Thursday, April 28, 2011

kids fashion

i have been a fan of zara for about 10 years. we were first introduced when i lived in singapore many moons ago. {that's a story in and of itself. what an experience.} i remember the first time i walked into a zara i thought my eye balls would pop right out of my head. i was in fashion heaven. they had at least 7 stores in that little country that takes about 45 minutes to drive completely across and we have 0, yes 0, here in ohio. big tear. 

obviously i had no kids back then so i have no clue if they even had a children's line of clothes. all i know is they do now and it is c.u.t.e. 



my father actually shops at zara quite a bit and was told by sales representatives that they will possibly begin selling items online in the u.s. of a. very soon. let's cross our fingers!

check out the rest of their amazingness here.

**also don't forget you can vote for love. life. babies. once a day until may 9th!**

vote by clicking the thumbs up here.

thanks everyone! xox

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

what i love wednesday

everything to make your baby girl absolutely dreamy on the beach . . . 

1. darling floral ruffle bikini 
2. fabulous oversized sunglasses
3. embroidered beach cover-up
4. woven straw fedora {is this not the cutest thing you ever saw?}
5. large straw tote
6. california baby sunscreen {hands down my fav sunscreen for kids}
7. stinkin' precious pink petal sandle 

head over to lollipops and share what you love wednesday!


also don't forget you can vote for love. life. babies. once a day until may 9th!

vote by clicking the thumbs up here.

thanks everyone! xox

Monday, April 25, 2011

for the moms

today's post is fashion for the mommas. 


i recently discovered this darling clothing company called threadsence. maybe all of you are familiar with it and i've just been living under a rock {which is very possible} but i was pleasantly surprised to find this urban outfitter"ish" style of clothing that doesn't break the bank! cause let me 
tell ya i don't always want to spend $150 on a pair of hammer pants

check out this lovely line of clothes here

Friday, April 22, 2011

love to have your vote


love. life. babies. has been nominated to the top 25 kids' style blogs on circle of moms! what an honor! there are so many outstanding blogs nominated i'm seriously shocked that we were as well! 

if you would like to vote go here and simply click on the thumbs up. you can vote once a day and i really appreciate your votes! you can also click on the circle of moms logo in the side bar of my blog to vote at anytime. 

thank you all! much love. xo 

Thursday, April 21, 2011

paisley's birth story: part 2

sorry to leave you all hanging for a couple days. when you have a 1 year old begging you to push her around on a toy car, feed her baby doll pretend avocado and dance like you've never danced before to the fresh beat band it makes it hard to find time to write!

if you are just joining us you can read the first part of this birth story here

so where were we? ah yes. my mom had just been told there was a possibility i could die during the delivery. awesome. being the strong women of God that she is that was clearly not an option so she immediately found my dad {my parents are pastors in case i never divulged that info before} and they went to a quiet place away form all the insanity and presented their case before the lord. 

meanwhile back in my room, doctors and nurses are still tying to figure out what's going on. paisley's heart rate was continually dropping off for what seemed like minutes at a time. the nurse was having me lay every which way possible to see if it would help but nothing seemed to work. my husband was up and down from the hospital chapel every half hour or so. he did a lot of praying that day. we all did. 

they were continually checking me to see if the bleeding was slowing down or had stopped and thankfully it had slowed down tremendously. at that point it was decided they were going to pump water back into me. {i had never heard of this before but at this point i didn't care what they did!} the nurse told me it was possible that paisley's head was so low in the canal that she was blocking any water from coming out when they "broke" my water. they also thought it was possible she was either laying on or "playing" with the umbilical cord which was causing her heart rate to consistently drop. {i have a feeling it was the latter of the two. little stinker.} they thought if they pumped more water back in it may help move her away from the cord and get her more comfortable. 

so here they come with bags of water. they pumped them in {however the heck they do that!} and to our pleasant surprise everything started to calm down. paisley's heart rate started to level out. no more dropping off for 5-10 seconds at a time. finally we all felt like we could breathe. well except my parents who were the only ones that knew it was possible i could die during delivery! ha! {sorry, that is so not funny. my bad.} for everyone else though things started to lighten up and even though my parents knew this unsettling information i never would have known. i believe they genuinely put 1 Peter 5:7 into work and really cast that care on the Lord. {if you don't know this verse look it up. it's a good one.} 

and here is just an interesting side note. i had gone to the hospital about a week prior to this because
 i knew, i mean i knew, that i was leaking fluid. i know what you're thinking "oh steph, you were probably just peeing yourself and you couldn't control it." no no, i am telling you i was leaking fluid. i went to the hospital and they ran a test and it came back negative for amniotic fluid. according to my doctor they should have done an ultrasound to make sure, but they didn't and just sent me home. i believe with my whole heart that i had leaked out a lot of fluid prior to my labor and that's why when they tried to break it nothing came out.  

i dilated from 5cm to 10cm in about 2 hours. my doctor arrived and it was finally time to push out this babe. the nurse told me it could take anywhere from 10 minutes to 2 hours to push her out. i chuckled under my breath and thought "2 hours is not an option. i'm pushing this girl out like a mad women. " so we started the process of delivery. a nurse holding one leg, my mom holding the other and my noah holding my hand. {he didn't really want to see what was going on down under till her head was coming out and i don't blame him! 
{there is some yucky junk coming out down there! hello!} 

out in the hall some of my best friends, my dad and brother were listening to everything that was going on during the delivery. we put a cell phone in my room and they had a cell phone on speaker so they could hear it all! we used them like walkie talkies! so fun.

my mom said every push she was watching with excitement and concern. she new that at any minute it was possible for a flood of blood to come gushing out and the joy of this moment would be abruptly over. thankfully that never happened. and in 20 minutes, yeah let me just brag on myself for a minute i pushed an 8lb. 7oz. 22in. baby out in 20 minutes. and if you don't know i am a fairly small person so to me that was quite an accomplishment! ok enough patting myself of the back. 

after 20 minutes this beauty arrived. 

 just perfect.

i can't imagine the relief my parents felt at this point. their daughter and first granddaughter made it safe and sound. my mom snapped a bunch of pictures and ran out to show the gang. 

noah making sure the nurse is doing everything right. ; ) 

just lovin' on my baby girl. 

after the delivery we started noticing that paisley was losing her coloring and turning slightly blue. i know right? like we needed any more drama. the nurses took her from me, everyone had to leave the room and they hooked her up to some oxygen and monitored her breathing. after they had everything stabilized they gave her back to me with a monitor attached to her foot. they said if the reading on the monitor dropped below 80 to push the "red button" on the wall. that darn red button! about 3 minutes after the nurses left, paisley's numbers dropped below 80 and we had to push it. doctors and nurses came rushing in all over again and whisked her away from me. 

they told us she may have to go in the neonatal unit over night and the head of the unit would be coming over in a few minutes to look her over. we immediately prayed over paisley that all of her levels would normalize and by the time the doctor examined her she was just fine. the doctor said all paisley needed was some skin to skin time with mommy. and that i could definitely do. 

by the end of the day paisley ended up being just fine. mommy ended up being just fine. {all thanks to Jesus!} however naoh and my mom needed a much deserved massage and spa day. i think they both had heart palpitations for a few days after this dramatic event! 

afterwords we discovered the gush of blood that came out was from two things. 

1. we believe the doctor slashed my cervix when he was trying to break my water {the water that wasn't even there due to my leaking} and the pressure that paisley was putting on my cervix was causing blood to gush out. 

2. the top of paisley's head had anywhere from 20-30 bloody nicks on it from the doctor jamming that hanger around up there. break. my. heart. it was awful to see and she still has scars on her head from it. 

but a year and a half later we are all healthy. we are all fine. and we know despite all the drama and insanity our God was faithful and kept us all safe in his hand. i am so thankful for my little family. 

thank you for reading this whole birthing story! i hope i didn't jerk your emotions around too much!

{all hospital photo's by lisa christine photography

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

what i love wednesday

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how could you not love a children's company called happy little hippos? the name itself makes me grin ear to ear and then when i see the clothes, accessories and room d├ęcor it just puts me in a happy place.

head over to lollipops and link up what you are loving today. 


*check back tomorrow to hear the rest of paisley's dramatic birth story. if you didn't catch part one you can check it out here.* 

{photo by lisa christine photography}

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

paisley's birth story

it had been a long day of walking laps around the mall with my mom and eating pizza because everyone know's those two things can thrust you into labor. right? right. my achy feet were being rubbed by my caring hubs as we watched the lord of the rings {the whole trilogy} that saturday night. when we finally went up to bed i found myself pretty disappointed that my due date came and went with no fire hydrant gush of my water breaking in a public place. because that's just how i wanted it to happen, dramatic i know. {i thought it be funny.} at 2:30 in the morning after a few hours of what i thought was painful gas i finally decided to google "what do contractions feel like". to my surprise i found many women describing the feeling as extreme gas pains! holy moly i was in labor! after waking my hubs up and making him time the contractions with me we finally decided to go to the hospital after downing
a bowl of oatmeal {big mistake!}.
 i was actually scheduled to be induced the next day so i knew my doctor wouldn't send me home. 

they admitted me to the hospital and right away my nurse came in and started filling us in on what typically happens during labor/delivery etc. then she started to inform us about the "red button" on the wall. she said in the case of an emergency she would push that button and between 15-20 doctors and nurses would come running in the room to attend to the situation. then she assured us "that never happens". . .  right.

the time came for them to break my water and a doctor "in training" was the lucky guy to do the job. he started jiggling around the little hanger, hook, whatever it is and we noticed he was having a little bit of trouble. after several minutes of this i could tell by the look on his face something was wrong. apparently paisley's heart rate began to drop rapidly and to top it off instead of water, a gush of blood poured out of me when he tried to break it.{thankfully i couldn't see any of this.} i looked over at my mom and husband and could tell by the looks on their faces this wasn't good.

the nurse looked at the doctor and said "should i push it?" he nodded his head and this is where the chaos begins. she pushes the button and immediately 15 doctors and nurses come flying in my room. one is putting an oxygen mask on me while another is sticking me in the arm with a shot and the others are trying to reassure me everything is going to be ok. looking back now i see how serious the situation was but in that moment i was at such peace in my heart because i knew God was going to take care of us. 

the shot they gave me was intended to get more oxygen or blood or something to paisley but it caused me to shake, well more like convulse, uncontrollably. remember that oatmeal? yeah i started throwing that up all over myself, so that was really cool. i remember looking over at my mom and noah and them mouthing to me it's ok, and praying under their breath. everyone was rushing around, looking at monitors, making me breath oxygen and from this point on things were kind of a blur. 

my mom followed one of the nurses out of the room and asked her to shoot straight. she wanted to know what was really up. the nurse probably shouldn't have told my mom this but informed her that they were concerned of the possibility that my placenta was pulling away from the cervix and that's what caused the bleeding. if this was the case the nurse let my mom know that during the delivery while i was pushing it could cause unstoppable hemorrhaging and i could die. wow great news! so that's on my moms mind the rest of the delivery and 
 she is praying and believing God that she won't lose her little girl . . . 

 to be continued . . .

{all photo's by lisa christine photography }

Monday, April 18, 2011

working on my birth story . . .

i have been meaning to write a post about this for sometime and since a few of you asked for it i finally am!
 i'm working on a writing up my little birdies seriously dramatic entry into this world.

my love and i eagerly awaiting her arrival. seriously it was so intense that my hubs went down to the hospital "chapel" to pray several times throughout the labor! {and yes that is an oxygen mask on my face that i had to wear pretty much the entire labor/delivery. it made for some super attractive pictures.}

 hopefully i'll have the whole post up tomorrow so check back!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

saturday snapshot

linking up with kim over at yellow songbird for saturday snapshot. 

this is one of my all time favorite photo's. my little birdie and my gorgeous hubs just moments after she was born. {a pretty scary delivery i might add! thank you Jesus for your protection over both of us!}  

i will cherish this forever. 

head over to yellow songbird and link up your saturday snapshot!

Friday, April 15, 2011

please place a bid

you may remember my post from a few weeks ago "silent auction for the valentines". well today is the day you can do something to help this family in need. one of my best friends alivia over at simply give is hosting this amazing silent auction. she has had such an overwhelming response from people and businesses in our community that wanted to donate to this cause so there are tons of great items that you can bid on. 

here are just a few :

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1. items from thirty-one
2. mary kay products and facial
3. toro ultra blower vac
4. gift basket from blue button hair accessories

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phinnie & pais hair accessories 

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vintage jewelry

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custom crocheted pieces from miabella love
$100 gift certificate from premier designs jewelry 

seriously there are oodles of wonderful items being donated and these are just some of
the companies that have joined in :

please take the time to head over to simply give and place a bid on an item to help this family in desperate need. you guys are the best! 

happy friday!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

kids fashion

need some fresh inspiration for your whippersnapper's wardrobe?  
{side note: when i was a kid whippersnapper was one of my favorite words. we even have an old video of me jumping in front of the camera and saying it over and over and over to the point my parents had threaten me to stop saying it. yes, i was a weird one.}

anyhoo back to some brilliant kids fashion...

enter the spring/summer collection from stella mccartney kids. nough said. 
you can start drooling . . . now. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

what i love wednesday

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1. a sweater for my apple? uhhh yes please!

2. i will take a bite or two from this delightfully mouth watering vegan cupcake. actually i think i'll go ahead and eat the whole darn thing. {don't judge me.}

3. lovin' this handmade antique inspired necklace by sora designs. so curious to see what it would look like on!

4. how adorable is this magnetic memo board from shugabee lane. pretty sure i need one in my kitchen. 

what are you loving on this splendid wednesday? head over to lollipops and link up!


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

how we do spring in the 330

we had record temps here in ohio on sunday. i think we may have hit 80 degrees. our neighborhood was littered with children playing, dogs walking and the sound of birds chirping. oh how we've missed thee spring. 


of course we had to get outside and enjoy the delightful weather too. we played with a giant orange ball.

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watch out, here's where it gets crazy . . . we played with a giant green ball too!

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we stood around looking super fly for the paparazzi in our hot pink tights. 

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then we showed daddy how you're really supposed to play with golf balls. 
{little birdie was shocked that he didn't know.}


the ice cream man even made an appearance. he showed up just in time to take advantage of all the kids who have been trapped inside for the past 5 months. 
{if you're an ice cream man i'm just joking i know we all have to make a living.} 

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pais was looking so fresh in her jean shorts and tan moccasins until she fell on the pavement and scraped her knee. then i was really regretting the whole shorts thing. oops. 


overall we had a magnificent day riding with the widows down and enjoying the delicious weather here in north east ohio. don't get too excited for me though. today it's in the 40's again.