Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Finally Here

Another LO I did for Lawson's album using the AWESOME new Shabby Princess kit, Giggle Box, which was released today!!!


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

So Happy to Have You Home

This is the Layout I did for my first official Shabby Princess Pre-Release. The new kit is called Giggle Box and the colors and feel were a perfect fit to celebrate our sweet Lawson coming home.

He continues to get stronger and as of our doctor's appointment yesterday, he had almost regained his birth weight.

There is a TON of journaling on this page to tell his story, if you are interested, keep reading!!!

"You were born on July 16, 2009 at 37 weeks. After the nurses gave you a bath, you were a bit cold, so they took you to put you under the warmers for a little while. When you came back to us, all bundled up for a snuggle, we noticed that you were making “kitty cat” noises. We soon found out that those noises are called “grunts” and are an indicator of a condition called Transient Tachypnea of a Newborn (TTN), which is fluid on the lungs. At 4 hours old, they took you off to observe you and you were soon admitted to the Intermediate Care Unit. You were a very sick little boy, hooked up to an IV, oxygen prongs and more wires and probes than any little newborn should be. Normal respiratory rates are between 20-30, yours were around 150, causing erratic breathing and making you struggle for every breath. In addition to TTN, the x-rays showed a small air pocket surrounding your heart and lungs.

You were on minimal handling orders because any stimulation you had would cause your respiratory rates to skyrocket. It was torture not being able to hold my precious new baby, watching you in your incubator, fighting so hard to get well. I was finally able to hold you and nurse you at 3 days old, it really was the best feeling in the world.

We had asked so many of our friends and family to pray with us for your speedy recovery so that we could bring you home. On Sunday, when many Sunday School classes and congregations had prayed for you, your most significant improvements happened. You were taken off of your IV as well as your oxygen prongs; your antibiotics were discontinued and you were moved from you incubator to a regular bassinet. You were on the mend. You just needed to prove that you could feed well and meet your minimum daily nutritional requirements.

I nursed you as much as I could, but it was exhausting to you with your respiratory problems. We had to bottle feed you with my milk as a way to supplement your intake. You continued to improve and get stronger and stronger and we were finally allowed to bring you home on Tuesday afternoon…you were 5 days old. I have never been as happy and relieved, yet I felt completely neurotic about having you at home with no nurses to help if something went wrong. Most of all I am thankful that you are getting stronger with every day that you are here at home with us. We love you so very much Baby Lawson, you are a fighter and a real trooper!"

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Lawson's Birth Announcement

Lawson was able to come home on Tuesday afternoon...and we have been so busy since then, holding him and cuddling him and giving some much needed attention to Nalley, that I haven't had a chance to update my blog. He is doing well, slowing getting the hang of feeding and sloooowly gaining a little weight. His breathing is getting better but I am still neurotic and find myself freaking out when it gets too fast...I am severely sleep deprived and completely unorganized. I forgot how much time and energy a newborn takes.

We went out for a "test run" to the outside world yesterday while I still had the help of Shayne, who will be going back to work on Monday. We tried at our first stop to go in the store without the double stroller..a.k.a. "The Bus", it was a gong show to say the least. Nalley was pulling feminine hygiene products off of the shelves and carrying them around with her. I was all hands with Lawson in the bucket seat, trying to wrangle Nalley back and do some shopping while balancing my purse on my shoulder. I didn't want any help from Shayne so that I could see what it would be like...let's just say I won't be doing that again!!!

Next, we used "The Bus" and it went much more smoothly, although I think I need a special class driver's license to operate that thing. At least I didn't feel like I was herding cats and both children were contained. I am so lucky and so thankful to have such a wonderful husband to do any and everything I ask, even when I change my mind 2 or 3 times as to what needs to be done first. Thank you Shayne for being the greatest strength and support during the absolute best and worst week of my life!!!

Friday, July 24, 2009

First Date


LO I did of my first date with Shayne using the Wild Love kit from Shabby Princess. That date was magical...5 years, a wedding, and 2 kids later, I am more in love than I was then!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Welcome Baby Lawson!!!

Lawson Shayne Murray arrived on the scene Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 9:19 p.m. He weighed in at 7 lbs. 2 oz. and 19.25 inches. Proud big sister Maybel was on hand during some of the labor and just outside the room for the delivery. She was so happy to be a part of her brother's birth.

One of the first pictures of me with my sweet new little man!

He still looking rather new at this point.

Nalley is the only thing that would have made the occasion more wonderful, but she's not quite old enough to have managed the whole thing. She came to meet him the next morning.

Unfortunately, she didn't get to hold him because he was admitted to the Intermediate Care Unit at 4 hours old because his breathing was unstable and erratic. He was diagnosed with a condition called TTN (Transient Tachypnea of a Newborn), which means that he was born with fluid on the lungs. He also had a small pocket of air surrounding his heart and lungs.

He was a very sick little boy for a few days, hooked up to an oxygen flow, an IV with antibiotic drip, and more wires, monitors and leads than should be allowed for a tiny little baby. He was on no touch orders inside his incubator with minimal handling because his respiratory rates would skyrocket when he was touched or stimulated. He initially nursed in our room just after he was born, but after he was admitted, he was only allowed to take fluid from his IV for fear of aspiration for the next 48 hours. He was finally allowed to start feeding on Sunday and did amazingly well.
We have asked so many people to pray with us for his speedy recovery so that he will be able to come home with us. Many responded to say that they would tell thier Sunday School classes and church congregations to pray with us. Friday and Saturday were very critical and he was not doing well over night that night. However, Sunday brought so much change and Lawson came
out of his incubator into a regular bassinet. He also was taken off of his oxygen prongs, his IV came out, and he was taken off of the antibiotics. Each day has brought about more good news...Monday he was taken off all of his monitors. His respiration has leveled out, but it is still high (normal levels are between 2o & 30...Lawson's were originally as high as the 150's but were erratic and unstable) in the 50's to 60's. Shayne and I have been traveling back and forth to the hospital every 3 hours to feed him and Nalley has been farmed out to where ever we can put her. We are now just waiting to see if he has figured out how to eat properly and if he can meet his daily minimum requirements for nutrition. So far so good...it is looking like he might be able to come home with us on Wednesday. Pray with us that he can come home as soon as possible!!!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Hybrid Welcome Banner

I am prepared for our little man to come home now (if he would ever decide to make his appearance). I had made this hybrid banner using the Barefoot collection from the Shabby Princess and finished putting it together this weekend. I had a really hard time deciding where to hang it though. I wanted to put it in the front entry way for everyone to see when little Lawson has visitors...problem being, I needed to take some pictures of it to post on the SP website for the Creative Team and the front room and entry have not been painted yet...what's a girl to do. So, I hung it (with the help of my fab hubby) in little Lawson's room above his crib. It doesn't match his bedding or decor at all, but it does coordinate with the birth announcements that I designed for him. I will in all likelyhood make him another banner of sorts to keep in his room more permanently...I just really like it!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Giveaway and a Pic

In baby news, still nothing...why, oh why, can't he just come already?!? But I am nesting like a maniac, that's for sure. I pulled out his half completed Pregnancy Mini Album, like the one that I made for Nalley a while back. I also had made a few others for some girlfriends who've recently had babies. I made an extra and I am going to give it away, fully completed (after the winner provides some info to me). Everybody loves a give away, right? Leave me a comment with your e-mail address and I'll pick a winner on Wednesday morning. ETA: Giveaway is limited only to Canada and the US...sorry to anyone else overseas...


I'm still playing around with Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets. Just another picture I was messing around with and I thought the effect was neat. This was at my friend Michelle's daughter's 1st birthday party that we went to on Canada Day.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Nalley's Woodland Birthday Party

For Nalley's 2nd birthday, I decided to do a Woodland theme. I had never seen this done as a birthday party, but after falling in love with the Pottery Barn owl bedding that I bought for her new room as well as seeing all of the cute stamps and scrapbooking owl/deer/tree/mushroom stuff that is out right now...I just had to do it!

I said last year after her pig roast/Luau party was over that we weren't doing anything that big again, this year it was going to be hot dogs and cake...well, that just didn't happen! Although I haven't felt great during this pregnancy, it is her birthday after all, and she won't be 2 again...so it turned out to be 44 people with a bouncy slide, lots of food, and the kids made a container terrarium as part of their party favors.

For the cupcakes, I made my traditional yummy cupcake recipe with white liners and turned the tops into red mushrooms with white (yogurt covered raisins...thanks Sandra) spots. They really did turn out cute. I didn't get an artistic shot of the cupcakes by themselves, but you can see it in the picture where Nalley is blowing out the candles.

I had every intention of making Nalley a cute little dress that was red/white polka dots with brown trim, but there was just too much to do after moving in to our new house and trying to get ready for baby too. I also didn't get to make my famous iced sugar cookies that I make for every birthday for the kids...I was so bummed about that...I had even special ordered some mushroom, owl, and squirrel cookie cutters for the party. So instead, we did PB&J sandwiches cut them into shapes with the cutters.

I did a little funky photo editing and really like the way the pics turned out in a retro kind of look...

Next year, we really are doing hot dogs and cake on a weekday with 5 friends...I'll have another HUGE 1st birthday as well as a 10th birthday to plan all within the same month...so we'll be going small.









Thursday, July 9, 2009

I'm 2

This is the LO I have done of Nalley's 2nd birthday. These pics were taken on her actual birthday, but I have TONS of pics of her party a couple days later. More LO's to follow...this one is using the Shabby Princess's Twirl kit, such fresh colors and I love all the pink overtones!


Thursday, July 2, 2009

MAJOR LEAGUE EXCITEMENT...

no, no, I did not have the baby yet! But something almost as exciting has happened to me this week.... *drumroll*

I was asked to be on the exclusive Creative Team for none other than the MOST fabulous, amazingly talented, incredibly nice SHABBY PRINCESS....yes, I do have a permanent grin on my face! I am so beyond honored and still slightly in shock from this news, seeing as the Shabby Princess is only one of the top Digital Designers IN THE WORLD. SP does not do open calls, she simply peruses galleries to find talent for her CT. I recently bought the Barefoot kit and the Blossom kit and have been so completely inspired by them both, I have been scrapping non-stop. SP had left me some SUPER nice comments on my LO's, so I emailed her to thank her. I also mentioned that I would be interested in being on her CT if there were ever a spot available and she thought I would be a fit. TO MY UTTER SHOCK...she e-mailed me back to tell me that a spot had recently come open and she would love for me to fill it....can you believe it?!? God is good and I feel so very blessed for this opportunity!

This is the LO I had to scrap of myself to be on the SP website...