Monday, June 27, 2011

d day

My labor and delivery was a dream. I can't sing that blessed epidural's praises enough. Seriously, whoever came up with that drug should have some sort of statue built for them in their honor. I would totally go visit it and get my picture taken with it. Just sayin'.
All joking aside, I actually sing our Lord's praises far above anything for so wonderfully orchestrating that entire day. My experience was beautiful, and Ruthie's entrance or rather, exit, was pain free and magnificent.

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Megan and my mom...

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... and Jess were all there for the delivery, and it was so much fun to have them in the room.
You can see a picture here from just a few short weeks ago with the roles reversed!

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Trey got to deliver both his first AND his second daughter, and it was so neat to watch.
I guess you could say that he's a very "hands on" kind of Daddy.
Literally.
Dr. Beck, of course, was there to supervise. :)

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Just moments after her entrance into the world.

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This T-shirt of Trey's has both of our girls' footprints on it.

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"Smitten" is an appropriate caption for this picture.

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You can see my picture with Lael like this here, along with our pictures with her in the hospital in November '09. It was WAY back in the day so I really had to search my blog archives to find that post. ;)

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And yes, we were all pretty surprised at the amount of hair that she has. Although, she does get it honest.

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Patricia Ruth meets her namesake, Patricia Lee.

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Megan captured the event on video and Jess clicked away with the camera to seize every precious moment.

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We praise God for a healthy, precious, second daughter. He has been merciful to us, and we are delighted to now be a family of four.
More to come, of course :)...
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Baby Ruth


Patricia Ruth Ingram "Ruthie"
8 lbs. 1 oz.
20 1/4 inches long
Born at 1:00 p.m.

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...and absolutely delicious.
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just hangin' out...

... at the HOSPITAL!!
And enjoying a lil' bitta Italian ice while I wait. :)

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Ruthie is on her way!!

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Monday, June 20, 2011

reflections of a mother's heart

Yesterday we celebrated Trey's second Father's Day and his last as a father of one.

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There's no doubt that this little girl has her Daddy's heart.

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Very, very soon she will have to share it.

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I rocked her last night before we put her to bed.

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I cried.
I wanted to freeze time.
To completely seize the moment.
My first baby falling asleep on my shoulder while sitting atop my second baby.
I etched it into my memory with hopes of never forgetting that feeling.

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Her world is about to change and she has no idea.

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But oh, my little girl, what blessings lie ahead.

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The sweetness of sisterhood that will soon be yours.
What responsibility you hold!
She will be looking to you because you are setting the bar.
And we couldn't be happier with how you've set it.

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The Lord has His mighty hand over you, and He has made you the big sister for a reason.
For such a time as this.
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Friday, June 17, 2011

Ruthie's "Sprinkle"

What is a baby "sprinkle"? I've been asked this question a lot. It's a baby shower, but it's usually for a second baby (or any after that). It's a lighter version of a shower, so it's called a sprinkle! My sweet sister and friends certainly outdid themselves to make me feel special. It meant so much to me to have some very special women in my life come together last night to celebrate our little Ruthie.

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Kathryn made these little paper dresses (which I must point out go with my doll dress theme!) for everyone to write a prayer for Ruthie.

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Rhem is my next door neighbor and is due 2 weeks after me with a little girl! Kelsey is due in August with a little boy!

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My sweet friend from college, Abbey.

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Girls from our Downtown Pres community group

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The hostesses: Michelle, Kathryn and Megan

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With Momma and Megan

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Okay, Ruthie, you can come now! We're ready! :)

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

in the nick of time

We cut it close with the nursery. I'm "right on the cusp" of having this baby according to my doctor at my appointment on Tuesday. I can't believe how much I've progressed already, and we're ready for her to come at any moment! This momma has been in serious nesting mode, and this poor daddy is probably about to lose his mind. Bless his precious heart.

So, without further ado...
The Nursery

Let's start from the very beginning... a very good place to start. :)

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Now that you've seen the nursery from all four corners of the room I want to talk about where I got the inspiration for it. I knew that we were going to keep this room a guest room, so the first thing I did was start searching for the perfect bedding. When I found this doll dress quilt from The Land of Nod I immediately fell in love. This was it! And the ideas began to flow. It was kind of like what happened when I found the matryoshka doll fabric for Lael's nursery.

I love this bedding because it's not too loud, it has an antique/vintage feeling to it, and it's oh so sweet for a little girl's room.

And as a side note, since I am a FIRM believer in blackout shades/curtains for a baby's room, may it be known that Trey did install shades behind the green curtains that can be pulled down. :)

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Check out the precious little doll dresses sewn onto the patches.

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Let me tell you something about vintage. I'm a sucker for it.
So, when I decided that it was kind of the route I was going, it dawned on me to incorporate paper dolls and their dresses to coordinate with the bedding. I LOVED paper dolls when I was little. I found these vintage paper dolls on ebay, and they're from the 1920's. I about had a fit when I got them in the mail.
Absolutely PRESH.
Trey probably thought I was about to tell him that my water broke when he got home that day and I announced that I had received them.

I got these white frames, used green and white gingham fabric for the backgrounds, and glued on the dolls and their dresses.

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I went very simple with the crib bedding. I'm not a very pinky person--ironic since I'm the mother of two girls, but it's just never been one of my favorite decorating colors. I wanted to choose one of the colors to pull from the bedding, and didn't want to do pink or blue so I chose the green. I love using green in my house and it went well with the paint that was already on the walls in this room.

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The crib. Oh, the crib. Would you believe me if I told you that I bought this brand new Jenny Lind crib for SIXTY DOLLARS at Wal-Mart?? I almost kissed the cashier. Had no idea that it was going to be 50% off when I went to check out. Nothing wrong with it, they're just discontinuing the model. Jackpot.

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I bought a bare wood shelf and Trey spray painted it white. Once again, I ran with the doll dress theme and used some of the smocked dresses I have as part of the decor. The two dresses on the left are ones that I made (far left, Ruthie's coming home dress, and next to it was Lael's coming home dress.) The two dresses on the right were made by my mom and were worn by me, my sister, our cousins, and Lael.

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I put some more of the paper doll dresses in this little shadow box, and stole some of my Madame Alexander dolls from my parents' house. :)

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Ruthie's dress

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The white bonnet was mine and she'll wear it with her dress coming home from the hospital. You can see pictures of Lael with it on here.

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The white wicker furniture in this room was passed down to me from my Memama when she downsized. That was back in college, so my sister and I both used some of the pieces in our apartments during school. This stuff has been moved around a LOT. I can't tell you what a blessing it is to have it and be able to use it for my daughter's room. I always kind of assumed that this is what I would do with it, but I just can't believe that this day is actually here.

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When I get pictures of Ruthie I will put them in these frames, but for now I wanted to put a couple of belly shots in them. Being pregnant with Jess is one of my favorite memories of this pregnancy, so naturally I had to use one of those pictures to fill a frame.

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Finishing this nursery (last night!) made it all kind of sink in. I think it was good for me and my motherly, sentimental, and sappy hormones to have completed this project and know that my "nest" is ready. :)

We have two cribs in our house.
Praise the Lord!
While Trey and I were finishing the final touches we both agreed that we're so glad we made this room for Ruthie. Originally we thought we would give Ruthie Lael's room and move Lael in here, but then changed our minds for multiple reasons. It brought me so much joy as Ruthie's mother to create a room just with her in mind. I have dreamt of being a mother for as long as I can remember, so it goes without saying that preparing a room for one of my babies has been a labor of love and precious time spent. I can hardly wait to show it to her.

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