A DAy iN thE LifE Of thE McMAhOn FAmilY

Saturday, December 25, 2010


From our little family...
*photo by Jodi Mockabee Photography*

...to yours!

And on a totally different note...
*because I really need to write these down NOW, before I forget!
1. Build my Business.
MAddiE Lu'S has been a slightly profitable business up to this point. I want to change that to VERY profitable. A slight make-over, additional handmade products, and expansion are some of the ways I plan on accomplishing this. (I haven't decided wether to sell on Etsy again or not)

2. Blog.
I'm sure by now you all have noticed I've been SLACKING in this department...to say the least.

3. Become a better Photographer...with an iPhone.
Nope, no fancy camera here. Just an iPhone. Somehow I need to figure out how to take better photos with it--a new camera is not in the near future.

4. Bedroom Uplift.
Our master bedroom NEEDS HELP. Small space, huge bed & furniture, no style, totally un- sexy.

5. Begin an "idea" journal.

I'll let you know how I do!

Friday, November 12, 2010

My hUSbANd

My husband is an amazing man.

I love that he is passionate about the outdoors (or "the woods" as we call it in our house)...

I love that he made me a part of this beautiful family...

and even though he made me look like this- TWICE...

I love that he gave me this...

and this...

He is my manly man, my best friend, my solid rock, amazing father to my children, our provider, my shoulder to lean on...

and my lover.

I guess what I am trying to say is, I love my husband.

*Professional photographs by Jodi Mockabee Photography*
(excluding deer-head and prego picture....I'm sure you can tell the difference!)

Saturday, September 25, 2010

bittY bAbY ShOES

This is a little sewing project I finished before baby Lila was born:

I bought a baby shoe pattern on etsy for these reversible mary Jane shoes...and I love them! It's too bad baby Lila's feet are too tiny to wear them yet! My favorite part is that they are reversible--a girl's gotta have options, right?

And what pair of shoes is complete without a little coordinating frock? A MAddiE Lu'S onesie was in order:

The shoe pattern also came in larger sizes...I expect Lila will need at least one pair in each size! Maybe a brown tweed for this winter....

Monday, September 13, 2010


Before baby Lila arrived, a friend of a friend contacted me to do a trade with some MAddiE Lu'S hair clips. I was flattered-then very excited when I saw her PinkyBleu etsy shop! In exchange for a few hair clips I received these darling little ruffle-bum panties for baby:

I love the colors and fabrics!

Please check out her etsy shop...she also has adorable onesies, burp cloths,and bonnets (I don't know how much longer I can resist her bonnets-hmm, maybe for next summer?)

Here is the cutest little model showing off her new fancy-pants from PinkyBleu:
(Photo by Jodi Mockabee Photography)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

MEEt LiLA (and the story of her arrival)

Welcome baby Lila!

*Adorable ruffle-bum bloomers from PinkyBleu*

*Amazing photos taken by Jodi Mockabee Photography*

The newest member of our family finally arrived on the 13th of August. I say "finally" but according to my due date-August 29th-I was two weeks early. It just felt like I was overdue! Here's the run-rundown:

12am- woke up feeling kinda funny so I got up to go to the bathroom and WHAMO....my water broke. I was very surprised, as this was not how I expected to start labor.

12:15am- got in the shower, expecting contractions to start any moment...

2am-still NO contractions! I walked circles in the house, got the carseat ready, packed last minute essentials, window-shopped online.

3am-mild contractions began, stronger than Braxton-Hicks, but not what I'd call active labor. I decided to try to sleep.

5am-got a little sleep but began getting anxious about contractions. They were regular, but still not really painful. I was supposed to go to the hospital 4 hours after my water broke and at this point I was putting it off. I really wanted to give birth naturally, and I knew that since my water broke I would be urged to start pitocin to get my labor going.

6am-called Grandma "Yaya" to get Madelynn. Finally called the hospital and of course they wanted me to come in.

7am-arrived at he hospital. Contractions slowed down and sometimes I could not even feel them! My doctor was out of town (I know, so typical!) so I met the on-call doctor...I was not very impressed (even more typical!). At this point I was dialated between 4 and 5 and the doctor suggested I start pitocin to get things going. But I was dead-set on giving birth naturally...even if it took longer. So...I began walking...

11am-...and walking...

1pm-...and walking. Now I was dialated between 5-6. Big Woop! I thought the second time was supposed to be faster! Nothing was going as I envisioned...

2pm-another walk around the hospital.

3pm-I was suddenly very tired and deciced to lie down and try to sleep. I slept in between a few contractions and then BAM! A real labor contraction finally hit. BAM! Another one hit and I was really having to breathe through it. BAM! Ok, this was starting to really get going!
"Jess..." I said to my husband (who had fallen asleep on the chair),"you might want to call my mom and tell her to come back."
"Why?" he asked sleepily.
"Because I think I'm going to have this baby soon!"
As he called my mom I kept having more contractions-each stronger than the last.

3:30pm- Shortly after my mom arrived the doctor came to check on me. I was starting to feel very "pushy." This was a term I remembered all to well from the last time, and I was not very fond of this part. It's the part between painful contractions and actual pushing contractions. It's TRANSITION. The doctor said I was fully dialated and ready to push! (Not that I didn't already know that). I could literally feel the baby moving down with each contraction. I had to grab Jesse's hand. I felt like I had to sit straight up, squat, kneel...anything but lie down at an incline. My nurse raised the back of my bed at a ninety-degree angle so I could face the back of the bed and kneel. There was a steel bar I could hold on to, which was probably a welcome break for Jesse's hand! I could tell that this was going to be quick. I think I gave about 5 or 6 six big pushes and then.........

3:50pm-Baby Lila Nevada McMahon arrived! I can't even explain what a relief it was to get her out! I already felt a million times better. Lila let out a big cry. She was (and is!) absolutely perfect.

My labor was much different than I had expected. I would say that my actual hard labor was about an hour. An hour! But such a strange beginning with my water breaking and slow-starting contractions. My nurse told me that next time if my water breaks I should get to the hospital RIGHT AWAY. Well, we'll see if there is a next time...

For now we are pretty content with our little family of four! Welcome baby Lila!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

MAddiE Lu's iNitiAL CLiP

I've been busy making new matching hair clips for the girls...and I came up with a new design that looks great on a headband too! More pictures to come!

Sunday, August 8, 2010


Cozy pants just won't do for our little summer baby!

I love these little infant pants of Madelynn's...

...but they will be too warm for the new baby girl. So I decided to make them into a little skirt:

All I did was cut the pants off right at the crotch (sorry-I hate that word but could not think of a better one!) and sewed some eyelet lace along the bottom. Because of the material I didn't even have to hem the skirt!

With the extra fabric from one on the legs (waste not!) I made a matching hair clip.

The whole little outfit is now packed in baby girl's diaper bag...
...waiting to be worn...
...any time, now...

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


We have a new past-time at our house these days...DRESS-UP (with Mommy's clothes, shoes, and purses)!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

bACk tO OuR "ROOtS"

Last weekend for husband's birthday we went on a grown-up getaway. This is something we used to do daily before we had Madelynn...

It felt good to be outside breathing the fresh mountain air we love so much.

Jesse set up a spinning rod for me while he stuck to flyfishing. We didn't catch anything, but it didn't matter...

...the scenery and uninterupted conversation more than made up for it.

We did have one slight mishap on the trip involving the following: the wrong set of car keys, a tiny desert town, no cell service, and twenty dollars (for a pair of plyers, a bucket handle, a water bottle, and a redbull). But I'll leave that story to my husband:-)

This may have been the last getaway before adding to our growing family. Here I am at 34 weeks:

Thanks for having a birthday, babe...I still love being outside with you!

Saturday, July 24, 2010


Madelynn learned to blow bubbles "all by myself" at YaYa's house: