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2016

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We LOVE Heartbeat

November 28, 2016

Hey Mamas! I hope you all had a very special Thanksgiving weekend with family and loved ones! I want to let you all know about a new company called Heartbeat that rewards ALL moms for posting on Instagram no matter how many followers you have. Right now they are running an Amazon sweepstakes with $1,000 in gift cards just for posting a pic like this and using a few hashtags. I mean who couldn’t use the extra cash this time of year? Share this with fellow moms looking to make extra money and click HERE to learn more and sign up for Amazon sweepstakes today! Happy Holidays friends!

 

 

 

 

 

Blogs, What We Love

We LOVE Ruffle Butts

September 27, 2016

Just like every one else in California, we’re over here waiting for Fall to arrive! At the moment we’re hiding indoors with the AC cranked on high, but it won’t be long now…evening walks in the crisp Autumn air, way too many Salted Caramel Mochas and dinny warming in the crockpot!

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And of course best of all-Fall clothing!!! Grant and Gigi are all suited up for the season in their darling Ruffle Butts and and Rugged Butts outfits. I mean…can you even handle the adorableness?! Grant lookin’ all cozy in his plaid button up and the big bow on her booty!!? I can’t! I’m pretty sure there’s nothing cuter than little ones sporting plaid…and so on-trend too! Shop this look and other darling Fall styles HERE! So until the weather can actually cooperate with what the calendar reads, the babes will just be getting a head start on the season and looking as darling as can be. 

 

Links to Grant and Gigi’s clothes:

Buffalo Plaid RuffleButt

Buffalo Plaid Headband

Boys Buffalo Plaid One Piece

Babe In My Arms, Blogs

Back on The Doctors

September 9, 2016

imageToday we were back on The Doctors sharing the happy update to our infertility story. The Doctors started following us on our journey to start a family about 3 years ago. In front of a national audience we shared our fears and insecurities, 3 unsuccessful rounds of IVF, a failed adoption, and our struggle to make sense of a life without kids…really it was quite depressing. Every time we went on the show for an update I cried explaining our progress (or lack there of) because I was just so darn heartbroken. Well today I also cried, but they were happy tears as I finally introduced our son and daughter. It was such a relief to have positive news to share for once! At times I questioned our decision to share our journey in such a public way (I mean, hello TMI!?) but now I’m so glad we did. Perhaps we’re able to give hope to other couples battling infertility and if so then we clearly made the right choice. Infertility is such a silent struggle, but it doesn’t have to be. Btw, the kids were absolute dolls while we filmed. Phew! Afterwards was a different story as you can see, but hey…they’re babies, that’s what they do! Our segment is slated to air September 19th! You have to watch and see how Dr. Travis Stork and Mabel’s Labels surprised us- it’s pretty special!

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Jeremiah 29:11

August 30, 2016

It is truly amazing what a difference a year makes. Last year at this time we were adjusting to our new lives in NorCal, we just bought and remodeled our home and we were still childless. We’d stopped doing any infertility treatments because nothing was working (and besides who can afford to do infinite rounds of IVF?) We had recently started the adoption certification process (again) with a new agency, but were still months away from our final approval. I felt like the family I’d always dreamed of having was still so far out of reach. And then BAM!! Everything changed. I miraculously got pregnant, we adopted Grant and just like that this is MY family! You guys- I have a family!!?? WOW! I would have given anything to take a quick peek at this photo a year or two ago, just to know for sure that everything would eventually turn out ok. In my heart of hearts I knew that it would, I was just soooo tired of waiting. I guess that’s what faith is truly all about…knowing and trusting without seeing. image

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Our Rainbow Baby

August 23, 2016

“He makes all things beautiful in His time.”

Ecclesiastes 3:11

We are so thrilled to introduce our little miracle baby Gianna Marie. Born 8/22/16 at 7lbs 7ozs, 21 inches. Our hearts have never been fuller. Thank you God.   image

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Grant’s Birth Story

August 11, 2016

As we eagerly await the arrive of our little girl, I can’t help but think about the day when my first babe was born. Back in March, 7 weeks prior to Grant’s due date I had flown out to Phoenix for a quickie visit with our Birthmom, Jessica. She had a Doctor’s appointment and we planned to go to dinner. As soon as we got to the appointment, Jess was immediately told to go the hospital because her blood pressure was dangerously high. (She had a history of preeclampsia.) We drove to the hospital and next thing I know she’s being admitted! They said “You’re not leaving this hospital until that baby is born!”

So there I was in Phoenix with nothing but the clothes on my back and the stuff in my purse! I spent the first night in the hospital with Jess which was pretty miserable for us both! (Remember I’m 19 weeks pregnant at this point and was just starting to get over my horrid “morning sickness”) The next few days while we waited for Grant to be born, I spent all of my time at the hospital with Jess and her family. That extra time turned out to be a blessing; Jess and I really got to know each other. We talked about everything and nothing and those days together were such a gift. Gabe flew in a few days later (bringing me clean clothes finally!) and we spent the weekend anxiously waiting for our babe to arrive. Sunday night Gabe flew home because we were told it could still be several more days, but Monday morning (3/14, Pi day!) Doctors gave the go ahead and it was time to meet Grant. (Gabe hopped on flight and made it back about an hour after Grant was born.) Jess so generously allowed me to be with her in the OR during the C-section. I gingerly sat down next to her and we held hands when the Doctors started working. Neither of us tried to fight the tears that poured down; though Jess’ crystal blue-green eyes shone with an incredible beauty coupled with so much sadness. I’ll never for as long as I live forget the look in her eyes in that moment. At 12:13pm we heard Grant’s first cries and I totally lost it. My baby was finally here…4lbs 8ozs of perfection. When I saw him for the first time my heart exploded. My love for him was already unconditional and absolute. There was no doubt this was my child.

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Grant spent the next 3 weeks in the NICU so his lungs could develop and his little body could grow. A month after I arrived, I finally left Phoenix with my precious little love. It was the most beautiful and perfectly imperfect experience. It’s hard to believe I’m lucky enough to feel that newborn baby love all over again…any day now.

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We LOVE BUMPstyle Box

August 1, 2016

One of my favorite parts of pregnancy has been dressing up my bump! To me it’s the most beautiful accessory a woman could ever hope for and I’m so proud to show mine off.  So if you’ve got a growing bump you MUST check out BUMPstyle Box! It’s a fabulous service that will send maternity clothes to you based on your style preferences. I’ve felt that at times it can be difficult, not to mention frustrating, to find the perfect maternity clothes especially when you’re shopping online. Honestly I love the idea behind BUMPstyle because it’s such a great way to treat yourself and your beautiful bod! Plus, who really has the energy to fight crowds at the mall anyway when you’re big bumpin’?!

The process is so simple and personalized…it’s like having your very own personal shopper! First, you fill out a style profile, which includes questions about your preferences, lifestyle & budget. Then you get matched up with a personal stylist who handpicks 4-6 items just for you. She’ll even include a handwritten note on how to style each item. My stylist, Hannah, was the absolute sweetest and so thorough in her selection process. Once you get your very own box you try on all the fun, new looks in your own home when you have the time. AND you don’t get charged for anything until you receive the box and chose the clothes you want to keep. Then all you have to do is put the remaining items that didn’t work in the prepaid box and send them back. Super fun and super easy!

Check out my BUMPstyle Box looks below and then hurry, hurry and order your very own Box!

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This BCBG dress is my favorite! It’s so stylish and comfortable..perfect for a day of sightseeing in San Francisco. Love it!

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This cute Maxi even came with that great little belt to accentuate my bump!

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I am definitely living the Mom Life and love to be comfy AND look put together. This cozy tee is perfect for a busy day with my guy.

 

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A curve hugging, bright dress is right up my alley! This little number is just what I need for one last day night before Baby Girl arrives!

 

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My Maternity Photo Shoot

July 22, 2016

40You Guys! This is like a dream come true! I can’t tell you how exciting it is for ME to be able to do a Maternity Photo Shoot. For years I’ve seen all of my friend’s beautiful bellies center stage in gorgeous photo shoots and I wanted so badly for that to be me someday! Well my time is FINALLY here and these photos are everything I’ve always hoped they would be. Also, it was so fun to have my sweet baby Grant in the pics with his sissy. He is a trooper…as his Dada who isn’t the fondest of picture taking. But c’mon, what guy is??

I need to give a HUGE shout out to my brilliant photographer Lindsay Rene Photography ! Lindsay is fantastic and amazingly she had a baby 5 weeks prior to this shoot. Her photos are just dreamy! This shoot perfectly captures our joy and pure gratitude and I’m so thankful we’ll always have memories from this special time. We’re so excited to have Lindsay shoot newborn photos of baby sis too in just a few weeks! I could share every single one of the photos from our shoot, but I’ll spare you and just show off a few.

Dresses: Krazy Mary’s Boutique

Flower Crown: The Flower Shop Fair Oaks 
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The Home Stretch

July 14, 2016

I am officially one month out (give or take a few days) from meeting my little babe! I can’t believe how quickly these last 9 months have gone by and that soon my baby girl will be in my arms. While I cannot wait to see her darling little face, I must admit I am already feeling sad about not being pregnant anymore. Sounds kinda crazy, right? I just shared that thought with some girlfriends who immediately burst out laughing. I get it…being pregnant isn’t exactly a walk in the park, but boy is it the most special experience ever. At least for me anyway.

I’ll admit my first trimester was far from perfection. On top of being super anxious and worried about the possibility of having another miscarriage, I was also extremely sick. From Week 6 through Week 16 I could not keep a single thing down. Sorry this is gross, but literally anything I ate made me puke. Even smells like my dishwasher or my  refrigerator (which are both very clean) had me running for the toilet! I survived on Saltines and chicken broth, which is why I lost 7 pounds in the first trimester. Poor baby girl! Not to mention, I had terrible migraine- like headaches that would appear for hours at a time. I was a HOT MESS!! All that being said, those symptoms were actually quite reassuring. I knew that the sicker I felt, the healthier she was! In fact one day, probably at about 9 weeks, I actually felt good for about 4 hours. No nausea, no headaches, no nothing. I was so used to feeling awful that I freaked out, called my Doctor and begged to come in for a ultrasound. I arrived to the Doctors in a tear stained panic, only to be reassured that my teeny tiny baby was totally fine and I had overreacted. I got home and immediately puked. Lol, so all was well.

Besides the grossness of my first trimester, which wasn’t even that bad, my pregnancy has been a dream. In my second trimester I got my appetite back in a MAJOR way! That’s when my my love affair with donuts began! I also got a huge boost of energy which made me feel like Wonderwoman. I started working out again and had never felt so happy or content. These euphoric feelings continued right on into my third trimester and up to today! Lately I’ve received many cautionary warnings that it would “just be a matter of time” until I felt totally awful. “Your feet will swell, your back will ache, your stretch marks will appear, you’ll be exhausted etc etc.” So far, I am still one very happy camper. I continue to feel fabulous-like the very best version of myself.

Perhaps I am too happy to be tired or to excited to notice an aching back? Maybe I’m just reallllly lucky and am having a kick ass third trimester. I’m not exactly sure, but what I have learned is that PERSPECTIVE is EVERYTHING! When Doctors tell you that you will never be able to get pregnant and then miraculously you are, trust me, it’s not something you take for granted. Infertility sucked the life outta me…took away my joy and damaged my spirit; but this sweet child has given it all back to me. I feel as though I am a walking, talking miracle! Truly! Also, I am lucky enough to have a darling baby boy who needs my constant love and attention (we adopted Grant 4 months ago) and things will definitely change once Sissy arrives. I will miss that special one on one time with my sweet Grant. Right now I’m able to have both my babes with me at all times. Finally, who knows if I will be able to get pregnant again? Doctors said it would never happen, so maybe this is a fluke and I’m one and done? The only thing I’m certain of is that I am so unbelievably grateful for this beautiful experience and I’m not quite ready to give it up just yet. But talk to me again in about a month 😉

Babe In My Belly, Blogs

Baby Showering

July 11, 2016
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Two mamas to be!


Two baby showers in just one weekend! One for my sweet cousin who is having a baby boy two weeks after we have our little girl and the second for my dear friend from high school who is having a boy in September. Such a beautiful weekend filled with so much love for these two babes. But I have to admit, if these showers were a year ago…I probably wouldn’t have gone. I feel so incredibly terrible to say that, but I honestly don’t know if I would have had the strength. And I’d like to explain why.

Dealing with infertility for 4 years like I did, will test a person in ways you can’t imagine. Something as simple as going to a baby shower was enough to put me in a deep depression for weeks. At the beginning of my struggles, I would still go to baby showers; in fact I even hosted a few myself. I would smile and coo at all the sweet little baby gifts like everyone else, but in reality it crushed me. Most of the time I would cry on the way there and again on the way home. I was just so unbelievably sad to know that this was something I may never experience. As if that wasn’t hard enough, I felt so very guilty about missing all those showers, birthdays and kid-centric events. The guilt literally kept me up at night. I hope maybe now my friends can understand where I was coming from even if they couldn’t back then. And I want to make it really clear that while I was incredibly devastated for myself, I could still be happy for the mama to be having the baby. The two are not mutually exclusive. I genuinely felt relieved that someone I knew would never have to feel the sting of an IVF needle, take those crazy clomid pills or leave every Doctors appointment in tears. Honestly. I wouldn’t wish infertility on my worst enemy! Buuuuut I got to a point where the sadness I felt for myself out weighed the happiness I felt for mama to be, so I just stopped going. I wish I had been stronger, I wish I had made myself go and I wish that my friends could have understood WHY I couldn’t be there. Simply put, it’s not you it’s me.

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Look at all the cute babes at the this baby shower..my nieces and nephews! One year ago all this adorableness would have been just too painful for me to endure.

So now that I’m a mama, going to baby showers is fun again! They are the bright and joyous occasions that I could not enjoy when that dark cloud of infertility hung over my head. Go figure! So I have two messages. First, ladies struggling with infertility and feeling the guilt of not going to showers, birthdays, etc (basically an event where kids will be present) don’t be so hard on yourself. I beat myself up about not being a good friend and that’s just not necessary. You’re already dealing with so many intense emotions, don’t add guilt to the mix. If they are truly your friends, they will understand why you can’t be there. Secondly, ladies who are not pregnant and will never (thankfully) know the pain of infertility please be considerate of friends who may be struggling. Always invite your friends to the event (even if you think they won’t go) because we already feel left out and no invite, even with the best of intentions, can feel like a slap in the face. Also don’t take it personally if we don’t come. Infertility is no joke. Some days can feel like the world is caving in. Be extra sensitive to your friends that are struggling. We don’t hate you because you’re pregnant, we hate ourselves because we’re NOT pregnant.

Wishing you all light, love and baby dust!

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