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3 Weeks of Jackson James!

2 weeks of Jackson James

Our sweet little man is already three weeks old and we are cruising into a new routine.  The days and weeks are starting to run together but overall we are adjusting really well and are beyond in love with these two tiny humans.  I am so in love with the photo above which was taken on Memorial Day 2017. We had a small celebration at our house to welcome our little man home. These are my people and they represent everything I love about our family and this beautiful life.  Don’t get me wrong…its bat shit crazy at times and chaotic beyond words. But DANG, there is so much JOY and LOVE in the air that we might drown from happiness.  Babies are the biggest blessing in the whole world.

2 weeks of Jackson James

Little Jackson is doing so GOOD. We just went in for his two week checkup and he has already exceeded his birth weight by a whole pound. He was born over Memorial Day weekend and only lost 1 oz. while we were in the hospital.  He dropped a little more weight in the week after his birth but my milk came in quickly and we rebounded.  We went back to the hospital for his 2nd PKU test and he passed his Bilirubin screening, code for jaundice check, with flying colors.  It was so crazy to be back at the hospital so quickly after giving birth to him. Major de-javu for both his birth and Reagan’s birth.  On a completely random note, we were actually in the exact same post-birth room for both children.  I have such special memories of the first few hours with both my children in that hospital room.

Nursing is going extremely well for us, which is a total shock after my experience with Reagan. We had a few minor road blocks with early breastfeeding pain and bleeding but overall Jackson has an awesome latch and we are crushing it.  He has a small tongue tie issue which will resolve itself over time according to our pediatrician. He is eating every 3 hours consistently now and slept like a rock the whole first week of his life.  We were only waking up once a night or so and getting so much sleep in those early days.  But we have settled into a normal routine and I am so thankful for the 3 hour chunks that we do get.  I am pumping all day long in addition to breastfeeding to build up my milk supply.  This is wonderful in that Jeffrey can feed the little man for one of the night feedings and I can do the second night feeding.  Reagan is an early riser so we are up between 6am and 7am every morning to kick off our day regardless.  No rest for the RAD!

2 weeks of Jackson James

We had my husband’s family in town and my parents who live here the weekend I gave birth and a few days prior.  It was so amazing and helpful to be surrounded by our loved ones during such a special time. They were all able to help watch Miss Reagan and give me a break the first few days home from the hospital. I was able to ease into having moments alone with both the kids. We started with an hour or so by myself, a few hours here and there, half the day, and then almost the whole day which was a godsend. The thought of having both the children by myself was so overwhelming at first.  I literally cried on more than one occasion at just the thought of it.  But once Jackson was here, I was able to ease into it and feel confident that it was completely doable. Now we are in such a strong routine that it feels like our life has always been on autopilot with our two little loves.

Reagan is such a little ham and is always on the go. She is literally non-stop!!! She keeps me on my toes for sure and keeping her entertained and active is my main goal.  Jackson is so easy at this point.  I don’t want to minimize the stress and exhaustion of the Newborn phase…its A LOT OF WORK. But its a different kind of work and I feel so blessed to have a healthy baby who likes to sleep and eat every 3-4 hours.  Some newborns want to eat every hour on the hour. YIKES! We went into setting up a routine with the intention of keeping Reagan’s life and schedule as seamless as possible.  This has really paid off in that she just loves the baby.  She wants to help and love on him constantly and enjoys being around him. She doesn’t act threatened or jealous and isn’t trying to compete for my attention yet. I’m sure we will hit a few speed bumps at some point, as is completely normal with children and siblings, but for now the adjustment is going great!

2 weeks of Jackson James

Reagan is doing an amazing job as a big sister.  I had zero expectations of what she would think of the baby and how she would act around him.  She totally understands that we have a baby in the house and is so helpful for a toddler who is only 15 months old. She is always very gentle, loves to bring him pacifiers when he fusses, learned how to push the button to turn on the MamaRoo, and is very concerned about where he is and if he is ok. She loves her “Ba-by” and recently started giving him the sweetest kisses on the head. I am beyond blown away at the sweetness and love she displays towards him. I am counting my blessings for sure at her new found ability to show love and affection. We are trying our hardest to teach her to say “I love you.”

2 weeks of Jackson James

2 weeks of Jackson James

2 weeks of Jackson James

Overall my recovery has been speedy and amazing. The human body just kicks into gear and boom we had baby.  Its already like I was never even pregnant minus a few hormone induced mommy meltdowns.  I started walking 3 days after giving birth and am already down about 18 of the 26 pounds I gained from this pregnancy.  I am hoping to have our schedule dialed in enough to fit in regular workouts once I get the all clear from my doctor. So excited to have some natural endorphins and not just pregnancy hormones flowing through my body again.

I haven’t really tried to establish a schedule at all and our days are very very simple.  I’m keeping the routine basic and we only work on checking off the absolute necessities with naps sprinkled in between. We have ventured out of the house a few times but mostly we are hunkering in and just establishing a routine and getting our home base set up.  I do make a solid effort to “get out of the house” WITH THE KIDS at least once a day, even if we just take a walk around the block.  I easily go stir crazy even after a day of not leaving the house.  Mentally and emotionally I know what it takes for me to stay balanced, and if I can keep that in check it makes managing the two munchkins so much easier. My hubby works from home which is wonderful because I have help when and if I need it. We have also had family in and out of town regularly since his birth which has helped ease the transition.  At the one month mark i’m really hoping to get into a steady routine that will keep all of us thriving and not just in pure survival mode.  But this is the newborn phase and we are all adjusting to our new life as a family of FOUR + 2 golden retrievers + 3 kitty babies.

xo xo,

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Categories MOTHERHOODNEWBORNPREGNANCY

Welcome to the World, Jackson James Haguewood!!!

Its official, Baby Haguewood #2 has arrived and we are delighted to welcome a perfectly healthy little BOY into our growing family!!!

Welcome to the world Jackson James Haguewood!!!!

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Jackson James was born on May 26th at 7:21pm!!! He entered the world with a LOUD scream weighing in at 7lbs. 5oz. and is 20in. long.  Friday was his official due date, June 9th, and he is already two weeks old.  As with Reagan I delivered at exactly 38 weeks and i’ve taken some time to just soak up every second of cuddles and love from both my babies and my husband.  Sometimes blogging needs to take a backseat.  We are so grateful that he is here and we are slowly settling into a new routine and a new normal with our two wonderful children. We feel so fortunate to have one of each gender and are looking forward to learning who our new little man is.

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I had another incredibly easy and quick delivery and am so grateful for this perfect baby boy. He has simply worked his way into our hearts and having him as part of the family seems the most natural thing in the world.  He was always meant to be with us.  I wasn’t sure how the transition to two children would go, but everything has been completely seamless.  Reagan joined us at the hospital shortly after he arrived and was beyond delighted with her new baby brother.  We of course loved seeing her and missed her like crazy.

She, however, was more interested in the hospital room and playing with her Grandparents. I can’t wait till he is old enough to interact and play with her in return.  Seeing my two babies side-by-side is the most magical feeling in the world. I simply don’t know what I ever did to deserve this life and the love of this family…but I am eternally grateful.

Jackson Birth post

Jackson Birth post

Jackson Birth post

At two weeks old Mr. Jackson is the calmest and most content baby i’ve personally ever met.  We got off to a wonderful start with nursing and he barely lost any weight while we waited for my milk to come in.  These first two weeks have been drastically different from our early days with Reagan.  I remember feeling major mommy blues and nursing was a huge challenge with her.  Everything about this little dude is calm and easy.  He does have the occasional fussy moment but that usually means he is a little gassy and it quickly passes.  Our first night home with the little man was crazy easy.  He only woke once to nurse and slept in five hour chunks.  I was shocked and a little worried about how sleepy and content he was. We didn’t know if something was wrong.  Turns out he is just super chill and loves to sleep and eat.  He loves cuddles and being patted on the bottom to fall asleep.  He is quite the grunter and makes the funniest newborn sounds.  I am obsessed with his long fingers and toes and we are convinced he will be tall and lean like my husband’s grandfather!  Basically he is PERFECT and we are so in love with him.

Jackson Birth post

Jackson Birth post

I will share his birth story soon and am so excited to continue blogging about my journey through motherhood and the adjustment to two children.  It has definitely been different but our home is so full of joy and love.  Seeing the HAPPINESS in my husband’s eyes at finally having a son is an indescribable feeling.  We would have loved another little girl, but having a baby boy has filled a gap in our hearts that we didn’t know existed.  He is here now and our family feels whole.  Reagan is just enamored with her baby brother and runs around the house yelling “Ba-by.”  Every time she wakes up from a nap she is calling for the baby and wants to go check on him.  She is constantly peeking into his bassinet and smiling down on him. She lights up every time she sees him and claps her hands and giggles.  I have yet to witness a single moment where she isn’t smiling around him or excited to see him.  We weren’t sure if she would even notice him, being that she is only 15 months old, but she just LOVES him.  I wasn’t expecting that and every time they are together my heart just explodes with happiness.  I can tell they are going to be extremely close siblings.  She is always gentle around him, helps me hunt for his pacifiers, and if we bottle feed him pumped milk she loves to bring us the bottle and help feed him.  She loves her “ba-ba,” code for bottle, and helps him with his.  It is so cute!!!!

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I always here stories from second time moms who say, “I didn’t know if there would be room in my heart for another child.” Or “I wasn’t sure I could love a second child the way I love my first.” I was absolutely positive that our baby would be loved beyond measure and there is no first child or second child, just children to be loved endlessly.  My heart expanded immediately when they first brought him to me and I know that love will continue to grow as we bring more children into the world.

He is so tiny and so sweet. I completely forgot how itty bitty newborns are. It was an amazing feeling to bring another sweet human into this world and my heart is so full of LOVE and GRATITUDE.  The journey is just beginning.  Raising babies into emotionally intelligent and resilient adults requires some serious Mommy kahunas.  I’ve always said that making and birthing babies is the easy part.  Molding these small humans and helping them to grow in love and strength is my true calling in motherhood, and that literally scares the crap out of me.  To do right by these beautiful little souls and be entrusted with their love is the greatest and most weighty journey I will ever undergo.  I pray for their health, wellbeing, and eternal happiness almost every second of every day.  My heart was simply made to love these children.

I will update shortly with more baby news, but my number one priority at the moment is simply getting to know our sweet baby Jackson and continuing to watch our Reagan Marie grow up!!! Thank you to everyone who has sent their love and well wishes. I promise I will get better at responding to phone calls and messages. Right now we are just loving being hunkered in as a family of four PLUS two golden retrievers and three kitty babies! We have one full house and it is just wonderful!

xo xo,

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Categories BABYPREGNANCY

Baby Haguewood Number TWO

So now that i’ve officially made it through Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, the start of the busy season at work, and Miss Reagan’s first birthday I feel like I can finally wrap my head around the fact that WE ARE PREGNANT AGAIN!!!!

Surprise.  Haha. If you know us at all or follow me on Instagram, then you already know that we are expecting our second child. We officially found out somewhat unexpectedly on September 30th of 2016. We weren’t trying to get pregnant but we weren’t preventing pregnancy either.  We had always planned on having our babies close together but definitely not this close.  All is well and we couldn’t be more excited or thrilled about our second little gummy bear cooking in my belly.

Baby Haguewood #2’s story so far has been very low-key and uneventful.  I was feeling extremely tired and fatigued.  I had a sneaking suspicion that I might be pregnant, but at the same time Reagan was going through a small sleep regression and I had just transitioned to going back to work.  Life was busy and our hearts were FULL.  I went in for a hair appointment and remember feeling so sick and nauseous.  After my appointment I decided to swing by the grocery store for a few things while I was baby free. A very rare occasion.  I just so happened to find myself in the feminine aisle and there they were, starring me in the face. Pregnancy tests everywhere.  I grabbed a couple just for the peace of mind I knew it would give me.  I knew I would be so early in the pregnancy that I might not even get an accurate result, but I was nervous about it and just wanted to know.

I waited until the next morning to take the test.  In fact I was so anxious about the result that I woke up at 3:30am and sneaked downstairs to take the test.  Blurry eyed and foggy, I took the test totally expecting a big fat negative result.  But…there it was. In the darkness of the early morning hours I was starring at a POSITIVE pregnancy test.  Here I was, 6 months postpartum from my first pregnancy, and we were pregnant AGAIN!!!! I was SO shocked and SO excited.

I really hadn’t been expecting a positive result. Secretly I was hoping to get a negative and that meant I could go back to bed with my mind cleared of the anxiety. NOPE! Now I was wide awake and immediately started flipping through Pinterest boards to figure out how to tell Jeffrey.  I took a quick video of the tests to document the moment I found out in the early hours of the morning.  I couldn’t believe it. I made a cute card for Jeffrey and left it on his desk to find that morning.  Reagan woke up around 5:30am and Jeffrey was ready to head downstairs to his office by 6am.  We were casually waiting down there just hanging out.  When he asked why I was awake, I simply said “I just couldn’t sleep and Reagan was awake already so I got up.”

It took him a few minutes to find the card and then another full minute to digest what it was actually saying.  I was just standing in the doorway giggling and jumping up and down with Reagan in my arms. His response, “Wait, you’re pregnant???” YEP, we are pregnant again.  Baby Haguewood #2 here we come!!!!

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After lots of hugs and excitement we started to settle into the fact that we were going to be bringing another little human into this world.  We quickly figured out my due date June 9, 2017 and calculated that I was around 3-4 weeks pregnant.  That day I called our OBGYN and made our first appointment for 8 weeks to confirm the pregnancy.

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I was in full Halloween prep mode and keeping our little peanut a secret wasn’t difficult.  We did tell our families and decided to wait until after Christmas to tell the world.  I decided that I wanted to do chalkboards again to announce the pregnancy and had every intention of doing weekly boards to document the pregnancy.  Nope. No such luck.  We made it through Halloween, Reagan’s first Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. We celebrated my 29th Birthday on New Years Eve and then I was in First Birthday Party planning mode. Weekly boards never happened, but we did manage to take these cute announcement photos the week of Christmas.  The photo quality turned out really poorly but at least we have the photos to document the moment.  I was around 16 weeks and already showing pretty heavily. Baby #2 definitely pops much quicker then #1.

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pregnancy announcment

16 weeks pregnant

***16 Weeks Pregnant***

Reagan started crawling right after Thanksgiving so suddenly life was much more active. It was so fun though planning Christmas and having her crawling through piles of wrapping paper.  Holidays with babies are so much more FUN!!! I had every intention of starting my chalkboards at 20 weeks which fell shortly after the new year. Perfect right? Nope. Still no chalkboards.

Reagan popped out her first tooth on New Years Day and we were immediately thrust into life with a teething infant. Nights and her moods were super up and down. Still no chalkboards.  We went in for our 20 week ultrasound and got to see our beautiful little baby kicking and wiggling around.  The second photo is of both Reagan’s 20 week sonogram (TOP) and this baby (BOTTOM) side by side. I can’t get over how much their facial shapes are similar from the side profile.  Reagan turned out pretty cute so I have high hopes again.  IMG_8728

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***26 Weeks Pregnant***

We made it through the awesomeness that was Reagan’s First Birthday Party at the beginning of the month, and that brings us to date and the start of the third trimester.  Things are calming down and I feel like I can really do my chalkboards now. So I am fully committed to doing chalkboards for the final trimester. I already have week 27, my current week, done and ready to post! I am starting to work through a mental checklist of what we need to do before baby arrives and put together a list of what we need to get.  Not much this time around as we have pretty much everything including gender neutral baby clothes in case we have a sweet little man.

We are just so excited about Little Baby Haguewood #2 and I can’t wait to start nesting and prepping for our perfect little second baby.  Stay tuned for lots more blog content and consistent posts.  It is really important to me to give this baby the same attention as I did with Reagan.  Already trying to balance being a parent to TWO sweet babies. HAHA.

Thanks for reading Friends,

xo xo

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Categories BABY

Happy First Birthday Reagan Marie!!!!!

It doesn’t seem possible, but our beautiful baby girl turned ONE last week.  We officially have a one year old.  I can hardly remember what life was like before she was here with us, entertaining us on a daily basis.  She has grown from the littlest 6lb. newborn into a full fledged baby girl complete with chubby baby arms, wrist cankles, and michelin man baby legs.  If I could bottle up the chubby baby cuteness I totally would.

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She is such a sassy little goofball and loves to giggle and laugh all day long.  She is such a presence and people seem drawn to her even walking through the grocery store. It cracks me up when she gives her silly toothy grin to random strangers at the grocery store, but it makes my heart happy that she is such a joyful little soul.

Reagan bday photos

Reagan bday photos

Reagan bday photos

Reagan bday photos

Reagan bday photos

On March 2nd we celebrated her first birthday and I kicked off the day by running to the store at the ass crack of dawn to buy her some birthday donuts.  I was going to make her funfetti waffles but ultimately my 7 month pregnant belly wasn’t down for early morning baking and I opted to hit the grocery store instead.  I think she was digging the choice and we sugared her up before the day had even started.  I cranked the tunes and decked out in her new strawberry jammies, we fed her her first ever maple bar donut, a personal favorite of mine and I think now hers as well.

“What the heck is that thing?”

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“Seriously, what trickery is this? I’m never allowed to have sweets.”

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“Well, it is my birthday, i’m game to give it a go.”

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“Hey guys, this is really good!!!!!”

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Silence and heavy breathing as she demolishes an entire freakin’ donut before my eyes.

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“Mom, this is the BEST birthday ever.”

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The entire production had me bursting at the seams. Our day together was really low-key and pretty normal.  We played extra hard, took lots of photos, I told her a million times how much I love her and that this is the special day of her birth.  The night before we told her her birth story and reminisced about the crazy night I went into labor.  I really thought I would be super emotional and have a mommy meltdown, but I held it together and just enjoyed every moment of her day.

My mom flew in from Chile that afternoon and she got lots of Grandma love, followed by the arrival of my husband’s parents and even more grandparent love!!!! It was awesome.  We went out to dinner and she enjoyed some salty french fries followed by an early bedtime because Mom had lots of party prep to do still.

I don’t think I left the kitchen the next two days prepping all the food and treats for her party, but it was totally worth it!!! She is such a special and unique little personality and she deserves all the love and birthday goodness in the whole wide world!!!

Reagan Marie, we love you more than there are words to describe or feelings to feel.  Bringing you into this world has been the biggest joy and blessing of our lives and you make every single day so special with your light spirit and happy energy.  We are so incredibly grateful that God blessed us to be your parents and although life is full of ups and downs, we pray that you never lose your happiness.  Hold onto who you are in this world and never compromise your true nature.  I simply can not wait to see the beautiful life you will live. And, if your FIRST YEAR was any indication, life with you will always be an incredible journey.  Thank You for making us parents!!!! Happy Birthday our little darling, we love you so very much!!!!

xo xo, Mommy & Daddy!!!!

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Categories HOLIDAYS

Merry Christmas 2016

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a completely wonderful and magical holiday season. We really reined it in this year and kept Christmas and New Years Eve extremely low-key. We were of course so excited to celebrate Reagan’s first Christmas and New Years, and did manage to play up the holiday season just a bit and make it as special as possible for the little lady.

We went to my in-laws house for Christmas and had so much fun enjoying all the festive activities. It went by in a blur and once again I am so thankful I was busy snapping pics and video left and right.  I know it can get a little annoying until you check out all the adorable footage I manage to capture.

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We arrived close to Christmas Eve and Miss Reagan did very well in the car. She is such a good little traveler and we had excellent weather which was a huge relief.  We were packed to the brim with presents, luggage, and baby gear and thank goodness we managed to arrive in one piece. We spent Christmas Eve with family, just hanging out enjoying each other and all the cuteness that Miss Reagan provides. We had a delicious prime rib dinner and Reagan enjoyed her first ever taste of mashed potatoes. She was in heaven.  We spent lots of quality time with Jeffrey’s grandparents and were able to do our annual Christmas Eve Pajama tradition in person this year.  Santa got extra excited this year and included the guys for the first time. Rumor has it, they are enjoying the xmas jammies even more then we do each year.img_8401

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Every year I have so much fun picking out the coziest pajamas for us to wear on Christmas Eve. I usually go with Gap or Old Navy because they are always on SALE and are the softest, warmest, and long lasting. This year, I was obsessed with anything in red and black buffalo plaid prints and Reagan even got in on the action. She ended up wearing a pair of boys pajamas, but what the heck, it turned out sooooooo cute. She can pretty much rock anything.  Throw on a little red flower headband and she was ready to go for pics. Clearly we have way TOO MANY dogs…

img_8464Miss Reagan was way out of her normal routine and that of course means her sleep schedule was out of whack as well. She woke up at 4am on Christmas Eve and didn’t want to go to bed one bit. The child barely napped to add to the fun. It was way too exciting knowing that Santa was coming and that there was a pile of presents with her name on them. One of our Santa’s fell asleep very early because he was the one who woke up at 4am with her.xmasimg_8414Christmas morning was completely MAGICAL!!!! With the one exception of a certain little christmas elf waking up at 5am.  This time it was my turn to hang out with her, so we watched The Christmas Story on TBS and cuddled on the couch.  Eventually the rest of the family woke up and we enjoyed a nice breakfast together before heading into the living room to open gifts.  I wasn’t sure what Reagan was going to think of all the gifts and had to majorly “check” my mom expectations before we got started. She is after all, only 10 months old and doesn’t really understand what is going on.  After a quick photo of our first Christmas as a family of three, we let Reagan have at it opening presents and tearing wrapping paper. This was clearly the most interesting part for her, but her little face did light up at a few different toys including the best ever giant stuffed giraffe that Santa left for her. img_8421img_8432img_8436img_8444

 She got everything on her wish list, including a few extras, and Mommy and Daddy were very spoiled as well. I’m already super excited for next Christmas when she will understand what is going on a bit more.  But I really tried to remain present in each moment and soak up every second of her first Christmas as a sweet little baby. Next year will be so different, she will practically be a little girl already, and I am so grateful for this year and everything we have been blessed with, especially her cute little face.

Overall, it was a wonderful Christmas filled with relaxation, family, tons of dogs, buffalo plaid everything, and way too much food. Christmas Day was all about recovering and just spending as much time together as a family. I currently still have my decorations and tree up, and am sorta dreading/can’t wait to take everything down. It feels so daunting right now but I know i’ll love the clean empty look of our house for the New Year.

I am so NOT ready for 2017 but need to get my “ish” together because it has arrived.

Merry “late” Christmas FRIENDS!!!!!

xo xo,

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Categories SEASONS

Summer Nights

Ahh Summer nights have finally arrived and we are LOVING IT around here!!!

The days are bright and sunny, the evenings are so warm and enjoyable, and we’ve been taking advantage of the gorgeous weather and walking Miss Reagan and the girl puppies as much as possible.  I wear Reagan in my Tula Baby Carrier and we have a solid route that we explore. Its about four to five miles total. The exercise is fantastic for my postpartum mommy body, but we both get pretty warm while hiking along. I might be the worlds laziest momma, but she loves it when we let her hang out and cool down in ONLY her diaper after our nightly walks.  I’ve never seen a baby so happy to chill in her diaper and a bow.

 Reagan usually goes to bed around 7:30pm but sometimes we’ll keep her up past her bedtime and simply hang out as a family of three.  OR Mommy and Daddy can relax and enjoy the peace and calm together rocking the night away on our porch swing. I recently added some festive bistro lights to our front porch and I absolutely LOVE the way they turned out.  There is nothing better than sipping on a margarita and rocking the night away next to my hubby. We are definitely loving summer nights in the Haguewood household!

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Recycled Glass Tumblers – Gift (similar HERE)

There is an unwritten rule that its ok to stay up late past our bedtimes when margaritas and porch swinging are involved! So…on that note, to the swing we GO! Cheers to Summer nights friends!

xo xo,

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Categories HOLIDAYS

Memorial Day 2016…Summer Starts HERE!!!

WooHoo…Memorial Day is officially in the books and that means Summer has “unofficially” started! We enjoyed a completely relaxed and uneventful weekend at home complete with a mini family photo session, puppy walks, and a movie marathon on Saturday night. Ultimately, the extra time as a family was glorious.

Reagan is becoming much more engaging and really loves it when we talk and interact with her. So FUN!!! We are ready for all things Summer around here and simply can’t wait to take her to the lake for the first time.  I’m super stoked for all the adorable baby swimsuits out there. Baby Girl’s closet is already stocked and my heart just can’t handle it.

With all the FUN that a long holiday weekend brings, its easy to forget the meaning of the day.  Its amazing to me that the simple act of bringing a child into this world has forever changed my perspective and the extreme amount of gratitude I have for those who have served and are currently serving. My heart is so grateful for the sacrifices made to ensure that our freedom will go on for generations to come. And that next generation includes my daughter. My heart wants so badly for her to grow up in a peaceful world and we all owe the biggest THANK YOU to those you have made the greatest sacrifice in the pursuit of that goal.

“I thank God for my life, and for the stars and stripes. May freedom forever fly. Let it ring.
Salute the ones who died, The ones that give their lives so we don’t have to sacrifice all the things we love.”
– Zac Brown Band

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Headband (made by me – tutorial coming soon)   Free to be Cute Onesie

***Double Duty on the onesie as the 4th of July is right around the corner! Score 2 points for Mommy!!!***

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Dream Flag Sweatshirt  (Similar Here)

I hope everyone enjoyed an awesome and safe holiday weekend. And as a bonus for the short week, tomorrow is already Friday. Woo Hoo. It is supposed to be in the 90’s this weekend in our neck of the woods. Let the countdown to Summer begin…

xo xo Friends,

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Categories BABYPREGNANCY

Reagan’s Birth Story

Here is the story of sweet Reagan Marie’s BIRTH on Wednesday, March 2, 2016.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Little Baby Haguewood’s birth month had finally arrived.  I had officially made it to 38 weeks and life in general felt strange.  I felt like I was in a day-to-day holding pattern just waiting for something to happen.  I was finally caught up on my chalkboards and feeling exhausted! Bending over and working on my designs was really frustrating in those last few weeks.  I couldn’t bend over because my HUGE belly was getting in the way. I would start to breathe heavy and my poor back was hurting so bad.  I would draw a letter or finish a word and then get up and walk around for a little bit to relieve the pressure on my back and belly. I spent quite a bit of time either laying down flat OR moving around. Sitting stationary was no longer working for me.

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Tuesday morning I lost my mucus plug and couldn’t believe it.  I knew that this occurrence didn’t mean anything other than that things were “moving in the right direction” and my body was preparing itself for delivery.  I had read about this happening but it felt exciting and weird to actually experience it. We were officially getting closer to meeting our sweet little baby. I wrapped up my March 1st blog post and decided to get “pretty” for the day.  We had some plans later on that afternoon and I knew I would feel better if I got up and did my hair and makeup.  I decided to head to Target that morning to just paroose around for a bit and kill some time.  I felt so much better when I was up and moving around.  I had the pregnancy waddle down like a champ and was completely out of breathe after doing a few laps around the store.  Time to head home and get ready for my weekly OB appointment.

I had been attempting to take a daily stock of how I was feeling day-to-day so I would be prepared if anything “labor” related were to happen. Everyone I talked to told me that first time moms usually carry full term and I was still two weeks out.  The night before, I had actually been feeling super off and had slept worse than usual. I had cramps and back pain consistently and had a strange feeling that I might go into labor “soon.”  I made a few mental notes to share these feelings with my doctor that afternoon. Jeffrey was pretty convinced that I was just tired and uncomfortable. He was so helpful in calming me down and helping me to relax. I needed to prepare myself for two more “long” weeks of pregnancy before I was even full term.

We went to the appointment and I was quickly told by the nurse that I definitely wasn’t in labor.  She made a point to again tell me that I would likely go full term and these were normal sensations.  We quickly met with our doctor who confirmed that I was 1cm dilated but definitely not in labor. I still couldn’t shake this feeling that I was going to go into labor soon but with the doctor telling me it wasn’t likely, I decided to try my best to relax and unwind.  After my appointment I took a two hour nap and woke up that evening feeing WEIRD!!! I had pressure and pain.  But honestly, every evening I would get tired and emotional.  Every little ache and pain would push me past my limit and I would cry and take multiple hot baths to try and calm down. I assumed it was just another night of being in the final weeks of my pregnancy.

Jeffrey was sweet enough to make me dinner and I decided to go to bed and watch a movie to relax.  He joined me in our bedroom and was wrapping up some work in our lounge chair while I tried to unwind.  My body was hurting so bad. My belly hurt and I couldn’t get comfortable no matter what position I was in. I kept looking at him thinking I can’t be going into real labor right??? He looked at me like I was crazy.  The whole interaction was so funny and something I will never forget.  I could tell something was going on with my body but there was no way I was really going into labor.  Then it started to hurt really bad.  I climbed into a hot bath to relax.  I felt jittery, overheated, and anxious and had to get out right away.  I remember cupping my head in my hands thinking, “I really need to get ahold of myself.” After a few deep breaths I climbed back into bed and started a movie.  I was feeling a little better.  Thats when it happened…

I was completely relaxed… maybe even starting to doze off a bit.  I felt and heard a huge POP.  My body reacted instinctually and immediately by jumping out of the bed. There was a huge gush of fluid and I immediately looked at Jeffrey and said “holy shit I think my water just broke.” He was staring at me in shock.  I think he was more surprised by how fast I was out of the bed. I hadn’t moved that quickly in the past month due to my humongous belly. He kept asking me if I was sure.  I ran, more like waddled, to the bathroom and there was another gush of pale pink fluid.  At that moment, I was damn sure my water had broke.  The first thought that popped into my head was “I was F**KING right!” I know my body and I knew that I was going to go into labor that day.  Jeffrey calmly came into the bath room and we sorta just stared at each other for a few minutes both not really sure what needed to come next.  We had talked about “the plan” but now it was actually happening. And so were the contractions…

After about a solid five minutes of PURE SHOCK we finally got our heads in the right place and rockted into action. Trying to figure out the phone number for the hospital maternity center was the first task.  I can’t believe I didn’t pre-program the number into my phone.  The next 30 min. were a complete blur of trying to find the right bags and making sure I had mascara and a curling iron between contractions. Super Important items. I had everything ready but nothing was packed.  I decided at the last minute that I needed a different bag and repacked everything.  Some necessary items were still in the laundry and I felt it was necessary to take a quick shower before leaving.

Bags were packed in the car, I was showered and cleaned up, we said goodbye to the puppies and kitties and I did a final once over on the house.  My contractions were about 1 minute apart by this point.  I made our bed quickly and was walking out the bedroom door when there was another huge gush of fluid.  SHIT. Time to clean up again and climb into another fresh pair of leggings.  We quickly cleaned the carpet and finally made it out the door.

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The ride to the hospital was torture because my contractions had picked up the pace.  They were hitting about every 30 seconds. I had zero down time in-between contractions to breathe and relax.  It felt more like a few big huffs and puffs before bracing myself to “breathe” through the next contraction.  Given that it was 11:45 at night we had to go to the ER to get checked in before heading to Labor and Delivery at the Maternity Clinic.  We pulled up to the hospital and suddenly everything felt real. Not to mention the contractions. I was not prepared for the “pain” that comes with contractions. I had mental prepared myself for some really strong pain, but had also convinced myself that “the pain was only temporary” and I could get through it.  True. But oh my GOD, contractions are the most painful thing I’ve ever experienced and i’m a freakin’ cancer survivor people. Labor pains are the real deal.

We got checked in and someone from the Maternity Unit was going to come down and wheel me up to the clinic. Jeffrey left me to go park the car and I was momentarily “on my own” to deal with the contractions.  Another couple in labor came in right after us and the woman could tell I was hurting badly.  She kindly took my hand and asked if this was my first baby? I quickly said all in the same breathe that “yes it was, and my husband was parking the car and my contractions were coming every 30 seconds and were really painful.” She was an absolute godsend in those brief moments.  She was having her 2nd child and helped walk me through what to expect and we “breathed” through a few sets of contractions together. Suddenly a nurse appeared and we were whisked off to the Maternity Clinic.  I was handed a clipboard of paperwork and had one heck of a time attempting to fill it out between contractions. I was officially admitted at 12:05am on Wednesday March 2, 2016.

Finally Jeffrey was back, and I felt like I could breathe again. I had never been so thankful to see my husbands face. A nurse popped around the corner to take us to a triage room to assess my labor status. I got undressed and climbed into a hospital gown. Getting leggings off through my contractions was the toughest part. They checked to make sure I was dilated and having real labor contractions. Which I was…no doubts in that department. 2 cm dilated in fact.  I had been 1cm dilated earlier that day. Apparently they check for amniotic fluid also. CHECK.

Once my labor status was confirmed they wanted to get me into a hospital room and get some fluids going asap. My original birth plan called for waiting as long as possible for any pain intervention. I knew I was going to want it, I just wanted to try and go “natural” for as long as possible.  Well given that my contractions were still 30 seconds apart, I wanted my pain killers ASAP!!! Gripping the edge of the hospital bed and staring at the clock in front of me was all I could do to get through each contraction.  I was instructed to get dressed again and we would head to my labor and delivery room. It took me about 15 minutes to climb back into my leggings given that I was having so many contractions.

For some reason I was dead set on walking to my hospital room. They offered to wheel me down the hallway in a wheelchair but I wasn’t having it.  I could walk to the room. No rhythm or reason for any of my decisions at this point. I was just trying to survive minute to minute. Literally!!!! When we got to the room my nurse showed me the restroom so I could change and get ready for an IV etc.  My contractions were so bad, I spent the next 45 min. in the bathroom all by myself trying to get undressed and into yet another hospital gown. I didn’t want Jeffrey to see me in that state and I really wanted to do it myself. I remember sitting down on the floor at one point in the bathroom between contractions crying and thinking, “how in the hell am I going to survive this? I can’t even get out of the damn bathroom.” Later I found out that poor Jeffrey and the nurses were just sitting in the room listening to me cry and struggle between contractions, waiting for me to come out for 45 minutes because I wouldn’t let anyone come in and help me. Again, not a lot of rational thinking taking place at this point.

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I did finally emerge from the bathroom however, and the next step was to to meet with the night doctor. I was asked about a million medical questions. My contractions were beyond horrendous and the doctor suggested a shot of medicine to “take the edge off.”  I said I wanted my epidural. They agreed immediately.  Normally you don’t get an epidural until your at least 4cm dilated because it can slow the labor progression. I was in such extreme pain however that they wanted to get me some relief as soon as they could.  Because it was late at night/early morning I had my epidural within 10 min. I was terrified. One big needle + my spine = not a good thing.  Also I was getting the “shakes” really bad.  The doctor explained to me that the surge in hormones causes the body to convulse and shake. It was uncontrollable and my knees were banging against each other constantly. I was terrified of shaking and moving, or god forbid having a contraction, while they administered my epidural. I sat hunched over and breathed through 1 single contraction and then my doctor did what she does best. It was over so quickly and I didn’t contract during the procedure. Truly the epidural was the easiest part of the whole labor and delivery and the relief it brings is beyond words.  I went from the most excruciating pain i’ve ever felt in my whole life to complete relaxation and calm.  If your open to pain intervention, I fully and 100% recommend an epidural. It was a game changer. But that is just my experience and I know everyone and every labor is completely different.

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Jeffrey later told me that when I was contracting I would stare at him, and my eyes were so dilated from the pain that he could immediately tell that I wasn’t fully present anymore. That much pain takes you to another place entirely. After my epidural I could relax and breathe.  The pain was completely gone. Like zero pain!!!! The nurse wanted me to sleep for a few hours before my labor progressed any further.  They checked my cervix at 2:30am after the epidural was administered prior to leaving us alone for a bit to sleep.  I was 2.5cm dilated. Not much progress.  I didn’t care at this point.  Jeffrey decided to lay down. He fell asleep immediately and I just laid there for hours soaking up every moment of the experience and what had happened thus far in my labor journey.  I had to be rotated from side to side to keep the epidural working. I laid there for hours listening to the fetal heart rate monitor and the sound of my baby’s beating heart. I’ll never forget that time. I would stare at Jeffery sleeping so peacefully, realizing we were about to become parents. So much calm and peace after the intensity of the contractions I had felt previously.

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***I love that in this picture you can see that it was 2:30am from the clock on the wall. My epidural was kicking in, we were finally alone for the first time since being admitted,  and I was feeling so much BETTER. Therefore my husband can smile again. A very tired, my wife was just in extreme pain smile, but a smile nonetheless.***

Finally 5:30am rolled around. Jeffrey was still asleep and I was being cleaned up and rotated AGAIN. I asked the nurse if she could check my progress. Given my earlier status I was expecting maybe 4cm to 5cm.  Nope. The nurse checked me and said, “oh my, your 9cm dilated.”  I had almost fully progressed in 3 hours. Jeffrey woke up a bit when the nurse came in to check me. He heard the words “9cm” and shot up off the sofa.  “What??? 9cm???” Had I really progressed that far that fast?  Later I found out that my labor and contractions were so intense that the relaxation from the epidural actually made my labor speed up. My body was no longer fighting the pain of the contractions but was working to have this baby. My body wanted to have this baby and it also really NEEDED an epidural to do it apparently.  My body would have been laboring for several more hours than normal if I had gone “natural” because the intensity and frequency of the contractions were too much.

I couldn’t believe that I had progressed so quickly. The pace of the nurses and people in my room went from zero to sixty almost immediately.  Suddenly it was ON…we were going to have this baby…SOON! My labor nurse wanted to give me another hour or so to become fully dilated and she said it would help the baby continue to drop naturally into position. My body was on a roll when it came to moving that baby down and she didn’t want to stop the progress while my epidural was still going strong. That last hour was anything but dull. We quickly made a few phone calls to family to let them know it was almost time and then we braced ourselves for “whatever” was coming next.

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My epidural was still working but the sensations and feelings were becoming much stronger.  I could feel a tremendous amount of pressure and was feeling like it was time to push.  I had a deep “mind-body”  feeling that it was just time. I simply knew my baby was about to be born. My body also decided at this time that I needed to get sick.  I spent almost twenty minutes upright throwing up into a little hospital bag. Again, the doctor informed me that this was from the hormones. I was quickly learning that there is no modesty in labor. By 6:30am I was completely dilated and the nurse had me start with a few practice pushes to get my rhythm and breathing down.  We did pushes for 10 seconds in sets of 3. I was able to relax a bit after the 3 sets and Jeffrey was by my side with a cold wash cloth for my forehead.  My heart rate and blood pressure were all over the place so they had me on an oxygen unit in-between sets.  After the practice pushes I was able to relax for a few minutes while they set up all the supplies for the doctor.  My OB was on call until 7am and then the regular day shift OB was going to take over and my doctor would have her regular day off. I was very close to my doctor and felt entirely comfortable with her. At first I only wanted her to deliver my baby but when it came down to it and we passed that 7am mark, I didn’t care who was down there as long as they were helping to get this baby outta me!!!

I could feel extreme pressure when I was contracting and learned to push with the contractions.  At 7am we started pushing for real and it was EXHAUSTING!!! My whole stomach felt contracted like I was holding one continues abdominal crunch and then there was deep pressure down into my body. Other than the pressure and tightness in my abdomen, I felt NO PAIN whatsoever. Thank you epidural!!!! Really, the pushing phase was just tiring, like running back to back sprints for an hour. The doctor flew into the room for about the last 10 minutes or so.  She was fantastic and extremely helpful with my lady parts and maneuvering baby so the exit was as least damaging as possible. Halfway through I was able to stop pushing and feel the baby’s head. When initial writing my birth plan this was not something I was interested in doing…gross right? Nope, it was completely magical and amazing in the moment. To feel my little baby for the first time before she was even born is something I will never forget. The doctor told me I had two maybe three more pushes and then our baby would be born.  As soon as she said those words, thats when it felt “real” for me. I remember the moment crystal clearly. Only a few more pushes and our baby would be here. After the months of growing and wondering what baby was…it was happening NOW!!! The moment was here. Holding Jeffrey’s hand we pushed and then all of a sudden there SHE was. I saw them pull her out of me and they laid her on my chest face down.

I couldn’t stop looking at this little squishy pink baby. No crying, BIG BIG eyes, and gripping for my chest to hold onto the warmth of my body.  The doctor looked at Jeffrey and said “would you like to announce the gender?” I had in that moment completely forgotten about the gender. I literally couldn’t believe they had just pulled a baby out of me and wasn’t thinking about the gender at all. They flipped baby over and Jeffrey said…”it’s a GIRL!” I looked at him and we couldn’t stop kissing each other and our beautiful baby girl who had been in this world for less than a minute.

At 7am we started pushing and at 7:44am Little Miss Reagan Marie was born into this world.

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What a moment. To say it is something I will never forget feels too cliche to even capture the true nature of what it felt like to hold my daughter for the first time. It was was “otherworldly.” Something rooted so deeply in my soul that I can’t even explain it.

Reagan being born is simply a “feeling and a moment” that I will forever cherish and relive in my memory until the day I die. Reagan’s birth was the most incredible and wonderful experience and I wouldn’t change a second of it. She is perfect and amazing and simply oh so tiny!!! I will never ever forget those first few moments of her life and am so thankful that we were able to document our first few minutes as a family of three.

We love you to the moon and back little Rea Rea!!!

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I know this post is incredible long but I simply had to put all my thoughts and memories down while they are still fresh in these first few months.  I’m sure all the mommies out there can understand the value of our child’s birth story. I’m so thankful I was able to capture the moments in the most authentic way I know how, through writing about my thoughts and feelings.

xo xo Friends,

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Categories BABYHOLIDAYS

Happy Easter 2016

HAPPY EASTER 2016 

Well its back to our normal routine after celebrating the Easter holiday this past weekend! I want to say that our weekend was calm and relaxing but Little Miss Reagan had us on our toes the whole time.  She decided she wanted to be awake and fussy most of Saturday night, so Jeffrey and I took shifts staying up with her and soothing her as much as possible.  She really just loves to be held and loved on more than anything.  She will fall asleep in our arms and be the most content baby ever, but the second you put her down she is wide awake and looking at you with her BIG bright eyes!

Needless to say, we both woke up exhausted and tanked on Easter morning.  We decided to just roll with it.  I had big plans to make us an awesome and yummy breakfast complete with bunny shaped pancakes and Easter Baskets, but NOPE, baby girl had other plans in mind. We still managed to enjoy the morning and cuddled our sweet baby girl.  We left for a family dinner that afternoon and finally got to show off our beautiful baby girl to some extended family. So fun and of course everyone loved little miss. Reagan and I had matching outfits and she was so sweet decked out in white lace and pink looking incredibly girly. Just like her Momma.

Our very first “Holiday” Family Photo (Reagan was grunting the whole time. We couldn’t stop cracking up.)
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I was a little late putting up our Easter decorations this year. I’ve kinda had my hands full with a newborn baby and everything. But I managed to pull out the boxes during an extra long nap time. I normally go gang busters on the decorations but this year I decided to keep it clean and simply.  Less to take down later. 🙂

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Carrot Garland from Hobby Lobby a few years ago. Similar HERE. “Happy Easter” Banner from Target. Similar HERE.

I did a whole post on Little Miss Reagan’s First Easter Basket and all the goodies I found to fill it in my previous post. For links to items and to read the post click HERE.  I was so happy with how it turned out and i’m already excited for next year when she will semi-understand what is going on and want to play with all her goodies. The Easter Bunny even left her a sweet little note and she had a special card from Mommy and Daddy.  Easter 2016 #2

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I found the basket at World Market and loved how versatile and cheap it was. I looked at all the cute customized baskets from Pottery Barn but really loved how simply and cute this basket was.  Plus I can use it for other things during the rest of the year.

Mint Wire Easter Basket from World Market

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I was so THRILLED that we had a sweet baby girl because now we can dress her up all cute and adorable!!!! All the sweet Easter clothes out there were so hard to narrow down. I finally decided on the cutest dress from Target that I was completely in love with. Easter Dress can be found HERE.  I can’t tell you how hard it was to find cute dresses that come in Newborn sizes. Little Miss is a petite thing and I have a feeling she will be rocking the newborn size for awhile still.

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Overall we had an amazing Easter and I will forever treasure this first BIG holiday with our precious Reagan Marie.  I even managed to squeeze in some time for a little photoshoot with the little miss. The photos turned out beyond anything I could have ever imagined and I love that we captured this special time in her life.  I find myself pulling them out and looking at them in the wee hours of the morning during 2am feedings. I know i’m biased but she is just SOOOOO CUTE!!!!

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happy easter 2016

Happy April 1st everyone!

The weather is absolutely stunning and we are headed out to get some much needed fresh air and vitamin D!!!

xo xo Friends,

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Categories HOLIDAYS

Happy Easter Eve & Baby’s First Easter Basket

I am so excited for Reagan’s very first EASTER!!! I love playing the Easter Bunny and am so excited for all the fun adventures we will have watching our little one grow up and learn.  I am absolutely obsessed with holidays and any excuse to be Fun & Festive.  I can’t wait to experience what the holidays feel like with babies and small children. Reagan arrived on March 2nd so her first holiday was St. Patrick’s Day, Blog Post can be found HERE, but Easter will be her first official BIG holiday celebrated with Family!!!  I am just so excited. I’m also trying to remind myself that she is still a newborn and won’t know what the heck is going on at all.  I need to keep my expectations in check but my holiday loving heart gets so excited!!!! Happy Easter Eve friends!

Easter Basket Goodies 2016

The Adventures of Peter Rabbit   The Velveteen Rabbit   JellyCat Duckling   Golden Easter Eggs

Pink Easter Pajamas     Blue Easter Pajamas     Infant Bunny Slippers     Bunny Ring Rattle

I started hunting for the perfect Easter basket fillers right after Valentine’s Day.  We didn’t know what Little Baby Haguewood was going to be so I was shooting for items that were #1 – Useful, #2 Gender Neutral, and #3 as CUTE as possible.  All the adorable bunny stuff out there had me swooning and it was so hard to not go gangbusters buying everything for her. I had to remind myself that she is only going to be a newborn for a little bit here and unless we have another baby girl around Easter we probably won’t get much use out of any special clothes.  I really wanted to get her some toys that I know we will use in the future, so I went for these Vulli So Pure Toy Blocks from the makers of Sophie the Giraffe. Reagan is already mesmerized by Sophie and loves to stare at her and hold her. Thanks Grandma Julie!!! I’m excited for her to get a little older so we can start learning and playing games with her.

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I also got her several fun Easter Books, some NEW colorful easter eggs which are currently filled with candy for ME, the pink bunny pajamas pictured above, and the Bunny Rattle from Bunnies by the Bay, a company i’m absolutely obsessed with.  Everything they have is just so darn cute!!!

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We are looking forward to starting some new holiday traditions with our sweet little girl, one of which is celebrating the “Eves” of just about every holiday out there.  There is something incredibly magical about holidays and I remember eagerly awaiting the arrival of the morning as a young child and being so giddy the night before .  The anticipation of a holiday is half the FUN!!! I found the cutest series of books that celebrate the “eves” of all the holidays.  I can’t wait to read them to Miss Reagan and continue adding to our growing library.  After her bath tonight we are going to sit down as a family and read The Night Before Easter together!!! I am just so excited for our first BIG HOLIDAY together as a family of 3!!!

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Happy Easter Eve Friends

xo xo,

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Categories BABY

2 Weeks of Reagan Marie!

2 Weeks of Reagan Marie

I can’t believe my baby is already 2 weeks old!!!! She is such a sweet little baby and we are absolutely loving being parents!!! Its been an adjustment but I think we are over the hump and finally settling into a good routine.  I can’t believe how much she has already changed and she actually looks like a little baby now and not just a cute wrinkly little newborn.  She is getting some rolls here and there which make my heart SING!!!! Baby rolls are the best and I know she is putting on some weight and slowly getting back to her birth weight!!!!

Right now our daily routine looks something like this…

5:30am to 6:30am – WAKE UP with Daddy!!!

Feeding, Burping, Diaper Change, Nap for two hours until Mommy wakes up. This has been so nice because I can actually get some sleep before I start my day.  Jeffrey is already up this early for work regardless so he takes care of the baby for a bit and I can get 3-4 hours of straight sleep after being up all night with little miss. This is the only break I take from pumping in the full 24 hour period.  Even mommy’s need a break here and there and this one break keeps me from feeling like a milk cow.

8:30am – Mommy’s turn to WAKE UP & Morning Snuggles

Feeding, Burping, Diaper Change, Awake Time, and then Morning Nap for an hour! We usually do morning awake time in bed with the puppies while mommy sips on some coffee and watches the morning news!!! Reagan loves to sit in her boppy and look at the bright windows.  I talk to her and tell her all about the world and we snuggle and love on the puppy babies. Once she falls asleep for a quick nap I pump for 15-20 minutes and can usually score around 2-3oz. Hopefully I can brush my teeth and breathe for a few minutes before she wakes up again.

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10:30am – Morning Clean Up & Chore Time

 Feeding, Burping, Diaper Change, Awake Time, and then Nap for an hour. For our early morning awake time I wear Reagan in my DIY Solly Wrap while I clean up the bedroom and nursery from the night, do bottle/ pumping dishes, and make some breakfast.  She just chills and takes in the sights and sounds of our life.  She usually falls asleep in the wrap and I put her down for her Late Morning Nap around 11:30am.  She is usually “wide awake” in the mornings and often will be a little restless and a light sleeper for this nap.  Once Reagan is down I pump, AGAIN, for 15-20 min. and then try and bust out some cleaning as quickly as possible or do any necessary chores/tasks while she is asleep.  Baby Thanks You’s, organizing her birth documents, and vacuuming are all on the agenda these days.  I swear an hour has never flown by so quickly in my life. And sometimes I just sit in the peace and quiet and enjoy another cup of coffee.
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12:30pm – Shower Time and Laundry 

Feeding, Burping, Diaper Change, and then Nap for 2 hours (hopefully). Miss Reagan is a fantastic sleeper once she is down.  Her little body is on a very reliable clock and she always conks out in the afternoons for at least two full hours.  After we eat, burp, do a quick diaper change and cuddle/rock she falls asleep and I can actually get some “stuff” done.  This “stuff” usually consists of taking a shower, maybe doing my hair & makeup if its a good day, pumping again for 15-20 min, and putting a load of laundry in.  I try to do the “one load in and one load out” model. This keeps the laundry from piling up and I can rotate between towels, my laundry, Jeffrey’s laundry, and Miss Reagan’s ever growing pile of dirty spit-up covered laundry.

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2:30pm – Afternoon Walk & Fresh Air

Feeding, Burping, Diaper Change, and then Nap for 2 hours (again…hopefully). Given that it is March the weather is finally starting to turn around and on good days we have some sunshine and temperatures above 40 degrees.  After our usual feeding & pumping routine I wear little miss in my wrap and we take the puppies for a good walk around the neighborhood.  She usually falls asleep and naps in the wrap but she is always awake when we leave so she is getting some fresh air and taking in the world for a bit.  The fresh air and sunshine really help me to feel NORMAL and not so cooped up in the house.  I had my two week postpartum doctors appointment and got the “all clear” to resume my workouts.  Given that I did give birth 2 weeks ago, I decided that going for daily walks, weather permitting, is the perfect way to get back into a routine. Each week I hope to introduce a little more exercise, longer walks and even some circuits and pilates back into my life.  I’m lucky to already be back to my pre-baby weight and the only thing left is to do some much needed toning.

2 Weeks of Reagan Marie

2 Weeks of Reagan Marie

4:30pm – Afternoon Play Time, Story Time, and Tummy Time

Feeding, Burping, Diaper Change, and then Play Time for at least an hour. In the afternoons after our walk we relax and play.  Little miss has two really good awake periods throughout the day.  One in the morning and one in the late afternoon.  We take advantage of this time and read a few books, listen to disney music on Pandora, and do tummy time exercises to strengthen her muscles.  She is getting really strong and it is so fun to talk to her and watch her move her head from side to side.  We also do baby stretches and baby massage to get her circulation going.  This is one of my favorite times of the day because her beautiful little eyes are open and taking in everything.  The happy Disney music is pretty darn uplifting too.  I can’t wait to introduce her to all the Disney princesses…YIPPPEEEEE!!! The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Tangled are all my favorites!!!! She usually falls asleep for a short 20-30min. nap after play time.

2 Weeks of Reagan Marie

6:30pm -7:30pm – Bath Time with Daddy & Dinner for the Parents

Once Daddy gets home from CrossFit it is bath time! This is good bonding time for Daddy and Reagan and gives mommy a break to start dinner and have some alone time.  After she is all sparkly and clean she gets a bottle of pumped milk from Daddy while mommy pumps for 15-20 min.  I love that we were not over-the-top when it came to exclusive breastfeeding.  I am trying to keep an open mind and we just go with the flow and do what feels right.  I am breastfeeding/pumping every 2 – 2.5 hours though to keep my supply up.  She also takes a pacifier occasionally and has no nipple confusion between bottle, pacifier, or breast.  I love that Jeffrey gets to enjoy the process of feeding her occasionally also.  Bonding for Daddy is just as important!!!! After she goes down for yet another nap we can put her in the bouncer and we get to sit down and enjoy dinner together.  Mommy Daddy time is so important.  We love our little girl beyond belief but we also value our relationship and at dinner we have an opportunity to just talk and enjoy each others company.  I absolutely love that we make time for our relationship and aren’t getting “lost” in being parents.

2 Weeks of Reagan Marie

9:30pm – MamaRoo Fun & Working with Daddy (Mommy is already asleep HAHA)

After dinner, my amazing and super sweet/supportive hubby takes the baby for the evening so I can get 2-3 hours of uninterrupted sleep before the night rotations start.  Jeffrey is usually up working regardless so he does the evening feeding and I get to conk out.  We have a good routine going.  He does the night feeding and I do all the late night feedings so he can sleep for 6-7 hours straight through.  Then he gets up early with her and I get a few more uninterrupted hours while he does the morning rotation.  This whole system seems to be working really well for us.  We are happy and settling into this strong routine. I know the routine will need to change and adjust as she gets older and we will cross that bridge when we get to it. But for now we are doing really well and are very much in love with our sweet little girl.

These two are literally my world and I could not love them more.  Watching Jeffrey with his little girl is absolutely amazing and wonderful.  We got a MamaRoo Rocker as a gift from my mom and it has been amazing for getting Reagan to sleep.  The hubby is a big Star War fan and so we call the rocker her “Millennium Falcon” and she loves to fly in her space ship while daddy is busy working.  So cute!!!

2 Weeks of Reagan Marie

2 Weeks of Reagan Marie

 LATE NIGHT ROTATIONS

Our late night/early morning rotations are as quick and painless as humanly possible.  I always let her sleep for as long as possible but I also set an alarm to make sure she doesn’t go longer than 4 hours without eating per our pediatrician.  She usually goes a little longer at night, anywhere from 2.5 to 3.5 hours between feedings but some nights she is spot on with the 2 hour markers.  Once I get her fed, burped, changed, and swaddled tight to go back to sleep we are usually 1 hour into the rotation.  Once I pump and get cleaned up I can usually sleep for 30min to 45min before she is ready to get up and start the process all over again.  I long for the nights where she is able to go a little longer between feedings. I love our cozy nights and early mornings together where its just me and my girl.  That sweet little face and the intense love I feel for her somehow allows me to function on a few sporadic hours of sleep.  The first few days I felt like a zombie at night but now my body has adjusted and I actually don’t mind the late nights anymore.

2 Weeks of Reagan Marie

 This is our current routine with our sweet little angel.  The first week or so I didn’t even try to establish a routine but now its been incredibly helpful for my sanity and also to maximize our sleeping schedule.  I feel a little normal and have a few moments to myself here and there to get things done.

Its been great to keep blogging about the little moments with her. I know someday we can look back at my posts and remember details and memories we wouldn’t be able to otherwise.  I also love that we can share our beautiful little girl with all our family and friends who read my blog.  Thank You to everyone who has sent prayers and well wishes on the birth of our beautiful Reagan Marie.  We are feeling so lucky that this sweet little girl is ours and that we get to be there for all her moments growing up.  I am just obsessed with this wee baby!!!! She is already growing up and changing before our eyes and I am trying to live in the present and soak up every second.

xo xo Friends,

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Baby Haguewood – 37 Weeks

Baby Haguewood - 37 Weeks

How far along?  37 Weeks 6 Days!! I’m officially caught up friends!!!!

Total weight gain/loss: +26lbs. Still staying steady at this weight but the baby is definitely getting bigger in there. 

Maternity clothes? YES.  Mostly any loose fitting yoga pants/leggings and tops these days.  I’m officially done working until the little babe arrives so i’m sorta in comfy clothes permanently nowadays. 

The BEST EVER Rosie Pope Maternity Leggings!!!!!

Rosie Pope Maternity Leggings

Stretch marks? Nope. 

Sleep: Sleeping a little better now.  I take lots of naps so i’m able to get the sleep I need even if its not at night. 

Best moment this week: My belly is getting really big.  I try and rub my belly every night and give the baby some extra love.  I know once the little one arrives I will love him/her endlessly but right now its kinda FUN to just love them all tiny and still growing in my belly.  These are the moments i’m trying to soak up because I know the baby will be here before I know it and I will miss being pregnant and having my big round belly. 

Have you told family and friends? Yep!

Worst moment this week: Had a few random pregnancy related complications pop up out of nowhere and I’m feeling a little stressed and isolated to my bed.  I need to relax and stay resting in order to get better but all I want to do is move around and keep checking things off my to do list. 

Miss Anything? I could really go for an icy margarita this week.  There has been lots of tears and uncomfortableness/pain this week and I would give anything to relax and feel normal for five minutes.  I’ll take some salty chips and salsa while we’re at it with my marg. 

Movement: Baby is still moving all the time but is definitely getting a wee bit cramped.  

Food cravings: Nothing specific, just feeling hungry ALL THE TIME. 

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope. 

Symptoms: Same old, Same old. 

Have you started to show yet: Yes, but people seem shocked when I tell them we are about two weeks away from d-day.  They can’t believe how small and good I look. I on the other hand feel like a WHALE, a waddling whale at that. I walked around the Target the other day and thought I was going to pass out from exhaustion and being winded.  Apparently this is the only form of exercise i’m capable of these days.  The hubby and I did do some deep cleaning for a few hours on Saturday and I was pleasantly surprised that I felt energized and strong through the whole thing. 

Gender prediction: Only 2 more weeks and we’ll finally know what Little Baby Haguewood will be.  So Excited!!!

Labor Signs: Nada

Belly Button in or out? OUT

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Feeling pretty darn moody this week but happy to be almost done!!!!!

Looking forward to: Week 38 and my parents coming home from Chile.  We were super nervous that they might miss the birth but baby is pretty content in my belly and there is no risk of he/she coming early. We have a doctor’s appointment on Tuesday to see if we are making any positive progress towards Labor and Delivery. 

xoxo Friends,

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Baby Haguewood – 36 Weeks

Baby Haguewood - 36 Weeks

How far along?  36 Weeks

Total weight gain/loss: +26lbs. Staying steady at this weight for now. 

Maternity clothes? YES, even these are really not fitting that well anymore! 

Stretch marks? Nope. No stretch marks to report at this time. My tummy is holding on for dear life. 

Sleep: This is pretty much non-existent. I’ve decided to embrace the struggle and say its practice for when the baby arrives.  It truly is a good thing in a way because my body is already acclimated to NO SLEEP and there will be less of a shock to my system for hourly feedings.  

Best moment this week: We finally hit the 4 week countdown! 

Have you told family and friends? Yep!

Worst moment this week: Nothing bad. Everything is good. 

Miss Anything? Sleeping and eating without feeling like a whale. I’m starting to get tired of being preggers. I also want my figure and non-chubby pregnant face back…like NOW!!! Can’t wait to start working out again.  

Movement: Big rolls and waves of movement.  At our weekly checkup the baby was moving so much and the sweet doctor was talking to the baby.  He/She kept kicking the doctor during the exam.  It was cute and almost made me cry. 

Food cravings: Cherry Garcia Ice Cream and Strawberry Popsicles…not contributing positively to the face weight gain. 

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nada

Symptoms: Everything…I feel like crying and need to get over myself. I’m growing a human and its hard. But what I am creating is so much bigger than me or the pain and constant uncomfortableness. 

Have you started to show yet: YEP

Gender prediction: Still thinking boy but I can’t wait to deliver so we finally know what our little Gummy Bear is.  Also I can’t stop drooling over all the adorable Easter baby clothes and am so excited for Baby’s First Official Holiday.  Of course if baby comes by the due date then we would be celebrating our Irish roots and celebrating St. Patricks Day!

Labor Signs: Nothing but Braxton Hicks Contractions and lots of pressure!!! My body is definitely getting ready to have a little baby. So excited!!!!

Belly Button in or out? OUT

Wedding rings on or off? On, but my poor little feet are swollen. 

Happy or Moody most of the time: HAPPY! 

Looking forward to: Meeting out little one. The bags are packed, our birth plan is written, and the nursery is ready to go. 

xoxo Friends,

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Baby Haguewood – 35 Weeks

Baby Haguewood - 35 Weeks

* Maternity Jeans – HERE *

How far along?  35 Weeks

Total weight gain/loss: +26lbs.  

Maternity clothes? YES, Citizens of Humanity Maternity Jeans 

Stretch marks? Nope. But I thought I saw a purple line on my leg the other morning and about DIED. Turns out it was just a little tiny bruise that has now gone away. 

Sleep: Same old, same old…wishing, and hoping, and praying…for MORE SLEEP!!!

Best moment this week: On Saturday, February 13th we celebrated 1 month until Baby H’s due date.  Everything feels super real and we are just so ready to have our little baby.  I feel like my pregnancy has flown by so fast, at times way too fast, and then out of nowhere everything moved into super slow motion.  

Have you told family and friends? Yep!

Worst moment this week: I feel so uncomfortable all the time and it is getting old.  No sleep, back pain, and just general uncomfortableness…i’m over it.  I’ll take the sweet baby any day now. 

Miss Anything? Curling up in a ball, fully stretching out, and moving around without grunting or moaning. 

Movement: Baby is getting big in my belly so movement has changed a bit. Mostly wiggles and rolling motions at this point. Every once in awhile Baby can get a big kick or jab in there still.  

Food cravings: Grapefruit, Pretzels, Bananas, and Vanilla Yogurt! YUMMY!!!!!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nada.  Just over the back pain. 

Symptoms: Lack of sleep, general immobility, stiffness, back pain, and majorly uncomfortable Braxton Hicks contractions.  

Have you started to show yet: YES

Gender prediction: Still thinking BOY…but all the itty bitty girl clothes are so sweet and adorable. 

Labor Signs: Nothing serious, but the Braxton Hicks contractions are in full swing.  

Belly Button in or out? OUT

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: So, so, so, HAPPY!!!!

Looking forward to: Delivery Day…I never thought I would be saying that because of the major pain factor, but at this point I would take the concentrated pain over the long drawn out weeks of pain and no sleep. 

xoxo Friends,

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“Our Wintery Maternity Photoshoot”

After an hour of braving the freezing cold and super snowy/foggy weather at 10 o’clock in the morning…we have belly pictures! I am simply obsessed with how they turned out and feel like they capture “US” as a couple and everything we are feeling about our sweet little nugget still growing in my belly.  Mommy and Daddy love you so much little one and we can’t wait to meet you!!!! Here are a few of our favorites from “Our Wintery Maternity Photoshoot.”

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Grace Elements Sweater     //     Vince Camuto Lace Top

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Michelle and Jeff Baby Bump-196

Michelle and Jeff Baby Bump-241

Citizens of Humanity Maternity Jeans     //     Hunter Boots

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Michelle and Jeff Baby Bump-249

Michelle and Jeff Baby Bump-267

Shop the looks from our maternity shoot below! I was so happy with how everything came together and the neutral look was perfect against the snowy and foggy backdrop. Obsessed with these stunning photos!!!!

WORLDS BIGGEST THANK YOU to Kayla Northrup Photography for capturing these amazing and wonderful pictures!!! We can’t wait to have her in our home and nursery to capture photos of Baby H once he or she arrives!!!

xo xo friends,

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