Layla’s Birth Story

Well, it’s been a little over 1 year since our littlest baby was born. And it feels like it’s been that long since I’ve written a blog post too! Two kids really rocked our world this year. I glanced through one of my more recent posts from earlier this year, 2019 Home Goals, and kind of laughed out loud. We were so ambitious this year. Oh well. It’s been crazy and really, blogging fell off of my radar, and I craved books more than anything whenever I got some time to myself. I lost count of how many books I’ve read this year, but it’s been a good one. Maybe I’ll try to incorporate that into my blogging and do a monthly book roundup. Ideas, ideas.

Anywho. Back to my baby. I feel like this is the perfect segway for me to get back into blogging, talking about the thing that has kept me so busy this year; my kids! I try not to share too much information about them here, because this blog is more for my interests and home projects, rather than their lives and privacy, but I do love sharing and hearing people’s birth stories so much. Back in 2017, I wrote Connor’s Birth Story, when he turned 1, and it was so therapeutic and I loved reading everyone else’s experiences that they shared with me afterwards. Layla’s birthday has recently passed and I realized on that day, as I flipped through my TimeHop pictures that I was sadly already beginning to forget the details. So here we go! A little back story…

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2019 Home Goals

Another goals list! I love reading these posts on other blogs, but personally, I love writing them because it motivates me so much! We have so many ideas for things to do in the house, but we’re also going to keep it realistic. During the course of the year, we’re going to have a 3 year old and a 1 year old living here, so I’m sure it’ll be crazy, but I’m also looking forward to finding our new groove in life as a family of 4 (6! with doggies).

While I’d love to say the KITCHEN was number 1 on my list, it’s sadly not going to happen this year. Our budget won’t accommodate it this year, but hopefully soon. Our life has taken some interesting turns that we didn’t originally plan for (me not earning a paycheck anymore) so we have to alter our game plan a bit. Mainly though, we’re trying to take advantage of the unique situation we have of us ALL being home, and David being able to work from anywhere. So we’re really eyeing up some travel and vacations this year while we all have this time together and before Connor heads off to school in a few years. Family time is really the priority this year 🙂

But, while family time is the priority, we couldn’t get through this year without some home project fun. It’s a great outlet for David and I to dream, design, and execute all these projects around the house together.

 

So this year, we’re going to focus on some smaller projects, ones that we didn’t finish last year, and also maybe planning for a bigger one next year!

Built ins

Ok, so this is a carryover from our 2018 home projects lists. Guilty. BUT, we’ve really been excited about getting these done. We have the base cabinets installed and painted. We have the TV bought and mounted on the wall. We’ve planned out where the shelving will be.

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Why I quit my job to stay home with my family.

That is a title of a blog post that I never, ever, ever thought I would be writing. It’s true.  I remember just about 4 years ago, talking to a co-worker about his wife who stays home with their children.  I specifically remember saying “that’s so great that she does that, but I could never do it.”  Little did I know, that that would be my life not too long after.

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2018 Home Goals

So, it’s not a big deal that we’re starting our 2018 goals in mid-April, and are kind of considering the end of the year in August, right?  I mean, after #BabyHam2018 arrives in August, it’ll be kind of crazy, and then next thing you know, it’ll be Thanksgiving and Christmas… essentially no time for major house projects.

So without further ado, here are our goals for things to finish this “year.”  Please, hold us accountable hahaha.

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Our Next Big Project!

We’ve been working on this one in the background lately, hence the radio silence, and decided it’s finally time to share a bit about it!

Enter, nursery 2.0!!

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1 Year and a New Year!

We went over a month without blogging, which was definitely not the plan.  Life got in the way, we were having so much holiday fun, visiting friends and family, and even taking a trip back down to Charleston, SC (I even stopped by our old house!… yes, the door was still yellow!)  Here’s a beautiful shot from before we moved out because the one I sneaked and posted on Instagram of it when we were there was total CRAP.  BUT, it did spark an interesting little conversation about whether or not you would go inside one of your old houses, whether asking to go in yourself, or being invited.  What would you do?  I was too scared!

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Pimpin’ Connor’s Ride

Check out this hunk.

Now, that picture right there, is going straight into his senior yearbook 😉 Sorry bud, just paying it forward.

I got this Step2 Buggy from our local Facebook Resale page for $5 last year.  This boy LOVES it. We take the dogs for a walk after dinner every night and he loves driving his car around the neighborhood.  In fact, “a car!” has become one of his favorite phrases, as he insists on pointing out ALL of the cars on the road, and making all of the car sounds.  Best $5 I’ve ever spent.

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Connor’s Birth Story

Connor is 1 year old today. I can’t believe it. I just can’t get over the fact that he didn’t exist before that, because it’s so hard to imagine life without him now. He has brought so much joy and a brand new meaning to our lives. It was a year of ups and downs and constant learning from triumphs and mistakes, but that’s parenthood, right?

So, I figured today, on his birthday, I’d share his birth story.  Partly because I’ve been wanting to write it for so long, and this has forced me to. But also, because I absolutely love hearing and reading other’s birth stories (what mom doesn’t??)  I want to be able to remember all of the details about that amazing moment that he entered this world and became our amazingly handsome and precious son.  I wanted to get David to participate in this too, so a la “The Magnolia Story” style (it’s a cute little book, I totally recommend), if you see anything written in italics, that’s David talking.

I bought her that book as a Christmas stocking stuffer, so in a way this was my awesome idea.

So if you’re not interested in a super personal story, I don’t advise you to read on.  I wanted to share it because I think it could be enjoyable and educational for other mamas.  And because at Connor’s one year birthday, and the rest of my life,  I can relive that experience through this story.

I’m not sure she really wants to relive ALL of it…

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