Monday, August 25, 2014

Griffin:1 Month

Since I'm a tad behind (almost 4 months) I'd say its time for some monthly updates from my handsome guy.


How old?  1 month. Wow, time is flying.

Weight? 8.83 lbsAt birth he was 7lbs 3oz and dropped down to 6lbs 1oz, so we are thrilled with his gain!  Newborn clothes are a smidge too big but we know you will fill them out soon!

Sleeping patterns? At night we are up to about 2-3 hour stretches.  Mama and Daddy have learned to take shifts.

Eating schedule? We now have a more set schedule. Since Griffin has gained back the weight that he lost, we are feeding every 4 hours.   

Favorite foods? Formula!!

Likes?  The wubbanub, being held, your swing, bath time, and the white noise app.

Dislikes?  Tummy time, with a passion!! Having your diaper changed.

Favorite games/toys?  Watching yourself in the mirror. Anything that makes noise.

Milestones?  You move your head from side to side and swipe at anything in reach.

Things you do to make Mama and Dada smile?  Your "gassy" smiles are to die for and we love watching you learn new things.

Your pictures:  The good and the bad.



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Griffin Mark Edwards-Playing Catch Up

 
Griffin Mark Edwards

 
Going home



 
Had to visit his future home place


 
Meeting Uncle Jon Griffin, Auntie Lynn, and cousin Declan for the first time

 
Cousin Sarah's wedding

 
Meeting his "little" cousin, Jacob

 
Spoiled by hit Aunt Sara Margaret

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Miracle in the Making


A few days ago I gave you all a sneak peak at a little surprise. And by little surprise, I mean in the form of a 7lbs 3 oz beautiful baby boy.

 
 
In May 2013 I had a miscarriage after several months of infertility treatments.  After our loss we decided that we should take a month or two off before we dove right back into treatments.  Our first month back were were successful in obtaining a pregnancy.  When I called my favorite fertility nurse, Meghan, she didn't believe me.  She assumed by HCG shots where still in my system.  To both of our surprise, I was Pregnant!!
 
The next day was my wedding anniversary and I was able to share with my husband our great news.  What a way to celebrate love huh?
 
 


 



My pregnancy was awesome!  I had worries of the horrible headaches, the nausea, and just the daily aches. None of that was ever present.  I loved being pregnant, and actually miss it at times.





 
Because of some elevated blood pressure at the weeks went by, I was induced at 39 weeks.  My doctor had a feeling that it would end in a c-section, but he wanted to give my body a change to deliver naturally.  After an epidural, 24 hours of labor only to be dilated to 2 cm; only for my epidural to fall out and feel the most horrific pain ever, I was beyond ready to hand in the towel and ask for a c-section.  They quickly wheeled me to the OR, gave me my spinal...and the rest, well, made us a family of three.
 

 



 
 
I can't wait to share with you how much our little guy has grown. 
 
 
 


Friday, August 15, 2014

I've Got a Secret for You

 
 
The last time I left y'all, I was continuing my journey through infertility in hopes of becoming a Mama. Some fun has happened since then and I can not wait to fill everyone in.  In the mean time I'll leave you with this.
 
Griffin Mark Edwards.  Mama's miracle!
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Something Borrowed Wedding Link Up: Choosing a Date and Venue

**Disclaimer** This Post was supposed to be up last Friday.  Through blogging difficulties, it was posting on my site, but not anyone elses.  Thanks Ashley for letting me know about that.  Enjoy and I look forward to next months post!
 
 
Welcome back to this months Something Borrowed Link-up!  Last month we asked you to share your engagement story and we loved reading how your special someone proposed!  It was so awesome to read all the creative ways your men popped the question.
 
This month we are talking about choosing a wedding date and exploring venue options.  If you are already married, we ask you to just share the kind of ideas that you came up with, not the specific one you picked out.  We are going to be for a later date.

There aren't any rules for this link-up other than follow the topic. We're not going to try and make anyone follow our blogs (we'd love it if you did!) unless you like what we write about. We're not going to collect a dozen co-hosts and demand you follow them either. Follow us if you want to! Write about the topic for the month. Link up your post and read other posts to meet new bloggers. Simple as that!
 
So, now your engaged!! Congratulations!!  Now, what?  Well, when is the date?  Do you stretch out your planning and have a year long engagement or do you work your tail off and stress out to the max and plan it within months?  When deciding this you have to look and your and your Mr.'s schedules.  It all comes with what you want, no one else.  Consider the following when deciding on your perfect date.
 
When picking a date do you want it to be symbolic?  Could the wedding be the first time you met?  Your anniversary? Your parents or grandparents' anniversary?  If you choose a date that is meaningful to you and your groom, make sure to tell your guest about the significance in your programs.
 
Another one is seasons and holidays. Do you intend on having an outdoor wedding in June.  Will it be 100 degrees or more that month?  Will you be a miserable, hot, sweaty mess in your huge wedding dress and your groom in a suit?  Something to think about.  Some people have dreamed of having a Christmas or New Years wedding.  Think about how many of your guest will be out of town, or think about some of your guest will have a long weekend during those times and will be easier for travel. 
 
Also determine if you are set on having your wedding on a Saturday.  Some venues offer lower rates if you get married on any other day than a Saturday. 
 
 
When picking out a venue it is important to think about how many guest you want.  Some places have a smaller compasity that others. While some will hold 600+ and if you are only having 100 guest you don't want your venue to appear too open and have unused space.
 
Are you religious?  Do you want a traditional ceremony in your home church.  Some larger churches book their church with other events during the year so its important to get that on the books sooner than later.  Also, some more traditional churches only allow certain decorations and flowers in the sanctuary and do not want reviling dresses.  Some may want a low key beach wedding.  What if it rains?  What if you have guest that are not mobile enough to get to the ceremony location.  But, it would be amazing if the sun was shining!    
 
Now, how hard are you wanting to work?  Some locations do not need an ounce of decorations.  The ceremony might be in a garden full of lush flowers.  Already decorated!    You may be in a building that's a blank canvas for you to add lots of DIY decor, if that's what your in to.  A Barn wedding lends to its self.  Just grab some hay bales and call it a wedding. 
 
Some venues will have catering in house options and have all of your tables and chairs needed for your guest.   Is parking accommodating?  Are there any restriction at the venue that you think will take away from your special day?  
 
While there is no right or wrong questions you have to make sure that this special day is a day you dreamed off.  While picking a date is fairly easy, choosing a venue takes up a large portion of your planning.  There are so many different options that you can have.  Just look at the style of wedding that you and your husband to be would like and let your heart do the choosing.  You will always pick the right one!
 
Next month we will be talking about how to choose your wedding party and all of the how to, to picking your perfect wedding attendants.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Five Among Friends

Happy Friday Eve!!  Today I am linking up with some new friends for Five Among Friends.  Every week someone sends out 5 questions for everyone to answer.  Its a great way to get to know your fellow bloggers!
Here are my questions and answers:
1. If you could pick up and move anywhere for one year where would it be?
              This is not a hard one for me to answer.  It would be New York city!  I have only been to NYC once, in High School, and it was honestly a magical experience.  To be able to walk down the street and go see a Broadway show and have the best cheesecake of your life....YUM!!!  I think I would enjoy being in such a diverse place too. 
2. What accomplishment are you most proud of?
           I think my proudest accomplishment is that I became the woman I always wanted to be.  My parents always told me, "Don't forget that you are a Hale." (my maiden name)  I was always wanted to strive to be someone that not only my parents would be proud of, but someone that I could be proud of too.  I'm pretty happy with that! Cheesy huh?
3. What is your idea of the perfect date?
           Lately I have been a homebody.  I love being able to just relax after a busy day.  So, my perfect date...as of now...would be curled up in bed with the hubs just watching a movie. We go that often...so I'm going to say watching a chick flick, because that never happens!
4. What is your biggest pet peeve?
     Oh boy!  I hate.  Hate repeating myself more than twice.  We all know how men, or most men, listen.  You know, in one ear out the other and always ends in a response, "Huh?"  Yeah, that one.  Come on, what I have to say in ALWAYS important and needs to be heard the first...and even the second time.
5. How has blogging benefited your life?
      Through the recent part of my blogging life, I have been pretty open about my infertility journey and our miscarriage back in May.  While going through fertility treatments in the beginning, I felt alone because not many people talked about their struggles to grow their family.  Through sharing my story and our daily struggles with infertility I have become more of an accepting person.  I know things are going to always go my way.  But through me talking about it, I have had other women open up about their infertility struggles as well.  I strongly believe that while a very private thing, infertility should be talked about as a way of healing. 

There you have it.  If you would like to participate and answer my questions link up with us below and joining in!

Lover of Fall

Being that the first day of Fall is this Sunday, I only think its appropriate for me to share some of my fall favorites.  
 
 
 
 
Lets start with the most important!  Fall Smells and taste! Oh yum.
When fall is creeping up, I can't wait to get that first taste of pumpkin and the first smell of Carmel latte. 
We can thank Starbucks and Bath and Body Works for that. 
 
Usually the first day of September, Starbucks starts selling their famous Pumpkin Spice Latte.  It's so important it was written in my calender to insure I didn't forget.  Only thing is...Starbucks let out a little surprise and shared the pumpkin goodness with us a few days early.  Good one Starbucks!  

 
While Starbucks is my number one for their awesomeness, Bath and Body works is a close second.  I can easily do some damage in that store and don't think twice about it.  Some of their Fall 2013 goodies are their Pumpkin Hayride candle and Pumpkin Cupcake hand soap.
 

 
 
Another favorite about Fall is Fall decor and colors.  This season I am all about Rustic colors with hints of Gold. 
 

 
 
 Lush right? I love anything Gold for Fall.  These Ginko leaves from Pottery Barn are a great accent for your decor.

What are some of your Fall loves?