Friday, August 11, 2017

Newborn Pictures | Liz Hough Photography

We loved working with Liz Hough for our maternity pictures in June and she was just as fabulous to work with for Everett's traditional newborn pictures. Liz is so patient and sweet (especially with our chatty, finicky, moody toddler). Before I share the pictures, I will share my last minute night before pictures debacle. I am sure this will not be the only time something like this happens now that we have two!

The day before newborn pictures, I pulled out the outfits I had planned for the kiddos to wear only to find that Everett is much smaller than we had anticipated him being and his outfit was not going to fit. I was totally bummed since we had worked with Kelly from Cumulus 9 Boutique to get a matching hair bow/bow tie sibling set (and even that bow tie was too big!).  I ended up running out to the local mall, which I learned is truly terrible, and found nothing. Apparently there are only two children's stores there: Children's Place (which had NO baby boy section) and Justice (ugh).  I popped into the Gymboree located at the promenade and found a 4th of July outfit complete with suspenders. Perfect.  And on clearance? Mom win! 

We started with some family and sibling pictures and I am so happy with how they turned out.  Natalie was not in a picture taking mood but somehow Liz was still able to get some really sweet pictures of my favorite sibling duo. 


Once we wrapped up outside, we went into the studio and Liz got some of the sweetest little pictures of Everett.  I still cannot believe this little boy is mine :)

I have big plans for some fall pictures of the kiddos with Liz and I already know what my sweet babes will be wearing. Let's just hope I have the right sizes :)

Friday, August 4, 2017

Everett's Birth Story

Everett Grey Wilkinson arrived on July 19, 2017 weighing 8lb 3.5oz and was 20.25 inches tall.  Much like his older sister, I am happy to report that Everett was a super dreamy and easy induction. 

My parents got into town in the afternoon on the 18th and that night my parents came over for dinner so that my dad could drop my mom off with us for the night.  We decided it made more sense for her to stay with us that night for Natalie's sake (and so I could say goodbye in the morning).  B made killer tacos for dinner that were life. After my dad left, B took Tim and Nat outside to play while my mom and I sat and talked about the next few days and about parenting and life while we enjoyed a glass of wine and a huge piece of a cheesecake. It was a really nice, relaxing evening. 

Wednesday morning the alarm went off at 4 and I was surprised that I had gotten as much sleep as I did! I grabbed a quick shower, changed the sheets on our bed and started to pack the car. B and I said our goodbye to a sleeping Natalie and I cried the first 5 minutes of our drive to the hospital. I had no idea how hard that wave of emotion was going to hit. I was leaving my first born and would be coming home with another one. It was overwhelming to think about. I still get weepy thinking about the last goodbye before we left.

We checked into the hospital a little after 5. Registration was quick and easy. Once all of the paperwork was done, they took us up to the 3rd floor labor and delivery wing. The in-take nurses were the absolute sweetest. They got us comfortable and settled and then the shift change happened.

A little after 7, our nurse for the day, Kim, came in to introduce herself. She explained that we would wait for Dr. Masiky to arrive to start the pitocin. By 8, we still hadn't heard from Dr. M so Kim said if we hadn't heard from her by 8:30, we would give her a call. Around 8:45, Kim came back and checked my cervix and we started the pitocin.  Dr. Masiky arrived around 9 and checked in with us. That's when things felt real with Natalie but this time around, it still felt pretty surreal. 

We broke my waters around 9:45. B learned his lesson the first time so he rolled over on the couch to miss the production. However, there really was no missing this. Dr. Masiky broke my water and it was far more fluid than we anticipated. We had thought I was borderline polyhydramnios, but after breaking my water it was determined that I was full blown poly. I will spare the internet the graphic details, but let's just say even my OB said she hadn't seen that much fluid.

Periodically between 9:45 and 11, Kim would come in and ask if I felt my contractions.  Apparently they were registering as very strong but I was still only feeling dull pain. We opted to get the epidural then. I was only 5-6cm dilated at this point, but I wanted to make sure I got it BEFORE I felt like I was dying and was unable to sit still for the anesthesiologist.  Again, the epidural was glorious. This time I could still feel my legs and feet, more on the left than the right, but I had zero complaints. 

B and I napped a bit through the early afternoon. Dr. Masiky came in around 1:30 and suggested we try this peanut ball. I was open to the idea. I rolled onto my side and we put the peanut between my legs. I went from 6cm-10cm in less than 90 minutes. That peanut thing was super comfortable and obviously worked wonders. A little before 3 I started feeling pressure. We were watching Law and Order (SVU, of course) and while I had seen the episode before, I couldn't remember the ending. Funny now I can't even remember what episode it was.  At about 5 of 3 I told B that while I wanted to see the end of the show before we started pushing, I was definitely feeling pressure. The show ended and we tried (and failed) to find something else for background noise before B turned the tv off and went into the hall to flag down Dr. Masiky.

A little after 3pm we started to push. B was on my left side of the bed, kneeling beside me, holding my hand. Bless his heart for adhering to my wishes of him not watching our deliveries. After a few minutes, Dr. Masiky told me that his head was about half way out and asked if I wanted to touch it. I burst out laughing which pushed Everett a little more. At 3:18pm, after less than 20 minutes of pushing, our sweet little boy entered the world. After being cleaned up a bit, Kim placed Everett on my chest for a few minutes of skin to skin snuggling - something I hadn't done with Natalie. B cut the cord and they took his stats. It all happened so fast that there really wasn't much time to process everything which felt familiar. 

The night Natalie was born, people were anxious to meet her and we had visitors to our room. With Everett, we opted to just have it be the three of us and I am so happy with that decision. It gave us time to process things and for the drugs to wear off :)  The first person (outside of hospital staff) to meet Everett was his big sister and I could not be happier about that. It was super emotional for me to have my mom and dad at the hospital this time around. It was made even more special (and emotional) by the fact that Everett and my dad share the same birthday. 

Now we're home and getting settled and, while it has been a big transition, it has also been much easier this time around. That naive confidence is totally there and I am going to ride it out as long as possible!

We are so thankful for all of the love and well wishes we have gotten over the last couple weeks. We are overwhelmed with emotion and gratitude. 
Thank you all so much for loving on this little family of mine! xo   

Friday, July 28, 2017

baby #2 | 40 weeks

For obvious reasons we did not have a 39 week post last week but I figured I would round out the pregnancy posts with this last one!

How Far Along: 40 weeks! ...or you know, 1 week and 2 days new :)

Size of the BabyBaby W is the size of a jackfruit baby. I guess at this point fruit analogies are kind of moot since he is here! All 8lb 3.5oz of him :)

Pregnancy/Sleep/Labor Signs:  Pregnancy is officially over.  It is so crazy how fast this one went by and I will forever cherish the baby carrying season of my life; however, I am happy that this will be the last one.  I will be doing a full post about Everett's delivery day soon!

Bump/Belly Button/Weight Gain: So this is fairly moot. I still have a "bump" of sorts and, thankfully, my belly button is on its way back to normal. 

I am excited to say that I remembered to ask them to weigh me :) BUT, get this, there was no scale on the L&D/recovery floor.  Seriously?! I went to Target to return something 5 days post baby and found a scale there.  I was on a mission.  After delivering the baby, the amniotic fluid and my placenta, I am already down 20 pounds. Holy crap. Talk about an ego boost.  This does not change my plans to give myself 40 weeks to get the weight off, but 20 pounds in 40 weeks is totally doable!

Cravings/Aversions: I am happy to report that I can resume carbs and wine. B made me a mimosa while we waited to be discharged from the hospital last Friday morning and it was everything, not to mention totally adorable. 

Big Sister: Big sister is officially a big sister :)  if you follow me on instagram, you've already seen some of the #wilkinsonsib sweetness. I cannot get enough of them together.

Miss Anything: Being pregnant.... juuuust kidding :)

Best Moment: Oh you know, delivering Everett and being done is pretty dang fabulous.

Can't Wait For: I am excited to settle into our new normal and to soak in those tiny newborn snuggles. Four days left of summer school and then we have three weeks as a family of four before the school year starts again for B. 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

baby #2 | 38 weeks

How Far Along38 weeks! Crazy to think this will be our last update! Yep, the last one!

Size of the BabyBaby W is the size of a pumpkin or, more seasonally appropriate in celebration of Pop Pop's upcoming birthday, a cake! Or you know, even more accurate, an anywhere between 8.5 - 9.5 pound baby. EEK!

Pregnancy/Sleep/Labor Signs: Pregnant mamas, please don't hate me but I am still sleeping like a dang rock star. I am BEYOND blessed. I look far more tired than I feel. 

So as I mentioned above, this will be our last pregnancy update! Thanks to his size and my high fluid, we are inducing early. While we would typically induce at 39 weeks, my high risk doctor gave me clearance to induce at 38 weeks 6 days so that I could deliver with my OB. Next Wednesday, B and I will be headed to the hospital to meet our newest tiny friend while Natalie gets to spend some quality time with Grandma and Pop Pop.  I am already 3-4cm dilated, so who knows if we will even make it that long!  It is crazy to think at this time next week our little family will be complete :) 

Bump/Belly Button/Weight Gain: We are just bumping along. I might actually miss the bump... or at least the freedom that comes with wearing a bikini when pregnant. I have never worn a bikini more comfortably in my life. 

I am up 38 pounds. So I have a feeling I might have a total gain of 40 by time I deliver next week which is exactly how much I gained with Natalie. I am actually dying to know how much I will weigh when I leave the hospital. It really is a sickness but for the first time in my life, I am not thinking about the number in an unhealthy way. I just want to know how much weight you actually lose at delivery. I mean, it has to be fairly substantial between the baby, the amniotic fluid and the placenta, right?!  I don't know why I didn't look into this with Natalie. 

Cravings/Aversions: Costco has these dark chocolate and coconut covered cashews and I have been seriously loving them. I have deemed them crackshews as they are very addicting. I am craving good rice but I am not supposed to have any rice, bread, carbs, happiness until after I deliver. I really want a big bowl of shoyu chicken and rice. I really need to nag my friend, Jessica, about this because she makes the best shoyu chicken and rice. I should use the baby as leverage - no newborn snuggles until she feeds me :)

Big Sister: This has been a tough week where the big sister is concerned. She is being super defiant and her listening has been leaving something to be desired. We have had temper tantrums from hell. The threenager is real.  She has cried to the point of making herself sick a couple nights this week and so B and I are really working to turn her attitude around. We are changing up how we handle time-outs and really working to be consistent with how many times we will tell her to do something before she goes to time-out and communicating that with her when she isn't already in trouble. I am happy to say that three days into this we have seen a DRASTIC improvement.  It's still super early, but we are praying that some serious communication on her level helps get the train back on the tracks. 

We have a few big mama/mini things planned between now and delivery (to include a date to take Gemma to the groomer and pick out a new collar tonight) so hopefully that helps. Saturday we are going to get our nails done together with Ms. Ilona and have some girl time. Natalie worships Ilona (and so do I) so I think it will be a lot of fun.  I am desperate to make things better before Everett gets here NEXT WEEK. I don't want our last week with her to be tainted by frustration and tears. Oh hello mom guilt.

Best Moment: Y'all, I am like dunzo with work until October.  I am going in on Monday for a few hours to wrap things up and go to lunch with my team, but for all intents and purposes, I am dunzo. It seems so crazy!

Can't Wait For: Baby brother to get here! I am also excited to see my parents and celebrate my dad's birthday :) 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Baby Brother's Nursery

Y'all, I have had so much fun putting together baby brother's room.  I love his room so much more than I loved Natalie's nursery (#sorrynotsorry). It's much more simple and it just works. I went with a gray and red color scheme as I felt that there was a lot that I could do with it. While his room is mostly gray, the pops of red are perfect. If we had a theme, I'd say it's Brandon. It has touches of B's favorite things and it makes the room just perfect for a little boy.

B had said that Natalie's room is very much my design and he wanted to be more involved in planning baby brother's room. I loved this! What I didn't love was that B couldn't really tell me what that meant. Oddly enough, interior design is not his strong suit :) I opted to take matters into my own hands and think of a room that had elements of B instead: trucks, tractors and baseball.

I worked with Barbara Monte of B Monte Designs for custom artwork and could not be happier with how they came out! We sent Barbara pictures of B's truck, his dad's truck and his brother's truck (which also happened to belong to Pop, B's maternal grandfather) and she sent us back the most perfect illustrations of all three. 

I had seen pegboards as nursery decor on Pinterest and added them to my Nursery board. B seemed a little skeptical at first but got the pegboard and built the frame for it. I could not be more in love with this feature of baby brother's room! It's cute, manly and functional. 

We plan to add a little International Harvester sticker to the board as a nod to his favorite farm equipment company but we have had a hard time finding one. Tractor Supply Store hasn't had any in stock since we started looking. 

I love this hand-me-down baseball chair that we got from one of B's co-workers. It's the perfect little baseball touch! Natalie has a shelf in her room where I have a couple princess dresses hanging and I love the super girly touch. I was really excited when I remembered we had a matching shelf hiding in storage so that I could do something similar in Everett's room. I plan to get an Alabama football jersey to hang up on the other hook!

His name on the wall came from Bed, Bath and Beyond. Oddly enough, Buy Buy Baby did not carry the letters when I went to find them online.

I found this storage piece by Sauder on Amazon and as soon as it went on sale one weekend snagged it up. The book shelves were also an Amazon find!

I am so pleased with how it all came out and I cannot wait to bring Everett home!