Wednesday, October 28, 2015

What's Up Wednesday

It's the last Wednesday of the month, which means it's time for another What's Up Wednesday!
 (This month, I am actually doing it on the correct day! Woohoo!)



Here's what has been going on this week at our house...
 
WHAT WE'RE EATING THIS WEEK...

My mother-in-law made us a breakfast casserole the week we brought Lincoln home from the hospital, and IT WAS DELICIOUS. She gave me the recipe, and I finally got around to making it this week. It is really easy to put together, and I love how you can just heat it up in the morning and have a warm, yummy breakfast.

WHAT I'M REMINISCING ABOUT...
Our annual trip to South Dakota! Landon has family out there, and for the past couple of years, I have been going with him every October. This year, we had to skip the trip since we had Lincoln. We always have a blast, and I missed hanging out with everyone. Next year can't come soon enough! Here are a couple of pictures from last year...



WHAT I'M LOVING...
My Alex and Ani October Birthstone Charm Bangle! I have been wearing it almost every day. Whenever I wear it, it reminds me of my sweet little October baby!


WHAT WE'VE BEEN UP TO...
Errands and laundry. I know... exciting. Unfortunately, I really let the laundry get out of control this week, so I have about a million loads to do. Having a newborn definitely doesn't help either. Luckily, I'm almost done.
Kind of...

WHAT I'M DREADING...
The rest of the laundry. See above.

WHAT I'M WORKING ON...
Lincoln's baby book! I ordered this one a few weeks ago, and I am working on it a little bit every day.

WHAT I'M EXCITED ABOUT...
I am excited to spend the holidays (especially Christmas) with Lincoln! They are going to be so much fun with him here. As soon as we get back from Hawaii, let the festivities begin!

WHAT I'M WATCHING/READING...
I have been watching The Ellen DeGeneres Show every day and I'm really enjoying it! She's hilarious. 

 WHAT I'M LISTENING TO...
Landon's cousin gave us the CUTEST lullaby CD a few months ago.  Her daughter loved it when she was a baby, and Lincoln loves it too.  We also like to listen to the Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, and Rascal Flatts renditions. If you like country music, you have to check these out. They are so precious.


P.S. Our wedding song was I Cross My Heart by George Strait. I love listening to the lullaby rendition, it brings back sweet memories of this day!


WHAT I'M WEARING... 
Still mainly sweatpants and nursing tanks.

WHAT I'M DOING THIS WEEKEND...
Halloween! Lincoln is going to be a TY beanie baby!

WHAT I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH...
Hawaii! I can't wait!

WHAT ELSE IS NEW...
Kimber is doing much better and she is healing really well. She is back to her crazy self and has resumed her favorite activity... stealing stuff from the nursery.
Thanks for stopping by and checking in with us!!

Simply,
Chelsea





Monday, October 26, 2015

Deciding On A Blog Name

Good morning! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. We had big plans this weekend... go visit my sister's wedding venue, make a trip to the pumpkin patch, take Kimber to the beach... it was going to be a great one.

THEN, we woke up Saturday morning to a limping dog. 

Kimber has had a bump on her back leg for the past few weeks. We took her to the vet, and they informed us that it was just a benign growth that would eventually go away on its own. We were so glad it wasn't cancerous! Well, when we woke up Saturday morning, Kimber was limping, shaking, and was a little lethargic. Landon took her back to the vet, and we found out that somehow it got infected! (gross, I know) So now the poor little thing is on antibiotics and she is wearing the cone of shame.


#conehead

We spent the rest of the weekend making sure she was okay. We still had fun celebrating my uncle's birthday on Saturday, and we watched the Raider/Charger game on Sunday with Landon's family.

So, for today, I thought I would share a quick story of how I came up with my blog name.

Story time! Sit down, grab a cup of coffee, and relax. This is a good one.

I kind of thought picking a name for my blog would be a piece of cake. I already had a name in mind. I had the perfect idea. Ready for it?

The Orange Tulip.

That's it. Isn't it adorable and super original? I thought so too, so I told my sister right away. I was ready for her to text me back and say something like "Wow, Chelsea, you are really creative! What a cute name! I love it!"

The reaction I got was a little different. I got the three little dots on my phone that you see when someone is texting... then the dots disappeared. She stopped writing. No response. For like five minutes. Finally, she responded with "Let me think about it." Then, about ten minutes later, she sent me a second text that read "I think I like it. Your theme could be oranges. You can start gardening and write about that!"

Oranges and gardening. That isn't exactly the idea I had for my blog.

So back to the drawing board I went. I wrote out all of the things I love and the things that make me happy. Landon. Lincoln. Family. Simplicity. Exercising. Sweatshirts. Cookies. Kimber. Carmel Macchiatos. Pumpkins.

Nothing.

Then, I had a brilliant thought. I will ask my husband. What a great idea! No one knows me better than Landon! And what does he come up with? "50 shades of my day" and "dark horse". Quickly, I decided to quit asking him for suggestions and made a mental note to name the rest of our future children myself.

So here I am. A little discouraged… A little bummed… Buying a snack at the store, when the man behind the register says "See you later, Chelsea Lately!" I giggled and thought how weird that he just called me that. Instantly, a light bulb went on and the name popped in my head. Simply Chelsea.

Simply Chelsea... I liked it! Why was I trying to come up with something completely random that didn't even describe who I was. Why not keep it simple, literally. (see what I did there)

I'm still not sure how I got Simply Chelsea from Chelsea Lately, but I'll take it. And I think it suits me a little more than the orange tulip.

 
Simply Chelsea

Friday, October 23, 2015

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!

Today, I'm linking up with Erika, Narci, and Andrea (three of my favorite bloggers!) and sharing my Friday Favorites.


ONE. My Baby Book
My sweet mom brought over my baby book this week so I could look at all of my baby pictures! We decided that Lincoln looks JUST like his dad and nothing like me. Oh well...

Here are some of my newborn pictures... haha.



TWO. Evening Walks
Landon, Lincoln, Kimber, and I have been going for long walks when Landon gets home from work. It has been so nice to get some fresh air and talk to Landon about how our day went. I LOVE family time.



THREE. Lincoln and Blake
My friend, Nicole, is having a baby girl in a few months, and her name is going to be Blakelyn. Nicole texted me this picture a few nights ago. Lincoln and Blake are obviously meant to be together. I told her I will make sure Lincoln proposes under that street sign. Their kids will be so cute... #wishfulthinking



FOUR. New Makeup
Lincoln and I had our first outing yesterday, and it went great! We went to the mall and had the best time. We shopped, ate cinnamon rolls, drank coffee, and got my watch resized. We made a visit to the MAC counter, and I bought the Enchanted Eve Lip Bag in Nude. It comes with a lipstick, lipgloss, and lip pencil, as well as a little clutch. I just couldn't resist the packaging!



FIVE. Lincoln Is Waking Up!
Lincoln is starting to open his eyes more throughout the day, and it is just the cutest thing. He is still the sleepiest baby and spends most of his hours napping, but I love that he is waking up and becoming more alert. He makes the funniest faces... I can't get enough of him!


And one of my favorites...



Have a great weekend everyone! 
 Keep up with us this weekend on Instagram: @simplychelsea_blog

Simply Chelsea  
 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Lincoln's Birth Story - Part 2


Landon and I arrived at the hospital, and we went upstairs to Triage. I told the receptionist that I thought I was in labor, and she checked us in.  Unfortunately, they were so busy! We had to wait about 25 minutes to get a room (which seems like forever when you are having regular contractions!) I remember sitting in the waiting room... whenever I had a contraction, I would try to breathe through it really quietly because I didn't want to scare everyone in the room! However, there was one pregnant girl who just stared at me the whole time with a frightened look on her face. I think I freaked her out. Oops. 


 When we finally went back, I was 2cm dilated! I was in shock, because the morning before I had ZERO progress. The nurse saw that I was in a lot of pain and my contractions were pretty regular at this point, so she asked me to go walk around the hospital for an hour to see if I could get things moving along. She also advised me to eat something, because once you get admitted, they do not allow you to eat until after the baby arrives.

Landon and I went downstairs and got a smoothie and some banana bread. Then, we started walking. We walked around SO slow because I had to stop every few minutes. My sister works at the hospital next door, so we decided to go and visit her. After we said hello, we went down to the cafeteria and Landon got a chicken quesadilla. We headed back to Triage to get checked again.

I WAS STILL AT 2CM. I was upset that after all that walking, nothing happened. The triage nurse went and called the doctor, and they decided to go ahead and admit me to labor and delivery. (Normally, my hospital does not admit you until you are 4 cm dilated. Since my contractions were progressing really well on their own and I was in a lot of pain, they admitted me early. THANK GOODNESS.)

Once I got my room, they administered my IV and had me walk up and down the hallways. It was nice to walk and move around a bit before I was stuck to my bed. 


After walking a few laps around the halls, I had to go back to my room because the pain was getting unbearable. They gave me some pain medication, but it would wear off every 30-45 minutes. After a few doses of that, they checked and I was at 4.5cm! Right at that moment, the anesthesiologist knocked on my door and asked if I was planning on getting an epidural. Apparently, someone in the hospital was about to get a c-section, and he said he would be unavailable for the next hour or two. He said if I wanted one, now was my time. I was so glad he came in my room at that point because I was planning on getting one, and the timing couldn't have been more perfect. 

He was absolutely amazing! I barely felt a thing. I think I was in so much pain from the contractions that I didn't really care about the epidural needle.

After the epidural, we just waited! I was able to rest a little, and they kept doing regular checks.  At about 12:00AM Friday morning, I was dilated to 8.5cm, and at 3:00AM I was finally at 10cm. They had me rest for a bit before I started pushing to see if he would move down a little more on his own.  Then, after almost 4 hours of pushing, Lincoln entered the world at 7:34AM! The best moment of my life was when they put him on my chest and I finally got to see the little boy I spent the last 9 months growing. He was just amazing, and I will never forget that feeling I had! He weighed 8 lbs 4 oz and was 20.5 inches long.

When I held that little boy, I was stunned it was over. It was such a long process and was a ton of work, but once I had him in my arms, nothing else mattered. He was here, he was healthy, and it was perfect.

 His first picture! Doesn't he look happy? :)


Landon was so great during the whole process. He is going to be the best dad!


SOME FUN FACTS:
  • It was just Landon and I in the room. I wanted to enjoy the first few minutes alone as our new family of three. (Well.. our family of four. But dogs aren't allowed in the hospital. haha!) 
  • Our moms were the first to come in and see him after he was born.
  • He had an irregular heartbeat during the whole labor process. Thank goodness it resolved itself as soon as he was born.
  • We had the sweetest nurse. Her shift was over at 7:00AM. She changed into her normal clothes and stayed in the room with us. She wanted to watch him be born since she was with us the whole night.
  • I was so thirsty and hungry after. It was insane. They brought french toast in my room about 20 minutes after delivery, and it was probably the best thing I've ever eaten. In my life.

Simply Chelsea

Monday, October 19, 2015

Lincoln's Birth Story - Part 1

As I started typing up Lincoln's birth story, I quickly decided to break it into two parts! I am documenting every detail I can remember because I never want to forget the day my little boy was born.

If you want the quick version, my labor and delivery went really well! Everything progressed perfectly, but slowly, and I was in labor for about 26 hours. It was long and hard, but I had amazing nurses and I couldn't have asked for a better experience.

Now, if you want the long version, here you go...

On Wednesday, September 30, 2015, I had my 39 week appointment with my OB/GYN. I was really looking forward to this appointment to see if I made any progress!  At my visit, the doctor checked and my cervix was soft, but still completely closed. The doctor reminded me that first babies typically stay in longer and this was normal. I was so upset and discouraged! I was uncomfortable and ready to meet my baby.

After my appointment, I met my coworker for lunch and told her how this baby seemed to be staying put for a while longer. After we ate, I came home, did some laundry, picked up the house, and took a nap. Here is a picture I snapped of my belly that day!  


Landon, Kimber, and I went to my dad's house that night for dinner, and I was complaining to everyone about how this baby was never going to come. My sister and I were both born early, so I was convinced during my whole pregnancy that Lincoln would be early. Now, it wasn't looking too promising.
 
Thursday morning, I woke up at 5:00AM with mild cramps. I didn't think too much about it. I had so many little aches and pains now that my due date was getting closer and closer. I woke Landon up, and told him I was moving to the couch to try and get more comfortable. Landon woke up around 6:45AM, and asked me how I was feeling. I told him I was still cramping but I was okay, so he took Kimber to the park to get some energy out. At 7:40AM, my cramping started coming in waves. I would have pain for a minute or so, then I would feel completely normal. I called Landon and asked when he would be home from the park. I explained that I was pretty sure I was having contractions!

He came home about 10 minutes later, and we started timing them. They were about a minute long, but were really irregular. They were anywhere from 3 minutes to 10 minutes apart. Here is a snapshot of the app I used to track them:




Landon decided to stay home from work, and we started googling "What do contractions feel like?" I also whipped out my copy of What to Expect When Your Expecting. All I learned was labor signs can be so different for everyone, so I had no idea what was going on. haha!

As the morning went on, the pains became more intense and regular.  With each contraction, I became more and more convinced that these were the real deal! I was starving, so I asked Landon to make some lunch. I wanted to eat a good meal in case I had to go to the hospital. He barbecued some pollo asada (yum!) and we ate. 

Shortly after we were done with lunch, my contractions were getting to the point where I had to stop what I was doing when I was going through one. I couldn't walk or talk through them. Some were really unbearable, and some just felt like strong cramps.  I called the doctor and asked when I should go to the hospital. They advised me to come in when they were 2-3 minutes apart.

Around 2:00PM, they were 3-4 minutes apart and getting really painful. We had a 30-40 minute drive to the hospital, so we packed everything up, gave Kimber kisses, and headed to Triage.

Check back this week for Part Two!


 Simply Chelsea




Wednesday, October 14, 2015

What's Up Wednesday... Two Weeks Late!

Happy Wednesday! 

 
I am so late on this post! 

I started my blog on September 30, the last Wednesday of the month, which is when "What's Up Wednesday" is supposed to take place!! I had every intention of posting later that day or the next day, but Lincoln had other plans and I went into labor!  So here I am, two weeks late...
 
 
WHAT WE'RE EATING THIS WEEK...
Thanks to the wonderful people in our life, we are finishing up all of the meals/snacks that our family and friends have brought over for us! It has been so nice to not worry about cooking or grocery shopping these past two weeks.
 
WHAT I'M REMINISCING ABOUT...
Being pregnant!  It is still crazy to me that two weeks ago, I had a little baby in my stomach! I can hardly believe it. This week, I have been thinking about the nine months that I spent growing him, and remembering the process!  I am glad its over and that my little guy is here, but a small part of me misses all the kicks, movements, hiccups, etc..
 
 
WHAT I'M LOVING...
I'm loving my diaper bag! It is the perfect size, and has plenty of pockets to hold diapers, wipes, etc.. It also has a lot of space to carry all of my personal items, so I do not need to carry a purse AND a diaper bag.
AND, as I mentioned on Monday, it is 40% off this week at Nordstrom! CLICK HERE.

WHAT WE'VE BEEN UP TO...
This week, we have been up to a whole lot of this:
 
Relaxing and hanging out with our babies!

WHAT I'M DREADING...
I am dreading Lincoln's doctor appointment tomorrow! He has a small heart murmur, and the doctor said it can be pretty common in newborns. I am still dreading the appointment and I hope they confirm that it is nothing serious. Keep him in your prayers, please!

WHAT I'M WORKING ON...
I have been working on my blog mainly! It has been so fun!!! I am just trying to figure it all out and work out the kinks.
 
WHAT I'M EXCITED ABOUT...
I am excited about wedding dress shopping with my sister in a couple of weeks! She just got engaged, and I am looking forward to helping her find the perfect dress. She is going to look beautiful! 

WHAT I'M WATCHING/READING...
This week, I have been trying to catch up on Scandal. I also started watching Arrow on Netflix, and so far, I am totally loving it!
 
WHAT I'M LISTENING TO...
Currently, I am listening to Property Brothers on HGTV. When we aren't watching something on Netflix, chances are we are watching HGTV. We remodeled our home earlier this year, and this channel is addicting!
 
WHAT I'M WEARING...
I am wearing sweatpants and a t-shirt... my uniform these past few weeks. haha.
 
WHAT I'M DOING THIS WEEKEND...
We do not have too many plans, but we are going out to dinner for my mother-in-law's birthday! It is always fun to hang out with family.
 
WHAT I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH...
We're going to HAWAII! I can hardly wait. It will be our first vacation with Lincoln, and I know it is going to be a blast.
 
WHAT ELSE IS NEW...
Not too much lately, but I am perfectly okay with that. I am loving the new normal of slowing down and hanging out with my family.
 
That just about sums up what we have been up to! Maybe next month I will try to link up with everyone on the correct day! :) 
 
Simply Chelsea 



Monday, October 12, 2015

My FIVE Newborn Baby Essentials

Hi there, Happy Monday!


I know Lincoln.. this is how I feel about Mondays too...

Today, I am going to be sharing my top five newborn essentials! 

As a first time mom, I wasn't exactly sure what I would need. I got all of the basics (diapers, wipes, onesies, swaddle blankets, etc..), but there are so many baby items out there. It is hard to figure out what is necessary and what isn't.

So, without further delay, here are my five newborn baby essentials!

1. Lalabu Soothe Shirt
This is probably my favorite thing in the world right now. Lincoln had a complete meltdown the other night (see picture below), and we tried everything to calm him down. I fed him, burped him, rocked him, you name it.. I tried it! Randomly, I remembered I ordered this shirt a while back and it was still sitting in the box in his closet. I RAN to his room, RIPPED it open, and THREW it on (I am not even kidding. At this point, Lincoln and I were both hysterical and crying haha). I put him in the pouch and he calmed down in about 10 seconds. It was amazing.  This shirt also doubles as a nursing tank. The material is thick and sturdy, and I love the convenience of it. I also love that I can still get stuff done around the house, but I don't have to put him down. It's a win-win for both of us!

(Ignore the crazy hair and sleepy face, I was just SO happy we finally got him to calm down!)

2. Ingenuity Moonlight Rocking Sleeper
Lincoln does not really care for his bassinet yet. He will take short naps in it, but thats it. We received this sleeper as a gift and he LOVES it. I think its because he prefers to sleep in a more enclosed space rather than flat on the bassinet. Plus, this sleeper vibrates, plays soft music, and shines stars on the ceiling.  
It is so precious.

3. My Brest Friend Nursing Pillow
Love, love, LOVE this nursing pillow. Landon's grandma got this for me as a shower gift and it is wonderful. It provides so much support, and it is very comfortable to wear. I also like that it has a pocket, so I can put my phone or anything I might need while nursing in there.

4. Cloth Diapers
We are using disposable diapers, but I have been using cloth diapers for everything else. Burp rags, cleaning spit-up, wiping things down, etc.. They are super cheap and are great to just throw in the wash. I always carry at least one with me in my diaper bag (which just happens to be 40% off right now!) and have a few laying around the house.

5. Munchkin Sarabear Portable Diaper Caddy
I saw this months ago while I was still pregnant and browsing around Target. I already had a basket for his changing table to keep diapers in, but this one caught my eye because it has separate compartments. I keep his diapers, butt paste, baby powder, and wipes in it. It is great to have everything handy during diaper changes.

Well, that's it! For all the moms out there, what are some of your baby essentials? I would love to know!

 Simply Chelsea


Thursday, October 8, 2015

Meet Baby Lincoln!

Hello everyone! Happy Thursday! I hope everyone is having a good week.  
This week has been the best week of my life...

Last Friday, October 2, 2015, we welcomed our little baby boy into the world.
Lincoln was ready to meet us, and decided to come one week early.

 We are so in love! 

My labor started early Thursday morning with some contractions. The contractions got worse over the course of the day, and before I knew it, we were at the hospital checking into Labor & Delivery around 2:30pm! Everything progressed perfectly, but slowly, and he made his arrival early the next morning.

 Landon and I have spent the past week loving on him and watching all of his precious facial expressions. He is absolutely perfect (and has some pretty amazing hair!), and I am already wondering what we did without him in our lives.

 I still can't believe he is finally here, and we are enjoying every minute with him. Being a mom is just amazing, and I feel so blessed to get to raise this precious little boy.

 Simply Chelsea



Thursday, October 1, 2015

October Goals

I can't believe October is here!
Ever since I found out I was pregnant in the beginning of the year, I have been counting down the days to October (my due date is October 9).  This month has always been one of my favorites, and I know this year it will definitely be my favorite because our little guy will be here!
 As for my goals this month, I am keeping them pretty simple.  I know I will be adjusting to life with a newborn, and my main priority will be bonding with him and figuring out this whole "mom" thing!
(We are naming our sweet baby boy LINCOLN. How cute is this little banner my friend made?! I just had to keep it up on my bulletin board.)
1. Daily devotional time
This is always a tough one for me.  I am really consistent for a period of time, then I get out of routine.  This month, especially as I start this new chapter in my life as a parent, I want to make quiet time with God my number one priority.
2. Begin Christmas shopping
I know, I know! It's a little early to be talking about Christmas! I feel like the holidays are going to sneak up on me, so i want to get a head start.  Most of my shopping will probably be done online this year. I am looking forward to shopping for everyone... I LOVE finding gifts for my family and friends.
3. Figure out Halloween costumes
I don't know what our plans are going to be for Halloween this year, but I am assuming we will stay home and pass out candy since our baby will only be a few weeks old.  I don't think Landon or I will dress up this year, but of course I need to find Lincoln's first costume!
Hehe! Here's my husband, Landon, on his first Halloween. He was about five months old.
HOW CUTE.



4. Read two new books
Since I am on maternity leave, I am spending more time at home. I love watching tv, and I am currently catching up on Scandal. (Don't tell me what happens, I'm on Season 4!!)  I will probably start a new series on Netflix, but I don't want to spend all my time watching television! So I plan on reading a few books.  My coworker got me the book, Maternity Leave, by Julie Halpern, and I'm LOVING it.  I do want to find another one to read. Any suggestions?





5. Have a date night with Landon
I know it's going to be hard to find time for date nights once baby gets here, so I would like to at least have one more night out before he makes his arrival.
Well, that's it! Happy October to all of you!
 
Simply Chelsea