Monday, December 30, 2013


Andrew Harrison
Born: December 23, 2013
6lbs, 15oz
19 inches

We are so in love, and feel so abundantly blessed by this precious boy already.  Mommy and baby are doing wonderful!  
Baby Andrew is the sweetest baby.  He loves to snuggle, have his head rubbed, hold onto Daddy's finger, listen to his Papa D play the guitar, and hear his Mimi read him stories.  

We got to leave the hospital Christmas morning- 
the best present we have ever received!
Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers, we are so grateful.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Nursery Tour

When we found out we were pregnant, we wondered how we would turn our cozy second bedroom into a nursery for our little one.  We happen to live very far from our family, so we wanted to keep our guest room available as much as possible, while creating a place for the baby too.  

Because we will hopefully be making a move in the next 6 months to a year, we also didn't want to go too crazy with decorating/painting/completing the room like we probably normally would.  But I did want it to be special.  Special for our sweet baby boy, and special for our wonderful guests who visit.

Without further adieu, our guest room/nursery!  

view from doorway
glider/reading nook area
I love his closet!  I find myself looking through his clothes all the time, and picturing him wearing each outfit :)
the other side of the closet - with plenty of hanging room for guests above the storage.
crib and changing area
I wanted to do a simple gallery wall above his changing table, and I love how this turned out!
A peek inside his dresser

I am really happy with how it turned out!  We actually plan to have the baby sleep in a bassinet (the one I used as a baby) in our bedroom for the first little while, as we plan to have guests for the first month or so.  And then we will transition him into the nursery to his crib.  I actually like having a bed in there too, as I could sleep/nap with him if needed.  Always good to have the option.

I wanted to make the room sweet, simple, and not-too-baby.  I love the baby blue accents, the stripes, and the soft textures.  I still have a little bit more to do (crib pillows, and a few more art pieces to hang), but we are pretty much done! 

Crochet "Baby Sleeping" Hanger - family heirloom
Striped Queen Bedding - Pottery Barn Outlet
Woven Toy Basket - Homegoods
Side Table - Ikea
Wall Shelves - Ikea
Glider - Walmart
Striped Glider Pillow - Marshalls
Polka Dot Glider Blanket - PB Kids
Sheepskin Rug on floor - family heirloom
Closet Dividers - Etsy
Woven Stacking Baskets in Closet - Homegoods
"Andrew" Hamper - PB Kids
DIY Fabric/Canvas Art above Crib - Hobby Lobby
Changing Table Pad Cover - Aden and Anais
Changing Table Caddy - PB Kids
Caddy Insert - PB Kids
"Love you More" Frame in Wall Gallery - Paper Source
Dresser Drawer Dividers - Ikea
Crochet Animal Mobile - PB Kids
Crib Sheet - PB Kids
Crib Skirt - made by my Mom ;)

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Maternity Must-Haves

Well - better late, than never right?  I'm 39 weeks, and I've been thinking a lot about the last 9 months lately!  I've honestly had the most wonderful pregnancy, and I know I'll look back at the year with such gratitude and joy.  And nothing but wonderful memories.

I do want to finally share some of my pregnancy must-haves with all you mommies-to-be!  Or for future mommies-to-be, to bookmark for later!  ;)

There were lots of things that helped me get through pregnancy, and from the list below, you can see it's all about comfort and feeling as much like yourself as you can.
Embracing your growing body, being confident, and enjoying this exciting transition!
Maternity Must-Haves
1- Cozy Cardigans: I stocked up on Forever 21 cozy cardigans (one size up), that  I could wear throughout the pregnancy, with maternity tanks.  And I'll be able to wear them after baby too!  
2- Yummy Body Wash: Baths are discouraged during pregnancy, because you don't want to get your body temperature too I've loved pampering myself to yummy body washes, lotions, and candles during my morning/nighttime routines. 
3- Pretty Bralettes : I got a few of these pretties on sale at VS, and they have been the perfect combination of comfort and them for sleeping, and when the ta-ta's are quite sore at the beginning.
4- Maternity Tanks: I LIVE in these, and own probably 5 or 6 of them.  They don't scream "maternity", and wash and wear so well.  So comfortable.
5- Comfy Slippers: Speaking of comfort, my little piggie toes don't like boots, or shoes, or flats.  So I basically wear these 24/7.  These or Uggs, yep, I'm that girl.
6- Nude Eyeliner: This is magic.  From restless nights, to face puffiness, my face has seen better days.  This nude eyeliner (placed on the lower waterline) instantly freshens and revitalizes, making your face look bright and awake.  Will be great for after baby too :)
7- For the Tum Tum:  I have dealt with some pretty nasty heart burn/acid reflux, so these bad boys are basically my best friend.  Assorted berry flavor is my jam.
8- Palmer's Lotion: Now, I have had a couple stretch marks creep up over the last 2 weeks, so I can't promise this will keep them away.  But it is very moisturizing, smells yummy, and feels so good on your stretching, itching, and growing belly.
9-  Luxe Leggings: These are not maternity, but I have worn them almost the entire 9 months.  They suck you in, and make you feel firm and tight, even though you know the truth of what's going on underneath. Pricey, but worth it. Love.
10- Dry Shampoo: What would I do without this?  Blow-drying my hair might be my least favorite thing in the world, especially while pregnant, so this is a life-saver.  Adds the perfect amount of texture, and soaks up oil like magic.  
11- Extra Pillow: I didn't get the body pillows made for pregnancy, but I would recommend an extra pillow (or 2) to wedge underneath your growing belly for sleeping.  And one in between my legs made my hips/back feel great too.
12- Stomach Settler: I did have some nausea during the first trimester, so I went through ginger ale (mostly diet) like it was my job.  It truly made a big difference - ginger is known for helping stomach uneasiness!

I'm sure I'm missing a lot, but these are some of my must-haves.  
What were some of your must-haves?  Hope this helps!

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

39 Weeks and Counting!

*Our last fancy night out last weekend - At John's work holiday party!*

How far along? 39's truly going to be any day now!  
Baby Size: Baby is the size of a mini watermelon - WHAT?!  
(He is still measuring just a little small)
Total weight gain/loss: Thanks to my daily ice cream addiction, about 40 lbs!  
Maternity clothes? I live in my leggings, maternity tanks, and big sweatshirts.  
Stretch marks? A few small ones popped up these last few weeks around my sides.
Sleep: For being so close, I'm sleeping pretty well!  One bathroom break, and that's about it!
Best moment this week: We scheduled our induction date!  Dec 23!  Baby may decide to come before then, but this is the plan for now!
Miss Anything? It's been margaritas this entire time...and deli sandwiches.    
Movement: Feeling tons of movement, hiccups, and I'm feeling him very low!
Food cravings: I haven't craved ice cream until now!  And I have it daily.  And diet coke!
Anything making you queasy or sick: No nausea since week 14!
Have you started to show yet: Oh, just a little - I feel like I can't possibly be bigger ;)
Gender: BOY!  
Labor Signs: At my appointment yesterday, I was 1cm dilated, and 30% effaced.  Still feeling normal, just a little more pressure lower.
Belly Button in or out? In. But barely!
Wedding rings on or off? They are off - my fingers and toes are the chubbiest little things! 
Mood? Nervous, anxious, but excited!!
Looking forward to:  Meeting our sweet boy!  Being a mommy! :)

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide - For Kids

Happy December!  It's officially just a few weeks until Christmas!
I had a little too much fun putting this Holiday Gift Guide together - it's all about the little ones :)
Our little one is due Christmas Eve, and I have put just a few little presents under the tree for him us to open on Christmas morning.  After our wonderful showers, little man doesn't need anything at all, but it has been so magical to pick out and wrap a few small things (a Storybook Bible, a handprint ornament kit, and the tiniest Christmas pajamas you've ever seen.)
Hope this guide gives you some ideas for the kiddos on your list!
Gift Guide - Kids
1- Lego Clock  2- Pacifier Clip  3- Fire Truck 
4- Sippy Cup  5- Striped Pajamas  6- Bubble Bath  7- Mermaid Bla Bla Doll  8- Bracelet Kit  9- Boat Shoes

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Monday, December 2, 2013

The Happiest Thanksgiving

We had such a beautiful and wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!  My brother flew up from Florida to see what the Northeast was all about ;)  We like to think we showed him a good time, and we definitely filled our bellies with only the best Thanksgiving goodies.  At 37 weeks pregnant, I fluffed my own feathers by cooking and baking up a storm!  It will probably be my last big hosting gig before baby arrives, and I actually really enjoyed it!  

John was in charge of the turkey - and did he do a great job!  It was delish!

Friday afternoon, we worked off our casseroles and pies by strolling all around Princeton's campus, and downtown.  And then to the annual Christmas Tree lighting celebration! It was chilly, but beautiful!

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Photo: At the festive tree lighting in downtown Princeton!

Saturday, we took the train into NYC for the day, and had the best time!

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We explored amazing art and jewelry exhibits at the MET....wandered through the magical and romantic Central Park...

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Ate the biggest and best sandwiches ever at the Carnegie Deli....

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And then ended up getting fabulous seats at the "Rock of Ages" on Broadway for the evening!

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We are still exhausted from all the laughing - it was definitely a weekend we'll never forget!
Family time is the best - one of my favorite parts of the holiday season. 
So thankful for this year, the memories we have made, the love we have shared, the new friends we have made, and the blessing of this precious baby boy who we get to meet in just a few short weeks!

Thank you Jesus for it all - For "every good and perfect gift comes from above."
Hope you all had a wonderful week!

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide - For Him

Alright ladies - take note!  It's time for all things masculine, the Holiday Gift Guide for Him :)
Brothers, Fathers, Husbands, and Boyfriends alike will all jump for joy nod with manly approval at these perfectly picked gifts.  So go on, and click the links below, and start shopping!
Christmas for him has never been so easy ;)

Gift Guide - Boys
1- Keurig Coffee Brewer 2- L.L. Bean Slippers  
3- Breaking Bad Season 5
4- Jack Spade Watch  5- Mustache Mug 

6- 20/20 Experience CD  7- Kiehl's Kit  
8- Bamboo BBQ Set  9- Pajama Pants  10- Beer Making Kit

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide - For Her

The Christmas count-down clock is ticking, and I am absolutely jumping at the seams!  Not only is this my favorite time of year, but our little bundle of joy will be here this Christmas Day!  I have a feeling it's going to be one for the books :)

My Christmas cards are being shipped as I type this, and I just stocked up on this year's supply of wrapping goodies (one of my favorite parts!).  I am hoping to finish all my shopping in the next week or two, so I can just relax and ENJOY this holiday season!

This is the first installment of my Gift Guide 2013 series - and it's all about the ladies :)
Whether it's your mom, sister, BFF, or wife, you're sure to find something below that she will just LOVE!
And honey, if you're reading this, I love everything.
Christmas Gift Guide - Her1- Polka Dot Pajamas  2- Fresh Lip Trio  3- Bow Bracelet 
4- Nest Candle  5- Tortoise Sunnies 6- Pillow  7- Nail Polish  
8- Coffee Mug  9- Fox Coin Purse   10- Brush Set  
11- Body Wash

Hope you're having a lovely week!
Stay tuned for the second installment coming soon - it's going to be all about the beer and bacon boys!

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