Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Tech Birth Announcement + Newborn Photos

Little Thack was nine days old in his newborn photos.  He was still sleeping most of the day, but we got some perfect photos of his eyes and alert as can be as well.  We were so happy to have him home and healthy after a rough start.  Evelina was over the moon about him, and would cuddle him all day if we let her.  We wanted soft, natural photos, just enjoying our new babe.

We went back and forth whether or not we should send birth announcements.  We ultimately decided to send them, once we thought of a perfect announcement!  "Hello, World" is an expression you've probably seen recently in baby world, but Hello, World also refers to a computer program.  Since Rex is a software engineer, and computer guy in general, we leveraged the message and designed the announcement to read like lines of code.  Of course Rex wanted it to read as accurately as possibly, in order to retain programmer cred, and I wanted it to read so that our friends and family who received the announcement would still understand it!  Here is what we came up with (last name blurred out):

It was a pretty big hit!  We got quite a bit of positive feedback and slow claps from its recipients!  Here are a few more favorite images from the session:

Planetary Swaddle: Little Unicorn
Blue Knotted Beanie: Young Buck

Thursday, July 7, 2016

His Arrival

I can't believe that little Thack has been here in our arms for 11 weeks already.  I hope to remember his arrival perfectly for years to come.  It went something like this...

Rex and I arrived to the hospital around 10am, where Alysha was dilated to about a 2.  Her water had broken, and the nurses said she was progressing perfectly.  We visited, talked, laughed, and reminisced for the next hour or so.  I think all of us just couldn't believe it was 'go time.'  Around noon, she was ready for an epidural.  Rex and I stepped out for this.  We went down to eat while Alysha got the goods and while they kicked in.  We returned about 45 minutes later and it was still a calm, quiet feel in the delivery room.  She had slowly progressed and started to feel more uncomfortable.  She got checked and was dilated to 4cm about 2pm.  Sometime at this point the nurse thought she would be delivering by 6-7pm.  We were cautious of her progression, because our photographer said she wanted to leave her house when she reached 6cm, as she was about 45 minutes away.  We were nervous that the next check she would have progressed so much that our photographer would miss the window of leaving!  Alysha had been saying for weeks that once she progresses, she goes fast!  And pushes fast! 

Alysha was started to feel quite a bit, more than with her three kids at this point.  We were about to step out for a bit when her nurse came in and did another check and she was 5+cm.  We told her the concern about the photographer and she said to tell her to get going! We got in contact with Jessica right away and she headed South.  We stepped out and went to our room across the hall, as the hospital was nice enough to give us a room as well.  We rested and tried to stay focused.  Alysha sent a text at 3:53 saying she was 6+ and completely thinned.  We headed back to her room knowing it was just about time to meet our baby!  Jessica had arrived and thought she had time to take some detailed shots of the exterior, hallways etc.  About ten minutes after arriving back to Alysha's L&D room, her midwife came in and did a final check and said "Are you ready to meet your baby?!" Uh...yes!  "Will she push in about 20 or 30 minutes? I need to tell my mom and sister when to leave their house?"  "...In about five minutes" the midwife said! WHOA! It was happening! Jessica was still in the hallways so we told her to rush back.  She walked in and the midwife was gowning up.  

And just like that, it was push time.  I honestly didn't even pay attention to the pushes, probably 3-4, and about 15 minutes.  At 4:34pm, Thackery Rex Patrick J. was born.  He was soooo cute.  I'll let the photos tell the rest of the story...

I think I could have shared 200 more images.  'Birth Stories' were just becoming popular when I was pregnant with Evelina, and I wish I had photos like these with her! Thank you Jessica for the glorious images!  

We were SO proud of Alysha.  She was a pro, she knew exactly what to do.  She probably could have done this all herself :)  After delivery, all of our families came to meet him and love on Alysha and Thack.  

After everyone got settled and got to meet our sweet baby, we moved to the post-delivery rooms. Unfortunately we didn't get to spend much time with Alysha until the next day because he was moved to the special care nursery because he was grunging, or 'singing' as the nurses said.  He was not breathing as fast as babies are supposed to, and his oxygen would drop just a bit.  After four days in the nicu with antibiotics, fluids and air-flow, we were released and ready for our new adventure.  He is absolutely healthy and growing like crazy now! 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Maternity Photos

Happy Due Date to us :) 

We originally had photos scheduled for end of March, but I was quite sick with the flu, which lead to hospitalization (and an ignored blog for that matter).  We had to cancel them, and even upon release of the hospital I still didn't feel back to myself.  Thankfully I started to feel better and we were able to find a time that worked for all of us, and everything worked out!  The weather was much warmer, and the blossoms were out in full force.  

It's only fitting we chose the Utah State Capitol for our backdrop, as the state of Utah played a part in this process.  I haven't been on the Capitol property for years, and I had completely forgotten how beautiful this place is!  

Our sweet baby, Thackery Rex was born on Earth Day, ten days after these were taken.  I am so happy to have these photos, especially to show him when he is bigger and old enough to understand this process.  More posts to follow about his birth. 

Photos courtesy of White Dandelion Photography

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Changing Table Reveal - Featuring Pampers Premium Care

Have you ever noticed some of your baby's biggest milestones and bonding moments happen on the changing table? When Evelina was born, I remember bringing this tiny little 5lb baby home from the hospital, and some of my favorite moments were bonding with her on the changing table.  It's the first place she made eye contact with me, the first place she smiled at me, and her first attempts of rolling over happened here.  And now here I am, almost five years later about to have another baby to bond with.  This case is different, as some of our very first bonding moments will take place on this table, as opposed to nine months of bonding in the womb like most mothers have.  My #MothersPromise to this baby is to always love caring for him, and never feel as if the mundane things are a burden.  I promise to love every smile on the changing table, every time he tries to escape a changing, every time I have to change both of us after a changing...these are moments you don't get back.  I promise they won't be taken for granted. 

Because of my strong love for the changing table, I chose to make this the center of attention in his nursery.  The theme of the nursery is 'subtle science' or a 'nerdsery' as we also have been calling it ;) .   My husband is a software engineer and grew up with a love for video games, and all things science.  Guys, he's the real deal!  He was counting infinitely at 2, multiplying at 4, and programming computers at 8.  I remember when we were 17, he grabbed my TI-83, messed with it a few minutes, handed it back and he had programmed a game on my calculator!  It blew my mind.  We had only been dating a few weeks at the time.  Oh, and he can do the Rubik's Cube in minutes. The chosen elements for the gallery wall are all meaningful and thought out. They are:
-A binary message to our babe 
-A vintage letter board
-One of Albert Einstein's most famous photos
-A unique shelf that resembles the Zelda Tri Force, and coincidentally, my sorority's pledge pin (Go Tri Delta!)  
-A faux antler mounting.  This is a very special piece.  It represents his surro family.  Alysha and Ben are avid hunters (Ben is to 'hunting' as Rex is to 'nerding.' Is nerding a verb?)
-A constellation sheet
-Geode drawer knobs

Here are a few photos of the changing table. 

Another way I want this space to be a place of comfort and love, is to only use the best products on his little body.  One of these products I plan to use are Pampers Premium Care diapers, which I purchased at Walmart.  While I haven't tried this product yet, as little babe is still cooking, I can tell it's a quality product just by touching it!  I love how soft it is and how delicate it promises to be on the skin, as well as supreme absorption and a hassle free wetness indicator, not to mention their amazing reviews on walmart.com.  I just can't wait to see his little bum in these diapers!

I would love to hear some of your #MothersPromise stories in the comments below! This post was sponsored by Pampers and Walmart, but all thoughts are my own.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Baby Moon Part II - North Shore

Sigh.  Has it already been over a month since we have been home?  Little Lina tells me all the time she's ready for Hawaii again!

As mentioned in my Part II Aulani Review, I suggested taking a day trip to North Shore.  The island of Oahu is only 44 miles long and 30 miles across, so getting anywhere is easy.  

Our drive started with a stop at the Dole Plantation, followed by a drive along the coast (including a pit stop at at lobster food truck), and ended with family photos in Hale'iwa Beach Park.  Rex's cousin, Sveta, lives in Oahu and we were lucky to have her photograph us when we were there.  Please check her out if you are in Oahu!

Enjoy a few photos from our adventure! 

Me at 10 / Lina at 4

 Photos watermarked to protect us, but professional photos belong to Svetlana S Photography.