happy birthday, poppy

This has been a big week for our little girl – first day of school and her second birthday. I can hardly believe we have a 2 year old!

Poppy Girl,

Happiest of birthdays to the light of our life.

You have meant more to me than you’ll know even before you were born.  I was 6 months pregnant with you when I found out about Dad.  When my whole world was falling apart, you were a constant reminder that joy can exist even in the darkest of times.  I never felt completely alone because you were always with me.  There is no one on this planet that will know everything I went through those few months of grief besides you and I am so lucky you were there to help me through it all.

You were born a healthy, and happy baby  You stabilized and normalized our family.  We learned what it was like to deal with “normal” baby things and got to experience parenthood the way all parents should – without trip after trip to the hospital.

You lifted the spirits in our home and continue to.  “Where’s my Beazy?”‘ is the first thing you say when you wake up in the morning and asking to give her a “squeezy hug” is the last thing you want to do before bed.  You love her and she loves you back….a lot.  You two are so lucky to have each other.

You are so chatty, funny, have a little attitude, and are very loving.  You are our Poppy girl and we are so blessed to have you as ours.

we are expecting (again)

It is with much excitement and love that I share that Jordan, Beatrice, Poppy and I are expecting a new addition to our family in April 2019!

Looking back on the post I did when we announced being pregnant with Poppy (HERE), a lot of the same emotions remain.

We started out our journey as parents in a way that I hope no other family has to (although, unfortunately, it happens too regularly).  Having to go through an 8 hour surgery on our 10 week old baby and then work towards a liver transplant and isolation for 1 year afterwards – our experience into parenthood was more than abnormal.

However, the deep deep love you feel caring for a child that is your own is something that all parents experience no matter the situation – our love was dedication was just tested a little in that first year and we are all better for it.

We made a conscious decision to continue growing our family despite what could lie ahead and we never looked back.  Penelope “Poppy” Kelly Weidner was a breath of fresh air from the minute she was born.  She help stabilize our family and normalized our home.

Having two girls was ideal to me – best friends, playmates – girls were all I’d ever known.  However, I still felt like there was room in our hearts for one more and we couldn’t be more excited!

So, you may be wondering a couple of things…

Is biliary atresia likely to happen again in your family?  The answer is that this is extremely extremely unlikely- however still possible. Jordan and I have discussed this at length and despite the tiny risk, it wasn’t enough to stop us from having another child.  We feel strongly that whatever is thrown our way, we have developed a strong team within our home and within the hospital that can take on whatever challenges come our way.  Something we didn’t do with Bea but we DID do with Poppy was have a special test run when she was born which confirmed she did not have any liver issues.  We will be doing the same thing when this baby is born.

Are you going to find out boy or girl?  We did not find out with Bea or Poppy and I actually desperately want to know this time around.  Although I’d be happy with either (just healthy. healthy, healthy, healthy please), I think having a girl would be easier for us at this point – keep the pink train going.  BUT, as badly as I want to know – we are going to wait it out until the delivery room.

So, continue following along this crazy journey of juggling motherhood, work, a love for clothing and fashion and toss some prayers our way when you think of it.  We appreciate all of the love and support and are excited to introduce you to our baby in April.

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xo

Hillary

 

 

 

 

home decor

Happy Wednesday 🙂 I totally feel like I’m “on a roll” with 2 blog posts this week – although I realize not truly impressive since I used to post 5 days a week.  However,  I’m patting myself on the back for making the blog a priority this week!

For those that follow along on Instagram (@hillarykweidner) you know that we moved a few months ago.  We bought an old horse barn built in the 1800’s and redid a LOT of the inside.  With all that work came fresh, new decor and I want to share with you some of my absolute FAVORITE pieces we bought from Serena & Lily.

***S&L is having their friends & family so everything is 20% off!  Definitely a perfect time to pull the trigger on some items you have been eyeing***

Counter Stools.  Find them HERE.

[Okay, so you may have seen these a lot and in several different finishes but I have to tell you how obsessed I am with these counter stools.  Not only are they the perfect height for our kitchen island, but they are SO comfortable and probably THE MOST kid-friendly furniture we have in our house.  Yes, Poppy loves yogurt and makes a giant mess while eating it but as soon as she’s finished, I pop her on the ground and take my scrub brush to the seat.  Looks brand new.]

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Cubby Bins.  Find them HERE.  

[Before you get too excited about these bins, they are only avail in gray right now.  The navy were discontinued and I legit called every single store across the country to see if they had any and I literally got the last 8 (I wanted nine).  HOWEVER, the gray is beautiful and they are the perfect size for a cubby or anywhere else you need a bin. ]

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White Mirror.  Find it HERE.

[I don’t have a specific picture of this white mirror in my home, but this was one of the first things I bought thinking I would put it in my guest bathroom.  I decided to put in a recessed medicine cabinet instead but couldn’t find it in me to return this incredible mirror from Serena & Lily.  I currently have it in the area where I get dressed in the morning and love the simplistic but sophisticated design.  Would also be great in a nursery or guest bedroom]

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Bed Side Table.  Find them HERE.

[So the bed side tables I have in the picture below are from One Kings Lane but S&L look very similar.  I am obsessed with their version and the color is perfect.  We pulled up all of the carpet in the house and painted every square inch of the interior and exterior.  I wish I had good pictures of our bedroom before but I am just so happy with how it turned out.  Bright, cheery, and FRESH.  Although not completely finished, I have especially loved my bedside tables in a beautiful navy.]

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Step Stool.  Find it HERE.

[One of the things I was very conscious of when decorating certain areas of the house was that it was kid friendly and kid accessible.  With that, I was adamant about incorporating a lot of step stools throughout the house (I think we have 6) to reach countertops, sinks, and beds.  I wanted something that looked good with the rest of the decor – and I found just that with this kid-friendly stool.]

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Hurricane Vases.  Find HERE.

[I absolutely adore most things scalloped so when I saw these, I thought they would be the perfect accent pieces for our kitchen table.  The gold/brass matches our kitchen hardware and adds a little fun to our room!]

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[I could go on and on about what I love about S&L but check out their items yourself – you wont be disappointed  And like I mentioned earlier, use code HOMELOVE for 20% off your purchase!]

xo

Hillary