1 Month Bliss

Friday, October 10, 2014

Hello patient loyal friends! I had a baby and his name is Theodore Alexander! (goes by Theo or Xander) Our little buddy is 4 weeks old today! 4 weeks later and I still don't know what to call him- I often call him Thinker (thats stinker with a lisp- boy likes to poop) I think as time goes by his little personality will let me know if he's a Theo, Teddy or Theodore (or even a middle namer: Xander) Until then i'll just keep calling him my little thinker stinker winker dinker minker! 

On the early morning of Wednesday, Sept, 10th we started the process of being induced...and after two days of labor he was born on September 11th at 10:06pm weighing 8lbs 5oz 21 inches long. The process was long, peaceful, hard and exciting. I pushed and pushed and pushed and little guy wouldn't come out. He ended up being transverse (head was turned) we tried everything to get him to turn back. I was in every position you could think of (by now my epidural wore of and I was exhausted and crying in pain)  as hard as I tried we ended up needing a c-section. I really did feel like a total failure. Like my body wasn't meant to birth my son, and in reality my pelvis was just too small for him- even if he did turn. With him being overdue he was just too big for me! But i'll never ever ever forget the moment they held him in front of me, with my drugged eyes I looked so deeply into his. Admiring that head full of hair and seeing that he had my nose and eyes. He looked so chubby and healthy, like he's been out into the world for weeks. He had the sweetest pout- he also had his dad's mouth. He was the perfect mix of us both. After a hard pregnancy and long delivery, I gave life to our son- Theodore Alexander. My sweet baby- you are worth every tear I shed over you and all the pain I endured- you are the gift of God.

Next set of photos are by our friend Rylee Hitchner. So thankful she took photos of the sweet moments of us as a new family.

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These next set of photos are a few I took the first few days home with the little guy. His first bath was a big deal! The contraption Robbie is wearing is a towel apron that our friends sweet mom made! Its genius and it works perfectly! 
Our baby has been so alert since day one, so some of these photos I find myself thinking he looks so much older, when really he was just under a week! He has the best face expressions! Oh Lord I just love him so much. Also love seeing my husband become the sweetest dad. He is so in love with his son, I can't handle it! He is so tender and protective, I've fallen in love all over again. 

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 This last photo is one of my favorites, his little profile kills me. We can't believe we survived the first month! This week we've noticed he has started to look at our eyes- it makes us so giddy! Can't wait until he throws us a smile- I'm going to pass out i'll be so happy! Or just pass out, i'm tired.

Molly's Haircut

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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Our sweet Molly did what we all dream about: chopped her long locks for a short adorable pixie. Yes I'm jealous, jealous she has the face and attitude for this cut and I don't! I was at dinner with some friends when Molly walked in the restaurant surprising all of us with her spur of the moment decision- I nearly cried I loved it so much. It looked so freeing and carefree! I immediately wanted to cut my hair right then and there, but the swollen face and bad hair texture from pregnancy reminded me it just wasn't a good idea at the moment. Plus I didn't want to it to be labeled a mom cut. Because no matter how rockin cool and BA a cut might be- if you have a kid it automatically turns into a mom cut. THE STRUGGLE. 


S'mores Cupcakes

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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So the other day I (Molly) came home to these beauties. What a fantastic surprise right? My very talented future sister-in-law/friend made us some yummy treats. Caitlin does many of our recipes here on Irrelephant from the Caprese Pasta Salad to the Crème brûlée. Her recipes are easy to understand and make even I (who only makes cereal and sausage balls once a year) feel like a confident chef! I believe a little birdy told me she is starting her very own food blog in November!  So...Look out for that!  
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Graham Cracker Cupcakes 
2 sticks of unsalted butter, softened, plus more for pans
3 cups of cake flour, plus more for pans
2 cups packed dark-brown sugar 
1 cup granulated sugar 
6 large eggs 
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract 
1/4 teaspoon salt 
8 ounces of sour cream
1/2 teaspoon baking soda 
1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs (20 squares) 
1/3 cup melted unsalted butter 
1/4 cup sugar 

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line cupcake pan with paper cupcake liners. Beat together butter and sugars with a mixer until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour and salt. In another bowl, combine sour cream and baking soda. Start by adding 1/3 of the flour mixture to the butter and sugar mixture. Then add half of the sour cream mixture. Repeat both steps. End with the last of the flour mixture. Divide the batter between the muffin tins. 

In a small bowl combine the graham cracker crumbs with the melted butter and the sugar. Sprinkle the graham cracker mixture over each cupcake. Bake until golden brown or use a toothpick test to ensure they are done, about 30 minutes. Let cakes cool in pans, about 25-30 minutes. Remove cupcakes, and let cool completely on a wire rack. Make frosting and filling in the meantime.

Chocolate Ganache Filling
10 oz of chocolate chips
1 cup of heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon of vanilla
Piping bag 

Melt the chocolate into the heavy cream over a double boiler, over medium heat. Stir constantly to ensure even melting. Allow to come to room temperature. 

Marshmallow Frosting
8 large egg whites
2 cups of sugar
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar 
2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract 
Brûlée' torch
Frosting bag and large round tip

Place the egg white, sugar, and cream of tartar in a heat proof bowl. Set over a sauce pan filled with simmering water (double boiler concept). Whisk constantly until the sugar is dissolved and the whites are warm to the touch. About 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and beat with an electric mixer/beater. Start on low speed and gradually increase to high. Beating until stiff, glossy peaks form, 5-7 minutes. Add vanilla and mix until combined. 

Now, assemble your cupcakes!! 

Use a 1/2 inch cookie cutter and cut the centers out of the cupcakes. Fill a frosting bag with chocolate ganache and pipe the chocolate filling into the cupcakes. 
Using a clean bag with a large round tip, pipe the frosting on top of the cupcakes. Toast the tops with a brûlée torch, taking care not to burn the paper liners. Serve immediately and Enjoy! 


Splash of Color

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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Color blocking is in.. So why not do it with your hair? 
We used our models ombred purple hair to create a color blocked updo! 

Adding a pop of color like this is a great way to change your style. If you didn't want to commit to the process of coloring but really wanted this look you could try a scarf/headband or even some of Bumble and Bumble's Spray Chalk.

Happy Tuesday!


Baby "Shower" Party

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

As we are still patiently waiting for baby Ballentine to bless us with his presence, we will show another big step in preparing for his arrival...


Two months later here's a bit of the fun party thrown for the Ballentines'. Several of our talented friends added their touches to the night, which turned out to be a sweet southern backyard celebration. 

Let's start with the food!
Caitlin Cody (new blog "CupCait" coming November 2014) did the yummy yummy spanish inspired catering. I personally have been dreaming about this food ever since. 

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Courtney Bryant did the amazing gluten free deserts and Laura Chancey from Humble pie graced us with the beautiful fig galette. Yum. So as you can see ... we have some talented foodies among our friends. 

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If you're friends with Jo, you are basically family. And it was important to her that everyone felt comfortable and cozy. You can't get more comfortable than having all of your friends come celebrate at your own home. When Joanna suggested her house, we were all elated. It was the perfect backdrop for the night. And the place where all of baby's first memories will be made. So why not start with the shower!

In addition to the Ballentines' warm and welcoming home, we added a few fun areas in her backyard for all to enjoy. A gentlemen's corner (stocked with appropriate beverages), some rounds of Cornhole, a projector playing "Baby Mama" and a firepit were all a part of what made this night so special.

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A big thanks to all who made this happen.

Now... come on baby. We are ready to meet you!


The Double Bun

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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There are a few things in life that bring us as much joy as fast hairstyles, like this one! Here’s a new fall trend that we absolutely love! It’s quick, easy and the perfect solution for those busy mornings! Not only is it a breeze to whip together, but it instantly makes you look like a million bucks. We love that its classy and elegant but can be paired with a weekend at the zoo outfit! Happy hair-doing! 
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  • Start with textured hair. Tease crown and nape of neck.
  • Separate into two sections- ear up and ear down. Making sure the two sections are the same density.
  • Form first section into a little bun (teasing from roots to ends helps make bun thicker) Pin.
  • Take lower section and repeat. 
  • Then loosen hair around head and pull hair strands out around entire hair line.
  • Hairspray and enjoy!


Any day now...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Description of PhotoLet the waiting game commence! Okay, it has been going.. for awhile. Her due date is literally around the corner (next week!) and she is as ready as she will ever be! With swollen feet and a lot of restless sleep Joanna is highly uncomfortable these days. But as uncomfortable as she is feeling right now, can we just marvel at what a beautiful pregnant woman she is?  Raising the bar that Joanna.  Our brilliant photographer buddy, Rylee Hitchner, photographed Joanna in her dreamy home. I love how real and comfy her maternity pictures turned out!  Great Job Rylee!Description of PhotoDescription of PhotoDescription of PhotoDescription of PhotoDescription of Photo
Come on little buddy. Your mom can only go on so many long walks! We are about to start pulling out all the spicy food we can get our hands on!  Have any of you tried any ole wives tales that naturally induce labor...and worked? Do tell!-mojo 
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