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Baby Girl’s Birth Story. Welcome to the World.

My baby girl is four and a half months old now guys- I’m fully back to work and getting back into what feels like normal life. New normal as everyone always points out to us. Yes- things are different now, but I love it. She is the most amazing thing I have ever seen and I just can’t believe she is real sometimes.

Merrick Belle was born September 6, 2018, at 5.20 am. She weighed 6 pounds 10 ounces and measured 20 inches long.

I labored for a week. Baby girl was stubborn and refused to drop down. Even as my body contracted for a week to push her down- she stayed put.

Early Labor (aka lots of uncomfortable waiting)

It started August 28th (which was a Tuesday and two days before my due date). I started feeling contractions around noon that were irregular and only mildly annoying. Things progressed (sort of) as the doctors told us they would. The contractions slowly grew in intensity but not really in consistency. I remember that pretty clearly as my hubby religiously timed them to ease his anxiety.

Be warned… this is her birth story. I tried not to get very graphic- but there are just some things that can’t be skirted around well. If this sort of thing bothers you… please don’t click through.

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Year in Review. Goodbye 2018.

Farewell, two-thousand eighteen- welcome welcome two-thousand nineteen. I’m pretty relieved to say farewell honestly. Last year feels like a blur. The year of being pregnant… and recovering from pregnancy (in all honesty I’m still recovery- but that feels like splitting hairs).

The wonderful thing those is while it was a long, unusual year it started something beautiful and exciting. I have loved every second of watching my baby girl grow- she offers so much more to life that it is hard to describe. I’m ready though for the normalcy that this new year offers- this is year is the year of settling into what it will be like as a family of three.

I’m rejecting the resolutions thing again this year and I’m going to continue documenting my favorites. This is a reflective post- a reminder of what I have. Gratitude is always the better way forward I believe.

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Hello January! Hello 2019! Downloadable Calendar Freebie.

free January 2019 download wallpaper

Hello two-thousand nineteen! Goodbye two-thousand eighteen! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and welcomed in the new year with family and friends. We celebrated our first Christmas as a family of three and are excited for what this new year brings. It has been pretty awesome to watch her grow and develop these past four months.

I’m looking forward to maybe a less eventful year? But hopefully one super full. This little baby girl of mine has just brought so much more into our lives- watching her grow seems like the perfect plan for this year. On the professional front- my work is moving to a brand new building in a whole new location which brings a whole slew of changes of course- new commute and routine (still doesn’t feel as eventful as having a baby- so its still be categorized as just a ‘little’ event).

I’m going to try to post a little bit more- I kind of miss this little blog. The psuedo-break was nice while I was pregnant- but now I’m ready to play around here more again.

On that note- I have a brand new style of downloadable wallpapers for the new year. I’m rather proud of myself for getting this ready (relatively) on time- it helped to have down time over the holidays and lots of family around to help with sweet baby girl. I hope you like my new style I’m playing with- but I have a simplier style available as well if you want less confetti. So there are even more options available now. :)

free January 2019 download wallpaper for smart devices

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Hello December! Downloadable Calendar Freebie.

Free December 2018 Calendar for Desktop

Hello everyone! Here is the free December 2018 calendar. Sorry again this is a few days late. I went back to work last week and definitely an adjustment. It is better than I thought it would be- but its still emotionally overwhelming sometimes. Just like everything else associated with being mommy so far- it’s getting better day by day. I hadn’t realized how much I missed work beore I went back and I’m loving the extra layer of depth and fulfillment it has been added to my life. My daughter is just the most amazing thing- and I love being mommy.

I also really like being a designer and being a part of something exciting and being an important part of that. I’ve been working really hard most of my life as a designer and working my way up in my company. Its a really important thing in my life. I believe that I’ll be a better mommy because I love what I do and would miss it if I stopped. I also like knowing that I’m showing my baby girl that she can be whatever she wants- she can be a mommy and have a career if she wants. She can also pick to be just a mommy if she wants too.

Anyway…. it. is. December. The best month of the year (September now takes a very close second place). My hubby and I are celebrating our nine year anniversary. I’m turing 30 (what?!) this year. PLUS… it’s baby girl’s first Christmas and I’m so so so excited. I love Christmas. I love winter. Seriously. Best month ever.

Free December 2018 Calendar for iPad and iPhone

Click through for the download links. Oh and FYI- someone asked me if these would work on their Android device and I’m pretty sure they will- they are just images that you can save to your device to then make your wallpaper. :)
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Hello November! Downloadable Calendar Freebie.

free November 2018 desktop wallpaper

Hello everyone! Here is the free November 2018 calendar. Sorry again this is a few days late- I swear I havne’t forgotten about this. I’m still adjusting to the whole mommy thing. It’s getting better day by day and now I’m more just trying to soak up all the time I get exclusively with her before I have to go back to work. She’s just the most amazing little thing and I can’t get enough of her.

It is finally starting to feel like fall here in Colorado- no more sandals. My big scarves and boots are officially out of storage. An incredibly fun part of motherhood is dressing up my baby girl… and now I get to put her in little knit hats and sweaters and not worry about her overheating. Soooo much fun.

free November 2018 phone and tablet wallpaper

Click through for the download links. Oh and FYI- someone asked me if these would work on their Android device and I’m pretty sure they will- they are just images that you can save to your device to then make your wallpaper. :)
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Hello October! Downloadable Calendar Freebie.

Hello everyone! Here is the free October 2018 calendar. Sorry this is a few days late- I’m a mommy! And my beautiful baby girl is perfect and takes up so much of my time right now. I’ll post photos soon I promise. If you want to see her follow my instagram… she’s taken over my story and my feed.

Yeah! It’s fall! It is still a little toasty here in Colorado- but there have been a few days I could pull out my boots and sweaters. Slowly but surely I will stop needing my tank tops and sandals and I am so very very excited.

On that note… any ideas what we should do as our first family Halloween costume? We were thinking maybe sushi? or maybe something Star Wars related… any other cute ideas?

Click through for the download links. Oh and FYI- someone asked me if these would work on their Android device and I’m pretty sure they will- they are just images that you can save to your device to then make your wallpaper. :)
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