Thursday, September 15, 2016

Introducing Harper Rae Carnes

A week ago, my life was made a million times better!  Introducing Harper Rae Carnes, born Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016 at 3:33pm, weighing 8 lb 3 oz and measuring 21 inches long (we think...the doctor measured her differently yesterday):







After being induced Tuesday night, and laboring all day Wednesday (think: broke my water and went through two epidurals), we began pushing on Thursday morning (after waiting an hour and a half for the doctor to arrive).  We pushed for three hours and twenty minutes with pretty much zero progress, before they decided we needed to make sure Harper arrived safely and took us for a c-section.

Even though there were SO many things that went differently than my "plan" and there were so many people who made me really angry with their decisions (doctors, mainly), I wouldn't change anything about it.  Harper is amazing and is SO worth 36 hours of labor and not eating any food for over a day.  Isn't it amazing how you forget all of that the second you see your baby's face?

Now, if time will just slow down so I can soak up all of these newborn baby snuggles!  (Make sure you're following me on snapchat (@emilycarnes) to see all of the cuteness overload).

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Showering Baby Harper!

I am SO lucky that Harper is going to be raised in a community that loves and cares for her.  Andrew and I feel so blessed!

A few weeks ago, our Sunday School class threw a shower for us, and I wanted to share photos with you.  We had so much fun together...it's so obvious they know me well!! Glitter gold stars to guess baby's arrival date? Precious!






Just last weekend, my best friend and her mom threw a BEAUTIFUL baby shower for sweet Harper in their home.  I was overwhelmed with all the love. :)












I feel so blessed to be surrounded by so many amazing people.  Harper is going to truly know the definition of love, and I just am so excited for her to meet her tribe. :)

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Nursery Reveal!

Well, if it was up to me, I would have had Harper's nursery done WEEKS ago, but considering we just moved in to our new house a month ago...I guess it's okay that we just finished this weekend.  

She can officially come now, because her room is ready!! (I know, I know...she won't even sleep there for a while, but whatever.  The OCD person in me needed this...)

Take a peek!  I'm seriously in love with how everything turned out!







{Andrew's aunt found the rocker at a thrift store, and repainted/recovered it for us}

{The garland in the corner was made by some wonderful friends for baby showers.  I couldn't not add them to the room.}


{I made the mobile with TONS of help from my friends, and we purchased the mobile arm}



Monday, August 15, 2016

First Week of School!

Well, it's officially the second full week of school! I wasn't able to snap as many pictures as I wanted last week, but it was GREAT!  My kiddos are already working so hard to get in a routine, and learn the ways of kindergarten. :)



We worked on ABC Ya! playing some letter and number games...


We even practiced retelling stories to our partners...


It was such a great week!!


Now, to have a great second full week of school! 

Are you back at school yet? What are some of your favorite back to school activities?

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Meet and Greet - Classroom Tour

Today is the day! I get to meet my new friends today!  I've worked hard the past week and a half to get my room ready for year number three.  I cannot wait to meet my students, but I'd be lying if I said it doesn't make me a little nervous.  I mean, how are the parents going to react when they find out I'm pregnant?  What are they going to say/do?  I am super organized and prepared, so I'll just tell them that...and hope that that makes them feel better!

Here's what my classroom looks like TODAY:











Now, I'm all set for our first day of school tomorrow!  

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