WEEK ONE WITH ELLIE!



Week one of parenthood is in the books you guys! It's been seven whole days since this little beauty came into our lives and Jimmy & I are absolutely smitten with every bit of her! 😍 

I can't wrap my head around that she's already a week old - time really does pass so quickly! Someone please make it stop! It's been such a fast transition from our "old life" to parenthood that I don't even know where to begin. It seems like pre-pregnancy is such a distant life already and feedings, pumping, poops in the middle of the night and constant cuddling is the new normal for our household. I have no complaints though, she's worth every second of sleep deprivation and everything else that parenthood brings! 

Overall, we've been adjusting great! Jimmy and I have just trying to soak in every moment while she's still so little because she's changed SO MUCH in one week already! We have had so many visitors and support this week & we are so thankful for everyone! 

Blogging will probably take a back seat for a little bit. I want to focus on little girl and spend as much time with her and Jimmy before he has to go back to work. πŸ’ But for now, all of our love! 



BIG DEBUT!


So it probably doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out the big news! Our little girl has arrived! After a whooping 290 days, our daughter was born into this world on 2/20/2018 weighing 7 pounds and 8 ounces! Jimmy and I couldn't be more smitten with life as we now know it! 


Last Call for Morgan Party of 2! 😁


Eleanor "Ellie" Morgan! πŸ’–

We spent our first night at home last night and things are well all around! Every minute we get to hold her tiny little body is a perfect moment and we don't want any of it to pass!

I am however taking this time to update you all as my social media platforms have been a disaster filled with messages and well wishes and its almost impossible to answer back to every text message, so forgive us! We appreciate ALL the love & support!


NURSERY ORGANIZATION!


Well, we are STILL. PREGNANT! 41 Weeks & counting! 😨

I am in disbelief that this kid has not made her grand debut into this world. But I don't think I can even fathom that I'd have a one week old at this point if she came on her due date. I'm not going to do a BumpDate this week because honestly nothing has changed. My nerves are at an all time high, the dogs barking annoys me, and I have noticed myself subconsciously pacing around the house from room to room without any objective in mind. These last few days have been a real mind game I tell you. 

However, while waiting I thought it would be a good idea to share Ellie's nursery and how its organized (not like it will stay like this for long!) since I got such tremendous feedback on her room and inquires about her decor and furniture! Originally, I stumbled across some nursery organization pins on Pinterest which then lead me to another pin and to another until finally I found the mother of all pins (found here) for the EXACT dresser that we had purchased from IKEA!




So to begin, as you can see our HEMNES dresser has four smaller drawers on top & four larger and longer drawers below - perfect for all of baby girl's countless outfits, headbands, bibs etc. Like I had seen on the pin that prompted this organization, while we were at IKEA purchasing this dresser, I also picked up five packs of the SKUBB organizing bins that fit exactly into these drawers! They come with a package of six total boxes that are interchangeable & collapsable when not in use. 

Well played, IKEA! After configuring them into the appropriate drawers, I just starting tossing stuff around in hopes of finding a place that worked for when baby Ellie arrived! Guess we'll have a little trial and error sessions once she does. So in order from drawer one to eight, lets have a peek inside! 😺



Drawer One

I decided to put all of her little socks & bibs in this drawer because I figure they'll be used a lot. Not to mention we have somehow accumulated a whole bunch of these little things I swear we could cloth two or three babies! I took it as a sign we'd be either needing or losing them so I wanted them in easy reach when I have her on the changing table. 


Drawer Two

This drawer holds all of her pacifiers & little wipes we received at her shower. I have somehow started a pacifier collection without knowing it - thanks to welcome boxes and registry gifts. I'm really going to be up creek if she doesn't even like them! πŸ˜‚ I also put her headbands and bows in the larger container that backs into the drawer because she has SO MANY of them! It must be a newborn staple for little girls! 



Drawer Three

We got a ton of health and little sample stuff for our shower that hoarding them all in one tiny drawer was a big mistake. I just put what I needed in this drawer such as a brush and nasal suctions for her and random samples like lotions, diaper creams and little baby oils. It's going to be hard to stay organized when theres tons of tiny pieces floating around! 


Drawer Four

As the we move down the drawers, this one falls right below the diaper caddy that sits on top of her dresser. And while the caddy holds a good amount of what I'll use on a daily basis such as diapers, wipes, creams etc. I thought it was good idea to keep diaper disposal bags, changing table pads and extra diapers right below. Because lets be real, a baby can never have enough diapers and even the thought of one of those diaper pails totally grossed me out from Day 1! 



Drawer Five

And now on to the fun stuff - all of little girls clothes! This drawer is mostly filled with pajamas and newborns gowns that we'll be using until she starts growing a bit! I found such a cute way to roll her clothes (found here) so that they all fit perfectly in the organizers. I find all of the colors so mesmerizing! 



Drawer Six

Again, rolling her tiny outfits seems like the best way to keep things neat - for now at least. I'm so what crazy for setting the bar so high for myself now because in a week's time its going to be so messy and I'll be sleep deprived, I'll be putting her in whatever I can find. So the larger organizers contain her Newborn outfits and pants to the left & her 0 - 3 Month clothes to the right. 



Drawer Seven

I'm not going to lie, this drawer is probably my favorite because of all the colors, patterns and just the overall way it fits together. I've always had a little artsy side I've kept hidden and I think it's calling it to come out and play. I've got all of her swaddles and burp cloths in this drawer and believe me there are TONS of them! 


Drawer Eight

This is kind of a misc. drawer. We're got thicker blankets, head rests, smaller burp clothes, changing table covers and cribs sheets all rolled up and stuffed in! Probably the softest & pinkest drawer in her dresser! πŸ’•



Ellie's Closet

A little back story about little girl's closet includes her dad ripping out the wiring attached to the walls about three weeks before her due date. 😁 Thankfully, she's a week late because I was stressing every. single. day. that her clothes were piled everywhere! One weekend, Jimmy put this beauty together! He cut, painted and measured every piece and rod to mimic some of the best 'simple' closets we could find on Pinterest.

With a little organization from wire baskets, and other things we got from her shower, every piece has a place! I hung all of her older pajamas and clothes up to the left for later use and all of her nicer outfits up to the right! I am obsessed with all of her tiny dressers & rompers! Since the lower rod hangs closer to the tile, I hung up onesies that won't fit her for another six months. The middle sections houses her HUGE baby box that our relatives gave us, a shelf for her shoes and of course the rest is home to diapers, wipes & more diapers!

This post was definitely in more depth than I had originally planned. I'd like to do a follow up in a few months to assess the damages! πŸ˜‚ But for now, I hope you enjoyed & if you stumbled across this in hopes of gaining some Nursery Organization skills, I hope to have steered you in the right direction!

 I hope the next post yields better news - like a baby arriving! But until then, my couch is calling.



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40 WEEK BUMPDATE!


I am sad to say that I am hoping this is the last BumpDate for little Ellie girl. I am filled with emotions and I can honestly say this has been such a journey with life changing perspective that I hope to build on as a mother to our daughter.

As my due date has come & gone, I can admit that I feeling very anxious and sad. I am worried. I am antsy. I am constantly thinking the worst about the path ahead. Jimmy has been so supportive reassuring me when I am quiet that everything is going to be okay when the time comes to meet our little girl. I feel supported. I feel loved, but I still can't help but thinking the worst. So many people have become supporters of us these past 40 Weeks that I can't brag enough how good we truly have it.

I feel her moving constantly and its going to be such an adjustment when she's no longer in my belly. As much as I'm going to miss her, I am so ready for this to be over. I am ready to meet her and see Jimmy become a father. I want to see her face & her little features. I want to kiss her fingers and count her toes and take in every second with just her and Jimmy. With any luck, we'll get to meet her soon!

As for our BumpDates, here's to our last! πŸ’




How Far Along: 40 Weeks & 6 Days
Total Weight Gain: 25.8 pounds total gained as of yesterday.  
Maternity Clothes: Living in sweat pants & maternity t-shirts these last few days.     
Sleeping: I'm not sleeping. I am way to anxious and I have been having pretty awful dreams lately so I'm trying to keep positive while closing my eyes.  
Best Moment This Week: Hearing little girls heartbeat Monday at our appointment.  
Movement:  She's still moving, slower and more controlled as she's running out of room but she's still inch worming along in there.  
Food Cravings: No cravings, I haven't really had an appetite these past few days. I'm still carrying really high which makes it hard to eat more than few bites. Not to mention indigestion is pretty constant. 
Sickness or Health: I feel good physically, mentally I'm drained. I haven't even gone into labor yet & I'm so tired. 
Mood: πŸ˜Ά ⇈⇈⇈
Pregnancy Wisdom: I'm carrying a fully formed human. Pretty crazy right! 
Weekly Milestone: My midwife says she's around 7lbs and really long like her daddy & her Grandpa Vilis.

I've really been lucky these last 40 Weeks. I haven't had a hard pregnancy per say and my baby is healthy thus far so I have to question why am I complaining? I guess I'm just ready not to be recognized for my pregnancy anymore and ready to start feeling human again. I know it will take time, it took nine months to get here and it will probably take just as long if not more to get back to pre-pregnancy but I'm so ready. I'm ready for people to stop touching my stomach and I'm ready for strangers to stop questioning me in grocery stores. I hate to admit it, but I am. It may sound mean and out of character when everyone has been so nice but I'm just keeping it real. Mentally, pregnancy has me exhausted these past few weeks.

We have our hopefully last appointment tomorrow with our midwife before we are going to be scheduled for induction, which is another rollercoaster of emotions for me in itself.  Maybe we'll get lucky and get sent right to the hospital from our appointment tomorrow? A girl can dream, but I'm not holding my breath. I'm hoping for good news or any kind of progress. 

In closing I wanted to thank all of our friends & family for all of your support this pregnancy. We are so appreciative and we can't wait to show Ellie all of the love you've showed us! Even through my rants above. We really do appreciate it! πŸ’• Please pray & wish us a smooth appointment and an even smoother delivery or induction if it comes to that. 


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HAPPY FIRST BLOGGING ANNIVERSARY!



It's a special day tomorrow & it has nothing to do with my pregnancy! 

It's the one year anniversary I began blogging! And what a year it has been! I had always wanted to started a blog, for what reason, heck I had no idea! But slowly, it has grown into such a blessing for me to look back on and reminisce on all the amazing & great things that have happened in the past 365 days! 

It's become sort of like an online journal that I have been able to document all the important events occurring in our life while also keeping in contact with close friends & family! Not to mention, I've met some pretty amazing people though the process of exploring the GIANT world of blogging out there! 




I have learned so much from starting this blog and it has taught me more than I had ever thought imaginable. In the beginning, it was all about gaining a following in which would be interested in what was happening in my life. I wanted to impact as much people as I could. And while I still want to positively impact others by my experiences, I want it to be genuine. No matter how high my subscription count rises too or how many followers I gain, I've learned that being genuine through this blog is all that matters. And I think that is the hardest pill to swallow in the blogging world.

I can't thank each & every one of you enough for the never ending support that brings me motivation to create each post! I hope that this coming year I am able to document our life as it changes with Baby Ellie's arrival along with branching out with some upcoming projects and products reviews! I'm so very excited & I can't wait to get started!

So cheers to another 365 days & thank you all again for making this blog possible! πŸ’•







39 WEEK BUMPDATE!


We're still pregnant everyone! As much as I wish her out, I'm very grateful that she is still tucked safely in my belly and she's cooking away! πŸ’•

Yesterday marked 39 Weeks for little Ellie girl and today confirmed at my doctors appointment she is still a ticking time bomb. They're confident she could come anytime and while I'm getting more worked up by the second, in my mind she's definitely locked in there for what seems like the long haul!

I'm obsessing over what could be the "last day" with this belly and I'm definitely documenting it with pictures! I want to be able to look back and see these precious moments because she won't be in there forever! 😭 I'm also doing our BumpDate a little earlier in the week because I'm still keeping my fingers crossed she'll make her debut earlier than her due date on Sunday - or even beyond that!



Here's our 39 Week BumpDate:

How Far Along: 39 Weeks and 2 Days! 
Total Weight Gain: +25.4 lbs as of today at my doctor's appointment! Surprisingly, given my diet the past 9 months! 😝  
Maternity Clothes: All black everything as you can see - I think I've worn black leggings for the past 90 days of my life at least. πŸ’£And loving these stretchy tank maternity clothes from Target, I actually bought 2 more this week for after Ellie is born!    
Sleeping: Trying to get as much sleep as I can but I'm so antsy it takes me FOREVER to fall asleep these days.  
Best Moment This Week: Spending quality time at home with the dogs and Jimmy, I've become attached to the couch and most of the time I refuse to move. 
Movement:  She's still head down but now she has decided her favorite thing to do is stick her feet through my left ribs. It literally will stop me in my tracks! πŸ˜ͺ  
Food Cravings: Still no cravings but Jimmy and I have been on a breakfast kick! We've been fixing scrambled eggs and veggie omelets pretty much every morning with OJ! 🍊🍳 And sometimes even a late night breakfast quesadilla! 
Sickness or Health: Physically, I feel good. Work is going good, & I'm getting decent sleep. I don't have any complaints really other than I'm just ready. Its hard to explain but I'm just so ready for her to come, mentally I'm super anxious and antsy - its like a looming cloud constantly thinking about when she's going to make her debut! 
Mood: πŸ˜Ά ⇈⇈⇈
Pregnancy Wisdom: Baby Morgan is the size of a mini watermelon! Yikes!
Weekly Milestone: Still continuing our weekly appointments, let the waiting game continue!  

I start my maternity leave this week - which is insanely scary! I only have two shifts left to go and to be honest, as much as I love working, I'm looking forward to spending some much needed time at home adjusting to our new life. I know its going to be sooo much to take in all at once and an adjustment for Jimmy and I but I'm confident we're going to be just fine. We've spent so much time wondering and waiting on her during these past nine months, its so surreal that any moment we could meet her! 😬 

We plan to make our closest family and friends aware once we are admitted to the hospital and once she's born we're requesting we get to spend a good few hours of quality time alone just her, Jimmy and I. I was conflicted at first but I keep telling myself I shouldn't feel guilty about this - it's our first baby, we get to be selfish! 

As far as delivery, my midwives ask me every appointment about a birth plan and honestly I have no idea what to expect! I can only hope that things go smooth and she arrives without any issues. I don't have any preference except god willing, I don't want to be induced and I don't want a cesarean. But what will be, will be! 

So fingers crossed for our growing family & a safe arrival for little girl! 





BABY ELLIE'S NURSERY REVEAL!


Happy Saturday Everyone! 😊

While it seems like the entire nation is preparing for the Super Bowl tomorrow, I'm over here at the Morgan House arranging & rearranging random stuff in Ellie's room while crossing my fingers that TODAY will be THE DAY she decides to make her debut! I've had great company though, the dogs have yet to leave my side, especially Gunny, our white shepherd. I swear he knows! He follows me from her crib, to the bathroom, to the laundry room and back to her room without missing a beat!

I only have a week until my official due date but I'm still hopeful she could come anytime and that itself has caused my nesting to kick into overdrive! She still doesn't have a finished closest as Jimmy works and goes to school full time, meanwhile he's prepping as much as he can for his leave at work, so her closest has fallen on the back burner. Mehh, but she has a dresser FULL of clothes and to be honest, onesies are more easy to manage thrown into a drawer or a laundry basket then hung up on little hangers in the closet! πŸ˜‚ I'm learning to embrace the chaos already!

I tried to take multiple angles and link all the minute details because Jimmy & I have really worked hard to make her nursery a comfortable space fir her long awaited arrival! Well, mostly Jimmy but I was the mastermind behind the hammer and the decor! I'm still waiting on her curtains to arrive from Target & two wooden signs to be shipped which I'm super excited about. I'm sure I'll post them when they get here!

But for now, I hope you all enjoy Baby Ellie's nursery reveal! πŸ’–



Wall Color - Romantic Mauve by HGTV Sherman Williams Paint
Porcelain Wooden Tile - Sequoia Ballpark



Wooden Sign from Vintage Rehab Market
Bookcase - Slumber Time Monterey Bookcase from Target



Books from Ellie's Shower! Signed by family & friends! πŸ’•
Girly Robot Statue - Marshall's 



Board Books from Ellie's Shower! 
Misc. Rattles, Teethers & Toys - IKEABurt's Bees Baby, Target & Pottery Barn Kids 
White A-Z Book Ends from Target



Jumbo Plush Animal Stacker from Pottery Barn Kids



Rope Dreamcatcher - Marshall's 



Portable Sleeper - Doc-A-Tot Deluxe 
Batik Bee Crib Sheet from Burt's Bees Baby



Batik Bee Quilt from Burt's Bees Baby 🍯



Faux Fawn Critter Chair from Pottery Barn Kids



Charcoal Glider from Target
&& Jimmy's quilted baby blanket from when he was a baby! 
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Striped Changing Table Cover from Burt's Bees Baby



Vintage Knobs from Marshall's - Jimmy replaced the original ones from IKEA
Diaper Caddy - Baby Shower gift πŸ’



Woven Fabric Basket from Pottery Barn Kids
Faux Fawn Play Mat from Pottery Barn Kids




I probably took WAYYYY too many pictures but I just couldn't stop! In the beginning I had this vision and it morphed over time into what you see here. We couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out! Jimmy worked so hard to paint, build and cut all the molding, tile and furniture! With the many thanks from friends & family and our baby shower, little girl is MORE than set to enter this world in comfort thats for sure! I can't wait to finish it completely with her curtains and her signs. I have a wooden name plate being made for above her changing table & another in the works for above the glider so really not much left to do before she comes - minus the closet! 😳

In other news, we hit 39 Weeks officially tomorrow and my next doctors appointment is Monday. I have three more shifts left of work until my leave begins unless I go into labor - my fingers are crossed she comes first!