• National Parks,  North America,  Travel

    (New) Mexico Road Trip

    Last fall we did our first road trip as a family of four. I’ve been writing this post since then, 4 months later I’m finally done with it! This was our first trip since the world shut down, and we were pretty excited to get out and go somewhere after so long.    We went down to Mexico to visit Mauricio’s family and have them meet Genevieve. We’ve done this drive twice before, but this time we decided to make it a proper road trip and see all that we could of New Mexico instead of just cruising right on through it like we had before.  On the way down…

  • Lifestyle

    2021 Reflection. 2022 Goals.

    Okay. This year has definitely been my worst for blog posts. I’ll be honest, it’s been hard finding time to sit down and blog with two kids. I have two posts that are part way done and another two or three that I’ve literally had on my mind since I started this page 3 years ago. Yes you read that right, 3 years. I don’t have nearly as much on here as I thought I would 3 years ago, but every year when the website comes up for renewal, I can’t let it go. I want so badly to be better at keeping up with it that I tell myself…

  • Baby Care,  Toddler Life

    Bringing home baby, with a toddler

    So my already sporadic posts are becoming even more sporadic. Such is life. But I really appreciate those of you who read these. I really enjoy doing them and maybe someday I’ll be able to get more regular posts up, but don’t hold your breath. The point being, thank you for being here. Anyways, I wanted to share about how it went bringing a newborn baby home with a three year old in the house. A new family addition shifts things so much, but getting a toddler prepared for that shift was a new hurdle for us. When we brought Oliver home we did a lot of preparing the animals…

  • Postpartum,  Pregnancy

    Postpartum-Round 2

    So I’m technically still in the postpartum stage, or fourth trimester as some lovingly call it. Does it ever actually end? But I wanted to recap some major postpartum differences for me this time around. I shared a lot about postpartum when I first started this website, but this time around has been way different for me. I want to share again to highlight how different pregnancies are, even within one person. I don’t think there is such a thing as a “normal” pregnancy or postpartum time because they are all so different. Recovering from having Genevieve who was 7 lbs 9 oz was WAY different from recovering from Oliver…

  • Birth Story,  Pregnancy

    Genevieves Birth Story

    I’m happy to say that I’m no longer pregnant. We finally have our sweet girl and our family feels so complete now. I want to share Genevieves birth story for the same reasons I shared Olivers. I don’t want to forget what happened and I think some people can benefit from reading birth stories to help prepare for their own deliveries. Also I know some people just like hearing birth stories. I know because I’m one of them now that I’ve had babies of my own. This delivery was so much different from my first delivery in so many ways. I won’t spend the whole time comparing them, but if…

  • Pregnancy

    The second half of the second pregnancy

    Well this pregnancy is almost over, so I guess it’s time for an update. Writing this I’m 38 weeks pregnant and in about one week I’ll have our baby so I figure I should get this pregnancy story wrapped up before she’s here. If you just did the very simple math on that and thought “wait aren’t pregnancies 40 weeks?” Yes, yes they are. But this time around we’ve decided that I’m going to get induced at 39 weeks. Last time I went over my due date by a few days, but this time my doctor is comfortable with inducing me at 39 weeks and I won’t lie, when he…

  • Lifestyle,  Toddler Life

    Olivers 3rd Birthday

    This past weekend we had Olivers first birthday party. I don’t mean he turned one. I mean it was the first time he’s had an actual birthday party. He really turned 3 on the 3rd, his golden birthday. So I wanted to make this year special for him. We had never done a real party for him before, but this year he has friends to invite over and was just way into the idea of his own birthday. Also it was on a Saturday with awesome weather so it just seemed perfect for a party anyways.  The reasons we hadn’t done a party for Oliver before are pretty simple. For…

  • Baby Care,  Toddler Life

    Binky, Paci, Dummy. Whatever you call it, it’s gone.

    Oliver has hit another milestone that I feel is worth noting. Well, two actually. He has finally ditched the binky and moved into a real bed. Oliver has been a binky baby from the start, which is awesome at times. As a little baby it was always pretty easy to calm him down, just get him the binky. Going to sleep typically went alright, as long as he had his binky (and blanket). But I have always been a bit nervous about the day when we had to get him off the binky for good. Would he ever sleep again? Would it be countless nights of crying over not having…

  • Lifestyle

    2020 Reflection. 2021 Goals.

    Well, 2020 happened. It’s been quite a year and it’s easy to get sucked in to the whole “2020 sucked” mentality. I know it’s been a tough year for a lot of people, whether it’s been job loss, sickness, not seeing loved ones ect. But when I sit down and reflect on the last year personally, it was a pretty good year. I’ll get into my goals in a bit, but I want to take a minute and highlight everything good that happened this year for us. If you’re looking for a Christmas card mailer year recap, you’ve come to the right post. I just think it’s extra important this…

  • Pregnancy

    The first half of the second Pregnancy

    So in case you haven’t heard the news, we’re having another baby! I wanted to share a bit about this pregnancy so far because I am already 20 weeks and it has been a very different pregnancy from my first. This pregnancy is flying by and I still have so much to do before this second bebe joins us, including transforming our cluttered office into a bedroom. But for now, I just want to share the differences I’ve experienced with baby #2 so far. The first major difference is how fast we got pregnant this time. It took us months to get pregnant with Oliver, so I was prepared for…