Wine, Babies & Lunch

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My husband told me that I needed to get out of the house. I was going a little stir crazy being on lock down with Nolan. So, naturally, I called one of my best friends and she immediately agreed to a lunch date. Lunch means wine and lots of conversation in our book. So, that’s exactly what we did. For three hours, to be exact.

Teri is one of my dearest friends and one of those girls who will come over, rock your baby, play with your kids and bring a bottle of wine. What in the world would I do without friends like this in my life. Feeling pretty grateful today for her and for three hours of uninterrupted girl and wine time.

We went to Z Tejas and guess what our waiter’s name was? NOLAN! I am serious. I may have pulled him aside and said, “Nolan!!! I love your name? Do you love your name? Do you? Do you?” I was a bit of a creep like that. He was actually named after the baseball player, Nolan Ryan. Ahem, that’s my son’s name!

Ahhh … today was a great day.

Life in a few Snapshots

Life has been amazing lately. Here are some pictures and stories on what’s been going on in the Cross household these past few days.

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I volunteered at Kelsey’s school this morning. Her kindergarten class was having a “fall football party” and it was the perfect excuse for me to actually shower, curl my hair and put on a dress. When you’re on maternity leave, you don’t do much of that. At least I don’t.

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The St. Regis Aspen Resort sent Nolan his very own tooth fairy box! It was the sweetest gesture. I had one just like it when I was young – only mine wasn’t nearly as fancy. It was a small wooden box and it wasn’t personalized. This one takes the cake.


Speaking cake (bad transition?), I baked! It was so easy to make, even Kelsey & Colton were able to help me. I saw the recipe on the Food Network (I watch a lot of TV lately). I highly recommend it – the pie, not a lot of TV.  Here is the recipe from The Pioneer Woman. She gives a great tip on her show: Once you’ve transferred the batter to your pie crust, take the extra leftovers and put it in the refrigerator – it makes a great pudding on its own!

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I became a soccer mom! This beautiful (and oh-so serious) girl of mine had her first soccer game over the weekend. No, I don’t own a minivan. No, I’m not getting a minivan. Yes, I am officially a soccer mom and proud of it.

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Colton, Kelsey and I play cards every morning before school. It’s becoming “our thing”. The other day, Colton was tatted with all of these super hero stickers. I bought him stickers to give to each of his friends at school and I think he went a little overboard on his fair share of the goods.

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Nolan and I are enjoying every waking moment together. Here’s an iPhone pic I snapped of him this morning. I seriously can’t get enough of those cheeks. Next week, we have our one month doctor’s appointment. I can’t wait to see how much he has grown.

Ryan and I aren’t too experienced but so far this three-kid-thing is more than we ever hoped for. We are so incredibly happy. I hope your week is off to a great start.

A New Travel Product I love

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As a mom, I love it when I find a company who cares for our babies as much as we do. Crane USA just invented a new product – a mini, travel humidifier that you can literally take anywhere. I love this idea!

My family and I travel a lot and I can see us toting this little machine around with ease. It’s small enough to put in my purse. After last week’s scare in the hospital with baby Nolan, I am thankful for products (and companies like Crane USA) that create and innovate to make our daily lives more comfortable.

Thank you to Crane for sending us this fantastic new invention. We will use it all the time when we travel. Get yours here! 

Not-so-Newborn Photos

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Funny story: I tried taking “newborn photos” of my little, Nolan Ryan Cross. The thing is, he’s 17 days old and he is already over 11lbs and 23 inches. Which means, all of the cute baskets and “newborn poses” that I put him in just looked ridiculous. Let’s face it: he doesn’t look like a newborn. So … I scrapped the traditional newborn photos and just took pics of him doing his thing.

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He also wouldn’t sleep. Aren’t you supposed to get photos of them sleeping? I kind of like the photos of him more aware though. I like seeing into those baby blues. His expressions make me giggle.

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My best friend, Angie’s mother gave us this dog from Anthropologie at my daughter’s baby shower (five years ago!). I love how this little pup has made his way into the arms of each of my three children.

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We call his feet “puppy paws” – big feet for such a young baby. He will soon grow into these puppy paws of his.

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How cute are these anchor diapers from The Honest Company? The girls at my work gifted us these and I love them. Sadly, this will be my only pack. If you know my husband, you’ll know that he would never pay double for diapers just to get a cute, printed booty. So, I’ll just enjoy these while they last.

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We just love this little man so much. Our family is complete. xo

48 Hour Scare

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We had a little drama this week. On Monday evening, we noticed that Nolan wasn’t eating as much – he usually nurses for about 20 minutes or drinks 4 ounces, and since he was eating about half of this amount each feeding, we knew something was up. By 2am we noticed a low-grade fever. By 8am, I was standing in line at the pediatrician’s office waiting to be seen by our doctor. By 8:45am his fever was 98.6 so we were told to go home and carefully monitor him.

By noon, I could tell his fever was back.  His forehead felt really warm. Ryan came home from work and bought us an old school thermometer because doc’s orders were, “You have to take his temperature in the rectum to get the best results.” I groaned, “Aren’t the forehead thermometers just as accurate.” It was a $60 thermometer, after all. Turns out the answer is, “At his age, you have to take it in the rectum.” Insert panic on my part here. I made Ryan do it. I just can’t stick that thing up there, it doesn’t seem right.

Sure enough, his temperature had spiked to 100.7. By 1pm, I was standing in line at the Cardon Children’s Hospital with Nolan in my arms, waiting to be seen. By 2pm, Nolan had been admitted to the hospital and received a spinal tap, blood work, IV and catheter to help determine if this was just a nasty virus or a bacteria infection.

By 3pm, I was told that Nolan had to stay in the hospital for 48 hours until all test results were back. I wasn’t going anywhere so I looked at Nolan, kissed his sweet face and – through some tears of my own – said, “Alright, buddy. You ready for a 2 day sleepover?” It was about this time that I realized I had not showered that day and had no overnight belongings. Lovely.

By 4pm on Tuesday, we were settled into our hospital room and that is where we stayed until noon on Thursday. I am so grateful we were in such great care, because on Tuesday night his fever spiked to 103. Talk about panic on my end. However the nurses were as calm as could be. They had it all taken care of. In fact, they were always two steps ahead of me.

Baby Nolan was given antibiotics, fluids and he was nursing – he was also stuck cradled in my arms (I was not about to let go for one second!) so to say he was in great, loving care, was an understatement. Turns out, the fever broke on Wednesday at 10:30am and we were allowed to go home 24 hours later. All of the test results searching for an infection came back negative. Praise Jesus.

I thanked God for taking care of him. I cried. I did a little dance. We were able to go home! Now, Nolan is healthy, happy and has returned to his normal self. It was just some horrible virus that he had to kick. I learned a lot over these past few days. I learned how great nurses are. How wonderful my husband and family is. And how strong a bond is between a mother and child.

Now … where were we. Ah yes, that shower. Let’s go get to it.

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Pictures, lately.



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I actually thought I would have more time on my hands than I do. Being on maternity leave, I had all of these grand plans to redecorate the house, practice my photography, learn graphic design, get my Christmas shopping done (ha!). But really, in between nursing, napping, doctor’s appointments and snuggling with my little baby every chance I get, I haven’t had the energy.

That said, I have had some mini accomplishments. I’ve cooked and baked, I bought Kelsey her much-requested Malifecent Halloween kids costume, got to every doctor’s appointment on time (a win!), enjoyed morning sunrises with Nolan and a warm cup of coffee, managed to grocery shop with a newborn, and I’m working with Kelsey’s school to help plan their Kindergarten fall party. Doesn’t sound like much … but truth is, I need to be okay with taking it easy.

I tend to forget how many days (weeks?) your body needs to heal itself from delivery. I’m still recovering from labor and need to come to terms with the fact that not every day is going to be filled with “things to do.” Also, it’s day 13. Thirteen, Steph. Less than 2 weeks since I delivered this 10lb miracle.

I am really enjoying this precious time at home with my babe. Time I’ll never get back. Time I’m so grateful for. Time to heal. Time to bond. And time to just sit back, relax and enjoy this incredible ride. Aaaand if that means filling my day with baby kisses, Sex & the City reruns, naps, pumping sessions and more time invested washing baby bottles than washing my hair, so be it!

Baby Nolan is here!

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He arrived! “Baby Nolan” – as the kids call him – is finally here. He arrived at 5:40pm on Tuesday, September 8th. He weighed a whopping 10 lbs, 3 ounces and was 23 inches long. A record in the Cross household. You guys, I can’t even begin to describe the magic that is happening in my heart right now. I am overwhelmed with love and joy. Nolan completes our family. He really does. Ryan and I are so incredibly lucky that God has given us this responsibility, and we will not let Him down.

Ryan, Nolan and I stayed two nights in the hospital. These two nights are so special to us, just as they were with the other two kids, as it is our time to connect, bond, (recover!) and get to know our newest bundle. I have some of THE BEST memories between those four hospital room walls. Memories that Ryan and I will keep forever and ever. There was laughter until you peed your pants (literally), great conversation, late night pizza runs and some hilarious stories that I’ll keep just between Ryan and I.

Today marks week 1 of Nolan’s life and day two of my maternity leave. Ryan went back to work already (let’s get dads some paternity leave, shall we corporate america?) so it’s just us two all day until the kids and the hubbie come home in the evening. Boy, am I blessed. I get this child all to myself. My heart may just burst with joy.

Thank you for all of your texts, prayers, phone calls, well wishes and messages. We are so grateful for friends & followers like you. Here are a few pictures of Kelsey and Colton meeting their new baby brother for the first time. My father-in-law took these precious snapshots two hours after baby Nolan was born.

I will never (ever, ever, ever) forget this day. 



Soaking Up Summer this Labor Day Weekend

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The kids and Ryan are soaking in every last bit of summer. The pool has finally “cooled off” to a mere 90 degrees … which actually makes it feel refreshing in this AZ heat. I dipped my toes in and then had the hardest time getting out of the pool (it’s what happens when you’re past your due date and don’t have any stomach muscles left to help yourself out). Nolan … ahem … where are you?