ribbonsofred Today would have been my grandma's 94th birthday. As you all probably know by now, I named my business after her. While she's been gone a while, this year her loss hit pretty hard. I wish so badly she could meet our first born, Aria. My cousin found this vintage dress in her house when she passed. Today, she gave it to me, after all this time—on my grandma's birthday. It wasn't planned; it just sort of happened like that. On the dress are flamingos. Flamingos are a HUGE deal to my husband and I. We were married at the Flamingo in Las Vegas and bought Aria lots of flamingo-themed outfits before her arrival. While Flamingos are trendy these days (lucky us!), they sure weren't something commonly found in the "old days". I can't believe this dress found its way to me, on this day of all days, on this year of all years, adorn with two lovely flamingos.

Happy Birthday, grandma.
It's just like you to give me a gift, on your birthday.
4d

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ribbonsofred My guy. We shared a quiet family moment in this room that I didn't want to forget—so I asked to take his photo so I can always remember. 2w

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ribbonsofred 6 Days vs. 1 Month

Aria hit one month yesterday! I can't believe it. I swore she was still kinda the same size as she was at birth. The progress photo tells a different tale!
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ribbonsofred Happy 4th of July! 4w

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ribbonsofred My dog's bridal portrait. What do you think? 4w

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ribbonsofred Testing a children's record in the nursery. I haven't heard some of these songs since I was a kid! I can't wait to share them with Aria! 4w

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ribbonsofred My little girl is my new photography muse. There's nothing cuter than little baby feeties! 1mon

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ribbonsofred I am absolutely IN LOVE with photography! While it can't stop time (sadly) it can forever capture a moment—one you never ever want to forget! Thanks to @nicholeburnett I will forever remember our firstborn's "newborn self". Her expressions. Her hair swirls. Her little poses. Her room. All the little things I stared at for hours from the moment I saw her. #newborn #newbornphotography #nursery #sowal #baby 1mon

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ribbonsofred 40 Weeks (and in active labor!) vs. 6 Days Postpartum. Oh what a difference a week can make! 1mon

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ribbonsofred On June 16, 2014 at 2:43pm, we became parents to a 6lb 6oz little girl named Aria Grace Swigert. Our hearts will never be the same!
Thank you to @nicholeburnett for taking this photo of me and Aria in the hospital. No fancy baby clothes. No make-up. No styling. Just us. Real life.
1mon
  •   byronlovesfawnphotography Oh such a sweetpea! Congrats 1mon
  •   amy_cyphers Oh my goodness! Congrats!!!! 1mon
  •   ribbonsofred @amy_cyphers THANKS!!! We are SO SO happy! 1mon
  •   ravynstadick So many congrats. She's beautiful!!!! I hope you are recovering well. I remember 1 week being the turning point of feeling like I could put on pants & go on a short walk. Slow, but still. If you have any questions about breastfeeding, or just want some encouragement, don't hesitate to email me!!! I am sure you guys are beyond in love! 1mon
  •   ribbonsofred @ravynstadick THANK YOU! I am still recovering, but breast feeding is awesome! We struggled for 2 days, but now we are pros! We are so so in love. I truly had no idea how happy, "happy" could be until now. It's absolutely unreal!!! 1mon
  •   ravynstadick I am so happy for you! Enjoy these first weeks. Yes, it goes quickly, but each week brings more to celebrate!!! 1mon
  •   ribbonsofred @ravynstadick After 8 days she's already less "newborny", and I already got sad about it! 1mon
  •   kellyfraser42 Beautiful baby and love the name. 1mon

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ribbonsofred Bump Cuddles. There won't be many more of these! #WaitingOnBaby #LittleHoudini 2mon

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ribbonsofred Absolutely IN LOVE with this early-1900's nursery rhyme book. I found it at an antique store for just $10. It's in amazing condition, and I can't wait to make reading out of this book a tradition! #WaitingOnBaby #LittleHoudini 2mon

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ribbonsofred How is it possible to love someone so much, when they aren't even here yet? Every day I wonder, "Is today the day we get to meet her?" I hope it's this week! 2mon
  •   iamautumnrae Her room is the cutest! 2mon
  •   thegracechon This week!?! OMG!! 2mon
  •   ribbonsofred @thegracechon I hope!!! So far, no signs! 2mon
  •   thegracechon It's ok! She's just getting extra ready to meet you :) Jasper was 5 days past his EDD! But I was so not mentally prepared he could have stayed in longer if he wanted to haha. 2mon

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ribbonsofred Once a day, in the afternoon, I sit on the floor of our nursery alone. With my back against the wall, knees bent, I listen to the deafening silence. For some reason it relaxes me; it feels like a small sanctuary.

I always make a point to look around and try to take in the state of the room that day. I want to remember all its stages—from messy to ready.

Before I was pregnant, I didn't spend any time in here. I had no idea it caught the best spring breezes or that you could smell the flowers from the lawn. I didn't know the tree outside the window provided a beautiful rustling of leaves at night and happy chirping birds in the morning. What a charming little space it turned out to be, and it's only going to get better.

It won't be long now.
3mon

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ribbonsofred Oh, little gum ball machine! I have big plans for you! You'll be re-painted, de-rusted, polished, and cleaned. You'll live in our little girl's nursery and hold trinkets, toys, and passes for mommy and daddy dates. It will be a while before you are used, but I have no doubt you'll bring us lots of fun when the time comes! 3mon

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ribbonsofred Picked these up for our baby girl recently, and I can't stop looking at them! How could I say no to funky, cute, well designed hair clips?! Eeek! 3mon

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ribbonsofred Destin, FL
22 Weeks & 31 Weeks

In February, it was just the two of us. We escaped from the snow, ate like queens, and @nicholeburnett took our first pictures together.

For April, it was the three of us. We took our first steps on the beach as a "family", were spoiled by our closest friends at our couples baby shower, and feasted on crab & giant sundaes.

Now, we are headed home. With warmer weather finally in Ohio, we'll paint. Decorate. Wash itty bitty clothes. It won't be long now, before we meet our little girl. What a journey it has been so far.
4mon

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Normal Renee Swigert
ribbonsofred I'm really going to miss this place. It was a short trip, but a great trip! The next time we dig our toes into this sand, we'll have a little girl with us. I can't wait for her to experience our home away from home. #Destin #LastBabyMoon #30weeks 4mon

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ribbonsofred Hit 3-0 this week! Headed to Florida tonight with @ryanswigert for our couples baby shower with @nicholeburnett & @thejohnawesome!! I can't believe we will be parents in roughly 10 weeks! #30Weeks #LittleHoudini 4mon

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