Friday, August 19, 2016

Henry Francis :: One

Henry turned one month old yesterday! He is a great baby so far. He is sleeping well during the day, although the nighttime is still a little iffy. He is quite the little peanut. He has been a bit slow in gaining weight, but he had a good weight gain this past week! We are continuing to work hard to get in good feedings, and are keeping a close eye on his gains.

His big brothers all love him so much, and they are all such great helpers too!

Here is Henry at one month old!

Charlie at one month old.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Pregnancy Diary 3 || One Week Old

Henry was 1 week old 3 days ago, so I'm a little late in finally posting this!

It has been a very relaxing 1.5 weeks since he was born. I am so blessed to have such a great support system. Between an awesome husband holding down the fort, on top of still working, amazing friends blessing us with meals, and grandmas and papas willing to watch the 3 big boys I have been able to just stay in bed all day with Henry. I have always tried to do too much too soon after having a baby, and my body always pays for it. I'm sure all you mom's out there can relate to that! So, this 4th time around I was determined to make myself take it easy. I am feeling pretty well so far. My insides still ache and sleep doesn't come easy, but I am feeling great mentally. I just keep reminding myself that we've done this 3 times before, and we made it through. My body will heal. The sleep will come. My milk supply will be sufficient. Normal life will resume. But for now, we are doing lots of this...

Henry is doing great as well! Healthy as can be. Nursing all the time, as he should, and loves sleeping on mommy. Pretty much just all the newborn things. 

And to finish up this pregnancy diary, here is one last belly shot!

I can't wait share Henry's birth story with you all too! But for now, here is a sneak peak at Henry's newborn pictures:

Friday, July 15, 2016

Pregnancy Diary 3 || Thirty Nine Weeks

I was 39 weeks yesterday, and I am feeling just great! Keeping busy, staying active and just waiting on baby to come. I always have mixed feelings about the end of a pregnancy.  I think since I am sick the first half of my pregnancy the amount of time I have to really enjoy it is just so short, and I'm just not fully ready for it to be over already. That being said I am beyond excited to meet this new little one, and he can come anytime he'd like!

Birth supplies are all organized and ready to go, and for the first time ever I actually have a pretty much completed nursery that I am so happy with! My mom and Dean were awesome to help paint it not once, but three times, because of a stupid mistake on my part. I have curtains hung up for the first time since we moved in 3.5 years ago, and pictures on the wall. Some day I may even take pictures and post them here!

Baby's head is nice and low, and he loves being on my right side!

This very well could be the last Pregnancy Diary 3 post I make! Will was 4 days late, Sam was 3 days late, and Charlie was 3 days early. So, if I follow my pattern baby will be born this Monday at 4 days early!

Here is the belly at 39 weeks!

(Can you see that ab separation in this one?)

39 weeks pregnant with Sam.
39 weeks pregnant with Charlie.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Maternity Photo Shoot || 34 weeks || Megan Rei Photography

I am so excited to share some of the pictures from my maternity shoot a few weeks back. It was a beautiful evening at Highland Park, the boys behaved pretty well, and I LOVE the shots we got.

I was so happy that it worked out for my cousin, Megan, to be in town at the perfect time to take some maternity pictures! For being a newby in this business she does beautiful work. She is living in VA right now, but occasionally comes back home and tries to fit in photo shoots. Click here to check her out! It was much more relaxing having someone who really knew what they were doing taking the pictures, instead of handing my camera to my sister and say do your best! 

Here are a bunch of my favorites!

Photo Cred. Megan Rei Photography

Monday, June 27, 2016

Pregnancy Diary 3 || Thirty Six Weeks

I cannot believe I am almost full term! I will be 37 weeks this Thursday, so after that baby can technically come anytime he wants. Although, I would prefer he takes his time. I've got too much I need to get done!

I am feeling pretty darn good, considering. The struggle getting out of bed in the morning is real though. Not because I am too tired, but because sitting up in bed after laying still for so long takes a lot of effort these days. And those first few steps are killer! The achy lower back, and baby settling onto your full bladder. Ugh! Thankfully once I am up and moving around I feel alright. I am still getting to the gym a few days a week, and fitting in a yoga class when I can. I've had to modify big time, but it still feels good to get in there to lift some weights and move my body. Even if it is moving rather slowly these days.

Baby is in a good position with his head definitely down. He moves all the time. I can always count on him waking up at just about 10pm, and I am counting on him being wide awake at 10pm once he is here.

I am so excited to share my maternity pictures soon! My cousin is newly into photography, and it worked out perfectly that she was in town a few weeks ago (she's living down in Virginia) to do a little photo shoot. In the past I've always just given one of my sister's my camera and said go for it, and they are great and I am so happy to have them, but it was fun having someone who really knew what she was doing take pictures. And they came out SO well! I will be sharing my favorites soon, but for now if you hadn't already you can check some out on her blog right here!

Here is the belly at 36 weeks!

36 weeks pregnant with Sam.
36 weeks pregnant with Charlie.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Charlie George turns 3!

My sweet baby Charlie turned 3 years old today! He's been my baby the longest out of his brothers, and I am cherishing these last few weeks with him as my youngest. He is very much a mama's boy, although try and leave him out of an outing with daddy and his big brothers, and he will not be a happy camper.

He is a tough little guy. Although, I guess with two big brothers you don't have much of a choice! He loves crashing trucks, playing super hero's, riding bikes, playing any kind of sport, wrestling (oh the wrestling!) and basically anything his big brothers are doing. He can be such a brute sometimes. As soon as daddy gets down on the floor, Charlie starts pumping himself up for an all out attack. He'll go to the other side of the room, take his stance, put on his fighting face, and then take off after his prey. He loves going high, super high, on the swings. Not the baby swings either. The big boy ones. When I am pushing him (opposed to daddy) he'll go, "Sigh. No mom. That's not higher." All the while I'm cringing having pushed him so "high".

He is also the sweetest little boy ever. The "I love you sooooo much!" is constant throughout the day. He loves to snuggle and give kisses. He LOVES helping me in the kitchen. He'll sit up on the counter to mix, mash, and pour. Sneaking the occasional finger into the honey jar, and asking every few minutes for a hug. Dean and I just love hearing him talk, saying new phrases all the time. "Don't do that ever AGAIN!" when his brothers make him mad. 

It's been two months since I cut him off from nursing and, his favorite, "touching my eat eat." He still asks for it every day. Not once have I given in, and he is still consistently asking, the stubborn little guy. I told him it's going to be for the baby, so he keeps asking when the baby is "going to come out and eat eat." 

He is so much fun to be around, we all love him so much! Happy birthday, Charlie George!

Minutes old

1 year

 2 years old

 3 years old!

"Mom! Look at my BIG elbows!"

Charlie's birth story: Click here.
Charlie turns 1: Click here,
Charlie turns 2: Click here.