Sunday, November 25, 2018


This Thanksgiving wasn’t a traditional one, but it’s by far my favorite to date. 
My family made the trip to Dallas and also brought two special visitors. My Nanny and Granddad came with mom and dad and got to meet their great granddaughter! 

The past few years I have either hosted Thanksgiving or helped prepare the feast, but with a newborn we decided to go a different route. This year we catered Thanksgiving dinner and it may have been the best decision yet!! It was so nice to just spend time with the family and not worry about cooking prep or cleanup! I highly recommend giving it a try if you have a crazy schedule, life, or just don’t want the stress! 

After all of the celebrating on Thursday, Tyler and I got to talking and without a doubt this is the most “Thankful” Thanksgiving to date. I was holding our sweet baby, rocking her to sleep in the nursery and just was overwhelmed with how blessed we really are. I probably talk about that a lot lately, but I sincerely mean it. I’m so thankful for my family, my husband and our precious baby girl that arrived just in time to celebrate with us. 

These are the days I never want to forget. Although we are so sleepy we can hardly stand and some most days we wonder what we are actually doing... life is perfect! I am so thrilled because my favorite photographer in Dallas (who took our amazing maternity pics) reached out and we set up an in home newborn session. 

 Becca came to visit us when Ella Jane was only nine days old and captured some of the sweetest images of both her and our family! 
I know I will treasure these pictures forever and I couldn’t wait to share a few favorites with y’all. 
ps had to save a few favorites for the Christmas card...
My favorite picture E V E R 
We have been enjoying life as a family of three so much. Literally dreading tomorrow when Tyler goes back to work... but so thankful for our time together! 
Barnett Family of T H R E E
 all of our love...
So thankful for this little girl 

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all the love from baby-land // 1 Thessalonians 5:18 
Tuesday, November 20, 2018


Welcome to the world sweet Ella Jane!
On Sunday, November 11th we welcomed our precious baby girl into the world. We are already so in love and cannot imagine life before her. ps. I didn't understand that saying until I had a baby, now I totally get it!
On Saturday night Tyler and I were watching the LSU vs Arkansas game (a huge deal at our house) and at half time I called my mom and described a pain and tightening in my stomach... I was like am I having a contraction!? She quickly replied, yep sounds like it! We were not expecting her to come on time, or early much less, so we were not prepared for this really at all. Throughout the second half of the game, the contractions started coming frequently, so Tyler decided we should start timing them. We also started scurrying around packing bags and getting things ready to leave if we had to go to the hospital. 

Sure enough, by 2am I had to call the doctor and he told me to wait just a bit then head to the hospital. By 3am, my contractions were less than three minutes apart and Tyler was trying to scoot me out the door as fast as possible... The first time he came to get me I was curling my hair, the second time I was touching up my nail polish, the third time I was making the bed and he decided that was enough... lol he scooped me up and off we went!

Starting off parenting is not ideal with no sleep, but alas, Ella Jane decided it was for the best! After a night of serious contractions and labor, and a little drama, the doctor told us to call all of the family because we were about to have a baby. After my epidural at 7am things went lightning fast and I had her before noon! Ella Jane gave us all a scare a few times, she would hold her breath and the only way to read her heartbeat was for me to constantly roll over to my side. Drama aside we are so thankful because at 11:52am I delivered our precious bundle of joy!

About an hour after delivery, they took her and weighed her and she had everyone stunned weighing in at eight pounds six ounces. No one saw that coming, or thought I would have a baby that big! She was just under 21 inches long and was born with a head full of hair.
Tyler and I were totally shocked when we saw her, like couldn't believe it! Was she perfect to us, of course. Did she look anything like we thought she would, nope! We were both born with blonde hair and blue eyes and she came out with a full head of her daddy's (now) dark hair! She also got his great dark skin but has my nose and long legs, arms and fingers! We are totally in awe of her and look at each other constantly saying 
"we cannot believe she is ours"
So que the family... Of course my baby comes on a Sunday! Daddy was about to start preaching and mom was already at the church...We called my parents and Tyler's parents along with our sisters and my brother and told everyone to head our way Sunday morning. I wanted to wait until we knew she was coming soon to sound the alarm, since I only assumed my labor would be eternal like everyone else in my family... Turns out by the time we had text and called everyone it was almost go time for delivery! But it all worked out just fine :) It gave Tyler and I some time to bond with her and then once we settled in she got to meet all of her new favorite people. 
This picture accurately sums up the excitement! For all my fam pics check out my Insta story highlights HERE
She has been a perfect angel and just a little piglet. Seriously all sister wants to do is eat! When we went for her first appointment with the pediatrician they had her weigh in and then asked us to come back a few days later to check her weight. When we came back she had gained 5oz in just 48 hours! lol Of course we don't sleep, but I don't think we have ever been this happy! 
We have officially had our first bath, hosted a meet and greet with the cavapups (oh my they want to help so bad) and are adjusting to life as a family of three! We have been able to get out for a walk and are so loving this time. Tyler was able to take time off work and I can't imagine doing the first few days without him! He is such a good daddy, I am so grateful for him.
So here are a few favorite pictures of Miss Ella Jane 
 sweet snuggle bunny 
 Mama is my new favorite name! 
PS. Tyler is still salty about this paci! He scanned an "I love daddy" pacifier for our registry but somehow there was confusion and this is what we ended up with! (we laugh every time I put it in her mouth)
all the L O V E from baby-land

Tuesday, November 6, 2018


Talk about a work in progress, the nursery has been something that I have been working on since day one. From finding the perfect crib, to custom painting her dresser, to the art on the walls... this room has been filled with love and careful consideration!

Ella Jane is due in just T E N days and the nursery is finally complete
Here are a few pictures from her sweet little room
I fell in love with this crib before I even knew I was pregnant... true story! When we found out we were having a little girl it was the first thing I wanted to purchased... then I was devastated when I found out it was sold out everywhere! Thankfully I found it online at Hayneedle and ordered it at like 2am! I couldn't risk not having it :) 
Another thing I was dying to have in the nursery was a gorgeous piece of furniture she could grow with. 
Instead of a changing table, we opted for this antique French dresser. I enlisted the help of my mom and we re-finished it and brought it back to life. From a creamy white to pale pink I love this piece so much.
 I hand painted the gold in-lay and the pretty pink makes it just what this nursery was missing! 
I custom made her little mobile and it is one of my favorite things in her room. I couldn't find a mobile that I just loved... so I made my own! I hand painted the beads, made tassels and strung them together for this cutie. 
My first New Testament and her first little bracelet on the dresser 
My sweet grandparents purchased her rocker for us! Can't wait to have her in my arms and be right here 
These framed art prints were a TOTAL labor of love
I actually stumbled across a pile (like hundreds) of vintage plant and floral pages that had been torn from a book and were for sale at an antique store. I literally sat in the floor with my mom for an eternity and we hand selected these pretties to frame and put above her dresser 
All of her sweet blankets and soft fluffies 
Another really special feature of the nursery is my tiny little outfit that is framed above her crib. This was one of my Feltman Brothers outfits as a baby and I  L O V E how it looks above her bed
ps. everything will come out of the crib before she goes in :)

My mom came and lined all of her drawers with this gorgeous paper... it makes me so happy every time I open her drawers 
A peak in to her nursery...
This vintage inspired floral print above her bed is from one of my favorite stores back home... I also fell in love with this before I knew Ella Jane was coming! I rushed back home to snag it as soon as I found out!
This has been one of my favorite projects to date and I am so happy with how it turned out!
I have details on how I made the mobile, how I selected and hand painted the dresser as well as how I hung the gallery wall that I can also post if yall are interested! 

Can't wait to meet our sweet girl and bring her home soon!