Wednesday, June 15, 2016

My Emilia // 10 Weeks of Sheer Happiness

Motherhood is incredible, folks.  I can't even begin to explain the happiness that fulfills me each and every day since my sweet Emilia made her entrance into this world.  It is such an exciting and incredible journey being able to help this tiny human walk through her first milestones of life. 
Having a little girl to share your life with is such fun!  The majority of my days are just spent cuddling and kissing this sweet baby.  Her cuteness is irresistible!  Her daddy and I are truly blessed. <3
I thought I'd share a few photos from the last couple of weeks since my Emilia reached her two-month milestone.  At 10 weeks, she's the happiest, bright-eyed baby I've ever seen.  11 and a half pounds of pure fun. :)



Sunday, May 08, 2016

Emilia's 1-Month Milestone // 1st Mother's Day

My baby girl turned one month old this past Wednesday -- how is that even possible!?  This past month has been the most incredible of my life.  I never imagined that motherhood could be so miraculous. 
Andy and I feel like the happiest parents in the world to be able to love and care for this little blessing.  Emilia's baby-sweet, 'always happy', expressional character fills our lives with such joy! 

Nearly five weeks ago this little girly made me a momma; and with each new day I grow more and more thankful for this wonderful privilege I've been granted by the Almighty Himself.  Motherhood is the toughest, ever exhausting - exhilarating, and deeply fulfilling - challenging, but most rewarding occupation a woman could be blessed with.  I am beyond grateful for this life-changing-promotion that has enabled me to participate in the celebration of this very special Mother's Day, today.  I couldn't be more proud to call this wee darling my baby girl. 🌺

Friday, April 08, 2016

Announcing . . .

🌸 My heart has never been so full!!! 🌸

After a 30 hour long labor, our little girl, Emilia Rose, was born on April 6th at 6:17 a.m. and weighed in at 7 lbs, 8 oz.  There are no words to describe the love we feel for this tiny human!
P.S.  Thank you all SO much for keeping our little family in your thoughts and prayers throughout this joyous peregrination.  It meant the world to us to know that we had prayer support from so many people. 💗

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Pregnancy Update // 38 Weeks

How far along?  38 weeks, 1 day.  I am officially considered full-term at this point.  The thought that I could be holding my baby girl in my arms in 2 weeks or less thrills me beyond explanation!  I feel so blessed!
Total weight gain:  37 pounds - I'm definitely feeling the weight of the extra pounds these last few weeks!
Stretch marks?  Over the past two weeks I've noticed the slightest, miniscule stretch marks on my hips.  I always heard of gaining stretch marks on your abdomen during pregnancy, but I was never warned about the few other places where stretch marks tend to deviously make their appearance. . . oh well, I really cannot complain because I've been so fortunate to not have gotten any on my enlarging bump.
Sleep:  Sleeping still remains to be difficult, although it hasn't been as bad lately since my body has been letting me sleep in for a change.  However, getting out of bed has appeared to be nigh impossible these days.
Best moment this week:  Feeling the baby drop.  It's a rather uncomfortable sensation, but I know it means that I'm getting that much closer to meeting my baby. :-)
Miss anything?  Sleeping comfortably and having the energy and gumption to get things done.
Symptoms:  Same as before, although I'm a lot more exhausted now and feel extremely weighed down.  It has gotten harder and harder to breath with this growing babe inside me, as well.
Movement:  All the time, and I never tire of her movements. :-)
Food cravings:  Mostly peanut butter flavored treats this week. . .  but I crave anything sweet, really.
Anything making you queasy or sick?  Really strong fragrances (such as perfume scents).
Looking forward to:  Meeting my baby this month!
This week has been rather nostalgic for me.  At this point, Baby Faulkner could make her appearance any day.  The hubby and I couldn't be more anxious to meet this little life that so sweetly indwells me.  I knew I would love being pregnant; every flutter, kick and hiccup brings overflowing joy to this soul of mine.  My heart floods with excitement to meet my precious girly, yet I know these priceless moments of being pregnant are going to be greatly missed. . .
This may just be my last pregnancy update before you all see a post on the birth of our dear baby girl.  What a thrilling probability that is. ❤

May you all have a blessed week!

Monday, February 01, 2016

Pregnancy Update // 33 Weeks

How far along?  33 weeks.
Total weight gain:  26 pounds.  For nearly a month I held a steady weight, so it's good to see that I'm gaining healthy weight on a consistent, weekly basis again.
Stretch marks?  No stretch marks in sight!
Sleep:  As usual, sleeping remains to be difficult since this little nugget has been tending to keep me from falling asleep at night.  I know my last update said otherwise, but shortly after I bragged about how it was nice that her movements didn't hinder my sleep at all, she decided to start throwing a party in my womb during my bedtime hour. ;-)
Best moment this week:  Enjoying a (much needed) relaxing, shopping day with my hubby.
Miss anything?  Still missing my energy.
Symptoms:  Same as last time - (absent-mindedness, heartburn, bleeding gums, back pain, shortness of breath, itchiness, occasional nausea & headaches, and exhaustion from standing up for long bouts of time).
Movement:  A lot!
Food cravings:  CUPCAKES . . . and oranges.
Anything making you queasy or sick?  Not really.
Looking forward to:  The baby showers taking place this month and reaching the 9-months-of-pregnancy-milestone!

Have a blessed month of February everyone!