• Journey to better health as a busy mom

    Improving Health as a Busy Mom

    I am doing something I never, ever thought I would do on this little ol’ blog of mine, I am stepping out of my comfort zone and sharing details of my journey to better health and weight loss. Now, I have no intentions of making this a blog all about products nor am I going to be trying to sell anything to you. I am simply going to share my journey with you. All its ups and downs, all the good and bad, and how I am trying to do it while balancing working mom life. I have struggled over the last several years to find a place where I…

  • Ellery: 8 Months Old

    Age:  8 months Weight:  Not sure. Diapers/clothes: She is still in cloth diapers. Wearing six and nine-month clothes. Also, we can’t keep socks on her! She loves to pull them off and chew on them.  Eating:  She is still nursing but also eating solids one to two times per day. As I mentioned before we opted out of purees this time and instead are doing baby-led weaning. We still haven’t given her any of the food we eat because I feel better with less complicated things (ie: single ingredients, no seasoning) so I am still making all her food separate. She is loving squash, carrots, sweet potatoes, green beans and…

  • The emotional side of motherhood

    The Emotional Side Of Motherhood

    It’s nearing midnight and I am lying awake in bed while little E sleeps soundly next to me, her tiny rapid breaths reminding me I should be sleeping because she will be awake soon to eat. The Emotions of Children Growing She had her 4-month check-up today and it is still so crazy to me that she is 4 months old!? Heck, it’s even crazier that Asher is almost 2 1/2! Between buying a house, selling a house, and managing the existence of our little family so much time seems to have passed without me really noticing. We closed on our new house this afternoon and we will close on…

  • Ellery: 4 Months Old

    Our little lady is FOUR months old! This month has been one of the most fun so far. Miss Ellery is really starting to show her personality and it has been awesome watching her blossom. She is quite the diva and gets frustrated when things aren’t exactly as she would like. Our baby girl is so very sweet and loves to get attention. Any time you talk to her or mention how cute she is, she smiles really big and scrunches up her little face.  Age:  4 months old Weight:  12 lbs 6.4oz Diapers/clothes: Cloth diapers and 3 months clothes for the most part. She is pretty long so she…

  • Adjusting to life with two little ones. Becoming a mom of two

    And Then There Were Two: One Month In

    It’s been a little over three weeks since we welcomed little Ellery and after my first week solo parenting (Jacob is back to work) I thought it’d be a good time to reflect on what it is like to be a mom of two: reality vs what I had imagined. When I was pregnant with Ellery I tried to imagine what it would be like to have another little one. I was so beyond excited to see Asher step into the big brother role and I couldn’t wait to see how our little family of three would change when she arrived. I worried endlessly about how I could make sure…

  • Big Brother Meeting Baby Sister

    From the moment I found out I was pregnant I began imaging what it would be like for Asher meeting his baby sister. How would Asher react? Would he be jealous? Would he like his new sibling? I was full of anticipation and excitement. Helping Big Brother Adjust to the Idea of Baby Sister It was important for us, from the beginning, that Asher know about his baby sister. We made sure to talk about her often. Throughout my pregnancy, Jacob and I spoke often about “baby sister” and “baby Ellery” and gestured toward my belly. On the ride into daycare each day I would tell Asher that “Baby sister…

  • Birth story

    Ellery’s Birth Story: Part 3

    Read Ellery’s Birth Story Parts one and Part two Once we were back in our room Ellery and I had our first nursing session. It was beautiful and she took to it like a champ. She nursed, unlatched, and fell right to sleep. While I was enjoying these first moments with my little lady, the nurse informed us that the doctor found signs of an unexplained uterine infection when she was completing the c-section. This infection, we later came to learn, is known as Chorioamnionitis, and is one of the leading causes of stillborn babies. Because of Ellery’s exposure to this infection, she would need to undergo a prophylactic antibiotic…

  • birth story part two

    Welcome, Ellery! Birth Story Part 2

    If you haven’t had a chance please read part one here.  Caution: The following includes details of my daughter’s unexpectedly scary entrance into this world which includes mention of infant loss.  We loaded the car up with our bags and headed off to the hospital. We arrived at the hospital a bit before six and we were taken back to labor and delivery triage and hooked up to monitors. We were the only ones there and overall the night seemed pretty quiet. The atmosphere was light and the nurse was super friendly and I tried to focus on the thoughts that everything would be okay and that we would be hearing a heartbeat soon and…

  • Birth story part one

    Welcome Ellery! Birth Story Part One

    I know I am a bit late on getting this posted but it is crazy around here and finding time to blog has been nearly impossible. The adventure of getting our little lady in our arms was nearly a 180 from what we had expected and it has taken some time to process. So without anymore waiting here is the story of how we got our little Ellery Charlotte Friday the 13th The day started like any other typical Friday, we were up early, dressed and fed the tot, and it was off to daycare before I returned home to start my own work day. On my way to the daycare,…

  • Motherhood lessons and things learned in motherhood.

    Motherhood Lessons and What I’ve Learned Along the Way

    I can’t believe in just a few short months I will be a mama to two littles. With the upcoming change (and perhaps a touch of pregnancy hormones making me emotional) I have been reflecting on what the motherhood lessons I have learned over the last two years. Two years seems so recent and yet when I look back on the new-to-motherhood woman I was, it seems like a lifetime ago. The biggest, and probably the toughest motherhood lesson I have learned over the last two years is that being a mom is hard. There is no easy way to say it. It is simultaneously the most amazing, wonderful thing…