Showing posts with label baby. Show all posts
Showing posts with label baby. Show all posts

Sunday, April 21, 2013

My fave baby essentials

My fave baby essentials

Long-Sleeve 4-Pack Bodysuits/ H&M h m / Hoy Shoe Salt-Water Sandals (Baby, Walker, Toddler, Little Kid & Big... / aden + anais Swaddle Blanket, 3 Pack mela 9201 Soft rayon... / Munchkin Standard Wipe Warmer / VTech Baby’s Toy Laptop / eeBoo tot Tower Blocks / MAM Night Silicone Pacifier - Pink - 0-6 months: Baby Summer Infant Bib

Here is a little list of things that I love. I know every mom is different and every baby is different but these are things that have landed on my "love" list and will be used for baby number two :)  We find out Thursday if it is a little boy or girl!

1) Carter's Onesies: these things are straight from heaven. They wash well, last forever (Ruth is still in the 9 month ones), and in my opinion, babies are cutest in onesies.  And they are exceptionally priced and always on sale.  I have about eight in each size.

2) H&M leggings: these were my faves for Ruth when she was a wee wee one. They only go up to size 6 months so now we love Circo from Target and Old Navy (they also seem true to size).  In my experience, everything from H&M runs large.

3) Salt Water Sandals: I actually don't own these...but am ordering them because I have heard they are perfect. I have adult ones and I am quite sure/I know they will be cuter on Ruthie.

4) Aden and Anais Swaddle blankets: splurge for the more expensive my opinion, there is a textile difference. The ones that cost $10 more seem to get softer and softer.

5) Wipes warmer: I know this seems superfluous to some but I LOVE ours. Ruth literally went through 20 diapers a day as a wee one and the warm wipes were the best in the middle of the night (at least for mommy).

6) Vtech laptop: Ruth's fave toy for over six months.  So much so that it squeaks when you open it.

7) EeToo Blocks: another toy given to us and such a blessing. She started loving these around 12 months and plays with them everyday.

8) MAM pacifiers: I know, some babies love them, some don't. Ruth does and these are great because they glow in the dark. Ruth throws hers out of the crib (she likes to have three...) so it makes it easier for me to find them. And they seem the most orthodontic.

9) Bibbidy Bib: Only $6. I tried so many cutesy, fabric, plastic lined ones and they all were terrible. They would be great if babies didn't eat :)  This one is so easy to clean and so easy to pack and you only need one (not ten while the others dry).

Hope you all had a great weekend. Please let me know if you have any specific questions about baby items!  I am no expert but I am a mother :)

xo, Anna N

PS: The sun is coming to Portland...Praise Jesus.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Top 10 things about baby

I thought I would follow along with Amanda over at Marshalls Abroad (she is purely perfect-highly recommend reading her blog) regarding some things/updates on this pregnancy!

Here we go!

1. How Far Along: 14.5 weeks! Our little one is about the size of an apple (or pick a similar fruit).  Everything looks super-duper healthy! Hallelujah. Barely showing, only at night, and haven't gained any weight (yet).  

2. Different with another little one:  I am quite sure the lack of weight gain is due to the fact that Ruth would like to eat all of my food. Every time I go to eat anything she says, "Num!". Which is her way of saying, "Please, mommy."  Also, there isn't a lot of downtime with a 13 month old so I often forget I am pregnant.

3. Cravings/Aversions: Strangely, nothing.  Last time I didn't want Mexican food/Chipotle for the first trimester (which is shocking given we had Chipotle at our wedding because I love it that much...and now I think I just talked myself into ordering it for lunch).  

4. Symptoms:  The only real pregnancy symptom I get is going to the bathroom between 5-7 times during the middle of the night...I will take it in place of nausea and sickness and I am so sorry to anyone who gets those symptoms.

5. What I miss: wine :) That's about it.

6. Clothing changes: Nothing maternity yet although I can feel the "thickening" and the jeans getting a smidgeon tighter. I have been on a maxi-skirt kick and hoping it lasts into the summer (I tend to get chubby feet at the end and would rather them be hidden)

7. Sleep: The first trimester was full of mid-morning naps but thankfully that crazy fatigue period is over.

8. Emotions: I think I am still in recovery mode for how different marriage was/is with children.  Marriage is such an amazing thing but only becomes amazing with tons of work and compromise. So yes, so I don't keep dodging the question, my emotions have been a little high and I cry quite easily but nothing too dramatic (don't ask Matt:)).  

9. Boy or Girl? I really don't seem to care! I would love to have another girl so Ruth could have a sister but I am totally in for whatever Jesus has in the works. And yes, we are finding out this time!!!  We didn't with Ruth and it was AMAZING.  Everyone, aside from three people, thought it would be a boy.  I carried high, only out in front, she moved a TON, and I had great skin...and then out pops a little girl!

10. Names? We do have names picked out but will wait to release until we find out who this little one truly is (in regards to boy or girl)

Love, Anna

Monday, November 05, 2012

What faith really looks like.

So one of the most amazing ladies I have ever met had a baby last week. A little boy named Isaiah. She was 33 weeks along and he was born via scheduled c-section. And she goes in later this week for a 3rd brain surgery to fight her 3rd bout with brain cancer.

This is what love looks like. This is what I think is often missing in my life-the ability to live life out loud. To grab fear by the tail and whip it into outer space.

Here is part of her story.  She is a hero: a mother, a wife, a friend, a fighter, a daughter of the Most High.  I am telling you-her faith is a life changer for so many people. I have sat next to her bed praying in tears with her amazing friends and family.  She is what legacy's are made of.

Life big. Live out loud. Live faithfully.

Monday, June 04, 2012

Not even ready.

So I follow this blog titled "The Southern Eclectic." She seriously looks like one of those ladies that just pops out cute little people, continues to be a rockstar wife and did I mention-she also has a fashion line.

Well today she posted something that made me feel like she just might be more human :) Possibly. I seriously laughed so hard at this article she found all centered around people thinking they are ready for a wee one.

And I promise you, my daughter is worth all of it.  All of it.  Including the three nights last week where she woke up nearly every hour, on the hour, and then decided to stay awake for three hours of it.  And yes, she is almost four months.  But each day is full of her making me laugh so hard because she squeals, laughs, smiles like no other, etc.

Without further ado, here is the link to the original article and here is the paraphrase.  I promise you, if you are a mother, you will seriously laugh out loud (LOL for the original text messagers, AIMers).

"Look, you're not ready to have a baby. 

You're probably in your late twenties or early thirties, and you've gotten some stuff figured out, and now you're pretty sure you're "almost ready" to have a baby. But a baby is the ultimate, cosmic limit-tester of all ultimate cosmic limits, and no matter what you do to prepare, you will still find yourself thrown for a loop. 

You think you're ready because you have a dog? Ugh, sorry, but no. If you want your dog to help you prepare you for an actual human baby, it only works if you have the worst dog in the universe. It has to be, like, only trainable on Thursdays and it must never eat the first three types of food you offer it. Doesn't sound like any dogs I know! 

If you want to get ready for a baby, take my advice, and do the opposite of fun stuff. I'm not saying babies aren't fun, but it's not the kind of fun for which you need any practice. In fact, if I were selling my own Baby Squad Fitness Program for Actual Baby Readiness, it would come with the following drills/regimen for the entire year prior to conception. (Yes, conception! Yes, a year! Not doing anything fun while already pregnant is not actually all that hard and therefore not true readiness training).

  • Practice wrestling a large, slippery fish three times a week.
  • Wake up every two hours at night, punch yourself in the face, walk around for 28 minutes pleading in gibberish. Go back to "sleep." Repeat.
  • Socialize with friends in 18-second increments.
  • Practice asking for the check, boxing up your food and exiting a restaurant in under sixty seconds - two bites into the meal.
  • Watch 38% of any film or television show. Never see the ending or resolution.
  • Read the same three paragraphs of a novel once every two weeks; fall asleep.
  • Shower every three to five days, but only for two minutes.
  • Hire a makeup artist to make you look up to 10 years older. Look at yourself in the mirror, then laugh, cry, laugh, cry, laugh, cry. Do not go get a drink
  • Pack two additional bags of random stuff to carry with you every time you leave the house.
  • Stand around a tennis court and catch fly balls with one hand for two hours a day while also preparing a peanut butter sandwich.
  • Practice wrestling aforementioned large, slippery fish, then dress it in seasonally appropriate outfit, including hat and/or jacket. Then go back, remove all clothing, and apply sunscreen. Re-dress fish. 
  • Make 24 hours of baby-crying audio. Hit play the moment you take a phone call, fire up your computer, or begin speaking any sentences to another human that contain important or useful information.

I can speak from first-hand experience, all the above only scratches the surface.

But then you realize you have a BABY...and you are a mother...and who cares if you're not ready? It's all worth it."

Epic, huh? And it is ALL true. 

Praise God He gives us ladies something extra during these times because otherwise there might be many, many, many fewer people :)

xoxo, Anna N

Monday, February 13, 2012

Ruth Charlotte Norman.

I can't even write this without tearing up so it will be short.

I have never been so in love with God, my husband and another human as I am now.

It was (and still kind of is) the hardest thing that I could have never even imagined and for some crazy beautiful reason, the makes the magnitude that much more significant.

Praise God for mothers who have answered calls at 2am and come over and helped with the incredible newness of all of this.

She is beautiful and we are beyond blessed and praise God that somehow (I have no idea) He dreamed up something as beautiful as birth and babies.

Birth story to come-still recovering from the quite insane nature of it all :)

Ruth Charlotte Norman
Born: February 8th, 2012
Time: 4:35pm
Weight: 7lbs 15 oz
Height: 20.5 inches

PS: You can follow us on Instagram (well mainly you can follow pictures of our lovely daughter): sotrulylovely

xoxo, Anna & Ruth (and a husband smitten by a little girl)

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

The last day.

Of just us two (Goofy as well).  

In case you can't tell, he was making us laugh (he had a good squeeze).

Tomorrow we go in at 6am for this little one to be "evicted" from its current home inside my tummy.  It has been such a beautiful last few days as I have gotten some seriously lovely time with the handsome man I married.  Every night we go to bed, say a prayer, and just ponder how beautiful life really is right now (and how people keep saying it is somehow going to get better).

Isn't it a beautiful thing how God exceeds our imaginations?  

I am quite captivated by that recently.

Oh, and little Miss Emmanuelle Poem Cecil made her beautiful debut on Sunday!!!  She is GORGEOUS (she was 15 days "overdue" and thus, I think she is perfect).  Morgan sent me this one so I don't have any of their beautiful family yet but we will! 

And yes, my belly seriously grew so much in the last week. I must say, it feels like a six-pack though...solid!  

PS:  Here is some proof of how much our baby moves...and why I am okay having it moved out tomorrow :)  I have had a few tears from a few painful kicks/headbutts/etc.  

It is likely about 9 pounds now and seriously the strongest, little thing I have ever experienced.  Ever.  

Crossfit has nothing on this little one.  

I am in the tub but it is nothing inappropriate :)  Just insane.  See craziness here.  The end of the video might scare you...

xoxo, Anna N

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

The Nursery-final.

Here are the pics of the finished nursery!  

A few details:

The "buffet:" $150 on Craigslist...then sanded, painted, & sprayed (the hardware)
chair: Ikea Poang chair (LOVE IT)
crib: Jenny Lind crib purchased by my gracious parents (mattress, too)
rug: Costco :) Used to be in our room.
shelves: Ikea
mobile, light fixture and Humpty Dumpty Lamp: Chris and Matt's from when they were wee!
yellow lamp: garage sale, $5
Snow White mirror: garage sale, $5
side table: garage sale, $5
Elephant: Ikea!
The letters: my old roomies :)
Curtains: Target

We are excited for you to come little one so we can delight in you all the days of our lives :)

I made this for you today-you should come wear it!

40 weeks and counting...

 Lord willing this is my last preggo picture this time around :)  Pretty please :)

xoxo, Anna N

Monday, January 30, 2012

We are ready!

So this might be the last post as "just" a wife/sister/friend/daughter before I add Mother to the titles...

Here is a project I did today-the finishing touch on the nursery!  I made a crib skirt (much harder than I thought and PS: linen shrinks when you wash/dry it so be sure to get extra at the fabric store!) and then painted chevron stripes with the paint from the buffet table. Naturally, I measure nothing and it was freehand chevron (with Frog tape) so please don't look too closely.

And DIY is not cheaper...

And here is the finished nursery!!!  I will take better pics during the day and also not with the IPhone :) My Snow White mirror made it in there.

And, this is husband and I's Sunday :) We finished the book and HIGHLY recommend ALL (I am serious about this one) to read it...married, single, dating, etc. 

And our beautiful friend Rebecca had one of her friends at work make this for Baby Norman...I am in love. She gave it to us before church last night and I held it the whole time :)

xoxo, Anna N

PS: Doc said the baby should come anytime thus this world will soon have a baby with an amazing father and a miraculous God :)

Thursday, January 26, 2012


These are the last few days before life changes entirely-or so we have been told (by EVERYONE with a child).

39 weeks and counting!

I was pondering/cherishing many things the other night and even had small tears in my eyes when my beautiful husband walked by and started dancing in the way only he can and I fell even more in love with the man who will soon be our baby's father (in real time).

I am so blessed to be married to someone that I want our child to be like in every single way. 

"Little one: you are being born to the greatest father I will ever know."

I am in awe of this beautiful woman: she is one of the most lovely and joyful ladies I know and has a story that would captivate your heart.  We were walking at the end of the April and literally said, "How cool would it be if God let both of us be pregnant at the same time?"  Well...she is due tomorrow and I am due next Tuesday :)

You can read part of her story here.  Pray baby Emma comes soon and debuts her beautiful face to this world :)

Off to the 39 week visit-we shall see where the wee one is!

xoxo, Anna N

Monday, January 23, 2012


I will do a recap on the "party-life" we lead in the next few days but I just read something that touched me so much that I had to share.  One of the pastor's wives at our church writes a blog and today she posted on marriage and the necessity of friendship.

As you can tell, I am a HUGE (literally, 39 weeks preggo, pic below) fan of great marriages.  My husband and I last night were talking about how we feel so blessed to love being married and were pondering what we were called to do with this. After all, we are all blessed only to go out and be a blessing to others.

I always tell people that marriage is for friendship (this is also ALL over the Timothy Keller book we are reading, "The Meaning of Marriage).  I not only love my husband-immensely, I also really, really, really like my husband.

To be honest-for all of you single gals, this makes dating a lot easier.  If you are looking for a great friend, so much pressure is taken off.  God is often quite great and often throws in the fact that your "great friend" also happens to be ridiculously handsome and can make you laugh like no other :)

Please enjoy the article and here is a pic of the wee one with one week left...

Don't you wonder who is in there??? Ruth or Henry???

Oh, and here is my best friend/lover/husband/confidant/protector/etc.

xoxo, Anna N

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

38 weeks.

Somehow the baby is in the middle today. That is a cow on our floor.

Less than two weeks!
I have less than two weeks left-in theory.  The doctor, who we adore, even gave us a personal note (I call it a "hall pass") so they will personally call him when I go in so hopefully we can have him do the delivery!  

I met with my dula/friend/mentor/sister yesterday and went through how to keep things calm and to truly enjoy and cherish every moment of this little one entering this side of the world.

I had a shower last weekend thrown by my beautiful sis, mom and the amazing Courtney and was abundantly blessed by amazing friends and family.  We seriously have everything we need to get "rolling" and I can't believe how generous our friends are.

(Pics to come)

Things to know about yourself, baby:

-you love to move.  And your feet just switched from the right side to the left side of my tummy. And no, you can't come out the front of my tummy like you have been trying.

-Your daddy is the most solid (physically and mentally) man I know. And he LOVES to dance.

-You are measuring at 36 weeks (odd because I was measuring ahead the whole time and now I am not).

-The doctor thinks you might be a boy.

-You might be up for a competition of being the most loved baby in the womb (thanks, mom:)). Wait til' they can kiss you!

-You have the best dad in the whole, wide, circular, rotating on a 13 degree axis, world.

-We promise to raise you as godly parents and love you in all the ways that Jesus loves us. Which is abundantly and unconditionally...

Side Bar

So Matt for Christmas said he would take me shopping to Forever 21 after the wee one arrives (he said he would "send me" and I asked if he would come :)  Need someone to hold that precious lil'!

Back to the clothing (our little one is currently naked and I am guessing will always prefer that).  I have been scouting while looking for "neutral clothing" and here is what momma-to-be would like to be donning in a few months.

-I love silk. Mucho.
-I love color. Mucho.
-I love ruffles and lace.
-I like good prices.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Four weeks to go.

AKA: 36 weeks in.

Incredibly hard to believe that 9 months ago I quit my job and then...poof...10 days later, prego!  Here we are in the last four weeks before God blesses us with a little boy (please be just like my husband) or a little girl (please marry someone just like your daddy).

EVERYTHING our mothers said about being pregnant is true. Yes, you think you have grown and then the last six weeks hits and you then think you were the tiniest thing before that. Oh, and I thought I was "showing" at six months...little did I know.

It is an insanely beautiful, no-words, life/body/soul altering experience to be pregnant.  I know I will miss it when wee one arrives but I am excited to understand a little more about how our parents love us so much.

The clincher to these pics is when I "thought I was showing..." at 3.5 months. Don't laugh. On 2nd thought, you probably should. 

14 weeks-3.5 months.  Looking forward to that "showing" stomach again :)
21 Weeks.

22 Weeks.

24 Weeks-5 months.
28 Weeks-7 months.

30 weeks-7.5. months.

36 Weeks-9 months...

Babe-this is for you :)
xoxo, Anna N and wee one

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas Celebrations.

We had such a lovely last Christmas as just husband and wife (before we don the new names of Daddy and Mommy).  We went to our church's Christmas Eve gathering at the Schnitzer Hall-brought me to tears it was so beautiful- and then spent the rest of the evening at my parents house with our tradition of eating grilled cheese/tomato soup and watching White Christmas-my fave film ever.

The next morning, husband and I had a quiet morning and started a new tradition of making aebelskivers!  We read the Christmas story and just enjoyed sitting next to one another in front of the fire.  He got me an Iphone (I am back!), some amazing books AND a shopping trip to Forever 21 once the baby is out :) 

PS: Babe, you rock.  You are the best gift ever. You could always just wrap yourself up every year...

We then headed to my parent's house where we were super blessed by them and sister and just enjoyed eating monkey bread, coffee cake, and breakfast casserole (amazing!!!!!). My parents got the baby outfits for it to go home in-one for a boy, one for a girl!

After that, my family all hopped in our car and headed to Matt's brother's home in Albany to celebrate with his family.  

It was all bountifully beautiful and we cherish that Jesus' has given us the reason for not just this season, but for everything.

xoxo, Anna N
Year one of aebelskivers:  I will try not to burn them next year.

Lemon curd, powdered sugar, and raspberry jam were the toppings!

Grandma's are all ready!

Clearly, the grandpas are too!

Matt and his beautiful mother.

I love this man. He makes me laugh ALL of the time.  I love him.

The Hurds, the Normans and the Wrights!

The good-lookin' Normans!

The Wright clan :)  And yes, the belly is getting HUGE.