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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Entryway Details

I'm finally getting around to blogging my entryway!  This was such a hard part of the house for me to finish because I kept changing my mind on so many things.  I have changed the table out three times, the mirror out twice, and have redone the things sitting on the table several times as well.  I'm finally pretty happy with it though!  As always, I bought several pieces from TJ Maxx or antique stores, but the links to the rug and prints are below the image above!  

The digital downloads are available for these black and white prints on my etsy shop, AutumnAndEmma!  I shot these while we were on a cruise a few years ago and stopped in the Bahamas and have been enjoying using photos from our little travels to decorate with.  I got my frames from Hobby Lobby and they are a size 24x24.  I ordered white mats for the frames from with the outside dimensions at 24x24 and the inside dimensions at 19.5x19.5 to accommodate the 20x20 prints.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Psstt!  Be on the look out for my ink blots to be on Autumn and Emma soon! ;)

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Our time in the NICU, Pumping, and Prolacta.

I have tears streaming down my face right now as I'm sitting in front of my computer screen.  After 8 months of avoiding it, I finally looked back through the photos we took of Emma's birth and the weeks following it.  Seeing my little girl with tubes taped to her face and her sleepy eyes closed from morphine is still so incredibly hard.  This little tiny baby that entered the world with such a hard start.

There is a lot to cover when it comes to talking about what happened (and what went wrong) when Emma was born.  Probably too much for one blog post.  Everything was a chaotic blur filled with this nervous pulse.  That feeling is what I remember the most when I look through these photos.

Emma came into this world with the loudest scream I have ever heard from a baby.  Our 8 pound, 8 ounce little girl was (and still is) so feisty.  

After we had breastfed for the first time and things were more quiet, my mom was holding Emma and noticed that her lips were turning blue.  My mom went and got a nurse and after suctioning her more didn't help, Emma was brought to the nursery to be monitored, and then had to have x-rays and a double pneumothorax was discovered.  Basically both of her lungs had somehow collapsed.  We heard several theories about why this might have happened but no definite answers.  She was flown to Arkansas Children's hospital in Little Rock.  

I can't describe the fear I felt at that time.  Remembering it now feels so devastating.  20 hours out of my c-section, we climbed in our car and made the almost 4 hour drive to Little Rock.  It was so hard to not be able to just pick her up and hold her.  To have to look at her on this little table-like bed, hooked up to all these machines.  

The day after we got there I was feeling so physically bad that I knew something was really wrong.  I was checked into another hospital in the area and found out that I needed a blood transfusion and treatment for an infection in my uterus.  

A separate hospital.  Away from my brand new baby.  It felt like I wasn't a mother.  It felt very strange and so heartbreaking.  But then all of the sudden, my milk fully came in.  There was one thing I could do for my child and that was to pump milk to send to her hospital.  It was so important to me that she get the best nutrition possible to aid with her recovery.  It lifted my spirits and when I was able to check out and see her again things started to feel like they would be okay.  

Emma was in the NICU for 11 days.   That's a much shorter amount of time than so many babies and I am so thankful that our situation was not worse.  The devastation is so real when you are separated from the child that you have been growing inside of your body for the past 9 months.  We are so lucky that Emma gained weight well from my breastmilk but many of the other babies in the beds next to her were too premature to get everything they needed from breastmilk alone.  

In those situations, preemies are given a human milk fortifier (HMF) that is added to breast milk to provide the added protein, calories and nutrients they need to grow.  The problem is that nearly all HMFs are all made from cow milk, unless your hospital uses fortifier from a company called Prolacta Bioscience, which makes a HMF using 100% human breast milk.  Preemies can have complications from ingesting cow milk.  Sometimes it can even cause a severe complication called Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC), which is a leading cause of death among preterm babies.  This article explains even more about why human milk is so important for premature babies.  These little babies go through so much, and some complications could be avoided by providing a 100% human milk diet, including 100% human milk-based fortifier.  Watch the video below to hear one family's story of how Prolacta’s fortifier helped their baby.

With Emma having an allergy to cow's milk protein, and knowing other moms who have had babies with the same issues, it was so surprising to learn that most hospitals are providing preemies with a cow's milk based fortifier.  Prolacta is an option that more parents should know about.  If you or someone you know has a preemie, ask about Prolacta.

This post is sponsored by Prolacta, but it is completely my opinion that parents have a choice and that this is an important issue that should be talked about.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Summer Nights

Austin randomly happened upon an empty lot in our neighborhood the other day that had really pretty light, so when Emma was being cranky one afternoon we drove around a little to get her to chill out and ended up taking some pictures!  This girl loves to be doing things.  All the time!  Right now she's loving playing all night long too, haha!  I think we are officially in the 8 month sleep regression, but I really do think it's from her just learning and growing so much.

The dress I'm wearing is from PinkBlush!  I originally found them for maternity clothing when I was pregnant but they have super cute non-maternity clothes also!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Emma | Seven Months Old

I cannot believe Emma is 7 months old.  It feels like this weird age that I didn't imagine us actually getting to.  It's the same feeling of when I turned 26, like wait... this is going to keep going?  It's hard to think that one day she's not going to be a baby anymore, but at the same time I am loving her little personality as she grows and changes.  Being a colic baby, she seems to get happier and happier as she becomes more independent.  She still gets bored easily and is happiest when we are constantly doing new things, which translates to us trying to get out of the house at least once a day to do something or go somewhere.  For a self-employed homebody this has been a change, but honestly I think it's a good one.  

Emma's outfit and the blankets she's laying on are all from TJ Maxx.  Bow is from Bling Baby Bows.   Stuffed animal from Bunnies By The Bay.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Memorial Day | Emma's First Pool Day

Emma had her first pool day at her Mimi and Papaw's house over Memorial Day!  I was curious to see how she would do in the sun and in the pool (especially since the water was a little chilly) but she loved it!  We popped her in this pool float and she was happy as can be.  Looks like it's going to be a fun summer!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Pregnancy Throwback | Project Nursery

This week Project Nursery shared Emma's Nursery on their blog!   It was super cool to get to talk with them about the design process and relive it all!  It's my favorite room in our house and it was so much fun.  When I was getting photos together for the post I found these photos that Austin took of me when I was pregnant that I never got around to sharing.  This was the night of my baby shower when I was 33 weeks pregnant.  My belly was already big and I can't believe that it got even bigger than this, ha!  Thanks so much to Project Nursery for talking to me!  See the blog post here!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Mother's Day | Daisy Field

Growing up, when I saw daisies beginning to bloom I knew that Mother's Day was close.  I have always had a love for wildflowers.  When the daffodils began blooming I knew that it was almost Easter, and when I saw daisies I would go out and pick as many as I could for my Mom for Mother's Day.  So I thought it was only fitting that I take Emma out to this field of daisies for our first mother's day together.  My sweet parents came along with us and it was so much fun!  Happy Mother's Day to my wonderful Mom and all the mommas out there!  I hope it's wonderful!