day in the life: alone with two kids

Yesterday it was just me and the kiddos. It had been a glorious 2.5 weeks having Jacob home, but sadly he had to go back to work. Both Jacob and Hunter were sick over the weekend, so going into Monday I wasn’t sure how it the day would go. If Hunter was sick and miserable it would be challenging cuddling him all day along with Zoe. Thankfully he was on the mend. :)

I forced myself out of bed around 7:15am to shower (necessary since it was skipped the day before), knowing Hunter would be waking around 8am. Zoe had just been nursed back to sleep (my favorite way – side laying on the bed) and was swaddled up on my bed. Once I was in the shower it was tough to get out, the warm water was so nice! Instead if crawling back into bed for a few minutes I went upstairs and drank coffee + cooked up some custard oats for Hunter and I.

At 8am I could hear Hunter happily talking to himself. Got him up, we read a book, he went potty and we started on breakfast. Zoe’s awoke so I brought her up. She nursed while we ate, then they both chill at the table while I prep dinner in the crockpot. I loved how they were both happy hanging out at the table for 10ish minutes.

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Very slowly I got everyone ready to leave the house. Everything is much slower holding a baby in your arms. Zoe wore one of her dresses I made her. See how happy she was about it! :)

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I had these grand plans to run about three errands AND go for a walk, all before lunch. I went to Fred Meyers to make a return and pick up coffee, avocados, bananas and chocolate chips (the important stuff).  I had to carry Zoe since she was crying the whole time in her car seat, then it started sprinkling so we went home and skipped the walk. Plan fail. It all worked out though since Zoe needed to nurse again and it’s easier at home than making Hunter sit for 30 minutes in his car seat.

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Zoe nursed and drifted in and out of asleep. I prepped a quick lunch for Hunter and I. We were at the table by 12:15pm chowing on some BBQ chicken, cheddar and romaine sandwiches on this bread along with grape tomatoes. We ate, I cleaned up a bit while Hunter played, then we read and played together for a bit before he went down for his nap at 1pm. Zoe was sleeping during all of this. So thankful!

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Shortly after Hunter went down she stirred a bit so I changed her diaper, nursed her again and put her in the bassinet since she normally takes a good long nap during that time (2-3 hours).

I should have napped, but instead I drank some coffee and sewed a bit. I finished up some bow ties for a friend and made 2 diaper pail liners for my new big wicker basket I picked up at Goodwill.

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Jacob came home from work and grabbed Hunter from his bed who has happy and awake after a short nap. He snacked on his leftover oatmeal from breakfast + raisins, then they played. At 3:45pm I was going to rest for a bit, then Zoe woke a bit earlier than she normally does. Of course!  As I was nursing her trying to keep my eyes open I regretted not napping earlier. Lesson learned.

We ate dinner around 5pm – super tasty refried bean soup – then went for a 30 minute family walk.

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Back home Zoe nursed then got some daddy time while I gave Hunter a bath and put him to bed. A special treat for me since Jacob normally does that now.

Once Hunter was down for the night (7:30pm) Jacob and I watched some TV while hanging with our little girl, who pretty much nursed all evening. Jacob went to bed at 9pm (he wakes super early for work) and I got her down just after 12:30am.  I was ready to collapse into bed by that time and ended up having her sleep on me since she just wouldn’t stay asleep in the bassinet.

Things that were easier than expected

Zoe slept at all the right times so getting Hunter fed, taking him to the bathroom and getting him down for a nap was actually pretty easy.

Hunter plays independently really well so when I’d be nursing Zoe on the couch, he would play with toys on the ground near us, or hang out with a book on the couch too. I didn’t have to entertain one while feeding the other!

The biggest challenges

Getting out of the house. While Zoe really doesn’t take too much time to get ready, having only 1 hand free to get myself and Hunter ready to go really slows everything down!

It was a pretty great first day alone with my two kiddos!  Not that I expected it to be bad. :)

If you have the opportunity to nap, do you take it?  Or do you fill your time with other projects?   I’m terrible at napping (I always want to utilize my free time), but did take a much needed nap today and feel much better!

Heather

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almond blueberry pie bars

Hello!

Hope your weekend has been filled with lots of fun and good food.  My cooking lately has been limited to breakfast and a little bit of baking.  We’ve had so many friends and family members bring us dinner, along with the freezer meals I prepped have left me not having to make dinner… although I’ll start cooking dinners again tomorrow.  I have to say, I’ve been loving it. Stress free dinners that let me just focus my time on these kiddos of mine.

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When my secret recipe club pick – flavors by four, a mother/daughter blogging combo team – came around, I knew I wanted to make some kind of sweet treat. Because we just love sweets in our house. These blueberry pie bars sounded delish, but I wanted to put a little twist on them. I amped up the almond flavor with almond flour and slivered almonds in the topping. If I had almond extract on hand I would have added that too, but instead I used vanilla extract.

The recipe called for fresh blueberries, and while I used frozen, I would highly suggest fresh like the original recipe called for. My bars came out a little soggy at first. I refrigerated them and ate them chilled which I loved quite a bit. Also, a piece on top of some yogurt… yummm.

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It’s a pretty simple and fun recipe to make with you toddler too.  Bonus – the crust/topping doesn’t have eggs in it so sampling as you go along is highly encouraged. :) I reduced the sugar down a bit and would do that again.  I thought it was sweet enough.  Next time I make it (which I totally plan to!) I’ll be sure to use fresh berries.

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Almond Blueberry Pie Bars

Adapted from here

Ingredients for crust/topping

  • 1 cup almond flour (I ground blanched almonds into a flour… you can also sub in another type of flour)
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup natural cane sugar
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter chilled
  • 1/4 cup blanched or slivered almonds

Filling

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup natural cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt or sour cream
  • 3/8 cup almond flour (can sub other flour)
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 20 oz fresh blueberries (I used frozen but recommend fresh)

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 x 8 inch pan with oil spray and set aside.
  2. Combine the flour, sugar and salt in a food processor or Kitchen Aid mixer. Cut the butter into 1/2″ pieces and add to flour mixture. Add vanilla extract. Mix until the butter is evenly distributed but the mixture is still crumbly.
  3. Reserve 1-1/2 cups of the mixture for the topping. Set aside. Press remaining mixture into bottom of prepared pan.
  4. Whisk eggs in a large bowl, then add sugar, yogurt/sour cream, flour and almond extract. Gently fold in the blueberries.
  5. Spoon the filling over the crust.
  6. Sprinkle the reserved topping mixture, along with the blanched or slivered almonds, evenly over the filling.
  7. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until top turns golden brown. Cool 1 hour before cutting and serving.

What is your favorite berry to bake with? Blackberry or marionberry for me. :)

Heather


Zoe + mama: 2 week update

As I begin to write this (on my phone) I’m snuggled under the covers listening to miss Zoe’s crazy baby noises as she falls asleep. That’s one thing I forgot about – how many squeaky noises they make! She’ll even let out a little cry that makes me think she’s awake, then I peek into the bassinet and her eyes are still closed.  Silly girl.

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Zoe turned two weeks old on Wednesday, and like I shared in my last post, she had her checkup scheduled for that day. Here are the stats:

Weight: 7 lb 10 oz (6 lb 12 oz at birth)

Length: 20.5 inches (19.25 inches at birth)

Jacob and I were so surprised by her awesome weight gain! She eats like a champ and it definitely showed in that number.

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When Zoe was born she was a bit jaundice, but it’s all disappeared by now.

Her hair is so awesome.  I love that it’s so dark and that there is so much of it!

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Zoe is pretty spectacular and quite an easy baby. She doesn’t really cry unless she has a reason – hungry, sleep, gassy, wet/poopy diaper. We’ve very blessed. She still sleeps a lot and wakes about 2 times a night to eat. She’s a bit of a night owl and doesn’t fall asleep until 11pm-12am normally. So while I’m not up all night with her (thankfully!) I am in need of a daily nap to catch up on those misses hours. She takes a crazy long nap in the afternoon. It’s awesome because Hunter naps at the same time so Jacob and I are able to nap too.

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Speaking of Jacob – he got 2.5 weeks off from work but sadly has to go back on Monday. It’s been such a treat having him home! I think Hunter will have big time daddy withdrawals when he’s not with us on Monday.

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Back to sleep talk. The first 1.5 weeks the only place Zoe would sleep at night was on my chest. I loved my Zoe snuggles but only sleeping on my back and not moving much had been rough my low back. After a lot of trial and error, I figured out a set up she liked. I put the newborn sleeping insert from our pack n play into the bassinet with a blanket folded up under where her head goes. I think laying flat on her back bothered her, so once I elevated her head a bit she happily slept in the bassinet!  The necessary tight swaddle too.

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She’s now in newborn cloth diapers during the day and disposables and night. I haven’t figured out which cloth diapers will work well for longer stretches at night (to ward off leaking and excess diaper rash from dampness). At least until she fits into the one-size-fits-all cloth diapers I’ll probably keep using disposables at night.  If she keeps eating and gaining quickly she’ll be in the bigger cloth diapers in no time.

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Now my update!

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Other than being sleepy (and unshowered most of the time), I’m starting to feel more like my old self. Recovery is going well. The post delivery bleeding is annoying, but thankfully lessening every day.

When I was still having discomfort from delivery that first week, and especially the first few days, I really made an effort to not pick Hunter up too much. He’s quite heavy and the nurse told me not too – boo. It was rough emotionally for me. The lack of sleep the first few days home definitely played a part in this, but I did get really emotional missing my Hunter. I wasn’t putting him to bed, I wasn’t carrying him around and I felt really sad about it. I won’t lie, I had 2 days of major tears. I just couldn’t help the sadness. Thankfully Jacob forced me to nap (I zonked for a good 2-3 hours) and I was instantly more emotionally balanced. Since then I’ve only had a few happy tears mainly from thinking about my amazing kiddos and just how lucky I am to be their mama.

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I’ve totally have the urge to move more now. I cannot wait to sweat a little! Right now though while I’m still recovering, I’ll limit it to walking. We went on our longest family walk the other night, about 60-ish minutes. It felt good and I’m excited to walk as exercise, not just as a leisure stroll.

I haven’t weighed myself at all since Zoe was born so I can’t say how much I’ve lost, but I’m sure it’s not a ton. I gained about 35 pounds this pregnancy and can tell by the feel in my clothes (other than the belly region) that not much has changed. I also have not been eating the best. Anytime there are sweets, I devour them. Cookies in our house are dangerous. We’ve been so blessed by family and friends who have brought meals to us, however, not having to meal plan has left us picking up more snacky foods to mindless munch on. Monday I’m back to cooking and meal planning which means more mindful eating!

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This update feel totally random and all over the place, but I guess that’s just how my brain is right now. :)

Let me know if you guys have any questions for me!

Do you get more lax about what you eat when you don’t have a plan? Also, what’s the yummy dinner you cooked this past week? I need ideas for my soon-to-be cooking spree again!

Heather

Zoe's baby shower

Hello! How are you all doing? On Saturday Zoe and I were showered with lots of love. Because of the snow storm a month back her baby shower got postponed. Lucky for everyone there, they got to meet her!

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Zoe and I got dressed up for the occasion… I actually showered, did my hair and wore make up.  First time in little while.  She wore the striped geranium dress and grey harem pants I made her, a little white cardigan and a mustard bow headband (also made by mommy).

So cute.

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In fact, we matched a bit… I made myself a bow too. :)

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Zoe pretty much slept through almost the entire shower.

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My mom hosted the shower and decorated everything in cute grey and mustard with chevron and birds throughout.

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We did some crafting – decorated onesies with images to trace and also personalized squares for a quilt my MIL is making for Zoe.

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We played a couple of games, snacked on yummy treats (mmmm my mom makes the best caramel corn) and opened up a lot of presents. Zoe got spoiled with so many clothes and tons of homemade items! We’re quite blessed. I can’t wait for her to grow into everything she got. :)

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On Wednesday Zoe has her 2 week check up, so I’m thinking a little baby and mama update after that. I can’t believe how quickly time is flying by! We have been having lots of fun as a family. Jacob has another week off from work. Super nice. It’s felt like a mini vacation, although a sleepy mini vacation. :)

Do you like to buy or make gifts for baby showers, or both? Personally if I can think of a gift the person will like, I totally love making them. There’s just something special about homemade items.

Heather

homemade cinnamon play dough

Thank you all for your super sweet words regarding Zoe’s birth story!  It was an amazing experience and I’m so glad I get to share how our little girl came into this world.

Hunter first got his hands on some play dough at the library story time a few weeks back. They had all sorts of animal shape cutters and play dough molds. He had tons of fun playing with it and he even got to take his play dough home. While it was just a little ball, we made it last a few afternoons. The fun ended when the dog ate the play dough… ewww.

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I saw a recipe for herb and spice scented play dough on Pinterest along with a homemade play dough recipe I just had to try. Yesterday during Hunter’s nap, with Zoe asleep in my arms, I made a batch of cinnamon scented play dough. The cinnamon gave the play dough an amazing smell + a nice tan color too. I don’t have too many cookie cutters around so our ‘tools’ were kind of random – a kid’s table knife and a circle cookie cutter.  Imagination was necessary. :)

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After breakfast today I pulled the play dough out of the fridge.  The tools were barely touched.  Lots of balls, squares, triangles, snowmen and pretzels were made.  Family fun for all!

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I’m trying to have some activities other than just playing with toys around since we’ve had a lot more at home time. While Zoe has been a great sleeper for us, both Jacob and I are more tired and I want to minimize TV time as much as possible… save it for the times we are absolute zombies. :). This will be a great activity to have around!

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I should note, the dough was very sticky before I put it in the fridge.  I probably should have cooked it a little longer than I did… but instead I rushed since I was cuddling a baby  Still, it works great and we’ll get lots of use out of this batch!

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Homemade Cinnamon Play Dough

Recipe from here

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. In a saucepan (preferably nonstick), mix the first four ingredients together so the mixture is as smooth as possible. It is OK if a few little lumps remain. Add the cinnamon and stir to mix thoroughly.
  2. Heat slowly, stirring regularly. As the mixture starts to thicken, stir constantly. Soon it will begin to start to pull away from the sides of the saucepan and form one lump. This takes about five minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and place the play dough ball on some parchment paper. Let cool and then knead for a minute or so.  I found I had to chill it first before kneading it.
  4. Store wrapped in plastic wrap in the fridge.

Next I want to try the rosemary variation. Green color + I think it will smell amazing.

Are your kids big into playing with play dough?  Have you made play dough before?  If so, share your favorite recipe! 

Heather

Zoe's birth story

Monday afternoon, 6 days past my due date, we went in for what happened to be our final pre-natal appointment. Being on the cusp of 41 weeks my midwife wanted to check my cervix for the first time and sweep my membrane to hopefully avoid having to induce a week later. I had a good check – was 2-3cm dilated, 80-90% effaced and she was head down + super low. When we left I was already beginning to feel crampy and having more contractions. That evening I took it easy since I was pretty uncomfortable from the membrane sweep.

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On Tuesday, the morning of my 41st week of being pregnant, Jacob, Hunter and I went into the hospital for my non-stress test – they check amniotic fluid and monitor her heart rate along with any contractions I might be having just to make sure everything is still looking good since I’m past term.

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The first test was amniotic fluid and it showed I was really low – lower than where they feel comfortable to let my pregnancy continue on another week. And with that, we were at the hospital to stay! Having not anticipated this at all I made some calls to my mom and sister in law to get Hunter picked up from the hospital and our hospital bag brought to us. I was on the monitors at this time and while I was probably smiling, I was definitely holding back some tears. It took me a good hour or so to adjust my mind to this happening. It’s not that I wasn’t excited to meet our girl, but I so wanted to naturally go into labor.  Also pregnant me = hormonal me so tears happen easily.

My midwife was open to just breaking my water in hopes that that would start my labor. We went though all the computer questions, got settled into our room and around 11:30am the midwife broke my water. Twenty minutes or so later contractions began. They weren’t too strong, only about a 2-3 pain level and spaced anywhere from 5-10 minutes apart. Jacob and I started to walk the halls, a lot. Gotta get this labor going! After lots of walking and not much change by afternoon, we decided to take short naps. Plus my feet were hurting a bit from all the walking.  I knew we were in for the long haul and I was already feeling a bit sleepy so the cat nap was nice. After that, back to more walking. I had been restricted to clear fluids which was rough. I was super hungry. Since my labor wasn’t picking up, really it was slowing down, the midwife let me eat some food. I scarfed down the peanut butter sandwich, yogurt with blueberries, banana and pb oatmeal bars I had on hand. I knew it would be the last I’d get to eat for a while. Around 6:30pm, right around the time we were getting a new nurse at shift change I got into the bath to relax, again with hopes it would pick my labor up. Labor didn’t change so I just used it as a time to relax and prepare for the long night.

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At 12 hours after my water was broken was when the midwife wanted to start pitocin. Since I ended up having to have it with Hunter I was already more okay with the idea than the first time. Obviously it wasn’t my first choice, but my body just doesn’t like to progress labor fast enough on its own. I was going to let them know I’d be fine starting pitocin a couple hours earlier since I didn’t see any changes happening, but my super awesome nurse Lisa encouraged me to continue trying different things and that my body could kick in on its own. I knew then that I was going to like her.

11:30pm came and no change. Onto the monitors for a while before getting pitocin started. I found a position I loved – sitting on the stability ball rocking forward/backward and side/side with my hands/elbows on the side of the birthing tub. More and more of my water kept seeping out and I felt a lot more pressure pushing down on my cervix when I’d rock forward. The only downside was that monitoring baby girl’s heart rate was almost impossible. Just almost impossible. It took a while to get the set up of straps and wraps around my belly, but Lisa did it. Once monitoring was done my pitocin started at 1am, at a level (or dose??) 2 I believe. I continued in that position for a little while longer but the monitors still had to be adjusted a lot. Contractions picked up a bit more in intensity and got a little closer together, maybe 5-7 minutes apart. With each contraction I focused on slow breathing and relaxing my upper body as I noticed my shoulders would tense up.

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Around 2am I went back to walking the halls. I told Jacob he could sleep earlier since I was able to manage the contractions on my own, so instead of waking him Lisa said she’d walk with me. Lisa was our rockstar throughout the whole night. They say your nurse can make or break what your experience is like, and she made ours spectacular. She took the time to get to know us, she was funny, supportive and helped us be at ease. In between each contraction, we just chatted which made time so much more enjoyable. With every lap around those halls the contractions picked up in intensity. I had been given 2 more increases of pitocin and was set into a 6. I could tell the contractions were getting tougher when instead of just stopped, closing my eyes and breathing through them, I had to hold onto the rail or wall. Then the next level of intensity came and I’d have to hold on and bend my knees a little more. The final lap happened around 4am when I didn’t think I could stay standing through the contractions anymore.

Back into the room I woke Jacob up and returned to sitting on the ball with hands on the tub. However, this time I wasn’t able to sit through contractions anymore. The wave would come on and I’d lean forward, half way standing, Jacob would press my hips together and I’d try not to buckle through the pain. Remembering to breath and relax. I was always in my head telling myself to breath and relax.

Lisa worked on getting my birthing tub filled up and by 5am I was about to get in. I was 6-7 cm dilated and 100% effected. I needed the water for relief. And what a relief it was! I worked through the ever intensifying contractions with my arms hanging over the side of the tub, head resting on the side and belly floating facing down. I wanted to make sure she stayed in a good position, and it also was the most comfortable position for me to handle the contractions in. Maybe 5 or so contractions in I began having a big one with a shorter one right after, no rest in between. In my mind I thought transition was near with contractions like that, but I also thought it was way too fast. After just a couple more the intensity really peaked. I had one that left me groaning like an animal through the pain. I told Jacob to get Lisa. So intense. Another one came, same intensity, same sounds. By the time everyone was back in the room a third one came on and I told them I thought I wanted to push, so the midwife said ‘push your baby out!’.

At 6am pushing started. I had to work through one or two pushes to get the right feeling. I’d take a deep breath in through a contraction, hold it with my chin toward my chest, then bear down and push hard. Pretty sure I was loud throughout all this. I remember her head crowning and asking if the head was out. It’s such a weird feeling when the baby is half out! A couple more pushes and I hear the midwife tell me to lean back and get my baby. She was there! I pulled her out of the water and straight to my chest. All I could say was ‘oh my God, oh my God’ over and over again. I just looked at her in amazement. We did a little check to make sure she was in fact a girl. :). Jacob cut the umbilical cord and held her while I got out of the tub and into the bed. Then she was back on my chest almost instantly nursing. Perfect and amazing Zoe Louise was born Wednesday morning at 6:09am – just 9 minutes of pushing!

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Having a water birth was amazing. The water helped me cope with the contractions, I could move around easily and I had zero tearing too. I can’t imagine not having a water birth in the future again. I so recommend it! Zoe was born in the correct anterior position whereas Hunter was posterior which gave me tons of back labor. The baby’s position makes such a difference in labor pains and I’m so thankful this one was easier. Recovery has been easier too!

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Tomorrow Zoe will be 1 week old. Time is flying! We love every moment with this sweet little girl.  God has truly blessed our family with Zoe and the safe birth that brought her into the world.

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Heather

PS – If you love reading birth stories, here are the links to Hunters.

Hunter’s birth story: part 1

Hunter’s birth story: part 2

Hunter’s birth story: part 3

then there were four

Thank you all for your warm congrats on Zoe’s arrival!

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We’ve been home since Thursday afternoon and are settling in nicely. Hunter had an initial ‘meet baby sister’ at the hospital that had a few more tears than I anticipated. At home though, things have been wonderful! He absolutely loves his baby sister. He gives her the sweetest and gentlest hugs and kisses. And he always wants to give them to her, one kiss is just not enough. He’s been our little helper grabbing diapers and blankets for her. So far we haven’t had any out of the ordinary behavior for him. Feeling quite blessed!

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Jacob – oh I love this man.  He’s stepped up and keeps the house way more picked up than I ever do. He’s been doing laundry, dishes and cooking, but best of all, he’s been an amazing dad. Hunter and Jacob have had a lot more time together. They ran a couple errands on Friday and have gotten lots of play time in. Jacob with Zoe though… the sweetest thing ever. She melt into a calm sleep in his arms. He even took a night shift and partied with her while I caught up on some much needed zzz’s.

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God knew what we needed and gave us such a calm baby. She sleeps a lot, although likes to be awake more at night time. When she’s awake she likes to look around at what’s going on. We have yet to have any ‘why won’t she stop crying’ moments.  Usually she just cries if she’s hungry or is getting her diaper changed.  She is just 3 days old though, so things could change. :)

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Me – I’m feeling pretty great. An easier labor and delivery definitely left my body feeling better. Also the fact that she’s a better sleeper than Hunter was helps me feel more normal. I’ve settled into a nice non-routine and love-love-love it. All four of us spent the afternoon napping today. I have yet to shower and am a-okay with it. All I want to do is soak in this sweet new girl and relax with my two boys. I just can’t imagine our family any other way right now and feel incredibly blessed for what I have.

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This morning when I finished feeding Zoe Hunter woke up as well. I went into his room (he was a little sad) picked him up with one arm and took him over to the rocking chair. I had Hunter on my right side, face cuddled in my shoulder, Zoe cradled into my left arm half asleep. We rocked back and forth for a while and I thought to myself, it just can’t get any better than this. It was the perfect moment and I didn’t want to let it go. I just want more of those.

Heather

welcome baby girl!

Wednesday morning, at 6:09am, we welcomed little Zoe Louise into the world!

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She weighed 6 pounds 12 ounces (a full pound less than Hunter) and measured 19.25 inches long. Being 8 days late I was surprised by how tiny she was! The birth was amazing and we are all doing great.

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I can’t wait to write up her birth story and share more about her and our life as a family of four. But for now, we’re back home and it’s time for more baby snuggles and sleep to catch up on.

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Heather

food and fitness week 7

To keep things a little normal for a Monday, how about a recap of my food and fitness for last week? Check out yesterday’s post to see more of what I’ve been up to the past week!

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Monday – these awesome chickpea veggie burgers + spinach salad

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Tuesday – glazed salmon, steamed parmesan broccoli and no-knead crusty bread

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Wednesday – potato (for Jacob)/sweet potato (for Hunter and I) hash with sausage + oranges

Thursday – tuna melts on soft wheat bread + fruit

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Friday – cheeeeeese night – cheese, sausage, bread and pear – at home date night!

Saturday – food at a friend’s house to watch the UFC fight – fun!

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Sunday – carbonara + roasted asparagus

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And now a look at my fitness during my 40th week of pregnancy:

Monday – taught body pump – last class for a while!

Tuesday – took Hunter to the park, so some walking and playing

Wednesday – water aerobics + short walk pushing the stroller

Thursday – longer morning stroller walk

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Friday – short family stroller walk

Saturday – swam 30 minutes + a 1.5 hour stroller walk (then a nap later, I was beat!)

Sunday – short stroller walk

I’m happy to say I’ve been active every day. This morning I’m off to water aerobics and hopefully at least a short walk later while the rain stays away. I’m thinking maybe walking up and down the stairs when it gets rainy??

What was your favorite workout last week? Definitely swimming for me! I had to force myself to stop after ‘just one more lap’ to get back home.

Heather

My past due happening

Hello! My lack of posts doesn’t mean we have a baby yet, just means I’ve been lazy about hopping on the computer. :)  Still pregnant over here!

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Here’s a little look at what I’ve been up to lately since my due date passed on Tuesday. It’s been a nice mixture of staying busy + relaxing.  Perfect since I’m not teaching any more classes for a while. Of course it always includes lots of fun play with this cute guy.

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I made a personal little challenge for myself – every day I’m over due, sew something new!  I didn’t start it until I was a couple days past due, but here’s what I’ve accomplished thus far.

Swaddle blankets (2 white, 2 un-pictured black ones), cloth wipes and terry wash cloths.  The wash cloths are actually used for cleaning Hunter after he eats, not so much for bath time.

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Mustard hi-low pullover (some kind of cotton/polyester blend with a bit of stretch in it) – drafted this patten 100% by myself!  I am excited to see how it fits her (maybe around 3-6 months??) and then I’ll probably make a couple improvements to the pattern that I already know I want to make.

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Modified the geranium top pattern a tad and added long sleeves (mustard linen fabric).  It just needs buttons + button holes added to the back.

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Baby bunny bonnet – modified this baby bonnet pattern I had made once + drafted the ears to add.  Easter is just 2 months away!

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I have some grey linen baby pants in the works today. Gotta keep busy myself busy and utilize all this free (nap)time I have!

I went to a water aerobics class on Wednesday and also swam Saturday morning. I have LOVED being back in the water. Plus it makes me feel weightless, not a common thing for a 9.5 month pregnant lady.

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Lots of walking has been happening too.

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It’s been my goal to walk every day or swim (or both!) and I’ve been making that goal happen. I’m hoping the rain stays away a little longer but it’s predicted to return on Tuesday.  Boo.  Saturday I met with my friend Megan for an at least 1.5 hour walk along the waterfront and downtown.  I had to stop and pee 3 times along the way – pregnancy bladder like whoa. Hunter and Mabel tagged along in the strollers. :)

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All the extra walking and swimming makes me sleepy!  I’ve been totally taking advantage of getting a quick nap in while Hunter naps. I don’t always fall asleep, but just resting has been wonderful.

I did my normal weekly grocery haul on Friday with meals planned for the week. I figured I better get it done since I have a feeling I’ll still be pregnant a little while longer.  And a girl’s gotta eat.  I picked up this new to me tuna and absolutely love it!

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Bonus for it being on sale. I’ll have to keep my eyes out for more $1 sales on it because it’s definitely more spending than I’d normally pay for a can of tuna ($2.70).  The quality is awesome though – more meaty and less watery than the tuna I normally buy.

I’m so thankful that I feel really comfortable still. If I was uncomfortable and past due, I may not be as cheerful and relaxed about it. I had a massage and chiropractic adjustment on Thursday and left feeling the best I’ve felt these past couple months. Assuming I’m still pregnant tomorrow (which would not be a surprise), I’m going back again!

So those are the happenings as of late. We have a midwife appointment tomorrow, so unless labor happens in the near future I’ll probably pop in again before baby girl arrives. But I say probably, I’m totally on a non-schedule right now.   Everything is up in the air with this waiting game. Thankful I’ve been enjoying every minute of it though!

What are some of your happenings lately?

Heather

PS: I loved this post Whitney wrote (she’s currently a couple days further past due than I am).  I have to say, I agree with it 100%.