Monday, November 25, 2013

{1 week}

This little man is one week old today :)

Its been quite a week! 
Last monday, we were driving to the hospital to have this little guy. 
A few people have emailed me & commented saying congratulations, Thank you guys! 
A few mama's have asked if i was able to have the vbac i was preparing for. 
Sadly, the answer is no.
Near the end of my pregnancy we had some complications & i ended up having to schedule a repeat cesarean for safety reasons. I was heartbroken at first. I felt robbed of an experience for the second time & like my body just kept failing at doing something it should be able to do. 
 It took me a couple weeks to come to terms with it. 

I prayed a lot about it & realized it was out of my control & i wasn't going to let this small thing ruin our happiness & joy. I'm glad i did too. 

Last monday was a great day.
 We woke up, played with our daughter, dropped her off at my in laws, then had some time just for my husband & I. We drove to the hospital together & the peace & calm we felt this time was amazing.
We knew what to expect this time. No surprises.

The staff that was on that day was so wonderful too. They made us feel so comfortable. We all laughed and talked like old friends. 
I was able to talk to them about my experience last time & how horrible & scary it was 
{I had a bad reaction to the anesthesia & was given waaay too many pain meds, to name a few things}
This time, I was able to sit & talk with the anesthesiologist about different options for medicine for the surgery, & he was so kind & helpful & understanding. 

We went back in the OR & i was surprisingly calm. Last time i hyperventilated & panicked for so long, my surgery ended up being a lot later than it had been scheduled for. 
This time though, I was at peace. 
I knew i was bringing my sweet boy into this world in a matter of minutes & i was ready to meet him. 

They gave me the spinal, i layed down, they prepped their stations & talked to me, asking me about giuliana & my husband, & plans for our new little babe. There was christmas music playing in the background, {not kidding!}, & that added to the joyful mood in the room. 

Once i was all prepped, they let my husband in the room and he sat by my side, rubbing my hair. 
Since it was our second cesarean, they allowed William to take video. 
William was able to videotape our son being born, pulled from my tummy, taking his first breaths. 

I heard his sweet cries & i myself began to cry. 
It was over. 
it was done. 
I could hear the nurses "Look at the little dimple in his chin!" "Look at all that dark hair!"

The nurse brought him directly to my face, still connected, still covered in goop.
He was so beautiful
& he did have the cutest dimple in his chin, just like his daddy
I kissed his sweet little face & cried the happiest tears. 
Being able to see him that soon was something i had not expected. {Last time i didn't see giuliana until she was already cleaned up.}

William cut the cord & followed the nurse to recovery while i was sewn back up. 
The nurses all clapped & talked about how beautiful our sweet liam was. 
I was still calm, but filled with so much joy. 

In recovery, i held him right away. 
The anesthesia they used this time was so different. I was actually aware enough to know exactly what was going on around me. I held him skin to skin and talked with my sweet husband.
It was such a great experience

The whole time we were at the hospital, i only took Motrin. I refused all the strong pain meds they had given me last time. & i am so glad i did. 
I was fully functional the entire time we were at the hospital. Breastfeeding was so much easier this time because i wasn't an emotional wreck. My Milk came in on the second day {Last time it was day 4}
He's such a good little nurser. 
We also came home a lot sooner than last time. We only stayed 2 nights, last time it was 4. 

All in all, a much better experience than last time. 
Even though it was not the birth i had planned, it was so beautiful in it's own way, & i am very blessed to have 2 beautiful, healthy children. 

Being home with our little guy has been so fun. 
Our daughter Loves him so much. 
Every morning she runs into our room to say good morning to him. 
Well she actually says "Hey bud, goodmorning, time to wake up!"
Its seriously so cute
It's only been a week but it feels like he's always been here
I love my family

Happy monday :)

Friday, November 22, 2013


Meet Liam Joseph Johnston
Born at 12:49pm 
Monday, November 18th
8lbs 15.9 oz

He is perfect!
 We are so in love with him
Giuliana cant get enough of him
She's been such a big helper 
So happy to finally hold our sweet boy in our arms
We're in heaven

happy friday 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

{DIY toddler tutu}

We had a fun halloween this year!
We ate dinner with our neighbor friends & walked around the neighborhood together.
Our daughters are Best friends, & are only a few months apart in age. 
Watching them run around the neighborhood trick or treating together like big kids was so fun to watch!
Giuliana's costume was super last minute. Like, the night before halloween, running around walmart, party city, target etc looking for a pair of cat ears, last minute. We had another costume for her but the day before halloween we put it on her & she cried and cried saying it was too itchy! 
So we tried to come up with the simplest costume we could think of, a kitty! We already had a black shirt, black pants & makeup, We just needed kitty ears! & Believe it or not, they were super hard to find, being it was the night before halloween. I ended up getting the very last pair at the store. While running around all the stores, i came up with the idea of making a tutu to go with her kitty costume, to make it a little more fun. I gathered all the materials i thought i would need & headed home! 
I figured out how to make a tutu {Never done it before} & finished it in about 40 minutes. 
It was the perfect nap time project on halloween!

Here's what you need:
{I bought 75 yards, used 3/4 of it}
Needle & thread
{I got 3/4 in}
Something to wrap the Tulle around for cutting 
{I used my rotary cutter guide board}

Begin wrapping your tulle around your chosen object.
I used my rotary cutter guide board.
Wrap until you have used all of your tulle.
I had 2 30 yard black tulle rolls and 1 15 yard black glitter roll of tulle.

Once you've wrapped all of your tulle, cut BOTH ends of the wrapped tulle
You will end up with a bunch of strips of tulle. 
Mine were 6x23 in 

Cut your elastic to size & hand stitch the ends together.
I didn't measure, i just guessed! 
{by the way, can you tell we do a lot of projects on our table? paint & glitter everywhere!} 

Put your elastic on something to hold it in place. 
I just put it on my thigh
Begin tying your tulle strips on one by one. 
Slide one end under the elastic, fold over so the ends meet & double knot.
Easy peasy
Keep going!
Make it nice & full! 
I used a little over 3/4 of the tulle.
I did 4 black tulle strips, then 1 black glitter tulle strip, to add a tiny bit of sparkle. 
The glitter got EVERYWHERE by the way.
My entire body and the carpet was COVERED in black glitter.
nothing a little wet paper towel & a quick vacuum session couldn't fix though : )
When you're done it should look like this! 
Nice & poofy! 
She loved it! 
It looked soooo cute
Everyone was obsessed, especially me! 
Easiest project ever. Like i said it took me 40 minutes from start to finish.
{The daddys with their girls}
{G with her great grandparents}
{We decided to be twins ;)  )
Hope everyone had a wonderful halloween! 
Happy saturday & happy crafting!