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! 🤍
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! 💙
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!
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! 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!
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.
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!💥
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? 🇺🇸
Recently, I have had a few people ask me, “so are you going to try for a girl next”… this question makes me uncomfortable but I know it comes from a good place. Honestly what people don’t know and understand is that I did have gender disappointment at the beginning. Over time I learned to fall completely in love with this little guy. Loved hearing hearing his little heartbeat for the first time, feeling the dancing he does, the hiccups he has at times and how he respond to my voice by giving me little kicks is a beautiful and indescribable bond I am forever fortunate to have.
See what I have learned is this, 𝙂𝙤𝙙 𝙩𝙧𝙪𝙡𝙮 𝙜𝙞𝙫𝙚𝙨 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙚𝙭𝙖𝙘𝙩𝙡𝙮 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙣𝙚𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙣 𝙡𝙞𝙛𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙡𝙚.
I feel beyond blessed and excited to be having another boy who is going to best friends with his older brother, Mason and loved beyond measure! Only 7 weeks to go until we meet our baby boy! 🤍
To be a mother of a son is one of the most important things you can do to change the world. Raise them to respect women, raise them to stand up for others, raise them to be kind. Raising my little gentleman is no easy task but I wouldn’t change anything for the world. My little boy made me a mommy and forever changed my world. Feeling eternally blessed to be a mom and to be growing another little human.
What I have learned along the way is that being a mother is learning about the 𝗦𝗧𝗥𝗘𝗡𝗚𝗧𝗛𝗦 you didn’t know you had, and dealing with 𝗙𝗘𝗔𝗥𝗦 you didn’t know existed! Motherhood is an incredible experience and journey, pulling out all the emotions and feelings in me I never even knew existed prior to having children!
I am a bit emotional today as this will be the very last Mother’s Day with my first born, the little one who made me a mom. It’s a bitter sweet feeling knowing that in just a few short months I will no longer have my first born all to my self! I’m completely soaking in all these precious moments with him as much as possible before my other little love makes his debut in a few short months!
I hope all you beautiful moms, step-moms, animal moms, moms to be and grandma’s had a very 𝗛𝗮𝗽𝗽𝘆 𝗠𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗗𝗮𝘆! 🌸🌿