Grayson Ronald: Month One Video

I’ve been filming daily videos of Grayson so I can really see how much he’s changing during his first year. It’s really fun to look back and remember milestones that I might otherwise forget. Here is his first video. June 2014.

Grayson June from Tera Sue on Vimeo.

XO,
Tera

Grayson Ronald – 1 Month

I cannot believe Grayson has been with us for a month already! On the other hand, I feel like he’s been with us forever. It’s strange suddenly having this beautiful creature we created in our lives and though we just met him, it was love at first sight. We’re all getting to know each other, teaching each other and falling deeper and deeper in love with one another through good times and bad (I’m looking at you, 3am scream fests).

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Weight: 11.8 lbs (77 percentile)

Length: 24.25 inches (99 percentile)

Eyes: gray blue

Hair: spiky brown hair with hints or red in the right light

Nickname(s): Squeaky, Gray Gray, The Gray, Bear, Cutie Baby

Loves: eating, sticking his tongue out, sucking on his index finger, staring at art and photos on the wall, laying on daddy’s chest, sleeping in mommy and daddy’s room in the cradle his grandpa built for him, crying, white noise and eating some more

Hates: pooping and farting, not being held, not being fed and diaper changes

Daddy’s Favorite: The way he lays on his chest and falls asleep.

Mommy’s Favorite: The way he stretches with his entire body and smiles in his sleep.

Grayson is very curious. He is always looking around, absorbing his new world. He’s also very strong! He was lifting his head the day he was born and he just keeps getting stronger and stronger (which makes diaper changes a challenge at times). He squirms as if he’s trying to crawl and I predict he will be a very determined, strong willed and sensitive little boy. Daddy predicts he will be a handful. Extreme measures will be taken in the way of baby proofing when he starts crawling!

XO, Tera

Grayson Ronald

After 40 long weeks of anticipation and day dreaming about motherhood, my baby boy is finally here!

The Stats:
Name: Grayson Ronald Thomas
Date: June 6th, 2014
Time: 10:00 am
Weight: 9lbs, 2oz
Height: 21 inches

I can’t believe my 5’2″ frame was able to hold such a big healthy boy!

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I was fortunate enough to experience a relatively smooth pregnancy. Baby Gray was strong and healthy and though I was extremely uncomfortable, I was also healthy. In the last couple of weeks however, the doctor started hearing some irregularities in Grayson’s heartbeat. After continued monitoring we saw no improvement and after considering the options that were available to us we decided that it would be best to schedule a cesarean as soon as possible.

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Three days before my due date we made our way to the hospital feeling a little nervous about our recent change of plans and the health of our son.

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The experience was a bit overwhelming. My husband had to sit outside the O.R. while they numbed me up and as soon as they wheeled me in, things were moving so quickly. There were nurses and doctors buzzing around communicating information back and forth as the feeling in my legs melted away. It was my first time receiving anesthesia and I nearly passed out until the anesthesiologist gave me something to counteract the lightheadedness.

I was relieved to hear a familiar voice when they let my husband in and before we knew it the doctors were telling us what a big boy he was and how much hair he had. But the best part was hearing his cry. That first cry is such a comforting sound.

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Though I didn’t get the immediate skin-to-skin contact I had hoped for when I was dreaming up my birth plan, I was able to hold Grayson for a moment before they took him and my husband back to the recovery room to be measured and weighed.

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As soon as I was stitched back together we got our skin-to-skin contact and our first feeding. It all felt like a dream and I couldn’t believe I was staring at the beautiful boy I had just given birth to.

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The first week of recovery was difficult for me because I’m not good at resting, but the pain and discomfort was strong enough to keep me in bed for a couple of days. Not being able to hop out of bed and soothe my baby when he cried was very frustrating for me. I don’t know what I would have done without my husband. By the time we left the hospital he was a pro diaper changer, swaddler and baby soother.

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I cannot get enough of this perfect little guy. It has been difficult adjusting and recovering and dealing with postpartum emotions, but I have such an indescribable love for this baby and I live for getting to know him everyday.

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I feel as though it has brought my husband and I closer together too. We make such a great team and though we both just want to crawl under a blanket and sleep for seven years right now, we are really getting the hang of this parenting thing hand in hand, one step at a time.

We share something pretty amazing now and for every challenge we experience, we enjoy a million more rewards.

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XO, Tera

Handmade Swaddle Blanket Wraps

With a baby on the way (due in 3 weeks!) I’ve been reading a lot about babies. At the top of my reading list was The Happiest Baby on the Block. I’m hoping I have a happy, easy baby, but I’m preparing for a colicky boy. Swaddling is a huge topic in this book, so I decided I would make a couple of swaddle blanket wraps!

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I made a doxie wrap and a super hero wrap and enjoyed making them so much that I added a couple to my shop. I’m going to make as many as I can in different patterns now. I really hope my little man loves his new swaddle wrap blankets so I can make him one for every occasion!

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XO, Tera

Baby Boy Nursery Decor

I have been working on my baby’s nursery since I found out I was having a boy and we’re FINALLY finished!

I chose tiffany blue, gray/silver and brown (wood) as the color palette.

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Because his name is Grayson, which happens to have a comic book reference (Dick Grayson is Nightwing/previously Robin), we framed a couple of Nightwing comics. Our son is a California baby so I had to buy this I Love You California print from 3 Fish Studios. My mom found the elephant head from FAO Schwarz and I gave him a handmade Totoro friend from Oliveoh.

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The silver car was a random find at Ross, the concrete lamp is from Target and the piggy bank was made by my husband’s mom when he was a kid!

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Our little nursing corner is complete with a faux cowhide rug, cuddly little lamb plush (a baby shower gift) and my perfect little glider that is so comfortable and just the right size.

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The tree stump end table is the perfect touch for my baby’s man cave. The dump truck planter was made by me.

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The center photo is of me when I was a toddler, the photo on the left is of my husband when he was a baby. The sonogram photo will be replaced with a newborn photo of Grayson when he gets here. The dragon was painted by my husband when I dragged him to a ceramic painting place one night and the tugboat pulling his initials was a staycation find we bought at the hotel we stayed in the night we got married.

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We also added one of our engagement photos, some books I had when I was a kid and a toy I’ve had since I was born.

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My friend from college made us this poster and it couldn’t be more perfect!!

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His crib decorations include a custom quilt with his name on it (a baby shower gift from my girlfriends), one of our maternity photos, a custom piece from Kaelah of Clueless Girls Guide (it says, “you are our dream come true), a custom painting by @kiki_tattoos (instagram) and by Baby Jives cloud mobile.

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What do you think?

XO, Tera

Pinterest Inspired Planter

A while ago I saw a pin for a toy truck planter and because I’m having a baby boy, decided it would be a fun project for his nursery.

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I searched high and low for the perfect truck to use and it was surprisingly difficult. All the trucks were either too big or far too small, but finally we found one in the lego section that made the cut.

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I spray painted the truck silver to match his room decor since the primary colors would have clashed horribly. Then I added some succulents and voila! I had a plant for the end table in the nursery. I love all these cool plant pots people are creating out of unconventional objects.

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XO, Tera

Grayson’s Baby Shower Outdoor Decor

As if the inside of my mom’s house wasn’t amazing enough for my baby shower, my mom also decorated the yard for our lunch.

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How gorgeous is this set up?! These photos do not do it justice at all.

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The day was just perfect. Especially because of all the amazing women who were able to celebrate with me. My best friends from high school (two of which are also pregnant) always go out of their way to be there with me for my special moments.

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My old co workers from Disney made it down from Orange County and Los Angeles. I miss them SO MUCH. They are some of the sweetest, most caring women you could ever meet.

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these special ladies were my besties in middle school! I’m so glad I was able to reconnect with them after Courtney coordinated our wedding. They make everything more fun.

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Grayson and I are so lucky to have all these people in our lives to spoil us.

XO, Tera

Grayson’s Baby Shower

Over the weekend my mom hosted my baby shower. I may be biased, but it was the best baby shower ever! My mom went all out to celebrate her first grand baby. This is one lucky kid.

As soon as guests entered the house, they grabbed a pacifier necklace for the “don’t say baby” game.

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The gist of the game, if you haven’t heard of it already…don’t say the word baby or someone will steal your necklace. The person with the most necklaces at the end wins. My old boss/carpool buddy from Disney won by a landslide. She had quite the collection.

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My mom made all the necklaces with “It’s A Boy” ribbon and glued rhinestones and glitter on them.

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This iron cradle was handmade by my dad and is absolutely amazing. We will be keeping it in our room when Grayson is born and when he grows out of it we will be saving it forever. This is definitely heirloom material!

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I had no idea my mom had asked him to make it for us so it was a huge surprise when I walked in and saw it. I could have died. He even added little dragons on the side like the gate he made for our house. He is an amazing talent. He also made our shepherds hooks and wedding arbor.

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The dining room table was set up with sweet treats and my sweet baby’s name.

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My mom made these little frames with some adorable baby boy scrapbook paper and pretty pearl white spray painted letters.

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She hung crystal carriages and pacifiers which were similar to some crystal Cinderella carriages that decorated my bridal shower <3.

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My mom had this gorgeous cake made and it was as delicious as it was pretty.

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These pregotinis were perfect for me and all my pregnant friends.

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In the kitchen, there was a cute little table set up. Everything on it was handmade by my mom.

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She wrapped these letters with fabric, ribbon and rhinestones and made the little candy holders with mason jars and spray painted candle stick holders.

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She made me a diaper cake with receiving blankets, a pacifier clip, wash cloths, and rattles. I don’t want to take it apart!

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All guests went home with their own bottle of wine. She chose Barefoot wine because the label had little blue footprints and the tag told guests to save their bottle until Grayson’s arrival so they could help us celebrate.

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The attention to detail my mom put into this party was amazing. I knew the party was going to be amazing because my mom is a fantastic party planner/decorator, but she went above and beyond this weekend.

XO, Tera

 

Baby Moccasins

I decided to make some baby moccasins for my little baby bear and I really hope they actually fit him.

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XO, Tera

Nursing Staff Thank You Bags

I decided I wanted to give thank you bags to the nursing staff in labor and delivery after I have Grayson. During a recent hospital stay for a kidney infection I realized what a great job the nurses do for new mothers. I felt bad having them wait on me hand and foot!

I found the goodie bag idea on a few mommy blogs and knew I had to make some for our delivery team. I have the pleasure of being close friends with a NICU nurse who helped me come up with ideas for what to include in my thank you bags.

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For the packaging we found these cute gift bags and sticker tags at Target.

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Inside we included 1. coffee 2. cute hair ties 3. fun ankle socks (only $1.50!) 4. Resse’s Peanut Butter Cups 5. Snickers 6. gum 7. hand lotion

I hope they love their gifts and know how much we appreciate everything they will be doing for us when our baby comes. As first time parents we’re new to this whole labor thing so we will desperately need their expertise even if everything goes perfectly.

Have any mommies out there given nurses thank you gifts? What did you include?

XO, Tera