My First Mother’s Day

102Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mom’s out there! But especially to my mom because I wouldn’t be who I am today without her ♥
096This is my very first Mother’s Day and I must say it was nothing short of amazing. I woke up to a bunch of mothers day wishes from several of my facebook friends. Jacob completely surprised my mom and I by coming to our house in Lake City all the way from Jacksonville with flowers and cards for each of us. I was so happy to see him and to get the biggest bouquet of flowers EVER in my life! IMG_20130512_135333He gave my mom beautiful peach tulips that open during the day and close at night. We got dressed up a little bit and took some picture. My mom made a delicious shrimp sauce over white rice for our special dinner and I made cream cheese pull apart monkey bread or dessert. Also, we finally opened Jacobs beer cake and had a couple drinks. It was the first alcoholic beverage I’ve had in over a year which I’m proud to say, so a couple is all I needed. I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect way to spend my first mother’s day. Especially because I didn’t expect anything on this holiday.

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Excuse the “ghetto” baking dish. I had to improvise. (:

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My Labor Experience

Well here’s the post everyone’s been waiting for. I’m going to start from the very beginning:

At 41 weeks, Jacob and I started doing everything, literally EVERYTHING, to induce my labor. From eating spicy food, going on bumpy rides every single day, walking until my feet felt like they would fall off (BTW I didn’t swell during my entire pregnancy because I drank plenty of water), doing the dirty, acupressure, massages, bananas, yoga, stripping my membranes (twice!), whatever you can think of, we did it, and NOTHING WORKED. So my conclusion on inducing labor based on my personal experience is that nothing can induce labor, your baby comes whenever he/she decides to come.

I was scheduled to be induced Monday morning, and as much as I was opting not to be induced, I was going to let them because one, it would be safer for the baby not to exceed 42 weeks in utero, and two I would be more than ready at that point for Natalia to be here. Fortunately my water finally broke the Friday afternoon prior to my induction date. At first I wasn’t sure if it broke or not, so I asked my mom what it felt like. She said it feels like you’re uncontrollably peeing on yourself. Soon after that, about 15 minutes, I was confirmed of my water breaking because liquid started pouring out, lol. I didn’t call the Doctor nor did I go to the hospital. I waited until I started having contractions 5-10 apart for an hour like my doctors instructed, which didn’t happen until 18 hours later. Bad idea for me to not go in right away because of the risk of infection, but how was I supposed to know? This is my first time having a baby, and BOTH of my GYN’s told me not to come in until I started having contractions. There was no mention of my water breaking. And since I’m totally healthy, I didn’t think there was any reason for me or my baby to develop an “infection”. According to what I researched, the vaginal exams are what cause infections in the first place, which makes complete sense to me.

So the next morning around 6am I started having mild contractions, then they increased in pain and decreased in time apart, so by 8 am Jacob and I were on our way to the hospital. When we got there the nurses asked me if my water broke & I told them yes it did, yesterday afternoon. They all looked at me like I was crazy and asked why I waited so long to come in. I told them that I didn’t feel the need to come in because everything seemed fine and that my Doctor told me not to come in until I was having contractions, so I was simply following instructions. Well, when they started my IV they told me they were going to start me on antibiotics. In shock I asked “for what?” And the nurse said “the GBS that you’re positive for”. I was in total disbelief and said “excuse me, but what in the world are you talking about?” She explained to me that I was positive for Group B Strep, (the test they give you when you’re 36 weeks) and that the baby has been swimming in infected amniotic fluid for the entire time since my water broke. GBS (Group B Strep) is a bacteria that is carried by both men and women, that does not affect adults but can be very harmful for unborn babies, which is why pregnant women ate tested for it at 36 weeks. Men will never know if they have it or not because they will never be tested for it since they obviously can’t get pregnant. Well when I took the test, nothing was ever mentioned about it after that, so I assumed I was negative. I would expect a Doctor to tell you the results of your tests, ESPECIALLY if you’re positive for it, don’t you?! So yeah, I was carrying this infection and had no idea about it. I was infuriated by this new found information because now my baby is at risk. If I would’ve known about this infection, I would’ve been at the hospital the day before when my water broke.

Anyways, once your water breaks you have 24 hours to get the baby out or it can become something serious. So I had 6 hours to deliver my daughter and I was only 2 cm dilated (and have been for two weeks!). They started me on pitocin right away. 2 hours later they checked my cervix to find that I was still only 2 cm dilated, so a c-section was the final decision. At first I wanted to cry because I felt cheated out of my wanting for a natural delivery since I was never informed about this infection that could be potentially fatal to my unborn daughter. I also was not so phsyched about having such a dramatic surgery, especially since I’ve never had surgery of any kind. I asked the nurses if they had c-sections and even asked if I could see their scars because I also wasn’t very excited about having such a large scar on my belly. One of the young nurses showed me not her scar because it was so low, but pulled her shirt up just to show me that the scar was below her panty line. I couldn’t even see it! And she was so skinny you wouldn’t even be able to tell that she had a baby, and she had 2! So that made me feel A LOT better about it. So on we went with the procedure.

They had me fill out all kinds of forms and explained to Jacob and I what would be happening. He had to change into scrubs so he could be there with me while the doctors carried me into the operation room so they could numb me from the waist down. They gave me a spinal anesthetic that literally took 5 seconds to kick in. I felt a rush of a numbing sensation that actually felt really good, lol! I felt very shaky though shortly afterwards which I didn’t like too much. Also, the shot they gave me was a MUCH smaller needle than that of the epidural, which I was very happy about because that was the very reason I had decided I wasn’t going to have an epidural if this would’ve happened naturally.

They cut me open and tugged, pushed and pulled (which I could feel a lot of although it didn’t hurt, it was just a lot of pressure) and then out came the baby, 7lbs. and 14oz. of her. About a minute later I heard her first cry and was in tears at the amazing sound that I had waited 9 long months to hear. Jacob cried with me and we were both very happy. However, because she was infected, they took her from us right away. I got to see her and kiss her cheek before she left and dad asked to see her hair because she was wearing a cap. When they took it off, we were amazed to see a head full of dark hair, just like I dreamed about!

So they took me to the recovery room while we waited to hear from the doctor’s what was going on with Natalia. Now there are a lot of details to what was happening between the surgery and the end, so I’m just going to make the long story short: The doctors were concerned about her breathing patterns. They ran blood tests and white blood cell tests which came back triple the amount of what was normal, meaning that her body was already building white blood cells to fight off whatever infection she had. They were also concerned about some “seizure-like episodes” that she was supposedly having which made the nurses decide to transfer her to Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville because they were a small town hospital that did not have all the tools needed to run the tests they wanted her to have. They weren’t sure what she was doing because she’s a  newborn, hence their wanting to run tests just to make sure she was acting normal. I was completely devastated because the doctors made it seem like she was having all these problems, they even mentioned a possibility of meningitis. I cried so hard and asked “what are they going to do to my baby?!” Jacob tried his hardest to keep his composure because I was so upset about everything and then he broke down and started crying with me.

Natalia went through so much in the first days of her life in the outside world. She IV’s since she was born, she had all kinds of tests run on her, she had MRI’s she had her spine tapped, all kinds of bullshit. I know that they were just trying to be on the safe side, but what new mom wants to see her first baby go through all this trauma?! Anyways, in the end Natalia was completely fine. They ran all these tests just to find nothing wrong with her. She just had an infection and the antibiotics they started me on before the surgery killed it just in time. So we went through all this heartache for nothing. It was very crazy. We ended up being in the hospital for 5 days before finally bringing her home.I was in the hospital for 3 days recovering from the surgery. They transferred Natalia on my second day of recovery so I couldn’t even go to the hospital to be with my baby until the next day. Jacob had to drive from Lake City to Jacksonville, back to Lake City to pick me up, back to Jacksonville so we could be at the hospital every day and then finally back to Lake City so we could come home, and then he had to drive back so he could go home, lol! Lots and lots of driving.

At the end of the day, there were a lot of lessons learned from this entire experience. Although it was scary, it was very worth it and I am happy to say that I am a new mom to a very happy and healthy baby girl. According to her pediatrician she eats better than the average baby for her size and is growing at a great rate. She is such a good baby, hardly ever cries unless she needs something. She is always very content and has such a well-developed personality already. She’s definitely mommy and daddy’s little diva girl!

I also would like to mention that my perspective about c-sections have dramatically changed since I underwent the surgery. I actually prefer to have the c-section because I didn’t have to feel any pain WHATSOEVER, everything went by so quick it was unbelievable. The entire procedure took a total of 55 minutes. No contractions, no pain, GREAT pain meds during and afterwards lol, and my little girls head did not get squished and my vagina didn’t rip! The scar is barely noticeable, looks like a pen line just below my bikini line and nobody will ever be able to see it unless I show them, which means I can still wear my bikini this summer! Best of all, this entire event brought me and Jacob closer together and he loves me more now than ever before since having to be there with me and watching me go through all of this craziness. I definitely want to share my story because I think it’s well worth mentioning to people. Always prepare for the worst because you never know what’s going to happen, and always be optimistic about negative things that you have no control over because they are not always as bad as they seem.

Today my baby girl is 2 weeks and 3 days old and she is making the cutest “ooh” and “ahh” sounds, she picks her head up all by herself to look around because she wants to see everything, she will NOT fall asleep without being held, so she’s already spoiled, lol! (Thanks Jacob!)

One more thing I want to add before I conclude my super long birth story; because Natalia was taken from me right from the beginning, we didn’t get to experience the first bonding of mother and baby to establish breastfeeding, which is essential! And I am completely against giving my baby formula for several reasons. One because I’m pro-natural, two because I don’t feel that formula gives babies everything they need like breast milk does, three because of all the side effects that come from formula fed babies that I’ve researched, such as being more prone to obesity and becoming sick with diseases, and four because although the formula feeds the baby for longer periods of time (formula fed babies eat 6-10 times a day vs. breastfed babies eat 8-12 times a day) which means the formula “sits” in their stomachs and that just reminds me of McDonald’s food which is totally gross in my opinion. I already decided I wanted to breastfeed exclusively. Well since I didn’t get to breastfeed for the first week, I didn’t establish a good milk supply, so I couldn’t produce enough milk to feed my baby. Not only that but the doctors shoved bottles and pacifiers in my newborn baby’s mouth which pissed me the **** off! If they needed to syringe feed her then okay, but I was not about the pacifiers or bottles because of nipple confusion. So Natalia had a difficult time latching on for the first week and a half of our being together. It was making me sore and I was to the point where I was about to just give up all together. But then I decided “screw that!” I’m not going to give up because I WANT this for my baby, so I’m going to MAKE SURE it happens, no matter what it takes. If I have to breastfeed her every half hour then so be it. I consulted with a lactation specialist who was so inspired by my determination and told me that that’s what it takes, you have to really want to breastfeed for it to work out, which is what I truly want, exclusively. I only will use formula if I have to supplement, but otherwise I want to strictly breastfeed my baby mostly because it’s the healthiest for her, but also because it does establish a bonding relationship with you and your baby that just feels like pure love, and I want that with me and Natalia. So I have a $700 hospital grade breast pump that I’m using FOR FREE for a week-2 weeks just because my lactation specialist wants to help me because she sees how bad I want this. Unfortunately Natalia and I had a rough start, but now that things are back to normal we are going to work this out to both of our benefits. My advice to anybody else out there with this problem is to never give up on the things that you truly want. I am proud to say that Natalia has gotten MUCH better about latching on (although she still needs some improvement) and I am finally being able to produce enough milk to catch up with her needs. (:

Bringing Natalia Home <3

Bringing Natalia Home ❤

Natalia & I Now (:

Natalia & I Now (:

Blogger’s Update

In case any of my followers/readers are wondering where I’ve been, I’ve been busy at home with my newborn Baby girl Natalia. So as you can imagine I’ve been pretty busy adjusting to my new lifestyle, which means I haven’t had much time to Blog as much as I’d like! Well things are finally calming down as my daughter and I are getting to know each other. I’m finally finding time to continue doing the things I love as well as being the best mom I can possibly be. I have some blogs to post from before I had Natalia as well as my birth experience and blogs from afterwards! So tune in to my upcoming posts because they will be well worth the wait ♥♡♥♡♥

Here’s some photos I took so far (:

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Natalia is Finally Here! ♥

IMG_20130330_152142♥ Natalia Ivette Chalreo Vila ♥ 1:12pm ♥ March 30, 2013 ♥ 7lbs.14oz. ♥
Shands Lake Shore Hospital of Lake City

Our beautiful baby girl was born yesterday! My water broke the day before at 2pm and I did not go to the hospital until 8am yesterday morning. When we got to the hospital I was already contracting 10 minutes apart for an hour, which is when my nurse told me to head to the hospital. When I got to the hospital, the nurses asked me if my water broke and I told them yes it had, yesterday at 2pm ad they were all in complete shock because they said I should’ve came in as soon as my water broke. Little did I know, because my instructions were to come in when I started having contractions. Since my water broke at 2 pm the day before, I had to have the baby out of me within 24 hours, and it was already 9:00am, giving me until 2 pm that day to deliver Natalia. They started me on pitocin right away to go ahead and have me dilating because when I had my vaginal exam, I was only dilated 2 cm. My delivering doctor wanted me to start labor on my own since I was already contracting. A couple hours later they checked my cervix again and I was still only 2 cm dilated. So I had 2 hours to dilate 8 cm. which obviously wasn’t going to happen, especially this being my first baby. So a cesarean was in order. I was very upset to have to go the c-section route because I really did not want to have this major abdominal surgery and be left with a terrible scar, but we needed to do what was best for the baby because she could be at risk for infection with my water being broken for almost 24 hours.

We had the c-section where she was born at 1:12 pm yesterday afternoon. The procedure took a total of 55 minutes, I didn’t have to go through the pain because they numbed me from the top of my waist down, there were nothing but positive outcomes really! The only bad part about the whole procedure was the scar and the recovery, HOWEVER the scar is not even bad, it’s so low nobody will ever be able to see it unless I show it to them, even when wearing a bikini, and the recovery isn’t taking anywhere near as long as I expected because it’s already been almost 30 hours and I’m already walking around fine, squatting (slowly) taking showers, cleaning, doing everything really but taking it easy as the doctor instructed. I expect to be completely normal in a week. (:

The baby and I haven’t been discharged from he hospital yet but I am very anxious to bring her home to sleep in her beautiful room that I decorated so nice for her. I’m am so excited to have her home with my little family and am extremely happy that she is finally here! I am the happiest woman in the whole world. Motherhood is an indescribable feeling and I LOVE being a new mom to such a perfect little angel. She truly is my heart and soul. I gave her life and she gave me a reason to live .<3

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Hubby’s Birthday Card & Beer Cake!

NOTE: His Birthday was on March 18th, same as Natalia’s due date, ironically! & I’m a little a lot late posting about it. But I had other things to blog about, so I’ve been doing them in their date order and spreading my blog posts to one a day so that I give my audience something to look forward to every day. Please bear with me. xo ♥

This year for my hubby’s birthday I decided I wanted to make something special for him instead of the traditional “buying him a present”, which I also did. As I was scanning through Pinterest – as usual – I came across some great gift ideas from gift baskets all the way to beer cakes. I decided to make a beer cake; & I don’t mean to toot my own horn (even though I love doing that sometimes) but the one I made is BA and it tops allllllll the ones I saw on Pinterest! I also handmade his birthday card and wrote a sweet note straight from my heart. ♥

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His Beautiful Handmade Card ♥
Some of the supplies I used to make the beer cake.
Some of the supplies I used to make the beer cake.
The cake stands that I painted metallic & sparkly green.
The cake stands that I painted metallic & sparkly green.

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Cutting one of my two spare cake rounds to form numbers of the year he's turning: "26".
Cutting one of my two spare cake rounds to form numbers of the year he’s turning: “26”.
My favorite part! Adding the glitter (:
My favorite part! Adding the glitter (:
The process of setting up the beer while putting some of his favorite little gifts inside.
The process of setting up the beer while putting some of his favorite little gifts inside.

There were little presents inside that he didn’t even know about, and I wasn’t going to tell him until he started drinking so he would find them himself. But since I’m pregnant, he’s going to wait for me! (:
And because he decided to wait, I could NOT wait any longer to tell him about the little gifts hidden inside, so he found them without drinking, lol! He absolutely LOVED his gift and his card I made him. He told me that this was the best birthday present he ever got and it melted my heart away. ♥ ♥ ♥

Adding the gold glittery ribbon.
Adding the gold glittery ribbon.
Then the green ribbon on top.
Then the green ribbon on top.
A close up of the pipe cleaners that will be used to hold the scratch offs.
A close up of the pipe cleaners that will be used to hold the scratch offs.
Adding the pretty happy Birthday bow. (:
Adding the pretty happy Birthday bow. (:
Another layer of beer and more gifts.
Another layer of beer and more gifts.
Putting it on top.
Putting it on top.
One last layer of beer, no gifts for this layer though! It's coming out so nicely!
One last layer of beer, no gifts for this layer though! It’s coming out so nicely! At this point, the beer was getting so heavy I had to move it off my bed, hence the baking pan underneath.
I used a razor blade to cut off the side of an empty ribbon spool to use for the top part. Then a hole puncher for the holes that will be used to hold the numbers. The pipe cleaner is for the scratch off.
I used a razor blade to cut off the side of an empty ribbon spool to use for the top part. Then a hole puncher for the holes that will be used to hold the numbers. The pipe cleaner is for the scratch off.
Almost finished! I had to put the 1,000,000 candy bar on there! It just matched so well and looked so good for my million dollar man! ;D
Almost finished! I had to put the 1,000,000 candy bar on there! It just matched so well and looked so good for my million dollar man! ;D
Close up of the smaller sized ribbon I added to the sides of the cake stands because they just looked so ugly.
Close up of the smaller sized ribbon I added to the sides of the cake stands because they just looked so ugly.
More gold ribbons and bows!
More gold ribbons and bows!
Close up of the top.
Close up of the top.
The finished project! With the scratch offs attached. (:
The finished project! With the scratch offs attached. (:
BTW: he went STRAIGHT for the scratch offs and the candy bar before anything, ofcourse!
BTW: he went STRAIGHT for the scratch offs and the candy bar before anything, ofcourse!
I love it, HE LOVED IT, & Pinterest will love it also ♥
I love it, HE LOVED IT, & Pinterest will love it also ♥

Just for future reference to anybody who would like to make one of these bad boys, I used a 24 pack of yuengling beer cans, bought my ribbon and cake stands at Walmart, and the cute party bows at the Dollar Tree, as well as the candy. (:

Mamãe Feliz Aniversário!

028265be3055dd9598b5ec7e5c4d53Today is my mom’s Birthday. She had some wonderful things to wake up to this morning! First, there was a beautifully hand-made card made by her 1st daughter, meeeee. Then, when she opened it there was a VERY nice surprise in it (now she can go get her nails done!). Lastly, she was greeted with a delicious red velvet cake saying “Happy Birthday Mom” that I bought for her because one, it’s her birthday, and two she has been saying how she has been craving something sweet, and frankly so have I.

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She LOVED all her gifts and thanked me telling me how happy she was that I was in her life and she feels like the roles are switched, she’s the daughter and I’m the mom, lol! That woman is too funny. I enjoyed every single part about making this birthday special for my mom because she hasn’t had a special birthday in a long time. I even got all dressed up and pretty, curled my hair and did my make-up real nice to celebrate her big day. She appreciated everything I did for her. Tonight we are going to make brigadeiro’s, a delicious Brazilian candy made of dulce de leche and sprinkles, which is both of our favorite desserts. This will be her birthday activity that we get to spend time doing together. I will post about these on another time so I can add pictures and the recipe along with it. I love my mom with all my heart and I am really glad that I was able to do all these things for her to keep a big smile on her face. (:

Me & My Beautiful Mother (:

A Most Recent Picture of My Mother & I.
From My Baby Shower ❤

My Baby Shower!

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32 Weeks & 5 Days Pregnant @ My Baby Shower (:

2013-01-26_15-09-35_925Well the Big Event is over. Now I can calm down and relax a little bit, lol. The Baby Shower turned out being perfect. 2013-01-26_15-09-30_175Me and my mom got all dressed up, IMG_20130127_123527Jimmy helped us load and unload everything to set up at the park, Ashlee arrived with the most adorable cake and the cutest little boy ever, she helped us with decorating the pavilion with all my cute decorations, set up the food, and got everything set up. IMG_20130127_123610Soon after that, my friend’s Brittney with her adorable son, Gerri, and Jessica arrived. IMG_20130127_123724Brittney unfortunately couldn’t stay because she had a birthday party to attend to at 3, but she was kind enough to come by and give me wonderful gifts. Then my mom’s friend Barbera came, dressed as a clown to entertain the children. She made the boys fun shaped balloons and there was also a park for them to play in. Although, I invited many people, only 4 showed. Some people let me know ahead of time that they couldn’t make it, some people told me they were coming and didn’t, some let me know, some didn’t, some didn’t RSVP at all. Regardless, I was so appreciative of the people who actually cared to let me know what was going on and why they couldn’t make it. I was appreciative of the people who offered me gifts although they could not make it to the shower. I was appreciative for the people who did show up and grateful for their gifts. It actually ended up working out perfect because I had just enough party favors for the guests the came, which were originally intended to be party prizes for the games. I was able to spend individual time with each of my girlfriends and catch up. We listened to music and talked about my pregnancy, old memories, watched old videos, talked about remember-when’s, and ultimately had a great time. It also lasted longer than I intended it to (3 hours) because we were talking so much! They were so interested in my baby stories because none of them had children. Britney did and she gave me all kinds of insight on what to look forward to, but as I mentioned earlier she did not end up staying. I took many pictures, although I wish I would have taken a lot more of me and my mom, me and Britney before she left, a close-up of the table decorations and the beautiful cake, and me opening the baby presents.

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The Ladies: Ms. Barbera, Mom, Me, Jessica, Gerri, Ashlee.

I’m not even going to lie, I was a little disappointed that so many people who told me they were coming didn’t show up (except for the ones who told me why they couldn’t make it of course), especially for the ones who didn’t even bother to let me know anything even though they said they would come. But then I thought to myself: don’t be disappointed! Be grateful because people still came, I have pretty much almost everything I need for the baby’s arrival, I have means of getting everything that I still need, I still had a ton of fun spending time with good old friends, and besides, I know a bunch of girls that never even had the opportunity to have a baby shower, and if they did, never mentioned a thing about it. Then I felt completely better about everything and was actually glad that a bunch of people didn’t show up because my mom and I got to eat all the left over Brazilian candies that we loved so much! ;D

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Mother-To-Be

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Grandmother-To-Be

Me & My Beautiful Mother (:

Me & My Beautiful Mother (:

Today is my birthday and I am 20 years young. My plans are to relax because I’m entirely too exhausted from the weeks activities and the weekend’s events to do anything. Until next weekend, then I will have money to buy myself a couple of birthday presents along with some baby items. Also, my mom’s bf is going to take us out to eat when he gets paid next week as a birthday present. I’m planning on buying some paint and painting supplies to start on Natalia’s dresser. Now that the baby Shower has been checked off, my next project on the to-do list is to start the nursery. So this weekend, I want to buy the supplies I need to do that and get started on getting Natalia’s bedroom set up. Then I have to paint the room, add the border, hang the curtains, add the wall art, put the crib together, wash all clothing and bedding, organize everything and finally take pictures of it all. Hopefully I will induce my own labor doing all this, lol! I’m going to stay as active as possible from this point on until the very last two weeks so I can one, keep myself busy instead lazing around; two, make sure I get the exercise I need; and three, it makes me feel good to be productive, especially if it’s for my little girl. ❤ In my last two weeks, I’m going to get all the sleep I will need before baby girl gets here, and save all the energy I have left to use for labor.

I’m very excited about having so many things to look forward to. Once the nursery is done, I will make Natalia’s baby box (A project I want to create to keep all her keepsakes), make her name project, and start a baby book to keep a memoir of all her baby notes. Then I will be done with projects for a little while so I can tend to and treasure my newborn baby. (:

My Curls (:

The Other Baby Shower Stuff – My Curls (:

Zebra Toes <3

Baby Shower Zebra Toes ❤

Zebra Nails <3

Baby Shower Zebra Nails ❤