Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less

Friday, August 26, 2016

FAQ Fridays: Homeschool Curriculum, Freezing Foods, and More!


Happy Friday friends!! Today I am sharing a new FAQ Friday video. This video actually went live last Friday, but I forgot to share it on the blog (mom brain), so I am doing that today. For this Friday's video we are chatting about homeschooling curriculum, freezing foods, and a few other topics. Check out the video and be sure to leave your new questions in the comments below, so I can answer them next Friday.

Have a great weekend friends!!

XO Danielle 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Gearing up for baby grocery hauls...

Afternoon friends. Baby girl is taking a nap, which means I have a few minutes of hands free time. To take advantage of that time, I wanted to hop on here and get a few posts up for all you lovelies.

Today I am sharing two grocery haul videos, which I filmed before Tallia was born. These are my "Gearing Up for Baby" hauls. Everything you see in these hauls were items that were a HUGE help to me in the days leading up to Tallia's birth and in my postpartum time afterward. Having our pantry, fridge, and freezer stocked with easy to make items was a huge blessing to my family and I. We were able to use up all the items before our move. Any pantry items left came with us to Arizona.

Enjoy the videos and let me know what are you go to items for after baby is born? What do you love to have your kitchen stocked with?



and in case you missed it, here's a Smith's haul I shared recently as well :)

XO Danielle 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Setting Up House...

Hi friends!! I wanted to hop on and share some progress pics from our move. We are still surrounded with boxes, but we're making progress. Moving and unpacking with a newborn has been interesting. It definitely makes it go slower, but that's fine with me. We're in no real rush.


a few pics pre-move. Our sweet family came to help load the u-haul...

and hold the baby :)




The drive itself from Nevada, went great. The boys drove the U-Haul, with Hubby's car on a trailer. Us girls drove in my car. We stopped every two-three hours to feed Tallia and go to the bathroom. We had Watson with us too. The cat barely made a peep. 

Since the move, we've been making progress on setting up house. The bathroom is about complete.... I still need a bath rug.


The kitchen is mostly unpacked, but I need to live in it for a few weeks to see where I want everything to go, in regards to organization. 





I've been loving baking and cooking again. Oh how I missed it. Hot breakfasts have been a daily occurrence. Mmmmm...french toast.


The rooms are coming along. I have tons of baby clothes to organize and linens to find a home for. We have a full years worth of clothes for Miss T. I plan to use vacuum bags to store whatever sizes she's not in. We also have a mountain of laundry that's about to grow arms. Our new dryer comes tomorrow (no clotheslines allowed in our complex). I never thought I'd so look forward to doing laundry. Life with a newborn makes you appreciate clean blankets and shirts. 

I'm trying to get creative with organization and decor, using what I have on hand. I try to remind myself to make do and be content. Once we're settled a bit more I'll do a video tour and share what organization hacks I used.

Have a great Sunday! :)

XO Danielle

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Three weeks old...


It's hard to believe that Miss T is three weeks old. We have been loving on her and enjoying each day with her, that three weeks has truly flown by.


Miss T is such a good little nurser. In fact she can't get enough mama milk. She usually eats every two hours, but every once in a while she'll have a three hour stretch. I always enjoy when this happens at night.

We tried out the Moby wrap for the first time this past week and Little Miss loved it. She went right to sleep. I think we'll be using the wrap a lot. Especially once we start back up with school, after labor day.



When Tallia was weighed at two weeks old, she was 8 lbs 9 oz. She already gained back her birth weight plus some, which we were very happy about.

She's wearing 3 month clothes and is finally starting to fill them out. Some outfits are still a bit to big though.



Her eyes are turning a dark blue with light brown around the pupil. We're anticipating what color they will end up. Will they be hazel like daddy's or blue like the rest of us?

We are so thankful for this sweet girl and the joy she brings to our family.

XO Danielle

Friday, August 19, 2016

"Thank you, Thank you, Thank you".....A Child's Prayer....


The Tuesday before Tallia was born, I had recently put the kids to bed, when Miss Libby came out to me. Her eyes were full of tears. I quickly stopped the cleaning I was doing and asked her what was wrong. She shared a sweet experience with me, which she said I could share here:

Libby had been saying her evening prayers, thanking her Heavenly Father for the sweet blessing of a baby sister. She said that as she shared her heart with God, she was overwhelmed with emotion for her little sister. She said she just kept telling God "Thank you, Thank you, Thank you" for a baby sister. She said that it started to make her cry because she was so happy and thankful we were going to be blessed with a new little baby in our family. This brought tears to my mama eyes. I couldn't believe the sweet love Libby had for a sister she hadn't even met yet.

Miss Tallia is an answer to many prayers that our family has prayed over the years. I am so thankful for these sweet moments with my babies. I feel truly blessed to be able to be their mama. They are little balls of challenging energy, but they make life so worth living.

I don't want to forget these sweet moments. Oh what sweet blessings they truly are!

XO Danielle 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Moment They Met...



Morning lovelies!! How are you!? I feel like it's been forever since I have been able to hop on here and share with you guys. We made it to Arizona and are now settling into our place. I am also loving having my sweet family back together. It has been a long 6 months, with Hubby commuting back and forth between Arizona and Nevada. I am so thankful we made it through that season, but even more thankful we are done with it. I love having my sweet Hubby home every night.

We also now officially have internet. Wahoo!! You never know how much you depend on something, till you don't have it. (I'm pathetic I know) A few days without the net, left me itching to hop on here and share with you friends. Today I wanted to share a quick moment from after Miss Tallia was born. This was such a sweet moment between my little kiddos and I am so thankful for their sweet hearts and the love they already have for their baby sister.


Soon after Miss Tallia was born, my sisinlaw brought Keagan and Libby to meet their new little sister. As Keagan walked into the room, I immediately saw his eyes fill with tears. I had a momentary mama panic, thinking maybe he thought I was in pain or had just really missed me or something. I asked what was the matter and he sweetly replied... "I'm just really happy". Oh my sweet teddy bear boy. He was overwhelmed with love and joy for the safe birth of his baby sister. This sweet tender moment still brings tears to my eyes.

A few moments later, Miss Libby's eyes were brimming with tears as well. I think we all have felt the desire to add sweet babies to our family. It has been something we have all prayed for over the years. Miss Tallia took us nine years to get here, but oh boy was she worth the wait. We can't imagine our life without her and we are forever thankful to have her as part of our eternal family.



XO Danielle

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Tallia Renn: Her Birth Story...


Hey there friends!! I'm so dang excited to share that our little Miss Tallia has made her debut. She was born on July 27 at 2:44 pm. What a beautiful day that was!


Today I wanted to share her birth story and a video I put together of her first week. She is truly a ray of sunshine and we can't imagine our life without her. She has truly brought so much joy to our little family.

Now onto this sweet thing's birth story......

On Tuesday, the 26th, I had a midwife appointment. We'd been watching my blood pressure pretty closely, since it started going up once I hit 36 weeks. Tuesday afternoon I met with the midwife and found my blood pressure numbers had not gotten better. They had in fact gotten worse. My numbers were no longer in the safe zone for a home birth. In fact they were in the "this baby needs to be delivered" range. Tiffanie (my midwife) and I discussed the options, cried, and came to the conclusion that I needed to go in to their back up doctor and be induced. I was 38 weeks and 2 days, so baby was safe to come.


Later that evening, my sisinlaw drove me to labor and delivery. Andrea was going to stay and get me settled. Then my other sisinlaw came and stayed with me till the end. Andrea was going to be looking after my kiddos, while I was in the hospital. My red heads said it was like a vacation. They had a blast being with their Aunt and Uncle. Jason was not able to make it home for the delivery. I'm thankful for my sweet sisters, who were a constant support through it all.

At around 10 pm the nurses started me on some blood pressure medication and checked to make sure I had no signs of preeclampsia. I was induced with Libby due to preeclampsia. Thankfully I did not have any signs. I had pregnancy induced hypertension. Once the blood pressure medication started working, the doctor inserted a balloon device to start dilating my cervix. I was also started on pitocin and it was gradually increased in dosage throughout the night.  By now it was around 12 or 1 am Holly (my other sisinlaw) and I were left to wait out my cervix. We were told to get some rest and in the morning I would get checked.


Throughout the night nurses came in to check my blood pressure, give medication, and check baby's heartbeat. Tallia kept moving, so it has hard for the nurses to keep her on the monitor. Holly and I tried to sleep here and there, but we spent most of the night talking. Having her there was a huge blessing. The night went by quickly.

The doctor came in sometime in the morning. I wasn't having any contractions I could feel yet, so I wasn't sure how much I had dilated. When the balloon was taken out, I was told I was dilated to a 6. I couldn't believe it. We were over halfway there.

Soon after 9am Dr. Harter broke my water. I knew once my water broke, things would speed up and the contractions would become more intense. The most painful part of the whole laboring part was when the nurses would check me or had to put internal monitors on the baby. Tallia was so high up, it felt like they were shoving their whole hand inside me. Sorry if that's an over share, but it's part of the story nonetheless.



As the hours went by, the contractions started building. By around noon I had progressed to an 8. I was finally starting to feel like things were getting real. The contractions were intense, but Tallia wasn't coming down. She was still so high up. I decided to try squatting. I had read a lot before hand how that's a great position to get babies to get into the birth canal. I stayed in this position for about an hour or so.


During my whole labor, I made sure I stayed hydrated.  Between all my drinking and the IV, I really had to go pee..... like really bad. I was having issues with the nurse not letting me get up and use the toilet. She wanted me to use a bed pan or pee on the chuck pads. For the life of me I couldn't make myself pee. No matter how much I tried. While squatting I was able to get myself to pee a bit, but about 40 minutes later I really had to pee again.

By now the contractions were very painful. I was still at an 8, but I felt like all the squatting had really helped. Because the contractions were coming so close together, I couldn't relax enough to pee on the chuck pads again, but I was miserable needing to pee and feeling the urge intensify with each contraction. Finally I had enough and told the nurse I was going on the toilet. I think she could tell I was not backing down. I was a woman in labor, who had to pee, and it was going to be on a toilet. Tiffanie helped me to the toilet. I don't think I've ever peed so much guys. After emptying my bladder, things progressed quickly. I think baby girl just needed my bladder to get out of the way, so she could finish descending into the birth canal.

At around 2 things become so intense. I started hitting that point where I was physically spent. I didn't know if I could bare the pain any longer. I did a lot of praying and self pep talks then. Tiffanie and Holly were also so encouraging to me....pushing me along.... reassuring me I was at the finish line and would get to meet my baby soon.

Once I had the urge to push, things happened very quickly. I got into position and started pushing as hard as I could. I knew the quicker she came out, the sooner the pain would end. I was a lady on a mission and I really wanted to meet my baby.


Ever hear the phrase "ring of fire", in regards to child birth? Oh man it is no joke. That was honestly the hardest part. Feeling her head emerging and knowing I needed to push past the pain. I bared down and pushed as hard as I could. Tallia Renn was born at 2:44 pm. She weighed 8lbs 4 oz and was just under 21 inches long.

I'll never forget the feeling of knowing my baby was born and hearing her first cries. She was placed on my chest and we got to cuddle right away. Tears were flowing. I'm still overwhelmed when I think back on that moment. A moment I had prayed for, dreamed of for years, and anticipated for nine months. I couldn't believe my sweet angel was finally here. She was beautiful!

After she was born, I nursed her. The doctor gave me a few stitches and I got cleaned up.
It was honestly a great labor and delivery. Although I couldn't have my home birth as planned, I had a great compromise. My midwife was with me throughout. I had a great support system with my sisinlaws. I honestly couldn't have done it without them. I had some amazing nurses who respected my choices in wanting a completely natural delivery. Yes I had to have medicine for my blood pressure and pitocin to induce, but other than I was left to my own devices....and for that I'm thankful for.




I'm thankful for an amazing backup doctor, who also respected my conviction to go as natural as possible. Tallia's pregnancy and labor was by far my easiest. Little Miss is 2 1/2 weeks old and is so loved by our little family. We just can't kiss her cute little cheeks enough. I'm so thankful for a Heavenly Father, who had us in his hands the whole time. I knew he'd see us through. And thank you Holly for all the labor/delivery photos and footage. I'm so thankful to have these moments captured.





I created a video of Tallia's birth story and her first week for the channel. I also have a little footage from when she was born. Be sure to check it out.


This Sunday is moving day, so I'll be signing off for a bit. Check out the channel this week though. I have videos scheduled to go live for you, while we're making our move to Arizona. Oh and I'll be posting on Instagram through it all, so follow me on there if you don't already :)


and here is a quick video announcing Miss Tallia's birth on the channel...just in case you missed it :)

XO Danielle

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Family Updates - July 2016


Hello friends!!  Today I am hopping on here to share a quick family updates video with you all. I filmed this video about two weeks ago, before Miss Tallia made her debut. This upcoming week is going to be a busy one. Moving day is next Sunday, so I am spending this week tying up loose ends and making sure everything is packed and ready to go. I am so excited for this new adventure we are embarking on and for my family finally being able to be in one place. I am hoping to get a few videos scheduled for you guys before the move, since I am guessing we will be without internet for a week or so.......depending on how long it takes to get it hooked up. I will be posting updates on instagram though, so follow me on there, so you can see all our happenings as we start a new adventure in a new place.



Enjoy!

XO Danielle
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