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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Annabelle Katherine Arrived July 9, 2014

Howdy Everyone!

Long time no see. Things have been a little crazy over here in the best way possible! Our sweet Annabelle Katherine finally arrived on July 9th; five days after her due date. She made it known from the beginning that she is going to be just like her daddy because mommy would have been 2 weeks early!

Since Annabelle was set on taking her sweet time, I ended up having to be induced. We headed to the hospital at 5:00 AM on Wednesday, July 9th excited to meet our little girl!

E was a little upset he didn't get to rush me into L&D in a wheel chair, so we stopped for a quick photo op on our way in. I'm sure the people watching the security cameras thought we were crazy.

After 14 hours of labor, Annabelle made her arrival at 10:21 PM weighing in at 7lbs 11oz and 20 inches long. Considering my doctor guessed she would be around 6.25lbs, we were all a little surprised at her size. Yay for healthy happy babies!

After a little time in recovery, we got moved to our postpartum room at around 2:30 AM and tried to get a little rest before visitors arrived. I quickly figured out how my supposedly tiny baby came out almost 8lbs when she proceeded to eat ALL NIGHT LONG. Hey, it's better than struggling to get her to eat. :) Annabelle and Daddy were tired after her first 1/2 day of life.

 We woke up Thursday morning and got ready for visitors. First up was Grandma George and Aunt Kelley!

Then we posed for our first family picture!

And of course, Daddy had to do the Heisman with baby Annabelle.

Aunt Kelley did a little mini photo shoot with Annabelle while she was visiting!

Then it was time to meet her Bayliss side of the family. She has lots of Aunts, Uncles, and Granparents that love her already!

It was a pretty good first full day of life if you ask me! Friday morning we hung out in our room with Grandma George and Aunt Kelley while we got everything together for discharge.

Finally, at around lunchtime, it was time to head home. Of course, we had to have a wardrobe change first!

We have been home for about 2.5 weeks now, and it has been an amazing adventure. You truly do not know how much your heart can love until you have children! Thank you to everyone for all of the calls, texts, food, well wishes, congratulations, and visits. God has truly blessed us!

In health,

Lauren & Annabelle

Monday, June 30, 2014

Annabelle's Nursery

Howdy Friends,

Happy Monday! Guess what? We're still pregnant over here. I was really hoping the little lady would make her arrival this weekend, but no go. I'm thinking I should just settle in for quite a long wait at this point.

We tried to stay busy this weekend to make the time go by a little bit faster. We had some friends come in and visit on Saturday. Mike, Ashley, and their son AD drove down from Fort Worth to catch up. We went for ice cream at Amy's, checked out the UT Football Stadium, and grabbed dinner and one of E and I's favorite spots. It was an absolute blast to get to catch up with them!

On Sunday, I woke up early to hit the grocery store and get in a quick workout before heading to brunch with the girls. We went to a cute little spot in North Austin called Epicerie. It looked like a cute little French bakery. We had a great time chatting and then stopped for a photo op since this is the last time we will all be together before Annabelle arrives and the 2nd to last time before baby Strub arrives!


Love those girls! After brunch, Whitney, Christy, and I headed back to Christy's place to spend a little time in her pool. It feels so nice to be in the water! It takes all the pressure off my lower back, and I feel like a normal person for a little while.

I told you last week, that Annabelle's room is finally all done!! I am absolutely in love with how it turned out and I can't wait to show it to baby girl when she gets here. Thank you again to Eric for putting every single piece of furniture together, my in-laws for gifting Annabelle some of her furniture, Kelli for making her name above the crib, the "Annabelle" picture frame, and beautiful star mobile hanging from the ceiling, and Kelley for making the decorations above her changing table. We are going to add her baby pictures on either side of the "A" above the changing table and then the room will be 100% finished.




And there you have it! Pink, pink, and more pink! But if you know me, you know I wouldn't have it any other way. E has been such a trooper about the pink overload! :)

Last, but not least, I need to announce the winner of our Pure Via Summer Fit Kit Giveaway. Drum roll please......... The winner is Alison S! Thank you to everyone who entered!

How was your weekend?

Are you a brunch fan?

In health,