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Our Anniversary

June 12, 2017

I cannot believe that I am celebrating 11 years spent with my best friend and husband today!


June 12 marks our 4-year wedding anniversary and the 11 years we've spent together, and I am so thankful for every minute I've had and every moment I've shared with him since 2006 – from highschool sweethearts, to husband and wife and now dad and mom.





Happy Anniversary, Ryan! I love you and can't wait to see where this voyage takes us next.

About Our Wedding:

Our beautiful wedding photos were taken by one of the most talented photographers, Valerie Bolitho, of Valerie Bolitho Photography. She made us feel so comfortable throughout the day and I would recommend her to any couple. You can view her blog about our wedding day here.

I also wouldn't have felt near as beautiful on my wedding day without the help of Sandy Goldstein. She specializes in a wide variety of makeup, including airbrushing, which she used to make me picture perfect on the big day.

I'd highly recommend both women to engaged couples looking for bridal cosmetics or photography!

Springtime in the City

May 30, 2017

I've always considered fall and winter to be my favorite seasons, but ever since we had our spring baby, I've really enjoyed getting out and taking in all the beautiful sights and smells that come with this time of year.

Over the past two months that Roselyn has been home with us, we've slowly been building up our time spent outdoors to really enjoy a spring day outside with her – and we finally had the opportunity to experience springtime in the city with her over a perfect 70-degree weekend!

This is what our spring has looked like thus far:










Baby Blanket: Eddie Bauer
Baby Diaper Bag: Skip Hop
Baby Stroller: Britax
Baby Romper: Target

How has your springtime been? What has your season looked like? 

We'd love to hear your stories in the comments below, or on my Facebook or Instagram!

Roselyn | Two Months Old

May 24, 2017
Just like that, another month went by in the blink of an eye! We can't believe how quickly time has passed since Roselyn joined our family.


Roselyn | Two Months Old


This month:

Size: She's 9.5 lbs., 21" and growing! We went in for a checkup with her pediatrician to receive her first vaccinations and have never been more proud: she almost doubled her birth weight this month and handled her vaccines better than Mommy did (it was so hard to watch).

Sleep: Roselyn's sleeping longer stretches at night now, and although it still isn't her favorite, she's been giving us at least 3 naps a day. We're all much happier!

Things She Dislikes: This month, getting her shots at the pediatrician's office was what she disliked the most, but we're thankful that we have a month off now before we need to go back in for her second round of vaccinations.

Things She Likes: Bathtime and being loved on by Mom. Roselyn has always enjoyed the bath, but this month she's started cooing and smiling while we're cleaning her and she's splashing in the water. So cute! She also loves being kissed and tickled by Mom (she loves Dad too, but his beard is frustratingly scratchy).

Things We've Learned: How to make more time for family activities during the week or on the weekend. Now that we're sleeping more, it's getting simpler to make time for evenings at the park or nights out on walks as a family – Olive included! We're grateful for the time together and that summer will be here so we can spend more time on the patio soon.


Baby Headband: California Tot
Newborn Dress: Target
Milestone Blanket: BATZkids

New Life with a Newborn

April 30, 2017
"A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity. It dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path." ― Agatha Christie


No matter how much you've planned, prepped or researched having a baby, I now know that nothing can prepare you for motherhood or your new life loving your newborn.

Our days and lives are admittedly more challenging now – between functioning on little sleep, living and working in three hour windows and searching for time to stay on top of Roselyn's cognitive and physical development.

That being said, however, I wouldn't trade this new role for anything – the joy, love and strength that comes from being her mother is truly what continues to drive me each day.

New Life with a Newborn


There are also a few strategies and qualities that we've employed to make our new life with a newborn simpler that we'd like to share:

Community:

Motherhood isn't easy. Thankfully, when you have a community of family and friends that you can discuss parenthood with, get support from and rely on, life becomes less complicated.

Shoutout to my community who answers calls and texts in the middle of the night, and doesn't mind talking about Roselyn's feeding and napping strategies at length!

Endurance:

The days are long, but the years are short. Parenthood is all-consuming right now, but we know that our days will get easier and that we'll miss having these moments with our daughter after they've passed, so we're enjoying making memories with her and are continuing to move forward.

Flexibility:

Staying flexible is a must!

We learned in our first week home with Roselyn that our days would no longer be as organized as they were or go as planned, and staying flexible has made everyone's lives easier.

Humility:

Going through birth and pregnancy was humbling, and motherhood has been no exception. Our daughter has completely changed how we view our happiness and success now, and we wouldn't have it any other way.

Nourishment:

In addition to caring for a baby, it's important to remember to nourish yourself as well.

I came down with a sickness in the first three weeks of Roselyn's life after not focusing enough on my own health, and it was difficult to care for her and mend myself at the same time. Remember that caring for yourself also benefits your baby!

New Life with a Newborn Products


In addition, there are also products that can make your life with a newborn easier – namely the ones made for feeding and sleeping. We have had great success using:

Feeding:

Mama & Little nursing and teething necklaces, which currently aid the development of Roselyn's vision by allowing her to follow the necklace back and forth evenly and focus on patterns. We'll continue using the necklaces for nursing and teething in the coming months when she becomes more active!

Sleeping:

The Philips Avent Soothie pacifier, which comforts Roselyn when she's experiencing IUGR symptoms, and Swaddle Designs muslin swaddles, which she uses every night to rest and not startle herself while sleeping.

What other strategies or products have you found helpful in your new life with a newborn? We'd love to hear your stories or tips in the comments below, or on my Facebook or Instagram.

Roselyn | One Month Old

April 23, 2017
Roselyn Josephine is now one month old!


When did that happen?

We still can't believe we're parents some days, yet at the same time, it feels like Roselyn's been a part of our family forever – it's difficult to put into words, but I know experienced parents understand what I mean!

We've adjusted to life and a routine with a newborn now, and although it has been both challenging and terrifying at times, it has also been the most rewarding thing we've done.

Roselyn | One Month Old


We've been fortunate to have Ryan home on paternity leave most of the month, but now that he's back at work, it's been great to set up my own routine with Roselyn as well. We've made a lot of progress this month and we'd like to remember a few of Roselyn's favorite things and "first" milestones, which we'll document here:

Size: She's 7.75 lbs., gaining 1 lb. a week and transferring from preemie to newborn clothing now! This is something we're extremely proud of, given her IUGR diagnosis.

Sleep: Roselyn's an active baby for an infant, so sleeping is her least favorite thing to do right now. We are happy if we get a full three hour nap in, so we're hoping to improve upon that in the months to come.

Things She Dislikes: Sleep – as aforementioned – and waiting more than a minute to nurse, which Ryan and I understand! We both share a certain emotional state when we're hungry that we seem to have passed on to her.

Things She Likes: Smiling – Roselyn is most often a happy baby who likes to smile and show off her dimples. She also loves being in our arms and within reach of her dog sister Olive, whom she finds fascinating.

Things We've Learned: How to change, clothe and ready her to nurse in a minute before she uses her voice to share her frustration with the situation as loudly as possible – apologies to anyone within earshot!


Milestone Blanket: BATZkids

Our Birth Story

March 31, 2017
Our birth was nothing like I expected it to be – but it was the most challenging and rewarding experience of my life – so I wanted to document it here and share it with you today, while it's still fresh in my mind.


Our journey began with infertility, but thankfully, after a year of medication and treatment, we found out that we were expecting and due in the spring of 2017. The next thing we knew, after what felt like both a minute and a lifetime had passed, spring had arrived and we were approaching labor.

We had a high risk pregnancy due to several diagnoses – including intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) – that had me on bed rest, in addition to daily appointments and check-ins during our last trimester. We knew this would affect our labor, but had no idea how March 22-23 would unfold.

Our Birth Story


On March 15 – a week before our delivery – I had gone into prodromal labor, which meant that I would experience contractions every evening that would come three to five minutes apart and last for eight hours or more, just to stop suddenly and then repeat again the next evening.

Our doctors informed us that this meant we could go into active labor at any point during the experience, but without any further developments, we were going to have to continue laboring each night until we progressed far enough to go to the hospital.

March 22:

10 a.m. Prodromal labor painfully persisted every night for a week and left me emotionally and physically exhausted each time, so Ryan and I went into our doctor's appointment hoping for another sign that we would be admitted to the hospital soon.

12 p.m. Our doctor's appointment confirmed that the prodromal labor we experienced had helped me progress far enough to head to the hospital that day – which we were initially happy about. Unfortunately, tests also showed that I had become increasingly preeclamptic that week, so I would need to be induced immediately upon arrival.

3 p.m. We grabbed our hospital bags, had one last meal together and drove to the hospital – in disbelief that our time had finally come, and that we would have our baby within the next 24 hours. We arrived at the hospital and I was immediately admitted to begin treatment in the form of magnesium for preeclampsia and pitocin to induce labor.

5 p.m. We were not responding to the initial treatment levels of either medicine, so my sweet nurse Sam apologetically explained that they'd be pushing me up to a higher dose of each throughout the evening, and that I'd likely start having reactions to the medicine soon.

7 p.m. - 11 p.m. I began experiencing the side effects of magnesium – which I believe was the worst part of our labor – and I was still not responding to treatment as quickly as we had hoped, so it was determined that our doctor would need to manually break my water to speed up our timeline.

March 23:

12 a.m. Our doctor gave me the go ahead to request an epidural before he manually broke our water, and thankfully, the anesthesiologist was able to immediately accommodate our request. We had some difficulty getting it set because I was still actively contracting and getting ill from the magnesium – but we were successful, and I was able to receive the epidural and have my water broken soon thereafter.

2 a.m. - 8 a.m. The contractions began to increase with the help of another dose of pitocin after my water broke, and since I had already received my epidural and wasn't in pain, Ryan and I were able to have a few hours of sleep while waiting for me to progress further.

9 a.m. We woke up when our doctor came to check our progress once more, and he asked if I had begun to feel the urge to push, because we were "ready to go at a 10." Our doctor then stated that he was beginning to feel the baby move further down at this point, and I replied that I was noticing some increasing discomfort and pressure, so we both agreed that now was indeed the time to "do this."

9:30 a.m. Our doctor felt that I would need some additional medical assistance before he allowed me to begin to push, due to the side effects I was experiencing from the magnesium. The medicine had made it difficult for me to breathe, given me blurred vision, drowsiness and weakness among other symptoms – so I was soon put on oxygen to help me through labor.

10 a.m. With the oxygen, I was now feeling strong enough to begin pushing through my contractions. We had our doctor and nurses, high-risk and NICU teams, and several resident doctors all assemble in our delivery room – but at that point, I didn't care how many people were in the room with us, I just wanted to have our daughter here healthy and safe at last.

11:01 a.m. One hour of pushing brought Roselyn to us, and I recall hearing her cry and Ryan gasp simultaneously. I remember being so relieved to hear her cry because I understood that it was a sign of her health despite our early delivery and IUGR diagnosis. The next thing that I remember is Ryan telling me she has a full head of hair and that she's perfect – to which I cried, laughed and replied "so that's what all the heartburn was for."

Ryan then cut the cord and followed Roselyn over to the NICU team's table where she was evaluated and it was determined that she was, indeed, in perfect health.

Our doctor then assisted me in birthing the placenta, and informed us in that moment that our IUGR complications were most likely due to a placental abruption – which made me feel slightly better that we could attribute the diagnosis to something, but mostly just ready to see our mighty, tiny girl who had persisted through it all.

So, after she was cleared by NICU, I was able to soak up time with Roselyn on my chest and Ryan by my side. Roselyn listened and looked up at us with her beautiful, dark eyes as I spoke to her and told her how she was a miracle. Time stopped as she looked between us and as we looked at each other – in disbelief that we could create something so perfect.

We were officially a family of three, and there are no words to describe the overwhelming sense of joy and love that moment held. Ryan was officially a Dad and I a Mom, and our perfect daughter was happy, healthy and here with us.

Introducing Baby Burm

March 29, 2017
After months of anticipation, Ryan and I are happy to introduce the newest addition to our family: Roselyn [ROSE-uh-lyn] Josephine Burm.


Rosie was born early on March 23, 2017, at 4 lbs. 14 oz. and 18.5" long – and is mighty like Dad and miniature like Mom. We are head over heels in love with her!

Thank you all for following along with our journey to parenthood, and be sure to stay tuned for our birth story – coming as soon as I find time to stop indulging in her newborn scent and staring into her beautiful, miniature face.




Baby Burm Nursery Reveal with Swaddle Designs

February 19, 2017

Swaddle courtesy of (c/o): Swaddle Designs

I've been designing Baby Burm's nursery on a design board since we found out that we were expecting, but didn't begin putting our baby girl's room together until the nesting phase hit me hard in the second trimester.

Now that we're in the third trimester and have just six short weeks left until her due date, I am thrilled to share the finished result with you today!









We decided to go with a neutral travel-inspired nursery theme filled with cream, grey and pastel colors that really fit our simplistic style.

We also found that it was important for us to fill the room with clean and cozy textures, and couldn't have pulled it all together without the help of Swaddle Designs – a Seattle-based and woman-owned business – whose muslin swaddling blankets are now available at Target!







We were first introduced to Swaddle Designs while looking for fun, multi-use baby blankets that could be used as nursing covers, play mats or stroller covers. We really loved that each 46x46 inch swaddling blanket came with instructions sewn to the edge for new parents like us, and feel secure knowing that the design was perfected by CEO, RN  – and mother of two – Lynette Damir, of Seattle.

We own Swaddle Designs' sterling "Touch of Shimmer" collection – featured here – and are counting down the days until we can wrap our baby girl up in her nursery now! You can view the "Touch of Shimmer" collection at Target and receive a free bandana bib with purchase here.

Sources:
Nursery Basket: Tadpoles
Nursery Bedding and Changing Pad: Burt's Bees Baby
Nursery Crib: Union
Nursing Lighting: Kirkland's
Nursery Mirror: Target
Nursery Pail: Playtex
Nursery Prints: Etsy
Nursery Rocking Chair: Ikea
Nursery Rug: Target
Nursery Swaddles: Swaddle Designs

Blog shared in partnership with Swaddle Designs. Product choices and opinions are my own.

35 Week Bumpdate with PinkBlush Maternity

February 15, 2017

Being a modern pregnant mother means that it can be difficult to find clothes that fit comfortably and are still stylish throughout the entire pregnancy. The issue becomes more prevalent as you grow through each trimester, which is why I have been on the lookout for comfortable clothes throughout most of the past eight months.

Thankfully, I recently discovered PinkBlush Maternity – a small, family run and operated company that provides the latest maternity clothes and trends for pregnant mothers and women looking to add stylish pieces to their wardrobe. They specialize in maternity dresses, which I absolutely love to wear – especially now that there are only five weeks left until our due date – and my only regret is not finding their stylish pregnancy clothes sooner!

This weekend we had the perfect spring weather in the Mid-Atlantic to go out on a date in the sunshine, and my wonderful husband captured these photos to commemorate our 35 week bumpdate. 

Thank you, PinkBlush Maternity, for making me feel so beautiful during my last trimester!

Maternity dress courtesy of (c/o): PinkBlush Maternity









Jewelry: Target Style
Maternity Dress: PinkBlush Maternity

Be sure to stay tuned to my Instagram this week, where I will soon be hosting a $75 gift card giveaway in partnership with PinkBlush!

35 Week Bumpdate

Baby Size: Approximately the size of a pineapple!

Clothes: I'm so fortunate to have found PinkBlush Maternity at this point in our pregnancy – I've recently been searching for maternity clothes that will also fit me through the beginning stages of motherhood and nursing, and I can't say enough about how comfortable and stylish I've felt wearing anything by PinkBlush.

Gender: Girl! We get to see our sweet girl again at our 35 week ultrasound this week, and can't believe that it's the last time we'll see her before we're actually holding her in our arms.

Mood: Anxious to have her here with us already, but also anxious that time will pass by too quickly these next five weeks – we still have a few days of dog training left with her sister Olive before her arrival.

Movement: She's continued to remain active, although I know we're both running out of room, because I have felt each and every one of her kicks and stretches this week!

Sick or Queasy: No – I have been feeling sore by the end of each day, but I'll take that over the nausea and sickness anytime.

Sleep: Who needs sleep?

Symptoms: I'm becoming increasingly more tired as we approach our due date, but the urge to nest and ready our house for her arrival is still so strong.

Wedding Rings: On!

What I Miss: Being able to make it from the bottom to the top of our three-story townhouse without running out of breath.

Blog shared in partnership with PinkBlush Maternity. Product choices and opinions are my own.