I am finally getting around to sharing our vacation pictures! I didn't take very many this time around being as both kids were a bit moody! lol But I got a few pretty pictures. And thanks to my tripod and father-in-law I got a couple of pictures of the family. Then I handed it over to my hubby and he got a few of me with the kids! : D
We had a lot of fun getting away from home, work and our busy lives and chilling on the beach. : )
I was so excited to take pictures for this couple and then for their baby! They all turned out so great!
She seriously has the cutest nursery theme ever!
This little sweetheart stayed asleep the whole time except for one 10 min break to eat! RaeLynn is by far the easiest baby I have ever done pictures of, she just let us move her, change out blankets, bows and switch different people holding her. She made my Job so easy and fun!
Contact me if you have baby pictures that you would like done!
One of my favorite parts of shopping small is how unique the products are. The items you get aren't going to be like anything you can buy in a large retail setting. Ragamuffin Threads is the perfect example of unique products. Owner and creator Britnee is always putting out fun new fabrics and trying new patterns, keeping things fresh and fun! Every time I receive something new I can tell it is made with lots of care and love.
These egg leggings are probably my all time favorite leggings Claire has ever had! But seriously! Look at them! : D
Having my own small shop has really opened my eyes to the importance of supporting small and local businesses. I am not going to lie, we have a tight budget so a sale going on at Target, Walmart, etc. can really be my best friend! But when I have the choice of spending $20 on a mass produced item or $20 or even $30 on an item from a small shop I am defiantly going to choose the small shop option. Not only am I getting an item that is way more unique and handmade by someone who cares, but I know that the money I spend is going strait to the creator and someone who appreciates it. Trust me, every time I make a sale it makes me extremely excited and happy to have made something special for someone.
Anyhow! I thought I would start to share some of my favorite small shops here. I'll share pictures and give my personal opinions on both the products and the customer service. Because lets be honest, there are some amazing and some not so amazing shops out there, as much as we all want them all to be great. lol
I thought I'd start off with one of my favorites! Sheady Baby and Co.
I found Shea (The owner and creator) on Instagram through a brand rep search she was having. She sent me a few different items that very quickly turned into my favorite items in Claire's wardrobe.
After a while of being a rep for Sheady Baby I got to create some really fun designs in their shop! The following designs are ones that Shea and I have worked on.
All of the items you receive from Sheady Baby are awesome, all made with a lot of creativity and care. Defiantly will always be a favorite!
Check out their shop, which is full of wonderful, unique items and follow on FB and IG.
Use the code CLAIRE for a special discount at checkout!
I know I shared this on both my FB and Instagram, but I thought I should also put it here.
Here is an update on Ben’s little deformed foot. Originally they thought it could have been that the umbilical cord had been wrapped around it and caused the foot to swell. However it stayed the same size.
At his first appt. They did an x-ray which showed that his two toes have bigger bones but our doctor couldn’t tell what was causing it and why his sole was so much bigger. Therefore she referred us to Seattle Children's Hospital to see an Orthopedic Specialist. They took a look at his x-ray and we found out from them that his foot was worse than what we thought.
Ben’s two toes and sole were as the doctor put it “Made wrong”. They instead of growing at a normal rate they are growing at 110%. So basically his sole and two toes will continue to grow faster and larger than the rest of his foot and body.
The doctor presented us with two options for fixing the issue. The first would be to go in and remove the extra tissue and the two toes. The tissue in his sole though would always keep growing back and at a faster rate, because unlike a tumor there is no defined start and end point to the affected tissue. This means multiple surgeries, and because the tissue is over his whole sole and near the normal toes it would more than likely kill the other toes, ending in amputation.
The second option is just to lead off with amputation of the foot up to the heel. This would happen around his first birthday so he could learn to walk with a prosthetic foot.
My heart sunk to find out that my little guy would end up either having to have countless surgeries and then deal with this his whole life or lose his foot. In the end though we have decided that amputation will in long run be better for him. He will grow up with it and learn to have a normal life with his prosthetic foot rather than having him go through surgeries that will more than likely end with the same result.
It is very hard for us finding this out and having to make a decision like this. We know that he will be okay and will be able to live a normal life, but it is still hard to take when your child has a problem like this, especially when it is such a rare thing. We are extremely grateful though that he didn’t have anything more serious going on and we know that God will be with us and will watch over him.
Little Benjamin Paul was born on April 28th, he was 8lbs 7oz and 19.5 inches tall. And boy did this little man make his entrance into the world in quite a way.
Earlier that morning I went in for my 40 week appointment where my doctor striped the membrane to try to get things moving naturally so I wouldn't need to be induced the following week. The rest of the day went normal, we took our family walk in the evening, had our dinner and sat to watch our evening shows. Then about 7:15 I had a contraction, 20min later another, then 10min another, then 8min another, THEN 5min later another with them continuing to get stronger and closer together. I decided at 9:15 I should probably call the doctor office to see when they thought I should go in to see if I was in labor. Because I had earlier tested Group B positive the nurse decided to have me come in then so I could get antibiotics before I did go into labor. With the group B strep they have to treat you 4 hours before the baby comes, otherwise they have to monitor baby for 48 hours just to make sure that they don't end up getting sick.
So we gathered our things, woke Claire up, headed out and got to the hospital right around 10pm. Once at the hospital they got me in triage and hooked me up to listen to the baby and monitor my contractions. I also had to answer a bunch of medical history questions. Which is very hard when you are having regular, strong contractions.
After all that the nurse left to go talk to another gal across the hall and while she was gone the contractions got crazy strong and they were starting to get very close together. She got back and started to ask me some more questions at which I grunted out my yeses and nos. She then informed me because they were getting stronger she was going to check to see how far dilated I was and if I was at a 7 or 8 she was sorry she had asked me any questions. When she put her hand in to check her face went wide said I was there and ran out of the room. Next thing I know they roll in another bed, Josh and Claire come in and follow me out as they are basically running me through the halls to get me to a delivery room.
When I got there the doctor had asked if I had planned an epidural, which I had, so she asked if I wanted her to check and see if they could give me one. Yeah, it was too late for that, I told her no and two second later I started to push. Of course they were not ready for me to start but I started anyways. lol They didn't have time to pull off the end of the bed or put up the foot rests, so I had a nurse holding each leg. Poor Josh was holding Claire in one arm and had me squeezing the life out of his other hand. Lucky for him I had the tiniest break in the contractions I was able to release his hand. lol I pushed for about 10 to 15 min, shouting the whole time (I didn't with Claire, but without the meds and him coming so quick there was no stopping the screaming). Ben was then born at 10:51pm!
Claire was amazing though all of this, the few times I was able to look over at her she looked very concerned, but she stayed cool and quiet through the whole thing. When he came out and they placed him on my chest, Claire instantly started to say baby over and over again, then without us even saying anything she said "Ben". It was so sweet! : D
He was so quiet and alert right out of the womb, his eyes were wide open and he was trying to hold his head up to look around. Let me tell you, this little guy is a straong one, it's no wonder my ribs, pelvis and back went through a beating.
It was a bit more stressful and it went not how I planned, but it was quick, fairly easy and we are both healthy. My husband and daughter were with me and all the nurses were great. God was definitely watching over us and took care of us through the whole thing. Especially after now, four days later finding out from Josh that the doctor I had didn't usually deliver, she was just there as an emergency doctor. Ahh! I am glad I didn't know that at the time, I probably would have been stressed out way more.
So! With about a whole 3 and a half hours of contractions, labor and pushing, without the epidural I was shamelessly planning on, I ended up with this cutie. : )
Valentine's day is very different when you have a tight budget and a toddler, it's not anything like when you are dating or a single couple. We would always go out the weekend before or after to dinner and my hubby would get me way too much candy and flowers. This year I told him to get me nothing, and shockingly he listened. However he was so sweet and made me dinner, which he hates cooking or being in the kitchen. Food stresses him out unless it is fully prepared on his plate! lol So we had a candle lit dinner at home, in our Pj's with our daughter sitting between us. Let me tell you! It was the best Valentine's day ever, so relaxing and calm. No crowds, no dressing up, which is hard with a growing belly, and no having to drive our toddler around to a sitter. Just good food made by my hubby and my family around me. : )
The worst part about this Valentine's day was, I went to the store the day after to go get the discount candy, because duh! However they were sold out! I couldn't believe it! So I grabbed some Easter candy instead. lol