September 27, 2016

Autumn Is Here

The cool breeze that has finally arrived, along with Target shelves lined in everything pumpkin spice, certainly has my heart fluttering. It's been awhile since I've done a blog post, and today after cleaning the whole house, I decided to sit down by my wide open office window and write! 

Last weekend Ry and I were on the go. Friday night we went to Oktoberfest and stopped into my brother's restaurant for a drink and appetizer. We sat at the bar and I ordered a virgin Bubbles and Strawberries cocktail while Ry had a ice cold beer. It was fun to be in the ambience of a bar with my love. We go out to eat at least once a week, but it's been a while since we actually went on a "date" night. We talked about life and our sweet baby girl that is due February first. We talked about how it'll still be important for us to continue to do things together, like "date" and we aren't going to be afraid to strap our little Miss on and go out for some entertainment every once in a while. We can't wait to show her the world! On Saturday we went to the Plaza Art Fair and enjoyed the beautiful artwork and yummy food from the local restaurants. When we got home we still had enough energy to go to our town's version of Oktoberfest to watch the dog show. We'd never been to a dog show before and it was so cute. I guess all of our activity got our baby girl going too because Ry finally got to feel her kick. We were just sitting on the sofa and I felt her getting wild and I told Ry to put his hand on her and sure enough he felt her. I let out a little scream of excitement! I've been waiting for that moment for so long. 

A few weekend's ago we attended Ryan's cousin's wedding. I snapped these photos before we headed out the door. 

They had the cutest pink floral photo booth at the wedding. I'm not sure why the photos look so grainy {sorry} they were too cute not to share! 

And I can't help but snap bump photos of our growing baby girl. Every morning I wake up and thank God for her, our sweet miracle. I'm cherishing each day. 

My sister was kind enough to switch out our teal pom-pom curtains for pink pom-poms. The wallpaper that is going on the wall behind the crib arrives TODAY! I can't wait to see it installed. 

Her closet is slowly filling up with itty-bitty outfits. I stop in the nursery at least once a day, and I pinch myself. Sometimes it doesn't feel real, it feels like I'm living in a dream. A dream I've had since I was a little girl. And then I feel her inside of me. I feel her little feet kicking me and saying "hello!" and I realize how many prayers have been answered.

The two little feet that kick me from the inside and remind me of how very blessed we are. 

I've been eyeing this Maxi-Cosi car seat for months and then Nordstrom had it on sale for 33% off so we snatched one up. Check out their sale here.

We have bought most of the big ticket items already, with the exception of the rocker and stroller. I've had a few people ask about the bassinet and crib, and I've provided the product information and direct links below. Stay tuned as her nursery comes to life with wallpaper, linens, pillows, artwork, blankets, stuffed animals, the most beautiful baby mobile, and so much more...

Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib with the Naturepedic Dual Firmness Organic Cotton Classic Crib Mattress

Moses basket similar here 

Additional links to the baby furniture and gear can be found right below. I included the stroller we plan to purchase! Ohhhhh I'm so excited to push her around in the stroller with the bassinet this spring. 

If I could drink this holiday season I would be trying this, yum! 

This calm cottage just looks like autumn happiness. 

True statement here

Follow my Pinterest Autumn board here. Also my Baby board and Bump Style board, I pin on those two all the time! 

Follow me on Instagram here @wendycorreen, I snapped a few photos of the house after cleaning today and tomorrow we have an ultrasound and I'll surely share updates & pictures of our sweet baby girl. 

Enjoy the fresh air and all things pumpkin spice, with love 
xo Wen 

September 12, 2016

It's a GIRL

I think I've started a blog post before, in regards to our baby, with I cannot believe I'm typing this! Well, we are in a little shock because we got a huge surprise this morning. We are having a baby girl, not a baby boy! 

Yesterday I spent the day with my sisters. We were talking about our 20 week ultrasound that was scheduled for this morning. My sister, Mallory, joked and said "what if it's a girl!" My response was, "No, that's not possible. The DNA blood test is even more accurate than an ultrasound, 99% accurate actually. I wouldn't have the Y chromosome in my bloodstream if it were a girl." Her joke didn't phase me, I knew it was a BOY. 

Ryan and I woke up this morning and drove to Briarcliff for our 8 am appointment. All that I had on my mind was his health! When we got to our room I was happy to see it was the same sonogram tech we had last time. I had guessed it was a BOY before the reveal and I was calling her a him the whole time. At that last appointment she started to say "little guy" because I was. When I saw her today I was excited to tell her that I was right, it's a BOY. She didn't respond to me with the same enthusiasm I had. She actually gave me a blank stare and walked to her computer. She then said, "how do you know it's a boy?" I confidently, but curiously said, "because we did a DNA blood test with you guys and you told us it's a boy!" Again blank stare. She started to look closer at her computer. I started wondering what the heck the discussion was for. Then she looked at me and said, "well your lab results say it's a girl!" At this moment I thought she was joking, and then the next second I realized this nurse would not be joking about this. I then said, "well, it's a boy, I've got the email!" Ryan walked to her computer and I followed. We both looked at the screen that very clearly had my photo, my name, my birth date and a whole bunch of information. I then jumped ahead and started wondering what results we got! I questioned all the "Negative" health results we received, to which she said was accurate. Thankfully the health results were ours and accurate. Then we looked at the sentence that clearly said "NO Y CHROMOSOME PRESENT" and then underneath it said "female fetus!" My nervous laughter started immediately! I showed her my phone and the email from their office that was sent to me, and it said MALE. All she could do was apologize. It was a human typo. 

The blood results are 99% accurate, and therefore correct. We started the sonogram. We had our baby's names picked out before we knew the gender. I immediately started to refer to her by her name and I kept looking over at my Ry to see his reaction. I should have been more focused on the ultrasound, but my mind kept wandering off to all that we had purchased thinking it was a boy! The biggest expense so far was the wallpaper and we can easily get that changed. My baby shower invitations have the wrong name on them, so we will need to get them changed. And all the clothes we have for a boy, we will return or save. 

It was a baby GIRL all along. She is the one meant for us. She is healthy and she is our gift from God. She is beautiful. And she has some long legs on her! Now my angel Grandma has probably had a good month's worth of laughs up in Heaven. She picked out a beautiful baby girl for us and we've been calling her by the wrong name and buying all this blue stuff and now we know. Phew, what a day to remember!!! Today, in this moment, I feel exactly like I did on the day of the Gender Reveal. I feel happy, shocked, and just in a state of "WOW!" We got to live a brand new surprise all over again today. 

At the end of the sonogram we did see between her legs and she is 100% GIRL!!! As we were waiting for the doctor to come in to our room to talk about the results the Christina Perri - A Thousand Years (the one I had on our announcement video) started playing on the intercom. As I started to get emotional, Ryan joked that if my Papa's song the Gambler came on next, he was walking out of the room! 

I got to have lunch with Ry before he went into work and he said the sweetest prayer about her and us. He mentioned the quote "If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans!" 

Now, I guess Ry gets a little bit more of me in his life!!! We are in shock, but just as happy and excited and thankful as we were when we saw those BLUE balloons last month. Here comes more PINKS, FLORALS, BOWS, AND all things girly!!! 

Thank you for following along on our journey to our little miracle baby GIRL! 

With so much love and excitement xo 
Wen and Ry

September 7, 2016

19 Weeks Pregnant and Fields of Sunflowers

Last night after dinner Ryan and I took a little road trip to Grinter's Sunflower Farm. It was a beautiful place with 40 acres of bright cheerful yellow sunflowers! As your walking through the fields of flowers you have to look down to watch your step and plan your next step, as the paths are curvy and tight. I remember looking down as we walked, and then I stopped for a moment and looked up, and all of sudden we were surrounded by thousands of flowers. The first few times this happened it was quite the experience. The sun was shining bright, with a warm breeze, and the sunflower covered hills went on as far as we could see. 

I'm 19 weeks pregnant today. We are almost to the halfway point! 

My pregnancy updates are below. 

Our baby boy is certainly increasing my appetite. I've been eating way more than usual. And I'm gaining more weight than I had expected at this point in the pregnancy, but I've yet to buy any maternity clothes, so I'm happy about that! 

I can feel our little guy moving around everyday, and I've actually felt a few little kicks. I started to feel the flutters very early, at 12-13 weeks, and they are definitely stronger now. I feel him the most at night when I lay down in bed. He's also active when I'm hungry! Ryan hasn't felt him yet, but we know it's still pretty early for even me to feel him. 

We've started on his nursery! We have the crib and changing table, also his curtains are hung. The wallpaper will arrive this week. All the design elements are selected and I'm planning to order the rest in the coming weeks and months. 

My aunt has already started to plan my baby shower! It still feels surreal to write that. I longed for this moment in my life for so long, and now that it's actually here I truly feel like I'm living in a dream. 

This coming Monday we have our anomaly scan. I believe it could take up to an hour and I'm so very excited to get to see our little guy again. I think I know what position he is in right now, as I can feel the little kicks to the left of my belly button. We shall see if it is actually his foot kicking me!

Ryan and I have a few pediatricians that we are going to visit with soon. I know we should ask specific questions to get to know the doctor's philosophy, but I'm pretty sure I'll be able to pick my favorite based on my intuition. We also have a birthing class that we plan to attend in December! Ryan is going to be the best hubby when it comes time to deliver our little baby boy, but we both want a class to help prepare us for all the unknowns. 

We've been ordering one book a week from Amazon. We plan to start reading to him from the very beginning as learning will be a top priority. 

As we were leaving the sunflower farm last night we were talking to another couple that had a little baby. Ryan asked how old she was and she was eight months. As soon as the couple walked away, Ryan happily said that next year we'll be at the farm with our baby boy and he'll be that age! I hadn't even done the math, but of course the thought put a smile on my face. Our lives are going to change in many ways. I'm sure there will be added stress, and lack of sleep, and time demands that we've never experienced before. I'm also sure that there will be added joys, and new adventures, and time will change. Time will be seeing life through the eyes of this little baby that was made with the union of our love. 

"To walk in nature is to witness a thousand miracles." Mary Davis

Have a bright sunflowery day xo 

August 24, 2016

17 Weeks Today & Yesterday's Doctor's Appointment

Last night, after dinner, Ryan and I sat on the back porch. The crickets were chirping and the breeze was cool and refreshing. We were talking about another couple we know that is going through IVF. Then we started to talk about our experience. We were remembering the day of our egg retrieval and something the doctor said about my endometriosis that could have really discouraged us. Reflecting on it now, I start to get shook up thinking about how fortunate we are to have our son growing inside of me now. The odds were against us, but yet, with faith, hope, and unending prayer, we have our miracle. In the midst of our conversation, as we started to get deeper into remembering it all, I had to stop him. I said, "well it doesn't really matter" as I held my round belly, "our golden egg is right here growing strong." And with grateful hearts, as I was thanking God for the 100th time that day, we changed the subject. What we went through does matter, it matters so much, but there are days that the memory of it all can steal the joy of today. Everyday I wake up thanking God for this gift, and my heart and mind cannot think about our son without thinking about the miracle he is. 

I had a doctor's appointment yesterday. I got to see our baby boy again! He was head down facing my spine, because of his position it was really hard to see his cute little profile. The sonogram tech tried really hard to show me his boy parts, since I've yet to see them. Our blood test is 99% accurate, but we still wanted to confirm he's a boy for the fun of it. He refused! His little legs are right where I thought they were. Over the past few days I can feel his little feet tapping on my belly just below my belly button on the left side. 

All went very well at my doctor's appointment. I'm 17 weeks today! My blood pressure was good, actually it was higher than what is normal for me, but I can't help but get nervous before appointments. I've gained six pounds in four weeks! That is a total of 15 pounds already. My goal was to only gain 25 pounds all together, although I know I can gain up to 35 pounds and still be in the healthy range. I'm not off to a very good start (my words, not my doctor's). My doctor and I had a pretty long conversation about my diet. I knew it was coming because he's my sister's doctor as well, and he is very focused on diet and nutrition. He knew I was following a vegan diet pre-pregnancy, but since I got pregnant I've been slowing adding meat and some dairy products back into my diet. I've always been a high carb/low fat type of person. My diet has worked well for me and I've maintained my weight for over ten years. I love my pasta, breads, frozen yogurt, and cookies! He told me I need to flip-flop my diet. I need to cut the carbs and eat more fats. He said to eat cheese when I want a snack! CHEESE, I haven't eaten cheese in years. He said I need to add cheese and milk to my diet, eat meats, and of course fruits and veggies. My high carb diet can cause an insulin rush for the baby and that can lead to higher birth weight. And we all know what high birth weight means, a rougher delivery. He said he could weigh one to two pounds more than he should which means what should be 20 minutes of pushing turns into four hours! The high carbs also causes a concern for childhood obesity and diabetes. Let's just say I'm taking my doctor's advice very seriously. I'm up for the challenge, and honestly, I'm a little excited about adding different foods into my diet and getting rid of the pastas, breads, and sugars!

That sonogram photo of our baby boy's foot is just precious. I can't help but think about kissing that little foot and his itty-bitty toes! Ry and I have already started on the nursery. We are currently waiting for the wallpaper to show up. Once we have the wallpaper installed we will order the furniture. Next week, we're going to order a sign from House of Belonging, to hang above his crib. My aunt is already planning our baby shower! It all feels surreal still. 

With love xo

August 19, 2016

The First Big Purchase for Our Baby Boy

We made our first big purchase for our baby son last night. I plan to have him sleep in our bedroom until he's sleeping through the night. His nursery will be upstairs and transitioning him to the crib will probably take several months. I knew I needed something cute for the bedroom and I was planning to get this moses basket and stand from Restoration Hardware. It had been on my baby registry for some time! I was on Pinterest and reading blogs and discovered this white baby bassinet from Pottery Barn. It was more expensive than the RH one I'd had my eye on so I thought I'd check Craigslist. I really didn't think I'd actually find exactly what I wanted, but sure enough there was one on there exactly like the one I wanted from Pottery Barn. Talk about LUCK! Then some crazy cool thing happened. I made her an offer, a bit under what she was asking. She'd only used it for three months, so I was a little nervous she'd refuse. As I was waiting for her to reply I got an offer on two chairs I've been trying to sell for a few weeks. We really need to get rid of the chairs to make room in the nursery. I ended up accepting an offer on the chairs for the exact same amount I had offered for the bassinet. The bassinet seller hadn't responded to yet, so when I got the offer on the chairs I was thinking I really have to get the bassinet. I texted her back and said "we'll meet you tonight to buy it!" And she immediately responded with "deal" and we made plans to meet up at Target. 

I love finding deals! And I'm not talking about settling for something we don't want, I mean hunting for exactly what we want and finding it! That is the best feeling. 

You can guess who made the baby blanket and blue booties. My angel Grandma! I've had them in storage for years dreaming of the day I can pull them out. The bassinet is on the wheels which will be nice because I can push it to the side of my bed or into the living room or kitchen. The sheepskin rug is from Ikea and I think I need to pick up another one because they are so soft and perfect for babies. 

I've been playing music around the house the last few days and I swear this little baby is going to have a love for music like his daddy. I can feel him wiggling around inside of me, as if he's enjoying the tunes. It is really the sweetest feeling in the whole world. Another thing that gets him moving is ice cold water! And I drink ice water all day long. I think I've felt a few small kicks, but they happen so fast I'm not 100% sure of what I felt. I read that he's going to have a growth spurt over the next few weeks. I'm ready to see my belly grow more and feel stronger movements from him. 

I hope he always knows how much we love him. And I dream about all that he will learn from his daddy, he's a true gentleman, in every way you can imagine. There are so many things that I hope he learns about love and life and I know he'll be teaching us a lifetime of lessons as well. I can't express how happy I am to have a little guy, I like to say I get more of my Ry in my life, and that is a pretty amazing feeling. 

Here's to a weekend full of happiness and love xo

August 15, 2016

The BEST Surprise of Our Lives | It's a BOY!

Yesterday Ryan and I experienced the absolute best surprise of our lives. We had a Gender Reveal Party and found out with all of our family that we are having a SON! Last week we received an email with the blood test results from the Cell Free Fetal DNA test, and the BEST and most IMPORTANT news of all is that everything they tested for came back negative. That was truly the only news we really needed to hear. To know our little baby is healthy and growing strong is the answer to all of our prayers. The gender was just the fun part and what we waited all week to find out. 

Everyone is asking two questions. 

1. Did Ryan know the gender? 
No, he didn't. Ryan and I, along with all of our family, had no idea the gender of our baby until we opened the box filled with blue balloons. 

2. How did we pull off this surprise?
It took a lot of communication and secretive teamwork, along with self-control on my part. It all started when we had our last sonogram and discussed the blood test with our doctor. The DNA blood test provided the gender results. We told him we wanted to find out the gender, but we wanted it to be a surprise. With his help we came up with a game plan. He would email the important information, the health results of the blood test to us. When we received the email showing that all came back good, we were to email him back and tell him to send the gender in a new email. We did that and on Tuesday morning I got a notification in my email that the gender information was in my phone app. There were two people involved in the secret. My brother-in-law and my sister's mother-in-law. On Tuesday I went to my brother-in-laws work. I gave him my passcode for the phone app and he opened the message. Once he had the gender he texted my sister's mother-in-law from his phone. She was in charge of getting either pink or blue balloons to fill the box. When she arrived on Sunday, with the balloons in two black trash bags, she snuck into the master bedroom and filled the box.

Saturday, the day before our reveal, was a very emotional day. I often feel like I'm living in a dream. After waiting so long for this baby, and going through the IVF process, the reality that I'm pregnant often hits me hard. I wake up everyday and feel like the luckiest woman in the world to be carrying our child in my womb. I thank God for our answered prayers all day long. I can't think about this pregnancy and our baby without thinking about God's hand in our lives. It all ties together and I feel like I'm carrying a piece of Heaven in my body right now. It's surreal and emotional, and I cry happy tears every single day. 

I always felt like I was carrying our son, whom will be named after my Papa in Heaven. I'll write all about him in a new post someday and the story behind his name. I had many dreams about our son and my intuition felt very strong. Ryan thought it was our boy the whole time too, but then changed his mind on the day of the reveal and thought maybe it was a girl. I think he just wanted to play it safe, so that one of us would certainly be correct. 

The ribbon display was made by my mom for our wedding. She used material that used to belong to my grandma. At our wedding the ribbon display was hanging across the pond and I could see them blowing in the wind as we exchanged our wedding vows. Each time the wind would brush across my skin I could see the beautiful ribbons blowing in the wind. It was one of the most miraculous moments of my life. I could feel my grandma's spirit with me through the wind as I watched the colorful ribbons floating in the air. I wanted her to be a part of our day and this was how I did it! 

We had our family take a guess at whether we were having a BOY or a GIRL

This was the GIRL guesses. Ryan switched his guess at the last minute. He's a sweet daddy and wanted to play it safe just in case! We were both guessing BOY the whole time.

And this was the BOY guesses. As you can see the majority of the group had the correct guess. I was really surprised that this many people had it right! My sister, Haley, had a premonition dream before I even got pregnant that we'd have a son. Both my sisters and my mom were just as sure as I was that it was a BOY. 

Ryan's parents did not take a guess. They decided to stay neutral. They said all they care about is a healthy baby. 

The anticipation before opening that box was unreal. A dream. All I can remember is seeing BLUE and looking over at Ry and seeing the big tears in his beautiful eyes! 

Our nephew, Oliver, should be pretty happy to have a boy cousin arriving in February. They will be only nine months apart! He was outnumbered in the girl department so this is exciting news for this little guy. 

We keep telling Mrs. PB that she is going to be a big sister, but we don't think she's too excited about the news. She's not really into kids so much. She is our baby though and we will make it work! 

Here is the video my aunt captioned of the moment we found out we are having a son. I'm thankful to have this video because I've watched it a 100x! The moment I saw BLUE...I tear up each time I watch it. 

Now we can start calling our little guy by his name! Ryan and I sat on the sofa last night and talked about him. Our hopes and dreams for him. I dream of the moment we get to hold him in our arms, and look into his beautiful eyes. Until then I'm cherishing every single moment I have him inside of me growing strong and healthy. Grateful, just so very grateful. 

Closing with this heartwarming prayer. 

Father, I give You all the glory and praise that is due to Your great name. You are so faithful. Thank You, Lord, for answered prayers and for granting me the desires of my heart today. Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth, and let there be continued peace within my heart and life.
Love xo 
Wen and Ry
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