He’s here.

Meet the newest addition to our family, Huxley Beau!

He was born on a Monday afternoon in February. 2.21.22 at 3:40 PM. He was 8 lbs 7 oz and 21.5 inches. He came one day early.

I was scheduled for an induction on Sunday night at 10 PM. They gave me two doses of Cytotec, and was then dilated to 2cm. This was going into Monday morning, ate breakfast and then they started Pitocin. After about an hour, I was already to 5-6 cm. At this point, the contractions weren’t too bad, they hurt but bearable. This is when I ordered the epidural, because with my daughter I waited until I was 8 cm for the epidural, and it wasn’t fun. The epidural was at 2:10pm, I felt the urge to push around 3:00pm. They held me off to push because my doctor was tied up in a surgery, so the resident doctor had to deliver me. I swear, it felt like there were a million people in the room but I could’ve cared less. The urge to push was the most intense wonderful feeling I’ve ever felt. To try and describe it, was almost like when you have to pee really bad, and you hold it in but it feels like it’s going to come out any second. Felt just like that, but multiplied by a hundred! I managed to wait to push until 3:36pm, little man was born at 3:40pm. Literally pushed for four minutes and he was born.

It was amazing.

Huxley was the easiest birth compared to my daughter Hadley. I had no plans as far as a birth plan goes. I know some people like an idea of what they want, but I just want what’s best for the baby and myself. All I wanted was for myself and the baby to be healthy. With him being my second child, knowing what to expect made it so much easier. I know every delivery is different, but the general gist is the same. Labor, contractions, etc.

This man right here has been THE best. Let me start off by saying I feel extremely lucky to have him by my side. He has truly been there for us as a family since Huxley was born. Checking on him at the hospital right after delivery, watching the nurses weigh him, measure him, and to make sure they don’t give him any vaccinations we weren’t aware of. Never know nowadays! The first and only night at the hospital, we were super lucky and Huxley slept the entire night! I think it was the amazing sleep sack they put on him, and sadly didn’t let us take it home.

My husband is lucky in the sense he gets so much time off from work for this birth. We take turns at night, which has been a godsend. Since I am breastfeeding, I’ll feed him for the late after dinner feeding like 10/11pm whenever the time comes. I’ll go upstairs and sleep in our bed, while the hubby will stay downstairs and sleep on the couch while Huxley sleeps. When he wakes up, Kevin will either text me or come upstairs and get me and then I’ll feed him and stay downstairs with him while Kevin sleeps in our bed. It has worked so much better this way! We both are getting decent sleep, versus having the baby in our room and both of us get woken up during the night. I can’t wait for Huxley to be in his crib, which we will introduce soon.

Kevin has been cooking lunch and dinner almost everyday. I’ve been so spoiled, I don’t want him to go back to work! He’s just been amazing throughout this entire time. Hadley and Huxley are lucky to have him home this long too. He takes and picks up Hadley for school, helps with homework, while managing to cook and sometimes clean! When I’m able to, I’ll take or pick up Hadley for school, and do the homework, and all the things. When I am able to do those things, Hadley gets so excited. It’s been a little tough for her to get used to having a new baby in the house. She’s adjusting just like any other kid, who’s used to having Mom and Dad’s undivided attention.

First bath at the hospital. It amazes me how they whip these little newborns around like they are baby dolls. They are so fragile to me in those first few weeks. He loved the bath, didn’t cry just looked super relaxed. He smelled so good after he finally got all the “birth” smell off him.

Huxley laying on Daddy’s firefighter hoodie.

The hospital had a team of nursing students that asked to take Huxley for a few minutes. They did a few assessments on him, and was so good. He was gone for more than a few minutes, so me being the Mama bear that I am, had to go check on him. He was loving life, with all these nurses giving him so much attention and stimulation.

Recovery this time around was absolutely…amazing! I truly believe it was all the exercise I was doing prior to getting pregnant, and then continuing the exercise throughout the pregnancy. Highly highly recommend exercising if you are pregnant, or plan to become pregnant!

Everything about this pregnancy and birth was seriously amazing. After he was born, I had such a small tear (down there), that wasn’t even big enough for a stitch so I had zero stitches! That alone was awesome! The hard part after birth was the delivery of the placenta, that wasn’t as fun. All the nurses tending to my lady bits, and pushing on my stomach every 15 minutes, ugh that sucked. The ice pads they give you in the hospital are the best, and once I got home I used the Tucks pads and cream they recommended which helped so much too. 4 weeks postpartum now and the bleeding has almost completely stopped! Also, I recommend taking ibuprofen around the clock the first few days to help with the random bursts of pain down there.

First trip to Daddy’s firehouse, first of many many more to come!

2 weeks / first bath at home. Big sister Hadley slowly started wanting more and more to do with her baby brother. Helping with baths was a huge stepping stone for her.

3 weeks / first walk.

3 weeks / Big sister finally held him! Hadley has always done everything on her own terms, when she is ready. We followed her lead, and kept asking if she wanted to help with little things here and there and eventually she did!

Our little lucky charm.

All the kiddos together! Brady, Natalie, Hadley, and Huxley. They loved taking this picture, I had them all lay on the carpet in the family room as I stood on the couch.

4 weeks / Introduced a pacifier. With my daughter Hadley, she wanted nothing to do with a pacifier because she was a thumb sucker. Still is at night too. Huxley has not found his thumb yet, and some days he gets extra cranky with either having trouble passing gas or burp after a feeding. So one random night this week, we whipped out the paci they give you at the hospital and he took it and immediately calmed down! I might be jinxing myself, but he’s had very good sleeping nights since this photo was taken which has been almost a week.

Huxley Beau, you are a dream. We are so glad you are here.

Newborn Rolling Cart.

I made a newborn rolling cart to keep in our bedroom for the first few weeks/months of the little babe’s life. You know, when the baby is trying to figure out his days from nights, etc. I figured a rolling cart like this would be of great help for those first sleepless nights, and getting used to having a newborn around again.

On the first shelf, I have a large water bottle to keep the thirst quenched! The breast pump (not pictured because it took forever to arrive), and then some small little containers for hair bands, nipple cream, and an empty basket with face wipes, and to just put whatever might need a space for when I start using the cart. And a calming journal from my Aunt that I plan to start, or at least attempt to start when the feeling strikes.

On the second shelf, diapers and wipes.

On the third shelf, pads for Mama, bottles that came with the breast pump, nursing pads, the Haakaa breast milk collector, and breast milk storage bags.

The rolling cart is from Michaels, the exact one I purchased can be found here. It’s a 3-tiered rolling cart, and after the newborn phase is over I plan to use this for my office! So it works out perfectly!

Labor & Delivery Nurse Basket.

Have you heard of these labor and delivery nurse baskets before? I found the idea on Pinterest, and couldn’t wait to make them! I made two baskets, one for the morning shift and one for the evening shift.

Inside the baskets are the exact same thing, a huge variety! Mainly, each item is for an individual and makes it easier to grab as you go. I used blue baskets from the dollar store, and tried to make the snacks all blue themed since we’re having a boy!

The nurses have been through a lot the past two years during this pandemic, so I thought what a nice way to say thank you. I hope it brightens their day just a little bit!

Superbowl 2022.

The Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams played in the Superbowl this year. This has been such an exciting time for our city, living in the hometown of the Bengals. Although we lost, and I’m sure it stings a little bit for the players, it’s been very humbling for our football team. We’ve been on the losing streak for many many years, and for them to make it this far, was just unbelievable to watch.

Started out the day with a workout, and church with my girl Hadley. Even our church bulletin had Who Dey on the front cover. And, our priest had the entire church sing the Who Dey song in place of the homily!

We had our own little Superbowl shindig, just Hadley and I. Being nine months pregnant, I’m not really wanting to go to parties especially when it starts later in the evening. Kevin had to work poor guy, he barely got to watch any of the game. In preparation for the big game, I pre-ordered some candy from a local shop called Fawn Candy. They had some cute Bengals items, so I got popcorn, chocolate helmets, and “B” for Bengals. The only appetizer we had was chips and cheese, and steak for dinner!

Made a few decorations for the mantle, all made in PhotoShop. Hadley drew Joe Burrow’s glasses to add the decorations.

Hadley is seven years old, and she literally sat on the couch for the entire game watching it. Like really watching the game, she had no iPad, nothing but us and the game. It was the cutest thing, and I love how she loves sports!

We had our own predictions of the final score, we were not right obviously, but had high hopes for a win!

Who Dey nails!

If you watched the game, the last two minutes were hard to watch! Hadley kept facing the couch saying, “Mom, I can’t watch!”

It was a tough loss, but still so exciting they made it to the Superbowl! After the awesome season they had this year, it makes it that much more exciting to watch for next year.

WHO DEY and Happy Valentines Day!

Little Man / Nursery Reveal

Call it pregnancy hormones, but I stood in the doorway to this room the other day and almost started tearing up. Putting this room together was such a labor of love, and it just makes me smile every time I walk by. To be honest, it feels so surreal that we’ll be bringing home a baby soon!

I’m excited to finally share the little man’s room here on the blog today. There is no “theme” for the room, it’s mainly just colors and random things that are boyish like. I am absolutely in love with how everything came together, and I can’t wait to watch this little guy grow in this space and make it his own.

The room was designed to be practical and functional, given the space we had to work with. Take a look at the photos of the room below. This little man is already so loved, and I hope that love translates into every square inch of his space.

SHOP THE NURSERY:

You can shop the nursery details below simply by clicking the name of the product you’re interested in to be directed to the retailer’s website.

Dresser // Mirror (similar) // Cube Storage Organizer // Spin Changing Station // Changing Pad // Changing Pad Covers // Blackout Curtains // Curtain Rods // Crib (similar) // Lamp // Recliner // Hamper // Fabric Storage Cubes

Well there you have it! There’s a look at the babys room. It’s easily become my favorite room in the house right now, and we can’t wait to bring him home to it soon!

38 weeks.

Ready when you are!

I feel like the end is officially in sight! Something about hitting full term brought on some major feelings. My energy level is increased a little bit, but that’s about it. Nothing else has really changed. Still having smoothies for breakfast, and wanting nothing but sweets and snacks after that.

The nesting phase is legit. I don’t remember it being quite intense with Hadley, but I was also working in an office setting everyday, so I wasn’t at home as many hours in the day. I’ve not really had any aches and pains too bad, other than when I do too much the belly hurts a little so I take a chill pill and rest on the couch or bed for a little while.

Last week at the weekly ultrasound, little man is growing and is looking to be larger than his sister Hadley already. That makes me a little nervous!

We are ready for you whenever you’re ready!

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33 weeks
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37 weeks

From the weekend.

Happy Monday folks! Here is a recap of the weekend.

Friday, February 4th

Started off the weekend with a snow day for both Hadley and myself. We got lots of snow and ice! After two days of slumming it around the house, I took a nice long hot shower and got all dolled up for nothing. Hadley loves to be outside, no matter the temperatures. She practically shoveled the entire driveway all on her own! At night, when Kevin and I take turns laying with Hadley for bed she’ll fall asleep in the cutest ways. This night she had her hand on my arm, snoring away.

Saturday, February 5th

Worked out both Saturday and Sunday this weekend, for a total of 7 days in a row this week! Super proud of myself to continue exercising at nine months pregnant! Hadley had indoor soccer, and Kevin finally got to go to one, and, she scored a goal! It never fails, she always seems to score when he’s working. So she was super excited he got to see her get a goal.

Sunday, February 6th

After church on Sunday, we headed to Home Depot to buy fun house things. Fun as in a toilet! Haha Hadley was thrilled to be in the backseat with the large box. While Kevin installed the toilet, I worked on finishing up the babys room. It’s all finished, and I can’t wait to share the details soon. Hadley was outside a lot on Sunday, just playing in the snow. She would take breaks and chill in her room, sitting on her reading nook bench. We have been having lots of fires lately, and we love it. After dinner, Hadley went back outside to play. We went out with her for a little bit, it’s just too cold! She just loves the outdoors. And last but not least, happy Super Bowl week! Just look at that stadium field!

Happy Monday, have a great week!

37 weeks.

Due date month is finally here!

Little man is fully cooked at 37 weeks. Which means, he could arrive at any time now, although I’m hoping he gives me at least a week or two. We have everything pretty much done, I still have to hang some stuff on the walls in his room and pack my bag, etc.

But time will tell. Because with babies, they come when they want or like my daughter Hadley, have to be forced out. I have a feeling this little man is going to overstay his welcome, but we shall see!

Time is just flying by, and I can’t wait to see what this little guy looks like! Will he be dark haired at birth, and then turn blond like Hadley? Or will he be blond from the get go?

Workouts have been consistent still, and I don’t want to stop until it’s go time. After I workout in the mornings, I just feel a ton better the rest of the day! On the days I don’t workout first thing, I feel very tired and not much like doing anything.

Looking forward to finishing up the babys room, packing a bag, and just finally getting to meet our little man!

From the weekend.

Happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend!

Worked out both Saturday and Sunday this week. Still feeling pretty darn good for being in my ninth month of pregnancy. It feels like it’s right around the corner!

Had our first big snow fall of the year! Not enough snow for a snow day off school, but enough to shovel the driveway a few times. It snowed and snowed and snowed all day!

The weekly checkup went well, always get my chai tea latte afterwards, and the little man moved around like he’s supposed to. Right now he’s head down which is good, but he’s faced up. He still has time to turn!

Two peas in a pod these two right here. Hadley and her Daddy.

More snow on the same day, it just kept falling and falling. So glad we didn’t have to drive in it much, until all the streets were cleared up.

Saturday we played kitchen for awhile, one of her favorite things to do. I had to go to the store earlier to get a bunch of birthday cards, and she picked out a play set of food. The littlest things make her so happy, like a pack of play food for a dollar.

Back to indoor soccer! Her team has had two weeks off, in between sessions and then a bye. This game she scored THREE goals! And of course for this game, Dad was at the firehouse so he missed her goals.

Every time we get bananas at the store now, I chop them up and put them in ziploc baggies and toss them in the freezer. No more bananas will ever go rotten in our house haha

WHO DEY! Our local football team is going to the Super Bowl and we couldn’t be more excited for our city! We beat Kansas City Chiefs! So now we get to play the LA Rams. Go Bengals!

It was a good weekend, spent with family and just chilling around the house. Hope you had a good one, and your week is off to a great start!