Pumpkin Patch

This morning I got all of my boys packed up and convinced them that we should take advantage of this beautiful day and go to the pumpkin patch! Ryan has very strong opinions about things like apple picking, pumpkin patches, pick your own berries etc. but he was a really good sport today, haha! 

Emmett had a great time playing on the playground equipment and petting farm animals.

For $3, you could take a hayride to go feed their cows. It was so funny/weird! Emmett LOVES feeding Chance treats so we thought he would love this. He liked it until a cow slobbered on his face! Who could blame him for being a little turned off? 

It was such a fun morning and it felt so good to be out of the house and get some fresh air. Now it’s nap time and I couldn’t be more excited 😬

Our First Week

We’ve survived our first week as a family of 4! A big “thank you” goes out to Grandpa Jim and Grandma Barb for watching Emmett for a week so Ryan, Miles and I could get adjusted at home and to my husband for doing EVERYTHING at home to help me while I recovered from the surgery. I’ll post Miles’ birth story in a couple days but I wanted to share some of the photos that I’ve taken since we’ve been home (spoiler alert: there are a lot of Miles sleeping haha).

(This is how Chance feels about another baby, haha!)

Miles’ first meal out after his doctor’s appointment.

Everyone has been asking how Emmett is adjusting to being a big brother. Generally he is pretty indifferent to Miles but I think he’s starting to understand that Miles is here to stay. Emmett will point at Miles and yell “bay!” And last night he waved goodnight and blew Miles a kiss which was super sweet. Today he looked like he might hit Miles with a wooden spoon, so there’s that haha. We are very careful to not leave the two of them unsupervised – Emmett is so little himself that he just has no idea what’s inappropriate to do to a baby! 

Miles wakes up like clockwork every 2-2.5 hours at night to be fed. Thankfully both of us can fall right back asleep after a feeding but it’s still a tough adjustment from being able to sleep through the night! 

Overall, we are all doing great. I’m feeling much better and am weaning myself off of the csection drugs so I can drive and drink a glass of wine! Yippee!! 

He’s here!

Miles Walter McCleary was born this morning at 7:46am via csection. 

He weighed in at 8 lbs 10 oz and is 20 inches long. 

We are happy, healthy, tired, sore and in love with our sweet baby boy. 

Escaping Hurricane Matthew

We are finally home after our first hurricane experience! I am so happy to say that we came home this morning to no damage, no flooding and power on. We had some friends that weren’t so lucky though so we are especially grateful and proud of our little house! It’s been quite an adventure fleeing a hurricane at 39 weeks pregnant so let me start from the beginning.

On Tuesday night we learned that the hurricane was headed our way and that the Governor was ordering an evacuation for our area starting on Wednesday afternoon – Ryan and I decided that we would leave early Thursday morning to avoid traffic. However, Becca called me from work nervously laughing hysterically from a conference room, freaked out that we should leave ASAP. Her coworkers had convinced her that traffic heading upstate would be horrible and it would take us 24 hours to get to Columbia (normally a 3 hour drive). Her anxiousness was about to send me into labor so Ryan and I called my doctor (who said to evacuate) and booked a cabin in the mountains in Canton, NC (about 30 minutes outside of Asheville). We decided to pack up and leave Wednesday morning. 

Other crazy things my sister said in the midst of our hurricane evacuation:

1. It might be a good idea to wear Depends in case we are stuck in traffic for 12 hours without a bathroom.

2. Did you pack your wedding photo albums? 

3. Roll up your rugs and put them on your couch (for the record, we own really cheap rugs)

4. I (Becca) shut my bedroom door to deter looters.

On Wednesday morning we packed up, closed up our house, and all piled into the truck to head towards the mountains. We did hit some traffic but it definitely wasn’t horrible. Emmett loved having the girls in the backseat with him and took shifts of falling asleep and giggling his head off…

While the girls ate a majority of their hurricane provisions in the first 2 hours on the road 😉

The cabin was at the top of a very steep road and you definitely needed 4 wheel drive to get up there. It was miracle that I didn’t go into labor as we navigated that road in the dark! Emmett was so sleepy when we got there that he fell asleep on his girlfriend’s lap (he’s obsessed with Kelly!) 

We spent Thursday – Saturday watching the news, relaxing, reading, doing puzzles, playing games, eating and hoping I wouldn’t go into labor! 

Old books we found on the bookshelf that are especially relevant today! Haha!

The hurricane hit Charleston late Friday night/early Saturday morning. Most of our neighbors had decided not to evacuate so we were in contact with them to get updates. After the hurricane moved past Charleston, the Governor advised residents not to come back until everything was clear. Since we still needed to have access to a working hospital just in case, we decided to wait to return to Charleston until Sunday morning. 

This decision left us in a little predicament because we had to check out of our cabin Saturday morning so we didn’t have anywhere to stay that night. While we figured out what we weee going to do we spent a little time at the North Carolina Arboretum to tire Emmett and Chance out. Ryan pushed me around in a wheel chair so the walking wouldn’t induce labor, haha!

Almost all of the hotels in the Midlands were full but we were able to find a place on AirBnB near Spartanberg for the night. We stayed with a really nice lady who very generously opened up her house for $16 a night to people who were displaced from the hurricane. In all honesty, it was a little awkward at first but she was so sweet and couldn’t have been nicer! And Emmett loved her! 

Although our trip was not without some tense moments, we laughed a lot, relaxed and had quite an adventure! And we came home to an undamaged house and we didn’t have a mountain/hurricane baby! Thank you to my husband for finding the awesome cabin and keeping us safe, Becca and Kelly for practically babysitting Emmett for 4 days and to our neighbors for looking out for our house! And thank you baby for not coming early!! 


When I found out we were having another boy and I wouldn’t be able to decorate a nursery for a baby girl, I knew I still wanted to change up the decor in the room to make it special for our new baby. I decided on a “vintage camping”/”North Woods” theme and it’s been so fun putting it together! We kept all of the same furniture (didn’t even move it) and even some of the decorations that Emmett had that fit with the new theme (our fish and fishing lures).

The gallery wall above the changing table has some special pictures of my friend Laura’s cabin that I used to go to with my girlfriends in middle school and high school. I also love those bunny pictures! 

Take a look at the newest addition to the nursery that just arrived from Minnesota this week:

My Grandma Barb made our baby boy the most adorable, funny, cute quilt I have ever seen! One side is covered in thermoses and the other is a fabric called “Burly Beavers”! 

I mean, have you ever seen anything so cute?? It is SO SOFT too! I can’t wait to lay my little baby on it! 

After 19 months with Emmett, I realized I really hate hanging up all of his clothes on hangers after I wash them. So time consuming! So for this baby, I decided on hanging shelves. I already love it so much better.

He’s already got a closet full of Emmett’s cute hand-me-downs (but that hasn’t stopped me from doing some shopping haha).

Well baby boy, your room is all ready for you!

This picture was taken at my doctors appointment this morning. They think he currently weighs 7lbs 10oz and his head is measuring at 42 weeks! Thank god it’s going to be a c-section!

See you on the outside in 2 weeks baby! ❤️❤️


You know when is a great time to rearrange rooms in your house? 2 weeks before you’re due! Last night we added a daybed to our playroom (because we’re rearranging our guest room) and I thought now would be a good time to show you how the room looks! It’s really one of my favorite rooms in the house.

Stay tuned for more room reveals this coming week of the nursery, Emmett’s big boy room, the new guest room and our new master bedroom! (All of which will hopefully be finished before the baby gets here. Eek!)

An Announcement! 

I forgot to mention the other day that I was chosen to be a contributor to Charleston Moms Blog! I’m really excited to be apart of a great group of women writing about all things motherhood and Charleston. I’ll have one post a month published and here is my first one! With two boys under 2 soon I’m guessing I’ll have a lot of material to work with :) 

6 Years

Yesterday was our 6th wedding anniversary. I didn’t write about it because:

A: We have a lot going on

B: I thought I was maybe in labor (Turns out it was just some bad cheesecake I ate. I think.) 

Amongst home repairs and getting ready for the baby, Ryan and I did sneak out Saturday night for dinner at Spero (definitely recommended) and drinks at the Vendue rooftop bar. 

Every year on our anniversary, we take a picture to put in our anniversary photo album. I thought it would be a cool way to document how we change over the years. Here are our first 6 (including our cover photo – a picture of us hiking in the Black Forest in Germany on our honeymoon!)

We tried to take this year’s photo on our front porch. Here’s how it turned out: squinty eyes, red faces, greasy hair, but the cutest little photo bomber in the background! Haha!

There’s always next year for better pictures and more romantic anniversary dates🙂 We’re in this for the long haul.