Frilly baby girl gift

I found this post in my drafts from the week before Sam was born. I never did get around to publishing it!


Our good friends were due 5 days before me and
I made a fabric rag wreath and canvas sign for her hospital door. She had a scheduled c-section on Monday and I went into labor Tuesday at midnight! Our kiddos are 2 days apart, so we were in the hospital at the same time! While we were waiting for things to kick up for me, I was allowed to walk upstairs and meet their sweet girl. (I was SO nervous holding her and thought, how on earth am I going to be ready once this little guy comes out!) After I had Sam, they came down with their daughter to visit us. So much fun!

Anyhow….here’s her sign and wreath. It was fun to do something pink and girly amongst all the boy stuff! I actually received a painted canvas myself from a sweet friend and thought it was such a fun idea I wanted to make one too!

I got the canvas at Walmart and painted it with acrylic paint. I sort of laid out my design on the computer first to use as a guide.

I attached the ribbon to the back with a staple gun. And taped on a marker so they can fill in her info once she gets here! (The marker was included on mine too. One less thing to forget to bring!)

The rag wreath was so fun to make! I cut out 3″x7″ strips of fabric and tied around a metal wreath form. This is a middle sized form and it took 2.5 yards of fabric. You just tie them around the form and fill in to your desired fluffiness. 🙂

Catching up…watch Sam grow

I’ve taken at least 10,000 photos since Sam was born. To spare you, I’ll just share his monthly photos so far. 🙂

I couldn’t figure out how I wanted to do these in the beginning. I thought I’d take one in a different location every month, but realized by month 3 that I don’t have many places in the house with good light. Our living room couch seemed to work best so that’s been our spot since. (I’m supposed to be shopping for a new couch now, but I sort of want to wait until his first birthday to keep from having to change again! ha)

487042_10101176880294525_1636396098_n

45157_10101176880439235_775719464_n

76478_10101176882480145_1943081933_n

549854_10101267656647985_1328072152_n

540091_10101267651857585_1028572308_n

549410_10101342486937485_399415528_n

3631_10101393620071275_553693236_n

944659_10101444950734215_848335521_n

Catching up….pregnancy at a glance

Here’s my documentation of my pregnancy. This already seems like so long ago!

   15

16

18

19

20

21

22

23

24

25

26

27

28

29

30

31

32

33

34\ 35

36

37

38

39

40

 

And here we are one week after my due date with a 5 day old little nugget!

40+

Back and introducing……Sam!

Oh boy…I’ve been gone a while.

But I’m back! And I’m a mommy!

Two days past my due date I went into labor and 34 hours later, Samuel James entered the world. 7lbs, 1oz and 21 inches of pure sweetness.

Our new adventure had begun.

IMG_1804_2The moment I held him, his eyes met mine and he just knew I was his mommy.

IMG_1795_2_2We named him about an hour after he was born. We had two names narrowed down months beforehand, but couldn’t decide. I had hoped that I’d ‘know’ when I saw him, but I didn’t! We talked it over for a few minutes and just decided. I was still unsure, but baby Sam it was! And of course, it’s totally him now. I’ve thought about the other name since and it wouldn’t have been right for him.

IMG_1950so in love!

Our awesome photographer Stephanie of s.w.g. photography took newborn photos of Mr. Sam a few days after he was born. Here are a few of my favorites!

284193_10101099977493355_1812691207_n

282332_10101099975751845_9066438_n

431704_10101099988845605_2118307377_n

545687_10101099992722835_2036019254_n

6226_10101099994663945_2044508002_n

525917_10101099986415475_1911888494_n

The last 8.5 months have been the most challenging and rewarding of my life. Whew…just thinking about it overwhelms me. So thankful to God for this sweet little bundle and thankful he’s given me the strength to make it through!

I hope to be around a little more now!