Evelyn’s Arrival – Part 2

If you missed the first part of this story, you can find it here.

Since it was decided that I needed to deliver Evelyn but I wasn’t yet in active labor, I was going to have to be induced. Definitely not what I had pictured. I was hoping to be at home for my labor as long as possible. That wasn’t going to happen but it didn’t even matter at this point. All that mattered was Evelyn and her health.

However, unlike a lot of induction birth stories, this won’t be a long story because it wasn’t a long ordeal. It was actually super fast, much to everyone’s surprise!

By the time they got me into a room and set me up, it was around 6:30PM but at that point, I had to wait for the doctor to place an order for me and for it to be filled. This was the most frustrating part of my entire labor.6176708688_IMG_1086

They started with a foley around 10 PM and said it could take up to 12 hours for that to work. I opted to take a sleeping pill (safe for baby) and wait it out. Those last few weeks of pregnancy are practically torture when it comes to sleep. I had not slept a full night for at least 3 weeks at this point. Well, after only 6 hours, I was dilated enough to start pitocin. Around 6AM they broke my water, which there wasn’t much of, and started the pitocin drip. They told me it could be another 12 hours of the pitocin to get me to active labor so we decided to just sleep as much as possible.

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Now I was always open to letting my labor play out however it was going to go. I wanted to try to see if I could go natural but I was totally ready to ask for pain meds. After about 1.5 hours of serious contractions, I went ahead and asked for an epidural. The pitocin was on the lowest setting but after only about 4 hours of it, my body completely took over and went into labor itself and I was able to stop the pitocin around 10AM and my natural labor took over.

Based on how I was dilating at this point, they told me it would probably be around 9PM for me to start to push. We told family and friends not to rush over there and that we were settled in for the long haul.

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Literally 2.5 hours later, I woke up from a nap and told Drew I felt pressure. He asked if I wanted him to get a nurse but I said “no way, they said it wouldn’t be till later.” Luckily, he didn’t listen to me because as soon as a nurse came in, she was like “oh my, the baby is right there. Hold on, everyone’s on lunch. We gotta get a midwife back in here!”

Okay, I’ll just stay here lady…

We waited a little bit and they prepped me. I started to push and only ended up pushing for 15/20 minutes. They kept asking if I wanted to feel her head…nope. No thanks. Did I want a mirror to see…nope. I’m good. But then they asked me if I wanted to reach down and pull her out onto my chest. I am NOT the person that would say yes to this…but I did. I was so anxious. I didn’t even say yes actually, I just grabbed her and brought her up to my chest.IMG_2664

Feeling her precious body on mine, and wrapping my arms around her tiny soul is something I will never forget. She didn’t cry at first, she just looked at me. She seriously looked at me like she had been waiting this whole time to see me, the way I had waited this whole time to meet her. They say love at first sight exists, and it does. I saw her and felt every single fiber in my body realize the entire and only reason for our existence. It was to be Evelyn’s mommy. I stared at my beautiful daughter and she just started at me. At this incredibly tender moment, the only thing I could manage to say was “hi baby, I love you so much”. It was so basic, but that was all it needed to be. I have to be honest here and say that I had been more than just worried about my motherly instincts and if I was going to be able to be the mom this baby needed me to be during my pregnancy. Drew was always so reassuring and just kept telling me how great of a mom I would be. But I was still worried. But seeing that babe, every single shred of insecurity melted away. I knew that my life would be spent doing whatever I could do to ensure that my daughter had a great life. There is no way to accurately describe how the first look into your child’s eyes, changes you.

They started to rub her down while she was on my chest and that made her cry. I was trying to shush her when I remembered something I had seen. Drew read stories to my belly every single night, he sang his favorite oldie songs, he talked to her about his favorite cars and planes. I looked at Drew, who at this point was just ear to ear smiling, but I could tell he was unsure of what to do. I told him “talk to her babe.” Drew got down to her, she was wailing at this point, and said her name. “Evelyn.” As precious of a moment as I just had with her, I watched my husband have that moment with his daughter. She instantly stopped crying and just looked at him. I could see this man change. I saw everything about him change and become a daddy.

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We got our golden hour, which was more like 2 hours. We just took it all in as we minute by minute became more of a family. I still can’t believe it all happened. Looking at her, Drew and I could only keep talking about how perfect she was and how we can’t believe she was finally here. It’s been four months and we are still constantly saying “I can’t believe she’s ours” and “I can’t believe how perfect she is”. It is amazing that two incredibly imperfect people, could make something so perfect.

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My recovery was fairly easy thankfully! I didn’t tear and no cuts! Kegals ladies! I can’t talk enough about kegals! When I was a teen, I read something in my mom’s Good Housekeeping Magazine about how to prevent bladder leakage was to do kegals. I do them every single time I’m at a stop light and the nurse kept telling me how much they paid off. My only problem was that I got a “wet tap” on my epidural. Basically, the anesthesiologist leaked some of my spinal fluid and so my brain sat on my skull. It was actually pretty brutal. And there is nothing you can do to fix it except a blood patch occasionally will help, but it didn’t work in my case. It’s been four months and I still get those spinal headaches from time to time but those first couple weeks were a doozy and I had to stay two extra nights at the hospital.

So that’s it. That’s my story. Overall, I had a really rough pregnancy but I feel like things evened out because I had such an easy delivery once it was time. It was not at all how I pictured it but I am just so grateful my daughter is here and healthy. I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Evelyn’s Arrival – Part 1

Time is just speeding by and Evelyn is 4 months already. I want to make sure I type this story out before I forget it. I never thought I would be one to share this, but here goes. So if birth stories aren’t your thing (they were never my thing until I had a baby, go figure) skip these next posts.

June 21st, in the late evening, I sat down to do my “kick count”. It was kind of a joke to do the kick count because my little mover would never take more than 10 minutes to get all 10 kicks. Except that night it took almost an hour. It was strange and unlike our kiddo who just the night before was kicking like crazy. I tried not to let it bother me too much and be that crazy first time mom. I was worried but I told myself that maybe she was just sleeping or running out of room.

The next morning I was getting ready to head to the studio to get things done and also to finish shopping for a birthday party we were attending that weekend, I was a bit frazzled to try and get it all done. As I was getting ready, Drew called and asked if I had felt the baby move at all. I was in such a rush to get ready, I hadn’t realized I had not felt her move. At this point, I went into full blown panic mode and skipped the “cup of juice” they tell you to drink to get the baby to move and went for the bowl of ice cream instead. I was going to give this kid the biggest rush of cold/sugar I could to get to her to start moving. It took 2 hours to get her to 7 kicks so I immediately called labor and delivery. I was just shy of 39 weeks pregnant at this point and so they told me to come in immediately. I didn’t realize this meant we could potential come home with our daughter. I was just anxious to make sure she was alright.

I was trying to stay calm so I texted Drew that they want me to come and that they said he should probably come with me. Drew usually takes 15 minutes to get home from work. He was home in about 5 minutes that day. I don’t even want to know how he did that. Once he got home, he started to load up the car and wanted to rush and get there. I did my best to stay calm and relax, there was a better chance that everything was fine and that I was going to be sent home.

As soon as we got in, they got me into a monitoring room.They checked the heartbeat and it was still strong. Whew. I might have even cried when I heard it. So they decided to do an NST. Non-Stress-test and they explained to me that as long as we saw rolling hills on the mointors and no straight lines, that everything was fine and I was going home. The test lasts about 40 minutes. The first 20 had rolling hills, and I was starting to get anxious. I was grateful things were looking good but I knew something wasn’t right. My daughter went from one extreme to the other in less than 24 hours. Even though I didn’t “know” my daughter, I knew her! And this wasn’t like her. The second 20 minutes was a straight line. The nurse came in and saw the test results and said I was going home.IMG_1034

I was stunned and honestly, I was scared. I hate telling people they are wrong but something wasn’t right and my daughter’s well being was in the balance. Now they always say, “mother knows best”. And at this point in my pregnancy, I realized that I knew best for my child and I wasn’t going to let anyone tell me otherwise. Including professionals.

I think the nurse realized that I wasn’t happy and I asked to speak with a doctor. The doctor came in and agreed it wasn’t a great result but that it was still okay. I told her I was uncomfortable with going home because I felt like something was wrong. Luckily this doctor was awesome and didn’t hesitate or make me feel silly. She asked if an ultrasound would reassure me and I said it would. As soon as the image came up and we saw our Evelyn on the monitor, the doctor said “oh, you’re having this baby today.” Even though deep down I knew this was a possibility, I was still stunned when I heard this.

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Apparently, there is supposed to be 5 cm of amniotic fluid around the baby. Evelyn was down to less than 2 cm. At some point, I had a slow leak in my water and I just didn’t notice. To my defense, it was super hot and I probably just thought I was sweaty like I had been my entire 3rd trimester. I had even joked the week before to Drew that I thought I was leaking amniotic fluid. He asked if I wanted to go to the hospital but I was determined not to be “that” woman who confuses gas for labor. First timer here, didn’t realize I actually was right and probably should have gone to the hospital! Oops! I wasn’t in active labor but Evelyn was running out of fluid to move around in. At 39 weeks, there is no reason to risk infection and leave the baby in. So it was time to meet our kiddo!

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I’ll take a break at this point but I do want to say, I am so grateful that those mommy instincts kicked in. When it comes to doctors, I’m usually very compliant and non argumentative but I’m so grateful that I spoke up. I don’t even want to imagine if I went home and never said anything. I was worried I didn’t have those “instincts” but they are there apparently!

Mommyhood

Being a mother was never something I felt like I needed, to feel “fulfilled” in my life. I didn’t desire it like most women my age do, but I never said I would never have kids.

When I found out I was pregnant, so many emotions came over me. I was so excited, because I love a good adventure. I was so nervous, I didn’t know how I was going to balance work and being a mom. I was also scared, was I even cut out to be a good mom?

I’ve learned that I was cut out exactly to be Evelyn’s mommy. I don’t know if I could be a good mom to ANY kid, but I will always work my hardest to be the best mom to Evelyn. Balance is something I’m still struggling with. Before Evelyn was here, my business was my baby. Let’s be honest, they both pretty much require the exact same thing; blood, sweat, tears and time. Lots of time. However, Evelyn has made it easier to see how life should be prioritized. Lastly, Evelyn has by far been the best adventure ever. My husband and I love to travel, try new things, and challenge ourselves. Evelyn has definitely hit all those marks, plus some. It’s brought our marriage to a whole new level of partnership and gratitude towards one another.

I’m not here to claim that motherhood has been nothing but rainbows and unicorn poops. To be honest, those moments can be few and far between occasionally. We’ve dealt with sleep deprivation at an unheard of level, acid reflux did a number on us, and there is the occasional diaper explosion that happens can bring one to tears or laughter (or both at the same time).

But life has never looked so sweet and promising. Evelyn has made the simplistic parts of life blissful and exciting again.

Never have I ever spent 2 hours watching someone else look at a bright light and felt complete content in that. Motherhood is actually…kind of amazing.

Having the baby around has inspired some new products! This is our newest name cutout round sign. Love the use of the negative space to spell out the name! Order one here, they make great gifts for baby showers!

Pregnancy Announcement Photo Shoot

We’ve recently added some new products to our shop lately! One of my favorite items is our name sign!

A lot of people asked why Drew and I picked the name Evelyn for our daughter. It goes back a long time actually! The first real date Drew and I went on was to see Pearl Harbor in the movie theaters. That’s back in 2001 people!

Whenever that movie is on TV, we always stop to watch it. One day (more than a few years back) we realized we loved the main character’s name, Evelyn. Not really sure why, but we just liked it. If you look back at some of our hanger examples, I often use the name Evelyn on them.

Fast forward a few years and my dad was sick in the hospital. We knew he wasn’t going to make it and so we had some tough decisions. I don’t know what came over me, but I told him, since I knew he would never see it, that one day I would have a little girl and I would name her Evelyn.

The day we were going to find out the sex of our baby, I told Drew that if it was a girl, it would be my dad in heaven making sure I kept my promise to him. Drew had been convinced it was a girl since I told him I was pregnant. Sure enough, it was a girl!

We were able to work with the amazing For Love & Light Photography to capture our announcement picture and they turned out epic! I hand wrote Evelyn’s name and we cut it as a large sign to hold, announcing our little girl’s name!

Since then, we’ve received so many inquires for these signs, and we now have a listing to purchase one. We’ve seen them used in stores, nurseries, props for photo shoots, weddings, and more! It’s been so fun to see how others are using them.

If you want to order a name sign, feel free to check out our shop here!

Sign: Delovely Details

Photography: For Love & Light Photography

Nikki’s Skirt & Top: Morning Lavender

Drew’s Shirt: The Grunion Run

Floral Crown: The Boom of Time

Yours,

Nicole & Drew

Update

Wow, it’s been awhile since I’ve been around these parts lately.

If I’m being real, it’s been hard coming to a decision on what to do about this blog. With Instagram and all of the newest forms of social media, it just became too much to keep up on and I wasn’t sure blogging was relevant anymore.

However, I enjoyed blogging. I enjoyed the connections it gave me, being able to be a bit more personal, and not worrying about hashtags!

So, I guess I am back. There is a lot to update on, lots of news to share both personally and with the business.

What direction is the blog going to take? I don’t know. I hope anyone who reads this is willing to maybe let it take us organically where it needs to go. I have a drive to share more about my business behind the scenes and maybe put out some information that might help others with their businesses. I also enjoy sharing about my personal life, this is a website for my business but I am just as much a part of this business as this business is part of me. Knowing about my personal life, might help others to understand why I’ve taken the business into directions I’ve taken it. Lastly, I love this as a place to showcase some of the work we’ve done. I’m proud of the amazing collaborations we’ve been a part of and new ideas we’ve come up with.

I hope some of you are interested, and maybe even a little excited, on where this and my business are going! Lots of stuff is going on that I’m so excited to share with everyone! Including the newest addition to our Delovely Details family, our daughter!

Yours,

Nicole & Drew

Martha Stewart Real Weddings – Sophia & Joel

We love working with Bash, Please! and we were so excited to be able to work with them on this stunning wedding which was recently featured in Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine. The whole experience was such a privilege and we are so happy for the bride and groom who may look familiar to you. We provided stir sticks for non other than Sophia Amoruso, epic #Girlboss and owner of Nastygal and her musician husband, Joel Jarek Degraff. We’ve been on cloud nine since the whole event.

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image1For more of the gorgeous event, head over to the Bash, Please! blog post.

 

Parisian Photo Session

I am a very lucky girl. My husband and I celebrated 7 years of marriage in July 2014. 7 years! I can’t believe how quickly time is flying by. On our anniversary, I got to open my card from him, and he really hit it out of the park this year as far as anniversary presents go.

Our trip to Paris had been in the books for a couple months already and I kept telling him that was all I wanted. When I opened my card, I had learned that we had a private photo session in front of the Eiffel Tower planned for our stay in Paris. We had the best of the best taking our pictures for us too! Brian from French Grey Photography, is the kind of person you dream of working with. He is, for lack of a better word, genius.

These are by far, my most favorite souvenirs I’ve ever brought home from any trip.  The hubs has set the bar really high for himself, can’t wait to see how he tackles 8 years!

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These are just a few of the many uh-mazing pictures we got from our session. We got to the tower bright and early and had the whole area to ourselves for the most part. To say it was “magical” is an extreme understatement.

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The entire session, I just kept saying “oh my gosh, I can’t believe we are doing this!”

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After the tower, Brian took us to this quaint area that felt very “french”. I mean, I didn’t travel across the world to get pictures of us that weren’t “french” looking, right?

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By then, it was time for a costume change for me. I changed into something a little more comfortable and sat down for a minute with a cup of espresso and hot chocolate.

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After our snack, we decided to walk around the neighborhood and found some more stunning locations to have fun in. It’s not that hard in Paris though to find beautiful photogenic locations to be honest.

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When our session was over, I was so sad. We had a blast with Brian and he made us feel so comfortable. I am so lucky to be able to travel the way my husband and I do; but to have these gorgeous pictures taken as well, on a dream trip of mine, well that’s just icing.

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If you are going to Paris, I can’t recommend Brian at French Grey Photography enough. These are by far the best kind of souvenirs. Forget the Eiffel Tower lighter and the cheesy beret, spend a little money and capture some memories instead.

White Dress, Mint Skirt, Heart Blouse, Parisian Hat – Morning Lavender

Shoes – Steve Madden

 

New Product & Drink Recipe

We are so excited to give you a sneak peek into our new line of products. We have been working hard to develop a line of customizable stir sticks for wedding, birthdays, corporate events, and more!

We recently gave away 25 of these Thanksgiving theme stir sticks on our Facebook page, so if you don’t follow us there, make sure you do!

For this cocktail I tried to think of something holiday-ish.  Horchata always reminds me of the holidays. So I made a little spiked Horchata and it turned out delicious; maybe a little too delicious if you know what I mean. Enjoy!

Hardy Horchata

1.5 ounces of white tequila

1 ounce of Rumchata

¼ ounce of Atomic Fireball Whiskey

5 ounces of good quality Horchata

¼ ounces of sweet syrup

Dash of cinnamon

Pour the tequila, Rumchata, Fireball Whiskey, Horchata, and syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice.

Pour into glass and sprinkle cinnamon on the top.

Will You Be My Bridesmaid Party

A lot of brides order our hangers as a way to ask their friends to be in their wedding party. Some girls even choose to host a small luncheon for their girls, making it extra special. Paper and Cake offers an adorable printable party that will take your special request to the next level.

After a girl says “yes!” to her fiancé, it is time for her to ask her girls to be a part of her special day. It is time for her to ask them to “ride shotgun with her!”
And that was the theme of our party.

I was thrilled when Abigail of Paper and Cake asked me to be a part of this shoot, especially because I love the idea of making you best friends feel special. Abigail pays close attention to all the details that really make a big impact when it comes to hosting a party.

Mix-match chic chairs from Found Rentals around a vintage door used as a table were just a few of the small touches on this picnic. Baby’s breath paired with paper flowers and arranged in tin cans, are simple but elegant. The girls sit down for the gourmet lunch in their own individual boxes and mason jar glasses from TomKat Studio. Each girl is presented with one of our hangers to hang her dress on for the big day as well as a pickup truck key chain as a momento. All of the small details that really tie the whole party together are from Paper and Cake. Her eye for detail is what makes her parties a cut above the rest.

 

No party would be complete without a delicious dessert table. Abigail didn’t let us down there. Meringue Bake Shop provided the scrumptious ombre cupcakes; Dolly’s Cotton Candy was also on display, and the topper of the whole party, the edible cake topper by Edible Details.

It was a privilege to be able to be apart of such an amazing group of vendors. I had a blast working with them and I’m proud of the work we all accomplished.

Featured Vendor Credits:
Styling and Printable Party Set: Paper & Cake
Photography: Missy Marie Photography
Hangers & Key chains: Delovely Details
Truck Fondant Topper: Edible Details
Mason Jar Lids, Stripey Straws, Gable Boxes, Gold Twine: TomKat Studio
Cupcakes: Meringue Bakeshop
Cotton Candy: Dolly’s Cotton Candy

Honorable Mention Contributors:
Cake stands: Sweets Indeed
Chairs: Found Vintage Rentals
Popcorn Ladder: Magnolia and Willow Antiques
Tablecloth: Tablevogue

New Design & Coupon Code

Taking on this re-branding and new website was quite the undertaking. I don’t know that I fully understood what I was getting myself into. Luckily, I was working with some amazing people who really knew what they were doing and helped making this entire process easy and smooth.

I can’t thank Reni, Heidi, and the rest of the crew over at Bliss and Tell enough for all the hard work they’ve done on the new designs and the website. They were patient with me, professional, and kind people to work with.

 

When working on the new photos for the website, I knew I wanted a standard floral shot, and French Buckets came through and gave me one of the most beautiful floral pieces I have ever seen. I can’t thank them enough for their help!

Lastly, my husband once again pulls through and becomes my knight and shining armor.  He’s worked diligently on this whole project with me, staying up late, editing photos, and giving his opinion. I couldn’t have gotten where I am today, without all of his encouragement and support.

To celebrate this new chapter for our little business and for our life, we are offering a coupon code!

Use coupon code NEWDESIGN to receive 15% off your entire purchase!