Friday, June 10, 2016

Taking a Little Time

Good morning, sweet friends, and Happy Friday. I hope you've all had a wonderful week and are looking forward to a fabulous weekend! 

I'm here today to let y'all know that I'm going to be taking a little break from blogging this summer. My postpartum recovery has been really rough for a lot of reasons -- many I plan to blog about later this summer because I have to get real and be honest -- and a lot of it has been very unexpected because I didn't go through it with Walker. The physical and emotional pain that I've been going through hasn't been easy, and introducing a newborn to the mix just has been really tough. 

I'm sure many of you with multiples or more than one child are rolling your eyes right now, but I just wasn't as prepared for this as I thought I was, and quite frankly, I'm very overwhelmed. Some days I can barely remember to brush my teeth (ew), much less open my laptop to compose a blog post. It's just one added thing on my plate, and I've just had to give myself grace on so many things, and this blog is one of them. I've just had to realize the things I can and can't do right now, and sadly, this is one of them that is on my "not right now" list. 

So, while I get my feet under me and feel more comfortable in my own skin, I'm taking some time off. In the meantime, you can always follow me on Instagram {@brittanywhitacre} or Snapchat {brittwhit87}; I tend to be a lot more active over there. ;) 

Thank you all for your understanding, your respect and for following me along here. I promise to be back, because I love this space, I love connecting with you, and I love the beautiful friendships I've made here. 

So, enjoy your summers and I'll see you in a couple of months! 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

What's Hap-pinning Wednesday: Lamaze Toy Review

Happy Wednesday, y'all! As you know, we just had sweet Knox a little over two weeks ago. So when TOMY reached out to me about reviewing some adorable Lamaze toys, I quickly jumped at the chance. We actually already own some Lamaze toys since I registered for them when I was pregnant with Walker, and we love them around here! 

They were sweet enough to send us the Lamaze Octotunes, the Lamaze Gardenbug Foot Finder & Wrist Rattle Set, and the Lamaze Mortimer the Moose


Knox is still a teeny bit little to play with these toys since he's two weeks old, but, having a two-year-old, I know they grow into them and he will love playing with them so soon! Our main focus right now is keeping Knox awake after feedings (since we're big proponents of the wake/eat/play/sleep schedule), so we hung the Mortimer the Moose on his playmat. He adores looking at the bright colors and even tries to reach up and grab its feet. 

We had Mortimer with Walker, and I have zero clue where it disappeared to, so I was happy to see TOMY included this in the package. ;) Mortimer has teethable antlers (which are amazing), little knottie activity legs, a squeaker body, and bright colors and textures for baby to explore. 


Walker's favorite toy is the Lamaze Octotunes, and he loves that each of the eight tentacles plays a different note when squeezed. (We hear a lot of "music" being played for Knox with this toy…ha!) But what's great about this toy is that its large, friendly eyes invite baby to focus on a single object, which helps support healthy eye development. And, those eight legs encourage pulling, squeezing and hugging, which helps strengthen baby's muscles. 


And finally, since Knox's little feet and wrists are currently too small for the Lamaze Gardenbug Foot Finder & Wriest Rattle Set, we put them on our fingers (and Walker does, too!) to shake them for Knox. These sweet little rattles encourage baby to reach and grab, which promotes sensory exploration through sight, touch and sound. I know this will be so sweet and fun to see Knox use these to explore and learn so soon. 



All of these sweet Lamaze toys are available at buybuyBABY, so be sure to scoop them up on your next visit there. We love these toys (℅ TOMY)!

Linking up with Jessi and Jenn

Monday, June 6, 2016

Weekending {Halfway into Monday}

Hey, y'all! #lifewithanewborn over here: developing a post at noon on a Monday as opposed to the night before…and only because Brandon has taken Walker to the neighborhood pool. 

First, a little life lately update: 

Life with a newborn and a toddler is no joke. It's been Groundhog's Day to me since May 22; in a good way, though. It's been two weeks, and we're slowly getting used to this whole oh-my-gosh-we-have-two-kids thing. When I had Walker, my maternity leave was full of napping when he did, watching my DVR'd shows while I nursed him, casual trips to the grocery store and getting lots of things done around my house while he napped. Now? Holy moly. I'm refereeing Walker while I nurse Knox (and saying, "No, we don't color on the wall!" about five times each session); giving in to the whole "You can't watch another 'Mickey Mouse' thing"; and every day is just survival mode, man. As Brandon likes to say, we went from man-on-man to zone. It's true! ;) 

We did go ahead and put Knox on a schedule, which has saved so much of our sanity. He's also sleeping in his crib, which has also saved so much of our sanity. Now, after Knox eats at 5 a.m., and I just go ahead and get my shower and get dressed for the day after I get him back down (and before Walker wakes up at 7 a.m.). I learned that I feel so much better, more productive and awake if I go ahead and just do that. (But then I look at the clock and it's 8:30 a.m. and I feel like it should be noon I've already accomplished so much. Ha!) 

Having Brandon home since May 22 has been a huge help, and I couldn't have gotten through my battle with mastitis without him. He's been great with Knox, of course, but his real help has been with Walker; they've gone out on little adventures every day to try to keep life as normal as possible for Walker. I've yet to venture out with both boys by myself, but I know that time will come. Right now, I'm content to just hang around the house and enjoy this time while Knox is so tiny. Plus, summer has arrived in Dallas and it's just H-O-T. I don't really want to be taking a baby out in that heat anyway! 

Now, onto weekending: 

Like I said, my days are kind of a blur, so I have zero clue as to what we did Friday, other than remind each other that it was, in fact, Friday. 

Saturday, my in-law's offered to watch the boys while Brandon and I went to get lunch. I jumped at that in a heartbeat, and we snuck away to Taco Diner for a yummy lunch date (and I had my first Mambo Taxi in seriously about a year)! We made a quick pit stop to Ulta so I could get more shampoo/conditioner, and then to Half Price Books to pick up a little book for Walker. 



Sunday was really low-key. Brandon made chocolate chip pancakes and eggs for breakfast, and we just lounged around. 


Knox dressed up in his Sunday best to mark being two weeks old. ;) 


And the boys just enjoyed playing with each other until my brother-in-law came and dropped off dinner that my sister-in-law made for us. 


Totally low-key, but we're getting there, slowly but surely. I hope y'all had great weekends, too! 

Linking up with Biana

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Weekending: Memorial Day Edition

Hey, y'all! I'm keeping this pretty short and sweet today. I actually have mastitis (cue all the sad face emojis here) and have been running a 102.8* fever for the past two days, coupled with severe chills and night sweats. Whew, having a baby isn't for the faint of heart! All of that said, I'm a little thrown off on what day it even is! 

Just a little update here: 

+ Brandon is off for the next two weeks, and it's wonderful. He's such a huge help with Walker; they go out on little "adventures": looking at airplanes at the airport, running errands, playing soccer outside…all the things I just can't do right now having just had a baby. 

+ My sweet friend Liz took Knox's newborn portraits on Saturday morning, and we're in love with them. Here are a few of our favorites: 








+ We have been so blessed by our friends and family members who have stopped by to bring us meals for lunch or dinner. Seriously, it's been the best thing to not have to worry about fixing a meal at the end of a long, hectic day. 

+ We had our first outing as a family of four yesterday to my in-law's annual Memorial Day party. I spent half of the time upstairs feeding Knox, but it was fun to practice getting two little ones out the door. (But can I please tell you how exhausted I was when we got home…?!) 

+ Walker is learning to love his little brother, and it's the sweetest thing. I'm not going to lie, before Knox was born, I was so worried about how I'd love another baby as much as I love Walker. But it's true what everyone told me: your heart and your love just expands. I'm also not going to lie, it's been a tough transition for Walker. He has hit, kicked and scratched his brother (with us sitting right there), and when Brandon asked him why he was doing that, he said, "I'm mad at him." It practically broke my heart. But, slowly but surely, he's learning how to be sweet with him and I think I've said the words "gentle," "sweet" and "softly" about 5,004 times in the last week. 

Here's a little photo dump of our last few days: 



Practicing his best "Blue Steel" impression ;)


I hope y'all had wonderful Memorial Days celebrating and remembering the reason we celebrate. I'm so thankful for the many men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice so we can have the greatest gift: freedom. 

Linking up with Biana 

Friday, May 27, 2016

Friday!

Well, Happy Friday and Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Here are my Friday Five this week…and hopefully this weekend will be a little less exciting than last. ;) 



-ONE-
I'm still trying to get over the fact that I have two little boys! Walker absolutely loves his "baby Knox," and loves to be a big helper to me. I'll admit that I'm a little nervous that he's going to try to pick him up and bring him to me (my brother totally did that to my mom with my other brother when they were tiny), but I'm trying to give him some little tasks so that he feels like he's really helping…like bringing me Knox's pacifier, or burp rag, or comforting him by saying "shhh shhh" when he's crying. Brandon and I are still trying to figure out this whole "we have two kids" thing and how this is going to work, but so far, it's going okay. Knox is a lot calmer and more relaxed than Walker was at this age (and I know Brandon and I are also a lot calmer, too, and have less culture shock), but we're still learning together! 


-TWO-
Yay for Memorial Day weekend! Of course, we pause to remember those who have lost their lives protecting our great nation; we are truly the land of the free because of the brave. 

And of course, I also love everything this weekend brings: the family get-togethers, the yummy food and the great sales. The last thing I need are more clothes, but Old Navy's 50% off sale has me eyeing all. the. things! My favorites, that I'm very likely going to have to scoop up, are: 

More of my favorite shorts




And this swimsuit (for next summer, obviously!)


-THREE-
"The Bachelorette," oh man. Are any of y'all watching? It looks like it's going to be quite an eventful season, and I'm excited about watching this guilty pleasure show this summer. I'm really liking Aaron Rodgers' brother (poor guy, that's probably what has been and will be referred to as forever) and I think the producers made JoJo keep some of those super drunk dudes for content. Also? #closethebar 


-FOUR-
So I tried Wal-Mart's online grocery service/free store pickup yesterday and I have to say that I'm officially obsessed. With two young kids, packing them up and going to the grocery store is, well, a nightmare. I love going to the grocery store and wandering the aisles -- alone -- but having to wear one kid, put one kid in the big car buggy (and make sure he doesn't get in and out the entire time) and then shop, pay, checkout, load and unload the groceries? Yeah, no thank you. 

So I tried the Wal-Mart online grocery service. I'm not normally a Wal-Mart shopper, but this service has me hooked. The prices are actually better than my regular grocery store, too! I just make my paper list at home (because I'm OCD) and then order online when the boys are napping. I then select a pickup time, and then go park outside Wal-Mart and they bring all of my groceries out to the car and load them in the back of my SUV for me! The only thing I have to do is unload them and put them away when I get home! (Clearly a woman and/or a mom invented this service!) 


-FIVE-
I'm seriously the clumsiest person alive. I swear, y'all, I break a glass or a dish at least once a month, and I've been known to run into walls just walking. (I wish I was joking!) That said, I finally had my first glass of champagne post-baby (delicious, BTW!) and after drinking it, broke my glass. Le sigh. That said, I'm in the market for some new champagne glasses. I know it's random, but do any of y'all have a favorite? I don't need the fancy ones that came with my formal stemware from when we got married; I'm just talking the everyday champagne glasses I can throw in the dishwasher (well, knowing me, maybe "throw" isn't the operative word…) and not worry about having to hand wash them. 

I've been eyeing these and these




I hope y'all have wonderful {long} weekends! I'll be back Tuesday with our Memorial Day Weekend recap! 

Linking up with: 

April + the Five on Friday girls 




Andrea + the Friday Favorites girls 


Katie + the High Five for Friday girls 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Welcome, Knox!

Little did I know when I posted on Friday about having an enjoyable weekend outdoors that we would end the weekend with our sweet little one! 

First of all, allow me to introduce you to our newest addition, William Knox. Knox will go by his middle name, which was given to him after the county in Tennessee in which his Daddy was born and raised. William was the name of my great-grandfather on one side, and great-great-great grandfather on the other. Like his big brother, he has a family name, and we love passing down that special tradition. 


But back to Knox's birth story…

On Friday afternoon during Walker's nap time, I started having regular contractions every seven minutes. I started timing them with an iPhone contraction timer app (there is seriously an app for everything!), and then around 3 p.m., I called Brandon at work to let him know what was going on and told him I'd keep him updated. Since it was Friday afternoon and DFW traffic would be horrendous, I called him back around 3:30 p.m. and asked him to go ahead and come home since his drive home would be about 20 minutes northeast; his Mom would have to drive 20 minutes west to our house to come get Walker; and we would have to drive 20 minutes north to the hospital. So, during his drive home, Walker woke up from his nap complaining of a headache and was really whiny and clingy. I was in pain from the contractions, and just sad knowing that my last time to see Walker before we brought his little brother home was him being really fussy and unlike himself. 

Brandon got home and we waited just a few minutes for his mom to get here, and we grabbed our packed bags and headed to the hospital. On the way there, we got a call from his mom that Walker had just thrown up all over her car. I was *this close* to crying. Seriously, I knew I needed to take care of and worry about myself and Knox, but my mama heart was broken that Walker was sick and I wasn't able to be there for him. 

We checked into the hospital and I was still dilated to a 3.5. I could have cried some more; my contractions were so strong and I was still at only a 3.5?! The nurses had me walk around the labor & delivery floor and my contractions only got stronger. But still, after four hours, I hadn't progressed and they had to send me home. I bawled practically the entire way home. We picked up spicy Mexican food on the way home, and I ate that for a super late supper and then took a hot bath. Nothing really happened overnight, but I was still contracting and in pain. 

We drove to my in-law's to pick Walker up on Saturday morning, and he was just fine. He apparently had had a little bug, but was acting completely normal. Selfishly, I was thankful he was feeling like himself because I knew we'd be having the baby in a few days and I wanted Walker to be healthy and able to come visit his brother in the hospital! 

My contractions got stronger and stronger on Saturday, but I kept doing things around the house because I couldn't just sit and have my mind on them the entire evening. Once Walker went to bed, Brandon and I watched a couple of episodes of "Blue Bloods" while I timed my contractions and breathed through each one. We went to bed and I didn't really sleep because I kept timing those contractions. 

At 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning, I got out of bed to go to the bathroom and lost a ton of blood; so much so that I thought my water broke (it was dark) and remember saying, "Uh, yeah. Brandon? My water broke." He practically flew out of bed and when I turned on the light in the bathroom, I noticed it was blood and started to get really scared and anxious. I had Brandon grab my phone and I called my friend Ashley to come over and be at the house with Walker (she lives right around the corner) until my mother-in-law could get there. We quickly got dressed and Brandon drove like a bat out of hell to the hospital. 

We got there around 2 a.m. and were checked into a Triage room on the Labor & Delivery floor, where the nurse checked me -- still a 3.5. I cried and told Brandon there was no way that was possible and there was also no way I was going home in this much pain and having lost that much blood. They told me I had to wait for two hours to be checked again, and I spent those two hours writhing in pain and holding the sides of the bed during each painful contraction. The nurse came in around 4 a.m. and checked me; I was dilated to a 5 and they began the admissions process. 

I was wheeled into a labor suite and they had to do the blood test and start my IV before I could get an epidural. At this point, I was in the most pain I've ever been in in my life. I was begging for the epidural, but we had to wait for the blood test to come back and my IV to start before I could get it. Finally, they checked me and I was dilated to a 7 at 5 a.m., and then the anesthesiologist (God bless that man) rolled in his cart and began my epidural. (Allow me to just say that I got my epidural at a 3 with Walker, so seriously, I give all you natural birth mamas the biggest high five because goodnight, I couldn't have made it any longer.) He started my epidural and it only worked on my right side, and then I got really hot and felt like I was going to get sick. The nurse quickly got some Zofran in my IV, and the anesthesiologist came back in and had to redo my epidural. It kicked in really fast, and my pain was gone. It was wonderful! 

My doctor came up to the hospital around 6 a.m. to check in on me, and I was dilated to an 8. She broke my water and told me to get some rest and she'd be back in about an hour. At 8 a.m., the nurses came in and told me to do some practice pushes, and then told me that the doctor was on her way because I was dilated to a 10 and this baby was ready! I pushed for 37 minutes, and our sweet Knox was born (sunny-side up) at 8:37 a.m. weighing 7 lbs., 11 oz. and was 21.5 inches long. 


I was able to immediately do skin-to-skin and then they had to take him over to the warming table because he had swallowed some meconium and they had to suction that out. They quickly brought him back over to me for more skin-to-skin and nursing time, and he did that like a pro! 



My in-law's brought Walker up, who was so excited to finally get to meet his "baby Knox," who we've been talking about for months and months! He opened his gift from his brother, and was just thrilled to see Brandon and me after a really off-kilter weekend. One of Brandon's brothers, Todd, his wife Nikki and son Brayden came up, and then they moved me to my postpartum room and my parents, who had been driving up from near Houston all morning, were able to visit us, along with my sister and aunt. 



We came home on Monday afternoon, which was amazing. My parents actually took Walker to their house for the week, and he's coming home today; we are so excited to see him! So far, it's been completely wonderful and even though we haven't had a "real" experience with a toddler and a newborn yet, Knox has been a great baby and Brandon and I feel so much more confident this go-round. :) We were truly nervous about loving two children, but it's true what they say: your heart just expands!

Linking up with Annie and Natalie

Friday, May 20, 2016

Friday!

Happy Friday, ladies! We have a sunny day after nasty, icky weather all. week. long, so we are over here doing a little happy dance and plan to spend as much time outside as possible this weekend. 


-ONE-
I've mentioned it before, but some trends I'm absolutely loving lately are: tassels, off-the-shoulder dresses and tops, pineapples, and blue/white anything. 

Here are some of my favorite pieces in those trends: 


one || two || three || four || five 

-TWO-
I have been pinning all the yummy, summer-y adult beverages as of late! Some I can't wait to try this summer {once baby boy #2 makes his appearance, obviously!}: 







-THREE-
I am geekily excited about the Summer Olympics! I'm a much bigger fan of the Summer Olympics vs. the Winter Olympics…and as a fun fact, the Winter Olympics were on right after I had Walker, and the Summer Olympics will be on right after baby boy #2 will be born. Clearly my babies are two years apart! Ha! 


And now the theme song for the movie, "Rio" is in my head. ;)

-FOUR-
Speaking of summer TV, I'm kind of bummed that so many of our shows will be on summer hiatus, but am looking forward to "Orange is the New Black" coming back to Netflix next month, as well as us continuing to watch "Blue Bloods" {and thanks to Kelsey for that recommendation}. Do any of y'all watch these shows?



-FIVE-
And because it's Friday, a funny for you: 


…and now I want french fries. ;) #pregnant

Linking up with: 

April + the Five on Friday girls 




Andrea + the Friday Favorites girls 


Katie + the High Five for Friday girls