Snow Day in Charleston

Happy 2018, friends! My ability to start and finish a post lately has been laughable so I'm actually surprising myself by getting this one published! Hoping I can get it together now that we're back to our regularly scheduled programming after the Great Snow of 2018 because I have a long list of posts I am excited to share!

It been a crazy few months with Finn's birth, hosting my husband's side of the family for Christmas, and learning how to be a family of four. Then to top that off with the wildest snow storm I think we'll ever see in Charleston...

I never, ever thought I'd see snow like this in Charleston and we had such a blast playing in it with Rowan. Last time he saw snow at my parents' house he would step foot in it, but this time we couldn't get him to come inside!

I took the first few photos thinking "wow this is awesome, I need to document this before it stops snowing." But then as the day went on it became a total whiteout and we bundled up all over again to go back outside. Finn stayed inside for all but 5 seconds of the day where dressed him in his best snow clothes, a velour footie and socks for mittens, just to document his first snow.

After the fun stopped and we were forced to avoid the icy road conditions though, I think we all got a bit sick of it. Charleston just doesn't have the ability to salt or plow the roads like I was used to back home, so it took what felt like forever for schools to reopen and roads to be completely clear.

On the plus side all of those extra days at home helped us finally (knock on wood) get Rowan potty trained! Hallelujah.

I hope you have all been keeping warm!

Favorite Holiday Birth Announcements with Minted

This post was sponsored by Minted. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

One of the fun things about having a newborn during the holidays has been planning out our Christmas cards and photos with big brother! In addition to eating all of the Christmas cookies... I mean I need the calories for nursing that sweet babe, right?!

We have used Minted for our Christmas cards for several years so I was excited to see all of the holiday birth announcement options! The quality is always great and you can't beat the free recipient addressing. Seriously, who has time to write those out these days?!

So in case there are any fellow newborn mamas this holiday season, I thought it'd be fun to round up some of my favorite + festive Minted birth announcements!

Top to Bottom, Left to Right: 
Goodness + Light. A Little Magic. Little Simple.

This year I wanted to keep the boys' photo light and bright with just a pop of red, so I put Rowan in this night set and kept Finn in a white onesie. I really had no idea how well R would cooperate but thankfully his love for M&Ms runs deep so it only took a few bribes to get him to sit for photos.

I finally got myself together to place our order today, so you'll have to wait to see the gem of a photo I used for the card! I blame sleep deprivation for my slow ordering, but I'm so excited to see the final product!

I thought I had the designs narrowed down, but after using Minted's "Find it Fast" feature with the final image, I switched it up and went with this fun design! It got bonus points for being R's favorite Christmas song too!

EDIT: Our cards were delivered and I'm so crazy about them!! I think I'm still pinching myself that we have two perfect boys to call ours!

I debated on the upgrade to gold foil print and I'm so glad I went for it! We may have a faux Christmas tree, dried up garland, and stockings without our names on them, but hey, at least I got our Christmas cards and birth announcement out, right?!

Merry Christmas and happy everything to all of you and your families! 

Meet Finn

You guys, he's here!!

Finn graced us with his presence in the middle of the night the day before his due date, just like big brother, and we're completely smitten.

It's been a whirlwind week filled with little sleep, lots of feedings, and all of the newborn snuggles, and we're soaking in every bit of Finn's sweetness.

I'm not one to share birth stories but to sum it up...

We decided on an elective induction on the 21st after hearing from the ultrasound tech that Finn was about 7 lb 14 oz at 38 weeks. I was really nervous he was going to be giant by 40 weeks, so between my body feeling like it was falling apart, and not having any family local to watch Rowan if I went into random labor, having a scheduled date of eviction just felt right.

On the morning of the 21st we were told there were no beds available (something we knew was a possibility) so we couldn't be induced that day. Then because of Thanksgiving, they couldn't get me in until the day after my due date. Which basically defeated the purpose of my induction!

So the rest of the weekend was kind of a mind game because we all thought we'd have the baby and be home by Thanksgiving day! I continued having contractions (Braxton Hicks started around 30 weeks so this was nothing new) and by Saturday night I thought I was in labor, only for the contractions to stop around 9 PM.

Fast forward to 2 AM and they kicked in strong so we headed to the hospital. Just TWO hours later Finn made his entrance, just a few minutes after my epidural was placed. I honestly never thought I'd feel what a contraction that far into labor felt like, woof.

He was totally worth it though!

All 7 pounds 11 ounces of him.

Yep, the ultrasound was SO off!!

We had planned on having a Fresh 48 hospital photo session but with the overnight delivery, we spent almost no time at the hospital and couldn't fit it in before we were discharged! We're so thankful delivery went so smoothly (though fast!) so no complaints here.

As far as Rowan is concerned, he has been the absolute sweetest big brother. He's constantly kissing Finn and giving him hugs. I can't even begin to explain how head over heels we were with both of our boys, we're just so incredibly lucky to have two healthy babes to cuddle.

Thank you all for the sweet comments and messages on Instagram, I haven't gotten back to all of them yet but I've read every one of them and we appreciate all of the love for Finn!
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