Sunday, July 29, 2012

I Promise...

Dear little Noah,

I promise....

to be a strong, confident mother who always has your best interest at heart.

to love you unconditionally.

to love your father at all times whether it's easy or a choice.

to teach you how to treat others with respect.

to save your life on multiple occasions from your helping big sister.

to NOT show the general public pictures of you after lilly has dressed you up.

to tend to your every boo boo.

to let you SAVE ME from every snake, bug, and creature.

to not give  your "part" a weird nickname that you assume is normal terminology.

to sing to you every night.

to hold you a *little* bit longer.

to show you how to open doors and say yes mam.

to cheer on your every move.

to read to you every day.

to be amazed by you.

to give you a wet-hair fauxhawk, snap adorable pictures, and know that you are by. far. the cutest little baby with that 'do.

to pretend that the farting and belching is disgusting ( even though I think it's funny too...)

to expect extra hugs and kisses cause I'm the momma.

to be involved in your life and present during our conversations.

to see you as an individual and not to compare your every move to your sister's.

to teach you about Jesus' love for you and allow you opportunities to see it daily.

to tell you how strong you are.

to not expect perfection.

to encourage you to try new things.

to NEVER allow socks and sandals, negative message shirts ( sister for sale,  dog ate my homework, here comes trouble..), or sweatpants to school after the age of 7. Don't worry buddy, the fashion rules for sister are MUCH more lengthy..

to be your advocate

to show you how proud I am of you.

to allow you to be "all-boy" but not allow "boys will be boys" as an acceptable excuse for poor behavior.

to love you for always.

My world was  forever changed with your first cry. Thank you for letting me be a mommy again. My heart is joyous and full. Welcome to our family!  Our God has  big plans for you, little one, and I'm honored to get to see how they unfold. 


click here to see my promises to lilly almost three years ago. gah.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

meet mr. noah ((his birth story))

I have a little someone I'd like you to meet. :)

Say hello to Mister Noah Hayden!

He was born July 7th at 6:35 pm. He was 8 lbs 13 oz and 20 in. long.

Side note? Why do we always feel the need to share the birth stats? Pretty sure the only people that care about them are the parents and nanas. So--that's for you nana and mom! :)

On the day Noah was born I woke up in a great mood--which was a pleasant surprise to my husband because prior to this day I'd say I woke up in a  foul and sour mood 75% of the time. I  consistently "don't do mornings" and REALLY don't do mornings when pregnant.  I had a fun ME morning planned --target, iced coffee, and hair salon. SLAM DUNK, right?  This morning was my gift to myself--Noah was scheduled to appear in 4 days via c-section and I wanted to soak up some last minute  of SELF INDULGENCE.

After a GLORIOUS morning with frequent minor blips of contractions I headed home to family. I'm sure you'll be sarcastically surprised to hear how HOT it was outside but I vividly remember looking at my car thermometer and it reading 106 degrees and thinking GOOD LORD I CANNOT DO ONE MORE BLIPPIN DAY OF THIS MADNESS.

I pulled in the driveway, walked in the house and my water broke.


Having my water break on my own answered several prayers for me. One of my biggest disappointments with lilly's birth was that I never got to experience any of the natural childbirth symptoms. When my dr. ordered a repeat section for Noah I was once again just a little bummed about the thought of birthing two babies and not really feeling the "pains of childbirth".  So when my water broke on my own I was freaking out and praising God. It was kinda fun to  say the "'s tiiiiimmmmeeeee".  I'm so grateful for that moment and I thank the Lord for that.

I immediately went into  Bad Mambajamba Go Mode while Scott frantically BEGAN to pack.  I remember kneeling down to tell Lilly that  her that her baby brother was coming--she looked up at me and with big eyes said "We better get READY!!" and she proceeded to pretend to paint my toenails with a q-tip while I finished up packing. I'm so happy she has her priorities straight.

We arrived at the hospital around 1:00 and waited for my doctor to drive home from chicago. I cannot speak enough praises about my OB. SHE DROVE HOME FROM CHICAGO------to deliver my child. I would have her baby if I could.

I've always been a creature of control. I like to know what's going on, how I'll feel, what comes next, what happens later, and  so on. I thought for sure this second section would be a breeze. I KNEW what to expect and there weren't any foreseen surprises. Maybe it was the thoughts of my life changing drastically, or the unexpected feelings of "WHAT HAVE WE DONE" to our family, or even the fact that the anesthesiologist was just a liiiittttlleee creepy looking--but when I walked into the OR I kinda freaked. And  let me elaborate by saying  kinda---i mean I started crying uncontrollably.  I was so embarrassed. I'd DONE this before.  But for whatever reason I had a little freak out sesh right there on the OR table. I'm a fool to think I'm the only one that's been a little anxiety ridden before having a baby---but I expected myself to be stronger. Once Scott was able to enter the room again and hold my hand I was immediately calm again.  I needed my baby daddy. ;)

Noah was born squawking and screaming just like his big sister at 6:35.  At birth he looked remarkably like his sister only a full POUND AND A HALF HEAVIER. He lovingly earned the nickname tank from the nursing staff and we have kissed those chubby cheeks ad-nauseum since meeting him.

Lilly was so excited to meet her little brother. However did not want to leave the waiting room to meet him because SOMEONE brought her the mother of all sticker books.  And honestly neither would I---700 Melissa and Doug stickers---seriously, Aunt Angie?!?! :)

Once the tears stopped--she was happy to hold her baby and snuggle in with her new family member. The first thing she said to him was "awe he so chute" and she says that same phrase repeatedly 20 times a day. A cute reminder of the day three became four.

We are home and completely smitten by our little man. We are also reallllllllllly tired.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

daily snaps v.2

That countdown should now say 4.:)

things the month of june taught me.

1.  culver's has the best marshmallow milk shakes
2. a two year old summer is magical
3. squeezable applesauce is a FANTASTIC invention.
4. visits to your college hometown will make you feel young and old at the same time.
5. i had NO idea what hot meant until this summer.

Happy Friday, friends!!

oh, and i'm lauralillypie on instagram if ya care to join.  the month of july will be full of little squishy baby pictures. ;)

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

our shared nursery tour ((toddler and baby))

welcome to lilly and baby N's room! enjoy the tour and photo overload. all print/artwork/etc links can be found at the bottom of the post.

our snug little home needed to make room for one more. my grand plans included repainting my daughter's room--but alas husband talked me out of it. perhaps we will get around to repainting once the fall rolls around....

the concept of the room was to be exploration/adventure. i tried to stick with my love of handmade/vintage feel of the room. it was hard making the room feel "boy" has my taste is defffinnneettlly girly.  scott insisted on the pennant above mister's crib. i wasn't the biggest fan at first---but now wouldn't have it any other way.

lilly loves her room and hopefully in a few days so will little N.  :)


in case you're curious...

iu pennant and sock monkey :  iu bookstore on kirkwood
book shelves: ikea
globe: thrifted
mini-bunting: paint chip pinterest project
God Loves You Print: Dazey Chic
Birth Annoucement Print : Almost Sunday Designs
Map with heart: Local Indianapolis map inspired by this pin on pinterest!
What Will You Do...print: Katie Daisy ((my absolute FAVORITE artist))
 yarn N and bike print: me :)
butteryfly mobile: pottery barn
All linens, pillows, and bedding: handmade by my mother in law

Sunday, July 1, 2012

weekly lillypie shop update ((rolled rose necklaces galore))

Didja know that I am 8 days away from delivering a baby? Holy mother he's coming sooooooon!!! Yesterday I sat down with a large glass of lemonade and made a handful of pretty rolled rose necklaces for you. Since going Ready to Ship earlier this month I have received lots of requests for these  necklaces. I am so eager to please my loyal cusomers so here ya go ladies!

((fun colors left to right))
raspberry, white, turquoise, cantelope, and bright blue
All necklaces are READY TO SHIP and listed for purchase in my SHOP

 If you can't decide which necklace would suit you best---do as the toddler crowd does and choose em' all!

lookin good lils.

Limited quanities available---don't wait or some hoochie will get your fave before you. I hate me some hoochies! ;)