easier to see movement too. But this baby is kicking away in there! Phil got to feel it for the first time this week, it was pretty special <3

    Miss anything? Not really. 

    Movement: Kicks!

    Food cravings: chipotle cilantro lime rice!!! And Ice water forever! 

    Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing new. Still can't stand Old Bay or popcorn (barf!!)

    Gender: Wed, Nov. 19th is THE day!! But I won't be revealing anything until Thanksgiving!!  

    Symptoms: Peeing all of the time. I have been getting light headed more often. I had what felt like a mini panic attack last weekend while waiting to be seated for lunch. I got hot, cold and sweaty all at the same time. I needed a seat and a huge glass of ice water. 

    Belly button in or out? In!

    Wedding rings on or off? On!

    Happy or moody most of the time: Happy and excited all week! 

    Looking forward to: Finding out if this little baby is a boy or girl!! Phil and I have opposite predications which is pretty fun! One of us WILL BE RIGHT!! What do you think it is? Leave your guess in the comment box below!! <3

    Beautiful artwork for the nursery from my friend Honey and the Hive! She is one talented soul! Please go check her out!! 

    Tinyprints.com asked me to check out their baby gender predictor quiz! Based on "old wives' tails" and my own intuition, here is their prediction: http://www.tinyprints.com/quiz/boy.htm

  • 16 Week Pregnancy Update, Bump Photos and Baby Moccasins from Wild Darlings

    How far along? 16 weeks!

    Total weight gain/measurements: Weighed in at 105 this week. 6 lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight. My baby bump is growing pretty fast now! Thank goodness! I no longer look like I just ate too much cake! 

    Maternity clothes: I can still get away with wearing my yoga pants, but they are starting to get a little uncomfortable. They stop mid-belly which causes pressure when I sit, so I don't think they will be in my wardrobe for much longer. I did however find the most comfortable "maternity" leggings ever from Motherhood! So far I have 2 pair, one in gray which goes under the belly, and the other in black which goes over. Both I will be able to wear post pregnancy! I will definitely need to get more! 

    I also have been wearing the BEST undies! They aren't maternity specific either! They are the "No Show" panty from Victoria's Secret! No harsh band, just simple, comfy and easy to grown in. 

    Stretch marks? No. 

    Sleep: Most nights are ok and I sleep pretty sound throughout the night. There have been a few nights where I just can't find a position I like and my pregnancy pillow becomes a life saver! 

    Best moment this week: Finally felt baby flutters! At first, it was hard to tell if it was gas or baby. >.<

    Miss anything? Spicy tuna rolls! 

    Movement: Flutters!

    Food cravings: All of the sweets! Plus, raw green peppers and I literally CAN'T drink enough ice water! Omg, just thinking about it makes me happy!  

    Anything making you queasy or sick? My prenatal gummy vitamins are hard to chew and swallow sometimes. Old Bay and popcorn became my enemy during the first trimester, so even just thinking about them, make me want to throw up. I hope that changes!! Being a DC girl, I HAVE to have my Old Bay! 

    Gender: Will find out in the next few weeks! (i hope)

    Symptoms: Now that I am well into my second trimester, I feel a bit normal! I am no longer constantly nauseous or fighting to keep my eyes open, which is GREAT! But, a few new symptoms have developed that I am less than fond of. I get winded really easily. Sometimes a little light headed and I have to lay down for a minute. It usually passes after a few minutes but it can be a little scary. I've gotten heartburn a couple of times. Nothing crippling, and a ginger drop usually cures that mess right away. 

    Belly button in or out? In!

    Wedding rings on or off? On!

    Happy or moody most of the time: Usually I am really good at controlling my moods, but I have surrendered and let my pregnancy hormones do their "thing". Most of the time I am super happy, but there have been a few days where my temper will get the best of me, or I will get super sad and cry at just about anything. The other day I found a praying mantis outside my house, I kept crying because his eyes were so far apart. NOT normal! Thank goodness my husband still loves me!  

    Looking forward to: Apple picking this weekend! Apples pies and homemade apple butter here I come!

    13 Weeks!

    15 Weeks!

    From cake belly to looking pregnant! YAY! :D

    Wild Darlings sent baby the cutest pair of moccasins! Hand made and just lovely! Thanks! 

  • Lives are changing!

    We are so excited to finally announce our big news! Phil and I are having a baby! Our dream has come true and come April we will be parents! We couldn't be more excited to expand our little family of 3 (including Emily) to 4!

    NYC photographer and good friend, Ross Thompson photographed these lovely announcement photos for us. (Location: Old Town, Va.) Check out his work here! Thanks Ross!! 

    Almost 8 years ago, shortly after Phil and I met, we came across the cutest little baby Vans shoes! I don't even know why, but we bought them. They traveled with us to 7 different homes and 4 different states. Who knew they would actually be apart of our announcement photos so many years later!? Clearly we will be a Vans wearing family. LOL.