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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

One Month

Caroline, you are one month old today!

Here are a few newborn photos from the past month...

"I prayed for this child and the Lord had granted me what I asked of Him." (1 Sam. 1:27)

"For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and earth...all things were created by Him and for Him." (Col. 1:16)

We love you, Caroline. Happy one month birthday! 

1 month stats:
length- 20 inches
weight- 6 lbs 4 oz 
diapers- newborn
clothes- newborn...but they're still a little big
sleeping- sleeping pretty well. we get 2 hour stretches and sometimes hit the jackpot with a 3 hr stretch at night. still no rhythm with naps and feeding and you definitely have to be cuddled/held/nursed to sleep...i take it you must really like us.
you've gotten so much better about being in your car seat, you rarely cry. but you make it clear you don't like baths, diaper changes, or tummy time.
you often smile when you first close your eyes to go to sleep. and the other day you had just closed your eyes and i kissed you on your cheek and you smiled (just  half smile on that side of your face i kissed) i repeated the kiss 3 times and you repeated the half smile 3 times, can hardly wait till you start smiling at us!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

C's Nursery...Completed!

A framed card from one of my baby showers. I thought this was so cute as nursery artwork because the owl is sleeping and the colors matched the nursery so well! 

DIY Rocking chair by my dad.

The wall color is Prairie Willow by Valspar. 

Infant's Sleep Sound Lamb- a gift from my aunt, and a child's rocking chair- a lovely hand me down from a friend who's daughter has outgrown it. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

10 Days Old

Caroline, you are 10 days old today! 

These first 10 days have been a blur. But I don't want to forget the details of this precious time...

Your favorite place to be is snuggled with mommy in my big white bathrobe. It's the one fail proof Caroline soother. I've sat awake late at night with you rocking you or walking the house while you stare up at me with wide eyes happy to be snuggled with mommy.

You are doing great with your weight, yesterday at your last pediatrician appointment you were back up to your birth weight and one ounce over. My day was made! We can now let you sleep longer between feedings which means I am also getting more sleep! 

Your premie size clothes are getting a tiny bit more snug. You still wear mostly newborn size clothes (because that's what I had) but we roll up the sleeves and feet.

Your daddy calls you "Little Miss No Butt" because you were so tiny when you were born you really had almost no butt. But you're putting on some baby fat now. 

You do not like having your diaper changed or getting a bath. You also want to be held all the time so we don't lay you down in your napper unless you're fast asleep because otherwise you start crying. You are also not a fan of the car seat so we've had to develop a method: we put you in the car seat while asleep, then tuck a blanket around you so you feel swaddled. 

We love you, sweet C! 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Announcing Caroline Faith

Announcing the arrival of Caroline Faith Schneider
Born November 18th (due December 18th, exactly a month early) at 7:12 PM
5 pounds 3 ounces
UNC Hospital Midwives

Friday, November 23, 2012

Baby Nursery DIY Project

The first thing Mike and I got for baby girl was a crib. I wanted to use white furniture in our nursery because I liked the relaxed, clean look of it. We were blessed to be given a second hand changing table in great condition, and the old rocking chair my parents used to rock me in when I was just a baby. But neither of these pieces of nursery furniture matched our nursery. 

Enter the ingenuity of my home remodeling dad and thrifty husband. 

My dad rigged up a great spray painting system: a thin rope tied between two trees, they fastened screws to the bottom legs of the changing table (doesn't matter because that part will not be seen once the changing table is reassembled), and then hung the screws to the rope with wire. This allowed Mike to get an even coat on all sides of the individual changing table pieces. It sounds complicated, but really it only took 10 minutes or less to rig this up. 

The rocking chair was too heavy to hang up to paint, so it had to be done in stages. We used Valspar Spray Paint in white with a gloss finish for both pieces of furniture. The gloss finish is best for spray painting furniture because it leaves a smooth to the touch finish. And the great thing about using spray paint instead of regular paint from a can? It's faster, more even, and you don't have to use a sealant at the end! 

The finished rocking chair in C's nursery! The seat cushion I made by putting an ugly (but oh so comfy) pillow in a sateen/cotton blend pillowcase and then folding over and fastening the extra pillowcase material on the back side. The cute butterfly mobile is courtesy of my sweet friend Chelsea. 

The whole project cost about $50 in spray paint. It might sound like a lot, but when you consider buying a brand new rocking chair/glider and changing table for the nursery $50 is a deal! I've got to admit, I was skeptical about how well the furniture would turn out. But it turned out great and was definitely worth the project! 

I'll post more pictures soon so you can see the entire finished nursery.

Friday, November 16, 2012

35 Weeks

Size of baby: 5 pounds

Baby is: She's fully formed, just adding fat to her little body. She's also getting a little squished in there, which I can tell by her movements. No more big kicks, just wiggles and readjustments which are very visible from the outside and hilarious. She also gets hiccups often and because she's already head down (good job, baby girl!) I feel like I get hiccups in my right hip. 

Maternity Clothes: I've stopped buying maternity clothes since I'm so close to baby's arrival. But I have been discovering some non-maternity clothes I can wear now and hopefully after baby comes too. Like the dress in the picture above. It's non-maternity, but fits me great as maternity, I just went up a size. Plus I can wear it comfortably with my post-baby body. 

Sleep: I'm definitely needing more of it! Still waking up every 2 to 3 hours for a bathroom break or to walk out the occasional leg cramp. 

Gender: Girl! 

Cravings: Cheese...extra sharp cheddar cheese is delicious to me with anything- grilled cheese, on crackers, plain, thinly sliced on tart apples, oh yum!  And strawberry keifer with vanilla whey protein mixed in...somehow that combo of vanilla and strawberry and tartness from the keifer is so yummy to me!  

Week's highlights: Every little wiggle and every little hiccup is a highlight! I also got really excited to get to start going to the midwives every week as well as go ahead and schedule the rest of my weekly midwife appointments. While the receptionist was scheduling the rest of my appointments I think I told her half a dozen times "This is so exciting!". 

"For this child I have prayed"
- Samuel 1:27

Saturday, November 3, 2012

A Sweet Southern Baby Shower

My sweet friend Chelsea and her sweet mom Paige hosted a lovely baby shower for me and little C at the Weathervane at A Southern Season in Chapel Hill

The room was beautiful, I especially liked the chiavari chairs and the big windows which let in lots of natural light. 

Who doesn't love a Pinterest worthy DIY diaper cake- adorable baby shower decor and super useful come baby girl's arrival. 

My mom and Chelsea's mom, Paige. 

The food was delicious! Chelsea chose to do some traditional Carolina southern cuisine such as bite sized chicken biscuits and corn bread with pecan honey butter alongside some lighter fair such as a fruit tray and pita bread squares and hummus. And we all got to take home a box of leftover eats, which Mike definitely appreciated! 

C's Grandma Osborne. And we totally didn't match on purpose but I think it's adorable that we ended up matching! 

Lovely blue and white hydrangea centerpiece. 

Hostess CHELSEA! 

Unwrapping Brooke's gift. She gave me an adorable birthday book from PB kids. Each year you ask your child certain questions, like "what does Daddy do at work all day?" or "what ingredients went into your birthday cake?" and write them down. I'm bound to get some funny responses from Caroline. 

Unwrapping a nursing cover Ashley from my small group made for me, it's cute! 

Ashley, Paige T., and Kristen from small group. 

Caroline is a lucky little girl to come into the world with so many women who love her and support her mama. Thank you, Chelsea & Paige for such a lovely and meaningful afternoon. And thank you to the ladies who came, it meant so much to have you each there!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

More Baby Shower Tea Pictures

Here are more pictures from the baby shower tea Grandma Osborne (my mom) hosted. If you didn't get to see the first set of pictures you can over here.

There is just something so classy about tea at the Washington Duke Inn.  It can make any girl feel like princess Kate for the afternoon. Minus the whole perfect hair and makeup thing (how does she do it?)

The delicious tea foods including deviled eggs, tea sandwiches, cheeses and desserts. (My favorite was the chocolate covered strawberry). 

My sweet friend Caitlin

Such a fun afternoon with such wonderful ladies. 

And thank you, (Grandma) mom for such a special memory. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Emma's Fall Wedding

This past weekend my friend Emma got married. Emma and I were close in elementary and middle school, and have maintained contact throughout different high schools, colleges, and moves. 

Her wedding was a beautiful October wedding. Here are a few snapshots from the big day...

Emma had a cupcake tower at her reception, possibly the tallest cupcake tower I have ever seen and the tallest icing towers on each cupcake. They were so yummy! Love me a wedding cupcakes tower! 

Me and Hannah, another friend I've had since elementary days. She's a sweetheart! And I've gotten asked several times if we're related, which I consider a very high compliment. 

I liked the subtle country inspired reception decor. Who doesn't love mason jars at a wedding? Her wedding colors were navy blue and fall colored flowers for bouquets and centerpieces- so pretty!

There she is, the beautiful bride! 

Enjoying a wedding cupcake. They had a 1pm ceremony with heavy h'ordeves for the reception. It was a nice break from the traditional sit down meals at weddings because we felt more able to get up and mingle with other wedding guests, rather than having to stay at our table for a plated meal. They had these absolutely yummy steak kabobs, I think the baby liked them because I must have eaten  four. I was CRAVING them! 

What's one of your favorite things about weddings?

I used to work in weddings and between my husbands friends and mine being in that "getting married" phase of life I think I've been to more weddings in the last few years than I could count! Of course, the wedding decor is beautiful to see, and being a foodie I'm always eager to try the eats. But I'd have to say my favorite thing about weddings is the ceremony and seeing how the couple's relationship comes through in different elements of the ceremony such as the vows they choose, or family photos displayed. 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Baby Shower Afternoon Tea

Late this summer my mom had an idea: she'd like to host a baby shower tea at the Washington Duke Inn. When I got married at Duke Chapel almost 3 years ago she had wanted to have a bridesmaid tea there, but as the busy season that is weddings would have it, we just weren't able to fit it in. 

Celebrating Caroline was the perfect occasion to visit the Washington Duke Inn for afternoon tea. Here are some photos from the very special afternoon. 

Chelsea & Me

Aileen, Caitlin, Hannah & Kim 

Emma...who is getting married this month! 

Afternoon tea menu at the Fairview Dining Room in the Washington Duke. 

 Liz, Annie, and Laura

Notice the balloons on the gift table. It's such a simple things but I was excited about the pink baby girl balloons. They've become part of my dining area decor at home until they deflate. 

Glad my blogging buddy Aileen has moved to Raleigh-Durham. guess I better practice saying "grandma" so Caroline doesn't get confused. 

Each lady got to choose her own pot of tea and then we enjoyed lots of dainty tea eats including tea sandwiches, chocolate dipped strawberries (my favorite!), deviled eggs, and the most yummy scones. Good thing they let us take home the leftovers at the end of the afternoon...Mike has been devouring the cinnamon pecan scones I brought him home. 

My friend Bethany who is due two weeks after me and is also having a girl. She lives a couple hours away in the mountains, but maybe once we've survived the newborn stage we can get our girls together for play dates...and yes, mostly so we can have a mommy date at the same time. 

Me and K. who I've read many bedtime storybooks and made many yummy nutella and peanut butter sandwiches. The Washington Duke chef actually put together a "kid-friendly" assortment of tea sandwiches and desserts for K. including, you guessed it, nutella and banana sandwiches! Yum! 

Thank you, Mom, for your generosity in the gift of such a lovely and memorable afternoon. I'll always cherish this special tea. And thank you to all the ladies who came to make it a special baby shower and for the thoughtful gifts for Caroline too. And thanks also to the ladies who couldn't make it but sent sweet cards and gifts for Caroline to let us know you're thinking and praying for us as we begin this new chapter. The love and support is just overwhelming- in the best of ways. Thank you!