Henley’s Birth Story

My oh my it’s been a while since I have blogged! 

I thought it was only fair that I share Henley’s birth story here along with Kaden’s. 

Let me start by saying how crazy it is how different pregnancies can be! For example: with my son – I was so sick, slept great, and had no heartburn. With my daughter – everything was completely opposite! I never got sick, slept awful, had serious heartburn, and was just plain uncomfortable! Regardless of my symptoms during pregnancy, both babies were perfect.

Now onto the good stuff! 

A little background: I delivered my son 2 days after my due date. I thought for sure I was going to go early with my daughter because I had Braxton hicks for months, she was sitting so low in my pelvis, and I was dilated to a 2 and effaced for weeks! Low and behold, I went a week overdue! I was losing my mind, but knew baby girl would come when she was ready. 

On May 23rd 2017 at 4am I woke up with contractions. Unsure if they were real or not I tried going back to sleep and taking a bath to see if they would go away. Within an hour and a half they were already 2-3 minutes apart. We arrived at the hospital at 6am, and I was so nervous they weren’t going to admit me because I had only been in labor for 2 hours and didn’t think I was dilated enough. To my surprise I was already at a 5 and was admitted. 

Everything flew by after that! I received my epidural at 7:45am, my water broke at 8:30am and I was dilated to a 7. At 9:45am I was fully dilated. My original OB was sick, so I had to wait for another OB to come and started pushing at 10:50am. Only 4 minutes later Henley popped out! Weighing 8lbs2oz, 20in long, with a 14″ head and chest. 

My body however was not delivering the after birth, so my OB had to manually go in and pull my placenta out. It turns out that the umbilical cord is usually attached to the middle of the placenta, and mine was attached to the side – so they were slowly detaching away from each other. 

TMI ahead —> despite the after birth situation, and my daughter being larger in size than my son, I only had a very superficial tear. To say the least, recovery has been so much easier! 

I’m so thankful for such a smooth labor and delivery, and beyond blessed for my two beautiful, healthy babies! 

DIY Sugar Scrubs

One of my best friends is getting married, and I got the opportunity to make some adorable DIY Sugar Scrubs to give away as party favors at her bridal shower! Check out the details below to make your own >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Ingredients (yields 50):

  • 2 Costco Size tubs of Coconut Oil (around 80 fluid oz)
  • 3 Essential Oils of your choice
  • 21 cups of Pure Cane Sugar
  • Little jars of your choosing

– Because there was a high quantity to make I split the batches up into three. Each batch consisted of 6 cups of coconut oil, 7 cups of sugar, and 1 tube of essential oil. The flavors I chose were: lavender, peppermint, and lemon. Once mixed well, you can start to jar them!

Super easy, and they ended up being a huge hit. As far as price goes; I got pretty lucky and only had to purchase jars and sugar. See below the fancy chalkboard sign I decorated to put in the entrance. Last but not least, I decided to share with you all my window pane DIY gift to the bride. Check out the cute photos below and let me know what you think!

The Day My Life Changed Forever

I thought I was so prepared to become a mother, but the truth is nothing can ever prepare you for the day you give birth to your first newborn baby.

I had everything planned out in my head of how I wanted it all to go, and what I thought would happen when we brought our bundle of joy home. The truth was – my life was flipped around… In the best way possible.

Here’s my birth story:

7:30am Thursday Morning – Woke up with contractions 10 to 20 min apart.

4pm – Lost mucus plug. The Dr. Didn’t like baby’s heartbeat, so off to labor and delivery we went to get a stress test done.

5pm – dilated to a 4, contractions 3 minutes apart. Hospital sent us home, so I labored at home for four hours.

12am – Emitted to hospital. Contractions 2 min. apart.

1:30am – dilated to a 5 (active labor).

2:30am – Epidural time!

3:30 am – Water breaks.

5am – Cervical check. Still dilated to a 5.

6:30am – Fully dilated to a 10! Only downside was, baby was sunny side up. For the next 3 hours we did exercises to try to get the babes to flip over.

9:40am – Time to push!

11:18am March 18th 2016 – We welcomed Kaden Kohl Morrell into the world. Weighing 7.4 lbs, 20 in long, 13 in chest and 13 in head.

Things did not go according to plan. My whole pregnancy I was dead set on going natural. I thought if I got the epidural I would be so mad and disappointed in myself. Every pregnancy is different. After being in labor for so long with painful contractions right on top of each other, I am so happy I ended up getting the epidural and absolutely loved my experience.

The moment they laid him in my arms my whole life changed. I realized the love I have for my child is unlike any other love I have ever experienced before. I love him so much and am so grateful God chose us to be his parents.

 

Tick-Tock

 I have had these two wood spools out in my garage for a while! I planned on making a little outdoor table with one, and those really neat, rustic clocks you see all over Pinterest with the other.

Well, I finally got around to it; and I am so pleased with the outcome!

Materials:

  • Spool – (Any-size)
  • Tools to take it apart
  • Sand Paper or Sander
  • Hot glue or Wood glue
  • Scrap wood or Sheet Metal
  • Sticker or Stencil Numbers
  • For This Exact Look: Walnut Hollow Clock Movement w/ Hands from Joann’s $8.99
  • For This Exact Look: Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint – 8 oz Jet black, and white wax $7.99 from Joann’s

BEFORE:

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STEPS:

  1. Take the spool apart with the proper tools (some spools are different)
  2. Sand down to give it a smooth top
  3. Cut your sheet metal or scrap wood to fit the holes and use wood glue or hot glue to place on the back so they are not visible
  4. Drill a small hole in the center to fit your clock mechanism through
  5. With your desired paint color – Apply two coats of chalk paint, let dry
  6. Seal with your choice of wax and let dry
  7. Following the directions on your clock mechanism – Attach the back and hands (put battery in to make sure the hands turn and work properly)
  8. Lastly: Place your numbers exactly how you want them

AFTER:

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I really love how this turned out, and I am going to make a few more to sell so stay tuned!

Goodwill Treasure Hunt

30 Weeks today! Can you believe it?! Time is flying by, and we cannot wait to meet our little baby Kaden. I know it has been a while since I have posted, so now it is time to share a little of what we have been up to!

Let’s be honest – Babies are expensive! We have been blessed to receive a lot of items from friends and family, but still needed the overall larger necessities.

One of them being a glider. Brand new gliders are not cheap and can cost you anywhere from $100-$300 dollars. I just happened to stop by the Goodwill on my way home from work and came across this “Diamond in the Rough” as Joanna Gains likes to call it.

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Only $5.99! All it needed was a little TLC, a good cleaning, new paint, and upholstery.

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For only $5.99 we turned this not so cute glider into the perfect rocker for the babes and I. Still more work to come in the nursery, so stay tuned!

It’s A…

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Here’s a little back story…

My husband and I have five nieces and no nephews. So we felt the pressure to have a boy from the beginning. I have personally always pictured myself with a little girl first, but knew I would be thrilled either way. Then part of me hoped it was a boy for my husband’s sake.

As soon as the jelly hit my belly the ultrasound tech could tell the sex of the baby. Mr. Morrell wasn’t able to make it so I got the chance to surprise him that night! My friends gave me the idea to go to Build-A-Bear.

After work, I rushed over to the mall and started making a cute little bear with little boy clothes. We covered him up in the box, and Matt opened it up when he got home. He was ecstatic to say he least! (video on Facebook).

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He even wrote this pretty awesome poem:

“I could be a boy or even a girl

All I know is I make mommy hurl

My hair may be blonde, it may be brown

My stomach could be thin or a little round

I may be short or I may be tall

I might even play football

I could end up poor or end up rich

I might even play Fast-Pitch

My eyes may be blue or they may be green

Hopefully I don’t end up mean

I may look like my mom or look like my dad

But I’ll be the first they’ve ever had

My cousins may act a little meaner

Because this baby was born with a Wiener”

Thanks for reading!

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17 WK Bump Date

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As you can see I missed my 16 week bump date, so here we are at 17 weeks!

Can you believe it?! Almost half way there. I feel like time is flying by. I now have a full on baby bump (not that you can really tell with my black shirt) but this thing is huge! Good news is that I finally am feeling a little bit better. Mornings aren’t so bad anymore, just night-time.

I can also workout again! I am walking a mile a day, and I get to start prenatal yoga classes soon! I cannot wait!

What’s going on with the baby you may ask? Well, my board is a little off because the baby is the size of a Turnip (5 in, 5 oz); finally starting to grow some body fat and now has a regulated heart beat!

We have another Dr. Appointment tomorrow and then within the next three weeks we get to find out the sex! Mothers usually seem to have an intuition about what sex the baby may be, but I honestly have no idea! I can’t decide if I want to have a gender reveal party, or just take some cute announcement photos?

STAY TUNED for the next post to see what we planned, and if it’s a boy or a girl?!