11.16.17

Elliot Is ONE!

I had to share the pictures I snapped of my little boy today. He was born at around 10am on this day last year. Can you believe it? I can almost feel the labor pains from last year lol. He was born on my bed just like Audrey was. Home birth is amazing. I never once regret having a home birth and I hope to inspire more woman out there to have them. Birth is a natural process and trust me, not matter how impossible the task seems, we are made for this. There is no one size fits all. Some woman labor for 1 hour and others for 1 week. Sometimes that’s just what the body needs to do in order to get your baby out safely. Trust your body and don’t treat labor like a diagnosis that needs to be clinically treated. Most importantly be confident in your decision. Natural childbirth is not for the faint of heart. If I can do it you can do it! I support home birth because I believe that hospitals work around politics and a lot of scare tactics. They generally are not as natural birthing friendly because unfortunately docs have to practice “defensive medicine”. It’s not the doctors fault. It’s the systems. I hope it improves but I really don’t see too much progress yet.

Ok now that I’m reminded about all that let’s get back to the best part of labor. These miracles we get to hold in our arms. They grow SO SO fast. I am just blown away that he’s already a year. When I was younger my parents used to say “Time goes faster every year” and it’s so true. The older I get the faster time goes. When I was younger time would drag on. I think it’s because you aren’t as busy when you’re younger. As an adult and parent you’re juggling so many things at once. There aren’t enough hours in the day. I tried all day to soak up every last moment with my little Elliot. He will never be as young or little as he is today. I love my babies.

Happy Birthday Elliot! I love you so much. You’ve brought a whole new color to my life!

11.12.17

My Pregnancy With A Boy VS. Girl

There is no limit to the things you’ll hear about the sex of your baby. Everyone is always guessing the sex of your baby before you find out. Everyone was always wrong with me too. With my first everyone was convinced it was a boy. After the ultrasound my family kept telling me stories of when the ultrasound was wrong because they knew I was having a boy. THEN years later I was pregnant again with my son. My sister said she knew it was going to be a girl so she only kept her girl clothes to give to us haha! To tell you the truth I had a feeling what the baby was before we found out each time. With Audrey I wanted a boy so bad, but I kept having girl dreams and I knew she was a girl. After I had a girl I prayed for a boy and I got pregnant with Elliot. It took some time for me to feel like he was a boy though. A few weeks before we found out I had a dream about our gender reveal. In the dream I was sitting at a table and I had a bowl of spaghetti in front of me. I had to start eating the spaghetti in order to see what color the noodles were underneath. I started eating and then I saw the noodles turn BLUE! I had several dreams about Audrey being a girl but with Elliot I only had one dream about his sex and it was right.

My girl pregnancy was easy. I was nauseous from week 6-12, but no vomiting. Once I got to the second trimester it was smooth sailing. I didn’t have any weird cravings. I drank smoothies constantly though. My favorite were the pineapple smoothies from McDonalds. I also craved peach tea. I wasn’t ever uncomfortable and I was able to sleep pretty good. My skin was good and my hair got really thick. Even though my pregnancy with Audrey was so easy I hated it. I just really don’t like being pregnant. I am so fortunate and thankful that I am able to carry my own babies, but it was never an enjoyable job for me. I always heard about other moms having port partum¬† depression and I didn’t have that at all. I was the opposite. I was ecstatic to be done being pregnant once my kids were born. The sleepless nights were even easier to get through because I was just so happy to be done with pregnancy. The midwives always told me that the real work started once the baby was born. And while that is true, I prefer it because it’s more enjoyable to me than growing the baby.

 

3 Years later I got pregnant with my son. This pregnancy was completely different than my girl. I started feeling nausea at around 6 weeks too. I wasn’t vomiting, just a feeling of being sick to my stomach. I looked forward to week 13 so much because I thought it was going to get better. It didn’t. Week 13 started the long trimester of vomiting. I still remember the first time I threw up. I was so shocked and caught off guard because I had never thrown up from pregnancy before. I was walking to the car with Audrey and as we walked out the door I just vomited a little. No lead up feeling or anything it just came up and out. I was stunned. Audrey looked down at it said “EWWWWW”, then ran inside to get paper towels. She was so stinkin’ cute! She came out and started wiping it up! I had to drive with a bowl in my car because I would randomly throw up through out the day. I never knew when I would vomit because I would be feeling fine and then I would just throw up. It was at least once a day. Eventually the nausea faded as I neared the 3rd trimester. But it didn’t completely go away. I would still have random sick days and vomiting.

My stomach was so picky during this pregnancy. With Audrey I was able to eat almost anything and smells didn’t bother me too much either. With Elliot I was constantly sick because I was hungry but after eating I would be sick from the food. It was miserable. I could not eat sugar or fried food with my son. I lived off of vegetables and chicken breast. If only I could eat that healthy now! It’s funny because Elliot doesn’t have a huge sweet tooth now either. Once in the third trimester I was feeling good so I decided to eat a donut. Well that came back up as fast as it went down haha! I was so frustrated because pregnancy is the one time in my life when I don’t feel guilty for indulging. But I couldn’t with Elliot. He wanted me to eat ceasar salads all day every day.

My skin was also horrible with Elliot. I was breaking out more than I’d ever had in my life. The first trimester and second trimester were really hard on my skin. The old wives tale about glowing during pregnancy with a boy was NOT TRUE! I felt bad and I looked bad. Where was my glow? By the 3rd trimester it did get better thank goodness. My hair was thick with Elliot like it was with Audrey. That was a nice silver lining.

I was also on modified bed rest with Elliot so compound the misery of pregnancy times 10! It made life SO hard just having the underlying stress and not being able to take care of my family. I still mourn feeling like I’d lost time with Audrey. The pregnancy took so much out of me. I couldn’t carry her anymore. We couldn’t go do fun things together anymore. She was my side kick and the pregnancy really got between us. After I had Elliot I looked at Audrey and I saw a little girl. She was a toddler when I first got pregnant! Now I look back at her and how helpful she was. It’s amazing that I could sit her down and explain the situation and she understood. I had to tell her that for 9 months I wouldn’t be able to carry her and she was fine with it. When we would go to the grocery store I would push the cart up to a chair and she would climb into the cart on her own. It’s little things like that when I realize how great my little girl is. A lot of toddlers would have thrown a tantrum in the same situations. She’s the best!

So my boy was the tough pregnancy and my daughter was the easy one. As kids they both have their moments. Audrey was a very tough baby but she was a very independent toddler. Elliot seems to need a little more coddling. He is also more unsure of situations. Audrey knows exactly what she wants and Elliot seems to have a harder time knowing what he needs to make him feel better. They are pretty much opposites. Audrey was a tank! She could eat anything and wear anything. Elliot on the other hand has a lot more sensitivities. He has sensitive skin, tummy, moods, and he’s very sensitive to travel. We took Audrey everywhere and she adapted very quickly. Elliot takes a bit more time to get used to new situations. Audrey HATED being swaddled from birth. It was like she was so happy to have room to stretch and she wasn’t going back into confinement without a fight haha! Elliot on the other hand loved being swaddled. He would be swaddled until now if we didn’t have to stop because he started flipping onto his stomach. From about 5 months on he was definitely a stomach sleeper. He would flip over onto his belly the second we set him down. Audrey would typically sleep on her back. Neither of them took a pacifier though so I guess that’s one similarity.

When Audrey refused something it was a definite “NO”. When Elliot refuses something it’s a “maybe, change the temperature, or try again in 5 minutes” situation. It’s just a miracle bringing these little humans into the world and seeing their pre-formed personalities take root. I still can’t believe how different they are. Audrey is definitely a mini me and Elliot seems to be a mini Tom.

11.09.17

Fall In Indiana!

This post is coming up late because of course, technical difficulties. I would be able to post a lot more and a lot faster if I was more tech savvy! Anyways here are some pictures from our trip to Indiana last month to visit Tom’s parents. I was really hoping to see some Fall colors but unfortunately we came too early. It was still so much fun to enjoy the Fall festivities in another state! I think we need to do it more often. We rarely travel for pure leisure. There is usually business somewhere in the mix. This trip was unique because it was PURE leisure. No meetings or meetings to go to, just fun family outings.

Don’t you love this kimono? I have it in Wine Red also and it’s the perfect Fall addition to my wardrobe. For under $16 how can you resist? I’ve been living in kimonos since I had Elliot. Losing the baby weight has been slow this time around. After Audrey I was back into my pre baby body in 4 months. With Elliot I made it a point to take things slow and be better to my body. But it does get me down sometimes when I feel uncomfortable in my clothes. I refuse to buy a whole new wardrobe while I’m in weight loss mode. I invested in a few pieces that will be able to get me through until I reach my goal weight. Kimonos are a great choice for me because they are beautiful and modest. They have helped me feel more ‘put together’ while I’m still not quite myself after baby #2. 10lbs to go!

Part of the reason we came this particular weekend was because Tom really wanted to go to The Feast of The Hunters Moon. It’s a festival where people dress up and they reenact how life would have been when the area was first settled. Vendors cook over open fires and they have fashion and items from that day and age.

My favorite part of the whole trip was visiting the pumpkin patch. It was a REAL pumpkin patch with the pumpkins still growing on the vine. I love pumpkin patches but sometimes you go to them and it’s just a setup. They hauled the pumpkins in from some other farm and set them on the ground. I like to see them growing! We found one in Texas last year but it was almost 100 degrees when we went! Way too hot. It was hot in Indiana too, but the orchards around this beautiful patch made me more forgiving to the heat. We got all our Fall festivities done in one weekend! Cheers!

11.06.17

Air Show

We had a great weekend! Saturday we took everyone to the air show! I’ve been going to air shows since I was little so I was excited to see the one. It’s been a few years since I’d seen the Thunderbirds. Who am I kidding it’s been over a decade! We showed up at around 1:30pm because the Thunderbirds were scheduled to fly at 3pm. If you’re not familiar with air shows, the Thunderbirds are the big guys people show up to see. They are a team of elite pilots in the Air Force. It’s not only pilots. There are hundreds of people on the Thunderbirds team that keeps things running smoothly. I love seeing them fly. No matter what age you are you’ll watch in awe of their skill and the power of the F16. The maneuvers they complete are so crazy cool! It’s definitely something you need to see. Oh and LOUD! Very loud.

See this picture below. Yes they are flying on top of each other! And the F16 on the top is upside down. EEEEK! So cool right? We enjoyed the Thunderbirds SO much. Well almost all of us. Audrey hated every minute. She is very sensitive to loud noises so she was crying most of the show. Elliot on the other hand was so into it. He wasn’t sure what exactly was going on, but he liked it. Even though I had been to many air shows in the past I forgot about the noise. We had to sacrifice our own hearing to cover Audrey and Elliot’s ears with our hands. Elliot was less bothered by the noise and more upset that we were keeping him from experiencing the deafening roar!

We brought our trusty double stroller along. This thing is worth it’s weight in gold guys. There are so many strollers on the market, but none quite as sturdy or durable as the BOB.

My sunglasses are actually my favorite pair EVER! I’ve had them for 2 years and I just love them. The best part is that they are large but not overwhelming and they won’t go out of style. I’ve been so impressed by the quality of this pair. I’ve had a lot of higher end sunglasses in my time, but these ones are worth the money. I can’t say that about some other pairs I’ve owned in the past. My Kimono is from Amazon and it’s less than $16! I have the colors Wine Red and Khaki. Very cute and very easy to dress up a simple outfit. They come in 4 different color.


What a fun day! Brought back a lot of memories from growing up. I think we’ll have to make this an annual thing again. Of course next year we won’t forget to buy the headphones for the kids. Poor Audrey was not happy. So we treated her to a sugar filled slushie after the show. We even got to meet the Thunderbirds team. Audrey could care less about them though. She was still upset that their show caused her so much discomfort so she sat in the stroller as we took Elliot to meet them. It’s impossible not to get all excited! These guys are real life super heroes!