8.01.2016

Samuel's Adoption Story

Introducing Samuel! After lots of waiting, tears, and prayers, we are so excited to introduce you to our little boy! Below is a recount of the whirlwind of events that changed our family forever and brought our new son into our lives. 



On Sunday, Charlie packed his bags for a week long conference in Phoenix. "What if we get a baby this week?" I said. We talked for a second about how crazy that would be, but then brushed the conversation aside. We thought it was such an unlikely thing to occur. We had been waiting for the call since November, but knew that we could be waiting for a very long time. We weren't seriously expecting anything to happen any time soon and we certainly weren't expecting a call saying that our baby could come home the next day. We thought we'd have a little time to prepare and wait for our baby to be born.

On Monday, Charlie hopped onto a plane and flew to Arizona. Noah and I stayed behind with our normal routine. I stayed up way too late Monday night into the early hours of Tuesday morning talking to Charlie on the phone. A three hour time difference and the fact that we're hardly ever apart made for a late night. I woke up exhausted Tuesday morning and vowed to go to bed on time that night.

Noah had camp at his new preschool, so we were up and out of the house by 9. I made it down the street when my phone rang. A local phone number popped up on the phone. It was Christy, our adoption social worker from Bethany Christian Services. She asked how I was and then told me the good news, "We have a baby for you."

Instant tears. Our baby was a boy and was born on July 4th. He was ready to come home when we were ready for him. I was still driving Noah to school, through tears and excitement. I got off of the phone with Christy vowing to call her back as soon as I talked to Charlie and was back at home. We pulled into a parking space and called Charlie.

He had just gotten to Arizona. He was there long enough for dinner and a few hours of sleep when I called. "We have a baby! You have to come home!" We chatted for a few minutes and he got off the phone so he could work out the details on getting on the next plane to come home.

I called Christy back for more details. Our little boy was born July 4th, at 36 weeks. He was currently in interim foster care. Both birth parents had picked our family separately as their top pick. They had signed the adoption papers and our sweet baby was ready to come home as early as Wednesday.

I spent Tuesday shopping, washing clothes and diapers, on and off the phone with family, Charlie, and Christy and working out all of the details. It was a crazy day! We had spent months, years really, preparing for our second baby. I had saved most of Noah's clothes and we had tons of cloth diapers. I just needed to pull everything out and get ready. In less than 24 hours our baby would be home with us!

Tuesday night I took Noah out for a little Chick-fil-a date, soaking in every last second of my moments as a mom of one. We went to Kohl's and picked out a big brother shirt for him. We got milkshakes and snuggled before bed. It was bittersweet for sure.

Due to storms and last minute flight changes, Charlie didn't get back home until the wee hours of the morning on Wednesday. We hadn't had much time to talk between the chaos of Tuesday and him being on a plane most of the day. We needed to pick a name. I needed a hug. I was so overwhelmed with emotions and excitement.

On Wednesday morning, we drove across town to the adoption agency. When we walked into the room our little boy, Samuel, was there with the foster parents. He was so tiny, just 5 lbs. 2 oz., but he was perfect! Such a sweet little boy!



We spent the morning talking about Samuel with the foster family, learning about his last few weeks and getting to know this amazing couple that had been taking care of babies since 1980. We spent time learning as much as we could about Samuel's story and signing paperwork. Then we loaded our two boys, one big and one oh so tiny, into the car and drove home. Just like that we were a family of 4.



All of the waiting. The infertility. The tears. The impatience. It was all worth it. Samuel fits perfectly into our little life. We are adjusting to our new life with a newborn. It's exhausting. I had forgotten how exhausting it is to have a newborn.



Charlie is on paternity leave and Noah is out of school until the end of August. We're having lots of family time, all adjusting to this new life. Noah is a great big brother! He's adjusted very well to having Samuel here and doesn't appear to be jealous. Kal, our dog, on the other hand is having some jealousy issues and isn't quite sure what to think of a new baby.



We want to thank you all for your prayers and love! Your support as we went though years of infertility treatments and then even more love and support as we began our adoption journey is so appreciated! I can't wait to share what our life with two boys looks like. It will take me some time to find a new normal and to juggle my time, but I promise to share lots of pictures and stories soon!

Much love,
Jenny


6.22.2016

Bummis All In One Diaper

This is a sponsored post and contains affiliate links. 

Bummis is a favorite brand of mine! You can't beat the quality of their classic prefolds and their swim line is amazing, one of our favorites! But Bummis also has an amazing and fairly new all-in-one diaper. This new AIO is not something you'll want to overlook! Keep reading for more details!


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The Bummis All-In-One Diaper features a double sided custom booster with stay dry polyester on one side and organic cotton on the other side. The organic cotton is the same dimple fabric featured on the Bummis Dimple Diaper Fitted and used in their Fabulous Flo pads (which I'm currently testing and loving, stay tuned for a full review). The organic cotton makes this diaper very trim while maintaining maximum absorbency.

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You can lay the attached flap insert on top of the pocket opening for a stay dry layer or stuff the insert into the pocket to use the exposed organic cotton lining. The pocket opening is generous and perfect for boosting the absorbency with an additional insert or stuffing with a flat or prefold.

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If you're looking for a trim, one-size, all-in-one diaper, I'd recommend trying the Bummis All-In-One Diaper. It fits from 8 to 35 lbs and retails for $28.95. Don't forget that all Bummis products are Made in Canada!

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5.17.2016

Bummis Swim Diapers | Giveaway

Swim Diapers

Swim season is here and reusable swim diapers are a great way to enjoy the water with your baby! Reusable swim diapers work just like disposable swim diapers, without the waste! Bummis is one of my favorite cloth diapering brands for simple, quality, affordable products and the Bummis swim lines is no exception! Bummis, along with Mini Kiwi, offers two swim diapers to make your summer fun!
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Bummis Swimmi | $14.95
     small (9-16=5 lbs)
     medium (15-22 lbs)
     large (22-30 lbs)
     extra large (30+ lbs)
Materials: Cotton outer with mesh lining
aplix closure
Available in 4 prints
SPF 50
Made in Canada
www.bummis.com

The Bummis Swimmi is a favorite from our personal swim collection! We used the same size swim diaper for two summers and it was a great fit both summers. The cotton material on the outside may show some fading over time, especially if used in chlorinated pools. The aplix closure on this swim diaper is very strong and durable! You won't have to worry that baby will be able to open it in most cases and the stickiness will last with normal wear and tear. I have had people ask if the aplix causes snagging on mom's swimsuit while holding the baby and I did not find this to be an issue with this diaper. This swim diaper also provides SPF protection which is great for keeping our babies safe in the sun, especially if you plan to use it without a swimsuit over top. The Bummis swim line also includes matching swim hats, UV tees, tankinis, and the one-size Swimmi (see below).

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Bummis Swimmi One-Size by Mini Kiwi| $23.95
  one size (10-35 lbs)
Materials: PUL outer with polyester lining
snap closure, both sides
Available in 5 prints
Made in Canada
www.bummis.com

If you're looking for a swim diaper that will last from your baby's first summer to potty training, the one-size Swimmi is a great option! This diaper looks and feels a lot like a diaper cover and works essentially the same way with the snap closure and rise adjustments. This swim diaper does have double gussets at the legs which will provide a extra protection for poop. The Bummis swim line also includes matching swim hats, UV tees, tankinis, and the sized Swimmi (see above).

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5.11.2016

Why I'm choosing Lillebaby for baby #2!

Lillebaby sent me a carrier in exchange this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

When I had my first baby almost 5 years ago, it didn't take me long to realize that baby wearing was magical! I couldn't get anything done with a newborn that wanted to be held all the time. Forget cooking dinner or even grocery shopping in peace! So I reached out to a friend and she recommended that I get a baby carrier and start wearing my baby ASAP. What a lifesaver!

It wasn't until we were past the baby wearing stage with our son that I heard about Lillebaby Baby Carriers. The more I heard about Lillebaby, the more I wanted to try one with our future children! The lumbar support on the back was a huge selling point for me! But I also love the ergonomic design that allows for wearing the baby facing outward. Since I'm a big believer of baby wearing from birth, the ability to use the Lillebaby without a newborn insert is another huge plus!

Lillebaby comes in many different styles, but as a mama in North Carolina, I love the All Seasons carrier. It's warm enough for winter and cool enough for summer thanks to the zip down panel. No more sweaty, sticky baby on those hot, humid days!

Lillebaby has been on my wish list throughout all 4 years of our TTC journey. But when this carrier came out, I knew Lillebaby was the carrier for me! When our fertility plans didn't work out the way we planned and we answered the call to adoption, I couldn't wait to bond with our child through baby wearing. And when Lillebaby announced The Guncles carrier to support families adopting, I was thrilled!



All proceeds from sales of The Guncles carrier will be donated to the Independent Adoption Center and Lillebaby will be matching that donation! Adoption is such an expensive journey in America and I love that Lillebaby is doing their part to raise awareness about adoption, but also to help a national non-profit that is working hard to make families a reality.

The Guncles carrier is available in the Complete All Seasons or Airflow, but also as a doll carrier for your little one! This is a limited edition print, so don't wait! Help support an amazing organization while fostering your love for baby wearing!

To learn more about Lillebaby, please visit their website here! And to follow along on our adoption journey, click here!
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