Whitney Deal
Mother + wife + designer living in North Carolina

 

 

 

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Monday
Sep222014

Mercer Lessie <3

On August 25th we welcomed our second daughter to the world! She was a whopper, 8lb 5 oz and every bit of cute! We had two sweet, seemingly healthy days in the hospital before heading home to reunite with big sister. Unfortunately, that evening our sweet girl appeared to have something wrong and after two ER visits that night we found ourselves in the NICU with a team of doctors and nurses working vigourously to figure out what was wrong with Mercer. 

Unknowingly to us, our daughter was born with a heart defect (coarctation of the aorta) that needed immediate attention. On Sept 3rd (big sister's birthday), Mercer had heart surgery to repair her heart. Her surgery went well and she recovered for the next week and a half. When she turned three weeks old, we were discharged from the hospital and finally headed home. 

I can't quite explain the roller coaster of emotions Dustin and I experienced during those first three weeks but we were comforted by friends, family, and strangers that prayed for our family and helped us during our stay at the hospital. You never expect to find yourself in situations like that, and it can be so difficult to put your trust into the hands of nurses, doctors, and surgeons but we are forever grateful for their knowledge, compassion, and expertise. 

Mercer is recovering well from surgery and will be monitored by a cardiologist for the rest of her life. We continue to pray that the repairs to her heart will continute to grow as they should. She is such a special little girl and she has forever made me a heart mom, and for that I am grateful <3

Friday
Aug222014

Final Countdown

This is our last full weekend as a family of three (not including the donkey below ;) before my scheduled c-section next week. I'm trying to savor each moment now yet welcome every bit of excitment that comes with the anticipation of a new baby. I do know that I'm ready to no longer be pregnant, but that's to be expected as the end draws near -- but I'm so thankful I had the opportunity to spend my summer with my daugther, Glory Maeve. She has grown so much the past couple of months and I can't wait to see her take on becoming a big sister. Next week, feel free to send any thoughts and prayers our way!

I've got on an oversized Mercer Tunic which has been my go-to shirt this pregnancy -- excited to finally wear the ones I've made without a bump!

Monday
Aug112014

Nursery #2

My second daugther is due in just a few short weeks so we've been in the process of converting our guest bedroom/office into a second nursery. Although I love daydreaming about a beautifully decorated room for the bundle, I've found myself repurposing so many things that I already owned to create a simple, sweet little space. There are still a few things that need to be finished but I thought I shared a few photos of the progress..

Wednesday
Jun112014

Little Moments

Our little family had the most magical time at the zoo earlier this week. My hub took the day off for my (29th!) birthday and we loaded up the car for a day of animals. Glory-Maeve is at such a gentle and curious age -- I wish I could bottle up this time and put it away on a shelf. I suppose photos do that in some way, but it's just not quite the same. How do you savor every smile and squeal? 

Wednesday
Apr162014

Exciting News!

We couldn't be more thrilled to be having another little girl in August!

Friday
Nov152013

Right Now

Do you ever have days where you just can't seem to get everything done and you just end up spinning your wheels? I've been having a few of those lately. I'm officially all moved in to my new studio space and it is awesome. I couldn't be happier to be out of the house! But all that moving and organzing with orders to fulfill and a new collection brewing -- oh yeah and a budding toddler running around -- the days are just too short. Let me stop myself from complaining further and say I'm incredibly thankful. It's a positive chaos.

Here is a peek of the space before. I've got a few more things to do before I can take on new appointments (like build a dressing room) but we're getting closer!

Friday
Oct182013

NYC Recap

I had a wonderful time in New York last weekend even though it was a jam packed trip! Here's a peek..

I went to the NYC Ballet for the first time and it was amazing! Before the ballet, we had dinner at Robert Restaurant that overlooked Columbus Circle. We were there at the perfect time to watch the sunset over Central Park.

The theater was to die for, the chandlier was goregous. The next morning I headed over to the Bridal Market and had the opportunity to meet Myra of Twigs & Honey in person! I've made to so many friends online through the years and it's so nice to actually see them in real life.

This was my first time at Bridal Market and it was huge! Afterwards, I made a pit stop at my favorite cupcake shop in the East Village, Butter Lane. 

I spent an entire day sourcing for my upcoming collection. The garment district isn't huge but you can still manage to get exhausted running around from store to store. 

And I also made the trip up to Tinsel Trading Co. -- love that store, especially this Halloween display.

And I ended a trip with an appearance at the Martha Stewart Bridal Market Party! So fun!

Monday
Sep232013

Instagram Goodness

A peek into what I've been up to lately according to my instagram (@whitneydeal) feed.