Wednesday, April 18, 2018

My spring baby is ONE and my heart is so full! This milestone is not nearly as hard for me as when Olive turned one. I didn't know then what I had to look forward to after the first year and I felt a little sad that the "newborn" stage was over already and we were heading into the toddler years. This time around I am just so happy to celebrate Rosie's first year of life and excited to see her start walking and talking and interacting more with us!
It took a lot of convincing (myself) to sit down and write Ro's birth story - I'm much more of a dreamer and an artist than I am a writer, but I know that a year (or 10!) from now I may read through these old posts and be glad I did. So here we go. 

It was April 17, the last day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread and Isaac was off work. We decided to walk the greenway before dinner - as soon as we got in the car I felt my contractions starting. I knew right then we would probably be meeting our baby girl in the next 24 hrs - I had a hunch she would be born April 18. 
The contractions were frequent, but easy. We watched Grey's Anatomy that evening. I remember turning to Isaac and saying, "This is so easy! Maybe these are actually huge contractions and my body just knows what to do this time around so it feels easy!" He did not seem convinced. 
A little more Grey's Anatomy and we were ready for bed. My midwife checked me and I was at 5cm. I told her I felt fine. She decided to sleep on the couch, just in case. After a quiet night she slipped out early in the morning before we woke. 
I had muesli for breakfast and felt my contractions pick up again once I started moving around. Isaac got our birthing pool blown up and Dad picked up Olive so Isaac could focus on ME!
I spent the morning in and out of the pool laughing and talking with Isaac and my midwives between contractions. 
My hopes that I would sail through this birth without any/much discomfort were dashed at 11am when after a whopping contraction I burst into tears at the kitchen table. I think my midwife must have thought that was a good sign because she whipped out her pen and made a note on her chart as if to say, "Good. Progress." 
By 1:30 I was hoping and praying each contraction was the last one. I needed a little energy to make it to the finish line... we put on Bob Marley and ordered some Thai food. 
1:52 - My body started pushing and I started yelling! We freaked out the Thai food delivery guy who arrived mid-roar. For a split second, fear swept over me. I felt so small and weak and afraid. I told Isaac I wasn't sure I could do it. I prayed out loud for strength and reminded myself this is my race and I AM AT THE FINISH LINE.
2:00 - head crowning.
2:01 - welcome to the world, Rosie Jewell! 

Welcome, little Rosie, to this breathtaking world! We have been waiting so long to meet you. Waiting to see your perfect face, to brush your cheek and smell your skin. Waiting to hear the sound of your cry, to kiss you, to feel your fingers wrap around ours. Waiting to hold you, to rock you to sleep. We have been counting down the months, the days, the weeks, the hours until this moment. And now it is here! You are the fruit of our love. You are a miracle. You are a gift from God. You are ours. 

Read Olive's birth story here =) 


Friday, April 13, 2018

Hello! It's been a while! I took a little break from blogging for about a year to focus my energy on caring for a newborn and adapting to life with two little ones, but now that I'm sleeping a solid 8+ hrs every night and the girls enjoy a good afternoon nap, I'm thinking about visiting this space a little more... we'll see =)

Our daughter, Rosie, was born last April and we are loving life with two little girls! Here are some photos I took on my due date at 40 weeks. I never got around to sharing them because she arrived just a few days later! I might share some photos of her birth and those magical first 24 hrs a bit later. Should I write her birth story?

Hope you all are well! xo Christine



Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Not long ago I posted 10 gift ideas for a mama-to-be. Today I'm sharing a few gift ideas that are a little more baby centered. Baby showers are typically filled with lots of blankets and onesies and maybe a diaper cake. If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind gift or something a little out of the ordinary keep reading. =)


I love love love the knit dolls from Cuddle and Kind! They are a wonderful family-owned company helping feed children in need - every doll sold provides 10 meals! You can read more about their mission here. Another really adorable doll company is Hazel Village. So unique and sweet!

Babywearing is so big right now! There are a bunch of companies that make beautiful slings and wraps but my favorites are Solly Baby and Wildbird.

A swaddle might not seem like a unique gift but when you see the ones from The Ollie World or Little Unicorn (also love their muslin quilts and crib sheets!) you might change your mind! And I can't get enough of the knotted gowns from Candy Kirby Designs! Add. To. Cart. haha

While I've never used one, I think they are precious! RH Baby & Child has a bunch but also check out Plum + Sparrow for more of a bohemian look.

I found Wash with Water on Instagram and love everything they are about! Made in the USA, vegan, cruelty free, hypoallergenic and family-owned! Their products have glowing reviews - I don't think you can go wrong with anything from this company and I don't know a mama that wouldn't love to receive this pretty little gift set

Is there anything more sweet and beautiful than those first few hours/days/weeks with a sleepy newborn?! I can't tell you how many times I've pulled out my box of photos to look through all of Olive's baby pictures. I took hundreds and still don't feel like I have enough. Loving this candid shoot in the hospital and this one done at home.

A new tech toy on the market and perfect for first time mamas. It's a little pricier than a pack of onesies but definitely just as useful! The Owlet tracks your baby's heart rate and oxygen levels and alerts you if they fall out of a preset range. Olive was such a sound sleeper when she was born and Isaac and I couldn't even tell she was breathing she would sleep so still - this would have helped us relax knowing she was fine and we didn't need to worry. 

Love my Puj tub so much! I think it was my first purchase when we were expecting Olive and definitely worth every penny. New mamas do not need to be bending over bath tubs! Get a Puj. It will save your back and make bath time so so fun! 

Wooden toys are classic and basically last forever. I'm a huge fan! If you follow me on Insta you probably saw me gushing about these gorgeous wooden blocks we got Olive for Christmas! They are soooo pretty! Land of Nod has a great selection of wooden toys for babes of all ranges.

I grew up on Winnie the Pooh and Beatrix Potter (didn't we all?) and I can't wait to share those same wonderful stories with my baby girls. Absolutely loving this hardback copy of The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter, this one of The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh, this sweet gift set, and this board book set! You can't go wrong with the classics!



Sunday, February 19, 2017

Today I'm sharing some maternity photos we took on our babymoon in New England a couple weeks ago. It snowed the day we arrived and made everything look so beautiful and wintery. It was cold and windy but absolutely breathtaking standing on these cliffs watching the water crash on the rocks. I'm pretty sure we could have spent the whole day out here!

Our winter babymoon was everything we hoped for! We spent a few days at the Vanderbilt Grace hotel in Newport, RI and got so spoiled and pampered by the staff there! They were all so friendly and took really good care of us. Isaac had arranged for chocolate covered strawberries and drinks in our room when we arrived and a couples massage for later in the week. We did the Cliff Walk (where these pictures were taken), toured Rosecliff Mansion (so pretty!), and went ice skating outdoors at night under a million stars and dozens of twinkle lights! We found plenty of gluten free options at local cafes and restaurants and really enjoyed slowing down and taking time to relax. It felt like we were dating again walking (& skating!) hand in hand just talking and dreaming about our future. =)

Big hugs and thank you to my sister and her husband for staying with Olive while we were gone! They took such good care of our baby and definitely helped make my first time away from her as easy as possible!

Hope you all have a beautiful week! xoxo Christine


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Maybe it's because I'm pregnant, but everywhere I look I'm seeing pregnant mamas and newborns! I love it. I have several friends on Instagram that are due within just a month or two of me and I love following all their sweet bump pictures. I can't wait for my feed to fill up with (even more) adorable babies! Here are some fun gift ideas to spoil the bumpie in your life that go beyond the baby store gift card. =)


I was so spoiled to have received multiple prenatal massages during my last pregnancy! I absolutely love them and feel like they are such a fun splurge for a mother whose body is going through some serious changes in a short amount of time. If you're local to Charlotte Urbana Wellness Spa offers a great prenatal massage.

I follow Mama Body Tea on Instagram and love the idea behind their organic herbal teas for pregnancy, breastfeeding and motherhood. They have some really pretty gift packages to choose from, too!

My friend recently gifted me a whole box of bath bombs and I am completely giddy over them! Taking a long hot soak after Olive goes to bed has become a weekly tradition during this pregnancy and I love throwing in a fizzy bath bomb packed with all kinds of goodies to make my skin soft and glowy. I've been drooling over Free People's bath salts and soaks, too - any of them would make a pretty gift!

I've talked about my love of Lucy Darling's baby memory books on the blog before - they are such a sweet, pretty way to remember the milestones. I recently came across Mushy Book's memory book which is so beautiful and clean looking. And for the mama that does a little more writing check out Promptly Journals!

My sister just told me about this idea! Subscription boxes are huge right now so it's no surprise that there are a bunch to choose from when signing up your pregnant friend. Check out Bump Boxes and Mama Bird Box. Both look like so much fun! I think I need to mention this idea to Isaac...

I love the hand stamped necklaces from Leila Jewelry. If your friend has already had her baby you could have a necklace personalized with the baby's name, initial or date of birth. Or go with something simple and classy like this Mama bar or disc pendant

I love looking back at my maternity photos! Gifting a photo session (maternity OR newborn) is a great way to help your mama friend remember (and embrace!) this special / crazy / eventful / exciting time in her life. Who wouldn't want sweet newborn photos like these to look back on?!

My mom got me a set of pajamas right before I had Olive and I remember thinking it was such a sweet and practical gift. I was so happy to have something pretty and comfortable to wear for those first couple weeks of recovery. Della B. makes some beautiful and thoughtfully made hospital gowns for delivery and recovery.

A prettier way to stay hydrated than lugging around a week-old bottle of Deer Park. I like glass bottles and BKR makes some really pretty ones with silicone sleeves.

Fresh, easy-to-prepare meals delivered to your doorstep are all the rage right now and so perfect for a family with a newborn. Hello FreshBlue ApronGreen Chef and Freshly are all great choices. If your friend has food sensitivities a cleaning service would be a great alternative!