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The life and times of a wife, stay-at-home mom, and vivid dreamer! 

 

Elle Rose Bradley 12.18.15

Brittany Bradley

Last April we found out I was pregnant again and it was a huge surprise! We were actually "trying" not to have another baby until after Charlotte turned 1 and also to avoid a due date around the holidays. Well, low and behold not only was I pregnant, but the due date was Christmas Day! We were a little surprised but also very happy since I miscarried a pregnancy just one month before (also unplanned - we clearly need to attend a sex ed class.) I was going to keep the pregnancy under wraps until well into the second trimester but since this was my second go at it, my belly popped out so fast so we decided to share the news with a picture of our first sonogram.  

My uterus was showing in the shape of a heart during this scan!! 

My uterus was showing in the shape of a heart during this scan!! 

Our daughter was only 9 months old when we found out so being pregnant again so soon was, for a lack of a better word, interesting?! I was able to wear my pre-pregnancy jeans for about one whole week before I was back in maternity pants! However, the first few months went fairly well and the only complication I had was being diagnosed with gestational diabetes. It was a pretty big shock considering I maintained a healthy diet (besides the occasional indulgence) and I wasn't the typical candidate for the disease. After a lot of research I found out that it really had less to do with your current diet and more to do with your placenta and hormone levels. I was able to maintain my glucose levels with diet and avoided taking medication. Both the baby and I really didn't suffer any side effects but my doctor decided to induce me a week early to avoid a higher birth weight. 

On Friday, December 18th, 2015 I went into the hospital at 6:00am started the process of induction. I had to be induced with my first pregnancy so I knew what to expect but of course everything was totally different this time. I started contractions around 12pm and things moved quick since I was already several centimeters dilated. After laboring for a few hours on Pitocin I requested an epidural to help with the pain. An hour later my doctor decided to break my waters to speed things up since baby was head down and ready to go. However, during that process my epidural tube came out of its position and I was no longer receiving pain medication - I could feel everything. I was having such strong urges to push and the baby's heartbeat was starting to drop so there was no time to redo the epidural. After only 6 hours of labor and pushing for less than 10 minutes our second little angel entered the world at 6:17pm screaming and eyes wide! She was 7lbs 5.5oz and 20 inches long. She was placed on my chest immediately and I couldn't stop crying! She was so perfect with a head full of dark brown hair and big eyes. I don't know if it was the shock of delivering without pain meds or the fact that I was just falling so in love with the baby I was holding, I wasn't paying attention to what the doctors and nurses were saying. Come to find out, the baby's umbilical cord was tied in a perfect knot which meant she delivered at just the right time to avoid an emergency C-section.

Recovery was much different this time around. She was almost 1lb lighter than her sister and I also only had an epidural for 2 hours max compared to 15 hours the first time. I also only had a few internal stitches which made a huge difference. I would say that baby number 2 was a much easier delivery (well, minus the whole no pain meds part) and recovery. The second time around I felt more like I had worked out really hard the day before as opposed to feeling like I was bruised and battered!  

After my husband and I spent night staring at her sweet little face we decided to name her Elle Rose. We couldn't wait to introduce her to sister and take her home to enjoy our first Christmas with her in our new home. 

Mother's Day 2016 Gift List

Brittany Bradley

First, Happy Mother's Day to all of you Mama's out there... cheers to you and all that you do! I am blessed to have so many women around me to look up to including my own Mom, my Grandmothers, my Mother-in-Law, and a handful of really good friends that are super moms (especially the single Moms who took on the role of Dad too, you are all saints, seriously!)

I put together a short list of Mother's Day gifts that I would either like to give or receive - and not just for Mother's Day, any day of the year is a good day to buy your Mom a gift to show your love and gratitude! 



1. Le Mer "The Introductory Collection"

I am dying for a new skin care routine since I'm approaching my mid-30's and I know this is something my Mom wouldn't purchase for herself but would definitely use. This introductory kit is perfect for someone looking to try a more expensive brand of facial cleanser and moisturizing products (and since Nordstrom is known for their stellar return policy, it's basically risk free!) You can find the collection here.  

2. Cupcake Vineyards "Red Velvet" 

This wine is super inexpensive but super delicious which makes for the perfect quick gift to bring to brunch or dinner. Pair with a bouquet of tightly bunched white roses and any Mom will feel the love! You can find this brand in most liquor stores. 

3. "Mama" Necklace 

My daughter still calls me Mama and I think it is the sweetest thing. This handmade necklace can be purchased on Etsy for under $30. If you are willing to shell out a pretty penny, you can get the real gold version made by Jennifer Myer here

4. Pajama Set by GapBody

I believe that an awesome set of comfortable pajamas are a great gift for any occasion, especially us busy Moms who at the end of the day need a something really comfortable to unwind in. This set from GapBody is so soft and appropriate for any age! You can find the set here

5. Ariana Planter from Joss & Main 

Gifting flowers for Mother's Day is the norm but you can elaborate on that by gifting with a decorative planter! You can add a giant bouquet of fresh flowers or plant a small hydrangea bush. Either way, after the flowers wilt, Mom will still have something beautiful to keep. You can find this planter here

6. Home Baked by Yvette Van Boven from Anthropologie 

This is a great choice for the foodies! It is a cookbook for sweet and savory dishes that you can gift alone or with a new kitchen tool or utensils. This isn't something that I would buy for myself but would love if some gifted me. Plus I'm sure Mom would cook up something sweet next time you stop by! You can purchase a copy here

 

 

Update!

Brittany Bradley

I started this website when I was around 7 months pregnant with baby number 2 (number 1 was only 16 months old) and we were weeks away from closing on a new house. Not only was my husband working 24/7 but I was also in the middle of sleep training my little girl and we were quickly approaching the busy holiday season. Moral of the story - it was bad timing! I couldn't really put the time and effort into as I desired so I decided to start fresh in a months once we were settled in our new house with our new baby! 

A couple things that have happened since last October... 

We closed on our house the day before Thanksgiving on November 25th and to avoid paying another full month's rent on our apartment we decided to move in right away. Things were a MESS and terribly disorganized but we were on a tight timeframe with a new baby on the way! We managed to be in the house for one whole week before our girl arrived! We managed to make the space livable and even decorate for Christmas in those few short days so our first couple weeks in our new home turned out to be really special! I will be sharing plenty of posts as we renovate, furnish and decorate so stay tuned.

Next, and most important, we welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Elle Rose on December 18th! She is now 4 months old and the sweetest little baby there ever was. Charlotte is so in love with her like the rest of us which is a huge relief.  I would be lying if I said it is easy having 2 under 2 but despite the lack of sleep and the everyday stresses of having 2 babies, it has been so fun and such a blessing. The story of her birth and how the past 4 months have gone will be shared shortly. 

So, we came into the new year with a new baby, a new house, and a whole new perspective! My husband and I do not really believe in resolutions but this year we have decided to take it a little slower and focus on what we have in front of us - our 2 daughters, our home, our businesses and careers.

xx, Britt