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


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. ;) 

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! 

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!)

"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 

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!) 

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


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. 

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 

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!}: 

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. ;)

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?

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


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Thoughts for Thursday: Confessions

Happy Thursday, y'all! I think this might be my favorite post of the week: confessions! I'm linking up with Annie and Natalie to share some of mine. 

I confess…

+ I could go into CVS or Walgreens for one thing and come out with 701 new drugstore beauty products to try. Someone needs to put horse blinders on me when I go in there. 

+ LeeAnne on "The Real Housewives of Dallas" really, really annoys me, yet I cannot. stop. watching. Allow me to just say that no one in Dallas cares that much about charity and talks about it as much as she does. *Insert eye-roll emoji here.* 

+ I typically am not the bill-payer in our house, but this made me LOL: 

…because, I mean, seriously

+ Father's Day is going to be pretty low-key for my poor husband this year with a new little one making his appearance just a few weeks before. So, in trying to be a good wife, I booked him a traditional hot lather shave and a haircut at The Boardroom Salon this weekend before this baby makes his appearance. I mean, I'm all about getting pampered, so I figured he should be, too, right?! 

+ I am love, love, loving the off-the-shoulder trend happening right now. I just want to order this dress, this top, and this dress. I can't get enough! 

+ There are so many appointments I need to make for myself once this baby is here: a chiropractor appointment to get all of these bones back where they belong; a massage; a physical; the dentist; and the eye doctor. How on earth I'm going to fit those all in with a 2.5-year-old and a newborn I have no clue, but I confess that I need to do all of that. And stat! 

So, what are you confessing today?! 


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

What's Hap-pinning Wednesday: Life Lately

Happy Wednesday, y'all! I'm linking up with Jessi and Jenn for "What's Hap-pinning Wednesday" to share a little bit of our life lately. 

+ Well, I'm officially 39 weeks pregnant with baby boy #2, and he's still comfy and cozy in there. Apparently my womb is a nice hospitable place to be, because it's looking like this little guy is going to have to be kicked right on out of there like his brother was two years ago. Heavy sigh. I know it's all in God's timing, but man, I'm ready to meet this little dude! 

+ That said, I had a doctor's appointment yesterday morning, and since I have been feeling like complete and utter crap since Sunday with a horrible cold, my mother-in-law offered to watch Walker all day for me. And let me tell y'all: that offer was a true Godsend. I went to the doctor, got a manicure and pedicure, grabbed a spicy burrito bowl from Chipotle, got some things done around the house, and took a long, much-needed nap. I got text message updates on Walker, and he had a ball: they visited Toys 'R' Us to play with and buy some toys; looked at animals at PetsMart; fed the ducks at my in-law's neighborhood lake; and did lots of playing. Brandon picked him up on his way home from work, so Walker was extra spoiled with some bonus time with his Daddy yesterday, too!

+ Walker "graduated" from swimming lessons on Monday, and we are so proud of the progress he made in three months! He can climb out of the pool on his own (from the side), can go under to grab rings, can swim to the side unassisted, and has zero problems jumping in to someone. Of course, he will still be wearing a life jacket and we'll be watching him like a hawk at the pool and/or lake, but the peace of mind it gives us knowing he's comfortable in the water is immeasurable. 

+ I'm at that point in this pregnancy where seriously none of my clothes fit and I'm wearing Brandon's T-shirts around the house. It's quite comical, let me assure you. I can't wait to get back into my pre-pregnancy clothes…even though I know that takes a little while. But a girl can dream of wearing something that doesn't involve Lycra, right?! 

+ Speaking of clothes, I ordered Walker these "Pete the Cat" jammies from Zulily yesterday. After attending a story time event at our local library, where they read "Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons," Walker became obsessed with that book. I quickly ordered it on Amazon and we read it at least once a day, if not more. So when I saw these cute little jammies, I knew he'd freak out with excitement. I'm normally not a character outfit-type person, but I figured pajamas were okay. ;) {Need an invitation to join Zulily? Click here!} 

+ Does anyone have any old wives tales (that worked for you) to get your babies to head 'em up and move 'em out? I've been walking in the evenings (when it hasn't been raining); eating spicy food; taking Evening Primrose Oil gel caps twice a day; and drinking red raspberry leaf tea. Hit me up with your suggestions, because I'm about to start jumping backwards over here! ;) 

+ And lastly, just a little note to y'all as this pregnancy comes to a close: Thank y'all for your support, encouragement and kind words. This blog world is a fun one, and I am so appreciative of the love and support you have shown my family and me during the past six months you've known about baby boy #2. I know it's probably been annoying at times to hear about my weight gain; or my longing for a glass of wine and a cold Turkey Tom from Jimmy John's…but I appreciate you sticking by and reading along. I can't wait to "introduce" him to you all -- and share his name -- hopefully soon. So again, thank you. I appreciate each and every one of you who stops by this space, reads along and even takes time to comment here. 

I hope you have a great Wednesday!
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