Eli's FOUR!

This little guy was beyond excited to turn four this year!

He tells me..."Mama, I'm still your baby but I'm a big boy too."
AHHH! How can I not melt?!

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We started the day with birthday pancakes and then headed to pick up his cake! We had it made from a nearby bakery in Kaufman, Renaissance Cake Co. I found them not too long ago and have been using them for about a year now. They're cakes are good and always look amazing!

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The party consisted of lots of cousins, family and friends!
Can you hear Noah screaming "Cheeeeeeeseeee" he held it for as long as he could.

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On Sunday my family had a lunch and baby shower for us! Christopher was working, so I took Eli with me. He wasn't happy about it at first but once he saw pizza on the menu he decided it was a good choice to come!

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I love this little guy more than he knows.
These last four years have been the best of my life.

He is determined, caring, loving, compassionate, tough and a mama's boy!
Happy Birthday, Baby!

 

Cords, babies and names.

Now that we've finally decided on a name that we can all agree on, we are more excited than ever to see our newest Zmolik member!

We have been grateful from day one of this pregnancy and have experienced so many different situations, feelings and emotions than we did with our first two.

With this first Dr. visit we found out that our baby was only measuring at 5.5 weeks rather than the 8.5 weeks we had calculated. I remember my heart breaking on the table as my Dr. prepared me for a miscarriage. My heart just broke as I thought of this sweet life inside of me.

After a further sonogram we did, in fact see the most perfect heartbeat that came along with that 5.5 week sac + babe! My Dr. still prepared us for the next few weeks to come and what could happen within this fragile time.

Two long weeks we waited.   Waited on something to happen, some form of encouragement or reality. We prayed and prayed more.
After two weeks we still had a heartbeat and the conclusion that my cycle had just been late and calculations were off!

Shortly after, we found out that I have a two vessel umbilical cord along with a VelamentousCord Insertion. This news wasn't too alarming from my Dr.'s perspective, but of course from a mamas point of view it can be stressful!
We would be watching growth often with sonos every four weeks from here on out!

Fast forward to around 33 weeks.
Noah and I went in for my appointment and growth sono. Up until this point our little guy has been measuring, weighing and behaving in all the right ways!
This visit was different.
We found that Jacob had dropped into the 11% for growth which is very alarming and a red flag for their growth.
We were sent to a specialist that averaged the growth at 17%. Better, but still something that we are watching very closely and monitoring with weekly sonograms and Dr. visits.

The specialist did notice a hole in the heart while we were there. She explained that this is a very common case and that these holes often close on their own after birth.
One week later I nervously sat in another chair for another sonogram. Not long after the warm gel was applied did we have confirmation that there is a hole in Jacob's heart.

Jacob's VSD (Ventricular Septal Defect) is 7mm which is considered a large hole.
The sweet Dr. wanted to be sure that I understood that this hole most likely will not close on it's own and will require surgery around 4 months of age to repair.

This condition leaves him tired and overworked. There's a possibility that he won't be able to breastfeed well enough to grow like he needs to. This is because he'll be working harder to breathe and be fatigued often. We will pump, bottle feed and supplement if we need to!

Since the visit, we've taken in the news and prepared ourselves for the different possibilities of what's to come. We're just grateful to have found this news out now rather than at birth.

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On Sunday, the 9th, I'll be 36 weeks and will go in for another growth scan.
It will have been four weeks since we've looked at growth and this will give us a very good idea on when they will induce me.
It will be no later than 38 weeks and as early as 36.

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Thank you for praying with us and for us!
We can feel your support and are so thankful for friends and family like you!

We can't wait to meet our strong little guy and see his face!

xoxo
Brittani

New Signs!

Hey!

I'm hopping on to blog a little today and update you on a few new sign we have in the shop!

Some of these were created as custom pieces that I loved so much (and you all did, too!) that I wanted to add them to our website. I've linked most pictures with their link, take al ook and let me know what you think!

Mightier Than The Waves...

This custom turned out great and really spoke to me as I was lettering it. I loved making it for a friend.

It's crazy how small we think our problems are sometimes. This verse reminded me that nothing is too small for God to care about.

When we stop to think about it...the best things in life are free, the small moments are what make up our day.

I made this sign in hopes of capturing those small moments in your heart!

Home Made Ice Cream + Freebies

Are you gettin' in your summer groove yet?

I sure feel like I am! I've been staying up much later and hitting snooze way too many times in the morning. We've crossed off quite a few things from our Summer Bucket List already and have a fun beach trip coming up soon.
(But, don't even get me started on the swimsuit subject right now!)

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Memorial Day

I always love Memorial Day! Appreciation for the Flag is an important priority to us. I want Eli to know just how privileged we are to live in this great country.

For Memorial Day we tried to teach him a little more about the soldiers that fight and have fought for us and how thankful we are for them.

They are our Heroes.

Christopher was on shift, so the kids and I headed to CrossFit to do Murph.

I LOVE doing tribute, hero workouts with our box. The energy is amazing, everyone feels like they're dying and we are all paying tribute so a great human soul that has gone before us.

I'm always emotional during these workouts and I love how CrossFit recognizes these heroes.

Anyways, I did my incredibly modified Murph workout and cheered everyone else on that was doing it once I finished.

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Once we were home we ate lunch outside and had some cousin time playing in the sprinkler and with water balloons.

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Noah couldn't pop them with his hands so he got creative.

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Faces like these make me want to bottle them up forever. You know those moments when your heart wants to burst and you try to take a million mental pictures so that you don't forget this feeling of absolute perfection with your babies exactly this way? 

That was this moment.

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Thank you to all the men and women that have fought to give me this moment with my kids. To be free to be their mama. To teach them, love them and cherish them.

We are forever grateful to you!

Tropic

Y'all, I am dying for summer! I really can't wait to hit the beach!

Last summer we were SO busy with trips, being out of town, weddings and stuff like that. This summer is totally different! We're only going on one trip, to Galveston with family for a few days!

Our Galveston trip is always so much fun! There's just something about going out of town and being on vacation that is so relaxing! I love seeing how excited Eli gets for the beach. He is always asking when we're going!

I keep wanting to schedule something else in there but then I remember that I only have 8 weeks left until this little babe arrives and I've done NOTHING to prepare for him. So, I guess I do have a full To-Do list!

Anyways, with summer on the mind I'm excited to share these new Summer Totes with you!

They're high quality, durable and adorable! They're great for your day at the pool, beach and summer in general. These are the same bags from our Lettered Grocery Bags that we have in the shop.

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xoxo

Brittani