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Monday, September 29, 2014


Harlow's 1st visit to her Pediatrician, Dr.  Stephanie Sullivan 
F. Read Hopkins - 9.18.14

 1st outing to a restaurant with the whole family the night before they left
Texas Roadhouse - 9.18.14

1st day solo

 1st milky smiles

 1st time holding her bottle. This is hilarious because she really can't hold her bottle but because she always has her hands like this, it stayed in place :p

1st trip to Riverside Park

1st time at Brentwood Church -- Sissy Danielle and Uncle Denny were also in town.

Her umbilical cord finally fell off!

I'm loving all the "firsts" and feel the need to document every one of them!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Harlow Jane Eskridge: Birth Story

On Wednesday, September 10th I woke up at 7:30 a.m. and realized I was having contractions. It's funny because I would always say, "will I know?"...Yes, you know. I nervously started tracking time and after 30 minutes of timing they were exactly 10 minutes apart. I finally texted Joseph, who was already at work, and let him know I was having contractions. I told him to stay at work because it could last a while and if they became more intense, I would let him know. Both of our parents live 6 hours away so I called my mother in law and let her know contractions were 10 minutes a part. She obviously freaked out and went to tell my mom who was at work. My mom left work and called me immediately, she said they were packing and starting their journey to Lynchburg.

As the afternoon went on, my contractions were 6-7 minutes a part. Joseph decided to come home after working 1/2 the day. We finished packing our hospital bags and had everything ready to go while we waited for our family to arrive. As the day went on my contractions became closer but not a consistent 2-3 minutes a part to be admitted to the hospital. Joseph and I walked our neighborhood and it seemed to speed things up but as soon as I stopped, they spaced out. Once my family arrived we all walked the neighborhood again and contractions were coming every 2-3 minutes. We thought it was go time but again, once I sat down they spaced out again. I took a hot shower and tried to get some rest. It was the longest night ever and we slept for maybe 2 hours. 

The next morning (Thursday) I called the midwife on call, Katie, and explained what was going on. She told me to come to the hospital to get examined and we would go from there. I was dilated 3 and couldn't be admitted yet. They said I was dehydrated and fluids would help regulate my contractions. They told me to go home, drink a lot of water, and also gave me a strong dose of Benadryl in hopes that it would knock me out for a few hours. I slept for two hours. The contractions continued, getting more intense as the day went on. By 5 p.m. I had reached my max. I was emotional, in pain, and completely exhausted. Two days of contractions had pushed me over the edge. I called the midwife on call again and she told me to come back to the hospital for an examination and that they would give me an IV of fluids. I was still at a 3 and they confirmed that I was dehydrated and realized I was exhausted. They hooked me up to the IV and said they would keep me for the night and reevaluate in the morning. They gave me morphine and it knocked me out for about 3 hours. 

Friday morning around 6 a.m. Katie examined me and confirmed that I was now 4 centimeters dilated and almost at a 5. She looked at me and said "we are going to keep you." Hallelujah, this was music to my ears. But the pain was more intense at this time. At 7 a.m. they told me I could get the epidural at any time but if I wanted it, it had to be now due to the anesthesiologist going in for a c-section. I honestly didn't know what to do. I had heard that the epidural can slow things down and that was the last thing I wanted at this point. As I was trying to decide on what to do another contraction hit. Once it was over I said "I want it now." And in no time the anesthesiologist was in the room setting up and giving me the epidural. I felt relief almost immediately, I was finally pain free and completely numb. My lifeless legs freaked me out so much I couldn't watch them reposition me. Joseph would watch the computer for a contraction and say "wow that was a big one, did you feel it?" and I didn't feel a thing. I was so nervous about getting the epidural but it really wasn't bad. They gave me a shot to numb the area, so I didn't feel it going in.

8 a.m. came and the midwife who I had been with all night ended her shift, so I said goodbye and welcomed on the new midwife, Julia. I had seen Julia a handful of times throughout my pregnancy and she was my favorite. I had been praying so hard that I would have her on the day of delivery. She is amazing at what she does and makes you feel like you are the bomb. 8:30 a.m. rolls around and she came in the room with a big smile on her face and said "Oh my God Ashley,  you look so Hollywood right now. You look great!" I felt such a relief, she was just what I needed!! Since I had my epidural she gave two options -- 1. start pitocin to jump start things or 2. break my water and see where that leads. I decided to have her break my water and at 9:30 a.m. she broke it. She said it was a busy morning and she would be back at noon to examine me. Noon came and went and she finally came back at 1 p.m. She apologized and said she had a delivery and that was why she was late coming in. She examined me at 1:05 p.m. and the baby was literally right there. She looked at me and said "Ashley you are ready to have this baby." I was not expecting this and my whole body started to shake and I couldn't control it. Everyone said it was normal, that it was my body in overdrive. At 1:15  p.m. I started pushing. My nurse had to keep her hand on my stomach to feel for tightening because I couldn't tell when I was having a contraction. She would say, "you're having one now...push!" At 1:28 p.m. our little girl was born, all 8 lbs. 4 oz. of her. It was fast and so easy, I know that sounds crazy but after two days of constant contractions it was such a blessing to have such an easy delivery. I told them to clean her off and weigh her before we started the skin on skin for an hour. I was completely shocked when they said I had an 8 lb. baby -- as I held her I was in complete awe that she fit inside of me. She was absolutely beautiful and had the fattest, rosy cheeks and a set of full, pouty lips. She looked like she was wearing lip gloss. It was an amazing moment and such a huge relief that everything was over, our little girl was finally here.

Joseph and I feel completely blessed and thankful to have a healthy, beautiful baby girl. Now ready or not, lets do this thing called parenting.

{Photo by Bella Baby Photography}

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

She's Here!

Our sweet babe is finally here and arrived on her due date!

Harlow Jane Eskridge
September 12, 2014 at 1:28 p.m.
8 lbs. 4 oz.
20 inches long

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Harlow's Nursery

Harlow's nursery is finally done besides a few pieces left to hang on the two empty walls. I had a lot of fun creating her room, from the color scheme to the tiny girly details.

Crib | CurtainsWooden Name | Rug | Paint: Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray

Glider | Tassel Garland | Woven Basket | Bambi Doll | Pink afghan made by my Nan

Picture Ledges | Gold Elephant from Target

Dresser | Pink Elephant from Uganda | Deer Teether | Lamp

Now we are just waiting on a sweet babe to put in that crib.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

39 Weeks

How far along: 39 weeks
Gender: Girl!
Weight gain: Still at 21 lbs., I swear I'm not making this up.
Maternity clothes: A mix of regular and maternity. Now that I'm done with work everything comfortable is the name of the game.
Stretch marks: A few.
Belly button in or out: In/out. My belly button still hasn't fully popped. 
Sleep: Sleep is good again. Maybe a reward now because of what's to come :|
Best moment of the week: My last day of work was on Friday, I was so ready. We also had a fun weekend and got to get all dressed up for a wedding.
Miss anything: Everything is a struggle because this belly is so big and heavy. Something simple like cleaning takes a toll. Yea, I'm ready for my body to be back haha!
Movement: Yes, just not as much. Poor kid has no room.
Cravings: Nothing.
Queasy or Sick: Feeling good besides some back pain and cramping.
Looking forward to: I was looking forward to the Supermoon but it did nothing...Maybe this weekend?

Pt. 2 House Tour: Guest Room

My last day of work was Friday, so I'll blog (and clean) until Harlow makes her arrival. My sister in law is currently living with us and she's staying in our guest bedroom. As you can see, we are still working on paint and curtains.

Both spare bedrooms are great sizes and have really nice closet space.

The guest bathroom:

Basically everything in here is from Target | Paint: Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray

I'm obsessed with the shelving (you can see a glimpse in the mirror). Due to having a pedestal sink I wanted to add shelving for more space. It's also nice that a linen closet is right outside this bathroom, which helps with storage.

The shelving is from Target and I got them on sale for $20!
 originally $25 for the set of two

I know it's simple but I love using pretty tea light holders to store q-tips and floss. 

Speaking of the linen closet, here it is. Stocked and ready for the baby!

And here is the boring laundry area but it's adjacent to the bathroom so I felt like it needed to be a part of the tour. Notice the detergents are sitting on the washer because my belly is too big and I'm too short ha!

Well that's two more rooms down, only 3 more to go!