Finally…..it seemed she would never come out. At 41 weeks and 3 days…..after 33 hours of labor……and a C-Section, I had a Baby!!! Meet Ziggy or now known as Claire Marie!!!
Here are just a few of the millions of photos I have taken in the first 3 weeks of her life! 🙂 I just can’t help myself as she is so precious…..I know I’m a little biased!
So we were scheduled to be induced on Sunday, May 27th in the evening! We had a great Saturday and I was making a list of things to finish up on Sunday before we headed in. Little One had different plans and just after I got into bed Saturday night, my water broke. It was super exciting and fun! Just what I wanted! I wanted that excitement and rush and fun. My husband on the other hand was on board for a scheduled induction. I wasn’t having contractions so there was no real panic to get moving to the hospital or even crazy pain. There was the high of oh my goodness, this is it! Once we got to the hospital, there were 33 hours of waiting and trying to get her out! With lack of progression and lots of pain kicking in, we opted for a C-section.
I am recovering very well. Claire is doing great too! Together we are learning each others ways although just when we think she likes or dislikes something, that changes. 🙂 I’m starting to feel like there is a bit of a routine forming but it’s still very fussy on the edges and doesn’t always go as planned!
If you would like to see some video of little Miss and my story, check out the video below or click here! Be sure to give it a thumbs up if you liked it and be sure you are subscribed so you get a notification when I post a video.
Last week, I had my first stamp events since the arrival of our sweet baby girl. There was so much fun at Girls Night Out on Tuesday and Thursday and the baby did well too! 🙂
Here is a photo we captured at the morning event when Baby Claire came down to see everyone! There was lots of oohing and aahing going on for the catalog and the baby! I think the favorite item was the Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut Designer Series Paper. It’s just so beautiful and something that the catalog does not do it justice!
Here are some photos of the displays, make-and-take projects, and of course yum yums! Thank you to everyone who stopped by! If you weren’t able to stop by or are not local but would still like a catalog, let me know you address and I can get one to you! Click here to send me your address.
I hope you are all enjoying the new catalog! Let me know what you favorite item is in the comments below! If you would like to check it out and start shopping now, click here!
Happy Father’s Day to all the men out there!!! I hope you all have an amazing day today and everyday!!
Just like Mother’s Day, I feel that Father’s Day should be celebrated by all men because at some point they have been fatherly to someone in their lives. It may not always be a biological child but that doesn’t matter. Here’s to celebrating them today and all days of the year!
This year is even more special because my husband is celebrating his 1st Father’s Day! He has been an amazing daddy and I love watching him every day! It makes my heart melt and I am falling for him even more each day! 🙂
Thank you all for being patient with me while we are adjusting to life with a baby! We are all doing well and trying to figure out this new “routine” which isn’t routine at all. The planner/organizer in me is finding that part a bit hard but we are adjusting well. I am hoping to start posting more this week. First up is an introduction of Miss Claire….aka Ziggy! 🙂
I would like to wish a BIG Happy Mother’s Day to all of the women out there. I feel like this is a holiday that all women should celebrate because we are all mothers. Whether it is to a pet, a child we gave birth to, married into, adopted, took under our wing, long and hope for, we are all motherly. Therefore we should all celebrate and know that we make a difference.
It is crazy to think that last year I wrote this Mother’s Day post and revealed that I had just lost our sweet little angel and here I am a year later 39 week pregnant. I am very emotional this year…..probably more than last year because of it all. I will never forget our first little angel and I’m so excited to hold this one very soon……hopefully very very soon. This momma is super uncomfortable and ready to go……come on Ziggy! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and know that I wish you all the best in whatever situation you might be in. Stay strong through the tough times, cherish the sweet moments, make memories to last a lifetime, and know you are not alone in anything you do! Hugs to all of you!
Here is a little Ziggy update and photo!!! It is CRAZY how last week the trees were still sticks and this week its all green! I’m feeling absolutely giant. Going to bed at night is no longer the best thing ever because I just can’t seem to get comfortable. Everything else is going great though. I’m still working out and feeling good! Ziggy is growing strong and kicking harder than ever.
Have an amazing weekend! Happy Mother’s Day! I’ll see you back here on Monday!
Happy Friday, everyone!!! Let’s have a little fun today and guess Ziggy’s arrival date!!!! Today, I’m 37 weeks today and here is last week’s bump photo!
If you would like to play along and place a guess on her arrival date, click here to share you guess! I can’t wait to see what you all think. There will be a winner too!!! The person who guesses the correct date (or closest) will win a fabulous Stampin’ prize! There will also be a prize for closest or correct weight! 🙂
All is still going well with my pregnancy and Ziggy is growing healthy and strong. I greatly appreciate all of your love and support and comments over the weeks. It really warms my heart! We are really excited and can’t wait to hold her in our arms. I’m such a planner so it is killing me that I don’t know when she will arrive! Here’s hoping it is safely and quickly!
All orders of $40 or more will earn Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers and all orders of $75 or more will earn my Free Stamp Set of Month which is the Watercolor Wash Stamp Set. Stay tuned for the reveal of the May Free Stamp Set coming next week!
Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday! Happy Stampin’
Today is my 14th Anniversary with Stampin’ Up and I just can’t believe it!!! That is a long time and I have loved every minute of it. In fact, I almost feel like it just keeps getting better and better! The more people I meet, the more lives I touch, and the more fun I have makes it so much fun and fulfilling! In honor of my 14th Anniversary, I’m sharing my 14 Favorite Stampin’ Up Products right now!
These are my 14 Favorites right now! Of course you can check out my past anniversary favorites here and here! I try not to pick the same items each year but there is some similarity because I love brights and flowers! 🙂
Beautiful Day Stamp Set – I am loving the big bold butterfly and flower for coloring and the full focal point on your card. These images are large and make the perfect focal point and all you need! Here and here are some samples using this!
Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set – I send lots of birthday cards and this set is super fun! I love how you can build candles and so much more. Also, that bow is super fun. Candles are great for all ages too! Love it!!! Here and here are some samples using it!
Berry Burst – This is my favorite color right now. I just love the deep pink and all the colors that coordinate so well with it!
Crinkle Seam Binding – This is a ribbon that I am so surprised I love because I hated normal seam binding in the past. I love the hint of shine and that texture of the crinkle. Also, this seam binding doesn’t fray as much as the old seam binding did. Here and here are some samples of me using this!
Silver Metallic Edge Ribbon – I just love bling and this white ribbon is perfect for any project. Add color with Stampin’ Blends or re-inker and you have any color! AMAZING!
Petal Passion Designer Series Paper – I love black and white designer paper and flowers! You can color this paper with Sponge Daubers, Stampin’ Blends, or leave black and white! This paper is fabulous! Here and here are some samples using it!
Myths & Magical Designer Series Paper – I have super fallen in love with this paper because its super fabulous! Use it as a background or fussy cut out the little mermaids or unicorns for a focal point. Also, one side of each sheet has a glitter bit on it! Here and here are some samples using this paper!
Stampin’ Blends – I’m not a huge fan of coloring and I don’t really consider myself an artist but these markers make it fun and easy! I love the beautiful color, no streaks, and blending ability! Have no fear as they will be back in stock soon! 🙂 Here and here are some samples using Stampin’ Blends!
Layering Ovals, Layering Circles, & Stitched Shapes (3) – I find that I use one or multiples of these for almost each project. Layering a Stitched Circle with a Scallop Circle is just amazing! I can’t put these down. Scroll through my blog and you will see I use this ALL THE TIME!!!
Everyday Label Punch – While I love framelits, I still find punches so handy because punch punch punch and you are golden. It is so much faster than a crank through the Big Shot. This one is perfect for greetings and punch a second one, cut it in half, and layer with it. LOVE IT! Check that out here!
Perennial Birthday Card Kit – This kit is so fabulous because the box is adorable. It comes with 16 all occasion cards inside and the amazing birthday calendar dividers. This kit is perfect to give as a gift too! Click here to see it all!
Stamparatus – This thing is a miracle tool for multi-step stamping. It makes it such a breeze. I have also been using this for when I stamp on a plastic table at different events. Plastic tables have give in them and so sometimes you don’t get a nice solid image because of this. Using the Stamparatus is perfect because it’s so hard and solid. Perfect! Also, have you ever stamped in black but the image didn’t come out perfect and solid? Using the Stamparatus makes it easy to stamp it, ink it again and stamp it for a more solid smooth look! If you didn’t get this in a pre-order, don’t worry. It is coming June 1st!!!!
Those are my 14 favorites right now! Are any of them your favorites as well?? Let me know in the comments below if we share some favorites or what some of yours are. I would love to hear from you! Check out all of this in my Video by clicking here or the video below! There is also a Bump Shot in the video of little Ziggy! Enjoy! 🙂 Be sure to give the video a thumbs up and don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss out on future videos and Ziggy when she arrives!
Our little Ziggy….no longer a zygote….is growing healthy and strong! Today, I thought I would do a little Baby Ziggy update as I have had some questions and we are getting closer and closer to arrival date!!!! 🙂
Here are some of the pictures from the past few months. Today, I am 35 weeks and feeling big. I really don’t know how my belly can grow any further out or I might fall over. All is going well with her and I. I’m feeling great and enjoying my naps between stamp events, class prep, and all.
Also, I wanted to let you all know how much you all mean to me. I can not believe the outpouring of thoughts, kind words, helpful gestures, baby gifts, sweets, love and hugs I (we) have received throughout this pregnancy. It has truly meant the world to me. Your comments on my blog posts, social media, and YouTube Videos from people near and far. Seeing you in person and getting hugs, asking if I need help, and throwing showers for Ziggy and I has all been so incredibly amazing. When I left my full time job in an office over 5 years ago, I thought I could never work from home because I would miss the interaction with others. I think I interact with even more people now than I did back then and you are all so much more amazing! I really appreciate all of you so very much!
Before I start getting all emotional while writing this, I’ll share another fun bump photo from last week! 🙂
If you are local, I have a few more classes left on the calendar before her arrival. If you aren’t local, hopefully not much will change for you. I am still planning on blogging and doing my YouTube Videos! Be sure to keep coming back so you know when she has arrived and her official name! 🙂
Happy Friday!!! I can’t believe its the final #40DayChallenge although I’m pretty sure I’m going to keep it up a bit. I have really enjoyed sending out cards randomly to brighten people’s day! It just warms my heart!
I had to make a run to the Post Office this week for more stamps and picked up these cute Mr Roger’s Stamps. Picking out stamps is fun for me and I always like to get pretty ones or cute ones. There has been lots of love stamps lately so I’m ready for something new and fresh! I sent out a huge stack of Thank You notes to all my customers who ordered from me in March as well as some more baby Thank You Notes. There were a few birthdays and thinking of you mixed in there as well. I shipped out 2 packages of fun mail with cards in them too! Of course I was reusing a Stampin’ Up box that came to me with goodies in it. 🙂
This last photo is the current stack of cards that I’m taking with me when I go out later today. It’s been raining FOREVER it seems here in Illinois this week so I have only gotten out a few times. Running errands or activities in the rain is the worst for me. This last stack of cards includes some Thank You, Birthday, Thinking of You and an Easter Card to Brad’s Grandma with some bump photos in there! 🙂 While the challenge is coming to an end, I will still be sending out tons of cards because we all need more happy in the world! Also, I’m not going to stop stamping cards so I might as well share with others too! 🙂
I recently participated in a challenge for crafty/stamping limericks. This isn’t really my thing but my husband is super creative and came up with these so I thought I would share! Enjoy!!!
There once was a lady quite crafty
Her stamp room was often quite drafty
She took all her scraps
Filled in all the gaps
And now she’s no longer unhappy
There once was a girl with a Big Shot
Her husband forever did boycott
She tried to convince him
The outlook was quite grim
So now she cranks dies like a hot shot
There once was a girl who used rhinestones
Stuck on everything like a cyclone
Where you least expect
Where ever you check
They’re even affixed to your foot bone
Happy Friday, everyone! Spring is here and we have had some sunshine this week so I am PUMPED! Too bad the weekend forecast is all rain. Boo! Anyway lets talk about cards for all occasions to be sent out for #40DayChallenge!
An update on my #40DayChallenge: This week was a bit of a struggle as I had a busy week and Baby Ziggy made me super exhausted. I did get out Baby Shower Thank You Notes, Birthday Cards, and a few cards for Just Because. It has really been fun and moving for me to do this!!! I got another message from a card recipient this week say, “Got you cards today!! So sweet – I loved it and totally needed it today after feeling blah all day.” The power of a hand-stamped card is strong for sure!
Here is another set of cards waiting to go in the mail today! I worked on these last night while watching March Madness Basketball! Is your bracket busted like mine or are you still good? Let me know in the comments below!!!
I also wanted to share these fun variations of the Hammock Card I created. You can see the full post on this card here! Do you like to create a card with slight variations like this or do them all the exact same?? My favorite is the Bermuda Bay hammock on the far right. Which one is yours?
Happy Friday everyone!!! I can’t believe we are over half way through the #40DayChallenge!!! I’m still going strong but I will say I didn’t do good on photos this week. I went to the mailbox more often and just tossed them in. Then yesterday the mailman stopped by the house with a package and I asked if he wanted my outgoing mail. I didn’t think he would want to wait for me to grab by phone for a photo first. haha 🙂
This week I sent a Sympathy, a few cards of encouragement, birthday card to a 90 year old, and thank you notes. A lot of the cards I have sent in this challenge have come from my friends on Facebook posting that it’s their father’s birthday or their friend needs a pick-me up or something similar. I always run to get an envelope and jot down the address to send a card. After all, that’s what I do! I love to make cards and so I feel like it’s easy for me to send one off and brighten the day of those around us! This challenge has been very fun and rewarding for me to feel like I am making a difference. My next challenge will be making a cards to restock my collection before little Ziggy arrives. I noticed my box has a lot of room in it! 🙂
I wanted to share a Ronald McDonald House update as well. Some of you might know that I collect cards and tabs to send to the local (St. Louis area) Ronald McDonald Houses for them to use with their guests. You can check out some I have sent in the past here and here! Also, I have gone and made a meal there a few times and here is my story about that! Here is my latest box of cards and tabs that were sent off this week! Thank you so much to those who donated. I greatly appreciate your kindness and I know they do too! If you are interested in donating cards or tabs, you can find a Ronald McDonald House close to you or you are welcome to send them to me for my next package!
Here I am at the Post Office sending off the goodies and getting more stamps for the challenge!!! I hope you all are enjoying the challenge and even if you aren’t doing it for 40 days, send one this weekend or next week. You won’t regret it! 🙂