6.14.2019

Luka's Birth Story



















In honor of Luka being one month old today, I thought I'd better get his birth story up so I'll never forget any of it! I can't believe it has already been a month since he has been here with us.  The last month of being pregnant seemed longer than the WHOLE pregnancy. And now, time is just flying so fast again.  

My due date was May 20th. I was planning on getting induced that day if he hadn't come already before then. My body was already dilating but no signs of labor.  I was doing all the old tricks to get him to come early but nothing was working!! I went to my 38 week appt and had them strip my membranes with hopes of putting me into labor sooner.  But nothing came of it.  A few days before I turned 39 weeks, I was feeling horrible and in so much pain all the time.  I had no energy to do anything and just felt useless.  I was so ready to meet my baby.  I called my OB office and asked if I could change my induction date for May 14th instead.  Luckily it was open that day!  The night before I called the hospital to see what time to go in and they told me to plan on 7:30 AM but to call before I came in to make sure.  That night I didn't sleep AT ALL!! My adrenaline and excitement was already going and there was no way I was falling asleep.  I had showered, got ready, ate breakfast all by 6 AM and then called the hospital. My heart dropped and I broke into tears when they told me that they had a ton of people go into labor through the night and that I would need to be on call for the day. NOOOOOO!!! As silly as it sounds, I was SO crushed! I layed on the floor, cried all my makeup off and felt like I was never going to have this baby. 

It was 1 pm when they called me to get there by 2pm. Umm finally!! I get into the hospital and from that point on, everything literally went perfect. I was already dilated to a 4 by myself. I got the epidural right away and felt so amazing! The doctor came in and broke my water and we just waited! It was a few hours later that I started shaking really bad and couldn't control it.  Then I started feeling a lot of pressure from contractions.  Everything went super fast after that and the doctor came in and prepped to deliver the baby.  This is my all time favorite part of the hospital experience and always dream about this moment the whole pregnancy.  The excitement is unreal and its truly the most happy times of my life.  The doctor told me to push and right away he said the baby would be out in the next two contractions!  I was SO SHOCKED!! I was expecting to push for at least an hour!!! Tyson and the nurses were cheering me on because they could already see the baby!! You better believe I pushed so dang hard after that and 6 minutes later, Luka Wils made his debut!  I always wondered if I would have the same emotion that I had when Nixon was born since that was my first baby. And oh my gosh, it was just as amazing and indescribable.  I was the happiest person in the world just blubbering away.  My first thought was, where the heck did all his dark hair come from!!? I did not expect that!! Nixon had no hair the first two years of his life! Anyways, I told the nurse I wanted to do skin to skin and she made that happen right away in the midst of the chaos.  I appreciated that so much and those were the best moments having him lay on my chest for a good hour before anyone took him away from me. He was acting hungry and latched on right away. It was pure heaven. We did it.  We made it through the 9 months of pregnancy and I would do it a million times over again for him! Since this was late at night, it wasn't until the next morning that Nixon came to meet baby brother.  I was so anxious and excited for this moment too!  When Nixon came running in, he jumped on the bed with me and didn't even notice I was holding Luka haha. It took him a minute to see him and he instantly was so happy and totally knew that was the "baby brother" that was in my belly all along. It was sooo precious and I'll have those memories engrained forever. 

Happy One Month Sweet Boy!!! We LOVE YOU!!!!

   

8.10.2018

NIXON'S TWO SWEET BUBBLE PARTY















Another birthday party in the books for Nixon!  We still can't believe he is already 2 especially since it feels like we just threw him his first birthday party which you can see here!  As I was thinking of a theme, bubbles came to mind. I have never been one into character or toy themed parties so I wanted to do something a little more simple.  We also were able to use my mother in law's gorgeous back yard for the occasion which worked perfectly!

Before I went shopping for this party, I knew exactly the color scheme I was wanting but wasn't too sure on the type of decorations I was looking for. Zurcher's party store has always been my go to for any type of party I am throwing.  They literally have everything you are looking for in a one stop shop!  When I walked into Zurcher's, it was so easy to find all the colors I needed as well as decorations to keep the theme. The main focus of the party was going to be the treat table.  I wanted that to be the statement piece and the way I started was with the balloon arch.  I used all the different shades of Zurcher's balloons to create the first look.  From there I was able to add in all the fun party decor, food trays, apothecary jars and treat cups to finish the look! So happy with how it turned out and high hopes for another amazing year!  Also, all of the party decor can be found in store or online at Zurcher's where you can see the feature of this party on the home page! 


xo,
hayley


7.10.2018

NOMATIC TAKES OKINAWA









Tyson, Nixon and I were so lucky to have such an amazing trip to Japan! We love reminiscing on this trip and what a GORGEOUS place Okinawa is!!! I still can't believe sometimes how we managed to take Nixon all the way to the other side of the world but I am so glad we did it! When it came to packing for this trip, I needed to be as organized a possible because I had SO MUCH to bring for both Nixon and me. Not only did I have all of our clothes to bring, but toys for Nixon, activities for the travel, snacks, books, diapers and wipes.  We came across these amazing travel bags by Nomatic.  If you guys haven't seen these yet, you've got to go check them out.  I have never felt so organized in my life.  There are so many pouches, bags inside of the bags, and compartments where I was able to separate everything by category.  We had so many people asking us through the airport about these bags and of course we told them our honest opinion about how they are just flat out the best travel bag to have.  To give you an idea, here are some of the compartments it has: laundry bag, book pocket, water bottle pocket, laptop and tablet pockets, shoe compartment, underwear compartment and valuables pocket to just name a few!! Click here to check out all the details of these bags and you'll be convinced to get one for your next trip!! 


xo,
hayley

5.24.2018

THE TOP CONVERTABLE CARSEAT














Happy Thursday!  This morning was the start to a busy day where Nixon and I hopped in the car with Tyson to take him to the train station for work and then off to run some errands!  We have been doing a lot of traveling this month and have one more trip we will be leaving on tomorrow!  We will be heading down to southern California where I grew up to spend Memorial Day weekend and to attend my little sister's wedding open house! 

I wanted to jump on here today so I can tell you about this new convertable carseat we have been using for Nixon that is a game changer.  We had been using a different brand in the past but I didn't love how hard it was to get the carseat stable and secure.  This new carseat we have been using is called the Cybex Sirona M with Sensorsafe 2.0. What is amazing about this carseat is that it has integrated important safety technology into the chest clip of the carseat so that you will be alerted when unsafe situations arise.  This means that if your child were to unbuckle themselves, or if you were to accidentally leave your child alone in the car, the essential alert will go off through both the vehicle receiver and the caregiver's cellphone.  There is an app to download but you do not have to have the app to receive alerts.  I love how this technology lets you leave all your worries at the door when heading out on the start to a busy day! 

Honestly, this is a must have carseat that I have loved for Nixon and feel that he is the most safe in.  It locks into the car with a base already installed that allows the carseat to be completely stable with no rocking movement at every turn or bump.  Any extra safety features are always a huge plus when it comes to protecting your littles lives!  I hope you enjoy this Cybex Sirona M carseat as much as we do!!


Thank you to Cybex for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own. #ad

xo,
hayley 

1.18.2018

BEDDY'S- ZIPPER BEDDING MUST HAVE










Hi you guys!! Happy Thursday!! Today I wanted to share with you one the most amazing things I've recently added to my home that I just can't keep a secret!! I've recently been putting together the guest bedroom in our house and came across Beddy's. They seriously have developed the most genius idea when it comes to bedding.  Everyone wants their bed to look good all the time but the actual "making" of the bed just sucks. Well not anymore!!! Lets just say that zipper bedding is the most amazing thing ever!!! How it works is your bedding comes in one piece.  You place the whole thing on like you would with a fitted sheet. When you get into bed, you pull down the zipper thats located on both sides of the bed, and there you have your sheet on the bottom, and a soft minky blanket material on top. So pretty much I am so hooked, want one for every single bed in my house, and LOVE making the bed!! Click here for the exact bedding that I have.  I also want this one too!  I promise you guys are going to LOVE this bedding and will be so hooked and just want to tell everybody! 


xo,
hayley