Travel

Beijing + Qingdao, China

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the view from our Qingdao hotel – on the 34th floor!

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look familiar? I look almost exactly the same as I did on our trip to Ireland!

First off, I’d like to totally apologize for taking soooooo to get this up. We were in China back in late February – I was six months pregnant at the time and now we have a two month old. What?! Absolutely embarrassed.

China. Where do I even start?
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Outfits

Happy 4th!

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAnavy stripe dress / wine red heels / studs / sunglasses similar here
elias’ jumper / bib

It’s been a month since my last post. A whole month. Minus two days.

So much has happened, so here’s a quick update. Our little man turns exactly seven weeks today. (What?!) We took our first family trip to Canaan Valley in West Virginia two weeks ago. (Can we just talk about the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum?) Patronus is regrowing the portions of his fins that he lost to fin rot. (Literally thought he was going to die.) And we are settling in to our new lives as Mommy and Daddy. 🙂
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DIY Patriotic Plates (Under $1 Each!)

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I have a problem. If I had to diagnose it, I’d call it I-can-never-find-premade-holiday-decorations-that-are-not-tacky-so-I-HAVE-to-make-them-osis. I think most everyone else would just call that OCD.

That diagnosis is also only 80% true – 10% of my decorations are brand new, store bought items that I run myself ragged trying to find and the other 10% are thrifted pieces that every time I buy I can hear my husband as a little voice in my head saying, “don’t we have enough Christmas decorations?” No, sweetheart, and we never will. 🙂
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Elias’ Birth Story

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It’s still hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that I delivered our first child over a week ago. I wake up on my belly and find it strange that it’s no longer uncomfortable and I don’t feel tiny feet poking my ribs – then I roll over and see the most perfect little face fast asleep in his bassinet and can’t help but smile. 🙂

Pregnancy Recap
Backtrack to my last pregnancy update and you’ll see that we were scheduled to be induced a week before my due date because the doctors were concerned that the baby wasn’t growing properly and that my placenta may have been failing. At our 36 week ultrasound they estimated his weight to be 5 lbs 12 oz – not small enough to be in the danger zone, but he had fallen from the 50th percentile for weight at his gestational age at 26 weeks to the 19th percentile at 36 weeks.

My induction was scheduled for 39 weeks and we had to see the doctor twice a week for non stress tests, additional ultrasounds and my personal favorite, blood work. 😦 Every test came back beautifully except my blood pressure, which up until 36 weeks had been perfect. I was now considered borderline high and was under additional watch for pre eclampsia.
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It’s a Boy!

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After a bit of a whirlwind labor and delivery, I am extremely proud to announce the arrival of our son, Elias!

Everyone is perfectly healthy and settling into life as a family. We could not be more thrilled to finally have him here!

That being said, I’m taking a little maternity leave from posting so we can spend some time bonding and enjoying our family. Posts will be sporadic at best, but will pick up again once we start to get into the swing of things. I’m sure everyone understands. 🙂

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Maternity Photos

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Maternity Gown (wearing the unlined version – with a slip! – in S)

Today is the big day! Soon we’ll be settled down into our hospital room, getting induced. All things considered we are excited and nervous at the same time and as I prepare for an intense ride ahead of me, I figured the post for today should be light and fun. 🙂

We had our maternity photos done about two weeks ago by Kelly Williams of Kelly Williams Photography and we could not be more thrilled with the results! We’ll be seeing her again very soon for newborn photos after our little one arrives. 🙂

Enjoy!
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Pregnancy Update: 38 Weeks!

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“Always Hungry” Crop Top / Stripe Pajama Bottoms similar here

It has been a very hectic few weeks around here. Since my last post, our oven blew up (total overstatement), our fish came down with fin rot and we got some very unexpected baby news. All in all, we’re taking it as it comes and have successfully installed a new oven, are medicating Patronus (please get better, little guy!) and are eagerly awaiting our new addition. Oh, and we had our maternity photos done and they turned out sooooooo beautifully!

baby size: a leek – in length, not girth
bump size: still really big to me, apparently not so big to everyone else

symptoms: bending over is…over, contractions (literally having them during these photos!)
cravings: pizza, chocolate

worst part so far: being told we’re getting induced
best part so far: finishing up the nursery
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