Monday, January 30, 2012

Nolan's Birthday

I feel like Bryce and I went away for a weekend and came back with a baby. We're trying to figure out our new "normal" while life is still speeding on around us. Nolan is such a dream that I feel bad I ever complained about being pregnant. The delivery day was filled with ups and downs, but in the end we got a pretty great reward.

I woke up at 2:30 am Friday morning with steady, strong contractions. I lay in bed wondering how long I should wait, whether I should send Bryce to work or not, etc. etc. Hudson woke up at 3am and asked if I could sleep by him. I snuggled with him in his bed, admiring his sweet sleeping face. I knew this might be my last chance to enjoy such a moment for a while. Charlotte woke up at 5 am, as soon as I picked her up she laid her head on my shoulder, rubbed my back and whispered the word, "Happy." I took her to our bed and spent the next couple hours admiring her and thinking about how blessed we are to have these wonderful little people in our life. 

When we arrived at the hospital I got the disappointing news that I hadn't progressed much at all. They suggested that we go walking for a couple hours and come back. Bryce and I wandered around in the drizzling rain--absolutely certain that we'd be sent home without a baby. I was so embarrassed that Bryce had taken the day off work and he'd have to go back and tell them it was a false alarm. The nurse told me to get a little something to eat. Since I thought we'd be going back home, I didn't hold back and ate Chinese food until I was stuffed. We arrived back at the hospital expecting to be sent home. Turns out the walk + lunch must have done the trick because I walked into my delivery room at 1:30 pm.

I'd never had an epidural before and really wanted to try it out. They came in and got me all set up, then the waiting began. I got stuck with a midwife who told me she'd do nothing to help me along. She refused to break my water since I wasn't a full 40 weeks, so we waited and waited until the end of her shift. As soon as she was gone a team of ladies entered my room and got the show on the road. They broke my water, we hung out for 25-30 minutes until it was showtime. I told my midwife I wanted it over in five minutes or less. I got my wish--Nolan was here in under five minutes. (P.S. I highly recommend getting an epidural. It made it totally bearable).

And now we're enjoying every minute with this sweet little guy. I feel lucky to have had a speedy recovery and plenty of help with the "big kids" for the last week. Nolan is exactly ten days old today; and my due date is tomorrow. I'm so glad we got a few bonus days with our baby boy.


Thursday, January 26, 2012

He's Here!


Nolan LaMont Williams
January 20, 2012
6 lb. 15 oz

Our sweet baby is here! He couldn't be more perfect and we love him to bits and pieces.

Here are a few of my favorite moments from the last week:


Thursday, January 19, 2012


We're anxiously awaiting Baby's arrival, if you can't tell. 
The kids practice their infant care skills every day. 
Looks like all I have to do is get the baby here and the kids will take care of the rest. ;)


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Sad United States

Hudson's birthday is tomorrow. We're just about to get started making his Sonic the Hedgehog birthday shirt. As I cleared a path in my disaster (um, I mean office) to find my screen printer I ran across these drawings. These may actually be my all-time favorites. He delivered them to me and B one night in November after we'd done something super mean. Like told him he couldn't play video games, or stay up late, or eat a bunch of junk food (I don't remember the specifics). All I know is we run a pretty tight ship around here, so there's no room for funny business.  ;)

When I asked him why the United States was sad, he replied, "Because I'M sad!" 
Yes, My Love, the entire country mourns with you when you can't stay up past your bedtime. 

I can't even tell you how many times a week I break this poor guy's heart. 
Good thing he's resilient. 

So basically, the point of this post: kids are awesome. Especially my kids. I mean, most days I feel like pulling my hair out. But when it comes right down to it, I sure think they're pretty cool. I love that Hudson is getting so good at expressing his feelings. And I think it's pretty rad that he can draw the United States better than I can.

Now I gotta stop stalling and go make some T-Shirts.


Friday, January 6, 2012

Simple Gifts

I think a couple of my most favorite gifts I gave for Christmas this year were the most simple.
I just picked up some notebooks at Target and screen printed them with little customizations.  

I love the look of a simple monogram. 

And you know I've had my eye on a naughty-list notebook for some time now.
I decided it was high time to make my own; and I love being able to share things that make me laugh with people who appreciate it as much as I do. 

I can't believe the first week of the New Year is almost over. 
I wish I could say I'm enjoying the final month of my pregnancy...but I'm getting pretty uncomfortable.
I'm in the last-minute rush to get everything done...washing baby clothes, digging the car seat out of the garage, whittling down our baby name list, and being super annoyed by every person who crosses my path. :)

At least while we wait for Baby to make his appearance, I've got plenty of things to keep me busy: Hudson's birthday is next week, I'm working on two fun weddings, and lots of organization projects. 

Hope your New Year is off to a good start! Have a great weekend! 


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Variations on Painting

We enjoyed a few painting activities over the New Year's weekend.

Painting with Mom

 Painting with Dad.