Monday, December 19, 2016

Emilia Reh's FIRST Christmas

The amazing One Summer Day does it again! Tara and her husband Gabe are beyond talented and I'm in love with their work. They have become our trusted family photographer over the years and they never disappoint.  Their other work can be seen here, here, here and here.  For Emilia's first Christmas we headed over to Alexandria to do a little Old Town photo shoot. Here are some of our favorites!! 
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Emilia Reh-A Birth Story


Emilia Reh was born on October 5th, 2016 weighing in a 8lb. 1oz. and 21 3/4 inches. She has beautiful big blue eyes, a button nose and heart shaped lips! She is absolutely perfect and  I feel like our family is complete with her in it. 

I went to my 39 week check up on Monday, Oct. 3rd, (5 days before Emilia's due date) and was diagnosed as high risk due to the fact my amniotic fluid was low. I agreed that we should deliver as soon as possible and called my husband to say, "Today's the day honey, let's go have a baby!" We packed up our bags, kissed Austin goodbye and headed to the hospital around 7:00pm on Monday to start the induction. Little did we know, we would be in the hospital for 4 nights. It was another grueling induction – 48 hours!  I went through two courses of Pitocin interceded by a course of Cytotec.  Finally, on the second course of Pitocin, serious contractions kicked in and I turned the corner! I elected to have Epidural, which was initiated within an hour or so of heavy contractions.  Similar to Austin’s birth, I was uncomfortable with the “dead leg” feeling and had them discontinue the epidural. Three hours later she came which meant Emilia’s delivery was done almost drug free.

I labored for several hours and Emilia was OP (face up).  Finally, her head popped out and we saw her beautiful face for the first time.  Unaware of the situation at the time, we later learned that the umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck twice!  It took several moments for Emilia to take her first breath, much the result of the quick action of the midwife stimulating her.  

We spent another two days in postpartum bonding with our new little miracle and then came home to big brother and Grandma.   


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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Apple Picking

It's officially apple picking season and I couldn't wait for our annual trip to the apple orchard. Our little girl is almost here, so this weekend we wanted to spend as much quality time together as possible. It is our last weekend as a family of three and Austin's last weekend as an only child, so we headed out for some good old fashion apple picking, donut eating and family fun. Here are some pics from our little adventure. 

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Austin's Second FIESTA!!

Austin turned two this year and it was a wild FIESTA!!!! The party was a complete hit and he had such a great time! He was one happy and adorable birthday boy!! A few weeks before the party, I took an adorable photo of Austin in a sombrero and ordered a PDF version of his invitations from http://katiedidcards.com

I'm not going to lie, being 9 months pregnant while throwing a party for 30 adults and 15 kids was a little ambitious, but I paced myself the week before and luckily pulled it off without going into labor! :)

I decided to get the party catered and purchased my cakes instead of baking them myself, so that helped tremendously. You can never go wrong with a good old fashion Taco Bar, so we had Moe's Southwest Grill supply the Taco Bar and ingredients for Nachos. Moe's also provided cinnamon chips and I picked up a Chocolate Cake, Caramel Tres leches cake and cookies from Costco. 

The Serape blanket I used as a table cloth was purchased from Amazon as well as the mini Mexican Sombreros, mini Maracas, small Fiesta Donkeys and Mexican banners. The FIESTA letter balloons was from Steph Shives Studio and a lot of the decor came from Party City and/or Hobby Lobby. We had a bubble maker cranking out bubbles and a piñata full of candy for the kids. Austin was an extra lucky birthday boy when his final hit to the piñata was the hit that knocked it to the ground. His response was priceless; He just stood there in disbelief and screamed "WOW!!!" 

Each of Austin's guests received a take home gift that consisted of a beach bucket, crayons, a coloring book, a ball, bubbles and a carnival sucker. 
Thanks to all of Austin's friends and family who helped make his special day, extra special! Time can go ahead and slow down now! 

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