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The Day Little Brother Was Born

Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 in Family, Gratituesday, Our Life | 4 comments

The Day Little Brother Was Born

I’ve had some pretty amazing days in this little life of mine, but I have to say one of my top five favorite days to remember would be the day Little Brother was born.

Little Brothers Story

Saturday August 10, 2013 started out as any other day, a morning wake up call from a toddler running into our room asking for breakfast. Pancakes are his usual choice for breakfast but that morning we had a simple breakfasts of granola, yogurt and fruit. Over breakfast, we talked about what we were going to do that day and decided a morning out to the river with a picnic lunch sounded like a fantastic way to spend a Saturday.

As I was making our picnic lunch, I had a strong contraction that felt different from the Braxton Hicks that I’d been feeling for weeks. I thought it could be the beginning of labor but continued on with our day. My husband thought maybe we should stay home but I insisted that we go and enjoy the sunny day before the rain that was expected later that day.

Big Brother

We enjoyed a great time at the river. I had an occational strong contraction but nothing too close together that warranted a trip to the hospital. After returning home around noon, we put Big Brother down for a nap and we decided to take a nap just incase Little Brother joined us!

Around 2:15 p.m., my contractions were still irregular but getting stronger to the point I really had to focus, relax and deep breathe through them. At that point I thought, “Okay, I need to menu plan for next week and maybe do a little freezer cooking so we had some things made up.” About two contractions later, I decided not too and read from my bible and rest instead.  Since natural child birth is no easy task. It’s very much a mental perspective, as it is a physical endurance challenge, so I found the words from Philippians 4:8 to be very encouraging that afternoon!

Philippians 4:8 says:

Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Finally around 4 pm, I let my husband know that the contractions were getting stronger. He packed the car and he made me dinner. I ate about half of it when I realized I didn’t want anything else to eat. I also tried playing with Big Brother to keep my mind off the contractions, but finally they started to get more intense that required my full attention to breathe through them and my husband helped coach me through.

Before we left to have Little Brother

5 p.m. quickly came and my grandma made the suggestion that we should head to the hospital and by 5:45 p.m. we were on our way. That is when the contractions started coming closer together. I managed to take pictures and text message family and friends in between contractions. I know what was I thinking to take pictures and text but I felt great in between contractions! It’s an amazing gift you get when you are in labor. We reached the hospital by 6:30 p.m. and arrived to the labor and delivery floor by 6:45 p.m.

Time before we arrived at the hospital

I thought for sure we had quite awhile before Little Brother would arrive. But to our surprise after being at the hospital only 57 minutes, and our midwife arriving just as I started to push, we welcomed our sweet baby boy! He was a handsome size of 8 pounds 11 ounces and was 21 inches long. Our first hour was spent holding him skin to skin and just cherishing every sweet minute!

little brother

We celebrated with lots of kisses, pictures and orange juice! Yep, orange juice. In the Bradley Method, it was suggested after natural child birth to celebrate with orange juice, so thats just what we did. Now every time I see Simply Orange juice, it makes me think of that special day in August.

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The celebrating lasted all night. Little Brother wanted to make sure we didn’t miss a moment that first 24 hours. :) Which was fine with me because he’s so cute!

Big brother got to come and meet Little Brother the next day, it was so exciting to see his face when they met each other for the first time. I can’t wait to watch these two grow up together!

family of four

I feel so blessed to have two healthy boys that melt my heart and a fantastic husband to share this adventure with! I couldn’t be more thankful!!

It’s now been seven beautiful weeks and we’ve certainly enjoyed our little one. He now smiles and coos and it’s the sweetest thing ever. I’m just one happy mama!

little love

Well this is our little story about the day Little Brother was born and from here on out, it’s adventures with our two boys and I can’t wait!

A very special thanks to my sweet Husband for helping me reach my goal of a natural childbirth and to all of our family and friends who have made the last 7 weeks so enjoyable. You’ve helped us in so many ways and we are so grateful!

 

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Our Menu for the Week of August 19, 2013

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in Menu Planning, Our Menu | Comments Off

Hey friends! How are you all doing? It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted because it has been just a tad busy around here. A little over a week ago we welcomed Little Brother and I can’t wait to share a little more about his birthday later this week.

Last week was an absolutely amazing week. We had friends visit, meals made for us and I actually got quite a bit of rest with a newborn. He is a great sleeper and eater so far. We couldn’t be more blessed!

This week for our menu, it’s going to be all about the basics recipes that I know off the top of my head. Nothing fancy, just simple homemade meals because you know I’m not wonder woman. Yep, that cape disappeared along time ago! :)

Anyways, I hope you are all doing fantastic and I hope you stop by again later this week to read about Little Brother’s birthday.

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Breakfast

Lunch

  • Turkey and spinach sandwich
  • Left overs
  • Chicken wraps
  • Tuna salad
  • Out to Lunch

Dinner

What’s cookin at your house this week? 

Sharing today at Menu Plan Monday. 

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A Time to Rest

Posted by on Jul 26, 2013 in Family, Our Life | Comments Off

Little Brother

When we found out earlier this year we going to have our second baby, my husband and I were thrilled! In April we found out our little one would be a boy. At first, I was shocked because I really thought it might be a girl but I have to say I’m so excited to have another boy.  We have so many boy clothes already that our first hardly wore because he grew so fast. And since I already have on sweet toddler, I know how precious little boys are!

My personal goals throughout this pregnancy has been to have a healthy weight gain, eat nutritiously, educate myself about natural child birth and expand my knowledge on breast-feeding by taking a lactation consultant course. Exercise was also an important goal of mine throughout this pregnancy and I had high hopes of working out until the day of delivery.

34 weeks

A little over a week ago (I was 34 weeks) my midwife let me know that I was dilated to 3 and the baby was very low and that I need to make it a few more weeks before our little one makes his grand debut. As a former NICU nurse, I became a little anxious about delivering a premature baby. I knew at that point I had to do what ever I could to keep little guy in longer. I told my midwife, “I’ll stand on my head if I have to, in order to keep this little guy in.”

As soon as I left her office, I instantly called my husband to let him know I’d be on bed rest. I feel incredibly blessed that between him and my grandma, I’ve  been able to successfully stay in bed for a week and half. I’ll be honest with you all though, the first few days were hard. I was worried about having a preemie. I was concerned I wasn’t ready. I hadn’t packed my hospital bag yet or picked out little mans first outfit. I surely hadn’t finished studying the Bradley Method.

flowers for mama

I let all those worries take my energy away. But after spending some time reading my bible, praying and shedding a few tears with my hubby, God has totally given me a peace about it all. I’ve even been able to see how he is using this time of me resting to prepare me for the next season in life. It might get a little busy around here with two little ones! :)  He knows how much of a go-go person I am and this period of time has been just what I’ve needed: rest!

In my reading the last week and half these two verses have been very helpful!

Be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be know to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and mind thorough Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

…Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-29

Have you ever had a time where God has made you rest? Could you see the joy in that time? It was certainly hard for me at first for me but now I see how much of a gift it is.

A special thanks to my husband, grandma, friends and family who have helped and called us! I’m so grateful for you all!

 

 

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Our Very Basic Menu for the week of July 22, 2013

Posted by on Jul 22, 2013 in Menu Planning, Our Menu | Comments Off

I normally do all the cooking and grocery shopping for our house, but in the middle of the week last week after my 34 week doctors appointment, I found my little guy might want to come a little sooner then expected.

Since Wednesday last week I’ve been on bed rest and my husband and grandmother have been helping out tremendously! For me it’s hard to be  on bed rest because I love being busy and active. But I’m grateful that I’m able to be at home and manage my contractions with rest and water verses being in the hospital.

Since I’m having to lay down or stay in bed, I can at least do a few productive things like menu plan, plan activities for Little Buddy, read and study for my class. Oh and write a blog post or two. :)

So our menu this week isn’t anything crazy spectacular just the basics and nice and simple!

chalkboard menu

Breakfast

  • Yogurt, fruit and granola
  • Eggs, waffles and fruit
  • Oatmeal and fruit

Lunch

  • Chicken salad
  • Grilled cheese and fruit
  • Turkey quesadilla and veggies
  • Salsa chicken salad
  • Left overs

Dinner

  • Hamburgers and steamed veggies
  • Roasted Chicken and steamed veggies
  • Enchiladas and tossed salad
  • Roast and veggies
  • Pizza
  • Spaghetti and meatballs
  • Dinner out

Snacks

  • Yogurt
  • Applesauce
  • Granola bars
  • Peaches
  • Grapes
  • Smoothies
  • Carrots
  • Celery

What’s on your menu this week? 

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Our Menu for the Week of July 14, 2013

Posted by on Jul 14, 2013 in Menu Planning, Our Menu | 2 comments

The last few weeks have once again flown by. We’ve had busy but fun weeks so far this summer. This week we have a full week of friends visiting, doctors appointments and my grandma is coming to stay with us until the arrival of our second little boy.

There is just a few things left to prepare for our little ones arrival: pack the hospital bag, plan the August menu and finish taking our child birth classes. We have lots of exciting stuff going on for sure! I hope you all have a fantastic week ahead too!

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Here is our menu for this week.

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Snacks

  • Fruit
  • Veggies
  • Homemade granola bars

What are you all cooking up this week? 

Sharing today at Menu Plan Monday. 

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