September 14, 2015
July 10, 2015
Zachary David Bland. 05/29/15. 8 pounds, 7 ounces. 20 inches long.
Dave and I in triage, prepping for surgery...
Dave in his outfit! Waiting to come in to the OR
Me, scared but ready. Let's do this...
All cleaned up
Daddy holding him for the first time
Our first pic with Zachary
Our first family pic. Don't mind my swollen arms and face! Surgery will do that to ya!
Ashley and Daddy giving Z a bath.
Recovery from birth with Mommy.
Proud Janou and G Pop
Aunt Krystal and Uncle Jonathan
Grandma helping with a change of diaper
Z and I, earlier this week...
June 26, 2015
Play time with Dad.
Do you like my kicks?
Rocking with "Janou" - my mom.
Mommy and baby, both very sleepy!
Time for bed!
Grandma (Dave's mom) loving on Z.
May 28, 2015
The world decal was a pain to put up, but we love it. I ordered it off Easy. We are going to add some words to this wall too, we just have to pick the perfect things to say:)
The chest of drawers is from IKEA and let me tell you, it's the best thing we bought for this room. The drawers are roomy and big, and there is tons of room for diapers and clothes and all the millions of things that babies need. I'll share pictures of my organization of that when we get home. The top we will use as a changing table.
The crib is a hand-me-down from my sweet friend, Janet. I love it, and I love that we didn't have to pay for a crib! They are expensive!!
These suitcases are from my Mother in law and Ashley. The globe is from my mom. The little chest on top is from a dear friend, Emily. I love the "travel pizazz" they add to the room. One day, they will be useful for storing things too!
The plane hanging from the ceiling is from one of my BFFs, Katie Mac. I built the little white shelves, and filled them with sweet things that friends gave us, books, or pieces we found for the room.
Here is the changing station. We are going to probably do mostly cloth diapering, but we received a TON of disposables at all of our showers, so we intend to use them all up too. I hear that newborns don't fit in the cloth ones right away anyways, so it all works out!
This isn't a great pic, but here is another white shelf that I built on the other side of the window, filled with books. Dave and I went to Goodwill yesterday and spent $6 on about 20 books for Zachary. We have Disney stories and Bible stories and train and travel stories, we are all set! Why buy NEW books, when you can get so many for way less than the cost of one?!?!
The photos hanging over the crib were a gift from my mom. They are pictures of vintage planes, boats and balloons. I bought IKEA frames and painted the mattes the same blue as our accent wall, and I love how it helps the prints pop. Perfect!
Another shot of the crib and prints.
Accent wall with plane and shelf.
This closet gave me a ton of trouble. It has this weird slanted floor, because of our stairwell being underneath it, so a regular closet organizer didn't work here. I think I tried 3 or 4 organizers before I found one that worked. This is an IKEA one, and when I found it and got it to work, I cried. The closet is stocked and ready to go for Zachary!
Another shot of crib. The wall looks yellow here, but it's really a cappuccino creamy vintage color.
Closet up of the crib. The bear (which will come out when Zachary sleeps in there) is our Jackson bear. We are giving him to Zachary as a sweet memory of his older brother in Heaven.
Sorry for the bad lighting, but here is the view from the door. The glider is from Target. The curtains, which were sent to me straight from Heaven, are from Home Goods. I looked and looked and looked for these exact curtains for months. They had to be the right color blue (deep navy to match the wall) the right length, and I didn't want to spend too much on them. We miraculously found them at HG for $30. Yes!!!!
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The beautiful cake made for us by Peggy and decorated by the talented Denise...it was SO yummy!
Mom and Dad getting some food...
I wore the sweet scarf that Blythe and Chuck sent us last year, a tribute to Jackson and Lily as we celebrate their baby brother. Here I am opening a gift from one of the families from our school!
My dad, being a goof as always. This beach hat is adorable! I can't wait to put him in it at the pool and the OBX this summer!
Dave, holding the gift from my team! We love to eat, so this gift was perfect - his bottle set!
Me, opening gifts. I make funny faces while I do this apparently :)
Ashley was in charge of pics, and she did a great job of capturing all the little sweet details! Our nursery theme is vintage travel or little explorer, and Jenny and our family friends did an awesome job of decorating in that same theme. Below is his name on vintage map paper! So cute!
Lots of great little touches!
Hot air balloons with his name on them hanging everywhere!
Dave's grandma "Grammy" and my sweet mother-in-law, Joyce...
Mom was in charge of games, which was hysterical because she stressed everyone out with them...she takes her jobs very seriously as Grandma! Here are the baskets she created as gifts...
Mom and I posing for a pic - she likes to wear sunglasses like a NY diva. I always have to remind her to take them off!
Gift time! I can't believe how much we got!!
Clothes and activity gyms and Mamaroos and lots of fun stuff!
My dress is from Old Navy, and I love it:)
My Sister in Law (the saint who married my brother!) was awesome and helped me with the gifts. Love you, Krystal!
Mom organizing a game...
Friends and family, stressing over said games;)
My aunt, who did know not the answer to the celebrity game, so she just wrote WHAAAAAT? On the paper! It was funny, she is the best!
This sweet onesie was given to us by Blythe and Chuck, and it almost sent me into a fest of crying ugly but joyful tears. Can you read what it says? I can't even talk about it without tearing up...
It's one of the FIRST outfits I am putting Zachary in, whether it fits or not. It's already in the hospital bag. Love you, Bluck and Chythe!!
Dave showed up halfway through the gift part, and I made him open one with me...
This was our awesome pack and play with newborn napper, given to us from his mom. What a great gift!
My mom and dad got us our travel system, I don't have a pic of that but it was also an awesome gift. Our family and friends are way too generous!
Here is our beautiful cake, and it too was DELISH!
Joyce also made her famous strawberry shortcake.
Heather, my very best BFF, was visiting from Texas last weekend. I basically made my friends throw the shower on this day so she could be a part of it. I couldn't have a shower without her!!! Zachary is going to love his auntie!
Me and Katie Mac, friends for life. She is an awesome friend, I love her, and she gave us an amazing airplane that we hung in the nursery, pics to come soon of that!
Don't forget the big sis, she can't wait!
Heather, Jaimie, me and Jenny. All friends from childhood, middle school and high school. We grew up together, and all have very busy lives, but they will be my sisters forever. I love you girls!
Dave and I, overwhelmed, happy and hopeful. We are so thankful for all of our friends, family, and co-workers that are praying for this baby boy of ours!
We had a lot of fun at all of our showers! Zachary's nursery is full, so there is NO going back now. He has to arrive, safe and happy and healthy! I'll share pics of the room, maybe next week, because while we have all the furniture, storage and decor for the most part, it still all needs to be organized and decorated. Oh and let me just say, we LOVED using BabyList as our registry. If you are preggo, or planning on getting preggo, Babylist lets you combine all registries into one. So you can put any item from any store on there, and it gives everyone the links to the stuff - you can choose how to buy it and where to buy the item from to get the best deal. It even lists competitive prices. I wish I would have thought of such a genius website, I'd be rich!
Anyways, THANK YOU to each and everyone of our friends and family that helped celebrate the coming of Zachary David. God has truly blessed us with the best of friends and family. Thank you for your support, and your prayers, and dealing with my neurotic ramblings over the past year. It's been a crazy ride, but it'll be worth it when that little boy enters into the world and changes our lives forever. I can't wait to share him with you!!!