Monday, April 25, 2011

Happy Anniversary Baby Daddy!

2 years ago today I married my very best friend. We are as ridiculously happy today as we were then! I love my husband even more now that he’s a daddy.

{my child is screaming and I’ve been trying to write this all damn day……insert ridiculously romantic text here…..}

I love you baby daddy!

I’ve posted this video before but I love it so much I thought I’d share it again because it’s amazeballs!

If you live in the Birmingham/Tuscaloosa area and you need a videographer you have to use Holloway Productions because they rock!

Check out the music video portion of our wedding vid. I’m obsessed with it!

Brittany + John Paul Music Video from Holloway Productions on Vimeo.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

6 Weeks Old


Turner McCartney is 6 weeks old today and I am super sad! Back to work next week for momma :(. But only 3 days a week for now. I need to work but I don’t want to leave my baby. Berty has agreed to let me work part time for now to see how we do financially – and let’s face it, I’m not bringing in any big money!

It’s crazy how much TM has changed in just 2 weeks. Her personality has changed and she is smiling and laughing more each day. She’s started focusing on us and on certain things around the house and she’s discovered the mobile on her swing.


As far as sleep I think it’s starting to get better. She sleeps 4 or 5 hours the first stretch and 2 to 3 the next. She takes 2 good naps a day and maybe 2 or 3 short naps. She nurses great but before bed at night she’s extremely fussy and will usually only take a bottle – I have no clue what this is about but it really stresses me out!


TM absolutely loves her changing table. It’s so strange. She never cries or fusses when we change her and if she’s fussy I can go lay her on it and she’s all smiles. She also LOVES bath time!



She’s become very vocal in the last 2 weeks. She makes more noises and coos all the time. She makes the sweetest sounds!

I can’t believe it’s been 6 weeks since I was pregnant. Honestly I don’t remember what it felt like to have a huge belly with a kicking baby and that makes me sad.


Monday, April 11, 2011

1 Month Old

I cannot believe it’s already been a month! That means only 2 more weeks at home with my baby girl. :(

The past 4 weeks have been the hardest and most rewarding weeks of my life! We love our baby girl more than we could ever imagine.


This pic is from yesterday – the 10th. Of course I am a day behind on posting!

Turner Mc is sleeping 3.5 to 4 hours at a time and nursing like a champ. She absolutely hated her “sponge baths” that we gave her before her cord fell off. She finally lost her cord at 3 weeks and she LOVES relaxing in her tub!

She only cries when I’m pumping or eating and usually constantly between the hours of 10 and 12 – at night. :) Other than that she’s a very happy baby! I’ve learned if we stay up till 12 or 1, I only have to get up once before 6am!

She’s sleeping in her cradle beside our bed and spends a lot of time in her swing during the day. I am adjusting to functioning on a lack of sleep and I love being a mommy!

Here are the pictures we took tonight…..

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Happy 1 month Turner McCartney!!

Friday, April 1, 2011

TM’s Birth Story – Part 2

Don’t cheat! Go read Part 1 because you know you wanna!

It is super important to mention that I got a spray tan the day before I gave birth. I cannot believe I forgot to share this info with y’all! Feel free to make fun but I was in desperate need of a tan and I didn’t want to scare TM with my pasty-ness.

Moving along….I got the epidural and all was unicorns and rainbows blah blah blah.

We need to revisit contractions. I had people tell me that contractions feel like period cramps. Ummm not sure what kind of hellacious period you have but my period cramps usually don’t feel like death. Get an epidural people. It will change your life!

So after the epi all my lovely friends and fam rejoined us. There were at least 79 people in the room and I felt great for a little while. All of a sudden I felt the worst pressure you can imagine. Shall we have graphic detail? Yes?! Of course. I felt like my a** was going to explode. Surely this is not normal…..I tried whispering to my nurse to let her know I needed to push or my butt was exploding. Since this was my first rodeo I wasn’t really sure which was correct.

She went in search of the doc while everyone socialized around me and I died a slow and painful death of anal pressure. A little before 2 the doc came in and checked me and it was go time! 10cm. Woo Hoo!!! (He then oh so conveniently left and I had to rely on my husband to keep me alive! – okay there was a nurse there too – and my mommas!)

I started pushing right around 2. Dude pushing out a kid is hard! Extremely hard. And you have to hold your breath and push for 30 seconds and it seems like 30 hours. Seriously. Apparently TM wasn’t in a hurry to make her appearance because it took 40 forevers or a little over an hour for her head to “crown.” Y’all it felt like I pushed for days before they could see her head. And I know this will be hard to believe but I didn’t say not ONE ugly word while I was pushing! Yay me!!!

The doc came down around 3 because they thought I was oh so close to delivering. Sike! I could not get homegirl’s head out. It was horrible. I think they told me “ONE MORE PUSH” at least 37 times. I thought I was going to die. For real. Finally at 3:38 Turner McCartney arrived! With the cord around her neck, and a knot in her cord. WTH? I couldn’t see what they saw so I was freaking when I heard the nurse say she has a knot. The doc suctioned her and she started screaming! Apparently the knot had just happened that morning and didn’t cause any problems.


I LOVE this picture!!!

Now once TM was out I felt great. Until I realized I had experienced complete vag destruction – three cuts with the kitchen scissors - and I had to be sewn up. And for some crazy reason I started to feel the doc stitching me up. It was horrible! And the needle was, I swear, a fish hook. No lie. Looked just like one. I survived having my taint sewn back together and I got to finally hold my beautiful baby girl! Best moment ever!



I need to give props to LG who had to push out a nearly 10 lb baby Fenn! I cannot imagine!


Our first family photo!

So that concludes the birth story. I’m finally feeling like I can function normally again and I will try to blog more often! I would love to answer any questions or humor you in any way so please feel free to ask me anything you want to know!

Thanks for hanging in there with us! I can’t believe we survived!