Thursday, December 15, 2016

Sew Chill Release Day





 

Thursdays are a favorite day in my house!! My alarm is set every week at 7:40 PM to ensure I don't miss out on Sew Chill's weekly release of amazingly cute children's and women's clothing line at 7:45 sharp. April Chilcoat never ever disappoints with her designs, and my girls love wearing their Sew Chill. Most days you see us out and about they are almost certain to be wearing her lap dresses and tunics.  I personally CANNOT resist a great soft and sweet lap dress on a baby girl! Not to mention I love having affordable clothing that you can't go to Target and buy. 

This week she has a super special treat for all!! Not only is she releasing two of the cutest "Bad to the Bone" lap dress options of pleather and plaid skirt for your girls (my girls will be sporting these soon) but brothers will have a plaid sleeved "Bad to the Bone" raglan shirt to join in on the matching sibling set. This is right up my alley!! April's designs are super soft and comfort is a huge perk to them. You are NOT going to want to miss out on these, as I'm sure they'll sell like hot cakes....that's right i went there! πŸ˜‰


And the release just gets better with a this beautiful "Perfectly Plaid" mommy tunic. This piece is super soft and comfortable. I love adding pieces as this one to my wardrobe because it's so versatile. This tunic can be paired with your favorite black leggings and Hunter boots to run errands with your little ones. The "Perfectly Plaid" tunic can also be stepped up with some precious lace up flats and tights for lunch with girlfriends or a night out with your man. I don't know about you Mamas, but I'm going to sing the praises all day errday about comfort and style combined into one piece. 
 I'm 5'6" wear size 4-6 jeans and am wearing a size small in the mommy tunic.

So set your alarm tonight, I know I'm not the only Mama out there that relies upon her array of iPhone alarms πŸ˜‚. I'll see you tonight at 7:45 CST for this great Sew Chill release of ready to sell and pre orders! 
 
 


 


 


 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

My Lil Wildflower

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hey y'all! What a week it has been at the Finney home. I felt like on Tuesday that it was already the longest week of my life. Cameron has been working super late pretty well all week on top of my week of craziness! Monday afternoon after grocery shopping our sweet happy go lucky Clancy Lou started screaming. I had stopped at the barn to doctor Cameron's horse while she was sleeping her car seat and the older two had suckers. I peaked my head in to check on them and Clancy was screaming. I though no big deal I'll leave him tied up and run the kiddos to the house and feed her. I went to feed her and she just kept screaming. I thought ok maybe her clothes are bothering her. I stripped her down to nothing and checked her toes for hair wrapped around them. Nothing. I bounced and sang and she kept right on screaming. An house later I decided it was time to call in to the pedi. They got her in that afternoon. My dad kept Pecos and Taos, and his wife and I ran her to the doctor. When we got there she was calm as can be. I explained that she had been spitting up quite a bit more and having discomfort from it as well. Clancy was diagnosed with Reflux. I thought to myself ok, maybe this has been her issue this whole time. After another scream fest in Walgreens we got her meds and it was seriously instant relief.
 
Tuesday was the big day to get her lip tie reversed. I stressed all day about this, because Monday night she kept waking from being congested. I felt bad going through with it if she was suffering from a cold and then adding the pain from her procedure. We went in and I held her as the worked on her. She wasn't too happy though it but that evening she was so happy I couldn't believe it. She nursed like a champ just five minutes after having her lip tie done. I promise you Mamas it is well worth it! That night she slept from 10 to 8 the next morning and never woke to eat. She usually is up at around 3 to eat most nights and that is it. I felt for the first time in her life she was actually emptying my breast and getting full. She has kept a healthy weight gain this far, but I certainly can't wait to go back in October for her 2 month wellness check to see if she flourishes better now that she can actually move her top lip to get a way better latch on my breast. I did not notice how painful her nursing had gotten  until I felt the relief that afternoon. The next day she slept pretty well all day only waking for her Zantac, feeding, and tending to her nose. I feel that her being congested bothered her more than her lip. Before she would nurse I would just rub a tiny bit of all natural orajel on her top lip and gums. Today I'm happy to say she back to her normal happy self and her mouth is seriously almost all the way healed.
 
That all being said we are glad that the weekend is near and to share this adorable onesie from our friends at My Lil Wildflower. If you know me personally or just from social media you know that I thrive on out of the norm. From clothing to home dΓ©cor I just love owning my own style. This has been a passion of my from childhood. The onesie Clancy Lou is wearing today is called "Indian Headdress". It comes in sizes Newborn to 5T,and they are printed on 100% cotton unisex bodysuits and tees.. They are professionally printed and made to order. Can we just talk about how cute this design is? I myself am completely obsessed with anything Native American. What a rich heritage history they have. Not to mention the gorgeous earthy tones through out the feathers. I'm all about the golden tones this Fall. I cannot wait to share more from My Lil Wildflower with y'all!
 
Clancy is wearing the 3 to 6 month size. She is 11 pounds 12 ounces and about 22 1/2 inches long. She has a tiny bit of growing room left.
 
Please shop My Lil Wildflower, as you can do so simply by clicking her logo in my sidebar!! Enter RANCHBABIES promo code at checkout for 10% off exclusively for Western Homestead readers!
 
Thank y'all for stopping by today!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

First Week of Three Little's



 
 
Well Friday was the day our baby girl turns a week old! Wow, it just keeps going quicker with each kiddo. This week has been one full of cuddles from all three of my babies. Pecos and Taos have adjusted so well to their brand new baby sister. I have been worried about how they would react the first week to having a baby in the house. Pecos is completely obsessed and her new nickname is the baby hog. She is constantly wanting to hold and kiss Clancy. At times I have to tell her you have to give sissy her space, but I'd much rather her love her than not love her!! Taos is taking to his little sister quite well. He doesn't mind the crying like I thought he might. He just says "sissy is sad Mama." It's quite sweet. Anything that has to do with Clancy he always has a huge smile on his face. Thankfully Clancy can sleep through pretty well anything. Playtime can get rough and noisy with Pecos and Taos at times. Taos dropped the metal sink to their  kitchen set right under her swing a few days ago and she didn't even flinch. If she didn't pass her hearing test I would swear she couldn't hear! 

Clancy is a great little sleeper and eater. The first couple of day I felt like I had to force her to eat. She came so quickly that she still had quite a bit of amniotic fluid in her lungs she had to get rid of. She was spitting up and gagging the first few days. It was hard for her to eat. After that subsided she turned into a champion eater and sleeper. As of now she only wakes up at 1 and 4 to eat and goes right back to sleep. Thank you Jesus! πŸ™ŒπŸΌ 
I wanted to share with you a few things I would have never survived the first week of being a "Mama of 3."

1) Lanisoh Soothie Gel Pads & Nipple Cream
The first couple days we suffered from a terrible latch, and honestly were still fighting Clancy to open her mouth wide enough to get enough on her mouth. My nipples were so blistered and bloody. I've never experienced this awful pain before. We made our first Target run for these two items alone. After a day of applying the cream and wearing the gel pads I had significant healing. They were not blistered or bloody the next morning. I still keep the cream on to keep them moisturized. 

2) Activities for the Bigs
Pecos and Taos are handling mama's shared attention quite well. We've talked about it for the last month. Sometimes you can talk all you want, but they're little and still need mama. This being said we bought them a Leap Frog for the to share. Even though there have been some knock out drag outs over it, it has been a lifesaver. A few other things that have been great for feeding time are coloring books, play dough, and books. These items can keep the kiddos occupied for a while. I make an effort to put Clancy down during the morning while she sleeps to hold and play with them. And in the evenings about 8 I'll strap her in the wrap and we go outside to enjoy some fresh air. 

3) Support
Whether your support system is your husband, significant other, bestie, mom, or grandma they are so important!! It my case the saying "it takes a village to raise a child." I would not have survived the first week home of being mama of three without my amazing husband, inlaws and mom. My inlaws kept the kiddos while we were in the hospital and stayed till Sunday. My mom made us an amazing meal of chicken enchiladas. Cameron has been completely amazing. Taos has been helping Daddy check heifers being paid in candy! πŸ˜‚ Daddy has cooked, helped bathe, and anything else I may have needed help with. I sure love that man with all my heart....I fall in love with him a little more each day! 😘 
4) Nursing Tanks
I seriously have been living in these things!! I bought mine at Target for $20. They're just so easy to unhook and get to feeding when Clancy is ready to go without a second to wait. They're comfortable and actually kinda cute with the button down middle. 

5) Evening Wallks
Getting out of the house after a few days was so key to helping me feeling like myself again. I'm a total outdoor girl. Don't get me wrong I love being in my house because it's my castle, but I always feel the need to go get outside! It's nice to get some fresh air and let the kiddos run wild for an hour. 

This weekend we took Clancy to her Lolli's graduation. We are so proud of her for following her dreams of being a teacher! We had great family time and ended up staying the night. Yesterday we had an impromptu newborn shoot with Cameron's aunt. She is incredibly talented with a camera. Clancy did so well and they turned out PERFECT!  

This first week has been a dream. I still can't believe we're parents of three!! We are so blessed that things SO FAR have been going so well. 
Thanks for stopping by today!  

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Clancy Louise's Birth Story









 


 


 
 



 


 
 


 


 


 
 


 



 
August 5, 2016 we welcomed Clancy Louise at 12:30 pm weighing 9 lbs 5 oz and 21 ins long. It was a day full of joy for Cameron and I as we completed our family along with Pecos Jane and Taos Ray. We are such blessed parents of three healthy beautiful children. 

Thursday afternoon I went in for my 40 week appointment for a sonogram and regular appointment with full intentions of waiting our baby girl out for her arrival. At the end  of the sonogram the tech told us that baby would be weighting right at 9 pounds, but there was always room for error. With this in my mind I started getting s little nervous about delivery. If the weightguesstimation was correct she would be my largest baby yet. This made me very nervous as you always hear horror stories of big babies getting hung. We went in for the appointment with Dr. Bannon and I was still dilated to a three....same as the week before. Before I spoke to him about my concerns about a 9 pound baby he did a sweep. When I showed him the specs from the sonogram he told me we could induce if it made me feel more comfortable. I agreed and he went to call the hospital to make my appointment for induction. A few minutes later he came back in and said how does 8 tomorrow sound?! A rush of excitement took over me as I nodded my head in agreement. I was finally going to get meet my baby girl!! I have never gone over due....it was only three days but man were they long?! 

That evening we made calls to all our families and friends to tell them Clancy was to be evicted the next morning. I began to have contraction shortly afterwards. This was nothing new for me with this pregnancy. I had dealt with Braxton Hicks since the beginning of June daily. But when I started to actually feel pain I began to time them. They were getting to be 10 minutes apart. About midnight after my inlaws had arrived I decided to try to get some sleep. I stayed on the couch where I watched many episodes of Pioneer Woman...lol the only thing I watch. I woke at 2 in severe pain from contractions and stayed awake timing them till 6. They were still around 10 minutes apart. I ate a small breakfast got ready and we headed to the hospital. 

When we arrived we got all checked in and the nurse went to check me. I was at a 5, then it was time to wait for Dr. Bannon to come by. He was there in about 10 minutes and he checked me and I was a 6. They got my iv started and the pitocin going. It wasn't much time at all and the contractions were 1-2 minutes apart and bringing the heat. My mom and Cameron kept me wonderful company and kept my spirits high as a muddled through those tough contractions. About 10:45 I chimed got my epidural. I figured I might want to get that going so it had time to set in before delivery. I go pretty quickly. After they got the epidural done I had issues with it kicking in on my left side. So we moved me to my side to try to get it to numb. We had push the button three times but we finally got it going around 11:30. They checked me and I was still at a 6. The kiddos showed up shortly after. It was so great to see their faces before they were welcoming their new baby sister. Pecos was sitting in the bed with me and right around 12 my water broke. I have never felt this before in my life!! I have to say it was one of the neatest feelings. I know that probably sounds strange, but being our last baby I really wanted to know what it felt like. My whole family rushed out looking for Cameron as he was taking Taos to the candy machine to take his mind off of Mama in the scary hospital bed. She checked me and I had gone to a 10!! It was go time and they were rushing around getting ready for the grand finale! Cameron came rushing in with a worried look on his face that I later learned was due to our neighbor's baby getting hung at the shoulder during delivery. He said the hallways were complete chaos as they were scrambling to help in that delivery room. Thankfully Dr. Bannon first thing requested two nurses in the room just in case. He is such a wonderful doctor who listens to me and always stays calm. 

It came time to push and 8 minutes later we heard the cry of our Clancy Louise. Tears filled my eyes as I saw her for the very first time. All those leg cramps, heart burn, and pregnancy faded away quickly.  

 When the grandmas brought Pecos and Taos in the sweetness really began! Taos begged to hold baby sissy. He was so proud and he sat there with the biggest smile on his face. Then Pecos started singing the sweetest lullabies she made up. She had been practicing these for the last couple weeks. Oh everyone giggled and teared up at all love in the room. 

My sweet friend Kathryn Hager from Littlr H Creative stopped by to take a few pictures of our newest arrival. These pictures seriously leave me speechless. These are sweet memories that I'm so happy that I can look back any time I want to. 

Pecos and Taos' puppy outfits are from Sew Chill Designs. April Chilcoat is from Dallas and she is the owner, designer, and seamstress of Sew Chill. She is an amazing one woman show who juggles a wonderful business and motherhood. 
 
Here's a little more about her :

Sew Chill pieces are made with great quality fabrics that is trendy, chic and most importantly comfortable. Each fabric is carefully handpicked from reputable vendors, and we are very proud to say that all our pieces are handmade here in the USA.  Sew Chill is not only trendy and functional, but also affordable.  "Chillies" (our customers) can be dressed in #comfortwithstyle everyday of the week!  Our clothing is not only Mom-approved, but Dad-approved as we have received many compliments and emails how they love the practicality of Sew Chill clothing.


Please follow us on our facebook page at www.facebook.com/sewchill and instagram (IG) @sewchilldesigns.  Hashtag #sewchillcuties for a chance to win a free Sew Chill piece!  We pick a winner each month.  We also announce upcoming sales or promotions on our facebook page and post sneaks on IG and our BST board - Sew Chill BST on Facebook.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions at sewchilldesigns@hotmail.com.  

Pecos loves this dress and I literally had to hide it from her for months for this sweet photoshoot I've had invisioned months ago. April was so sweet to make Taos a custom pair of puppy leggings for this special occasion. I strongly recommend checking out her website full of boy and girl clothes from her Fall collection. She has a new release tomorrow night!! 

Thank you for stopping by today and reading about a super special day in my life with precious children's clothes from Sew Chill Designs I'll cherish for a lifetime. 


 


 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Nursery Unveiled













 I'm so thrilled to finally be able to share Clancy's nursery with y'all!! The last month has been one full of contractions for me and a back injury for my husband   This being said, the nursery construction had been put on the back burner. It was a slow and steady work effort for us! Thankfully I have been blessed in the mother in law department and this weekend I got the crib put together and furniture moved in and out of Clancy's small little space. 

We decided to keep the guest room as is for visiting family. We have a really sweet small space that comes off our master bedroom as a whole (if that makes sense.) I love the sweetness of the coziness for our new family edition. I wanted to keep it light and airy with white walls, but I couldn't handle all white. I decided to make the wall her crib goes on the fun one. I made a cactus stencil from a pizza πŸ• box and grabbed a couple gold paint pens from Wal Mart and make a cute cactus wall to add a little something. This project cost about $4 in all!! It was a little time consuming but well worth it. If you are thinking about doing your own cactus wall my biggest piece of advice for this project is to keep them nice and spaced out. I started out way too close together, and I'm so thankful that the crib covers up my "boo boo."

My next painting project was one that came to me on a whim. I had planned on leaving Pecos' crib white, but then the all white thing just seemed too boring. On the way to town one day I had the thought of painting her crib and dresser a soft pink. I may have grabbed too much paint, but I'm thankful I'll have it for touch ups!  I feel the pink splash adds the perfect girly touch to the Navajo and cactus patterns she has throughout her nursery. It took me a couple of days to get everything painted. This project cost about $30 for a gallon of paint. I could have cut this cost quite a bit by getting a smaller can of paint, but oh well!

As I was having contractions and wasn't really allowed to be up and around I turned to sewing for some entertainment and cute projects for Clancy. I am not a professional seamstress by any means and would never gift one of my end projects to anyone at this point, but I'm so proud that Momma could make a few things! I started out with making burp rags that also are large enough to to use as a play mat and car seat blanket. The measurements on them are relatively 21"X21". With each one I got a little better. Then after I made a few of these I got a little more brave and took on the project of a crib skirt. My mom picked up the cutest feather material and she helped me achieve the best sewing project I've ever done! I'm super please with how it turned out and it's absolutely precious against the pink crib. All these projects were well under $50 with all material including minky. 

The dream catcher came from a friend, Bailey, who makes the cutest dream catcher!!! I strongly recommend her if you're in the market for a sweet touch to your little one's nursery. Most decorations were things I've collected over the last year that were used in different parts of our house. 

I'm in absolute love with the end result of our sweet Clancy's nursery! I love being able to create something working with things I already have and by DIY. So for under $100 I put this looks together. Not to say that is exactly the cost of everything, but up cycling and garage selling is such a huge help!

I hope y'all enjoyed the nursery as much as I am!! I seriously just want to sit in here all day long! 

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Clancy Louise's Sprinkle Blessings








This past Saturday my sweet friend Amy and sister Denver put on a sprinkle to celebrate the arrival of our sweet Clancy Louise. It was a great relaxing morning of great food and conversation between family and friends. Clancy received wonderful blessings that I just can't wait to use on her!! 

Also this weekend my wonderful mother in law worked herself to the bone. She cleaned out all the kid's closets, caught up my laundry pile, cooked, and cleaned. I started having contractions Saturday morning and they just never left me alone. It is the hardest thing in the world for me to sit still and watch everyone else work around me. I know Clancy's safety is much more important. I'm so blessed to have such wonderful family and friends! 

We've almost got the nursery all done, just need some muscles to move stuff out and then in!!! I've been trying to keep busy with sole DIYs for the nursery. 

This week I'm hoping to share what I'll be packing for the hospital and some DIYs for the nursery!

Have a great evening! πŸ’‹

 


 


 


 


 


 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Clancy Louise's Sprinkle

Clancy Louise's Sprinkle



Good Tuesday morning everyone!!!! I hope you're having a great week. We are spending the week organizing the house and finishing Clancy's nursery. My sweet bestie wanted tothrow a small sprinkling for our new arrival this Saturday. I can't believe we just have SEVEN weeks left!!

I put together this super sweet and flowy look for a day of celebrating new life! I absolutely adore this embroidered Mexican style dress from ChicWish. I love the long look and the cute detail of the lace up the front. There is nothing better that compliments this amazing dress than tons of my vintage turquoise, simple scrappy sandals, and a great cactus clucht🌡! Shocking right??

As far as my beauty routine with nails and makeup I want to keep it soft and neutral because I feel it will compliment the colorful  pattern of this dress. Nude nails and lips are so soft and gorgeous. I have always loved my bright lips(still do) BUT I have been embracing nude for a more natural and daily day. I have absolutely been obsessed with the way it looks and makes me feel. For hair I'm going to go for a nice messy beach wave. I had tons of questions on my hair a few weeks ago. I used a three barrel waver on my hair on a Friday and it lasted till Wednesday. I would just "re fluff" with sea salt spray and my favorite dry shampoo. It's such a beautiful, simple, and long lasting look for me. I even pop in a few extensions to give it a little more length and make me feel a little like a mermaid. πŸ˜‚ 

I can't wait till Saturday for a great brunch with close friends and family to celebrate sweet Clancy Louise!! Have a great day! πŸ’‹