HAPPY BIRTH-DAY DAX

My labor & delivery were far from perfect, but it brought this little angel babe to us & he is absolutely perfect. My sister @___kaybaybay made us a video documenting the minute we walked into the hospital on Friday to the minute we walked out on Tuesday with our baby in tow. It’s a personal & intimate look into our lives & it was the sweetest gift! 

DAXON PIERCE POWELL

  • 7 lbs. 10 oz.
  • 19 1/2 inches long
  • August 14th, 2016
  • 3:06pm
  • 36 hours of labor
  • 3 1/2 of pushing
  • A birth plan that went out the window
  • A day we will never forget

You were a pea, then a lemon, then an eggplant. I followed advice. I read twelve books. I quit coffee. Could you tell I was scared? I talked to you, sang to you… I wasn’t ready. But then you were here. Ten fingers. Ten toes. 7 pounds. Love. BIG FAT LOVE!

BUMPDATE : WEEK 39

Welcome to my 39th week of pregnancy…. I am officially waddling everywhere, I can’t sneeze without peeing my pants, I have been cleaning & organizing like a mad woman, I wake up a million times in the middle of the night, braxton hicks are a real thing, I have sworn I was already having this baby at least 2 times, & I have tried everything to encourage this baby it is time to come out (acupuncture, teas, walking, bouncing on a ball, pumping, eating spicy foods) & nothing has worked. I believe that they come when they are good & ready, & sometimes it just happens to be after you get a pedicure or eat something spicy.

THIRD TRIMESTER TO-DO LIST

  • Drink Raspberry Leaf Tea : Helps strengthen the uterus & ease labor pains.
  • “Waste” Time : Plan days when you can do absolutely nothing important. Relax, nap, watch a movie… do whatever the heck you want before your new babe arrives.
  • Date Your Husband : Remind your husband how important he is to you & love on him as much as possible. Talk about what your dreams are for your baby.
  • Make an Appointment for Acupuncture :  Increases blood flow to the uterus & can even make labor/contractions more comfortable
  • Soak in the Miracle of it All : Get all of your ultrasounds together & look at them from the very first one to your most recent one.
  • Meditate : If you’ve never meditated before, look up videos on Youtube. This will help during labor as you practice focus, breathing, & reminding yourself that what you are feeling during childbirth is normal. Here is one that is a good starting place (Meditation for Childbirth & Labor)!
  • Take Pictures : Find a cute outfit & document that big belly of yours.
  • Take A Child Birth Class : If you haven’t already, & especially if you are planning on doing it natural, sign up for a childbirth class. Ask around, & get recommendations.

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IMG_7627Dress : Free People 

This babe is coming any day now & the next blog post I write he will most likely be in my arms while I write it! Someone please pinch me. Life is about to change & our world is going to flip upside down… but in the most exciting way.

xoxo

BABY SHOWER REGISTRY : A MAGIC CHECKLIST

If you would’ve told me 38 weeks ago, that time would go this fast & I would already have less than 2 weeks until my due date, I would’ve just rolled my eyes thinking 40 weeks seemed like an eternity. But time has flown by & my baby will be in my arms before I know it. My excitement is far greater than anything I’ve felt before, but it’s mixed with a little anxiety about getting my to-do list done & my hospital bag packed, mixed with some fear of the unknown.

I needed a MAGIC LIST to turn to when I was buying things for his nursery & when I was registering for my baby shower. Thankfully I had the sweetest girlfriend help me, but hopefully this will be something you can turn to if you need it! I used Baby List to register for everything, & I thought it was super amazing!!! ***I will be updating this after I have my baby… taking off things that I don’t end up using & adding other things that I end up needing.***

Here are some pictures from my baby shower… it was truly MAGICAL. My family & friends spoiled me (& this babe) so much!

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Creatives behind this shower : @___kaybaybay @nolynbriann & @spell_bundle

Dress : Minkpink Urban Memories 1 / 2 (I did not buy mine here, but it’s sold out everywhere else)

Shoes : Jeffery Campbell Lace Up Booties

Ice-Cream : Sub Zero

Invite Designs : The Pastel Fox

REGISTRY MUST HAVES

NAP SO HARD

MILK DRUNK

*I would recommend purchasing most of the little things like storage bags, soap, pads, cremes, etc. yourself, that way you avoid getting way too much of one thing and not enough of another. I literally got like a million nursing pads, and then didn’t even end up using them.*

HEALTH & SAFETY

SO FRESH & SO CLEAN CLEAN

  • Baby Wash 1 / 2 / 3
  • Infant Tub 1 / 2
  • Baby Towels
  • Baby Washcloths
  • Onesies

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE (AKA DIAPER DOOTIE)

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SPLURGE WORTHY

LABOR MUST HAVES

  • Oil Blends
  • Snacks
  • Nursing Bra
  • Robe
  • Large Underwear, socks, & slippers
  • Go Home Outfit (+ couple extra comfy clothes)
  • Babies Going home Outfit (+ a couple extra onesies)
  • Swaddle
  • Nursing Pillow
  • Carseat (installed in car & ready to go)
  • Charger / Computer / Magazines / Music

If you are a soon-to-be mama, or already have little ones, please add to my list in the comment section… I would love your input!!!!

xoxo