our little one is here!

Seth Randall Crofton
9/25/13 at 1:50 pm
7 pounds and 3 ounces
20 inches

We couldn't be happier to welcome our little guy!

Birth story to come. 

39 weeks

How far along: 39 weeks

Baby size: a watermelon
6.2 to 9.2 pounds and 18.9 to 20.9 inches long

Gender: BOY! Seth Randall

Maternity clothes: Same as I have been, most maternity and maxi dresses. Getting dressed recently is definitely a task!

Sleep: Not great unless I am super exhausted. I am too anxious to sleep but I am taking small naps every once and a while which helps.

Movement: He is definitely running out of room but he is still moving. He doesn't really do jabs anymore, he kinda just rolls and adjusts and it moves my entire stomach.

Food cravings: nothing really, except Monday I really wanted a milkshake and some curly fries!

Food aversions: I still can't seem to eat meat (hamburger, grilled chicken, etc.) that is plain. 

What I miss: Sleep and being able to move like I used to

Looking forward to: this little boy's arrival!

Best Moment:  We had our 39 week appointment Monday and we are making progress, I was 1.5 cm and about 70% effaced. She said my cervix was more favorable so that is great! But then she decided to go ahead and schedule me to induce on Wednesday at 8 a.m. Soooooo on Wednesday we will be welcoming Baby Seth to our family!! We are so excited and can't wait to meet our little boy!

Pregnancy Symptoms: exhaustion, swelling, being uncomfortable, plenty of aches and pains

Stretch Marks/Belly Button: no stretch marks and the belly button is still in!

getting ready for baby

Since we have less than 30 days left until our due date, Paul and I have been working hard to get things down around the house and ready for baby!

Throughout the summer we had a to-do list and accomplished many things on that list. Now we are just winding down and getting things complete that we don't want to mess with later.

Here are some of the things on our list:
Wash baby kitchen stuff, then organize it all
we started with hot water and soap

then after rinsing the bottles we boiled them

then we let them air dry... I love my Grass, which is great for all baby kitchen stuff because it holds them to dry!

the remainder of the items went in the top rack of the dishwasher
wash car and install car seat - Our dog goes in the back of our SUV when we go places with him and we didn't have a barrier (we have one now!) so he drooled a lot on our cloth seats. We had that detailed and then loaded in the car seat protector and our car seat base. We will load the car seat within the last few weeks just so its not in there all the time.
Okay so this is not in the car but we prepared the stroller attachment as well!
cleaning up around the house (getting rid of extra, unnecessary junk) - took a lot of stuff to a local resale, goodwill, and a pawn shop. Feels great having less stuff throughout the house!
prepare cat and dog - we played a youtube video with a crying baby in it to see their reactions because I didn't want them to freak out the first time they heard that noise. Our dog is pretty well-trained so I am not too worried about him except his very big body when he gets excited, we will just have to watch him closely when he isn't in the kennel. But our cat is a little spoiled and can sometimes be overwhelmed. She used to sleep in our room with us but now we have started training her to not be able to come in the room by shutting the door. She actually has done very good with this and has only sat by the door meowing a few times. I just don't want her to be able to access a room where Seth will be sleeping without me there. He will be sleeping in a rock 'n play the first few weeks and then once he is in his crib for naps and through the night the door will be shut to that room as well. Also, it was suggested when we are in the hospital, to bring home a blanket or something with the baby's scent on it and let the animals smell it. We are going to do this too.
baby proofing - haven't quite started but we will get some of it done before Seth arrives so we don't have to rush to do it all once he gets here or starts moving around a lot.
finally got our monitor and Paul did a happy dance!
packing our hospital bag - post here!
thank you gift for the hospital staff is prepared
final organization around the house - I have been working on getting things organized throughout the house so that I don't think I need to be doing it when I should be resting and gaining my strength back once we get out of the hospital....
an abundance of diapers!! I know we will go through all of these but I am happy I won't have to buy any anytime soon!
Other things we did to get ready for our first baby's arrival:
classes we took - A breastfeeding class which was really helpful and gave us a lot of information I was unaware of. A 4 week childbirth class which included things like breathing techniques, pain management, unexpected scenarios, a hospital tour, and so much more. A child care class which was nice because I have never really had a lot of experience with newborns so I have been really nervous about bringing Seth home. But we learned diaper changing, swaddling, sponge baths, and so much more!
books we read - Babywise, Happiest Baby on the Block, Belly Laughs, and What to Expect the First Year. I was overwhelmed by the What to Expect When You're Expecting so I never finished it :(

hurry Fall, hurry!

So the temperature in Texas is slowly starting to decrease. It is only in the 100s for part of the day instead of all day!! This means Fall is just around the corner and I can't wait!

Around our part of Texas we have a short Fall and basically no Winter which makes me sad because Fall is my favorite time of year! I love the colors, the holidays are nearing, and the cooler weather.

I have been seeing so many blog posts about Fall and decoration and craft inspiration that I figured I should do my own and this way I can look back at my post and decorate and craft while at home with Seth!










Crafts/Food


via

Fall fashion




38 weeks

How far along: 38 weeks

Baby size: a pumpkin (bring on Fall!)
6.2 to 9.2 pounds and 18.9 to 20.9 inches long

Gender: BOY! Seth Randall

Maternity clothes: Same as I have been, most maternity and maxi dresses. But since I am wearing so many different outfits throughout the week and weekend and can't seem to stay on top of laundry or ironing... I am running out of options. Getting dressed recently is definitely a task!

Sleep: Not great unless I am super exhausted. Sunday night wasn't too bad but I still woke at least 3 to 4 times.

Movement: He is definitely running out of room but he is still moving. He doesn't really do jabs anymore, he kinda just rolls and adjusts and it moves my entire stomach. The other night it looked like he pushed his entire back up and I had one big bulge on one side haha! He is still doing that every so often.

Food cravings: nothing really, the nausea is getting to me sometimes so I am not as hungry as I used to be. Didn't know nausea could kick in again towards the end of pregnancy :(

Food aversions: I still can't seem to eat meat (hamburger, grilled chicken, etc.) that is plain. 

What I miss: Sleep, not being swollen, and being able to bend properly without taking my breath away

Looking forward to: this little boy's arrival! And the fact that we are ready and we are totally prepared for his arrival any day now!

Best Moment: getting the nursery completely finished, finally hung the curtains!
We had our 38 week appointment yesterday and there was still no progress :( But we were able to get an ultrasound and see our little boy! He is about 6 pounds, 6 ounces and has lots of hair! My blood pressure was slightly elevated again but still no protein in my urine so my doctor isn't worried. She is asking me to do a 24 hour urine collection to double check and we are going to our next appointment Monday instead of Wednesday.
We received a car seat cover and adorable bowtie from JennyPennyDesigns. Can't wait to dress Seth up in his bowtie!

Work shower

Crossfit shower

Pregnancy Symptoms: exhaustion, swelling, being uncomfortable, plenty of aches and pains

Stretch Marks/Belly Button: no stretch marks and the belly button is still in!

crazy how much this things grows
left - 24 or 25 weeks
right - 36 weeks

that time of my life where I go to a lot of showers

It seems like everyone I know is getting married or having a baby. This means in the year of 2013 I will have gone to over 11 showers (some of those were my baby showers though) and 6 weddings. Whoa!
Not that I don't love going to all of those but I never thought that possible!

My cousin Amy is getting married later this Fall. My mom and aunt hosted her a bridal shower a few weekends ago. It turned out beautiful. I also am normally the photographer for family showers as well as my mom's friends showers. I love doing it and I love that I can post about the showers here too!





my mom and her friends host so many showers they have a lot of decorations they use and reuse which I think is great because they always come up with a new way to use them!



the bride (in the middle) with her MIL and mother

Amy's mom and grandmother

doing a little zumba!


she was really excited about this one!

Nursery Reveal

The nursery is complete!!!! I am so excited that the vision I had in mind came together so great, thanks to Beth! And of course help from my husband, mom, dad, MIL, and the many people who gave us the adorable decorations from the showers they hosted!

So I have decided to post about the final nursery reveal and try to get as many links as possible for those who might want to purchase anything we have in the room. There will be updates once the bumper is back from getting fixed and once the curtains are hung.
To see all nursery progress posts go here.

Here was our list of things to do so you can see individual posts of the specific progress:
Begin to organize baby Seth's clothes
curtain rod and curtains - still to be hung
white wash shelves
hang floating shelves
organize bathroom
organize kitchen stuff for baby - in progress

Let's start with the bathroom, which will also be used as the guest bathroom. We need an update and we had a lot of decorations to use so we continued the vintage nautical theme in there as well.

life preserver - gift


A family friend and I white washed the shelves and then we hung them above the toilet and accessorized.

The nursery:
the view looking in

top of dresser/changing table
helm - antique store, anchor and whale - gifts

changing pad cover - gift

print, letters - antique store, boat - gift

dresser organization for changing time

more dresser organization

glider, woven basket - gift, "stuff" basket

our white washed shelves, same process as the bathroom shelves

print, letter & boat- hobby lobby

book ends- gift, puppy, frame - gift, lantern

frame - hobby lobby, musical snow globe - trip to Arizona, @ sign - Joss & Main, jar - gift

cross - made by friend, lamp, curtains

set of four prints, quiltcrib sheet (we have about 7 different crib sheets & I love it!), bumper and crib skirt

closet and kitchen organization to come

Well, there it is! Now I just need my little boy in there and everything will be complete!!!