I’ve promised a tour of Harlow’s nursery forever! We switched the girls to separate rooms when we transitioned Lo out of the bassinet to the crib. My dream of the two little girls sharing a room will be fulfilled in our new house, hopefully 🙂
I wanted something bright + airy, and super girly. I’ve tagged all the sources at the bottom!
We love being festive over here, and that includes decorating the girls’ rooms! Here’s a little peek into Stella’s holiday makeover, thanks to Pearl & Jane. Stella is currently 2 1/2 years old and watching Christmas through her eyes is so magical. She stares at her tree every night before bed and is obsessed with the LED star topper that projects onto her ceiling. I’ve tried to linked everything below!
Six months of our little lady has f l o w n by. I’m not sure what we did before she came into our family (sleep, probably) but we couldn’t love her more. At this stage, she’s sitting up and interacting with Stella which is something I’ve waited on since I found out I was pregnant, especially with another girl. I have high hopes that these two will be the best of friends.
Stella is still very much obsessed with her little sister. Every morning she gets excited to see her, and throughout the day she brings her blankets, binkys and toys. She has been playing with her baby doll a lot recently, and I can’t wait to put more doll things on her list to Santa.
Harlow is sitting up, saying da-da (I lost that battle, again), reaching for things and trying solid foods, She loves bath time, and never gets to bathe solo thanks to big sis. Her gummy laugh + smile is something I never want to forget.
We used the excuse of Harlow’s half birthday to do a mini family session with my friend Kacey Photography. Dad just keeps getting surrounded by more girls.. but I don’t think he minds. 😉
Stella’s second birthday party was so much fun! She is currently obsessed with all things mermaid, so a mermaid pool party seemed necessary. She had a blast swimming with her little besties.
Stella’s actual birthday was Tuesday, the 13th and she woke up to donuts + balloons. Daddy put her new tricycle together that my parents got her and she surprisingly learned to ride it quickly. We partied all day including finally giving her the little playhouse we’ve been working on. It’s not completely finished, but the details are linked below for everyone who has asked. It was such a fun and magical few days celebrating our Stella girl.
Happy 3 months to our sweet baby Lo. I feel that we are working our way out of the colic journey. Harlow has stretches of days without crying, which feels like a miracle after the first few months of her life were basically spent trying to get her to stop crying. I have lots of questions on how to deal with colic, and I still don’t know how to answer that fully but here are some tips:
1. Stay optimistic that it will eventually pass.
2. Bounce the baby on a yoga ball.
3. Invest in the baby shusher.
4. Accept any + all help that may come your way.
5. If you need to take a breather, lay the baby in the crib and step outside for a minute or two. They are going to cry anyway, and keeping our minds sane is very important.
6. Wine. (In moderate amounts, of course.)
Back to Lo’s 3 month update, her smile is contagious and she absolutely loves watching her sisters. She loves bath time, and tummy time. I can see her personality developing and I’m so excited to continue watch her grow.
She is on the smaller end of the weight charts, and her little features get cuter everyday. Her eyes are dark blue and hair is dark brown. Time is flying, and I don’t want to wish her tiny-ness away, but I’m so excited to get to the point of her + Stella playing together.
Harlow Elle // 3.11.17 // 8lbs 6oz // 20″
A VBAC was on my mind before we even left the hospital with Stella. Her birth was dramatic (nothing short of her personality) and we love her to pieces but I didn’t want to do that again. Because my birth with Chloe was so smooth, my doctor said I was a perfect candidate for the VBAC. I think Because I had a previous c-section with Stella, there were certain precautions that we needed to take to keep me safe and avoid an uterine rupture. I had a scheduled c-section for Harlow at 40 weeks, but if I went into labor before then I would be able to VBAC. Game on.
My due date was 3/17/17. On a Monday, March 6th at 38 weeks my doctor did a membrane sweep, I was dilated to a 1.5 and having minimal contractions. Nothing happened. That Friday, the 10th I went back for another membrane sweep and was measuring to a 4.. doctor then said she wouldn’t be surprised if I made it home without my water breaking and scheduled me to have a light induction the following morning. A full induction is not recommended for VBAC patients.
I made it home, much to my dismay, so we packed up the house and prepared to become a family of 5. Chloe was at a church lock-in, so we drove Stella to my parents house to stay the night. On the way back home we decided to stop for dinner, and my contractions decided to show up. After quickly getting the bill and a to-go box for our dinner, the contractions slowed once we got back into the car. Once we were home I showered and laid in bed for a few hours before finally deciding we should make our way to the hospital.
We arrived at Mercy Hospital around 1am. I was only dilated to a 4 after all of that, but quickly progressing. They attached a device to my uterus to monitor the stress of labor, but other than this the ‘VBAC’ was like a normal delivery. I received my epidural around 3 am, as well as the lightest dose of pitocin. My water broke around 4-5 am, and I delivered Lo very quick and effortlessly at 6:22 am. It was so calm and magical, I am forever grateful at the opportunity to VBAC and to experience this with Randy.
I’ll never forget the way Stella said ‘baby’ when she came into the hospital room. She is a toddler of few words (which will change soon, I’m sure) so it was so amazing to hear that. Chloe was the first to hold Harlow, and Stella quickly demanded for her turn. Seeing our three girls together is an indescribable feeling. Our hospital stay was very short, we were on our way home by Sunday morning after arriving at the hospital late Friday night. We definitely have a full house, but our hearts are bursting.
I seriously can’t believe Christmas is here. Watching Stella experience the holidays as an 18 month old has been SO fun. Chloe has the best time sharing all of our traditions now that Stella’s old enough to enjoy them. One tradition we began last year is heading to the Christmas tree farm for family photos and this year I managed to pick the coldest day in December. Thankfully the talented Kacey Photography was able to capture some sweet moments in between the frigid temps and screaming toddler. Enjoy!
We celebrated Stella turning one with an outdoor garden party. The party was at our family’s clubhouse, and we invited our friends and family to camp with us the entire weekend. It was possibly the hottest day of the year, but we partied well into the night celebrating our sweet girl.