Monday, March 23, 2015

Introducing Chloé Grace Misegades!

Miss Chloé Grace Misegades arrived on March 10, 2015 at 7:54am weighing in at 8 lbs 5 oz and measuring 20 1/8" long! 

They say your heart doubles when you welcome a new little one into the world and I think my heart just might explode over this little angel.  She has rocked our world and changed this Mama's heart forever. We love her SO much and I look forward to updating you all on everything we've been up to the past 2 weeks in adjusting to our new family of 4! 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Tomorrow is the BIG DAY!

If I am being honest,  I am a bundle of nerves this morning.  Last night was pretty emotional for me as we tucked Stella in for the last time before baby sister arrives.  We are taking her to my Mom's house later today and she will be with the grandparents for the rest of the week while I am in the hospital.  The weather is rainy and gross today but I am trying to think of something fun for us to do today, just the 2 of us! This will be the last day for awhile that I can even pick her up due to my recovery. 

Most of you know, my first birth experience was probably the hardest day of my life.  Honestly.  I know everyone is so excited about tomorrow and to an extent I am too but I can't help but be incredibly nervous because of everything that happened last time.  I know this time will be completely different because I am in the US, have an English-speaking doctor, and Logan will get to be in the room with me… Not to mention I won't have to go through the actual 16 hours of labor part but it's still hard for me to wrap my mind around everything.  We check in at 5:30am tomorrow and are getting wheeled back at 7:15 and everything should be said and done by 9/ 9:30am!  TOMORROW.  

It feels weird knowing its coming… almost gives you too much time to analyze and worry rather than launching into labor unexpectedly and just rolling with it!  Last time I had no idea my labor would end in and emergency C-Section so I had no time to think about what they were actually doing to me… Being on this side of it though, I clam up and get nervous thinking about the actual procedure and recovery. I suppose its the same sort of thing when you get induced! 

BUT I am excited to get to meet her.  Seeing her face will immediately make everything worthwhile - We haven't had a sonogram since 19 weeks so we really haven't seen her much at all this pregnancy (vs. in France when we had a sonogram every appointment) and I have NO clue what she's going to look like! Will she be a "Mini Stella" or completely different? Then again, Stella looks NOTHING like her newborn pics so that can always change haha! Below are a few pictures of our beautiful Stella Rose RIGHT after being born!

Last night Logan and I just sat in her nursery and prayed.  Prayed for her health, her future, Stella and their relationship, the procedure, the nerves, the anxiety… and that she would be a good eater/ sleeper …. PLEAAAASE! We also prayed for her NAME.  We have a pretty good idea about her first name but her middle name is completely up in the air… So we are hoping that once we meet her, it will just be evident.  Funny thing is the name I think we are going with has never been on my "Baby Name List" until this pregnancy! (I have kept a running list on my phones for YEARS) So it feels fresh and new and exciting and something I never would have thought we'd go with! I have become OCD checking out every possible girl name I can get my hands on in and effort to make sure this is the RIGHT NAME…. She could be our very last little girl, after all so I don't ever want to hear another name and wish we would have gone with that one instead! I feel pretty confident I have done my research and we've landed on a good one :) 

PS How crazy is it that we had THIS MUCH SNOW… IN TEXAS… IN MARCH!!! Pretty fun that I now have 2 snow bump pictures at the SAME point in pregnancy with both of my girls :) The top one was in France with Stella and the rest are from this past week at 39 weeks pregnant! 

Friday, March 6, 2015

Baby Misegades Part Deux - A Nursery Tour

Well considering we just moved into our house on February 14th, I feel like we have made MAJOR progress in nesting and decorating :) Of course the NURSERY was my tip top priority!!!

The clothes are washed.  The blankets are folded.  The decorations are hung. We are just waiting on baby GIRL to make her grand entrance! Only 4 days to go unless she decides to come early!
Love painting is a Stella original :) 

- Jenny Lind Crib (Thanks to Gigi for this… I have been searching high and low for a crib that reminded me of the one we had in France that I was SO sad to let go of… This one is SO similar!) 
- Gigi also made the cute wreath (Name coming soon) 
- Gigi ALSO sewed the bedding (just like she did for Stella) - We picked out all the Fabrics at Joanns 
- Prints are from Marshalls and Hobby Lobby 
- Scripture alphabet was a gift 
- White floating shelves are from IKEA 
- Home Goods hamper holds all of our soft blankets 
- Rock and Play from Once Upon a Child 
- Lamp mobile made by Gigi 
- Rug from West Elm (It was on clearance because it was the floor model!) 
- Yellow chair was my Mammaw's chair 
- Dresser was a DIY project Logan and I took on - It was previously his grandpa's dresser which we inherited last Fall - just needed some TLC, new knobs, and a fresh coat of paint!
- The tassel banner was the inspiration for the entire room- Ordered off Etsy! 
- The vinyl dots are from Etsy as well- Although our walls are textured, I still think they turned out really cute! 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Note to my Firstborn

To my SWEET, Stella-bug!

You have been such a champion over the past 4 weeks… You have successfully dropped your pacifier, transitioned to your "big girl" bed, AND moved houses.  This is the 3rd house you will live in during just 1 school year…. CRAZY! I hope we never do this again! 

I just want to brag on you…. TWO has been my most favorite age to date.  You can actually communicate in short sentences with us, you have QUITE the personality, and you are hilarious.  You have just started laughing at jokes and sometimes trying to make your own jokes as well :) 

I have been beaming with Mama pride because 2 kids in your MDO class apparently talk about YOU all the time to their parents.  You and Mary are best friends and apparently like to swap shoes during the school day.  Then we have Rhett… who is super shy and has a hard time leaving his Daddy, but apparently he feels comfortable around you because he talks about you all the time at home and you have been invited to a play date with him! (His Mommy found our email in the directory and everything!) I love that these kiddos see that same light in you that me and your Daddy do.

You are FULL of energy, you LOVE to dance, you have never met a stranger, and you make everyone feel special.  I cannot WAIT to watch you become a big sister in 2 weeks! Seeing how you take care of your animals ("ah-mals") and babies makes me think you are going to be such a big help with this baby.  My prayer is that the transition is smooth and that you and baby sister grow up to be the best of friends.  

Stella…. Your Daddy and I just adore you! We feel like you are seriously COOL and are so proud to be your parents. We love your laugh, the way you are FEARLESS, love to dance, and sing at the TOP of your lungs NO MATTER WHERE WE ARE haha! The other day at Target you were busting out "Let it Go" and moms were wheeling by smiling in our direction and another said "Well I think I know her favorite movie…" - I love how you are completely yourself ALL the time and I hope that never changes.

We love you sweet baby girl and we will cherish the next 2 weeks with you being our only little princess. 


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A New Chapter Approaching…

Sometime last summer, I stopped blogging.  It was mostly because I felt like my plate was overwhelmingly full and I was having a hard time readjusting to being in the US, being a first-time Mom, and trying to juggle being a good Mom with working from home basically full time.  I was doing my Rodan + Fields business and my slideshow business and then I was the assistant to a really amazing, high level leader in R+F.  My plate was FULL and something needed to go.  Sadly, at the time… it was this blog.  

But I have felt a void.  A void because I have collected so many stories and moments over the past year that I haven't shared.  Ups and lots of downs…. Hope and peace and uncertainty and fear of the future. One thing I keep telling my husband is what I miss the most is WRITING.  Writing has always been therapeutic for me and no matter who reads this blog, the writing helps me get my thoughts out in the open and express myself. 

You will probably think the timing of this is crazy because I am now 9 months pregnant with our second baby girl and we are MOVING this weekend… So WHY on Earth would I choose to write an entry today of all days?!?! Well that is simple. Ever since I can remember, when I am stressed beyond belief and pushed beyond my limits, I write…. and write …. and somehow the burden is lifted just a bit. 

So I sit here typing as my CRAZY adorable 2 year old naps, my house looks like a tornado blew through it, and I have a "To Do" list a mile long and I pause and reflect on how temporary this stress really is and how in 1 months time, we will get to meet our precious daughter.  

I have felt a bit guilty lately that I haven't really thought about her much - Over the span of the last 9 months we have moved,found out we were expecting another baby girl, had a family funeral, I've been to the ER with kidney stones (TWICE), hosted lots of house guests, changed OBGYNs halfway through my pregnancy,  quit my assistant role with R+F to focus solely on growing my business, dealt with a CRAZY amount of house and landlord problems, broken a lease, and found a new home with only 2 weeks notice! It.Has.Been.Insane. 

I am so anxious to move into our new home so that we can put this stressful, anxiety-filled chapter on the shelf and move forward with a fresh start and clean slate.  I want to decorate her nursery, take time to savor the movements in my belly, and daydream about what she will look like- Will she be a carbon copy of Stella or be completely unique?!!? All I know is that we will meet her March 10th if not sooner and that is SO soon! 

So I have no idea in what capacity I will be blogging but I am feeling drawn to start it up again.  Making time and space for something that is incredibly refreshing and fulfilling to me.  I hope there are still a few of you out there who will be interested in reading along on our journey. I have lots of stories to share from the past year and even more that I am sure are about to unfold as we transition to being in somewhat of a groove as a family of 3 to adjusting to a family of 4! 

Good to see you again ol' blog.  Lets start hanging out again. 


Monday, June 16, 2014

Stella Rose: 17 Months Old

Oh my how you have GROWN and CHANGED. The past 5 months have FLOWN by! This month you will be 17 months old!!! You are becoming ALL toddler these days and are super independent, vocal, hilarious, adventurous, and FULL of energy! 

These days you:

- Live on Spaghetti O's and blueberries
- LOVE dipping sauces like ketchup, hot sauce, and hummus… and you just like the sauce, not the item that goes WITH the sauce 
- Love playing at Splash Pads and swinging! 
- LOVE to dance… especially to worship music :) 
- Sing your ABC's, Old MacDonald (E-I-E-I-O), and Ring around the Rosie (Ashes! Ashes!)
- Take your lovies everywhere… When you wake up you scoop them ALL up to come with you. 
- Still don't like the car
- Still want a bottle every morning and evening and pacifier during naps and bedtime (We will cut you off eventually) 
- Your special treat every day is a cup of ice from Sonic - you are rarely quiet unless you have that cup of ice! 
- You can say: Daddy, Mommy, "Nana" (banana), "Tetta" (Stella), "Bahbah" (Bottle), NO!, "Mo" (More), baby 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Thoughts on Whole 30

I have received a LOT of questions about the Whole 30 Diet so I thought I would do a post explaining it and how we have liked it so far. 

First of all, my friend Ashley DARED me to do this 30 Day Challenge and I am not one to pass up a good challenge. I will be honest, I had NEVER EVER done a diet before.  Unfortunately, eating disorders ran rampant in my high school and so I have tried to stay as far away from calorie counting as I possibly can so that I would never have to walk through that struggle.  BUT I feel like I had taken it too far- Cokes, FAST FOOD, and eating whatever I wanted...Whenever I wanted.  For the first YEAR after Stella was born, I was able to blame the extra weight on Stella and after that, it was just plain laziness so I knew there had to be a middle ground somewhere. So I decided to take on this challenge! 

Instead of all the foods I CANNOT eat (because that overwhelms me) I just focused on what we COULD eat.

The first week was awful.  My system was shocked at how many greens I was eating and I was honestly a bit on edge and cranky.  My saving graces were afternoon Sonic runs to get unsweet tea and my Lara Bars! I LOVE these! For lunch, I just subsituted lettuce for bread on my sandwiches, almost making them a wrap! Not as filling, but still good. 

I started on a Monday and had a doctor's appointment that Thursday and the nurse practices PALEO (Very similar to Whole 30) and gave me some advice.  She said if I took it TOO FAR and was too strict on myself, it would become a "Fad Diet" that I would swear on my life to never do again after the 30 Days were up! She said for her and her husband, they practice Paleo during the week and take weekends off.  Why?  Because you aren't going to UN-DO all the healthy eating you have practiced during the week with 1 cheeseburger on the weekend.  So this was great motivation for me because I knew if I could make it until Friday, I wouldn't feel guilty eating whatever I wanted on the weekends! (Now its not smart to binge-eat, but if I wanted to splurge and have ice cream or pasta, I had that freedom)  She also told me that she had a few non-negotiables in her weekday dieting: Creamer in her coffee and red wine if she needed a glass after a long day.  I have adapted this to MY Nonfat Chi Tea Lattes from White Rock Coffee after my Boot Camp workouts (NON-negotiable after a 5:30AM workout) and also red wine if I have had a long day.  (She did mention that red wine is the "healthiest" alcohol- good for your heart and less sugar than white wine.) 

If nothing else, this "diet" has really been a lifestyle shift for my family.  We are eating MUCH healthier and I am much more conscious about what I buy at the store now.  LOTS of fresh fruits and veggies have taken the place of fruit snacks, trail mix, and goldfish in the afternoons.  I also RARELY find myself craving "Fast Food" anymore and I used to eat it frequently.  AND I am pleased to say, that unsweet tea has now replaced my cravings for COKE!! I had a Coke this past weekend and couldn't even finish it because it made me feel so bloated. I never thought I would say that! 

Some of my FAVORITE things to make now are spaghetti squash.  Recipe HERE.  And then Taco Salad... we do ground beef, corn, lettuce, tomatoes, and sliced up avocado topped with Salsa from Chili's :) Its YUMMY!!!  Logan's favorite lunch these days is tuna salad and my favorite snack has become apples with almond butter from Trader Joes.  
Who are we?!?! I don't even recognize us! Haha! We do NOT keep a scale in our house for said reason listed in the first paragraph, but I have noticed that I feel better and my pants are buttoning up a lot easier than they used to ;) So I would encourage anyone to try it and not be HARD CORE about it, but be REALISTIC.  When you do challenges like this it really makes you take a good hard look at your eating habits and sometimes just a tweak or two can make all the difference in your diet! I am not an expert by any means, but I feel like if WE were able to do this, ANY family can! 


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