Good morning guys! I hope this post reaches you at a happy moment of your day. With Rosie’s due date quickly approaching I can’t help but freak out a bit over the fact that (in true Stephanie fashion)  I literally have NOTHING done.  Also, we are headed out for a 3 week adventure here soon that will have us back fresh before 33 weeks, leaving me little time to get everything set up! The reason behind the trip is quite hilarious and slightly embarrassing, and you better believe i’ll blog our way through it so stay tuned.

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Anyways, we live in a tiny little home just two bed one bath, and I love it. Before this house we lived in a 700 sq. foot cabin, so tiny spaces are our jam. There is something so special about being in close quarters with your loved ones, I am about to order this to go above our fireplace! I plan to take it to each of our future homes to remind us of this simple, sweet life we lived at the time.

“Love grows best in little houses, with fewer walls to separate. Where you eat and sleep so close together, you can’t help but communicate. And if we had more room between us, think of all we’d miss. Love grows best in little houses just like this. “

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 With that being said, I gave up on the idea that our little girl wold have her own nursery long ago and decided to make her a little corner in our room which I will show you eventually. I thought for some time I could transform half of Wyatt’s room and “girlify” the area but that just seemed ridiculously unnecessary considering she doesn’t even move the first six months of her life and will be snuggled between us at night. So instead of transforming an empty room into a nursery, I decided to work on Wyatt’s room to make that the most kid friendly, fun area that they both will be able to enjoy.

Check it out! I’ve linked most of the items below!

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Octagon Shelves 

White Dressers (similar here) 

House Plants- Local Ace Hardware

Toy vacuum 

Name Stool

Custom Height Ruler 

Large Plush Elephant 

Kids Ray Ban Sunglasses

Circle Mirror (mine was from Pottery Barn but similar one here 

Elephant Book Holders

White Bookcases 

Table and Chairs (vintage)

Custom Wyatt Board Book 

 

Yup! Our little GIRL should be here before we know it!  Time sure has flown by with baby two in fact as I type this,  I’m approaching week 18! Pregnant with number two is much much different, instead of sitting in bed with a bag of popcorn and a Snickers,I’m chasing Wyatt around and making sure to soak up these last few months I’ll have just the two of us all day.  This may come across wrong, but I’ve actually shed a tear thinking how little time left I have with just him and it really makes me want to take full advantage of it since it will never be the same. My family jokes that we forget I’m even pregnant because we don’t have much time to sit around and chat about how many weeks I am when we have babies crawling and playing everywhere! I have to say how much I love the way it is though, our little girl is going to be thrown into the craziness of family and lots of cousins and I know she will love it.

We found out the gender about a month ago, through a new blood test they do on the mother (baby isn’t harmed) called the Panorama test! My cousin Molly told me  you can take it as early as 9 weeks, so we waited till 12 weeks to take it then sat anxiously waiting the results! Gavin and I were so eager to find out, and thankfully we didn’t wait long because they arrived later that week. I had an inkling feeling due to how sick I was, we were having a girl and when I opened the results, I was ecstatic and super emotional. I remember texting my mom saying “I hope my little girl loves me as much as I love you!” I love my mom so dang much I couldn’t believe God decided to bless me with the opportunity to raise a little girl and have a built in best friend forever.

Gavin was super happy too,  but along with the look of happiness I could see sheer terror as so much went through his mind as a new dad of a little girl. A dads role is so incredibly important in a girl’s life, and I know he won’t take his role lightly. He and Wyatt are going to be extremely protective. in fact I already feel bad for any guy that ever looks her way. We have had so many funny conversations about all that he has coming his way, he knows he is going to be at the beck and call of our little girl and there will be nothing he can do about it. I can’t wait to watch him melt at the sight of his little princess. Her day of birth will be game over for him, I told him he might as well accept defeat now 🙂

Wyatt doesn’t really understand any of it, for all he sees, mama has been getting chubbier by the day and keeps pointing to her growing belly trying to get him to say sister. I think ill wait until I’m farther along to try to get him to understand. I have been saying her name quite a bit so hopefully when this tiny little potato shows up he will be able to at least call her by name! Yes, we have picked a name and because I love having you all along this fun journey with us I want let you in on the fun and share the name we have chosen, Rosie Jane!

Rosie is the name of Gavin’s Aunt that I just adore, and Jane is my grandmother’s middle name! Together, her full name brings together both sides of our family and it feels just right!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, you guys are appreciated!

You heard it, baby number 2 is on his/her way and we are so soo sooooooo excited about it!!  We found out a few days before Thanksgiving and had great intention of keeping it a total secret until 3 months but I am pretty sure I told my mom and sister within 5 seconds of finding out, and then the rest of our family as we saw them! No hiding something good! I told Gavin as we were taking our mini family photo session, I literally took the test out of my pocket and he unwrapped the news of baby 2! It was a very very very special moment for us all.

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The best part of it all is Wyatt is going to be a big brother! He isn’t quite sold on the idea of the whole thing but I can’t really blame him when I show him my niece’s plastic doll and then try to explain that there is one of those in my belly. He looks at me like I’m crazy, the same look I’m sure ill see often in his teen years.  I know he will be such a great big brother, he lives for his little cousins and is so happy when he is around other kids. Gavin and I are both super close to our siblings, it really is the greatest blessing and the most fun, so I am happy that Wyatt and Baby 2 will be a little less than two years apart! Building our little tribe is the most meaningful part of life, I hope God blesses us with many healthy happy babies.

I am still on the early side, about 12.5 weeks but I literally feel I look/feel like I did at 5 months last time! I laughed when we found out we were pregnant and I swear I looked down and my button was undone on my pants, no tiny growing belly this time around haha. Crazy how your body knows what to do round 2 and I’m exited to show you my belly as it grows and grows these next 5ish months!

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Knowing I am growing a little baby in my belly is obviously a wonderful thing but boy has this little one given me a run for my money. Unlike my pregnancy with Wyatt, I’ve been sick as a dog and left with what feels like zero energy! Chasing after Wyatt, stopping in the bathroom to vomit and then finding him in the kitchen with scissors in one hand, and a bag of cheese in the other has me laughing my way through it all. Plus Gavin, as always, is such a rockstar I’m lucky he is so hands on and takes care of us so well.

We will be finding out the gender here in the next few days and I have zero intention for a reveal party, we are WAY to excited to find out and I know the last thing ill be able to do is wait on the news!! I am in total boy mode, so much crazy happy fun with Wyatt I could totally see another little boy running around with us playing tractors and sitting in the dirt for hours. However, I need my girl. Even if we have ten babies ill need to have a little girl at some point, but my trust is in God he will give us exactly what we need!

I have a big smile typing this as we are about to share the next chapter of our life with you all. Growing a family is so sweet when we have so many wonderful people to share it with, I genuinely enjoy hearing from you all on here or in person! We feel incredibly blessed, happy, and excited for baby number 2! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend ahead!

xoxo

Stephanie

I remember someone telling me  before I had Wyatt that they were sad and emotional that their baby was turning one… I remember thinking to myself “what a silly and odd statement.” I now understand. His birthday was so bittersweet! Sweet because I get to celebrate this little human we watched go from a tiny purple potato who slept 22 hours a day to a little boy who runs crazy and loves to smile and live life. Bitter because there are so many “firsts” that won’t ever occur again, I’m basically done breastfeeding, and this little baby all the sudden feels like little boy. I could stop now and let my eyes fill up with tears thinking about it, but I am going to choose to put my big girl pants on and finish this blog post.

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I can’t forget to thank Gina, who made all the adorable decorations for me! I am the least crafty person so I am so grateful for her.. and her cricket!

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His birthday was a happy day for all of us, especially me and Gavin. We chose not to do gifts, instead we attached a little note to the invitations (see below) that asked our guests to bring an unwrapped gift for us to donate. I try to be very conscious about making sure our children grow up in home that understands the importance of giving back so although he may hate me for it later, he didn’t receive any gifts for his birthday. If you look at the photo below you can see the gifts in the bucket of the Tractor! We have fun plans to go and donate the gifts in November before Christmas so I’m sure you’ll see a blog post about that.

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Friends and family came from all over, my best friends came, some from LA which was such a treat because although we are all at such difference places in our live, we are all able to come together and support each other which is really special. My mom friends all came and I loved seeing all our little kids interact. I feel super blessed to have so many awesome moms to learn from and laugh with, I’m so grateful for the genuine friendships I’ve made. It sounds silly but it meant so much to me to see the support and love that our people have for Wyatt, he has no idea how great he has it and I can’t wait to watch him figure that out as he grows older.

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We weren’t about spending tons of money for his birthday, and I couldn’t justify a 50 dollar cake so I decided to make it myself and you know what.. it was super special. We made it together, he ate the batter (which i later realized had raw egg, oops) and finished off the frosting. All around it was such a simple, unforgettable experience that I decided will now be a tradition (until Wyatt tells me otherwise)!

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DSC04847Wyatt loved being sung Happy Birthday, he looked around and smiled then cautiously approached the cake. He was quite confused about the frosting all over his hands, but once he tasted it, he was one happy camper. All he wanted to do was share with everyone! We invited all the little kids up to come take bites out of the cake, thus resulting in quite the cleanup!

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Wyatt’s first birthday was a day we will cherish forever, I know Wyatt will look at these photos one day and smile.. then get mad at me for creating the no gift rule haha!

Have a great week!

Stephanie

I literally laughed out loud the other day as I sat in silence in our living room while Wyatt played in his room alone, thinking that moment was just too good to be true. I figured he was reading or playing with a toy I bought him as I listened to him  giggling out loud to himself. Come to find out he had found the top to a tupperware bowl  (Don’t ask how that got there) and was flipping it around between his hands. He was surrounded by toys of all kinds, plastic, wooden, colorful, plush… and he chose the tupperware.

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It had me thinking that I needed to stop buying him so many toys, and in fact reduce the overflowing basket of toys I have accumulated over the past 10 months because all it is doing is taking up space. I reduced it down to 15 toys, ones he plays with and enjoys rather than the expensive cute ones I should have known he was going to hate. As a new mom I am always learning, its comical how much I don’t know. I decided to share one of the many things I’ve learned since becoming a mama… my child doesn’t need more stuff, in fact he needs less. Less toys in my home means more communication, imagination and concentration from my child, ill take that.

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New mom? Going to a baby shower unsure of what is even good out there these days? Check out these toys, I promise you they won’t sit at the bottom of the toy basket taking up space.

 

 

 

Row 1: Take Along Tunes  Neon Rattler

Row 2:Rock A Stack  Sit to Stand Rocker Teething Keys 

Row 3: Baby Einstein Octopus Banana Toothbrush   Sophie 

Row 4:  Rollin Rainstick Chewy Teether  Baby Wooden Balls

Clothes

Wyatt’s Jumper: Gap

Shirt: Mama Bird Shirt