Our Little Gender Reveal

One of my goals this month was to find out the gender of this baby. It’s not super fair to call that a “goal”, but it was something I was anxiously waiting for! Well, last week we went and had our gender sonogram, and if we’re friends on Facebook or Instagram, you’ll already know, but…

It’s a GIRL!


We had our sonogram on Thursday, and invited my Mom, Kip’s Mom, and Kip’s sister to come with us. We brought Rosie and Sam too, so we felt like quite the parade walking through the halls and into the sonogram room. Haha. At first when the doctor went over the baby’s legs, I thought I saw something there… and then the angle changed and the picture settled on a shot of two obvious little legs. I felt dumb because my first impression was that it was a boy, but then suddenly I didn’t see anything there. The doctor was just kind of staring at me like, “Do you not know how to tell the difference?” Hahaha. Finally he said, “So… it’s a girl!”


Rosie had already been saying the baby was a girl, so our shock and excitement was strange to her. Her expression kind of said, “Yeah, guys, I knew that already… I’ve been trying to tell you!” And Sam asked if it was a baby fish. So. He obviously understands what’s going on here. 🙂

I had decided at the last minute that I wanted to do a gender reveal party if we could, because, why not? I’ve always shied away from doing anything like that, because everything felt cheesey and overdone. But I’m trying to embrace the cheese this time around, and I’m so glad we did it!

I kept calling it a mini-party because the only people there that didn’t know the gender were my Dad, sister, aunt, uncle, nieces and nephews. My Mom managed to keep the secret from my Dad for two days, and then he showed up and within 2 minutes tricked Kip into telling him it’s a girl. And then I accidentally spilled the beans to my Aunt before we ever did the reveal… which I’m still laughing about. WE ARE NOT GOOD AT SECRETS.

Ps, the cupcakes had little bees on them. /theme.


Anyways, I made cupcakes and only made one pink in the middle… so when everyone took a bite only one person got the gender reveal! My nephew, who apparently didn’t know I was pregnant until that day, got the pink cupcake. It was really fun to watch and see who got it… I wasn’t even sure which one it was. If we ever decide to do a gender reveal party again, I think I will have to find out at the party too, so I don’t mess it up again. Lol!

Now that we know it’s a girl, it’s time to think of a name… which may very well occupy my time for the remaining 20ish weeks until we meet this babe! We have two names now that are in the running, but suggestions are welcome! 😉


H

Ring Sling Review

Are you looking for an affordable, easy, comfortable baby carrier? Does it seem impossible to know what kind to get? Look no further than a ring sling from Bibetts. 

affordable ring sling

I am a huge, HUGE fan of baby-wearing. It’s a great way to keep baby close when you’re out. When they’re snuggled so well  to your body, people are less likely to stick their fingers in your baby’s mouth. Ya feel me? I also wear my babies when I really need to get something done around the house, but they absolutely refuse to be put down.

I’ve used the Ergo Performance carrier, my FAVE for back-carry, and the Moby, perfect for snuggling at home or pleasant walks with sweet tiny newborns. But what I really wanted to add to my options was an easy hip carry without a bunch of buckles or Moby-tails dragging the ground in the parking lot of the grocery store. Ew. I have long admired photos of beautiful ring-slings online, and I knew with Samuel I just had to have one. I looked at a ton of options, but I was really looking for three characteristics in a sling:

affordable ring sling

1.) Comfort- It had to be a comfortable ring sling for both baby and I, AND breathable. Texas Summer, anybody? My babies are hot-natured like me, so minimal sweaty-ness is key.

2.) Ease- I didn’t want to have to spend 20 minutes wrapping myself up or reaching buckles if I needed it in a hurry.

3.) Cuteness- duh. It had to be cute. An Ergo kind of bunches up a dress for a special occasion, and a Moby kind of hides everything! I wanted something that felt part of my outfit.

Oh, and the kicker? I needed an affordable baby carrier. Yikes. 

breathable ring sling

Dual wielding babes when Samuel was just a couple weeks old. 🙂

Well, who says you can’t have it all? I started Etsy-hunting, and what I found was just marvelous. Bibetts has so many color options… I could hardly choose! I emailed the sweet shop owner and she generously sent me a ring sling to try out and share with y’all. I love it so much, I definitely plan to buy more. It met all three of my requirements. It doesn’t make Sam too hot and sweaty, I can easily get him in and out of it whenever I need to, AND! It’s beautiful. Samuel has the deepest blue eyes, and this sling really brings them out. 🙂 Plus, I love that I can just stuff it in my diaper bag and it doesn’t take up too much room. And for such a great quality, made-with-love item, you cannot beat the price. For serious.

We’re still in tummy-to-tummy stage right now, but I imagine in a few more weeks Sam-I-Am will have better head control and will be riding a hip-carry like a champ. `

Do you wear your babe? What’s your favorite carrier? Let me know if you decide to get a Bibbets sling! 🙂

Love,
H.

Dear Rosebud, [Happy First Birthday]

Tomorrow morning at 2:05 AM, my baby will be 1 year old.

1 Year ago today, I sat on a big pink exercise ball, talking with my Mom, sister, and husband, as labor slowly progressed throughout the day. I thought she’d be born on the 27th and share a day with her Auntie Heather. But no, she had something else in mind. In the wee hours of the morning on January 28th, 2013, our Rosemary baby was born and now shares a birthday with my twin Aunts, one of whom I am named after. 🙂 (As well as our dear friend Justin Lowe, who was there to capture Rosie’s first moments! We love you, J-Lowe!) Read her birth story here.

We celebrated Rosie last weekend, with “just” our immediate family, which is really quite a lot of people… 🙂 Our house was full and overflowing to the back yard, and Rosie was showered with love and gifts from her family!

Big girl in front of her presents!

Unfortunately, Rosebud was not feeling well that weekend and spent much of her party cuddled on much obliging family members.

My Aunt made Rosie’s cakes and coached me in some cake decorating skills. 🙂 Also, check out my 30 week belly!

Rosie has lots (I mean LOTS) of cute cousins!

Rosie finally sat down and happily opened her gifts. 🙂

…and thankfully her bigger cousin was there to help her out! 🙂 ❤

Lots of new clothes ❤

Dear Rosebud,

Happy first birthday, dear one. God gave me the happiest gift He could have given last year- you! What better gift to celebrate?

In the last few weeks, you have taken your first few steps, learned to sign “more”, “please”, “eat”, and “milk”. You now have six teeth, a little bit of hair (which is mostly growing into a mullet at this point…), and you love to give Mama and Daddy very wet, slimy kisses. You wave at every car that passes by, and you recently discovered a love for blowing the floaties off the dandelions growing in our yard. You still prefer to crawl, unless someone is holding your hands- then you are ready to walk anywhere and everywhere!

I pray every day for you- for your safety and health, because you have a very paranoid Mama. 🙂 But I also often pray for your heart as you grow- for your purity, for your future spouse, for the world you will grow up in. Most importantly, I pray that you grow to learn not just about God, but to love Him for who He is. Grow up knowing I am on my knees for you.

We are forever thankful that you are our baby. We have always wanted you and we will always, always love you. In about two months you will have a little brother to play with, and our little world will change for good. I will enjoy every moment we have as “just girls,” until our hearts expand and make room for a little boy in our lives. But for now, for today… it’s just you and Mama and Daddy. Let’s celebrate your first year of life… 🙂 Happy birthday (tomorrow at 2AM… but I promise not to wake you. ;))!

You are my heart. My truest, closest heart.
We love you so strong.
Mama & Daddy

They Grow Up | Confidence in Parenting Decisions

christian mommy blogThis past week or so, I’ve carried a heavy burden.
I’ve felt the stress in the knots in my neck and shoulders.
I’ve literally felt immobilized by the weight of my thoughts.

1,000 different opinions.
1,000 different books.
1,000 different Mama’s telling you 1,000 different things.

Sleep training. Weaning. Breast feeding. Formula. Introducing solids. Let your baby cry herself to sleep. Don’t let your baby cry at all. Don’t give rice cereal. The first food should be rice cereal. Give baby a bottle! Give her a cup! Start weaning now. Breast feed til she graduates college.

To someone who is not a Mother, these things may seem menial. And really, maybe they are. But to a new Mama, sitting in her living room with her fussy baby who is covered in mashed peas and woke up every hour the night before, and many nights before that… these things can weigh heavy on the mind and heart.

This is where I found myself this week. Immobilized by theories, opinions, and a deep desire to do what is best for my little Rosebud.

I sent a long, rambling message to my soul sister who is a missionary in the Amazon about all my frustrations, and as I typed I realized something about myself and was able to put it into words.

I’ve really learned the last few weeks that I struggle a lot with 1.) fearing people/their opinions, and 2.) I think that my life has to 100% mirror everything I read. Which is lame, because everyone’s opinions are different and every single parenting book/blog/article is different too. The only book I need to mirror 100% is Scripture. I realize that now.

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”  We are free as mothers to take care of our children. This is a gift, not a burden. Galatians 5:1 is referring to a yoke of slavery to sin. But is it not a sin to worry? Many times Scripture tell us, “Do not worry.”   So we ought not worry! Christ loves our children more than we do, and “he gently leads [us] who have young…” He will lead us in the right path for our family.

Here’s the bottom line of it all: they grow up. 

It is and will be my joy to learn from wise mothers and families and doctors, but not to be enslaved to theories or opinions of others. God has equipped us for every good work, including taking care of our babes.

Read. Learn. Observe. But do not submit yourself to a yoke of slavery!

Love,
H

“He who walks with the wise becomes wise. But a companion of fools suffers harm.” -Proverbs 13:20