Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Rose: 1 month

Okay, seriously. I don't know how you moms do it. Beautifully photograph your infant. It's a mystery to me. I wait until she's sleepy and of course she wakes up. She squirms and screams all through it. But what the heck. This is life, right?

So this was THE BEST of the one million photos I took of The Rose posing in her chair with her fox for her 1 month photoshoot. (Two weekends ago). She was not necessarily a fan.

But I did manage to capture some other cute moments in her Skip Hop playyard. She loves that thing. Her favorite is the mirror that rests above her head. She's so sweet, smiling at the mirror at the face smiling back at her. It's quite adorable.

Happy 1 month Eliza Rose (a little late). You are amazing! All in a month's time you've figured out how to navigate this outer world with your mama and daddy at your side. You mastered breast-feeding, something I prayed about over and over and was so worried about. But you are a pro. You bring so much joy to our lives. We love every ounce of you. In one month's time you grew over a pound! (In fact, you grew over a pound as early as your 2 week appointment)! You met

Monday, July 7, 2014

the most productive day of the summer

Today marked a turning point in The Rose's life. Today she slept in her nursery all by herself. (Like, 3 times people)! Big deal!

It was my most productive day of the summer.
I remembered what it was like to have the use of two arms again.

I cleaned out my closet.
Bagged up 5 bags of clothes for goodwill.
Organized my other clothes into maternity, pre-maternity, fall and winter totes.
I did 4 loads of laundry.
I cleaned The Rose's nursery. (And then it got messy again).
I prepared (not made because it was technically one of the frozen meals I made back in April with my mom) dinner.
I scheduled a consultation for us to get our windows fixed. (We have 3 windows in our house that have been boarded up since we moved in and are now ready to *potentially* fix them).
I showered!
And now I am blogging.

Seriously, super productive!

On the other hand I have dried milk and liquid poop on my shirt, but that's another thing.
Happy Monday! (And wish me luck to a productive Tuesday)!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Rose

The Rose is learning many new things this week.
She is learning to be more awake more during the day,
which gives her Mama more time to photograph her sweet face.
She is learning how to do tummy time,
although she will only take it for so long before she starts to get grumpy.
She is learning what her Mama and Daddy's faces look like,
and she loves to stare at them for long periods of time.
She also *was* learning how to milk her Mama and Daddy into constantly holding her
and never putting her down.
But (thanks to the help of her Gigi) she is now learning how to soothe herself to sleep (even if that means crying),
so that she isn't constantly being held. (And so her Mama can get a break).


Speaking of getting a break, my friend Stevi shared this amazing read with me yesterday that is so true and speaks to what my life has been like for the past four weeks. New Mamas out there, it's worth a read.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

eliza rose's nursery

Remember that nursery I've been working on for the past 10 months?
Well, it's about time I share the completed room. 

Just a reminder, this is the nursery BEFORE.
And here was a bit of my INSPIRATION.

The first big part of the nursery was painting the walls and installing new carpet.
(Mr. Christopher YouTubed all the skills to install the new carpet). The rest was Pinterest inspired.

Here she is:

wooden side table (upcycled from some college student's trash)
fox ornament (target Christmas collection)
quilt (handmade by my friend Debi)
crocheted fox (handmade by my friend Mariah)
wooden bookshelves (handmade by Mr. Christopher from this inspiration)
raccoon and fox drawings (hand-drawn by Mr. Christopher)

So much of Eliza's nursery was either handmade or gifted to us. It was so fun to create and I love the finished room. (Although really it will never be finished, as it will be growing and changing as Miss Eliza grows and changes). Thank you to all of our friends and family who contributed to helping us get the room ready, whether it was gifting us sheets or diapers or hand-making a special item like a coat-rack tree or a crocheted blanket. We appreciate ALL of it!

Friday, June 13, 2014

five years.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Christopher!
Today we celebrate five years.

In these five years you have grown to be my best friend. 

You love me unconditionally. You give me freedom to fail and be me and have emotions. You out-serve me everyday, and believe the best about me. You consistently fight for our marriage, even when I am tired of trying. You encourage me. You challenge me to draw closer to the Lord. You tell me I'm beautiful and bring me coffee in the mornings. You are amazed by the beauty that our daughter is. You change poopy diapers in the middle of the night, and you sing made-up songs to woo her to sleep. You are the best. I am so blessed that the Lord put you in my life.

I love you!

Year one.
Year two.
Year three and this too.
Year four.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Eliza Rose


Eliza Rose Swift arrived on May 22, 2014 at 7:27am.

My contractions began at 11:53 pm the night before. I labored at home until 5am, until we headed to the hospital. By the time we arrived I was already 6cm dilated and within an hour progressed to 9cm. By 7am I began pushing, and after 5 contractions little Eliza Rose was here.

The labor and delivery was everything I wanted. She was early, as I dreamt she would be. I delivered her naturally in a short amount of time. She began nursing within minutes of being born. My momma was there along with Mr. Christopher and our doula.

She was named after her two great-grandfathers who both passed away during my pregnancy. 
Her first name [Eliza] comes from Psalms 116:7, a verse the Lord gave me to cling to before and after the death of my Grandpa Jerry in December. Eliza means a bountiful gift from God, and our little Eliza was a reminder of the bountiful gifts the Lord has/had given us in the midst of the difficult season of his sickness and death.

  Her middle name [Rose] was the middle name of her Great-Grandma, my Nana. My Nana passed away four years ago. My Papa loved her so much and missed her deeply after her passing. In May when my Papa passed away, my family found a list of baby names he had been writing down for our little girl, his first great-granddaughter. He had a lot of names on the list {Amelia, Laurel, Eva, Maddie...} but most of them had the middle name Rose, a name that reminded him of my Nana. Once we saw his list, we were hooked on Rose as a reminder of my Nana but also as a reminder of my Papa.

Eliza is beautiful and perfect.
We are terrified parents, trying to figure out this crazy world of parenting.

We spent the first week hiding out in our home, welcoming daily visitors.
This week we are trying to make a few adjustments here and there to feel more "normal," and next week we are going to attempt to figure out our new normal, our new life with this little girl.

In the meantime, we're watching lots of Sherlock and the Office. 
Please pray for her [and us!].

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Eliza Rose Swift

Eliza Rose is here! 
She was born on May 22nd at 7:27am weighing 6 lb. 10 oz and 19 inches long.
More photos to come soon, but I thought I'd let you know. 


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