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Entries in baby (29)

Monday
Feb012016

birth story ::: arden skillman

My first labor & delivery didn't exactly go as planned. Well my second one....sorta went as planned? Meaning it was still a little crazy. My husband was (again) the one to help deliver his child. Apparently I should have included that in our wedding vows.


Shortly after our first son was born, my husband and I had decided a homebirth was best for our situation (aka a precipitous birth). While I am a crunchy kinda gal, I never thought I'd be "that lady". But we knew it would take a lot to convince me to get back into a car while in labor. We also LOVED spending the first 24 hrs at home as a family. Those precious hours are pure magic.

A few days before my 40 week mark I had a some cramping that lasted a couple hours each time. By cramping, I mean they gave me ptsd flashbacks of the pain involved with childbirth. Can I un-pregnate myself please?!

Around 4pm on the day that marked 40 weeks, the sporadic mild contractions started again but this time didn't subside after a few hours. I informed my midwife that this might be happening tonight. She had a 3 hour drive and had been to my house earlier that day for our prenatal. Oh the joys of living in rural Wyoming.


At 7pm the contractions are still random but we are convinced this won't stop. We have a shared moment of panic where my husband joins me in a ptsd flashback. He then makes a dash to Walmart for last minute supplies. The garden hose, which we needed to fill up the birth tub, was delayed because of holiday shipping (this comes in real handy later). I take a bath and relax....still hoping the contractions might stop.


Some time before 10pm I realize things are picking up and I now inform my midwife that she should start the drive. By picking up, I mean I can no longer lay down or do anything. Sitting on the toilet is THE ONLY comfortable place to be in the whole house. And so now I sit there. And endure what is quickly becoming not fun (people call this active labor). Doubts creep in about preferring to go to the hospital.


The next two hours fly by. My first labor felt out of control and miserable. This time I felt pain but it was much more manageable. 1) I knew the labor wouldn't last 15 hours and 2) there was a few minutes of reprieve between each contraction. I had neither the first time around. At 11pm I tell my husband to fill the tub because I think I'll want to be in it soon and we share a moment of clarity. We know we want to have this baby at home and we know the chances are good that the midwife won't make it on time. And we are okay.

Now. I don't understand how women don't know they are pushing out a baby. But somehow I didn't realize I was pushing out a baby. I just know that my mom walked in to ask how I was doing (she had just arrived to make sure if the toddler woke up he'd have someone attending him). I looked at her and said things were "not fun" and then all of a sudden I yelled that she needed to find Trevor...NOW.


I was (still) sitting on the toilet. And there was a baby's head beginning to emerge. Dangerously close to a very small porcelain birth tub. My husband walks in like he knows exactly what to do, giving both me and my mother instructions (me to get off the toilet and her to get towels). With the next contraction he catches our son's head which was still contained in the amniotic sac. Another contraction—the sac breaks and we hear a little war cry as our baby gracefully falls into his hands.


It was just after midnight. That garden hose had managed to fill the tub a whole 8". Just like my first birth, I looked over at the tub with jealous eyes thinking "it sure would have been nice to use you". But alas, all was well and I was comfortably laying on my bed snuggling my sweet babe. The birth assistant arrived within 15 minutes of the birth and my midwife about an hour after. They both did a great job caring for us and cleaning everything (there was surprisingly little to clean actually). Postpartum care lasted about three hours and we laid down around 3:30am to sleep. Gunnar had slept through a rather noisy ordeal just across the hall—until 4:30am when Arden made a small cry. He walks into our room and says "BAY BAY". We introduce them and then my dear dear husband gets up to play with our toddler so I can rest.


While we didn't *quite* get the relaxing stress-free birth we intended, it was an amazing experience. I feel honored to have my husband at my side to experience such craziness. He is my champion always. We named our second son, Arden—which is a Celtic name meaning eager/ardent. Skillman is my paternal grandfather (whom I was never able to meet) and an ancient Norse name meaning trustworthy. Arden was born on January 3rd at midnight, weighing 7 lbs 2 oz and 20.5" long. He's also real cute.

I am hopelessly in love with all three of my boys and look forward to watching my babies grow up as brothers together.

Photography by Smiling Eyes Photo

Wednesday
Jan062016

winter maternity + family session

HAD to share these amazing photos that I will cherish my whole life! I had no idea how much I'd appreciate them—having captured these moments of our family. My sister-in-law did such an incredible job. If anyone lives in the Denver/Fort Collins area, you won't be disappointed!

Photography by Smiling Eyes Photo

Friday
Dec252015

merry christmas

Wishing everyone a beautiful Christmas full of love & laughter.

Wednesday
May062015

party animal birthday party

It's all fur and fuzzies at this party! My handsome little fella turned one and we partied like animals to celebrate!

Party activities included picking out an animal outfit and face painting to match. I bought the ears from Partyears and made corresponding tails. For the face paint, I used the homemade recipe from Mommypotamus. Agh I just loved how stinking adorable the animal outfits turned out!

A highlight of the party was our second guest of honor, Louie the rabbit. Do not be fooled—this rabbit is as big as a medium sized dog. He is sooooo amazing and a huge hit with the kiddos! Also, there were two sets of twins at the party. They make the best cute party accessories.

The food table was not complete without animal crackers & cake batter dip. I tried to limit the sugars and unhealthy foods, so I tried out this recipe by Desserts With Benefits—it was DELICIOUS.

It was such an amazing day celebrating our little man with family & friends. He had a ball and devoured his smash cake. And I, of course, had a ball putting this all together. Nothing I love more than a fun party concept coming together! Don't you agree?!

Tuesday
Apr282015

my babe turned one

I'm blogging! There must be pigs in the sky. But how could I resist showing off this little light of my life?!!!!

It's been over a year since this insane day happened—and yet it feels like yesterday. Party pics coming soon!

Tuesday
Dec162014

8 months old ::: gunnar james

My little sprout is eight months old! This warrants a mini shoot. In the midst of the bustle of Christmas moving into our new home. He sure is a distraction. But I don't mind catering to his every flinch. Not one bit.

He has a complex range of emotions, this being the pensive one. Absolute genius I tell you.

Agh I love that face sooo much!

Monday
Oct272014

first halloween ::: mini rooster

Just added one more urban chicky to our flock. The most adorable poultry that ever was.

I adore all things chicken, so naturally when given the opportunity for a baby Halloween costume I went for the mini rooster. It's also fitting since he usually starts crowing & squawking between 5-5:30am.

He is thrilled, can't you tell?

I converted our Tula carrier for babywearing in Halloween style. A farmer and his chicken. Agh! They are THE CUTEST. Oh, how I love them so.

Enjoy your costume festivities this week!

Hat was purchased from Shop CCC, the striped leggings from Little Foot Boutique, and the "feathers" I bought from the fabric store.

Thursday
Sep182014

birth announcement ::: hand drawn type

It recently occured to me that I never posted my baby's birth announcement. To be honest, many things are overlooked these days...caring for babies is all-consuming much of the time (who knew?)!

For this announcement I had done a little pre-planning while pregnant, but after the birth nothing seemed to fit quite right. I needed to illustrate in some way his out of control story. While I don't consider myself a type illustrator in the least, I do like how these turned out. Aaaannnnndddd I now think my 4 week old baby is not as cute as he was at the time. Hahaha he is SO much cuter now!

Hope you all are well!

Wednesday
Aug132014

girly pink confetti shower

An exciting project for your viewing pleasure! Recently I co-hosted a sweet baby shower for a dear friend. Since my baby was a boy, I was able to channel any unfulfilled girlish obsessions into this event. Which means a lot of pink, flowers, confetti, and lace!

We kept things fairly simple, but still colorful & feminine. This could easily be a bridal shower (I'm not super into "baby" themes). Food was a simple combination of finger foods and spice cake cupcakes. I made these intricate little tissue paper flower toppers and they were SO PRETTY. Paper flowers are my spiritual gift people. We didn't intentionally top the cupcakes with flowers & nuts, but I do find it hilarious.

For activities we had the clothespin game, where you lose your pin if someone catches you saying a forbidden word (ie. baby, due, cute, etc). The person with the most pins is the winner. Another activity was baby price is right. Always more entertaining than it sounds, and mom gets to keep the goodies! Lastly we had "decorate a diaper". No filters allowed on this one—the more humor the better! New parents need a reason to smile when changing diapers at 3am.

Favors were a bag of PINK strawberry coconut popcorn for the road. Yum!

That about covers it all! These pictures make me miss the tissue paper confetti—it's just so fun! I even stuffed the invites with it. And I still love the pink/coral color palette, though only in small doses.

It was a sweet day celebrating a precious little bundle. Definitely gave me my fill of pink & posh. Now hurry up Little Miss D, I can't wait to meet you!

Photography by me. Paper products available in my shop. Paper straws from Shop Sweet Lulu. Painterly party cups diy from Design*Sponge.

Monday
Aug042014

4 months

Oh how I wished I blogged more! This ball of pudge is clearly no longer a newborn squish. It's true what they say, the days are long but the years (months) are short.

Just shy of four months old, Gunnar loves to smile & giggle. He is so chill and SUCH a chunker. Probably because he loves to eat a lot. I love that he often holds my hand while nursing. His face still melts my heart at every opportunity. Currently he does not enjoy tummy time, rolling over, or naps....I'm holding out that he might some day. Luckily he prefers the potty over his diapers, which should come in handy in the future. He enjoys being worn, shaking his keyring, storytime, walks & exploring the world, making faces at momma & daddy, growling, and being my little photo prop. (As evidenced on my instagram feed)

My days are spent nurturing this little guy. I'm a lucky gal.