Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Baby Harrell [one month old]

I know I have not updated this little space in awhile—life has been chaotic and filled with lots of highs and lows…But I’m back today to document a big milestone…

My baby boy is ONE MONTH OLD today!!

I can hardly believe it, and I can cry thinking about how big he’s getting already!  The first month has flown by, I am a mess. :)  So without further adieu, here’s an update on our little guy…








He was 21 inches long when he was born, (97th percentile) and I definitely feel like he has grown since then.  Our little guy is long and skinny like his dad, and now that he’s starting to stretch out more and not scrunch up, he seems a lot bigger!  We will know how much he has actually grown at his 2 month appointment.

When JJ was born he weighed 8 lbs. 2 oz. (75th percentile) and at his 2 week appointment he grew to 8 lbs. 10 oz. (51st percentile) He has for sure gained some weight since then too—he is filling out nicely and loves to eat.

His health is great!  No serious issues (PTL!!).  The only concerns he faces are his hiccups, he gets them at least 2-3 times a day.  This is funny because he got them a lot when I was pregnant too.  They are definitely annoying and he is not a fan… but there’s not much we can do about that. :)  The only other issue are his chapped lips.  I’m told this is from eating, and eventually they will peel off and he will get used to it, but I just feel so bad for him!

Sleeping… he lovessss to sleep!  Eating, typical baby there I guess. :)  

Bath time—Not a fan!  Hiccups, [hotoshoots… we have tried a couple times and he is just not into them, and being fussed with while he is sleeping.  This boy (like his dad) values his sleep big time! 

family photo

He is still mostly in newborn clothes, but fits into a few 0-3 month things.

He is breastfeeding like a champ.  I am thrilled that we are able to do this successfully because I know it’s not always easy for people.  He eats every 2-3 hours during the day and has been waking up every 4ish hours at night. 

Like I said, we are seriously lucky with this guy.  He (*knock on wood*) sleeps so well.  He is waking every 4ish hours at night to eat, but he usually goes right back to sleep afterwards.  He is sleeping in a Rock ‘n Play Sleeper, and we have not had too many issues overall.

Our Favorite Things:
These are a few things this past month that we have loved/have been really helpful:
Rock ‘n Play Sleeper (see above)
Puj Tub—This has been pretty helpful for me specifically because I wasn’t able to lean over the bathtub to give JJ baths in the other little contraption we have.  This little tub fits right in the sink.
Baby Starters Blankets—We have 2 different blankets of this brand and they are the perfect size for the car seat, and to carry around.  We have a couple big handmade blankets that we love at home, but these are great for travel.
Ingenuity ConvertMe Swing-2-Seat—This was a hand-me-down that we love!  It’s perfect to set JJ down in while we are doing things around the house.

-His umbilical cord stump fell off when he was 3 weeks old—which I think is a long time?!  A lot of other babies that I know had theirs fall off within 7-10 days.
-Had a newborn photoshoot done just after 3 weeks old… my cousin and Jessie decided we could try and do it but JJ hated it!  Granted he was in the car the entire day before and was in a fussy mood. (See a few below!)
-He celebrated his first Christmas and New Year’s.
-He met a lot of extended family from my side on Christmas Eve, and then we spent some time down South where he got to meet Zack’s side of the family too!  He is one very loved boy.
-He smiles a lot—he is probably just passing gas, but I like to think he does it on purpose. :)
-His hair is brown but is starting to look a bit reddish—and there is a lot of it!  His hair is usually the first thing people comment on when they meet him.  He also still has his dark blue eyes.  I’m hoping they stay blue!


We are so in love with this little guy… we are blessed to be his parents.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

12-20-14 -Welcome Baby JJ!-

On December 20, 2014 we welcomed our sweet baby boy into the world!


It was a long, long, journey… (almost 45 hours of contractions and labor!) But we could not be more thrilled that he is finally here!


He was the perfect little Christmas present, and we have loved getting to know him!


We love you baby JJ, our hearts could not be more full. :)

In case you missed it:
Our pregnancy announcement.
Telling our families.
Our gender reveal party.
His name and the meaning behind it.
All of my pregnancy “bumpdates.”

Friday, December 12, 2014

Baby Harrell [weeks 35-38]

38 weeks

In case you missed it:
Our pregnancy announcement.
Telling our families.
Our gender reveal party.
His name and the meaning behind it.

Baby is the size of…  a leek! [38 weeks!]  He weighs about 6.8 pounds and is over 19 1/2 inches long.

Big Developments… He has a firm grasp and his organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb. (!!!)

Cravings? None really… still mostly just sweets and other things that are not good for me. :)

Aversions? Still nauseous most of the time.  Zack just chooses what to eat for dinner and doesn’t consult me anymore… he’s learned finally that truly nothing ever sounds good and I end up eating whatever is set in front of me despite how it sounds.

Sleep?  Definitely feeling more tired these days.  Not sure if that’s because I’m tossing and turning all night or up and down going to the bathroom… but I am usually ready to sleep at any point throughout the day. 

Other Symptoms? Lots of heartburn.  I keep the Tums beside the bed so that when I wake up in the middle of the night I can just eat one and go back to sleep—which usually works.  Still feeling lots of little kicks up in my ribs, but my midwife says his head is nice and low which is good!  Also, I am starting to get a little swelling in my hands and feet, but not too much.

Big Events?  We attended the Beach Boys concert, which JJ either loved or hated—he was dancing around in my belly through the whole thing!  We also attempted (& failed mostly) at a few maternity pictures…


I can’t believe that I am at 39 weeks today!  My due date is in ONE week!  I simply cannot believe it.  I am equally terrified and excited for labor and to meet this little guy… we are just hoping he makes his big debut before Christmas. :)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Beach Boys at the Beach

This weekend was one I had been looking forward to for awhile!

Let me backup a bit…

Almost a year ago my family and I were supposed to go to Hawaii for a work convention, but our plans got derailed a bit when my favorite little niece Harper was due during the exact time we were to be away!  We heard that during this convention in Hawaii the Beach Boys would be performing… and I was pretty bummed.

I have so many great memories growing up listening to the Beach Boys with my parents and jamming to their relaxing carefree music in the car.  I couldn’t picture a better setting than listening to them perform in HAWAII with my family… so I was sad we missed that opportunity. (But well worth it, of course!  We still got to go to Hawaii… and Harper got to join us!)


(I was even more sad when I heard that John Stamos aka UNCLE JESSE showed up in Hawaii to do a special performance too…but I digress.)

Anyways, my parents heard that the Beach Boys were coming to Oregon and they immediately bought tickets for our family to go—I was just hoping I would be able to hold out on having baby JJ until after this weekend. (Spoiler—still pregnant! :)

Maybe it wasn’t the ideal Hawaiian setting, and maybe there were no special Uncle Jesse appearances… but we still had a pretty great time.



I was pleasantly surprised with the concert.  I mean, I think technically only 2 of the original members were there??  But they put on a great show!

After the concert we spent some time at the casino… Which even before I was pregnant I got a lot of weird looks because I look so young, but looking young with a huge 9 month belly in a casino is a whole new level of strange looks.  Ohhhh well. :)

The next morning we had this great idea to head out to the beach to take some maternity pictures.  Zack and I decided to not spend money on professional pictures and we were looking forward to getting some taken on the beach instead by my family…

2014 angela and zacks pregnant shots 011 (2)

In theory, it was a good idea… but of course the Oregon Coast in December did not cooperate and we got caught in a downpour about 3 minutes into our shoot.

Well, we tried.

Once we got back to the hotel and changed into some dry, warm clothes, we at least got a couple iPhone pictures in the hotel lobby. :)

IMG_3597IMG_3596Typical. :)


Overall, it was a great weekend with my family.  We are so thankful to spend these last few weeks making great memories… but now we are ready for our little guy to get here! :)

…and thanks again to my mom and dad for the early Christmas present!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Jonathan James Daniel

jonathan james daniel

To our baby boy:

I can’t believe it’s almost time to meet you!  December is here, and I am pretty confident in saying you will be born this month!  It’s already hard to imagine what life was like without you in it.

Even now, your dad and I have such a fierce love for you.  Words cannot begin to describe what a blessing you have been to us, and we know that will only grow stronger once you are born.  You have taught us so much these past 9 months, so much about ourselves as individuals, our marriage together, and our relationship with the One who knows you already, who is actively forming and shaping you as I type this now.

To say you are a miracle would be an understatement.  We both have been dreaming about your existence since we were young.  We both feel that were made to be parents… it’s in the very core of who we were created to be.  But that doesn’t make us any less nervous to fulfill that calling. :)

As any parents do, we too have tons of hopes and prayers for your life… I often find myself awake in the middle of the night feeling your little movements and praying for the man you will become one day. 

When picking out a name for you we wanted something solid with a whole lot of meaning attached to it.  Your dad has had your name handpicked since he was a little boy, since his grandma read him a certain Bible story… and like that story, we are praying you will learn and possess certain attributes from your namesake(s).


The meaning of Jonathan is “God’s gift” and we could not feel stronger about that… You are truly God’s gift to us in a time of uncertainty and you have already taught us to trust God and His timing in things many times over the past 9 months. :)

Like Jonathan in the Bible we are praying that you become a strong man of faith. We pray that you are brave, loyal, a natural leader, and that through Jesus you learn to become a good, selfless friend to all those you come in contact with…leaving people better than before they knew you.  Most importantly, we pray that you become one who is dependent on God above all else.











James & Daniel

We feel so lucky that you will be able to have a relationship with and be loved by two of the greatest men we know… our fathers, your grandfathers.  We wanted to include both their names as your middle names, because we hope they hold as special of place in your heart as they do in ours.

Like Jamie & Daniel we pray that you can always have a sense of humor.  Life is full of many ups and downs, but these two have taught us not to take those downs too seriously.  :)

Like both your grandfathers, we pray that you are slow to anger in times that matter, but that you have a strong sense of right and wrong and that you will not be afraid to stand up for what you believe in.

We pray that like them, you are hardworking and dedicated to whatever you decide to do.  And above all else, these two men have been a constant reminder in our lives to love everyone.  Their strong ability to connect with others and show selflessness has been inspiring throughout our lives… and we pray you can have that too.


We could not be more excited (and terrified) to be your parents. 

We know that life is full of surprises and we all go through our fair share of trials and tribulations… but one thing for sure is that we will love you unconditionally no matter what. :)

We simply cannot wait to meet you little boy… we love you so much already!