Coffee talk + life lately

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Hi guys, I'm back!! My poor blog has been totally neglected lately. I do have a pretty good excuse though... I have been slightly busy trying to keep a newborn baby alive. I am hoping to get back into the swing of things as we start establishing a routine. So here is a huge dump of all things baby and what my life has consisted of lately:


+ Speaking of my newborn, Vivian is 1 month old today! How in the world is that possible? It seems like just yesterday we were in the hospital! I love her more and more every day.


+ Last weekend we had newborn pictures done with the amazing Amanda Nichols and I am so in love with the sneak peak we have seen! I cannot wait to get them back and show you guys! I was a nervous wreck thinking Vivi was going to cry and stay awake the entire time but surprisingly she did amazing and slept until the last 20 minutes, at which point she was starving and just totally over it.


+ My favorite time of day is during the mornings right after we wake up and Garrett leaves for work. I make my coffee and we head into the nursery to rock and snuggle. I do my daily devotional, catch up on blog reading, and we listen to Lauren Daigle pandora. It's so relaxing and really starts my day off on such a sweet note.


+ I am beyond thankful to have 12 weeks off from work. Before I had Vivian I thought I would be itching to get back to work at like 6 weeks but now I am dreading having to go back and leave her.


+ Speaking of work, I have some exciting news... I am going back part time! One of the main reasons I went to PA school versus medical school is because I knew I wanted to raise my own children and have a work/life balance. My work has been so accommodating and has agreed to let me work 3 days a week after maternity leave. I am so thankful God opened this door for me and I know it will be perfect for our family.


+ Vivian took her first of many trips to the beach last weekend. Sadly, we never even stepped foot on the sand because it was freezing cold and raining but it was so great to have a change of scenery with lots of basketball watching, snuggles, and champagne. Pretty soon we will be going every single weekend and I can't wait to see her become a beach lover like her momma!


+ Speaking of basketball, my (and Garrett's) alma mater UNC has made it to the Sweet 16! Vivi has no choice but to be a Tarheel baby and our home bleeds baby blue during this time of year! We are hoping Vivi brings them good luck and a W tomorrow night! Go heels!


+ At Vivian's first peds appointment her doctor heard a heart murmur. Due to the fact that IVF babies have increased risk for heart defects, he wanted us to be seen by a pediatric cardiologist. We had our first appointment and she had an echocardiogram to look at her heart valves as well as an EKG. She has been diagnosed with a VSD [ventricular septal defect], a small hole between the bottom two chambers of her heart. Luckily they think it should close by the time she is one and we don't need to do anything about it right now except for repeat echos and EKG's every few months for monitoring. Scary for this momma though!



+ Shout out to my absolutely amazing husband. I knew he would be such a great dad but he has exceeded my expectations. The way he cared for me after my C section and the way he takes care of our daughter has made my love for him grow 10-fold. There is nothing sweeter than seeing the one you love most in this world holding the baby you created together. Shew hormones!



+ I am finally feeling comfortable taking her out in public by myself. The first 2ish weeks we basically just stayed home or at my mom's because the thought of taking her in public gave me so much anxiety! We are going on lots of lunch dates, walks, running errands, etc and it has helped keep me sane!


+ I'm working on her birth story, nursery reveal, postpartum update, and lots more so check back soon if you are interested in those boring mommy things ;)

28 comments :

  1. She's so beautiful! Congrats on the newish job--so happy that it's better for raising your family!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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  2. Love this post! So excited for you that work is letting you go part time! That's awesome!

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  3. She's precious! So glad your work is allowing you to come back part time!!

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  4. I love this post - you are an amazing Mommy & she's beautiful!! It's been so neat seeing your journey to motherhood through your blog! I just added Lauren Daigle as a Pandora station after reading this lol ;)

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  5. Omg she is precious. You forget how tiny they really are at first! So glad to hear everything is going to be okay with her heart - I can't even imagine how terrifying that was! Doing good mama!

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  6. Oh, she is just precious! I'm with you: I didn't take Walker out alone for FOREVER after he was born. It's hard work! You're doing great, and yay for a part-time schedule!

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  7. I love all those mommy things, and I'll be having a baby girl in September, so I'm even more excited to watch the beginning of your journey! I'm so so happy for you, and Vivi looks so happy and content with her parents <3

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  8. Oh what a doll she is!!! I love how much you're embracing and enjoying this time!

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  9. SO happy for y'all and glad you're adjusting to life as a mom. I'm sure it's stressful at times but so rewarding. And that's awesome that you get to work part-time, I hope to do the same thing when I have little ones one day but we'll see!

    xo, Kristina

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  10. She is so precious! Working part-time is such a blessing. I also went down to part-time after my first was born and I loved the balance.
    Erin
    http://theeverydayevents.blogspot.com

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  11. She is such a little doll! So glad to hear that things are going well for you. And yay for going part time - sounds like it will be such a great thing for you and your family!

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  12. She is just beautiful, and I'm so happy to hear how well everything is going for you and your new little family! Just as sweet as can be.

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  13. aww she's so cute! congrats! we had the same bow hat when i had my daughter. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  14. She is gorgeous! Glad you all are settling in well and that you are able to return to work part time. I know you'll love spending the extra time with her.


    Elizabeth | The Lovely Latte

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  15. She is adorable! I'm glad you're settling in and getting adjusted! That's great that you can go back to work 3 days a week!

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  16. She is just so beautiful! She looks so much like you :) I'm glad everything is going well! You are doing such a great job!! I'll be praying for her, and for you, and for her heart murmur! xoxo

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  17. Such a doll! So glad that yo get to stay home with her more with your new hours! :)

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  18. Congratulations on your beautiful little lady! Reading this post I just smiled - my baby days are long over but memories flood back when I take the time to read a new mama's post. Wow to the blessings of PT work! Soak up this sweet time it goes by all too fast! xo

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  19. Oh my goodness, such sweet times!! I love all your Vivian pictures - the newborn pictures I've seen are SO beautiful, so great she did so well! That is so amazing you get to go back part time!!!! My SIL does that and loves it :) Bringing her to the beach on weekends is going to be the best! Y'all will have so many good memories! So thankful her heart issue should clear up on her own - such good news! Good for you, mama for going out in public!! Y'all are seriously the cutest - I will finally end the longest comment ever and I can't wait to read all your baby posts :)

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  20. Your little girl is beautiful!! Have a great weekend!!
    www.loveamycotton.com

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  21. She is such a beauty! Glad you two are finding your new normal - sometimes it takes while to get there!

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  22. She is a doll! Glad to hear that things are going well and that you can go part time, that is so awesome. More snuggles with your little angel.

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  23. She is perfect and you look great mama! So glad to hear everything is going well. And how awesome that your work is letting you come back part time, such a blessing! Hate that y'all had a medical scare, but so thankful it should close on it's own by time she is one. I absolutely can't wait to read more baby stuff!! Hope y'all have a great weekend! :)

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  24. Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl!
    Would you consider writing a post on how you manage outings just the two of you?
    My daughter is a week younger than yours, and although I'm craving some time outside our home with her, the prospect still feels daunting!
    Again, congratulations! I'm an IVFer too, so I know the exceptional miracle your little one is! (:

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  25. oh gosh, these early days with your baby girl are just the sweetest!!!!!! i know they're some of the hardest, too, but i think it only makes you and your little princess grow closer, honestly. :) she is the most precious thing!!! i know she must smell like heaven!!!! #babyfever !!!!

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  26. Yay for sweet Vivian updates!! She's perfect and so are you! :) I'm so glad that your work is going to accommodate your mommy schedule!! That's so fantastic!! I love that she also knocked dook out of the tournament.... because letsbehonest, you were totally rooting for that, too. ;)

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  27. I can't believe she is a year already!!!! I'm so happy to hear how amazing your work has been for you! If you have any questions about her VSD definitely email me. That is my specialty Pedi Cardiology so I would be happy to answer any questions for you! <3 <3 <3

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  28. SWOON! What a little doll baby! You look great too Mama! xo

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