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Monday, March 24, 2014

Jack's First Photo Shoot

  We had a great time visiting our pal Erin of Erin Smith Photography over at her studio in NE Minneapolis. The shoot included great shots of Jack (3 weeks old at the time), a few wardrobe changes, a few diaper changes, some sweet tunes, and some shots of me, Kevin & Jack - family-photo-style!

Here are a few of our very favorite shots. Thanks Erin! You're the best!!

Erin Smith Photography

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Bunnies for Baby Harapat!

  Being home on leave with Jack and Kevin has been great, but its been hard to keep my hands idle and to relax. I want to feel productive and make cute things!
  For example, a close friend of mine, Melissa, is next on the list to deliver - baby girl!! - and I found myself coming up with cute projects for her baby shower that would look super cute in the pink and gray nursery that she has been working on.
  So! I really might as well work on a few things while I'm 'sitting around at home' (which is honestly what I thought this would be like: not how hard it is to make it through a 30min sitcom on the DVR without pausing 4 times…)

Bunny Embroidery Project:
  So, for Jack's Nursery (which I have yet to share photos of -  they're coming…) I started/completed my very first embroidery project aside from a few cross stitch creations when I was younger. Thanks to fellow MCAD Alum, Alyssa, of Penguin & Fish, it was super easy to create the little hedgehog that hangs in Jack's room.

left: the hedgehog embroidery kit - available on etsy - complete with embroidery hoop, fabric, instructions, pattern (with both tracing and iron on options), thread and needle.
right: examples of just a FEW of the other fun characters/kits that Penguin & Fish has to offer...
I downloaded this fun freebie "Picnic Pals" embroidery pattern last year from Penguin & Fish (I subscribed to receive their blog updates/newsletter via e-mail) - Score! I extracted/rearranged the two bunnies from the artwork, added some grass and selected the just-right color to coordinate with Melissa's nursery color scheme.
Here is how it turned out! All set for Baby Harapat!
  After completing the Hedgehog project last year, and then successfully creating this bunny project, I want to do more! I'm inspired to create some artwork for a few more personal embroidery projects of my own… thanks for the inspiration Alyssa! It's so much fun!

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day from the McBrides!

 What better way to share our Irish cheer, than by showing off our Jack sporting the official McBride family tartan plaid!
Photo by Erin Smith of Erin Smith Photography
+ here's a link from a previous post with our St. Patricks' Day coloring sheet:
download + print + color = fun for littles!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Baby Jack!!

  All of my plans to add a blog post directly following the arrival of our little one were easier said than done… It's been one month since our little Jack arrived - he took his time: only 11 days late! and here we are, finally posting about him.
  We last posting on Feb. 2nd - our due date - Our little guy was just too comfortable to come on out, so we went in for a scheduled induction on Tues. Feb. 11th at 7pm, and *finally went into labor around 3am Feb. 12th, and Jack made his grand entrance on Thurs. morning Feb. 13th.

 Elisa: 30 hour labor, super painful Back Labor contractions, fever with uncontrollable shivering, oxygen mask, elevated white blood cell count, and antibiotics….

 Kevin: pushed so hard on my back for me whenever I asked him to - which was a lot. And  I would say "push harder!" and he physically could not push ANY harder - I couldn't see him at the time (behind me obviously), but he had himself pretty much as horizontal as his body could get applying pressure. He was great. And he cheered me on and counted to 10 so many times for hours of my pushing. We were so exhausted.

  Moms: Both of our moms were with us - we are so thankful they were there! They helped support and count, were right there with ice cold wash cloths for my head and neck. Some people thought we were a little nuts for inviting our moms to be there in the delivery room with us - you know, over-bearing mother-in-law stereotypes, etc. Luckily, we don't have that problem :)

  and most importantly Jack: got himself flipped around to be facing up ("Sunnyside up") which of course, make things more difficult for his mommy. Doctors had anticipated an infection for Jack ahead of time: my fever, white blood cell count, Jack's heart rate all pointed that way. They told me before he even arrived that when Jack showed up, he would be going to the NICU right away to get his own antibiotics, and stay there for 48 hours.
  Jack arrived around 8:45am - his cord wrapped around his neck (which thankfully I couldn't see how blue and white his skin was: just about gave daddy a heart attack) Nurses had him intubated and breathing so quickly and I got to meet him briefly before he was whisked away down to his special nursery. Kevin had to go with him because Jack didn't have a bracelet yet, so "daddy keep your eyes on the baby."

Ready to Go Home:
  We were SO relieved to FINALLY get to go home on Saturday morning, 2/15. Having been at the hospital 4 nights (and Valentine's Day), we pretty much cried when we got Jack through the door, looked at each other, and just took a deep breath. We did it - we finally had our little guy, and we were home.

  AND Rigby came home on Sunday 2/16 and was very curious about the new "little puppy" - he's been great with Jack, he likes to sneak kisses, and is already standing guard, very concerned with where Jack is at all times...

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Is Today the Day?

TODAY! is our Due Date!
  Our little guy has proven to be too cozy where he is to arrive early, but now we're REALLY thinking ANY time now…. soon right? C'mon!! We are SO ready…
  - Nursery = good to go: waiting for a few last details before we snap pics to share…
  - Our "Go Bag" is mostly-packed…a few last things to throw in there when the time comes...
  - Rigby's "Go Bag" is all set
  - Car Seat: installed securely!
  - iPad loaded with movies, ready for a hospital stay…
  - Diapers, wipes, creams and ointments - check!
  - Cozy clothes, swaddling blankets all washed and ready
  - "Contraction Counter" App = downloaded

  While we can't control whether of not Baby McBride shows up today, at least we have a few things going for us… DONUTS!
Mmmm Yo Yo Bakery, Minnetonka, MN
Raspberry Filled, Maple Glaze with Bacon, Apple Fritters + good 'ol Raised Glazed. You can't go wrong…and we didn't: such a great Sunday morning treat.

+ today is also Groundhogs Day! See Punxsutawney Phil's official verdict - so silly how all those guys dress up in top hats with old-timey super relevant mustaches…

+ today is Super Bowl Sunday of course. I have a feeling there may be some Super Bowl Birthday Parties in our little one's future (if Kevin has his way…) We're hoping the Bronco's will pull it off...
  Rigby has placed HIS bets for Puppy Bowl X on Animal Planet - see their Starting Line-up. Kevin is pumped for penguin cheerleaders…..
Rigby is already focused on the cutest puppy shows on Animal Planet
+ Our money is on Hunter, the boxer pup, for MVP...
  So even though my fortune from dinner last week promised that Saturday would be an "exciting time," -  as Janelle from work pointed out: it might still mean NEXT Saturday??

…. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014 is Here!

  2014 has arrived! Like many, we have high hopes that THIS year is going to be a great one - we, of course, are super excited for the arrival of our little guy: we are a due 1 month from tomorrow, so he really could be making his grand entrance any time…. yikes! Are we ready? I think so… The nursery is ready - we will show you soon! - and we've done some of baby's laundry so that he will be ready to rock his cutest, new threads. We need to get his car seat out of the box and turn the "go bag list" into an actual "go bag" ready to accompany us to the hospital.
  I'm sure there is so much more to look forward to this year, but it's hard to even THINK about beyond bringing the Nugget home. To help remind us what we NEED to tackle, I've made us our "To Do 2014" list…

  I think it looks pretty attainable - we tried not to get too unrealistic - focus on and prioritize a few goals :) I think we might just print out a few copies to have at work, on the fridge, etc. to help us along the way.

  What is on YOUR "To Do 2014" list? Want a copy of your OWN list? If so, e-mail me (yellow your list items for 2014 and color preference, and I will send back a lovely list for you to print, share on Facebook, do with what you like :) Do it now! It will be fun!!

Happy New Year everyone!
from Kevin, Elisa & Rigby