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I'm an Okie native, but currently an Arkansan. Newlywed. Hairstylist. Lover of all things creative. Pinterest and blog addict. Wanna-be photographer and wedding planner. Jesus follower. I love meeting new people and I'd love for you to stay a while, read a lot, and follow along. I love discovering new blogs so leave me a comment and I'm thrilled you're here!


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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Bump Date: 28 Weeks!

28 weeks
Hello Third Trimester, we are so happy to see you!!
I just realized I have not written a blog post since we announced we were pregnant in August.....and this will also be my 4th blog post of the year. WOW, I'm slacking. I thought I would post weekly bump dates and document every little detail of my pregnancy on this blog, but clearly life got in the way. So here it is, in one BIG blog post, mainly so I can get these very special pictures off of my phone and onto here so if my phone crashes I don't loose them all and I have these memories.
Aaron and I had very different views on a gender reveal party. He didn't think it was necessary and I did, of course. So I did what any good wife would do and I went behind his back and planned a surprise 30th birthday party/gender reveal party. He just thought he was coming home from a fishing tournament to my parents and his parents and a nice dinner to announce what we were having. Little did he know, there would be a house full of people to celebrate him. It was so much fun and he was totally surprised and ended up being really glad I did it.
 Here's TEAM BOY!!!
 Here's TEAM GIRL!
 Hugs from my dad who made me cry because he was tearing up.
 Getting the target board and balloon ready.

 My mom and dad can't wait for grandbaby #3!
 Rhett is going to have some of the best aunties! Auntie Paige!
 Auntie Alli!
 And Rhett's Grandma and Grandpa also can't wait to meet their grandbaby #2!!
 And he can't wait to play with little Hallie girl!!
 Best friends since elementary school!
And he really can't wait to meet his aunt and uncle and his sweet cousins Guinevere and Asher who will be just a few weeks older than him.
 Auntie Paige, Auntie Emily, and Auntie Kortney!
 He also already has some really great hunting buddies!
Everett Thomas, we can't wait to meet you!
This past weekend we had our first baby shower and it was perfect. All of my favorite people in one room. We laughed, I cried (a lot) opening the sweetest gift from my Aunt Jan, we played games, and it was so good to see everyone. Thank you all for coming and making my shower so great.
 Rachel opened up her beautiful new home to host! Thank you so much, Rachel!
 Childhood friends with our mommas!
 These were the AMAZING hostesses. They did not leave one detail out. I am so thankful for all of these wonderful women in my life. They are so special to me.
 How cute are the little blue, white and gold pumpkins.
 One of the hostesses made the cake. Her Italian Crème Cake is my favorite cake ever. One of the hostesses' aunts made the gorgeous floral arrangement. She is so talented and did our wedding flowers and her arrangements never disappoint!
They had the cutest MOMosa bar complete with a non-alcoholic momosa for me and the other expectant mothers!
 My chef friend, Steph did the food and just like always, it was amazing! She made some delicious pumpkin dip, roast beef sandwiches, and some other fancy foods that I'm not sure what they're called, but it was all so good! They sent me home with the extras and I ate them on the way home and Aaron was so happy to finish it off for me when I got home.
Love these people BIG time!
 The best little helper, Kinsley!
 Love these girls. Three of us met in middle school and the other in high school, but we all played volleyball together and had WAY TOO much fun in high school. Thankful for their friendship for all these years and many more to come!
 Sabrina and her momma! We have been friends since we met at church when we were probably four! Oh the memories and the stories we could tell. Love you friend!
 My sister-in-law and both our boys. Can't wait to watch these cousins grow up together. Ashley will be so sick of me calling her and asking for advice/help.
 This amazing woman was one of my dad's student athletes who then became my baby sitter who now is a very very special friend. I could go on and on about how much she means to me. Love her to pieces!
 Stephanie and baby Wyatt, due exactly one week before me. Can't wait for play dates with these boys. I have blown up Stephanie's phone throughout my pregnancy, asking her questions about anything and everything. It's been so fun and I can't wait to celebrate them at her shower very soon!
 I met this babe in cosmetology school when we were Juniors in high school. We also had WAY TOO much fun together and I don't get to see her near as often as I'd like, but I was so happy to see you and your family at the shower. Love you KP!!
 My Aunt Jan!! She has been there for me through everything and Rhett is so lucky to have her as a Great Aunt (not sure if that's what she will be to him, but it sounds good to me).
My momma! She is already the best Lolli and I can't wait to watch her with Rhett. She has taught me so much already about what it is to be the world's greatest mom!
We have been working hard getting the nursery ready. We pretty much have it all done, minus getting the bedding put on and getting everything washed and organized. There are a few pieces for the nursery we still have to get and a few more décor items to hang, but for the most part, we are done with it.
 Here are some before and afters of the furniture pieces we redid. I needed a space to store all my craft stuff that was in the nursery and this wardrobe was the perfect solution!
 We made a little sign for above the crib.
Here is the sneak peek of half of the room. I love how it turned out! Can't wait to get the bedding all put together!
Baby Rhett has no choice but to be a lover of the great outdoors. I mean look at all the hunting/fishing stuff he already has. He probably has more than his daddy already and he's not even here. It was so fun to come home from the shower and show Aaron these awesome gifts. I think Aaron was more excited than I've ever seen him on Christmas morning.
 He cannot wait to read these books to his son and take him on his first hunting/fishing trips.
 How cute are these crib sheets? I LOVE THEM!
 We even have the bibs covered! Our sweet friend, Brandi made the ones on the outside.
 He already has more Carhart than Aaron.
So cute!
These are the only bump pictures I've taken thus far.

I have really loved being pregnant and I can't complain because I've had it pretty easy. I was nauseous everyday until about week 13. I only got sick a handful of times and luckily it was in the evenings and not during work. I slept the majority of my first trimester and got nothing done, but now I'm in nesting mode and tackling my to-do lists. I'm excited to get all of my extracurricular projects done so I can focus on finishing the baby room, cleaning and prepping the house, spending quality time with Aaron and relaxing and SLEEPING before Rhett gets here!!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

I Will Carry You: Our Miscarriage Story- Part 2

 As I sit here writing this post a year later from when I wrote THIS POST ABOUT OUR MISCARRIAGE STORY (link here), I can't help but be extremely grateful and excited because I am 13 weeks pregnant this time. I just wanted to give you guys an update on what the past year has been like for us and I hope that it will help anyone else going through the same struggles, but it will also be a way for us to remember our journey and look back on one day.

Last year during this time I was extremely scared to post about our miscarriage on our blog, but I just felt called to share our story, not for sympathy or pity, but to help myself heal. I had read numerous blogs/articles about miscarriage and they all helped me out so much so I thought if one person read my blog and found it helpful then it was worth it. I did not want to be silent about miscarriage and I felt like in order to heal I needed to talk to others about their stories. You guys, I was completely OVERWHELMED and AMAZED at the response I received from that post. I got hundreds of comments, messages, responses from people I am extremely close with and people I barely knew telling me their miscarriage stories and how they got through it. It was absolutely mind blowing to me that so many of you have experienced such a terrible thing and so many people I had no clue it happened to reached out to me. Some of you had very very similar stories to ours with almost the exact same due date, miscarriage dates and others of you were successfully pregnant with a baby due on the same day as ours, but had suffered numerous miscarriages before. Some of you had happy endings and some of you were still struggling, but every single story touched my heart in such a profound way and made a HUGE difference in my coping. I cried so many tears reading through all the messages, but they all gave me so much hope. It seemed as though many of you were able to get pregnant again a few months after your miscarriages so I really held on to that hope, praying that we would be in the same boat. However, a second pregnancy didn't come as easy for us.

We began trying again as soon as our doctor gave us the go ahead. We didn't want to stress about it at all, we just wanted to go with the flow. We tried our best not to over think it, we prayed constantly and just trusted that the Lord's timing would be perfect. It was not easy by any means and some days were really hard. I can definitely say I've cried more in the last year than I have my entire life. If there was a sad song on the radio, I was crying. If I saw someone announce a pregnancy on Facebook, I was crying. When I saw pictures of the girl's bellies on Facebook that had my same due date, I was crying. Don't get me wrong, I was extremely happy for those people, but I'm not going to lie, as much as I hate to admit this, I was also extremely jealous and wishing it was me. I think by far the hardest time for me was the month leading up to my due date. I felt like I was a crazy person, crying constantly at the drop of a dime for no reason. I remember one day in particular, I was just really off and emotional and felt like all I could do was cry. I finally got myself together, and went over to our friend's house to hang out for the evening. Once I walked in they could tell something was off so they asked if everything was okay and I absolutely lost it. Just started bawling and ran out of the house. I had no idea why I was crying, but I just couldn't handle anything that day. Those days occurred more often than I would have liked them to. I still have those moments, even a year later. I am always open to talk about it when someone asks, but sometimes I loose it when I try to talk about it... happened just the other day with my family. I feel like that is probably pretty normal, but there are days when I feel like telling myself "Suck it up, Quincee, there are so many other people going through WAY harder things than this, this is just a small bump in the road of life, just get over it." I'll never forget the nurse that wheeled me out of the hospital after I had my miscarriage....she gave me a huge hug and said, "I promise this will get easier, but there will never be a day that goes by for the rest of your life that you won't think about that baby." Oh my gosh was she right (she had 3 miscarriages herself). Not. One. Single. Day.

So here I sit, a year later, 13 weeks pregnant, extremely excited, yet still extremely scared and paranoid. I feel like some of my pregnancy joy in the beginning was stolen because I was constantly worried that it would happen again. I try not to think about it as much as possible, but it's hard. It's kind of crazy because our plan was to wait a year before taking any medical fertility action. I had actually scheduled my first doctor's appointment with a new doctor since the miscarriage for July. At that appointment we were going to discuss our options with the doctor. We found out we were pregnant May 27th. Last year we found out we were pregnant on May 31st. I guess May is our month :)

We absolutely ADORE our new doctor. She has taken amazing care of us and completely eased all our worries and concerns. It has already been 1,000x better than our experience with our first doctor. We got to hear the baby's heartbeat at our first appointment. She wanted to see us every two weeks until we were out of the first trimester, just to make sure everything looked okay. She even offered to meet with us every week, if that made us feel better! At every appointment, we get to see the baby and the heartbeat on her handheld ultrasound machine. She has also put me on Progesterone to help prevent another miscarriage. We are SO SO SO thankful for our doctor, she has been such a God send to us.

For those of you that are reading this that are going struggling with fertility, going through a miscarriage, or have lost a child in any way, please know that I am constantly praying for you and I think about you very often. Please know that it is hard for me to announce this on a public forum without feeling guilty or weird because I know the way it made me feel when I would read about other people's successful pregnancies. I can't wait for the day that I get on Facebook and see an announcement picture with you in it and I will jump for joy with excitement for you!

Lastly, thank you all for your prayers, support, for reaching out to us and for just checking in and asking us how we were doing. You made all the difference in the world to us. We are so excited to be parents and we can't wait to share our journey with you!
A big thank you to our sweet friend Josh for taking these announcement pictures for us!! We LOVE them!