Life Lately

Monday, August 21, 2017

Last Friday morning (August 11) I got up with a strong feeling that I needed to look at my phone to see if one of my best friends, Kayla, had gone into labor. I brushed it off and went to the bathroom and came back and looked at my phone leisurely a bit later and I had about a million texts and missed calls starting at 2 am... Kayla's water had broken and they were already at the hospital! I called Ben immediately to come back from being on his way to meet a friend for breakfast to get Beau.. bc I had to get to the hospital!! 

Once I got there at around 8 Kayla had already gotten her epidural and at her last check she had been at a 3. Ben ended up bringing Beau up to be with me while he went to a quick meeting so he got acquainted with the waiting room life. 

No biggie, just waiting on your girl to be born. Haha! 

Not long after this photo we left the room for Kayla to have her check and the grandmas to be in the waiting room got a text saying she was at a 9!! We all thought it was a joke at first but were then thrilled to know there would be a baby by lunch! 

Susannah and I left to run get a cookie cake, of course! :) 

Beautiful Ella Mae was born at one o' clock on the dot. 

Just look at this beautiful family!!! 

Can't get enough of this girl! 

So you might be thinking... didn't one of your other friends just have a baby too? YEP. Kayla and Rachel are actually childhood best friends (Kayla is how I know Rachel, although her and her husband are now in our home group too!) and they had baby girls three days apart, totally unplanned. What's nuts is that their original due dates were 9 days later than when they had the babies, but still ended up 3 days apart. Rachel's baby was breech so she had a scheduled c-section, and Kayla went into labor early. This is nuts, right? Anyway, it's going to be so sweet for these girls to grow up together. 

So last week I went to pick up our Wal Mart Grocery pickup on the way back from getting my tooth adjusted at the dentist. I got home, opened the trunk, and saw Sunny D, Cheetos, and a bunch of other stuff I don't buy. They gave us the wrong groceries! I called back and they said that we could come pick up our groceries, but that they couldn't resell the groceries if I brought them back.. so this lead to Ben eating cheetos and feeding Beau his first Lunchable! HAHA!! 

On Wednesday we had our first accountability meeting with Baby Laurel and the girls were LOVING it!! 

Afterwards I went with my mother in law to run a few errands and my sweet boy fell asleep before lunch! He usually would wake up when I picked him up but he was OUT! 

Such an unexpected blessing to get to cuddle my sleeping boy! 

Look how big he looks trying on this hat.. hurts my heart! 

A photo of my big strong boy the night before his surgery! 

For those who have asked, this was NOT Beau's thumb surgery. That will happen sometime this winter. We have our appointment with his hand doctor at the end of October and will hopefully schedule then. This was just an outpatient procedure, and although this is super unlike us, we're choosing to keep the details of it offline. However, I love and appreciate you all so much and am so grateful for you caring about our boy! 

Waiting to get checked in! 

After we checked in and he had all his vitals checked, we got to go visit our family in the waiting room for about 30 minutes before Beau would go back for his procedure. 

Look at our strong and sweet boy. This photo hurts my heart so much. He hadn't eaten or drank anything in so long and he was still in such good spirits! My sweetest little heart. I shared this on instagram but people kept commenting on his hair (of course! haha!) and how happy he was. We have the happiest boy! 

Playing with Granny and Pops for a last few minutes before surgery!

My boy in his hospital gown. Hurts my heart!

We waited in the waiting room for about 2 hours with our family. Thankfully my niece was there to keep me distracted, I love that girl so much! The hospital kept texting me updates throughout telling me that he had fallen asleep, the procedure had started, was going well, closing had begun, and was finished. Then our awesome doctor came out to tell us that everything went perfectly! Praise the Lord. While talking to him a nurse came to get us to sit with him until he woke up. When we went back he was laying on a little bed with an oxygen mask laying off to the side to help his system clear out quicker. He was under a big blanket and was the sweetest thing I've ever seen. We sat by his bedside until he woke up and then I could hold him, even though he quickly fell back asleep. 

So this is funny.. we were both texting people updates and Ben decided to take a new photo of Beau and I for every message "because it's easier" haha! So he literally sent his Granny this photo of me texting. So goofy! 

That night was ROUGH. We've never experienced Beau waking up a million times before and it was crazy! But we ended up having a lot of really sweet cuddles although we were exhausted! This little boy was in good spirits the next morning during breakfast, though! 

Once we realized that Beau was doing so well and acting mostly himself while he was on his medicine, we decided to get out of the house! 

On Saturday morning we went to go check on Ella again.. look how sweet! Can't wait for many more photos of these two, exactly 15 months apart to  the day! XO 


  1. Love Beau's happy face! And I love your Patagonia--I want one like that!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  2. Yay for new babies! There is nothing like a baby :) <3 Glad your little guy's procedure went well!! Also, I have that top, too (So Vivid) and I LOVE it! Such a pretty floral!!

  3. That's too funny about the grocery mix-up!

    So happy to hear that Beau's procedure went well!

  4. Yay for beautiful new babies! Beau in shorts & a t-shirt...oh my, he's growing up so quickly! So thankful he's resilient and that procedure went so well. He's a trooper!

  5. He is so happy and beautiful. I'm glad the surgery went well and he was in good spirits by the next morning, but man, I know that was tough, Mama! Your friend's girl is a doll!

  6. Is your navy top with pink flowers Matilda Jane?


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