Baby Favorites - Newborn

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Now that I have been loving on this sweet boy for two months, I feel pretty confident in our newborn must haves. Newborns are trial and error so what works for us might not work for your little one, but I am excited to share what has been working for us!
  • Target's Cloud Island Sleep N' Plays - There are my favorite sleep n'plays because they have a reverse zipper which makes diaper changes so much easier. I find they run a little big. We have them in every print!
  • Carters' Fleece Sleep & Plays - Nine out of ten times we leave the house David is wearing fleece pajamas. Although I thought we'd dress him in all the cute outfits we have, pajamas are so much easier and I know he is warm!
  • H&M Long-sleeved bodysuits - David wears one of these every night to bed under his swaddle. If he needs an outfit change in the middle of the night, they are so easy to change because you don't have to pull them over their head.
  • Love to Dream Swaddle UP - We tried every single swaddle on the market: Ergo Swaddler, SwaddleMe. This has been David's favorite. He likes to have his hands up by his face. My mommy recommendation - find a mom friend that has different swaddles and try before you buy!
  • Binxy Baby Shopping Cart Hammock - This has been a game changer in our Target shopping trips. I use it to hold his car seat and it leaves the cart open!
  • Baby K'tan Original Wrap - I love baby wearing and so does David! I can get dishes and laundry done all while he is in the wrap. When he was brand new, I wore him to all the Christmas events! The wrap kept him happy and lowered the amount of people breathing on him during flu season. I also just bought the Moby Fit Wrap, let me know if you'd like a review.
  • Munchkin Diaper Changing Liners - We use these everywhere! We have one in the downstairs diapering bin, one next to our bed, and one on his changing pad in his room. Another recommendation: put a diapering/feeding station in your main living area and next to your bed if that is where baby will sleep for the first few months.
  • Herschel Supply Co. Dawson X-Small Backpack - I love using this backpack as my diaper bag. The backpack is stylish and even my husband will carry it. I also like that the backpack is smaller in size so I am not carrying around everything but the kitchen sink. I highly recommend looking at backpacks that aren't marketed as "diaper bags" if you are in the market!
  • Copper Pearl Burp Cloths and Little Unicorn Burp Cloths - These are my absolute favorites! The Little Unicorn burp cloth lives in our diaper bag and is perfect for out and about. The Copper Pearl burp cloths are in every room of our house! I have one in the diapering/feeding bins I keep in our living room and bedroom. Both burp cloths are a nice, big size and very absorbent - the cute prints don't hurt either!
  • Munchkin Drying Rack - We didn't buy a drying rack until our counter had been taken over by pump parts and syringes! David has been slow to gain weight so I have been pumping after every feed and then syringe feeding him. This means lots of dishes with lots of little parts. This drying rack is compact and blends right in. 
I look forward to sharing our favorites with you all as David grows! 

Mama Emily

David's Birth Story

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

This post may have taken me 7 weeks to write, but here it is:

On Wednesday, December 6th, my stomach felt upset before bed. I figured I had eaten something bad. I even texted my mom, who I had dinner with that night, asking if her stomach was upset. Around 4 am, I woke up with stomach cramps (turns out they were contractions). I told Micah I had gas pains and after some convincing from him and my mom we decided to go to the hospital. On the way to the hospital, my sister called and I told her I wasn't in labor and that I probably just had to poop - embarrassing I know!

Once we got to the hospital, the nurses hooked me up and confirmed I was in labor. The midwife checked me and I was already 5 cm dilated! We called our families and let everyone know it was go time!

I labored unmedicated until 7cm. David's heart rate needed to be consistently monitored which made moving around impossible which made managing the pain difficult. At this point, I was told I was going to have to stay in the bed so I decided to get an epidural. Although an epidural was not in my plan, it was probably the best decision I made.

I quickly dilated to 10cm and we began to push. With the first push, David's heart rate dropped. They put me on oxygen and waited for his heart rate to go back up, which it did. At this point, my midwife decided we would let my body "labor down." They put a peanut ball between my knees, laid me on my side, and let me rest for 3 hours. Without the epidural, there was no way I would have been able to lay like this for 3 hours.

Finally, it was time to push again! My midwife explained that an OR was open in case his heart rate dropped again and we had to have an emergency c-section. I pushed for an hour before David was born with the cord wrapped around his neck and body, which explains why his heart rate kept dropping. We are so lucky David was born perfect and healthy.

I am so thankful for everyone who shared this special day with Micah and I.

Thank you Micah for being so supportive through labor and delivery. Watching you become a father was the best part of the day!

Thank you to our parents and siblings for being so helpful and sharing in the joy of the day!

Thank you to all our family and friends for cheering us on and welcoming David into the world. We heard it was quite the party in the waiting room!

The Harrison Family of Three

Baby Boy's Nursery

Monday, November 13, 2017

I am so excited to share David's nursery with you all today! Micah and I have poured our hearts into this nursery and we can't wait to see our son grow up in this room.

Our crib was the first thing purchased for the nursery. My mom and I found it at the Pottery Barn Outlet and I knew it would work perfectly boy or girl. The name circle was ordered as soon as we knew our baby was a boy. I love walking up our stairs and seeing his name on the wall, it makes my mama heart very happy!

Directly across from the crib is the dresser/changing table, also a Pottery Barn Outlet find. This gallery wall was the most difficult part of the room, I blame pregnancy brain. I love how it came together. I bought the frames from Michael's and stained them using the same stain on his name sign, Special Walnut by Minwax.

In the frames, we have pictures of my brother David, a print I found before we announced we were pregnant at a craft show, Micah's brother David, and a blank frame waiting for a newborn picture. The print reads "the stars danced on the day you were born." The 'D' is another DIY that I painted. The clock is from Home Goods and the picture hanger was on clearance at Kohl's.

One of my favorite parts of the nursery is the rocking chair. The chair is a pass down from Micah's mom that we had refinished with Special Walnut. We also put a little bed in the room for David's puppy brother and sister. The room is fairly small so we tried to maximize storage, for example, we are using the ottoman to store sleep sacks and wearable blankets.

This bookshelf wall is Micah's favorite part of David's nursery. The shelves are Ikea ledges and they work perfectly for books. We were blessed at our baby shower with books from family and friends. The bins below the shelves are from Home Goods ands we are using to store toys. I am sure they will fill up the older he gets! 

The closet in David's nursery was small so keeping it organized was very important to me. We took down the door and replaced it with a curtain so the closet was easier to access. We used bins with chalkboard labels to store clothing he will grow into. The drawer system is from the container store and is being used to store blankets, extra sheets, burp cloths, and other odds and ends. I love that this drawer system can grow with him to store just about anything. We only hung clothing that was too thick to fold, jackets, or "fancier" outfits. 

Crib Sheet: Aden by aden + anais Crib Sheet, Dove Crib Skirt: Little Love Crib Skirt Changing Pad Cover: Aden by Aden + Anais Changing Pad Cover, Dove Diaper Pail: Ubbi Steel Diaper Pail, Gray Sound Machine: Marpac Dohm Sound Machine Bookshelves: IKEA Picture Ledges Letter Board: Felt Like Sharing Name Circle: Lovable Lumber Crib: Pottery Barn Kids Curtains (also used for throw pillows): Target Mobile: BuyBuyBaby Ottoman: Target Drawer System: The Container Store Print: SweetLouDesigns

If you are interested in anything I didn't link, let me know!

Only 3 more weeks till David's arrival,
XOXO Emily

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