Our Smallest Baby
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by Ellie
2w ago
We are settling into life with three children and enjoying this stage. Our daughter (what do you think of the nickname Little Lady?) was our smallest baby. She was born at 39 weeks and weighed 7 lbs 5 oz. Our first son, Little Buddy, arrived very close to his due date and weighed 8 lbs 12 oz. Our second son, Littlest Buddy, was 8 lbs 13 oz but was about a week and a half early. If he had been born on his due date, he could have easily been over 9 lbs. With that information in mind, I was nervous that our daughter would be even bigger. My midwife told me that subsequent children are often bigge ..read more
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Would You Buy a Taxidermy Bat?
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by Ellie
1M ago
When we went down to Gulf Shores, Alabama, last fall, we visited a festival. It was your typical festival, complete with music, food, and craft booths. But one booth was selling something that didn’t seem like the type of thing you would typically see at a festival (or anywhere, for that matter). Framed taxidermy bats. I mean, who would buy one of those? The tent also had other framed decorations, like snake skins, beetles, moths, and animal skulls. I got out of there as quickly as I could. Have any of you seen that kind of thing for sale? Or do you happen to know anyone who decorates their h ..read more
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Baby Girl’s Birth Story Part 2
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by Ellie
1M ago
If you enjoyed the first segment of our daughter’s birth story, here is part two… At the four-hour mark, my contractions were becoming extremely painful. I tried standing while holding onto something to see if that would provide any relief, but it only made the pain more overwhelming. I also attempted the age-old mooing like a cow trick, but that did nothing. During contractions, I couldn’t handle anyone touching me (other than squeezing Mr. Handsome’s hand very tightly). The nurse told me that women describe naturally occurring labor as extremely intense cramps, while they describe induction ..read more
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Making a Sun Compass
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by Ellie
1M ago
From Mr. Handsome: For those who are looking for ideas to entertain kids that are both fun and educational, making a sun compass is perfect. Apparently the Vikings used them for navigation, so you can add in a history lesson as well. Basically you put a 2-3 foot stake in the ground on a sunny day and put a rock on the ground where the tip of the shadow from the stake lands. Mark this spot four different times at 15 minute intervals. If you then connect those dots, that gives you the east and west direction. Draw a line perpendicular to those dots moving away from the stake, and that points no ..read more
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Baby Girl’s Arrival
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by Ellie
2M ago
As we shared a few days ago, our third child is here, and we are thrilled. My last couple months of pregnancy really took a toll on my body, but within a few hours of delivering the baby, I was feeling much better physically than I had in a long time. She was born at 39 weeks and weighed just over 7 lbs. My boys (the second arrived a few days before 39 weeks and the first came just before his due date) were both close to 9 lbs, so this delivery was much easier. I was mentally prepared for a larger baby, as my provider had told me that while girls can be smaller, that is not true for all women ..read more
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Baby Girl is Here
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by Ellie
2M ago
We wanted to hop on here to announce the arrival of our baby girl! We look forward to sharing more details in the coming days, but for now we are focusing on enjoying the newborn snuggles and adjusting to life as a family of five. I am thankful to be getting more sleep than I was in my third trimester of pregnancy, when discomfort was causing me to wake up almost every hour. Even with nighttime feedings, I feel more refreshed because I am able to sleep longer stretches. The post Baby Girl is Here appeared first on Nashville Wife ..read more
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Mr. Handsome Has a Mustache
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by Ellie
2M ago
It seems like every man, at one point or another, has the desire to grow some facial hair. Unfortunately for me, Mr. Handsome has decided to express himself by growing a mustache. I have asked him to please have it gone before the new baby is born because I do not want that thing in the baby pictures. I adore his usual 5 o’clock shadow, but the mustache has just been too much. What do you all think of the new look? The post Mr. Handsome Has a Mustache appeared first on Nashville Wife ..read more
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A Rustic Baby Shelf
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by Ellie
2M ago
With the new baby on the way, I decided I needed a new shelf for the nursery. I thought it would be neat to have a shelf made from wood off our own property. A couple years ago, we had to take down two dead trees that were at risk of falling on our house. Mr. Handsome used a chainsaw and an Alaskan chainsaw mill to rough cut some of the logs into boards. It was a huge project that took hours. I decided to ask him to use one of these rustic pieces of wood to make my shelf, and he happily obliged. My dad had given him an old-fashioned hand plane that he used to smooth out the wood. It was oak ..read more
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Toys or Little Brother?
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by Ellie
2M ago
From Mr. Handsome: For the most part, Little Buddy is very good about sharing with his younger brother. The two of them enjoy playing together, and we have loved watching their relationship grow. Recently, however, there was an incident where Little Buddy chose not to share something, so I sat down with him and had a conversation about the issue. ​I started out by asking Little Buddy what he thought the most important thing in life was. I was ecstatic when he replied, “The most important thing is God.” Apparently he has been listening in Sunday school. “Good job, Little Buddy!” I proudly ..read more
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Another Date Night
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by Ellie
3M ago
Mr. Handsome scored big points as a husband this holiday season. Not only did he finish my honey-do list, but he took me on two dates. You may remember my post about our first one. For our second date, my sister-in-law watched our kids, and we went over to the Gaylord Opryland Resort to marvel at the beautiful indoor lights. Walking through Opryland is one of our Christmas traditions, and I don’t think we have missed a year since we’ve been married. The amount of holiday activities that the hotel offers keeps growing each year, as does the number of days when you can’t even enter the hotel wi ..read more
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