Austin James

Austin James

Meet our sweet little Austin James! It feels so good to be back and finally able to have a creative mojo on writing again! Fun fact I am a newborn and family photographer at http://www.StephanieRipaPhotography.com and let me tell you, the months of October through December we’re beyond busy and is considered high season for us photographers! I am so happy to have somewhat of some breathing room now a while enjoying motherhood at the same time!

Hiring a newborn photographer while recovering from a c-section was the best thing I ever did! So glad I had a friend capture these sweet photos of our little Austin when he was born! Life gets so busy and they are only this little for such a short period of time! I am soaking up these late nights of nursing and cuddling because I know one day when he’s older like my oldest Mason, that he will need me a little less! This though has me balling my eyes out but that’s the truth, and that’s life… perhaps more babies in our future… not sure..

When I was on the operating table having my c-section with Austin, the surgeon asked me if I wanted to have my tubes tied! Without a doubt and zero hesitation without even asking my husband I said no, absolutely no! I was not ready to make that gigantic decision just yet! Thankfully my husband had zero say in my decision anyways because he respects me and my decisions! So just maybe their will be one more in the future, but for now I am going to just enjoy snuggling my sweet little Austin and really be present in these moments with him!

Austin’s Birth Story

✨𝗔𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗻’𝘀 𝗕𝗶𝗿𝘁𝗵 𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆✨

On August 11, 2020 I started to feel contractions at 3:30am. These were 20-25 min apart and strong, it felt totally different then Braxton Hicks contractions.

We waited until 9am to go to my OBGYN, they then hooked me up to monitors to check my contractions and babies heart rate. At one point there was a drop in Austin’s heart rate and my doctors couldn’t exactly determine why or if it was just him moving around in the womb.

After about 30 min my doctors then made the executive decision to send me to the hospital with our bags packed for the possibilities of Austin’s arrival! My husband and I were both excited and nervous because he was not actually scheduled to be born until the morning of August 13th via csection.

We excitedly went in to the OB emergency room at the hospital where they placed me on monitors to check Austin’s heart rate and my contractions.

After 2-3 hours I went from a 0 to a 4cm dilation and my water broke, all naturally while being monitored.

Austin had plans that day to make his grand debut and strangely at 3:30am when my contractions hit I just new today was going to be the big day!

Just like that at 3:39pm little Austin James made his way into this world to complete our family as four! 🤍

Welcome Baby Austin

The big day has finally arrived!

We are overjoyed to welcome our sweet boy, 𝗔𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗻 𝗝𝗮𝗺𝗲𝘀 𝗥𝗶𝗽𝗮 into the world! He made his big debut a few days before planned on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 3:39pm! He weighs 7.4 lbs & is 21 inches tall! Happy to finally be home from the hospital and adjust as a family of four! 💙

A Letter to My First Born

𝗧𝗼 𝗺𝘆 𝗳𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝗯𝗼𝗿𝗻 . . .

You are the first person I fell in love with long before I saw your face.

I kept imagining how my life would be like with your arrival 2.5 years ago. All the plans and preparations we made, yet nothing truly prepared me for the moment when I first held you in my arms. 

It was a life-changing moment. I never anticipated I could love someone so deeply. Not even in the way I love your father. 

As I held your tiny body against my chest, trembling with overwhelming emotions and amazed at this tiny life that just came out of my womb, I knew, without a doubt, I would do anything for you. 

It’s bitter sweet to know I’ll no longer have you all to myself.

“𝗟𝗲𝘁 𝗺𝗲 𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮 𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗹𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲, 𝗯𝗲𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂’𝗿𝗲 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗹𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝘆𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲.”

As I hold you today, I remember the moments when you were born. You are my first born, the one who first made me a mom.

In a few short days your baby brother will be born, love to new heights will be reached as our family expands. I cannot wait to document this next chapter in our lives because I know without a doubt you will be the best big brother!

Bumpin into 37 Weeks

I am officially 37 weeks along with our little bundle of joy and loving it! We recently had maternity photos taken and I am so in love with ALL of them! Check them out below! 🤍

It’s been a strange pregnancy I’m not going to lie. It’s been strange not being able to celebrate this with friends and family or have a baby shower. I feel like this pregnancy zoomed on by and I don’t know how it did being quarantined!

So with all that being said, it was so fun to glam up, have some pretty photos taken of my family and of myself! I absolutely love the way they turned out and will forever cherish these!!

Someone Made a Turtle Friend 🐢

Someone made a turtle friend! We have a pond behind our home and this little guy got lost on our pool deck. We rescued and returned him back to his pond! It was quite the little mission we went on but Mason loved the whole experience!

How I love the little moments and the joy it brought to him even if he wanted to keep him! I told my son that the baby turtle had to go back home to his turtle family back in the pond! 🐢🤷‍♀️

Have your children ever found “pets” and kept them?

We’re not totally there yet given my sons age! Maybe one day we will start with a little fish or something then graduate to a dog he can pick out!

Hope you all have a great weekend! 🤍

My Dear Son

When I look into your eyes, I want you to know you will always be loved no matter what is happening in the world.

I want you to never feel replaced or saddened as your baby brother arrives in a few short weeks.

I want you to know I will always love you far beyond measure.

Today, I am feeling all the emotions hit me as I look at my first born, the little boy who made me a mom. It’s bittersweet to know that the years will rush on by, and one day I will be watching my baby boy grow up to be a man.

“Men are what their mothers made them.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

My hope is that I raised a leader, a kind, caring, respectable gentleman making a positive contribution, and hopefully going far beyond me in the scope of his life.

Cupcakes

Pregnancy cravings plus a toddler who loves animals and bugs calls for some fun cupcakes! Why not right? Mason and I enjoyed baking and decorating cupcakes all thanks to this super easy and creative baking kit gifted to us by My Make Studio!

Love these kits because it includes literally everything you need to make them, the end result was super tasty and your able to make fun memories with your kids all at the same time! 🧁

🇺🇸 July 4th Weekend 🇺🇸

Happy belated 𝗜𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗽𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗗𝗮𝘆 from my American made baby! ❤️🤍💙

Even though most everywhere had canceled events and parades and whatnot… thanks to the COVID virus… we made the most of this past weekend! We soaked up the sun poolside, grilled up some yummy BBQ, lit off some fireworks and Mason loved his first sparkler experience! Even though we couldn’t be with family and friends we still managed to make it special!💥

𝗗𝗶𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗱𝗼 𝗮𝗻𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝘂𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗽𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸𝗲𝗻𝗱?

⭐️ Happy 4th of July ⭐️

Little M and I had so much fun decorating heart shaped, star spangled banner Fourth of July sugar cookies yesterday! I’m seriously taking in all these special little moments with my first born before baby number 2 arrives! ❤️🤍💙

Even though most everywhere has canceled events and parades and whatnot… thanks to the COVID virus… we still are making the most of this weekend, by making and decorating star spangled banner cookies, grilling up some ribs, lighting off fireworks and hanging by the pool quarantine style!

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”Ronald Reagan

Wishing you all a very Happy 4th of July weekend!! 𝗗𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗳𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝘆 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝘂𝗻 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗱 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸𝗲𝗻𝗱? 🇺🇸