One Month Young

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How are you doing? The most popular question for new parents.

My response every time is….adjusting. Survival mode. The first week you are running on adrenaline. You just created life, gave birth to a beautiful baby and you feel on top of the world. You are going through the motions and you have A LOT of visitors and no time to process. Week two you are coming down off the high and starting to realize you have a VERY different but a very great new life. You try to start figuring out how you will adjust and I still struggled with forming a STRONG bond with my baby girl. Yes, I loved her to pieces and could stare at her all day but she was also this tiny little stranger who came into my life. The beginning of week three was the hardest. I had my first breakdown. We thought Olivia may be getting colic – which are episodes of nonstop crying for no apparent reason and you can do nothing, nothing to stop it – and I couldn’t really cope. She would start right around 7pm right when Bud was finally home from work and we could spend some time together decompressing after a long day at work/home. I wanted to cry, scream or leave. She eventually grew out of these night time spells or we just adjusted…there is that word again. Week four was my best week. I felt like I was finally “getting it”. Sleep was becoming a bit more routine, she was great at nursing or I was just used to having a baby attached to me 24/7 and we were moving in the right direction. We were parents with a sweet baby girl!

Speaking of nursing…no one REALLY tells you how intense it is. You cant do anything without tracking time or worrying that she will need to feed and it makes you cranky and mad at your husband (because their freedom and ability to drink IPA’s becomes an annoyance to you). The baby is literally attached to your boob every hour and its draining. So going to Walmart becomes as exciting and as much fun as a ten day trip to Hawaii. My advice is to mentally prepare as best as you can before the baby arrives, commit to the job and download a nursing app on your phone!

Did I mention she rolled over several times starting week three – amazing. Proud Momma moment.

Olivia has become an amazing part of our world. We have also made her adjust :) to our world. She went to lunch the first week she was born, went out around the neighborhood in the stroller, took trips to SAMS club, Gigi’s house and weekend getaways to the lake.

We are lucky parents to one special girl. Bud has been a rockstar and a champion at diaper changing. He loves to say “Hi Beautiful” on repeat every time he sees that sweet face. He gives me time every day to relax and have my glass of wine. #Fatheroftheyear





Spring Brings New Life Into The World Around Us // Olivia Ann Petit

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It’s a GIRL! 03.26.2015

It’s been almost a week since lil Liv has arrived into this great big world and its been a whirlwind. Feeling so grateful and so tired while trying to soak up every moment with this sweet baby girl. We are so happy she is finally here!

I had been to the doctor that morning for my weekly checkup and little progress was being made. I was barely dilated and my due date was still a few days away. The doctor had scheduled me for an ultrasound that next week and told me he was hopeful she would arrive on or near my due date. I went home that night and we had our first spring storm and tornados were touching down not far away (sound similar to our wedding night?). The local news took over our tv with weather updates so we decided to get into bed early and get caught up on the last few episodes of House Of Cards. I passed out around 9:00 not expecting a thing and feeling completely like myself…

2:30 AM

I woke up feeling sick and not quite right. I got up to use the restroom and walk around thinking I may FINALLY be having braxton hicks. I was kind of excited about it. After thirty minutes I realized it may be more than that. I woke up Bud and told him I thought I could be having contractions and asked him to run me a hot bath.

3:00 AM

I was in the bath and having contractions about every 3-4 minutes but wasn’t really convinced I could be in full labor. I had Bud call my Mom and ask her to head over because we may be having this baby.

4:30 AM

My Mother took about an hour to come over because she stopped at Walgreens to purchase essential oils to help with labor – typical Mel behavior. I was now having contractions about every 2-3 minutes and they were intense. I curled up in bed while Bud packed his bag frantically – he told me he did it a week ago – and they got me in the car to head to the hospital. It was complete amateur hour trying to make it to Cox since Bud forgot how to get to the place we had been going the last 9 months :)

5:15 AM

Bud ran in to the hospital to get me a wheelchair and checked in to labor & delivery. I kept telling the nurses checking me in that I just didn’t feel well. I thought I needed an epidural and something was wrong. They finally got me into triage to see what stage of labor I was in. I was getting physically ill. I kept asking them to hurry and check me but there wasn’t a sense of urgency. Once the nurse did check me she had a confused look on her face while she asked me if this was my first child. When I told her yes she let me know I was dilated to an 8 and we needed to get to labor and delivery, the baby was coming soon.

After that things happened very fast. My Mom & Bud were both by my side during the delivery. They also let me know I had no time for an epidural, it was too late. My Dad happened to make it up to the hospital right in time to hop in the room and give me a kiss – at that point they asked him to leave because I was going to start pushing in five minutes. I told them I wasn’t ready ha. Still in shock. Ready or not I had to start pushing.

6:34 AM

Olivia Ann Petit was born weighing 6lb 15 oz and 19 1\4 inches long. She was a GIRL and had a lot of hair. She came into this world FAST and furious and looking just like her Daddy. I was (and still could be) in shock that I had this beautiful baby girl. Bud was awesome by my side and hasn’t left it since.

Welcome to the world baby girl, we love you!

Olivia \o-li-via\ as a girl’s name is pronounced oh-LIV-ee-ah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Olivia is “olive tree”. Coined by Shakespeare as the name of a much-wooed aristocrat in his play “Twelfth Night” (1599). He may have derived the name from the olive plant, or as a feminine form of Oliver. Biblical: the olive tree is a symbol of fruitfulness, beauty, and dignity. Today, “extending an olive branch” traditionally signifies an offer of peace.

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The First Trimester

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I am sitting here FINALLY writing about my pregnancy as my first trimester ends. It could be the fact that it has not seemed real yet or that I officially had to wear a pair of maternity pants today (and I wonder why I haven’t worn these before, to pizza buffets).

JULY 17th – the day I found out I was pregnant. You could say this pregnancy was accidentally not on accident. We knew we wanted a family…one day but we also wanted to go to Spain and drink wine and eat tapas all day, get settled in our new jobs, new home and new city first. Life happens. I was so not expecting to be pregnant that I actually ran on my lunch break and just took a pregnancy test in our office bathroom. I knew something was wrong that day because my hormones were so crazy I wanted to go Nicolas Cage on someone and punch them in the face. What a surprise that was to see two faint lines instead of one. Which I convinced myself was too light to be two. I had to call my Mom right away (yes, she found out before Bud maybe a long with a few of my girlfriends but I had to wait to tell him in person). That night I was finally able to tell Bud, excited of course as we took two more test with a digital “pregnant” confirmation. Pregnancy really is one of those things you can’t prepare for and will find yourself thinking “if we wait until were ready we’ll be waiting forever“. The next day he surprised me with flowers and candy and the first trimester began…

FIRST TRIMESTER (or semester as Bud calls it) – I wish I could say it has been all roses and rainbows. My pregnancy so far has not been half as bad as some women have it, thank god I wasn’t running to the bathroom throwing up everyday. Starting around week five I was hit with extreme nausea, exhaustion and raging hormones. That didn’t change until about a week ago. Smells sent me running into the other room dry heaving (coffee, garlic, meat etc.). My aversions were awful, I lived on anything that was white in color or a carb. Everyday I ate oatmeal, baked potatoes, pudding, applesauce and macaroni and cheese. The sight of pizza or pasta sent me over the edge. Pizza is my staple and my life, this one was hard to deal with. My emotions were unstable and I was so exhausted that I felt like I had run a marathon My husband, Bud, was a real trooper. He cleaned everyday while I laid on the couch, waited on me butler style and listened to me everyday while I cried or yelled. I couldn’t be happier to be making a baby with this guy, he has always loved me unconditionally unlike anyone else through good and bad and I am so thankful for that. He is going to be more than great at being a Dad. #DADSTER

We have decided we will not be finding out the gender of our little Baby P. There are few surprises left in the world and we are excited about this one! It may also help me keep my extreme shopping habit under control…or at least until Baby P gets here.





Settled on Arlington

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We didn’t expect to find a home so quickly but we lucked out. We are closing this Thursday! A cute home on Arlington Ave 😊 I can’t wait to post some home decor photos once we get settled.




Farm To Table

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Big city experience for a small town price. Chef Craig Van Forrester from Big Sur, California delivered an amazing 6 course dinner brought to us by local farmers.

Favorite course: Mussels. A chorizo-gremolata, sake-ginger & Dijon-cream from Ozark Mountain Creamery. I used my bread to soak up every last drop.