MAX’S BIRTH / OWLET

LITTLES

December 11, 2016. My sweet Maxwells birthdate. Little did we know he’d decided to grace us with his presence five weeks before his due date. A few weeks prior to my delivery I started to have some small preterm labor issues, but nothing that seemed too out of the ordinary. My OB ordered me some meds, told me to take it easy, drink plenty of water and that if I could make another month or two, that it would be great. He also informed me that if I happened to make it to 35 weeks gestation and went into labor, that he would not stop it.

So the wee hours of the morning on December 11th rolled around (I was 35 weeks and 4 day) and I woke up feeling very achy. The days prior would full of lots of discomfort and pressure and I just knew that he’d be coming soon. After drinking lots of water and still having contractions, I decided to take a light walk around the block in hopes that my mind was just playing tricks with me and that I was just experiencing some false labor signs. Still no relief, so I decided to shower. I thought maybe a hot shower would help to ease the pain and make the contractions slowly go away, but no, they were still consistent and painful.

8 hours later, still in pain, I decided maybe we should head to the hospital to just get checked out. I figured they would just confirm that it was false labor and hopefully send me back home. After a quick exam they decided to admit me. I was dilated to a 4 and having true labor contractions. Inside I panicked a little. I knew Max was probably going to come early, given the fact that I delivered Asher at 37 weeks, but I wasn’t exactly sure how it was all going to play out.

After laboring for 7 hours or so and my water finally breaking last minute, Maxwell McGee came into this world. He was quiet, good size (6lbs 9oz) and had a head full of dark hair. I cried. Jacob cried. Here he was, our sweet baby. Every emotion possible ran through my mind… how Asher would react to him… everything. Do to having a preterm birth, my room was full of hospital staff. Doctors, nurses, NICU Doctors.. it was crowded in there. Jacob and I only got to spend about 10 minutes with him until they took him away to nursery to be evaluated. Little did I know that I wouldn’t be able to hold my sweet boy until almost 12 hours later.. talk about a strange feeling. At first we were told that he looked great and that they were just taking precautionary measures with evaluating him. At about midnight the nursery pediatrician came into my room and informed me that Max was having some respiratory issues due to his early arrival. He seemed confident that they would quickly resolve, but after a few hours and him still breathing heavy, they decided to admit him to the NICU where he would be able to get oxygen and a more thorough evaluation.

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MORNINGS WITH MAX

BITS + PIECES

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ASHER EATS / PLANET BOX

BITS + PIECES

Asher headed back to school this week after a nice long winter break and it was much tougher on him than I anticipated it to be. He attends a morning/early afternoon program here, that’s a few days a week, and usually really enjoys it! With that being said, I always make sure to have a delicious lunch packed for him, when I pick him up, because he is usually STARVING. All of that learning, coloring, singing and hanging with his pals works up quite the appetite. img_0628My go to lunchbox, as of late, has been this super handy, functional and eco-friendly box that my wonderful friends at PlanetBox sent to Asher to test out. Not only is it totally kid approved, but mama approved as well! This box has been a lifesaver for packing his lunches and here’s why –

FUNCTIONAL – The best thing about this PlanetBox, other than the fact that it’s environmentally friendly, is that it is incredibly functional. The compartments are wonderful and easily separate everything out so it doesn’t touch, because if your preschooler is like mine, NO FOOD MUST TOUCH.. EVER. And you don’t ever have to buy a box of sandwich bags ever again! This lunchbox is like an all-in-one! Amazing!

Aside from the handy individual compartments, the lunchbox is also very compact, which is great for packing to school. No bulky oversized box here.. even the icepack is compact and takes up very, very minimal space! This lunchbox is engineered in the most perfect, functional way and that’s hands down my favorite thing about it!

The last functional thing I love about this lunchbox is that it sits flat. So when I pick Asher up for school and he eats in the car, I don’t have to worry about opening bags or handing things back to him. I simply pop this lunchbox open, sit it on his lap and he munches away. When he’s done, he closes the lid, slide the snap shut, which is small hands friendly, and sets it beside him. Eating in the car has never been easier.

STYLE – Aside from it’s killer functionality, I adore the style of this lunchbox. It’s minimal, saves a ton of room in the refrigerator and has the cutest interchangeable magnets that Asher loves. I’m sure most of you know that he’s currently space obsessed so the Nebula magnets are of course his number one choice! He even has a matching case to slide the lunchbox into!

OPTIONS – The PlanetBox comes in three truly wonderful sizes. I went with the “Rover” because it has just the right amount of compartments and is size friendly for a preschooler. The Rover includes the lunchbox, 2 extra containers, a set of magnets, an icepack and a bag/cover to carry everything in. It’s a total bang for the buck! View the Rover PlanetBox HERE.

ECO-FRIENDLY – I’m all for raising a child who’s conscious of the environment around him and that start’s by myself educating him on ways he can protect this magnificent little earth we reside on and also exposing him to products with a purpose. This lunchbox is so incredibly environmentally friendly. From being crafted from stainless steel (a recyclable product), to using minimal space and being REUSABLE, this box does our planet good. It reduces the amount of plastic you will use, which isn’t only planet friendly, but budget friendly as well. Think of all the extra $ you will have by not having to buy plastic containers or bags. And I feel great by providing Asher with a lunchbox that’s environmentally educational.

DISHWASHER SAFE – The PlanetBox fits perfectly into my dishwasher and washes clean! It also leaves no residue or smells. I hate plastic for that very reason and love that this lunchbox washes so well.

OVERALL – Hands down, I’m in awe over this lunchbox. I never thought I could develop a serious love for a lunchbox, but this one is life changing. For a busy mama, like myself, this product simplifies things for me and allows me to construct a healthy and well balanced lunch for my picky preschooler that’s nutritious and appealing. When little Max starts solids I will totally be investing in the smaller version of the lunchboximg_0634img_0640img_0636img_0647img_0654img_0655img_0644img_0631

You can read more about planet box HERE and also check out their Meal Ideas page (it’s amazing!) HERE. I’ve pulled so many great lunches together using it!

Visit PlanetBox’s website HERE and be sure to check them out on their social media handles as well! FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / TWITTER / PINTEREST 

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HOME BUILDING – BARN LIGHT ELECTRIC

HOME TOUR / HOMEKEEPING

Happy New Year friends! December has been one heck of a month for us! We moved into our newly built home, had a baby, the holidays came and now it’s a new year am I getting back on track from a whirlwind of a month! I’ve had big plans to share our home building process with you all and today I thought I would start by sharing some of the ways we truly put our own touches on the house and really made it our own. One of those touches being the outdoor lighting that we installed on the house.

Since we live in a neighborhood, we really wanted to set our home apart from the other houses on the street. Our floor plan, brick, window color, roof and siding had already been picked out by our builder so we weren’t left with many choices, exterior wise, with the home. The lighting and front door color were about the only thing we were able to choose so I really wanted a “bang” with them. Most of the houses on the street have basic outdoor lighting and I knew we had to break the trend. Being a huge fan of the farmhouse/industrial barn style lighting, I turned to the best place on the web, Barn Light Electric, to order our lights from. Barn Light Electric carries an enormous array of farmhouse inspired lighting that can be customized to fit any homes needs and that was just what we wanted. We wanted to be able to chose it all – shade size, stem and neck length and style, color and placement on our home. Barn Light Electric has so many incredible lighting fixtures to choose from that narrowing it down to just one was tough!

We ended up choosing the Cherokee Uplight Stem Mount and Cherokee Uplight Goosenecks in black and couldn’t be happier. I loved how modern they were, but yet still had a vintage vibe to them. They really pull out the black tones in our brick and break up the grey/brown. Not to mention, they compliment our inkwell colored front door as well and give the house a farmhouse look, which I love! We installed a total of three lights. One on each side of our garage and then one on the from porch.

The lights are well constructed, easy to install and assemble and very durable. We had some extremely heavy winds (60mph) not long after they were installed and I was terrified that were going to get damaged, but they withheld the crazy gusts. Being crafted from a quality metal, these lights are definitely crazy southern winter weather friendly!

Another thing that really struck me with these lights is how easy the bulbs are to change out. The bulb area is a thick glass cover that easily screws on and off making bulb maintenance very easy. Overall I’m so pleased with these lights and just feel that they really complete our house. They’ve been such a conversation starter with our new neighbors and totally set our house apart from the others. You guys know that I love things that are unique and different and these lights are just that! If there is anything that I’ve learned about building, it’s to really focus on details. Details are everything and really make your house a home.

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