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Oh, how time flies. It’s almost been an entire month since you made your arrival, Brady.


I thought for sure you’d arrive early. Nope. You’ve proved to be stubborn since being in utero. haha…. I was really hoping you didn’t get that trait from your dad and I. Even during labor you were stubborn. It took about 30 hours and awesome doctors and nurses and your dad helping me push to get you here safely without having to have a c-section. You arrived on the morning of Halloween.  You were quite large, too. We were thinking you’d be around 8+ pounds, but we didn’t actually think you’d be more than 9 pounds! Right after you came out, one of the nurses shouted “It’s a small toddler!”  and I about flew off the bed when I heard someone say “9.2 pounds”. Wow! You sure did take your time cookin’ in there, fella.

The first two weeks after being home were a little rough for me. I knew we were in for a lot of change and little sleep, but my own recovery has been pretty tough, which just adds to the mix of things. I was used to 8 hours of sleep a night, and now I was operating on 1-2 hour naps at a time in between nursing you and barely being able to walk. Thankfully my mom and step mom each came up for several days at a time to help us out. What a blessing.  It turns out you weren’t getting enough food (milk) for about a week due to several factors and only gained 1 ounce that week (you’re supposed to gain about 1/2 an ounce a day), but once we figured that out and were able to fix it, you seemed happier and were sleeping better. Whew!

The past week (3) it seems like you’ve changed so much. You are starting to look like a little person instead of a newborn baby. You make some of the funniest expressions and have proved to be pretty passionate.  You are usually pretty “flirty” and happy in the mid-morning hours. You coo and make big smiles and lots of noises.  You love to be held by a warm body and “shooshed” loudly to calm you down. Most of the time you like to be swaddled in our arms and fall asleep on one of our chests in the fetal position, or what we like to call “squish ball”, because you get as curled up as you possibly can.   You also love being in the car and your car seat. You sleep in it at night next to my side of the bed. It’s ok… we’ve already checked with the pediatrician to make sure it was alright. You don’t seem to like to sleep on your back for more than 30-45 minutes at a time. You wake up and figure it out and let us know. You also like going on walks. I’ve been trying to get out every day for the past week wether at the lake or around the neighborhood for a walk with you. You usually sleep the entire time. We never thought we’d enforce it, but you like your pacifier a lot, too. It’s cute to watch you suck on it even while you sleep.  So far you’re about 50/50 on enjoying bath time. Diaper changes are mostly saturated with you kicking and screaming like it’s the end of the world, but then every 7th diaper change you seem content and smile and it’s so pleasant.  Your behavior is pretty inconsistent still. One day will be so enjoyable and sweet, and the next evening you’re a screaming banshee and we can’t figure out what’s wrong. Although, I did eat a load of hummus for lunch one day and that evening was one of those “bad” nights. I’ll steer clear of hummus from now on. Sorry buddy.

One of the funniest things you do is poop. It’s very audible and sounds like a “shart”.  Your dad actually caught you doing it on video when you were 2 weeks old. We re-watched the video so many times we were in tears from laughing so hard.

Your dad has been such a God send. He truly loves spending time with you and helps out so much. He changes your diaper about half the time and assists with feedings now that you’re being bottle fed breast milk. He does lots of work around the house to keep it tidy when I can’t. He brings me flowers and left a sweet note on your feeding log to encourage me.  He even helps dress you occasionally (mostly for Cowboys games). I don’t know how mothers do this without the help of a good husband!  I truly have a new found respect for all mothers now that I am one.

We have so much more to learn together and it’s only been less than a month. Cheers to what the future holds – you are such a blessing already!

Here’s a compilation of some photos from the past 3.5 weeks. You will be 1 month old in only two days!


Amanda B - Nov 26, 2012 at 01:11:17

Oh my goodness Lauren! He is so handsome! Hope you guys are doing well–can’t wait to meet Brady. Maybe one Tuesday I can stop by while my kids are at school. I’ll bring you a sandwich from that yummy sub shop you took me to :0)

Lauren.Allen - Nov 26, 2012 at 05:11:48

Amanda, you’re so sweet. We’d love for you to stop by on a Tuesday. Just let me know which week is good for you :). Can’t wait to hear about your trip to India!

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I’m not usually over obsessive about decorating my house for the most part, but I got really into creating this nursery for our soon to be here little boy. I’ll blame it on “nesting”. I went into it with a general idea of what I wanted: Neutrals, affordable, safari animals, maps. I didn’t want to over-do it, but wanted something that would also transition well into a “big boy” room when necessary.  I’m super pleased with the outcome and proud of myself for taking time to do massive research and price comparing/planning before purchasing most items.

Some of my favorite items in the room are the hand-stitched Lord’s prayer by a family friend (amazing!), the water-colored elephants that my grandma painted (we’ll be updating the frame with a neutral colored matte so it’s not purple), the hand-sewn bedding  & pillows by a friend’s mom, the animal photos, the elephant lamp (gifted to us), the glider & ginormous ottoman, and of course the “vintage” map – which only cost $4.

A special thanks to my hubby for his patience through my nesting, for all his heavy-lifting and big trip to IKEA with me, and for taking 2 days to paint the nursery. Oh, and for allowing me to spend our money on making this room very special.  Also, a big thanks to my parents who contributed towards a few pieces in the nursery! We’re very grateful.

Here’s how it all came together! (Resources with links at the very bottom.)



  • Paint: Benjamin Moore “Old Prairie”
  • Animal photos: The Animal Print Shop // Frames: Ribba IKEA 
  • White Photo Ledges: Ribba IKEA
  • Crib: Gulliver White –  IKEA
  • Bedding & Pillows: Hand Sewn by “Wee See Three”  – she doesn’t specialize in bedding but did an amazing job. 
  • Fabric: Warehouse Fabrics Inc & Fabric Worm
  • Rug: Havbro Rug – IKEA
  • White Cube Shelves: Expedit shelves – IKEA
  • Baskets inside shelves: Nasum IKEA
  • Curtains – IKEA (comes in sets)
  • Diaper Changing Table/Dresser: Given to us by a friend
  • Glider: Nursery Works Cole Golder – Slate w/ Ecru Piping (matching ottoman discontinued)
  • Ottoman: Babyletto “Kyoto” Ottoman in Slate w/ Ecru Piping
  • Map: Paper Source Wrapping paper // Frame: Ribba IKEA
  • Elephant Lamp: Home Goods (gift from friend)

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39 weeks pregnant - Nursery

HOW FAR ALONG? 39 weeks…. only 1+ weeks left. WOWZA!

SIZE OF OUR SWEET BABY?  A Watermelon (probably btwn 19 -22  inches head to heal, and around 7+ lbs).

MATERNITY CLOTHES?  It’s down to just a couple dresses and now that I’m home from work – PJs and maternity yoga pants :).


SLEEP? Not much of it. I’ve been sick for over a week now and just got on a Z-Pak prescription so, sleeping through my cough has been difficult. I wake up at least a couple times to go to the bathroom, and a couple times to blow my nose and cough.

FOOD CRAVINGS?  Cold milk.  Ice cold water. PB&J. Oatmeal. Juice. Not a whole lot of veggies, which is strange for me.

WHAT I MISS?  Walking at normal pace and non-waddle. Maneuvering like “normal” without grunting or gasping for a breathe. Being able to reach my feet. Being able to get up/out of bed normally. Being able to bend over to get stuff. Driving without limited motion/site – it’s hard to turn and look over my shoulder or even just turn the wheel- hah.

SYMPTOMS?  Upper respiratory infection :(.  Occasional hot flashes. The swollen feet have gone down a tad now that I’m at home resting more. My fingers are a tad swollen still. Short of breathe. Sometimes my heart races for no apparent reason.  LOTS of Braxton Hicks contractions… Big Belly – I can’t seem to go anywhere in public (no exaggeration) without someone commenting on my belly or asking if I’m having “more than one”.

BELLY BUTTON?  WAY stretched out, and you can see it pop through my clothes now. I’m beyond the point of caring what others see/think.


1.  I did a couple last minute photo shoots for some friends and each turned out great! The light and weather totally cooperated.

2.  Brian and I have now gone out two Saturdays in a row! Look out, Dallas. Of course, we were home before/around 8 pm – haha. It’s just nice to go out to dinner together during our final weeks without a baby.

3.  A friend treated me to a long lunch last week, which was such a nice time together. Then, afterwards I waddled around the mall finishing up some errands and just window shopping. It was nice to be able to take my time and go during the week and not fight a weekend crowd! Although, I was exhausted by the time I got home.

4. I’ve been chipping away at my never-ending TO DO list, which feels great. I’ve got to stop adding to it, though.  I’m feeling more and more “ready” if baby were to come early.

5. My sweet elderly neighbor (who’s 85+ years old and still does her own yard very well) brought over an adorable little outfit she bought for Brady. It was so sweet of her and she has cute taste!

6. At my last weekly check up, my OB put my on a Z-pak to hopefully kick this upper respiratory infection I’ve got going on. I guess I’ve sorta been over-working myself and not allowing for as much rest as I need.  After going home to rest the remainder of the day, I asked Brian to pick up my Rx and dinner on his way home. He was so sweet to also surprise me with pie and ice cream!!  Yippee!

People keep asking me if I’m ready… I guess I am? I mean, it’s not like I can slow this thing down or speed it up. I’m as ready as I can be. I’m also not to my tipping point of “get this baby out of me!” yet, like most women seem to be around this time. I think I’ll miss being pregnant (or at least parts of it).  People are a lot nicer and considerate of a big pregnant woman in the grocery store and in public places than they are “regular” people. Also, If I drop something people are super quick to pick it up for me. I think I’ll miss that. And also sometimes getting away with “I’m pregnant and I want to eat that, so I will.” – not that I’ve gotten out of control or anything, but I’ve got some work to do once this baby is out of me and I’m able to work out again. I think the biggest thing I’ll miss are the baby kicks/movements. That’s gonna be strange to just one day not have that inside my belly. It’s almost like we have this secret language between the two of us right now.


Marilyn (Tittoo) Heath Morgan - Oct 19, 2012 at 05:10:14

Lauren, it has been such fun keeping up with your journey. What a lucky baby he is to be born into such a loving, caring family. Family is everything….and God. And you have both of those things. You are blessed! ♥

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