Sunday, November 2, 2014

Crescent Beach

We recently got back from a lovely trip to California- man, oh man, have I got a lot of pictures and advice to share. 
But these last couple days in Iowa have been frightfully cold so I thought I would reminisce about the warmer days we spent on a beautiful beach. Why we chose to live in such a cold state I'll never know. Can't wait until we can go back!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Going Private

I think it's time to make My Happy Thought a private blog. If you would still like to follow the two posts a year- just kidding! (kinda) send me an email or comment with your email below and I'll add you to the list. Thanks for all your love and support!

Saturday, September 20, 2014


I'm always getting asked if the two girls look alike. . . I just show them this picture: 
If I didn't know better, I'd say they were twins for sure. Other than a very few subtleties (Monroe's chin, hair color and skin were just a tad different) but I'd say they are most definitely sisters!

Gardner Girls

I mentioned previously how nervous I was for Paisley transitioning to having a baby in the family but she has done surprisingly well. She absolutely ADORES Monroe and just loves her to pieces but she has had some trouble listening and obeying lately. But I chalk that up to the age and maybe just a little bit to adjusting to sister. 
One of the most wonderful moments for me was when she met her sister for the first time. I had heard that it helps to have a 'gift' for the older sibling from the baby and vice versa. Make few weeks beforehand, Paisley and I decided on a little stuffed animal to give the baby once she arrived. I then put together a little gift bag full of things I knew Paisley would like as well as be able to enjoy at the hospital. That included a darling new Rapunzel dress, crayons, coloring book, nail polish and a tea set. 
Gavin picked her up and brought her to me. She was so sweet and unsure of what was going on but still had the cutest smile on her face. 
I gave her hugs and talked to her for a minute before pointing out the baby Addie was holding in the corner. 
I am not one to cry after giving birth and am holding my baby for the first time. Too many emotions at once I guess but when Gav brought her over to us, I immediately burst into happy tears when I saw my two girls together for the first time. Words can't even explain how much love I have for these two beautiful girls. My heart had never been so full before and I am so thankful to be their mommy. 

Birth Story of Miss Monroe

Obviously it's been a long time since I posted. A looooong time. So much has happened- especially the newest addition of our family and I know it won't be as easy this time around, what with two kids and all, but I want to document it as best I can like I did with Paisley. 

So best start off by telling her birth story while it's still {somewhat} fresh in my mind. 

Miss Monroe was due on July 31, 2014 but each doctors appointment prior to her arrival suggested that she would not be arriving in time. Unless you've been there yourself, I cant tell you how awful it is to hear that when you are 9 plus months pregnant. Many tears were shed in desperation to be done and meet my little girl. 
My sweet mom and wonderful sister had driven out to Iowa after quite an adventure {that's a story for another day!} 
and were such troopers! Putting up with me and my hormones were not easy I tell you. {Sorry guys!} 
They entertained my energetic two year old, they cleaned my house, they made dinners and did their best to keep my mind off of how uncomfortable I was. Gavin was great too. So sweet and supportive even after working long hours at TWO pharmacies. Crazy boy. 
Well the due date came and went with no progression. If I didn't end up going into labor on my own, my doctor said they would induce me a week later. {Yuck}
After a long week of walking, bouncing on a yoga ball, crying, pretty much everything they tell you to induce labor, nada. We scheduled the induction for Aug 7th. We headed into the hospital on Aug 6th to the the cervidil started and planned on starting the pitocin for the morning. 
       ^ Last picture as a family of three!

I was so nervous for how Paisley would handle everything. I wanted her love her sister. I wanted her to know that we still loved her more than life itself. I wanted her to handle the transition ok. I wasn't nervous for the labor and delivery at all, compared to the worry I felt for my Paisley Girl. 

We got all settled and had a nice nurse, at least I think we did. Honestly, it's amazing how much you forget so quickly.
We took it easy and tried to get as much sleep as we could before game time.
I actually slept better that night than I had the last few weeks of being pregnant. 
My dad had made it into town so he was going to watch Paisley while my Mom and Addie came to be with me. We started the pit around 6 am and the contractions were kinda slow going. It wasn't until about 10:00 that I asked for my epidural. The anesthesiologist was great and was able to get it done quickly and I was on cloud nine after that. {Oh and Gavin didn't pass out this time. Got woozy? Yes but the lights never went out this time.} Haha. 
My nurse, LeAnn, was really fantastic. I wasn't progressing very fast so she had me lay on my side for a bit. Gavin was pretty hungry so he was going to run down to the cafeteria to grab a bite. When LeAnn came back to check on me, I had gone from a 6 to a 10 super fast. My mom had to call Gavin to come back because we were ready to push. I honestly don't remember how long I pushed for but it felt much longer than with Paisley. I was having a hard time breathing and pushing at the same time so in between contractions, they have me oxygen. Man, that stuff is goooOoood! I mean, I breath oxygen all day every day and it's nothing like the stuff they give you there. :)
I was getting pretty exhausted so I I would get my oxygen and close my eyes and just focus on taking deep breaths. 
After what seemed like forever, I have one final push determined to bit wait another minute to see her and there she was! They pulled her right out and the doc asked who was going to cut the cord, but little miss already had a firm grip in the scissors like she was ready to cut her own cord. They put her on my chest and I immediately felt my heart double in size.

She was beautiful! All this dark hair and rosy round cheeks. She was perfect. 
Monroe Elizabeth Gardner was born 8-7 was 7lbs 8 oz (notice those inverted numbers?) She was born at 2:20 pm and was 20 inches long (the numbers again! It's cool but really throws me off sometimes. Haha) 

Miss Monroe. Practically perfect in every way. 

My Heart Just Got Bigger

Monday, March 24, 2014

Dear Paisley

Dear Paisley, 
It has been awhile since my last letter to you and you have already grown up so much. 
You are now 22 months old and are as smart as a whip. 
You are constantly amazing me with the funny things you say.
For example:
"Get it." 
You say this when you pick your nose and want me to wipe off the boogers. 
I am thankful you arent smearing it all over my walls or putting it in your mouth. 
I am HAPPY to 'get it' for you.
"Kiss it."
When you get a boo boo you immediately come running for me to kiss it better. 
I also love it when you you kiss my boo boo's better too.
"Let it go."
Yes, even you have not escaped the craze of this song. You are constantly asking me to play it for you and when you sing along it just melts my heart. This song and movie are seriously old news but you are so cute when you sing it that I will keep playing it for you as long as you keep asking.
You have a fascination with the IPad and our IPhones and Siri is definitely someone you enjoy talking to. Even though she never knows what you are saying. 
"What's dat?"
Curious little one you are. Always asking what things are.
"Lipstick" -&- "I wanna drive"
I promise you that I am not lying when I say you asked to wear RED lipstick and to drive the car all within the same hour. My little toddler turned teenager already. 

You know almost all your animals and colors. 
You know a lot of shapes and you absolutely adore babies. 
Every time you see a baby car seat or stroller, you have to go peek.
You are going to be such a sweet big sister.
I cannot wait for you to have a best friend in July August.

We are working on potty training right now and let's be honest,
It's not going well.
And I am probably to blame. 
Your little sister is sucking up a lot of my energy and to potty train take a serious amount of energy.
You'll get it. I know you can do it. 
Hopefully sooner than later.

 Paisley Jane, you are my whole life. 
You light up my world and I am so thankful to be your mama. 
You make me so happy and your little spirit is so beautiful. 
I love you so much and I know your daddy does too. 
Thank you for making our life amazing. 
Love you to the moon and back!
Your Mumsy


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Special Announcemnet

Yup, it's official! 
My child is a special kind of movie star!
This kid is going places!

This is how we announced our special news! 
In case you dont want to watch the one minute video above, here is the announcement!

Yup! Baby number two is coming and Paisley will have a little SISTER on July 31, 2014. 
(For all you nerds out there, that is Harry Potter's birthday!)
We decided to find out early since my mom was in town and we simply couldnt wait any longer. 

Now we have to think of a name! 
Why is it sooooo much harder this time around? 


OK and Nae-Nae

We recently got to go visit my grandparents in Oklahoma and we stopped for the night in Kansas.
We stayed at a hotel we knew had a pool.
Unfortunately, we could see it from our room, which made Paisley crazy the whole time since all she wanted to do was play, it was FULL of kids who were there for a birthday party, she was too small to do down the slide, and the water was coooooold!

She sure was cute and we had fun until...
Bed time. 
This girl had THE ROUGHEST NIGHT I think ever. 
If she didnt, Gavin and I definitely did. 
She would not sleep, she would only cry, and not just cry...
SCREAM and HOWL all night long. 
I have never been so stressed out in my life. I ended up having to leave for a bit because it was just too much for me to handle.
I could hear her though out the ENTIRE hotel. 
Yikes. Not pleasant.

She had a blast at Grandma and Grandpa Jones' though! 
I am sorry Grandma and Grandpa!

Nanny was able to come home with me and spend some time with us. 
It was LOVELY having her here!
I heard of some edible cookie dough for sale from the TV show, Shark Tank and the closest place it was sold was in Witchita. So on our way up, we got some.
It did not disappoint!

Nanny gave little lady a haircut. 

I think she approved....

This girl adores her Nanny Jac!
More later...