Ophelia Grace Winchell is born.

She is here.

Ophelia Grace Winchell was born on a cold and icy morning in February. She is the most beautiful thing. She is magic.

I went into labor at 10:00 PM on February 7th and she was born at 2:47 AM on February 8th. I didn’t even know I was in labor at first. Just a steady cramp that woke me up that night. I called the doctor. I took a bath. I sat on the toilet a hundred times. The pain was not going away.

“Come in,” the hospital said. “We’ll hook you up to the monitors and check you out.”

And so we went and in my mind I thought we would come home.

But my cramps were getting worse the closer we got. I wasn’t even calling them contractions. I am not having this baby tonight, I thought. I can’t!

But I did!

When I arrived at the hospital I was in so much pain. I had to sit down and IT HURT. My stomach would contract and the intensity was crazy. They put me in a wheel chair and I just felt like I had to push. “Don’t push!!” they said, “We don’t know if you’re ready. You could hurt yourself if you’re not ready.”

BUT I WAS READY.

I changed into the hospital gown, went to the bathroom again and my water broke. I kept feeling like I had to push and they kept telling me DO NOT PUSH.

Then the nurse checked me… “YOU ARE 10 CENTIMETERS.”

WHAAAAAT (Zan says I yelled.)

And then they hooked me up to the monitors and I started to push. No time for medicine. No time for fear.

I pushed and I pushed and I pushed. “Look at me, Anna,” Zan said. “You can do this. Look at me.”

I pushed for 45 minutes and remember it like it was yesterday. It was hard, but it did not hurt. It felt crazy, but it felt right. I felt her head coming down and I felt her slip into this world. And I loved it. I loved every minute of it.

They put her on my chest and there she was, our baby.

“I can’t believe she’s here. I can’t believe she’s here. I am so SO happy she is here.”

Ophelia Grace Winchell
February 8th 2017, 2:47 AM
7 lbs, 2.5 oz / 20.5 in.

“Heaven blew every trumpet, and played every horn
On the wonderful, marvelous night you were born.”

Welcome to the world, baby girl. We are forever so in love with you.

a nursery tour // for a little lady

Nursery Tour!

I am so excited to share pictures from the baby’s nursery today. I had so much fun thinking it up in my head and then following through and putting it together over the last few months. It is my favorite spot in the house now and I sit here most mornings with my coffee and most nights listening to records and just thinking about how different life is soon going to be. Most of the furniture in the room is from trusty IKEA (chair, crib, dresser, and all shelving), which I didn’t exactly plan but it ended up being the easiest (and cheapest) way to find everything we needed and I’m so happy it worked out that way it. Everything else is a spattering of bedding and blankets and pretty art and toys that I found and loved. This space is so lovely and special to me. I hope you like it too…

Nursery Tour!

Welcome!

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I love the view of the room from this angle. I got the idea for the wall shelves (meant for picture frames) as book shelves from pinterest, of course. For years I have been seeing books displayed in children’s rooms this way and I knew that I wanted to do that in our little girl’s room too. Picture books always have the best covers so why wouldn’t you want to show them off?

Also let’s take a moment to love on Pennylane, please. Her days in the spotlight are numbered, or so people tell me, but I will always love that little girl so much.

Sources:
Unicorn | Chair | Lamp | Shelves | Pouf | Striped Storage Bins | Record Player
DresserRock ‘n Play | Keekaroo Peanut Changing Mat

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One thing I am really excited about (strangely?) is that we’re going to attempt cloth diapering. For the first few weeks we plan to use swaddlers, but I purchased set of bum genius pocket diapers and a bunch of cloth wipes for when she’s big enough (around 10-35 lbs) and I’m actually really pumped to do it. Cost efficient AND good for the environment, plus I have always been a super fan of doing laundry (also strange, I know). I have done so much research and I feel really ready for it. I think. Ha! Wish us luck — we shall see!

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And this is another one of my favorite views — the crib and the tall bookshelf filled with books, trinkets, stuffed animals and blankets galore. Collecting gifts from family and friends has been one of my favorite parts of this whole process. And of course the clothes! I’ve washed nearly everything in the newborn drawer and it’s all ready to go. About 5 weeks till her due date! It feels so close, I can’t believe it.

More sources:
Tall bookcase | Gold Lamp | Crib Sheet
Ivie Baby Hexagon Blanket (THE SOFTEST!!) | Elephant Hamper

Anything else you’re curious about just ask! I’m happy to answer if I can. XO

the maternity photos of my dreams // 30 weeks

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Photography by: Elizabeth Willis Photography
Instagram: @ellietacy | Facebook

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Oh my heavens. I could not have asked for a more beautiful set of maternity shots if I tried. I was so happy when Elizabeth reached out to me in the fall to see if I’d like to have some photographs taken of my pregnancy and I am so grateful to have gotten the chance to work with her. We met at the greenhouses at Wellesley College and spent about an hour or so wandering around exploring and taking shots. It’s weird to be in the spotlight sometimes, especially when I’m usually behind the camera but for this I felt pretty relaxed and casual. Elizabeth made it fun and carefree– she’s such a nice person and an incredible photographer. It’s so important to me to have these photos of this wild and special time. I am so honored to get to carry this baby and to raise her and love her and call her mine. I love being pregnant, but I also can’t wait to meet her. I am getting so ready and it’s almost time.

I will treasure these pictures forever and ever and ever and ever.

Thank you, Elizabeth! I think you are amazing!

29 WEEKS!

29 weeks!

The weekend of my Syracuse baby shower! :)

My sister and I drove out to New York on Friday night and had such a nice time. My mom and Meg helped host the party with my cousin Kristin at her cozy, Christmas decorated home and it was so great to see everyone who came! I got a lot of adorable clothes and some essentials from my baby registry.

Zan and I are having another shower together in January with our Boston friends and family and it’s really wonderful to have everyone so excited about the new baby. This is the first grandchild for both our families, which makes it even more special! So much love for this little girl and she isn’t even here yet!

I’m feeling so good, but also feeling really pregnant. Go figure, right? :) I can’t believe how close we are, but also still so far away. How much bigger can I get? 10 weeks bigger, apparently. I don’t like sitting too long at the end of the day because my back starts to hurt and my insides feels smooched. But for a majority of the day I feel awesome and I’m sleeping well so I can’t complain about too much! I also have a lot of energy. A friend at work asked if I was tired and taking lots of naps, and no! I am feeling active and not sleepy at all. Still drinking tons of milk and buying lots of little outfits. Target has some of the best and most adorable things! But of course they do.

This weekend we are starting on the baby’s room. Walls are being painted, a rug has been found, and we went with this IKEA dresser (and Anthropologie knobs!) — which will double as a changing table too.

I can’t wait to start decorating and adding all our gifts and purchases to the nursery soon. Thank you, thank you for everyone’s happy wishes and all the amazing presents. Super thankful, happy heart.

29 weeks!