The day I met Owen

My due date was September 28th, 2017 and everyone told me I would go early since Liam was 2 weeks early. Well I thought so too so I waited and waited and waited. I reached 38 weeks pregnant, then 39 weeks, and then it was the day before my due date when I finally broke down. I couldn’t believe I was going to still be pregnant on my due date and possibly go over. I was so ready to be done being pregnant and meet our baby.

Well, apparently Owen is a planner just like his mama and decided he would arrive on his due date. But before I get to that let’s start from the beginning.

I started having some real contractions on Monday the 25th. They continued for about 2 hours and I was pretty sure I was going to have to leave work and head to the hospital. However, after lunch the contractions seemed to stop and there were no more signs of labor. The same thing happened on Tuesday. I again so so sure I was going to have a baby but then it all stopped.

Then Wednesday the 27th (mine and Joe’s anniversary) I was having even stronger contractions in the morning. I thought okay this baby is coming today. I actually had my 40 week doctor appt so I went to that and Joe met me there. I told my midwife “I am pretty sure this baby is coming today.” She didn’t confirm that but we did decide to strip my membranes to get things moving. I wasn’t sure I was going to have her do it but I decided to just go for it and see what happens. She did say I was only dilated to a 1 at that point. She encouraged Joe and I to go out somewhere close for lunch to celebrate our anniversary and come back when things picked up.

Well we went out to lunch and then…..nothing. The contractions stopped and that was that. I couldn’t believe it. The contractions I was having were so strong that even Joe making me laugh during one was painful. I was at a complete loss. I broke down and started crying. I just couldn’t understand it. I felt like I couldn’t understand my own body and I literally felt like this baby was going to stay inside of me forever.

I cried all evening off and on. I just could not get a grip on my emotions. Joe was encouraging and supportive which was really nice. My mom even stopped over and I cried to her. She just encouraged me to be patient and I was really trying.

During the night I kept waking up from inconsistent contractions. Then when I would wake up I would have to use the bathroom and then I would start thinking again about how upset I am and then have trouble falling back asleep.

Around 4am another contraction came and I just couldn’t sleep so I decided to take a bath. I did this and that helped me to relax. The contractions seemed to keep coming at that point although I wasn’t getting too excited at this point.

As 5am approached the contractions continued so I texted my mom (she was going to watch Liam while we went to the hospital). I told her we may be going to the hospital but to not get too excited yet because we were still figuring out if this was real or not.

I felt like my contractions were about 10 minutes apart but thought I should time to be sure. Well 3 minutes went by between contractions…I told Joe “that can’t be right….let’s see what it says again.” Well sure enough my contractions were 3 minutes apart. I asked my mom if she wanted to come over or if she wanted us to bring Liam to daycare. We thought we could wait until daycare opened to head to hospital.

Then the contractions got stronger and there was no more waiting. I told my mom she needed to come over now so we could go. So she cruised over to watch Liam.

We got to the hospital around 6:30am. My midwife was there so I was super happy! My water hadn’t broken yet but my contractions were getting stronger. She checked me once we settled in and said I was at a 6 already. I was thankful to hear that because I had told Joe on our way there that if she said I was at a 3 or less I would just die.

My contractions were more painful then I remember with Liam. His were pretty easy until just before birth, these ones were strong and painful.

I sat on a yoga ball so I could rock back and forth and rest my head on the bed with each contraction. It helped me to focus on my breathing and not tense up by body too much. My midwife Elizabeth Barry-Jensen sat on the bed in front of me and encouraged me and helped distract me with stories. It really was a calm and relaxing environment.

I also brought my essential oils and diffuser that we had going in the room as well.

After many challenging contractions I asked what the next steps were because it was getting really hard. My midwife said she could break my water if I wanted and that would speed things up a little bit. I wasn’t sure I should do this or not so I asked her for guidance.

She said let’s do a few more contractions and then check where things were at and then she would break my water. I agreed with that plan. I went through about 2 more really painful contractions and said, let’s move on.

So I got up on the bed. She checked and I was at a 9 and was very close. She then broke my water which was a super strange experience (my water broke on it’s own with Liam). It was just a gush of warm fluid coming out.

At that point it was time to start pushing. I was ready for that part because I remember it being such a relief to start pushing with Liam. Well it was maybe a total of 5-6 pushes because baby was out however they were very painful. Baby sat crowning for about 3 pushes and that was the hardest moment of my life. After the 2nd push of him crowning I said I can’t do this anymore. I was in so much pain I just wanted to cry. My midwife encouraged me that he was almost here that it was just 1 more push and his head would be out.

So I muster up another push and sure enough that did it. And then 1 more push to get the body out.

Then Joe told me “It’s another boy!” They place him on my chest and I was just in shock, and over-joyed, and just happy to have this little baby with me.

We had narrowed down the exact name so we already knew our baby boy would be named Owen Pacifique Hailey. His middle name is after my grandpa and we thought it was very unique and a wonderful way to honor my grandpa who has instilled so many family values in me.

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I knew Owen was bigger than Liam and I just had to know how much. Owen weighed 8 lbs 6 oz and was 21 inches long compared to Liam who was 7 lbs 7 oz and 20 inches long.

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Top: Liam, Bottom: Owen

Liam was so happy to meet his little brother. We had been talking about the baby coming out of mom’s tummy for a while now and he was ready to meet him! What a proud big brother!

I am so happy to be able to give Liam a little brother and I am so excited to watch them grow up together.

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3rd Trimester -weeks 27-birth

Week 27
Some say the third trimester starts at week 28 but I am going with week 27 because it is 3 months until my due date now! It is crazy to think that once this section of my pregnancy journal is posted I will have a little one in my arms. I can’t wait!

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I am still recovering from my illness I had during week 26. The cough is definitely lingering however I do feel much better.

My appetite decreased while I was sick however I just tried to eat what I could and stay on track. My shakes definitely helped with that.

My sleep was off and on this week. I had some really good nights of sleep but also some terrible nights of sleep. I have been dreaming a lot. I woke of with a bloody nose one of the mornings which is so odd because I have maybe had one before in my lifetime.

Baby kicked my ribs this week and made me realize how quickly time is passing and how big baby actually is already.  Baby moves pretty much anytime I am still and if I am standing or moving then baby is still.

It was the 4th of July this week so we celebrated outside with a pool day. I totally rocked a bikini and bump. 🙂

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I am still exercising regularly. I still do 2 Zumba classes a week and 2 sweat circuits. I love these classes and am thankful to keep up with my fitness routine. I have been doing some serious modifications lately, especially with ab work, but overall keeping high energy and loving it. I also try to go on walks when I am home and on the weekends. I did some prenatal yoga online and really enjoyed that so I may try to add that to my weekly routine.

We worked on baby names this week and finalized our list. We have 1 main boy name with some back ups and 2 girl names. I think baby is a boy and Joe thinks baby is a girl. We will see in no time!

Week 28
I have fully recovered from my illness. I feel much better which is good. I am hopeful to stay healthy the remainder of my pregnancy now.

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My appetite is back up again. I am not hungry all the time but I can definitely eat. I’ve had some stomach issues this week. Not sure what is going on but lots of tummy aches. Could be a result of some poor eating choices lately. Trying to eat healthy as often as possible.

Exercise has been really great. I really feel like I am stronger this pregnancy and that may be why my back has been really good lately. I remember having a lot of lower back pain with Liam I just don’t remember when it started. I am hopefully to bypass the pain this pregnancy….at least for as long as possible.

Week 29
Things have continued to go really well. Sleep has continued to be hit or miss. I get up majority of nights at least once if not more to use the bathroom.

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This baby is a mover…especially when I sit down, lay down, or want to sleep. This baby feels so much more forward than Liam was and the moves seem so much stronger. I felt baby have hiccups a few times this week! Joe can actually feel them too. It’s crazy!

My appetite has shifted to less hungry. I don’t have many, if any, cravings and really just eat what is cooked for me. I also have terrible acid reflux with almost everything I eat.

Still going strong with exercise. I feel really good about working out and gaining strength. I’ve done more weight training/strengthening this pregnancy and I think that is helping me a lot. Overall exercise is great, just needing to modify during classes due to my increased size and limitations.

I passed my glucose test this week, thank goodness!

Week 30
Baby is 75% “ready.” I can hardly believe how quickly the time is going. Yet I am also so ready to meet this little baby!

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This week I’ve had some back pain. It hasn’t been extreme but it’s the lower back. Sometimes when getting dressed if I stand on one foot to get my pants on my leg will give out due to the pain. I have to be very careful. I’ve been keeping up with my chiropractor and massage appointments and these both help a lot.

I have been doing well with appetite. It is pretty stable right now. However sometimes I am starving and others I am not hungry at all. I am usually less hungry in the evenings. I can also tell if I have eaten too much (which is easy to do now) and get really uncomfortable. Acid reflux has been going strong….even ketchup triggers it. Tums are my new best friend!

Exercise has continued to go really well. I’m so thankful to be able to keep up with my exercise routine.

Seriously looking forward to wearing/buying “normal” clothes again. I am really getting tired of my maternity options and also I highly dislike the pants that go up to my boobs. It’s summer and I am already hot. The extra layer makes me so sweaty. It honestly it is just annoying. I have been living in exercise shorts that lay below the belly when I have the chance.

Baby has kept up with regular movements and gets the hiccups a lot!

Sleep continues to be off and on but I do the best I can to get as much rest as possible.

Week 31
Single digit weeks left of pregnancy (unless of course I go over —-nooooo! haha!). I did some shopping for baby and for Liam as he transitions to a new bedroom soon. I am feeling more and more prepared and excited to meet this little one. Most people keep telling me they think it’s a girl (for whatever reason) but I just am not sure. We will see so soon!

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I am feeling good and strong this week. I’m amazed at how I have been feeling lately. I am so thankful for another really good pregnancy so far!

Eating is good. I still have acid reflux but I am sure that is going to continue until baby comes. I tried fresh garden cherry tomatoes this week and I have never loved tomatoes but could tolerate them….I loved them. Pregnancy is so strange!

Sleep is still off and on with at least 1 bathroom break every night. Sometimes I am lucky and don’t wake up until 3 or 4 to use the bathroom which gives me some good solid sleep prior but other times I am up a lot.

Still keeping up with regular exercise and feeling great about it! I honestly do not like to miss a day of some kind of movement/physical activity. Modifications for Zumba are now necessary but manageable. I’ve really enjoyed the strength/weight training I’ve been doing and thing that has helped my back a lot this pregnancy.

My belly has been really itchy this week. Not sure what is going on but it doesn’t look dry or anything….just growing and itchy I guess.

Week 32
Dr appt says belly is measuring at just under 32 weeks. Heart rate is 137 this week.

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Energy level has decreased this week. I’m tired. Really tired. My sleep remains the same but I am going to bed much earlier lately because I just can’t function at night.

Nausea has come back for some reason. I get pretty sick in the morning, okay in the afternoon, and then sick again in the evening.

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Still keeping up with regular exercise. It’s harder to get motivated to do it but always feels good when it’s done.

Baby is moving like crazy and has hiccups all the time! It has a fun time kicking (or punching??) my right side ribs….usually takes my breath away once or twice a day.

Week 33
Started this week off super tired. I actually had to leave work early one day because I was so sleepy and got super emotional. It had to be the hormones but I never felt like that with Liam or ever in life. It was extreme!

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My morning nausea continued into this week when I realized it was coffee that was making me feel sick. So, I quit coffee this week. It was actually easier than I thought and not being sick was a huge motivating force. I may be tired but at least I don’t feel sick!

Sleep has been hit or miss still. I woke up several times in 1 night just hot and sweaty. We decided to put a fan next to the bed for when that happens and it has helped.

Still keeping up with regular exercising. I am just focusing on listening to my body and modifying when needed and resting when needed too. Sometimes you just need to sleep in.

I had my 34 week appt towards the end of this week. All was going well. I was measuring at 33 weeks rather than 33 weeks 4 days which is good. Baby’s heart rate was way up there this week. It spiked to 157.

Baby is still moving like crazy and getting the hiccups at least 3 or more times a day.

Week 34
This past week I have had some lower back pain. I did go to the chiropractor and that helped. My lower back is very shifty lately and so any little movement it will crack, especially while sleeping.

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I have noticed the limitations of getting off the couch, out of bed, out of a vehicle, etc. more and more each day. One of my bigger struggles in rolling over in bed and transitioning my pregnancy pillow. I love my pillow so much but rolling over is a lot of work these days.

I have been really tired most afternoons and evenings. I have just been trying to go to bed early and rest when I can.

Still no coffee and my sickness has been much better. I feel so happy to have resolved that issue but I do miss my 1 cup of coffee!

I have lost some motivation for exercise but have continued with my routine anyway. I am always happy when I am done but it is definitely harder to get there and just do it.

I had some “nesting” urges or as I would call them “holy cow I have a lot to do and not much time is left.” I ended up deep cleaning one of our bathrooms this week (we have 2 and I cleaned the guest/Liam’s bathroom). I also washed all my nursing tops and bras, cleaned out the closet, did some laundry, and put some maternity clothes (that I don’t intend to wear) back into storage. I have many more cleaning goals ahead.

Baby has continued with strong movements. It will occasionally rub some part of itself on my pelvic area which makes me feel like I’m peeing. It is a weird and uncomfortable feeling.

Week 35
5 weeks until due date. 35 days until due date. Wow this is coming up quick!!

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This week was a good week. I’ve been a lot hungrier lately and eating extra snacks. Baby must be trying to pack on the pounds!

I did a lot more nesting including washing baby clothes, baby items, and more cleaning of the house.

I had some serious lower back pain. Dang sciatica! I could barely walk. I ended up going to the chiropractor which helped so much. He advised icing and taking it easy which is what I did that day. It helped so much.

Doctor suggested doing some cat/cow yoga poses to help with back as well as help get baby into a favorable position for delivery.

I’m still keeping up with my exercise routine but definitely taking it much easier. I will do significant modifications as needed according to my body. Thankful my classes I teach are very understanding.

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I’m definitely more tired too. It’s a struggle between nesting urges and naps most days! I am just trying to balance and if I do end up skipping nap to clean/prep I will go to be early.

I’m really craving coffee….I think with being tired and the cooler weather we have been having it is making me want it! I am doing my best to stick out the rest of this pregnancy without coffee.

I bought the final parts of Liam’s gift from the baby once baby arrives. He will be getting an “I’m a big brother” book, a play-doh set with cutters, extra play-doh, and some little paw patrol figures. All quiet toys for a reason haha! I figured these will be perfect for him in the hospital and at home.

Week 36
It’s the final countdown. I know baby could come “any day now” or it could be 6 more weeks even! But either way I am excited, nervous, scared, but most of all ready to meet this little one!

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I’ve been eating a lot lately. Less interested in healthy again but trying my best.

I have continued with exercise but modifying a lot. No more jumping or twisting too much. Feels good to keep moving though and doing the best I can. I have been stretching a lot more and keeping up with my cat/cow stretches.

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Nesting a ton. I have been doing a lot of prepping for baby.

I had my 36 week appt and will have weekly appts moving forward. All is going well still.

Baby feels much lower this week. Lots of pressure!

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left Liam, right baby #2

Week 37
I am getting so anxious to meet baby. I need to practice patience. I don’t have any idea or feeling as far as gender and I am wanting to know—of course we will still wait because it is so fun to find out at birth!

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My appetite is still up there but has settled down a little. No specific cravings other than being disinterested in healthy foods again.

Keeping up with exercise.

Still working on prepping the house for baby. Things are slowly coming together which is making me feel good.

I have been really tired lately. If I do any kind of extra activity it gets me extra tired. I try to nap when I can.

I got a prenatal massage this week. It felt amazing! Highly recommended!

Week 38
Well I am beyond ready for this baby to come! Joe and Liam feel the same way. I had Liam at 38 weeks 1 day so I think I just expected the same for this baby but it seems comfortable.

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I overall feel huge, squished, ready, excited, and anxious all wrapped in one. I can’t wait to meet this baby! But also can’t wait to not be pregnant. Getting tired of being uncomfortable majority of the day and night.

I have had lots of pelvic pressure this week. Baby is also hitting a lot of nerves causing sharp pains down my inner thigh occasionally. Takes my breath away when it happens. Also, lots of braxton hicks. It honestly at times feels like the baby is trying to force itself out. This is all so different from my pregnancy with Liam. Literally it was a shock when my water broke with Liam. With this pregnancy I keep thinking my water is gonna break any second because of all the pressure.

My appetite is up there. I have been craving fresh fruit lately which is good, but also carbs and sweets.

Keeping up with exercise the best I can still. I plan to just keeping moving until I can’t!

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I got sick this week of pregnancy. Some kind of cold/sinus crap that is going around. Liam got it first so inevitably I got it a few days after him. Thankfully it only lasted a few days for me before I started to feel better.

Sleep has been hit or miss lately. I usually wake up hot and sweaty multiple times a night now. I have a fan and it helps a little but not always. I have been waking up at least TWICE a nice to use the bathroom. That is the new normal this week.

My stomach is itchy again. It feels so stretched out and just itchy. Trying to keep it moisturized the best I can.

Week 39
This is the longest I have ever been pregnant and it is killing me! Baby is constantly on my brain. Joe, Liam and I are all so ready to meet this baby!

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Feeling contractions but inconsistently.

I decided no Zumba this week but did teach sweat circuit. Just going to keep walking and taking it easy.

Sleep is a major challenge. I am tossing and turning most of the night and waking up at least twice to pee.

My emotions have been up and down especially with the contractions. I get super excited when they start but then when they stop I get so sad. I keep thinking “today is the day” but then baby has different plans. It has been crazy.

I’ve been so uncomfortable and just so ready to have this baby. Things were so different with Liam that it has been frustrating to have all this false labor and contractions. Just trying to stay patient and know that eventually this baby will arrive.

Week 40
Well as my due date approach baby finally decided it was time. With inconsistent contractions throughout the night I woke up around 4, took a bath, contractions picked up and we were off to the hospital to have a baby! I will make a separate post with the birth story.

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Another fall weekend

Well we had a really great weekend filled with family, friends, and football again. We had intentions of going to the harvest festival in Stillwater Saturday afternoon but had to cancel our plans due the it raining. So for the most part it was a low key weekend.

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I was home all day with the boys. Joe and Liam had picked me some apples earlier in the week so at nap time I made some apple crisp. It turned out really good! Plus it has apples and oats so it is healthy right?!? haha!

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My little snuggle bug Owen is learning he really likes his wubba-nub. He is holding onto that monkey so tight. How adorable!

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Liam was begging to spend some time outside. It was a little chilly out but warm enough to go outside for a little while. Joe and Liam stayed out much longer than Owen and I did.

We spent the rest of the evening hanging out and having a movie night (who am I kidding, every night is movie night at our house lol).

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Saturday morning snuggles are always great.

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Joe took Liam to Farm and Home to get some time out of the house. When they got home our friend Jordan came over with her nephews to meet Owen. Liam had fun playing with the boys and showing them his toys.

Uncle Joel stopped by to see the boys and talk to Joe about hanging a deer stand. We all had some apple crisp and hung out for a little while.

After nap time the Badgers played. We all relaxed and watch the Badgers kick butt. Fun to spend time with all my boys.

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My mom stopped by to watch a little of the Badger game with us. She then headed home and we ate dinner.

After dinner we played, relaxed and headed to bed. I went to bed early because I was tired and also because I had to get up early the next morning.

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Joe went out hunting in the morning so it was just me and the boys. Liam woke up in quite the mood but settled down eventually. It was interesting going about the morning with the two boys on my own but we managed and no one got hurt so thats a win!

Uncle Joel stopped in when Joe got home from hunting.

We went out to Not Justa Cafe for breakfast. They have the best and biggest pancakes. So good!

Joe’s parents stopped by for a quick visit after breakfast. They got Liam a cute new Badger hat and it is adorable!

Then it was home to watch the Packer vs Vikings game. Sadly Aaron Rodgers got injured and the Packer lost but we still love them!

After the game we went to my parent’s house for tacos. My mom also made a delicious spaghetti squash dish. It was a really great meal.

My grandparents soaked up some Owen snuggles and so did cousin Judah. It was a fun evening with family.

Then it was home to start bedtime routine.

Overall it was a really great weekend. I hope you have a great week and happy Monday! The weather is supposed to be so nice this week so we are looking forward to some time outside!

 

 

Another fall weekend

Well we had a really great weekend filled with family, friends, and football again. We had intentions of going to the harvest festival in Stillwater Saturday afternoon but had to cancel our plans due the it raining. So for the most part it was a low key weekend.

FRIDAY

I was home all day with the boys. Joe and Liam had picked me some apples earlier in the week so at nap time I made some apple crisp. It turned out really good! Plus it has apples and oats so it is healthy right?!? haha!

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My little snuggle bug Owen is learning he really likes his wubba-nub. He is holding onto that monkey so tight. How adorable!

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Liam was begging to spend some time outside. It was a little chilly out but warm enough to go outside for a little while. Joe and Liam stayed out much longer than Owen and I did.

We spent the rest of the evening hanging out and having a movie night (who am I kidding, every night is movie night at our house lol).

SATURDAY

Saturday morning snuggles are always great.

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Joe took Liam to Farm and Home to get some time out of the house. When they got home our friend Jordan came over with her nephews to meet Owen. Liam had fun playing with the boys and showing them his toys.

Uncle Joel stopped by to see the boys and talk to Joe about hanging a deer stand. We all had some apple crisp and hung out for a little while.

After nap time the Badgers played. We all relaxed and watch the Badgers kick butt. Fun to spend time with all my boys.

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My mom stopped by to watch a little of the Badger game with us. She then headed home and we ate dinner.

After dinner we played, relaxed and headed to bed. I went to bed early because I was tired and also because I had to get up early the next morning.

SUNDAY

Joe went out hunting in the morning so it was just me and the boys. Liam woke up in quite the mood but settled down eventually. It was interesting going about the morning with the two boys on my own but we managed and no one got hurt so thats a win!

Uncle Joel stopped in when Joe got home from hunting.

We went out to Not Justa Cafe for breakfast. They have the best and biggest pancakes. So good!

Joe’s parents stopped by for a quick visit after breakfast. They got Liam a cute new Badger hat and it is adorable!

Then it was home to watch the Packer vs Vikings game. Sadly Aaron Rodgers got injured and the Packer lost but we still love them!

After the game we went to my parent’s house for tacos. My mom also made a delicious spaghetti squash dish. It was a really great meal.

My grandparents soaked up some Owen snuggles and so did cousin Judah. It was a fun evening with family.

Then it was home to start bedtime routine.

Overall it was a really great weekend. I hope you have a great week and happy Monday! The weather is supposed to be so nice this week so we are looking forward to some time outside!

 

 

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Protein Muffins

I made the most delicious pumpkin spice muffins over the weekend. I even added my Isagenix protein powder to give them extra protein and vitamins. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

 

PUMPKIN SPICE PROTEIN MUFFINS

Makes about 12 muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil (can use extra virgin olive oil instead)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey (I used organic maple syrup)
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice (I used unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, plus a little extra for sprinkling on top
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice or cloves (I used all spice)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup Isagenix pumpkin spice isalean powder**
  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats, plus more for sprinkling on top
  • optional: nuts, chocolate or dried fruit (I did add a few white chocolate chips)

**if you do not have the protein powder you can add 3/4 cup whole wheat flour…they lose the protein and vitamins but are still really yummy.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Either line the tins with muffin liners or grease the tin with butter or non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the oil and maple syrup (or honey) together with a whisk. Add eggs, and beat well.
  3. Mix in the pumpkin puree and milk, followed by baking soda, vanilla extract, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice (or cloves).
  4. Add flour and oats to the bowl and mix with a large spoon, just until combined. if you’d like to add any additional mix-ins like nuts, chocolate, or dried fruit fold them in now.
  5. Divide the batter evenly between the 12 muffin cups. For these muffins it’s okay to fill the cups a little higher than you normally would. Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with a small amount of oats followed by a sprinkle of cinnamon.
  6. Bake the muffins for 23-26 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.
  7. Place the muffin tin on a cooling rack. These muffins are delicate until they cool down so it’s best to wait until they have cooled down to remove them from the tin. You might need to run a butter knife along the outer edge of the muffins to loosen them from the pan if you did not use liners.
  8. Enjoy the muffin as is or with a spread of nut butter or regular butter.

 

Storage suggestions: These muffins will keep at room temperature for up to 2 days, or in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. They keep well in the freezer in a freezer-safe bag for up to 3 months (just defrost individual muffins as needed).

Notes: Recipe adapted from COOKIE+kate

MAKE IT DAIRY FREE: Simply by using a non-dairy milk of your choice

MAKE IT GLUTEN FREE: Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free all-purpose blend works well instead of whole wheat flour.

 

Family, friends, and football

Well I missed last weekends post but for good reason…we had our second little baby last week (birth story to come) and we were busy with family and adjusting to our life with 2 boys!

We had a great weekend this weekend though!

FRIDAY

During the day my cousin Kara stopped by with her nieces Etta and Miki. Liam loved the cousin time and having some friends to play with. This filled most of our morning which I was thankful for since it was my first day flying solo with the 2 boys.

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After they left it was lunch time and then nap time.

After nap Joe was home and took Liam to Farm and Home to look at the animals. While they were gone I gave Owen his first bath at home. He enjoyed some of it and didn’t like other parts. He just really hates being cold so I did my best to keep him warm.

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Once Joe and Liam got home it was about dinner time. Joe wanted to go out for dinner so we went to the Old Saloon since our friend Molly was working there. We had dinner and then headed home to start winding down for the evening.

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Joe wanted to shampoo/clean the carpet in the living room so Liam, Owen and I headed to my parent’s house in the morning. Liam was happy to see his “bumpa” and play with grandma’s toys. We had some visitors there as too. My aunt and uncle stopped by to see Owen and brought Etta and Miki with them. The kids had fun playing together again.

Once they left Liam went down for nap and we watched a movie. Once the movie was over Liam woke up and we had another visitor, my cousin Mitchell, to see Owen.

Then we went home finally. The carpet was a little wet still but not terrible. We decided to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. I was finally feeling up for a walk so we took a short walk outside. It felt great to be outside and moving again.

When we got home from our walk Liam wanted to play outside more. So Liam, Owen, and I stayed outside while Joe went inside to make dinner.

After dinner our friend Breanna stopped by to meet Owen. She was super thoughtful and brought a gift and dinner. So nice!

She left and then Liam went to bed and we watched some of the Badger football game. Then it was off to bed for me. I’ve been trying to get as much rest as possible whenever I can….which usually means early bed time.

SUNDAY

Sunday started off with everyone sleeping until 7am. It was amazing! For some this is still early but for us this is sleeping in!

We spent our morning relaxing and playing. Then we had more visitors to meet Owen, our friends Cole and Maggie. They stayed and visited for a while which was nice!

Then it was nap time for Liam and Owen. We watched a movie during nap and relaxed ourselves.

After nap time it was Packer football time. The boys looked so cute in their matching jerseys.

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During half time we headed outside to enjoy the sunshine and take a short walk.

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Then we finished the game, had dinner, and had a movie night.

We had a really wonderful weekend and are slowly adjusting to life with 2 kiddos. It will be quite the adventure but I am looking forward to it!

 

A nice weekend at home

We had a really great weekend, It was super hot outside so we were able to spend some time playing outside and soaking up some final summer days.

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Joe and I both worked Friday. When we got home we just had a relaxing evening as a family.

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Joe got an early workout in and I taught sweat circuit in the morning.

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We spent part of our morning playing outside before it got too hot. Liam enjoyed playing with all his outside toys.

Then at nap time my mom and I headed to get pre-baby manicures and pedicures. It was much needed for me and fun to spend time with my mom. The guy who did my nails posed my hands and took pictures haha!

Liam woke up in a great mood. He is such a happy boy!

Then we were off to celebrate our nephew Judah’s 3rd birthday. It’s always fun getting Liam and Judah together. Judah loved all his presents and was so excited.

Liam and I enjoyed the yummy ice cream cake.

Then it was home and bed time for all.

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Lazy Sundays are the best and for the most part it was a lazy day. Liam took my phone in the morning and snapped a fun picture of me.

I was able to do a lot of cleaning while Joe took Liam to the store. Then I did some more cleaning during Liam’s nap. Liam helped Joe hang up his big buck. It was so cute he grabbed his tools and copied Joe.

The Packer game was at 3:25 so we invited my parents and brother Blake over to watch the game and have dinner with us.

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Liam loves his Uncle Blake! They had fun playing and running around.

After the game everyone left and I was tired. It was another early night for me.

We are anxiously waiting for baby but we had a great weekend with family and getting a few things done around the house! I hope you enjoy your week!

 

The Spaeth Wedding

This post is a little overdue but I still wanted to share it! Joe’s cousin Natalie married her love Shane Spaeth on 9/8/17. It was a Friday wedding and was part of our 3 wedding weekend.

We had to go to the wedding early to participate in family pictures. There was a lot of downtime before pictures so we were able to take some of our own.

We took a family picture and then Joe and I took a nice picture together as well.

The ceremony was really nice. Natalie looked stunning walking down the aisle with her dad.

The pastor had a beautiful message. The ceremony was short, sweet, and sealed with a kiss.

The wedding party left on a party bus and the guests engaged in cocktail hour. I, of course, stuck with water. There were some delicious appetizers being served as well.

Then it was time for dinner. I forgot to take a picture of it but it was so good. I had chicken and Joe had steak. Then it was time for speeches and then dancing!

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We stuck around for the first dances but I was pretty exhausted being super pregnant and ready to head home.

I wish Natalie and Shane all the best in their lives together and so much happiness!

Finally a weekend at home

Well the weekend was pretty uneventful which was nice after all our super busy summer weekends.

FRIDAY

I had a dental appointment for a routine cleaning in the morning so Liam went to daycare for about an hour while I did that. Then he and I went to the store to get some fresh fruit and vegetables for snacks.

Aside from that we really didn’t do much all day. Liam was feeling a little under the weather still so it was good to have him home and allow him to get some rest.

In the evening I decided to make some protein balls for more snacking options. They are pumpkin spice protein balls and they are delicious!

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We had a relaxing and uneventful evening. 

SATURDAY

Joe was off to work on the heater at the cabin so it was just me and Liam. I brought Liam to my parent’s house for the morning because I had my Saturday morning sweat circuit. I have to modify a lot but it works still. Always feels good to get a little sweat on!

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I picked Liam up and we headed home. I got him dressed in his Badger gear because the Badger football game was at 2:30.

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I decided last minute to go check out this garage sale with Liam. I ended up getting a wooden rocking chair for in the toy room we have (which will be so nice for baby and me while watching Liam play) and Liam found a vacuum he wanted. I wish it really worked because he cleaned the whole house….even under the tables!

We didn’t do anything crazy in the afternoon and I was starting to feel a little sick so we all relaxed. We did make a grocery store run to get some ingredients for chili we were going to make Sunday.

After dinner Liam gave me some really great snuggles. He has become quite the love bug lately.

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We had an uneventful evening again which was okay by me.

SUNDAY

We all got dressed in our Packer gear to cheer on our favorite team! This will probably be our Sunday apparel moving forward haha!

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I was really not feeling well but had to go to the store to get a few more things we needed for meals for the week. I also got myself some tea in the hopes it would help me get better faster.

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Liam has been really interested in snuggling his puppy lately and I got some cute pictures. He is so funny.

During nap time I prepped the chili and got it cooking for dinner time. The weather was nice and cool so it was the perfect day!

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Liam has been very interested in the baby in my tummy lately. He likes to feel it move (sometimes I just flex my stomach to make him think it’s the baby because his patience is limited haha). He also hates when he is trying to snuggle me and baby kicks him. He decided to use my belly as a chair and it was so cute!

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Joe headed out hunting so me and Liam were solo for chili however we both loved it! So good and the perfect cool evening meal.

After dinner we had movie night. I have been having Braxton hicks for a while but had some this evening and it got me just so ready to have this baby. Anxiously waiting! Liam gave some more great snuggles. He pulled my head into his. So dang cute!

 After putting Liam down I did some clean up in the kitchen and turned the Packer game on. It was a late game and since I wasn’t feeling well, and I’m pregnant and tired all the time, I called it a night at half time.

Overall we had a great weekend. Aside from being ill of course. It was nice to have a weekend at home for sure.

A birthday and 3 weddings!

We had a very busy weekend!

FRIDAY

Liam’s 2nd birthday! Joe and I both stayed home from work to spend the day with our little man. He woke up to a bunch of balloons in his room and was super excited about it.

After he was awake for a little while we decided he could open his present from us….a new bow and arrow “just like dad’s.” He couldn’t wait to go outside and shoot it. Of course, he was a natural at it.

We then had some lunch and dessert. We sang happy birthday to Liam and let him have his birthday cupcake.

After nap Liam was off to my parent’s for a sleepover while Joe and I went to his cousin Natalie’s wedding. More on the wedding in a separate post!

After the wedding we headed home and got some much needed rest!

SATURDAY

Joe and I slept in and then headed to the gym to get our workout on. I ran sweat circuit class and Joe did his own thing. It was fun to be there at the same time since we never are!

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Then we went to “visit” Liam. We had another busy day ahead with 2 more weddings but wanted to see our little guy. He was excited to see us.

Then it was back home to do some “nesting” and prepping. I got the baby room all cleaned up and ready for baby’s arrival. It felt really good to get that done and organized.

Then I hustled to get ready and it was off to our weddings for the day.

The first wedding we went to was on of my friends Jenna. She looked stunning! The golf course they got married at was so pretty and she looks so happy. I am so happy for her and wish her and her husband Matt all the best.

The next wedding we went to is a family friend of Joe’s family. We went to the reception which was decorated so nice. The bride and groom looked so happy too. Congratulations to Nate and Jess!

We hustled to pick up Liam before his bedtime. We didn’t want to spend another night away from him. We like him too much haha!

We were all exhausted after a busy day and went to bed early.

SUNDAY

I woke up just exhausted. I didn’t sleep well and was so tired when Liam got up. I ended up taking a little nap on the couch right away in the morning. Then I took Liam to the store to get some helium balloons for his birthday party. He picked out the colors he wanted.

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After lunch I needed a nap with Liam. I was so tired still. So when he went down so did I for a little bit. Then I showered and got ready for his party and put on some Packer gear for the Packer game.

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When Liam woke up his Bumpa Hailey came over to drop off his present for us to bring to the party. He stayed a little while to watch some of the game and Liam gave him some great snuggles.

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Then it was off to Sawmill Pizza and Brew for Liam’s birthday party! We just wanted something casual since we had a busy weekend but also something special for Liam and I think we got both.

Liam had all his family there and his friend Keaton and his parents. It was perfect! The pizza was pretty great too!

Liam was so excited when everyone sang “happy birthday” to him. His face says it all.

And he of course enjoyed another cupcake!

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He also had fun opening his presents. After each one he went up to the person the gift was from and gave them a hug and said thank you. It was adorable!

We were able to get some really good pictures of all the kids.

Such a special picture of Liam with my grandparents.

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We are so thankful to those who came to celebrate Liam with us. He means so much to us and we are so appreciative of our family and friends who love him too!

We had a really great but busy weekend! I hope you all enjoyed the weekend! Wedding season is now over for us so we are looking forward to some weekends at home! Have a great week!