week 7 & 8



busy busy busy with almost 9 week old judah...christmas...back to work...lots of jewelry orders!


black friday sale!

i will get to jude's 7 and 8 week photo soon! we've been busy...but before i forget i wanted to mention free shipping for black friday at www.onedelightfulbutton.com....just use coupon code: blackfriday

coupon is good thursday-sunday!

happy thanksgiving...shopping...and the start of best time of the year!


week 6

We have been busy so this is a day late. Jude has had a lot of visitors and I have had a lot of housework, some one delightful button orders and Philip has been gone a lot. But here he is...

I can't believe he's already 6 weeks old. That means 6 weeks of sleep deprivation for me, but it's getting better. Jude is great. Starting to smile...a lot...when it seems like it isn't just caused by gas...Starting to coo and make other cute baby noises. He is also experiementing with holding his head up - so cute!

Okay, back to work...


must. stop. blogging.

i have really enjoyed blogging the past few weeks while i have been home with jude. here's the problem. for some reason it's easier to blog than do some things around the house. i happen to be sitting in a room with unfolded laundry, my dirty dish from dinner, a to do list with real things to do on it, unstamped birth announcements..........

and i am sitting on the computer blogging & making the blog look prettier. (any thoughts on what i have done so far? i am not html-er, but i am trying)

i need to take a little hiatus until i can get my priorities straight. if i blog again tomorrow...hopefully that means i have done so...or it means procrastination has taken a hold of me once again.


jude's birth story - part II

We went into the hospital very early Wednesday morning for the scheduled c-section. It was exciting and really scary. They prepared me for the surgery and after meeting nurses, doctors, next thing I knew I was in the surgery room and Philip was sitting by me waiting for them to begin. 

It happened really quickly. I could hardly feel anything besides some pressure on my stomach as they pushed him out. At 8:14am Judah William arrived. They had my husband snap a picture of him and the whisked him away. This part was hard for me. And still is. I had to look at my baby on the camera before I got to see him in person. Does this seem cruel to anyone else? I only grew him inside of me for 9 months. Then Philip went to be with him and take pictures while they sewed me up and Jude got cleaned up. After a few minutes they brought him to me. And that was wonderful. He was not quite as big as they feared – still big though. 9lbs 10oz. 16cm head circumference. Ouch – tell me how that fits out a hole that expands to 10cm. (One reason to be thankful for a c-section…)

As I said at the start, nothing about this day went as planned for me. But I had my sweet Jude. And he was & is perfect. He is here and healthy. A lot of my concerns about the c-section were not as bad as I thought. A month later I feel like I am almost fully recovered. My son is nursing wonderfully. He has healthy lungs. It still makes me cry when I hear about someone giving birth or see it on TV.  I am still healing from this, but I look at Jude and have to be grateful.
meeting Jude for the first time 

enjoy your weekend! 


jude's birth story - part I

Not much about Jude’s birth went as I envisioned it. I thought I’d wake up in the middle of the night and start to have labor pains. I would wake my husband, Philip, and that we would eventually head to the hospital after laboring at home for awhile. I had a playlist made for the occasion to make the hospital feel like home.

One week after our baby’s due date we headed to the doctor’s for another prenatal appointment where they had planned to do a Non-stress test (NST). When I got there the doctor said they forgot to schedule an ultrasound. So we promptly went in to get an ultrasound. The ultrasound tech mentions to us, “has anyone said anything about the baby being really big?” I kind of laugh and say, “yes, he has been in the 100th percentile for size every ultrasound we have had.” She says, “well, I am measuring the baby at 10lbs 11oz.” The reality of what this could mean doesn’t hit me though and I just think its funny for some reason. I had read a lot about how ultrasounds could be up to two pounds off. We wait to see the doctor and Philip looks nervous. I am still feeling fine.

Until we see the doctor. She tells us we need to schedule an induction or a c-section. She goes over the risks of the induction and giving birth to that size baby. Something about a shoulder getting stuck. Something about permanent debilitating damage to the baby. I start to feel my dreams of a natural birth unraveling and my eyes start to water. She gives us some time to talk, but we need more time to make a decision and leave to go discuss it and talk to our families. The other glitch was they could not get me on the schedule to be induced for four more days. And that would be four more days for the baby to gain weight.

Despite everything I read about ultrasounds being off, I couldn’t ignore the fact that the “very accurate” ultrasound tech thought he was almost 11lbs. So we went with the c-section. I had a day to prepare, but was so sad. It was like death to a vision. I never understood that before. Why would people be so sad over a c-section? I won’t get into that now, but I felt like I was missing out on this very hard, but exciting experience of giving birth to your child. 

Here I am the night before Jude's birth: 

Here is my sweet husband gearing up for the surgery. I have to say...we did have fun those last few minutes together without Judah. 

 And I wasn't going to share this, but it's too funny to me. I look ridiculous. Philip and I were joking about how hot I looked in the gown. Nice...

to be continued...


week 5

me & jude are having a good week. it's chilly outside, but we are still getting to walk some. he is almost out of his 3 month clothes. last night we had our best night of sleep yet! we'll see how tonight goes before i consider this the new norm, but he did a 6 hour stretch last night and then a 4 hour stretch. our pediatrician okayed it because he is gaining weight so well. yipee! 

i am learning how to share the parenting with philip. i think the first few weeks i put pressure on myself to do everything. i thought it was my job to care for judah, but i am learning to share it with him. especially in the evenings. i realized if i ALWAYS do everything, i NEVER get a break. i also assumed it was an inconvenience to Philip too, but i shouldn't think of it like that. i am helping him to learn to parent our son. if you are a parent, what do you do to share the parenting with your spouse? 

i am glad to have 5 weeks under my belt of recovery. i am advised not to exercise another week, but i feel mostly normal. a strange little tid bit is that i may never recover feeling where the scare was. weird. 

speaking of scar, i will post jude's birth story soon. 


baby's first halloween

May I just say that I am so glad Halloween is over? I just do not really like that holiday. Maybe Jude will help me to enjoy it more, but I just don't like the whole dark theme to it. Dressing up is fun. And I like candy...but did you know this is one of the times of the year where people get sick a lot more frequently because of eating so much more sugar??

We had a little cow for Halloween. Ironic because he milks me all the time. Sorry, but true.

We went to Chipotle for $2 burritos...

And Jude slept...

Then we went to Leadership for Young Life...(we were farmers)

Not so happy baby...

Happy at home...what a big boy.

Now lets get onto the good holidays!