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May
6

i know, i'm late! i've got about 4 other half-completed posts to finish as well. goodness, i just can't keep up these days. but i'm learning that's all part of the greatest job i've ever known -- patience with myself through the simply difficult things, humility in slowing down, and how to truly be still and know. thank you Jesus for choosing me to be stretched and blessed like this.

i'm obsessed with this little girl. can't think of a better way to say it. beautifully unique & strong -- fearfully & wonderfully made. her smile fills my soul and it is well.

here are a few of my favorites from her 3 month photo shoot with the uhmazing
jessica & jacob mariano.

emma ray // 3 months
emma ray // 3 months
emma ray // 3 months
emma ray // 3 months
emma ray // 3 months
emma ray // 3 months
emma ray // 3 months
emma ray // 3 months
emma ray // 3 months
emma ray // 3 months
emma ray // 3 months
emma ray // 3 months
emma ray // 3 months
emma ray // 3 months
emma ray // 3 months
emma ray // 3 months

k so maybe that was more than a few. i'm now officially that oversharing mom. ;)

emma's outfit
sweater // baby gap
top // carter's
ruffle bum // baby gap
shoes // minimoxie
headband #1 // felt with luv
headband #2 // the pleated polka dot

// erin
 

 

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Jan
21

emma ray // meaning: whole, restoration, radiant
oh the countless ways the Lord has restored me through this pregnancy and in gifting us this precious little person to care for.
sweet mini emma came to us rather quickly on friday, december 20th just 5 days before her due date of christmas day. her head had been positioned down and ready to go for weeks prior, so it wasn't a surprise how fast things progressed. i had a terrible night of restless sleep and discomfort the night before and woke up to a morning of some bleeding and lots of cramping. oh, but there was freshly fallen snow!! ;) still wasn't sure if it was the real deal or not!
well, 2:30pm rolls around and i feel it for the first time...that holy crap, give me something to squeeze/pinch/punch/grab/bite, preferably my husband's arm/hand/face/ear/leg, kind of contraction. i proceeded to labor at home with those contractions for about 3 hours until they were 4 minutes apart and then it was off to the hospital!
i was dilated to about 5/6 cm when we arrived and between then and getting settled in our birthing suite, christmas lights hung too!, i was already at 7 cm. eeps!! by 11pm, i was fully dilated, water had broken, and we were ready for pushing! the nurse said it being our first that it would probably take a good 2 hours to push her little self out so, we were fully prepared for a 12-21 babe. 11:30pm hit and we start pushing... 29 minutes later, we heard emma's sweet cries for the first time. i think she knew there was snow on the ground and didn't want to miss it. :) i immediately noticed her dimples, yes, there's 2! one more than mamma. and that head of hair?? i mean. probably my favorite part is her little elf ear...so perfectly imperfect.
we soaked in every second of that indescribable moment. and oh my, the feeling of holding her close for the first time... absolutely nothing like it. it's true what they say, i've been forever changed.

meet emma ray

meet emma ray

meet emma ray

meet emma ray

meet emma ray

meet emma ray

meet emma ray

meet emma ray

meet emma ray

meet emma ray

pictures by kristal joy photography // Ems was a little squirmy stinker the day of the shoot, so we didn't get as many of her as we would have liked. hoping to get together with kristal soon for a few more! stay tuned. :)

// erin
 

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Jan
20

if you haven't already noticed, it's blog catch-up week for me!
today i am posting some, ok a lot, of pictures from our maternity shoot with kristal joy photography. i was 33 weeks along at this point and i'm not going to lie, i miss the bump! i love the crisp fall-ish feel of these and her creativity in capturing such a sweet time of our lives.
aaand my husband is such a hunk. ;)

maternity photo shoot

maternity photo shoot

maternity photo shoot

maternity photo shoot

maternity photo shoot

maternity photo shoot

maternity photo shoot

maternity photo shoot

maternity photo shoot

maternity photo shoot

maternity photo shoot

maternity photo shoot

maternity photo shoot

maternity photo shoot

maternity photo shoot

maternity photo shoot

maternity photo shoot

maternity photo shoot

maternity photo shoot

maternity photo shoot

erin outfit #1
dress // anthropologie
tights // target
booties // target
arm party // j.crew factory
hair piece // handmade

husband outfit #1
shirt // express
sweater // h&m
jeans // levi
boots // 1901

erin outfit #2
sweater dress // j.crew factory
belt // j.crew
wellies // nordstrom
arm party // j.crew factory & michael kors
hat // american eagle
necklace // parra jewelry

husband outfit #2
top // h&m
pants // levi
boots // 1901

// erin
 

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Jan
19

hello and happy new year!! no, i am not 43 weeks pregnant. ;) my life has just been overtaken and graced by the biggest blessing i have ever known. our little mini arrived on 12-20-13... and rather quickly i might add! i will tell more of her birth story when i post her beautiful face in a few days. for now... here's my final bump shoot. sorry for the terrible picture, i was in labor!!

39 weeks

proof... it's amazing how you can go from such pain to such contentment so quickly! specifically in 3/4 minutes. :) #ouch

39 weeks

// erin
 

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Dec
17

38 weeks

how far along? 38 weeks ~ length of a leek
total weight gain: 33 pounds
maternity clothes: yes & no, i find myself re-wearing the same outfit a lot these days :)
stretch marks: nope, almost in the clear! although i wouldn't mind a "battle scar" or two
sleep: this week i've been sleeping sitting up and it has helped a lot with the discomfort // still getting up every other hour or so to use the restroom
best moments this week: spent some time with my sweet husband, realizing it would be our last weekend "alone" for pretty much ever. though i have a feeling we won't mind that too much once we see her gorgeous face
missing anything? not much
movement: still has slowed down a bit due to all the contraction excitement
food cravings: the usuals (cereal, mint & chip ice cream, pizza) adding oatmeal this week! it's been so yummy & cozy in the mornings
anything making you sick or queasy? chicken smell
labor signs? 38 weeks & 6 days update: dialted 1 cm, mini's head is at about a 0 (basically she can't get any lower without starting to come out!), and i'm about 75% effaced. doctor said we better go out to dinner because it may be our last chance for awhile. :) #freakingout
symptoms: contractions, contractions, contractions! and my feet have doubled in size, i guess it's because her head is down and pushing on the veins that flow to my feet // this is happening!
belly button in or out? half way out, the rest is flat
wedding rings on or off? engagement band off, wedding band on
pedicure color: OPI "visions of love" it's a pretty maroonish red for Christmas time. thank you to my sweet friend for treating me!
mood: scared, anxious, excited...a little bit of everything
looking forward to: family starting to arrive! // and seeing jordan hold her for the first time...i'm going to lose it

// erin
 

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Dec
12

37 weeks

how far along? 37 weeks ~ size of swiss chard or a wintermelon (i really have zero idea what either of those are, but ok!)
total weight gain: 31 lbs and measuring right on track // dr. predicts mini to be in the low 7's for birth weight and probably pretty long
maternity clothes: a mix
stretch marks: no sign of 'em
sleep: been waking up between 5 & 7 times a night (yes, i've counted), and usually need husband to help give me a little push, hah. the hip and pelvic pains are the worst at night from sleeping on my sides 
best moments this week: mini hearing her uncle michael sing his solo at our home church's christmas concert, yay for technology // our life group threw us the most thoughtful baby shower! // a weekend getaway to whistler ~ husband got some boarding in before baby and i got to rest & soak in that 1 degree weather!! it was beautiful :) // my sister drove up from vancouver to help with baby prep. we shopped, ironed, and organized her closet...so grateful!
missing anything? date nights // hope to get in a couple this weekend before we're a party of 3 ;)
movement: she has calmed down a little since the contractions began (see labor signs), but still pretty consistent
food cravings: i went to panda express 3 times this week for honey walnut shrimp with chow mein & rice, yummy!!
anything making you sick or queasy? the smell of chicken
labor signs? i've gotten my first taste of those contractions! braxton hicks are in full effect. i get them pretty regularly, no pain, just a little uncomfortable. my entire tummy tightens on it's own
symptoms: nesting // i found myself on my hands & knees picking up itty bitty black fuzzies that were all over the floor in our bedroom
belly button in or out? half way out
wedding rings on or off? engagement band off, wedding band on
mood: amazed
looking forward to: mailing out our christmas cards // finalizing our bags for the hospital, eek! // getting a much needed manicure & pedicure

// erin
 

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Dec
4

36 weeks

how far along? 36 weeks ~ size of a bowling ball or head of romaine lettuce 
total weight gain: 30 lbs // belly is measuring 2 weeks behind (i wonder if it's because she's so vertically stretched out in there?) 
maternity clothes: now that i'm off work, i've pretty much been living in my pj's :)
stretch marks: nope!
sleep: tossing & turning a lot and when i get up to use the restroom, i feel like a thousand pounds
best moments this week: i didn't have to wake up at 5am!!! // had my first ever pregnancy massage, long overdue! // decked the halls // played full-on catch phrase over facetime with my family, the best!! // went on a black friday shopping spree with the in-laws and started filling in the holes on our list, so thankful! things are really coming together, especially the nursery
missing anything? i always miss family the most after a visit // it stinks not being able to pop by brother's or sister's place for a laugh or chat on the couch with mom & dad. i sure wish they could witness more of this crazy amazing time in person.. maybe for baby #2!
movement: the usual, lots
food cravings: definitely took a trip to Michael's just to buy those wilton candy melts...what on earth?? mini has funny taste :)
anything making you sick or queasy? chicken
labor signs? no? having some sporatic sharp pains deep in my pelvis, but the doctor says that's from her head burrowing down so low. oh mini...
symptoms: hips are relaxing and more pained, can't bend down worth beans (unless i don't plan on getting back up)
belly button in or out? half way out
wedding rings on or off? my engagement band was officially off most of the week, never thought i'd see the day!
mood: feeling a little more prepared, but at the same time, completely unprepared. i guess that probably won't change :)
looking forward to: seeing her precious face! // and picking a pediatrician... any tips on questions to ask them at our meet & greet appts.?

// erin
 

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Nov
25

35 weeks

how far along? 35 weeks ~ size of a honeydew melon (over 18 inches long)
total weight gain: 28 lbs // measuring about a week behind, but that's totally normal
maternity clothes: yes & no // looking forward to purchasing some more comfy pj's now that work is DONE // what are your favorite pregnancy pj's?
stretch marks: no
sleep: super not comfortable, even the snoogle has lost it's touch // doctor said mini's head is way way down, contributing to a lot of the discomfort...she must be ready to come out! i mean i would be too if i knew Christmas was coming... *<|;o)
best moments this week: my last day of work!! ...can i get an AMEN?? // getting fed cake at my work baby shower // great check-up from the doctor ~ that heartbeat gets me every time // and running errands with husband, i love time with him and just holding his hand
missing anything? tracy anderson's pregnancy project ~ another thing i hope to ease into now that i'll have a bit more time on my hands
movement: still bouncing around in there, her precious leg stretches are my favorite. i can almost make out a foot!
food cravings: food has been tough lately, i'll have 2 bites and be so full. but i did make room for my favorite grilled cheese sandwich today. :)
anything making you sick or queasy? the chicken aversion has kinda come back a little bit
labor signs? i don't think so!
symptoms: bumping into things 
belly button in or out? half way out
wedding rings on or off? on, but it sure is getting snug
pedicure color: nothin
mood: feeling very under prepared
looking forward to: spending 3 days with the in-laws showing them around our little town // thanksgiving dinner at the top of the space needle // black friday shopping with glamma krista #ihopeidontdie // more christmas decorating // and a little pampering next week!

happy thanksgiving everyone!! // i'm so thankful for each of you that take an interest in my little life, thank you for following along!

// erin
 

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Nov
19

34 weeks

how far along? 34 weeks ~ size of a cantaloupe or small pumpkin & weight of a sack of flour (almost 5 lbs)
total weight gain: still 26 lbs // doctor's records show i haven't gained weight in 2 weeks, but she doesn't seem concerned yet...time for that extra bowl of ice cream??
maternity clothes: still getting away with a mix of maternity & non-maternity
stretch marks: no
sleep: it is what it is ~ a bit uncomfortable and i wake up with some right hip and lower belly pain. come on snoogle, don't fail me now!
best moments this week: bought the christmas tree we'll bring mini home to! we have a little one for her room as well :) // hearing her heart beat pumping away at 140 bpm, such a little miracle // sharing stories with 5 other mamma's who've gone through it all and then some, i learned a ton!
missing anything? not this week
movement: she sure likes to stick her little behind out  a lot...and definitely does not get that from me ;) // started feeling her hiccups for the first time too, incredible!
food cravings: orange juice, pizza, ice cream, repeat
anything making you sick or queasy? no
labor signs? none...i honestly don't even know what i'm looking for with this one
symptoms: nothing new // minor aches & pains, swollen feet, pretty vein fireworks all over my legs...the good stuff!
belly button in or out? half out
wedding rings on or off? on
how many people have touched your belly this week? just a couple! 
pedicure color: foresty green
mood: 5 more days of work = i'm in a pretty good mood :D 
looking forward to: so much!! getting more than 5/6 hours of sleep for starters! // prepping for jordan's parents thanksgiving visit (their first time to seattle!) // starting some christmas decorating // creating our birth plan (no clue what this fully means, but thank goodness for the world wide web!) // doing some etsy shopping for girly baby things

// erin
 

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Nov
12

33 weeks

how far along? 33 weeks ~ size of a pineapple
total weight gain: 26 pounds // mini is about 4 lbs of that!
maternity clothes: still a mix of maternity & non-maternity
stretch marks? nope
sleep: i've been waking up more during the night and gradually getting more uncomfortable
best moments this week: we had a wonderful visit with my parents, granny & grampa, who drove up from california. my mom cooked for us and spoiled mini rotten
missing anything? my ankles
movement: holy wiggle worm, yes! i wonder if her movement inside the womb is an indicator of her movement once outside the womb??
food cravings: granny's spaghetti & "snake meat" sauce // the daily breyer's mint & chip & cereal cravings are still going strong
anything making you sick or queasy? no
labor signs? none
symptoms: definitely getting the full waddle on these days
belly button in or out? half out
wedding rings on or off? on
how many people have touched your belly this week? 3
mood: overwhelmed
looking forward to: a free friday night // seeing pictures from our maternity shoot // and getting together with old college friends for the annual APU thanksgiving dinner!

// erin
 

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