Life Lately in Photos — Cozy Moments

Life Lately in Photos: Newborn on Quilt

Quilt cuddles.

Life Lately in Photos: Border Collie on Quilt

My favorite border collie.

Life Lately in Photos: Bill Cunningham New York on Netflix

Watched Bill Cuningham New York twice … in one day.

Life Lately in Photos: Dreary Fall Day

First flurries of the season.

Life Lately in Photos: Cooking with Wine

Cooking with wine.

Life Lately in Photos: Rosemary Lemon Cornish Hen with Roasted Vegetables

Rosemary and lemon-stuffed cornish hen with roasted vegetables.

Life Lately in Photos: Wildfox Couture Flat Lay

Cozy wears.

Life Lately in Photos: Bath and Body Works  Marshmallow Fireside Candle in Holder

Marshmallow Fireside candle.

Life Lately in Photos: Snow Dripping off Hunter Boots

Defrosting boots and cinnamon-scented pine cones.

Life Lately in Photos: Rosemary Christmas Tree

African violet. Rosemary. Aloe.

Life Lately in Photos: Bearpaw Baby Boots

Warm boots for little feet.

Life Lately in Photos: Folding Laundry

Never-ending laundry.

Life Lately in Photos: Making Homemade Biscuits

Making homemade biscuits…

Life Lately in Photos: Homemade Biscuits

…that turned out delicious.

Life Lately in Photos: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

A big pot of chicken noodle soup (with extra noodles).

Life Lately in Photos: Rose Jam Bubbleroon Bath

Rose jam bath with a holiday magazine.

Life Lately in Photos: Breakfast

Breakfast.

Life Lately in Photos: Infant Playing on Play Gym

Morning play time.

Happy Friday! We’ve been hunkered down and enjoying the cold weather from inside. I’ve been cooking a lot lately, which is a bit unlike me. I’m usually the baker in the house, but my recent adventures in the kitchen have included Cornish hen, chicken noodle soup, chicken tortilla soup, and manicotti. Everything has turned out well, if I do say so myself.

I’ve also been passing time with a lot of Netflix. (Netflix has been killing it lately with all the new additions!) I’ve been devouring Property Brothers, Flea Market Flip, and Pioneer Woman, as well as some documentaries. I loved Bill Cunningham New York so much I watched it and then made Chris watch it with me again the same day. I’ve also been enjoying the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce and True Detective.  Today I’m going to watch the final fifth part of Mildred Pierce. So good. I’ve probably been watching way too much TV, but it’s an easy way to pass time while nursing on the couch all day!

Have a good weekend!

Christopher’s Gender Neutral Nursery

I am SO excited to share these photos of Christopher’s nursery. I had a lot of fun putting it all together, and it’s definitely my favorite room in our house. In fact, it’s the only room in our house that feels finished  just the way I want it.

Before the room became the official nursery, Chris and I hadn’t done a single thing to it. We were using it for storage and hadn’t updated it at all. I knew from the get-go that I wanted to repaint, update the curtains, and change the light fixture. Just those updates made a HUGE difference because the room has a lot of great bare bones elements, like the high/open ceiling, a huge window, an en suite half bath, and the wooden beam. Challenges in the room included its small size and the fact that there’s no closet.

Not knowing Christopher’s gender obviously played a big part in choosing the colors and decor. Early on I decided the colors would be light grey, white, aqua, and yellow. I didn’t originally plan on there being a “theme,” but a lot of animals worked their way into the decorations — especially elephants!

Target Crib Bedding and Buy Buy Baby Crib in Gender Neutral Nursery

Crib — Buy Buy Baby
Crib bedding & mobile — Target
Crib quilt — Homemade
Rag garland — Homemade 

Aqua, Yellow, Light Grey, White  Gender Neutral Nursery

Target Nursery Giraffe and Elephant Mobile

The rag garland above the crib was my first DIY project for Baby H. I couldn’t have done it without Karin, who spent a day with me cutting strips of fabric and tying them onto the cord! It was such a fun and simple project, and it makes a big impact in the room. My mom took the leftover strips of fabric and surprised me with the matching quilt. I love it!

DIY Nursery Cubby Storage

Bench cubby — Homemade, Painted with Behr “Moon Rise”

Like I mentioned earlier, the room doesn’t have a closet, but this cubby space will suffice. We will eventually put up a closet rod and add a curtain to make it more closet-like, but for now this bench with cubbies is perfect for holding Christopher’s toys, books, and blankets. Chris made the bench and sized it perfectly to fit in the space.

DIY Painted Nursery Dresser

Aqua and White Painted Nursery Dresser

Aqua and White Painted Nursery Dresser

Nursery Changing Table Basket

Nursery Owl Lamp from Lamps Plus

Dresser — Won at auction, painted with Behr “Sea Life” & “Moon Rise,” knobs from Hobby Lobby
Owl lamp — Lamps Plus

The dresser was an old, not-so-pretty one I got at an auction for $50. I gave it a total makeover by stripping it down to the wood, sanding it, painting it, and adding new knobs. The end result exceeded my expectations — I love it!

Gender Neutral Nursery Gallery Wall

Elephant mirror — Bought at garage sale, painted with Krylon “Pistachio”
Andy Warhol ‘So Many Stars’ print — Art.com
Traveling circus whale print — Sadly Harmless on Etsy
Elephant print — Gingiber on Etsy
Polar bear print — Dimdimini on Etsy
All print frames — ArtToFrames on Amazon
Vintage macrame owl wall hanging — Bought at estate sale
Elephant bust — Bought at Garage Sale

Gender Neutral Nursery Gallery Wall

The art above the dresser is a fun mix of secondhand sale finds and Etsy purchases.

Gender Neutral Nursery Rocker with Quilt and Target Side Table

Antique Rocker in Gender Neutral Nursery with Quilt

Rocker — Hand-me-down
Quilt — Homemade
Side table — Target
Duck head book ends — Bought at garage sale

Brass Duck Book Ends in Gender Neutral Nursery

I nurse and read to Christopher sitting in this rocking chair. My grandma made me the “crazy quilt” years ago when I was a kid. I like that it’s full of color and pattern because it adds a quirky “pop” to the otherwise neutral room. The quilt is HUGE, so it’ll be perfect for spreading out and playing on when he starts sitting and moving.

Target Floating Shelves in Gender Neutral Nursery

Floating shelves — Target
Brass heron — Bought at garage sale
Framed ultrasound — Frame from Target
Wooden whale toy — Bought at craft fair
Blue vase — Bought at Shipshewana
Horse figurine — Bought at antique shop
Koala booties — Bought in Australia
Sophie the giraffe — Target

Nursery Trinkets on Target Floating Shelves

The room wouldn’t be complete without some trinkets! The mix of items on these shelves includes some new things and some old things I already had. The koala bear booties are my favorite, though, because I bought them five years ago during my trip to Australia. This was obviously WAY before Baby H was even dreamed of, but they were a hope chest purchase that I thought would be cute if I ever had kids.

Gender Neutral Nursery

Wall color –Behr “Quietude”
Curtains — Ikea
Curtain rod, tiebacks, & hardware — Lowes
Light fixture — Ikea
Rug — Home Depot

The rug is one of my favorite parts of the nursery. It’s SO soft and cushy and will be perfect for Christopher to crawl around on. I searched for months for the perfect rug and ended up finding it at Home Depot, of all places!

In case you were wondering, these photos were taken a few weeks before Christopher was born. The nursery isn’t quite so tidy these days. Christopher sure makes a big mess for being such a little guy!

 

 

Paris Sweatshirt Equestrian Outfit

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Wildfox Couture Paris Sweatshirt

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Black Hunter Boots

Paris Sweatshirt

Sweatshirt — Wildfox Couture, Nordstrom
Leggings — C/O Gordmans
Boots — Hunter, Nordstrom
Hat — Vintage
Sunglasses — Sunglass Warehouse
Bag — Longchamp, Nordstrom
Socks — Maurices

The other week I wrote about what I wore for a day out and about with my newborn. Today’s outfit shows what I wore for an afternoon out and about without my newborn. As a nursing mom it’s hard for me to get away, but on Sunday Chris encouraged me to get out of the house and take a little time for myself. I went to Jo-Ann Fabrics, Starbucks, and the grocery store … and it was fabulous! I picked up some wintery fabrics (Instagrammed here) that I intend to use for throw pillows. It’ll be my first sewing project with my new machine — I’m pretty excited about it!

On a more fashion-related note, you know i’m all about equestrian-inspired outfits that channel my horseback riding days. This outfit is yet another one for the books! Check out some of my other equestrian looks from years past:

Equestrian Inspired Outfits

Left. Right.

Hope you’re staying warm!

Fancy Plaid

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Winter 2014: Black and White Plaid Blouse

Plaid Blouse, Burgundy Leggings, Riding Boots

Winter 2014: Black and White Plaid Blouse, Burgundy Leggings

Winter 2014 Plaid

Plaid Blouse — C/O Gordmans
Burgundy Leggings — C/O Gordmans
Boots — Sam Edelman, Nordstrom
Glasses — C/O SEE Eyeware
Hair Clip — Ban.do

I’m very excited to once again participate in Gordmans holiday campaign. Last year, I shared how I decked the halls with Christmas decorations from Gordmans (see the posts here and here). This year, Gordmans challenged me to put on the glitz and shop for an outfit to wear to holiday gatherings — gladly!

I tried on several fantastic dresses, but ended up preferring how this billowy blouse and these wine-hued leggings fit my post-baby body.  The combination is forgiving and leaves enough room and stretches in the right places for indulging in holiday party fare! Plus, I’m kind of obsessed with plaid right now. I can’t get enough, and this dressed up version of my favorite print is perfect for holiday parties.

As we near Thanksgiving and Christmas, be sure to make it out to Gordmans for everything from the perfect party outfit to Christmas decorations, gifts, and more. Check out their locations across the US here!


 

 

 

Life Lately in Photos

Firmoo Glasses, Kate Spade Wallet, Planner, Lush Catalot, iPad

Necessities for a day camped out on the couch with Christopher.
(Glasses C/O Firmoo)

Rain Drops on Window

Chilly, rainy fall day.

Carter's Fox Sleeper

Cozy little feet.

Cat and Dog Watching TV on Couch

Hermes and Gauge watching TV.

Banana Bread

Homemade banana bread.

Orange Tree House Plant

Orange-laden branches.

I can’t believe November is well underway. I also can’t believe my baby boy turned a month old yesterday. I ALSO can’t believe this year is quickly coming to a close. Thanksgiving is right around the corner and Christmas will be here before we know it. I love this time of year, but can time slow down a little bit, please? Here’s to savoring every moment this weekend!

PS — The winner of the BlueJay Clothing giveaway is Jessica! Jessica, I will be emailing you with details.

Out and About with a Newborn

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Flannel Shirt — Ralph Lauren, Marshall’s
T-shirt — Target
Jeans — Madewell
Boots — Sam Edelman
Headband — C/O BlueJay Clothing
Glasses — C/O SEE Eyeware
Under-eye Bags — C/O Sleepless Nights ;)

I wore this outfit yesterday for an afternoon out and about with Christopher. Going out alone with him is terrifying in many ways. First off, between him and me, moving out the door is a process that takes at least a couple hours. It usually involves multiple outfit changes (for both of us), multiple diaper changes (for just him…), and multiple nursing sessions to make sure he’s “topped off” and won’t get hungry before we get to our destination.

Then, wrangling him into the car seat is something that can best be compared to herding cats. Usually, it results in him screaming at the top of his lungs until the car starts moving and I turn on some music. We’ve been listening to Taylor Swift’s new CD in the car — he loves it!

Maneuvering the stroller is another can of worms. I curse stores that don’t have automatic doors and want to hug people who hold doors for me. I also curse stores that have itty-bitty fitting rooms.

And then it’s always unnerving when Christopher starts crying in public. Yesterday he started fussing as soon as we got inside the store, so we hightailed it to an empty fitting room where we nursed. I know most people forgive moms with fussy babies, but I don’t want to be that mom with the screaming baby.

One of these days all of this will be second nature to me and I’ll be the mom who dares people to side eye me and my crying baby, but until then I’m just glad newborns are so forgiving!

PS — If you like the headband I’m wearing in these photos, you should check out the boot cuffs I’m wearing here and enter my giveaway to win some for yourself. The giveaway ends Thursday!

New Mom Outfit + BlueJay Clothing Giveaway

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Mom and Baby Style

Mom and Baby Style

Mom and Baby Style

Mom and Baby Style

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On Me:
Flannel Shirt — Marshall’s
Jeans — Old Navy Maternity
Boots — Jessica Simpson
Boot Cuffs — C/O BlueJay Clothing

Mom and Baby Style

On Christopher:
Flannel Shirt — Baby Gap
Pants — Carter’s
Hat — C/O BlueJay Clothing

Welcome to my first post-pregnancy outfit post! Every day I’m feeling more and more like my old self, and it feels good to be back. To celebrate, I have a fun giveaway for you all today! Keep reading for details…

My clothing choices these days err on the side of practical. I went shopping the other day for a few new things and I focused on clothes that provide easy access for nursing, that fit my new cup size, and that are easy to wash because most days I’m pooped, peed, and/or spit-up on. Such is life with a newborn! I picked up two v-neck tees, a stretchy scoop-neck top, and a couple button-downs, including the flannel top I’m wearing in these photos.

I’d also like to point out the adorable crocheted pieces Christopher and I are wearing in these photos. His hat and my boot cuffs were kindly sent to us by Kristen from BlueJay Clothing. Kristen sells crocheted fall accessories and baby items on her Facebook page.

Fall Boot Cuff Giveaway

I’m teaming up with BlueJay Clothing to give away a pair of boot cuffs to a lucky reader! To enter, all you have to do is Like BlueJay Clothing on Facebook and comment on this post letting me know you did. The winner will receive a pair of custom boot cuffs in the color of her or his choice.

One winner will be randomly chosen Thursday, November 6 at 5pm EST and announced on Friday, November 7. This giveaway is only open to readers in the Continental United States. The winner will receive a pair of boot cuffs from BlueJay Clothing.

 

 

 

 

It’s a Boy! Introducing Baby Christopher + His Birth Story

birth story

I’m excited to announce that our son, Christopher, was born October 6! He entered the world at 12:23 pm measuring 6 pounds, 7 ounces, 19 inches long. Chris and I feel so lucky to be mom and dad to a  healthy and perfect baby boy.

induction birth story

Chris was off work the past two weeks, and it was wonderful having that time to bond as a family of three (or should I say, a family of 6, if you count our fur babies!). Our days have been full of nursing, napping, diaper changes, and cuddling.  I’m not ashamed to say I cried like a baby last night when it hit home that Chris’ time off work was coming to an end.

newborn photography

I have felt very blessed the past couple weeks. Our family and sweet friends have been amazing, showering us with love, support, and lots of gifts. And thank you, dear readers, for all your encouragement and positive comments throughout my pregnancy! Baby Christopher is already spoiled rotten!

Newborn Family Photos

Here is Christopher’s birth story, if you’re interested in reading. I promise there aren’t too many gory details ;)

Christopher’s birth wasn’t exactly what I had “planned.” I went to the doctor on Friday, October 3, two days overdue. After an ultrasound that showed my fluids were low, my doctor scheduled an induction for Sunday night. I was strongly opposed to being induced for fear it would lead to a c-section, but I had to come to terms with it knowing our baby’s health would be at risk letting the pregnancy go on much longer.

Sunday night Chris and I headed to the hospital. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t scared to death! I was barely dilated, so that night was all about getting things “ripened.” Chris and I barely got sleep that night. I had a blood pressure cuff strapped to my arm that went off every half hour. I also needed continuous fetal monitoring because Christopher’s heartbeat dipped really low a couple times, which was terrifying.

On Monday morning at 6 am they started pitocin. I was still hardly dilated and the doctor came in to warn us that if things didn’t start progressing a c-section might be necessary. Luckily, the pitocin in addition to the medication they gave me the night before got the ball rolling.

By 11 am my contractions were about three minutes apart and very painful in my hips and back. Chris was amazing during this time, rubbing my hips and encouraging me. I was four centimeters dilated and requested an epidural. Getting an epidural wasn’t as horrible as I imagined — it was actually nothing compared to the pain of contractions! The epidural completely took away the pain, but I HATED the sensation of not being able to feel my legs. I felt really panicked that my mind could make my feet move, and I could see them moving, but I couldn’t feel it.  I was shaking and afterward Chris said I was white as a sheet. Fortunately, with major support from Chris, I was able to relax and let my body work.

Around noon the nurses and doctor came in and told us it was time to push and have a baby. Chris and I were both shocked that I went from four to 10 centimeters in an hour! Once everything was prepped and it was time to push, it only took six minutes for Christopher to make his dramatic entrance. He came out screaming, in a pool of meconium, with his arm by his head, and the cord wrapped around his neck. They cut his cord whisked him right away to clear the meconium from his lungs. It was disappointing that Chris didn’t get to cut the cord and those first moments were spent in a moment of panic, but Christopher’s screams reassured us that he was okay!

induction birth story

A few minutes later baby Christopher was in my arms. It’s a moment I will never forget! He was ready to nurse right away — and that set the precedent for life with Christopher. Our boy loves to eat!

Induction Birth Story

I’ve been very fortunate in terms of postpartum recovery. I only needed pain medication for a few days before I felt pretty much back to normal. Except for a bit of baby weight, being pregnant is quickly becoming a distant memory. I’m also lucky that nursing has come really naturally to Christopher and me. He latched like a champ from day one.

All in all, I had a positive birth experience. It wasn’t what I had planned, but neither the birth nor my recovery were as horrible as I had mentally prepared for. I think I read one too many horror stories online and had worked myself up into thinking the experience would be horrendous. Our sweet boy makes any pain and panic 100% worth it!

*To any pregnant women reading this, I  hope it can serve as a positive induction story. However, please realize that this was my personal experience and every birth is different.*

 

 

 

36 – 39 Weeks Maternity Style + SEE Indianapolis

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Dress — Liz Lange Maternity, Target
Blue Top — Forever 21
Sandals — Sam Edelman
Glasses — C/O SEE Eyeware

SEE Eyeware Indianapolis Review

So, I’ve gotten a bit lazy with my weekly updates and I should probably change the series name from “Maternity Style” to “What I’m Wearing to Scrape By.” I wear the same couple outfits whenever I go out in public these days because A) they still fit, and B) they’re comfortable. I do try to mix things up by swapping out cardigans, scarves, jewelry, and recently, my glasses! Just this week I picked up my new glasses from SEE, an eyewear brand that recently opened a new location at the Fashion Mall in Indianapolis!

SEE Eyeware was kind enough to invite me out to check out their new store, browse their frames, and pick out a new pair of glasses for myself. They only carry their own line of frames, which are available in limited quantities because they add new styles frequently. Their line features a fun and eclectic mix of frame shapes and colors, and picking out new glasses at SEE was more like shopping a well-curated boutique than choosing a pair of glasses from your average glasses-store-attached-to-the-optometrist’s-office.

I ended up selecting a pair of rectangular pair of plastic frames in a color called “moss.” Normally I gravitate toward more classic black or tortoise frames, but theses called my name and complemented my complexion! These glasses are from their Core Collection, which features a great price point of $159. SEE accepts most insurance carriers and the location here in Indianapolis will soon have an optometrist on staff to give exams.

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If you live in the Indy area, be sure to check out SEE at the Fashion Mall. And if you’re located elsewhere, check out all their locations here! I HIGHLY recommend them!

On another note, we are still (im)patiently waiting for Baby H’s arrival! The hospital bags are packed, the car seat is installed, and all of Baby’s things are washed and folded. Now we just need a baby! I’m planning on sharing photos from Baby’s nursery soon, so stay tuned!

36 Weeks Pregnant

37 Weeks Pregnant

38 Weeks Pregnant

39 Weeks Pregnant

Maternity Style 33, 34, 35 Weeks — Alive & Still Pregnant

Long time, no update! Yes, I’m still pregnant… I’ve been dealing with allergies and it’s been misery! For a while I wasn’t sleeping or eating well (couldn’t breathe, couldn’t taste) and the aches and pains of the last month of pregnancy hit at the same time. Luckily, I seem to be on the mend and I’m feeling much better.  I’ve never had problems with allergies before, so it’s unfortunate timing that my first bout happened at eight months pregnant. The body sure does crazy things when growing another life!

On a brighter note, I have managed to have a little fun, despite not feeling well. We hosted Chris’ family the other weekend for a fun little visit. We took them to the art museum and Chris made his legendary chicken-tomatillo tacos. Last weekend my cousin threw me a lovely baby shower at a chocolate shop in Ft. Wayne, which was amazing. And this weekend, Chris’ family is throwing us a shower. Baby H is already one spoiled child — watch out, world!

 33 Weeks, worn to farm store

33 Weeks Pregnant Outfit

33 Weeks Pregnant

Black Tank & Grey Dress — Old Navy (Dress is non-maternity, last seen here)
Black Leggings — Motherhood Maternity
Sandals — Havaianas
Bag — Longchamp
Sunglasses — Payless
Hair Clip — Cloth, Carmel City Center

34 Weeks, worn to baby shower

34 Weeks Pregnant Baby Shower Outfit

Baby Shower Outfit

34 Weeks Pregnant

Kimono Shrug — Marshall’s
Dress — Liz Lange Maternity, Target
Sandals — Sam Edelman
Necklace — gift
Hair Clip – Cloth, Carmel City Center

35 Weeks, worn to orchard

35 Weeks Pregnant Outfit

35 Weeks Pregnant

Vintage Sundress — Stylebook Vintage, Etsy
Sandals — Havainas
Bag — C/O OASAP