Stupid Girl.

Before Simon showed up, I remember telling people I couldn't wait for him to be born so that he could start growing up--all my life, I've never been a baby person, I love toddlers and felt like I was just going to have to persevere through this baby stage 'til I got to the good stuff. Last night, as I was breastfeeding Simon and he was taking a little rest on his 'personal pillow', tears started streaming down my face. I suddenly realized how fast those toddler days were coming, where his tiny head would no longer fit perfectly on my chest and when he wouldn't want to spend of all his hours in my arms. It made me want to go back in time and hug {slap} that girl I once was and tell her how very stupid she was--because these are the best times, everything is perfect and I never want this to end.

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Our Boy Is Here!

If you follow me on instagram {@ashleyanielson} then you've already heard and probably gotten your fair share of Simon pictures, but here on the blog I'm going to try and make this more of a chronological record of the whole thing--so here he is, one day old, wide-eyed and loving to look outside at our beautiful view of the sky.
Simon Atlas Nielson
Born// December 31, 2014 at 12:56 PM
Weight// 7 pounds 13 ounces
Length// 21 inches

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37+ Weeks & Baby's Getting Ready

At this week's appointment I made Marcus come along so I had someone to grab onto while getting uncomfortably checked for dilation--it worked for a minute, but my instincts could not be fooled and once things got really uncomfortable, my body knew who was to blame for the current pain, and I was clinging to the doctor's shoulders as well. Luckily she gave me good news at the end of the appointment. Baby was still very low, I was 2 cm dilated and 75% effaced. She asked me how I felt about spending Christmas in the hospital, because she was fairly certain that was inevitable, I told her as long as he's healthy, there's no place I'd rather be! I'm trying hard not to get my heart set on an early baby, but let's be honest...my heart is set on it. 

I recently got criticized for not being more mushy about being pregnant, and while I'm truly grateful that things have gone relatively smoothly, that baby appears to be in good health, and I fully acknowledge that growing human beings inside of us is, like, totally rad and all, I'm not going to BS that this whole being pregnant is something that I really enjoy doing, because I don't.

I know once this baby is in my arms and a part of my life, I'm going to be crazy about him, but right now, he's just something that makes me highly uncomfortable--so sorry if I admit that I prefer babies outside the womb (watch me eat my words when I can't sleep or shower...:)).

I just can't wait to meet this little guy and start to learn who he is, what he looks like and what familial traits he inherits. Forty weeks is a long time to be pregnant--I'm ready, so let's do this little guy!
olive striped pencil dress//sold out (similar hereherehere and here)
arrow necklace//stella&dot (buy here)
floral scarf//old j.crew (similar here)
watch//arvo (similar here)
ankle strap booties//old target (similar herehere and here)

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