Apr 1, 2014

A Birth Story

If you follow me on instagram, then you already know... we welcomed our sweet baby girl, little miss Hannah, on March 17! She is precious and perfect and everything we could have wanted and more. We are completely in love.

Leading up to the day I have not had any labor signs. Sure a few Braxton Hicks here and there but I really thought this baby was never coming out.

Monday, March 17, I woke up at 3am to a contraction. It was different than anything I've felt. It was like an intense menstrual cramp. I got up to use the bathroom and had another contraction and that's when my water broke. I called my doctor and while I was waiting for a call back mt contractions bbecame more intense. By 4am, I hadn't heard from my doctor (turns out her beeper was broken), so my husband decided we should go to the hospital. The drive there seemed to take forever, but luckily there's no traffic at 4 in the morning.. 

We got to the hospital around 4:30 am, I was admitted and checked by a nurse by 5am (I was 3cm at this point) and by 5:30 I was getting my epidural. My contractions were getting closer together and seriously labor is no joke. I was in excruciating pain. I don't know how women who decide to go the natural route do it. The hardest part about getting the epidural was having to sit still during the contractions, but somehow I made it through.

By 11am I was 5cm and feeling so excited that the day has finally come and we were going to get to meet our little girl soon. At 2pm I was 7cm and filled with so much anxiety and excitement. And this is where the story makes a turn. At 5pm I was checked again and was still at 7cm. My doctor decided to give me pitocin to increase my contractions and hopefully move labor along. It never did. My labor never progressed past 7cm and after being in labor for so long my doctor didn't want to put the baby in distress. At 9pm, it was decided that I would have a c-section to get the baby out. After 19 hours of labor, I ended up with a c-section. At that point all I wanted was for my baby to be safe.. but boy was I nervous. I have never had any kind of surgery and the idea of a c-section honestly terrified me. 

Everything then happened so quickly. Suddenly I was in the surgical room... my husband was sitting next to me dressed in scrubs. I was shaking from nerves. I felt the doctors pulling and tugging at me. I heard them say that the umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby. Then I heard the baby cry and I burst into tears. There was my baby! A perfectly healthy baby. Hearing her cry was one of the most amazing moments. About 30 minutes later the surgery was over and I was in the recovery room. A feeling of joy, relief, and absolute happiness came over me.

I was in the hospital for the next 5 days recovering from the c-section. I'm now home and spending every waking moment staring at my baby girl. Yes my husband and I are both exhausted and overwhelmed, but every time we see our baby, it makes it all worth it. 

Feb 26, 2014

Baby Girl's Nursery

Ever since I found out we were having a baby girl, I've envisioned in my head what I wanted the nursery to look like. It wasn't long before we started to work on transforming one of our spare bedrooms into her nursery.

We spent a lot of time picking out the right color for the walls and my husband worked really hard on getting that striped accent wall just perfect. 

I spent hours upon hours researching and shopping online for the right furniture, area rug, and glider. Little by little over the last few months each item was purchased and delivered and we slowly put it all together. We also spent a lot of time re-painting a bunch of picture frames so that it matches her color scheme. I even hand-painted the letters on the alphabet frame. But it was all worth it. Now, every time I walk by her room, I smile. It is exactly how I had imagined it back when we first found out we're having a girl. I know she's going to love it and I can't wait for her to see it.

I still have a few final touches for the walls to add, but overall it's ready for baby girl to arrive. Hear that baby... you can come any time now!

Feb 19, 2014

Meet Pamela + A Giveaway {Closed}

Today, I want everyone to meet a fabulous lady. Pamela, from Macdonald's Playland, is beautiful, kind, and sweet. She's a wife, mom to the adorable Lilly, and has another little bundle on the way. She also has a cute etsy shop dedicated to all the cute little peanuts out there called Peanut Lilly Creations. Last year I bought some really adorable items as gifts for my friends and they all loved them! 


Hello, Always Maylee readers! My name is Pamela and I am so excited to be here today! (Many thanks to Yi-chia for having me!) I am from Los Angeles and am happily married to my Scott, the proud mommy of a beautiful 2-year-old girl named Lilly (with a son on the way due at the end of March!), and I blog over at Macdonald's Playland.  
My blog exists so I can share & hopefully inspire through my creative outlets (I share a lot of crafts/DIY, home decor, party planning, etc.) and it also includes a smorgasbord (yes, I said "smorgasbord") of other things I enjoy in life such as recipes (I'm always rumbly in the tumbly!), fitness (or lack thereof), thoughts on marriage (TMI much?), and lessons in mothering/parenting (usually it's my child teaching me things!)  It would be fun to have you join me  as I adventure through wifehood and mommyhood! I love writing & sharing things that help & inspire fellow women, wives, mommies, etc. to get through their own adventure!

Some of my most popular posts include:
Oh, and of course I also document a lot of photographs, adventures, and shenanigans with my sweet husband and little family...
So that's me & my blog in a nutshell! Please come say hello!

And before I go, I have a fun giveaway for you all! Since Yi-chia is expecting her first baby around the same time I am expecting my next baby (we are both due in March and are about 1 week apart in our pregnancies!), I wanted to share my shop with all of you in honor of our upcoming little peanuts!

My Etsy shop, Peanut Lilly Creations is home to a variety of handmade items made especially for the little peanuts in your life. I create handmade accessories (such as beanies, tutus, hair bows, headbands, costumes, etc.) made specifically for babies and toddlers.

Currently, my most popular items are my ear warmers. Here are the Lilly-Bow Ear Warmer and the Knotted Ear Warmer:
I also recently started a metal stamped personalized jewelry collection there where you can show love for the special people in your family. All these pieces can be personalized (family names, children, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, spouses, significant others, pets, wedding parties...you name it! The list goes on and on!)
I love running my shop and enjoy creating things for you all! With all that said, today I am giving away a $15 Gift Certificate to my shop! Also, because I enjoy makeup, I'm throwing a $20 Sephora E-Gift Card in there, too! Best of luck to all of you that enter, and thanks again for reading! Please stop by and say hello over in my playland! Would love to "meet" you!

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Thanks Pamela! Be sure to check out her blog and her cute etsy shop everyone!

Feb 11, 2014

Is That a Basketball?

I have officially started waddling when walking. There is no getting around it. It's hard to walk normally when you have a basketball as a belly.

{Sweater: H&M (old), Vest: Old Navy (old), Leggings: ON Maternity, Boots: DSW, Bracelets: David Yurman, Alex and Ani, Forever 21}

I'm now about 35 weeks pregnant, which makes me almost 9 months pregnant. Why do people say you're pregnant for 9 months when in reality it's 10 months. It's such false advertising. I have about 2 weeks to go until the baby is considered full term (yay), but about 4 weeks or so until my actual due date. These next few weeks are going to feel so long, I just know it... but we're so close!

My posts will probably become more sporadic and random as we head towards the end of my pregnancy. Between getting things ready for the little one, getting things ready at work for my maternity leave, and just feeling tired in general... I'm not sure how much I'll be able to get up here on this blog. But have no fear, you can keep up with me on Instagram since it's easier and quicker for me to use. That will probably be the first place I announce the baby's birth to you guys as well, so be sure to follow me, @alwaysmaylee!

Feb 4, 2014

A Baby Shower

I had my baby shower a couple weeks ago and it was so wonderful. It made the fact that in just a month or so we'll be welcoming our baby girl so real.

{Dress: ASOS Maternity, Cardigan: Old Navy (old), Necklace: J.Crew, Booties: Madden Girl, Bracelets: David Yurman, Forever 21}

{The most amazing diaper cake filled with lots of goodies, courtesy of my best friend!}
{One of the many amazing gifts we got - an owl rocker that plays music!}

I wish I took more pictures, but I was so overwhelmed with seeing all of my friends and family, eating, and opening all of the presents. All of our family and friends were so generous with their gifts. Our baby is so loved already!

We are pretty much all set as far as the nursery goes and all the baby gear. We're ready for this baby... now it's just a waiting game.
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