Friday, November 22, 2013

We are Alive

Yes we are Alive. It’s been a CRAZY  5 weeks…

                Oh and I gave birth to a MAGICAL UNICORN 
 Her name is Sophia Layknn Lee and she is a Superstar. To say we are obsessed with her would be an understatement, more like completely and utterly infatuated with our beautiful baby girl! She is everything that we were expecting and then some. Our baby has glitter bombed our world in the best way possible. Baby Sophia is beautiful; she entered this world on October 19th (Saturday) at 7:07pm. A petite 6 pounds 14 ounces but a long 20 inches (above average) Tall like her daddy!

The Birth Story:  Is a writing in the works, but I will be sure to post soon. In typical Sarah & Ralph style she was born to Christmas music playing on Pandora (yes in OCTOBER) and Ralph watching the Bruins on the plasma screen they had hanging in the delivery room. Best. Day. Of. Our. Lives. And comical to say the least. 

Ralph was home with us for the first two weeks…

                     And we loved it. We cried when he went back to work, as if he didn’t feel bad enough.
I spend my days completely wrapped up with my Magical Unicorn that hates mornings just like her momma and sleeps till 10 every morning, YES, I have a Newborn that sleeps till TEN. There are no 5a.m. wake up calls in this house…and for that we are grateful!! 

Things Baby So likes:

Her Bebe: A soft Blanket that has little elephants on it. I received it as a baby shower gift, and I’m not sure who bought it but I have to find out. She received many blankets that day so there wasn’t specific words written on the “list” other than blanket. So if you were the one who purchased this can you PLEASE contact me, because I have to buy more. Sophia wont sleep without it! I think we are safe if we have 4.

Wipe Warmer: She does not want a cold wet wipe coming at her.

Aden and Anais- Swaddled up for bed…Many want to know how she likes her nursery. Truth: She has never slept in there, in fact she has only been in her crib 3 times for a total of 5 minutes to snap a few pictures…..She is in our bed. I know, I know. Everyone has an opinion on this subject. Everything from she will suffocate to you will never get her out of your bed. I can assure you that she is safe, she is in a baby bed that is in our bed and we are not worried that we will never get her out of our bed. She is our baby girl, we have a huge bed and we frankly don’t care if we have a 5 year old sprawled out in our bed (if that is really the case) although I think she will eventually move into her room but they are only little once and we can’t get enough of our little newborn!

Her Daddy: Watching those two together is the most magical thing in the world to me. The love between the two is so organic and real it literally makes me cry. Ralph puts her to sleep every night, actually they both fall asleep together, her wrapped up in his strong arms lying on his chest. I never thought it was possible to love Ralph any more than I already had (which you all know was a pretty crazy over the top kinda love) but I DO! Seeing him with our daughter is beyond words. It sounds so cliché but everyone was right…Life isn’t complete until you have children and have a family. Our life has taken on a whole new meaning and we are soaking up every second of it! 

Bedtime: Sophia loves bedtime…she loves her warm tubbies and story time….there is something about sitting in that big oversized chair rocking my baby while reading her a book that fills me with so much joy. We have went through ALL of her books already…I think we will for sure need books for Christmas. Then we all get in our big cozy bed, say our prayers and daddy cuddles and puts "Soey" to sleep! We are blessed and have so much to be thankful for. 

I’m sure there are a million more things I want to share and document but my baby is wanting some momma time…

Friday, October 4, 2013

BumpDate: 36 Weeks

How far along: 36 WEEKS 

Feeling: Great!! But not so great at night…

Maternity Clothes: No- I have been lazy this week after recouping from my cold. So I’ve been in yoga pants and T’s. Easy.

Sleep: Sleep is not that great…Once I’m asleep it’s Fabulous. It’s the falling asleep part that gets me. Now that I have about 26 days to go, my back hurts and I’m having Braxton Hicks, false contractions. And Baby So is ALWAYS awake and kicking during this time. I try to breathe threw them, but I always end up in tears. Ralph is awesome and he will rub my belly and it puts Soph to sleep EVERY time!  

Best moment of the week? Spending time with Ralph. Gosh I love that guy! He is my all-time high, as good as it gets **In the words of Blake. So I can’t even fathom the love I will have for him and Sophia when she arrives. 
Movement: Always, my spicy little poppy girl.  

Food cravings: Nothing- but Ralph and I BOTH have been loving Fresh City and Boloco’s so we usually pack the dogs up and go on a Saturday Night “Date” and pick up food and eat our stir fry or wraps outside! It’s such a beautiful drive because the leaves are changing to reds, yellows and orange! I love the fall and it’s exciting to look forward to our little tradition we have got going on for the past 4 months!

Food aversions: 

Belly button in or out? In. Doesn’t seem like it’s going to pop out either, which I’m happy about because I’m sure it would have freaked me out!

Rings off or on?: On. With 26 days until she arrives I’m not sure I’m going to have to take off my rings. Which makes me Happy Happy Happy! I love looking at my big Rock and envisioning saying “I Do”…to think on this date next year I will be Married to the best love I have ever known. There are no words. October 4, 2014!!!!!!!!!!  

Goals for Next Week: Finishing getting any last minute things done. I’m officially done with work in 2 weeks! And the BIG NEWS that I spoke of months prior is becoming a reality. I’M TAKING A YEAR OFF!!!! I will be tutoring 10 of my students in two block sessions of 45 minutes (5 students each) so I will be “working” for 90 minutes a week, but basically not working.  Then it’s off to teach 6th Grade, god willing. I’m playing it by ear for now but that is kind of where we stand as of now…and I think Ralph is happy to have a stay at home bride to be. Maybe if I master clean house, happy baby/dogs and Dinner he won’t want me to go back EVER  ;) HaHaHa we will see about that.

What I miss: Piping HOT Jacuzzi Baths in our Master Bathroom, with candles lit, Godiva chocolates, freezing Cold Ice Water in my pink LL Bean bottle, essential oils *Lavender and Eucalyptus (5 drops of each), mud mask on and Netflix Movie’s playing! *Yes I did this often before we found out I was pregnant, 3-4 times a week!!! I love to pamper myself and Ralph loves to be able to watch his truck/logging shows in peace ;)
What I'm looking forward to: Having a Family!! Ralph and I have dreamed of this day…We love every aspect about Family life.   

Milestones: The house is ready for her!

Thoughts: Just excitement and NERVES. I’m for sure a wimp, I got a flu shot today at my Doctors appointment and I may have cried, OK I DID!!! The nurses and doctors there get a kick out of me but I was Positive that if I got this flu shot I would end up with some weird reaction or ailment and end up like that girl on youtube that can only walk backwards after getting a flu shot! I didn’t want to be injected with some freaky virus from Guatemala and die! They quickly assured me that NO I would not end up walking backwards, it was NOT from Guatemala and I would be just fine!! I may need to bring all the girls there gift baskets as well as the hospital staff when I go into labor! Although they did say they always look forward to me coming in…I think its because they get a good laugh! HaHaHa
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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

My Baby Shower

               Pink Chevron Baby Shower

No detail was overlooked at my “Baby Girl Chevron Baby Shower”, styled and planned by the mom-to-be (ME) along with the help of my sweet friend Crystal. I absolutely love pink, and crystal thought it would be fun to incorporate the Chevron Print that I have Sophia's Nursery set up in. Which I thought was a fabulous idea!!  My mom ordered the invitations Via: Vista Print (which I thought were super cute). She designed the invitations herself with the help of templates, creating a simple, lovely design that set the tone for this classically styled event. 

The Venue which was at The Coachman’s Lodge was Enchanting. It was held in the Beautiful Bartlett Room. They have Amazing outside grounds with a pond, Arbor and two Gazebos. Which Ralph and I we were able to walk after the shower. We decided to go with a Sunday Breakfast Buffet, Breakfast or brunch baby showers are gaining popularity as I’ve noticed.  Sunday morning showers enable the guests to come, visit, enjoy the shower, and then have the rest of the day to take care of their other responsibilities. Plus I wanted to be able to have the rest of the day to get organized ;) Which seriously felt like Christmas Morning! And serving guests a baby shower buffet can take the worry out of finding the perfect shower foods. Buffets can include a variety of choices that are sure to please everyone at the shower. Which I think worked out really well…The food was delicious and there was a wide variety, the servers were on their toes and continued to bring out hot food as it started to get low. The chef whom I met prior was so professional and I truly loved the atmosphere. I also liked that the servers were dressed in pant suits and tuxes; it gave it that “feel” I was really looking for. 

Crystal found inspiration in the pink and gray color palette from my baby’s nursery and added some sparkle with the gorgeous chevron and Pink linens that we were able to request from the venue. The chevron pattern was also picked up from various paper goods vendors from Etsy. Lovely Balloon arrangements created by a Pinterest inspired project complemented the table design beautifully, along with the irresistible treats from Crystal that were displayed on the most beautiful Wooden stand, built by her dad! Guests also enjoyed  yummy Fresh lemonade, with sliced fresh lemons (that was supposed to be PINK but worked well being yellow with the pink stripped straws purchased from Etsy) along with shower activities that included a fun Bingo game where the first two guest were able to win mini gift baskets and a fun “Wishes for Baby” that were filled out by every guest… Brilliant idea, and I will cherish those forever (Thank You Crystal) I read them all with Ralph that night and some made me ball and others made me laugh hysterically! Thank you all for your sweet thoughts to Baby Sophia!! 

Every seat was headed with place settings from Martha Stewart, and was lined with a light cream trim, it was fun putting silly names on a few and I knew my family and friends would get a kick out of it. One thing that I completely overlooked was hiring a photographer. As the weeks approached I became so overwhelmed (maybe that is why “Moms To Be” have it as a surprise!) but I LOVE details and I just couldn’t handle not being involved, control freak (I know!) Luckily my friend Crystal saw my distress and completely took the reins…Because Y’all know I would have never asked for help! She called me up, amidst my tears and said everything is taken care of! In disbelief I sat on the phone as she ran down the line of details already accomplished, she must have ran around to 20 different stores, online for hours and baking for days! I was handed a “To Do” list of remaining things to get done and it was pulled off!! I am forever grateful!! My mom, soon to be mother in law, Crystal, Sandra and Sandra’s sweet mom met at the Venue and we finished the set up and we were ready to Rock and Roll!!! 

As my family, friends and extended family started to roll in I couldn’t help but think how much LOVE baby Sophia will be surrounded by! Thank you Everyone who came out to celebrate with me, We are truly blessed. 

Ralph and Anthony (Ralph’s Bestfriend and Sophia’s Godfather) arrived the last 30 minutes to say Hello to Guest, Eat and Pack up the Trucks. SHE WAS SPOILED, for sure!! Crystal in a blink of an eye had the entire room and all my supplies packed up in my car, and Ralphie & T had the truck loaded up and we were off!! We all met at my house and literally put away everything in one hour! Well the boys watched the Patriots game which happened to fall on the same time as the Baby Shower Ending (they were good sports about it though) So Crystal, my mom and I put EVERYTHING away!! Minus the big boxes of stuff that Ralph built that night! Overall, it was a Beautiful Morning/Day and I wouldn’t have changed a thing!

Party Credits: 

* Styling: Sarah and Crystal
* Photography: Totally forgot about this aspect…Luckily I had my camera and I was able to get     pictures from my guest! But wanted to hire someone :/
* Baby Shower Chevron Printables: Etsy
* Cake, Cupcakes, Pops & Sweets: Crystal and I
* Dessert Stand: Custom made by Crystal’s Father, Yes he is a Genius!
* Center Piece Arrangements: Crystal found this whole concept on Pinterest, she bought white fences at the craft store and I purchased tissue paper and balloons and Walla! Seriously the easiest and cutest center pieces ever!! I wasn’t able to find butterflies for the strings but they still came out super cute!
* Baby Shower Decorations: My mom picked up the cutest stuff for the past few months so we kinda just winged it when we arrived as to what we were going to put where.
* Thanks for Poppin’ By Favors: Etsy, Crystal!
*Baby Shower Bingo in Chevron print and Wishes for Baby: Etsy, another amazing find by Crystal!!
*Straws & Chevron cupcake Liners/toppers: Etsy
* Top Cake “S” Sophia topper: AcMoore
*Venue: The Coachman’s Lodge, Hosted by Donna & Sharon (THANK YOU “Mom’s”)
*Dress: Jessica Simpson Maternity from Destination Maternity
*Hair: Personal Professional Hair Dresser (aka my MOM)  


HUGE thanks to Crystal and all her fabulous work, from baking, running around, hours of searching online, to favors and everything in between, everything came together for this most stunning of Baby Showers, and for gracing My Shower with your beyond gorgeous ideas and inspiring work! ♥
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