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Baby’s First Easter

I have had so much fun gathering items for Ada’s Easter basket this year! It can be a little difficult to find stuff for babies but for Easter it was easy! I guess because it is easy to find stuffed bunnies and bunny themed books for little ones! But for anyone out there who needs some last minute Easter basket ideas, here is what is in Ada’s basket!

I usually like to get Ada a pair of pjs or a holiday themed outfit, a toy or stuffed animal, books and hair bows! A simple guideline to help me find things we really like or need for Ada. She can always use clothes, she is growing so fast; books are always a smart and safe choice; and toys are hard to pick out, at least I think so. But she can always use new toys, since she is growing out of certain toy stages rather quickly. 🙂 Plus, it is just fun to get her holiday themed things to celebrate!

I just adore her Easter basket from Pottery Barn! I know it is something that we will continue to use for years to come!

I hope this helps give you a little inspiration and I hope you have a fantastic Easter weekend!


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7 Months

I feel like Ada has changed and learned so much this past month. It is getting harder and harder to see that snuggly, little newborn that we brought home. Instead, I am seeing a beautiful little toddler! It brings tears to my eyes to think about how fast time is going and to see how much Ada is changing. But I am also so very happy and proud of these changes.

At her last doctor appointment, she weighed in at 17lbs and measured 27 inches long! She is in the 80 percentile in height! If she continues on this course, she will be so much taller than Randy and I! But she still has itty, bitty feet! She can still wear a lot of her newborn socks and shoes!IMG_6179

She can sit up completely unassisted now but has shown no interest in tummy time, rolling over or early signs of crawling. She also sits all by herself in a shopping cart now! A big change since she has always been in her stroller or car seat in the grocery store. She has just started to bounce in her Jump-a-Roo; before, she would just sit in it. It is like she has finally discovered her legs and what they can do. 🙂 So the Jump-a-Roo is a whole new toy and she loves it!


She has definitely really started to grab everything in her reach! But she isn’t as aggressive as some babies at this age. For instance, when I wear a necklace, instead of grabbing it and starting to pull on it; she very gingerly takes her finger to touch it. And she looks up at me like, is this ok? It is so sweet! But when I give her the ok, she goes to town with it! Not sure how long this will last, but it is adorable to watch her “ask” for permission.


Ada has shown a great interest in toys, books, and stuffed animals. She especially loves throwing everything. But her favorite game still is peek-a-boo with her blanket. She has started laughing and squealing in delight every time one of us carries her up the stairs and the other is walking behind. She just looks down at who ever is walking behind and just laughs! So we have made that into a nightly game now after dinner.


She still eats so very well. Loves to eat! That’s my girl! She loves eating any kind of fruit and is doing well with her veggies. Sometimes she has to try them a time or two, but ends up loving them. She has started eating pureed chicken. I make a chicken, sweet potato, and apple puree and she can’t get enough of it! I can not wait to introduce her to watermelon this summer!


She is still teething like mad, but no teeth yet! They are taking forever to show. She sometimes just screams, out of nowhere, with her hand in her mouth. Poor thing! I hope they show up soon. All this work with nothing to show for it just makes me feel bad for her.


Ada has always been a chatterbox, but she has been exploring with new sounds this past month. Like, dada dada, mama mama, and key key. I don’t think she realizes she is saying mama and dada, but it makes my heart melt every time she says mama. 🙂

Happy 7 months Ada! You are an absolute delight and we love you darling!

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Ada’s Birth Story

Bringing Ada into this world was one of the best days of my life. It was a day filled with all kinds of emotions. I was nervous, scared, excited and overall elated. This was the day Randy and I have been praying about and dreaming about for some time and I couldn’t be happier on how it turned out.

It was a beautiful morning and I was lucky to get a room with a gorgeous view. I loved that I got to look at this while I labored.


I labored for about 14 hours and had to push for 2 hours and 15 minutes. Those two hours were the longest two hours ever and it was one of the hardest things I have ever done. But it was worth every minute. I couldn’t have done it without the support of my loving husband and my mother. They encouraged me nonstop all day long. And when Ada came – I have never felt so relieved in all my life.


Meeting our daughter for the first time was the most happiest moment of my life. I instantly fell in love with her – completely and whole-heartedly. As soon as they laid her on my chest, she had the most perfect pout. After seeing that pout my first thought was, “Oh no… she has already mastered the pout. We are in trouble.”


The first thing Randy said to me, ” She looks like an Ada.” And that was when I started crying. It was a wonderful moment for me. Laying there with Randy by my side, staring at our little Ada – soaking up the first moments as a family of three.


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I will never ever forget those first precious moments of her life and I am so grateful for the Lord blessing us with this wonderful gift.


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Our First Week

I can hardly believe that our sweet little Ada is already a week old! People aren’t kidding when they say time flies. We have anticipated bringing Ada home for so long, it feels surreal that she is actually here now. Our first week home has been spent snuggling with Ada and watching all her funny facial expressions. And of course, getting use to no sleep! 😉



It’s amazing how much love you feel towards your child; it is instant and fierce. And not only do I feel the overwhelming love for my daughter, but also for my husband. It has been so wonderful spending the week together as a new family of three, soaking up very moment together.


I just love this little face!


Happy one week Ada Marie! You are so very loved!


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39 Weeks


Baby Maples is the size of a little watermelon!

How far along? 39 weeks
Maternity clothes? yes, but mostly my maxi and shift dresses
Stretch marks? not yet
Sleep: sleeping has been a little bit better, probably because I have been so tired here lately – but rolling over is another story
Best moment this week: went to the doctor and I am now 3cm dilated! Yay!
Miss anything? being comfortable, having energy and Octoberfest beer
Movement: she is still a mover – she can hurt sometimes; I think she is stretching as much as she can and it can be quite uncomfortable
Food cravings: sweets! fruit, ice-cream, brownies – you name it
Food aversions: not food aversions, just acid reflux still – I can not wait for this to be gone
Gender: Girl
Labor Signs: a few contractions and cramping
Symptoms: Fatigue, contractions, sore hips and back, acid reflux
Belly Button in or out? flat as a pancake
Wedding rings on or off? on but they do feel tighter
Mood: happy, anxious and excited
Looking forward to: D-Day and meeting our little girl! Hopefully not much longer now!

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38 Weeks


Baby Maples is the size of a little pumpkin!

How far along? 38 weeks
Maternity clothes? yes, but mostly my maxi and shift dresses
Stretch marks? not yet
Sleep: sleeping has been a little bit better, probably because I have been so tired here lately
Best moment this week: went to the doctor and I am now 70% effaced and have dilated 2cm! Woot! Woot! Also, the bookshelves finally came in so the nursery is now complete!
Miss anything? being comfortable and having energy
Movement: she is still a mover – kicks my ribs all the time
Food cravings: sweets! all I want is cheesecake, brownies, ice cream – but have settled for fruit and cream cheese dip… and cheesecake and ice-cream! 😉
Food aversions: not food aversions, just acid reflux still – so bad actually, that early this week I threw up in the middle of brushing my teeth…. yeah, it was lovely
Gender: Girl
Labor Signs: a few Braxton Hicks contractions and mild cramping
Symptoms: Fatigue, Braxton Hicks contractions, sore hips and back, acid reflux
Belly Button in or out? still half in and half out, kinda flat – it is just all kinds of werid
Wedding rings on or off? on but they do feel tighter
Mood: happy, anxious and excited
Looking forward to: D-Day and meeting our little girl!

Our bags are packed, the nursery is complete – we are ready for our little one’s arrival! Hopefully in the next post we will be introducing our daughter! 🙂

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37 Weeks & Baby Shower


Baby Maples is the size of a honeydew melon and weighs 6.5 lbs!

How far along? 37 weeks – full term!
Maternity clothes? yes, but mostly my maxi and shift dresses
Stretch marks? not yet
Sleep: sleeping has been terrible – I can’t get comfortable so I toss and turn all night. I move from bed to recliners to couches, trying to find a comfortable position – it has yet to be found
Best moment this week: had a fantastic baby shower given to us by our dearest friends – it was the coolest shower ever! We had a date night with another couple to Bouchon – enjoying a night out while we still can! 🙂 And at the doctor’s we were told that her head is down and that I am 50% effaced – it’s getting real now!
Miss anything? being comfortable and a nice cold beer – something about this hot weather makes me miss a cold beer
Movement: she is still a mover – she gets up into my ribs a lot, I think she is running out of room
Food cravings: all things fruit, veggies, brownies and ice cream – but appetite has decreased a bit
Food aversions: not food aversions, just acid reflux still – I have good days and bad days
Gender: Girl
Labor Signs: I have been getting a few Braxton Hicks contractions – which is kinda exciting!
Symptoms: Fatigue, Braxton Hicks contractions, sore hips and terrible charlie horses – I really hate those things!
Belly Button in or out? still half in and half out, kinda flat – it is just all kinds of werid
Wedding rings on or off? on but they do feel tighter
Mood: happy, anxious and I’m still crying easier – I guess I am just a roller coaster of emotions
Looking forward to: holding Baby Girl – so close now!

The baby shower that our friends gave us was the most unique and sweetest shower I have ever been too. The shower took place at a children’s book store… that’s right, a bookstore. How cool is that? It was held at Spellbound Children’s Bookstore. This bookstore is the coolest place and I can’t wait to take our daughter there when she gets a little older. They had all kinds of books for all ages! I could barely contain myself in there! I wanted to buy everything!

Our friends did such a beautiful job! Everything was themed around children’s books – the food, the decor, the activities… it was so amazing!

And it was all decorated in my favorite colors – yellow and gray! They know me all too well!

They set up a display of books for guests to choose from to buy for our daughter. And they had special stickers made to be placed in the book so our daughter will know who gave it to her. Isn’t that the sweetest?!


We even got a story time! 😉

I just loved every detail of this shower! It was so thoughtful and fun. And I especially loved the strawberry cupcakes, I had 2… ok 3!

We feel so blessed to have such wonderful friends. We couldn’t ask for better friends. I’m so grateful that we have them, especially for this new adventure of becoming parents! And I’m even more thankful that our daughter will have these wonderful role models in her life.


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Sneak Peek of the Nursery

We are now less than one month away from D-Day! I can’t believe how fast these past few months have gone. And now here we are, a month away, still trying to get the nursery pulled together and getting baby essentials! Eek!

I lay awake at night going over all the things that need to get done before baby Maples arrives… I even dream about it. Needless to say, sleep has been more exhausting then restful as of late.

After weeks of painting furniture, we finally finished! Yay! I am so happy that project is complete. It took so much longer than anticipated. And now we are doing the fun things, like decorating, putting up the crib and going through the mountain of baby clothes. This girl is already like her mama when it comes to clothes!

The little block has one of my favorite sayings, ” Though she be but little, she is fierce.” And I love hanging beautiful baby clothes up in the nursery for decoration. These two are my favorites, for right now. 🙂


And I am so in love with the crib bedding that my parents got for us! The amazing quilt was handmade by my aunt Debbie (no sewing machine)! Isn’t it beautiful?!

We still have a lot to do! We still need to hang up the decorations, put up some shelving for books and organize everything! I think we will get it all done before she gets here!

My main concern now is making sure we have all the essentials, Baby Maples still needs a few things. Any suggestions on baby basics?

Happy Friday!

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35 Weeks


Baby Maples is the size of a coconut!

How far along? 35 weeks – just one more month to go! (say what?!)
Maternity clothes? yes, but mostly my maxi and shift dresses
Stretch marks? not yet
Sleep: sleeping has been ok – still have insomnia and have to get up a lot
Best moment this week: taking a spontaneous trip to the lake with some friends – floating in the cool water and enjoying the warm sun was heavenly!
Miss anything? breathing, moving around normally and enjoying a nice cold beer by the lake on a hot summer day
Movement: I am pretty sure Baby Girl is jazzercising – she moves constantly. I guess she is ready to come out!
Food cravings: all things fruit, veggies, fish and ice cream
Food aversions: not food aversions, just everything I eat gives me bad acid reflux and heartburn – but Zantac has really helped. There have been times when my acid reflux has been so bad that it has made me throw up – not pleasant at all
Gender: Girl
Labor Signs: no
Symptoms: Fatigue, swollen feet and ankles, trouble taking a deep breath and the worst charlie horses of all time – My first really bad one was in the middle of the night which caused me to fall out of bed trying to fix it. Randy was in full on panic mode – oops! But thanks to my wonderful husband he helped massage it out.
Belly Button in or out? still half in and half out
Wedding rings on or off? on but they do feel tighter
Mood: happy, anxious and I now cry easier anytime we talk about meeting Baby Girl for the first time or pray over her
Looking forward to: I can’t wait to meet Baby Girl! She is already so loved!