Happy happy Birthday to my Joshua!! My pickle in the middle turned three yesterday!! I can’t believe it! Time has gone SO fast. It feels like he was just born. Flying into out our lives on the practice push lol! He is THE sweetest boy with THE biggest personality. He lights up every room with his big brown eyes and his sweet smile. He makes us all laugh and keeps us on our toes. He’s bright, spunky and inquisitive. He’s equal parts wild non-stop motion and squishy snuggle-bug. I say all of the time that I wish I had even just an ounce of his free spiritedness.
All he wanted for his birthday was for his mom, dad, brothers, grandparents, and uncle to go with him to see Firetrucks, followed by dinner and cake with the whole family. So that is exactly how we celebrated on his birthday.
Above is a look back at some of my favorite Josh moments over the past three years. As well as some photos from the fire station visit on his birthday.
A few fun facts about Joshua that I want to remember so I’m documenting it here:
He is currently advanced beyond his age in both language and gross motor skills. Speaking more than 7-8 word sentences and combining thoughts together. Runs and moves non-stop. Climbs and does all the activities his older brother does. He is our dare devil, and will try anything. He loves to jump on his trampoline and to jump off the diving board. He loves to swim. He loves Mac & Cheese, fruit and milk. He loves his brothers.
And to my Joshua – I hope you always keep your sense of wonderment. Have fun, fun, fun every single day. Remain carefree and free spirited. And know that you can do BIG things in this little world. I love you with all my heart!
Yay it’s Friday y’all!! Who else felt like this was a long week?! I mentioned yesterday that the kids and I have colds…lots of extra kiddo snuggles but also lots of extra grumpies too. You may have seen on my Instagram stories this week that we celebrate both Hanukah and Christmas. Hanukah started on Tuesday night, so our gift giving has already begun! We give the kids one small gift for each of the eight nights of Hanukah. Small toys, race cars, stuffed animals, candy, books, pajamas, slippers, puzzles. Then on Christmas they get their larger (more expensive) gifts.
Today I want to share some of my favorite gifts for the kids. When it comes to finding the perfect gifts for the kiddos I like to try and stick to three categories; a want, a need and an educational. Charlie has been telling us he really wants this “watch”. He “needs” a new bike since he’s outgrown his current one and it is being passed down to Josh now. And I’ve heard really great things about Osmo, this amazing educational gaming system that is hands-on.
Josh wants race cars and Paw Patrol toys. There’s not much that Josh “needs” since he’s a second child, but he could use some new jeans, sweatshirts and boots since the seasons are slightly off between when Charlie was in 3T/4T size and when Josh is. And I think a new ride on toy would be really fun for him since he loves them.
All three of my kids love puzzles, so I ordered a few of these puzzles with family photos on them. How fun is that!! I’m so excited for the kids to see them! In general, I love to find items for the kids that are something other than the typical plastic toys. And I like to indulge their want item(s) but also get item(s) that are practical and that will last them longer than just until the new “it” toy comes out.
I love the magic of the holidays, especially experiencing holidays with the kids. I’m looking forward to the next five nights of Hanukah and to Christmas with my three lil dudes. Hope you have a wonderful weekend and happy holiday shopping!!
Happy Friday!! Woohoo!! I am more than ready for some R&R this weekend. Josh has been a the walking definition of the terrible twos lately, and this week was particularly rough. I think he was upset that my dad left after staying with us for a week, and Jordan also had a business trip and left town again after being home for only one night. And who did Josh take it out on…me. Aside from Charlie’s t-ball game tomorrow, I am hoping for a chance at some “me time” this weekend. It is Mother’s Day weekend after all 😉
My mom and I celebrated Mother’s Day earlier in the week while she was in town. We did what we do best, lunched and shopped. I can’t wait to show you the dresses that I got from our little shopping excursion! They are some of my very favorite dresses. It’s always so much fun to have some mother/daughter time. My mom is a pure perfect example of what kind of mom I strive to be. She has always put my sisters and I ahead of herself. She is health, strength, love, inspiration and selflessness all rolled into one beautiful momma!
Here is a round up of some super fab gift ideas for Mother’s Day. I personally love to give and receive gifts that are pampering and bit luxurious. Things that people would not typically buy for themselves. This Bose speaker is perfect for dance parties with the kiddos. I could seriously live in my Plum Pretty Sugar robe, or any robe. I recently switched to the T3 hair dryer and flat iron and am loving them both…and this purple color is so cute and screams happy Mother’s Day. I’m a bit embarrassed to say that the recipes that I have are a disastrous scattered mess, and I’m in need of a cute recipe box like this one from Rifle Paper Co. to help corral everything into one organized spot. I am dying to try this mask from La Mer…that would be pure pampering right there.
I would love to hear what you are giving the women in your life for Mother’s Day.
Happy weekend, and a very happy Mother’s Day to all of you mommies!!
With so much love and joy in my heart I am SO excited to (finally!!) introduce you all to baby Sam! I decided to wait until after his birth announcements were mailed to our closest friends and family before sharing these photos on the blog. But it was so hard to do!! I have been looking forward to sharing his birth story and newborn photos ever since he was born on December 1st, 2016.
Our sweet third baby boy was born on Thursday, December 1st, 2016. Jordan and I arrived at the hospital at 7:00am for my scheduled induction. Due to high blood pressure I was induced with all three boys. I remember when I checked into the hospital with Charlie (my first baby) I was shaking uncontrollably I was so scared. With Josh (my second son) I was nervous but knew how I wanted my labor to go and was prepared to communicate it with the labor and delivery nurse. And then with Sam (third time around) I came ready and raring to go! It is such a surreal moment to walk into the hospital and know that you will be leaving with a new little life.
After getting me all checked in, my nurse started my pitocin around 9:00am. My doctor came by around 10:00am and attempted to break my water. Unfortunately it was an unsuccessful first attempt, and when she came to check on me a few hours later she had to try again. Luckily this time she was able to get it. And that was when things really got under way. With all three boys I didn’t want to have an epidural too early, not for fear that it would wear off but because I wanted to feel contractions. I also hate (HATE!!) having an epidural. Jordan laughs at me (and the nurses must all roll their eyes at me) because I don’t want to be in excruciating pain but I also want to still have feeling in and control over my body. Once my water was broken the contractions started becoming more regular and much more intense. I literally made it to 5cm dilated with all three kids before asking for the epidural. At 2pm I got my epidural and at 4:30pm the nurse called my doctor and started to prep the room for delivery.
With Charlie I was so numb from the epidural that I had to push for three hours (yikes!), with Josh we did a practice push and he came flying out (haha!) and with Sam his positioning meant that I would push more than just once like with Josh but I also had enough feeling and control in my body that it only took a few rounds of pushes and 20 minutes later there he was!!!
Right away he was put up on onto my chest. There is nothing sweeter than that first moment of skin to skin. I instantly fell madly in love with this new little human that Jordan and I created together. We named him Samuel Alexander after two of my Great-Grandpas.
I am very fortunate that my body responds well to being induced, and that I was able to have all three boys vaginally and without insanely long labors. The rest of the night I nursed him, continued doing skin to skin, chowed down on Maggiano’s take out (I was hungry!), and kept smelling his sweet little head.
His big brothers came to the hospital the next morning to meet their new baby bro. There’s a really adorable photo on my Instagram of Charlie and Josh seeing Sam for the first time…Josh’s expression is so priceless!
To my sweet Samuel, mommy loves you to the moon and back.
While counting down to baby boy number three, we had family photos taken two weeks before his arrival to document our last days as a family of 4! With the birth of each of our kids I found it important and really special to have maternity photos taken, to both remember my baby bump and to have family memories along the way as our family has grown from just Jordan and I to now a family of 5!
Along with sharing the images from our maternity session, I thought it would be fun to share some fun facts about this pregnancy.
How I found out I was pregnant: Right after Josh turned 1 last January getting pregnant and having another baby was not really on my mind. I was actually a bit excited about putting the baby stage behind us. After-all I had just finished breastfeeding Josh when he turned 1 and I had only had a few cycles. In April while I was out with some girlfriends for girls night out I was sure my cycle was about to start. A few days had past and nothing. At first I did not think too much of it…possibly still not regular after having Josh, plus I was so busy with two kiddos that I really did not have time to think much about it or even realize how late I actually was. Then suddenly I just had that feeling and instantly knew I was pregnant. Charlie was off of school for spring break and Jordan was out of town on a business trip. I was going to wait it out until the next day to take a pregnancy test but I just knew, and decided to take a test that evening. For some reason the boys and I had a day of doubles…everything we did in the morning we also did again in the afternoon after Josh’s nap (i.e – went to the park twice, had to make two trips to the post office, etc…). So of course I was going to get not one but two pink lines on the pregnancy test! I’m just relieved that the day of doubles did not mean that I was pregnant with twins.
How I told Jordan: When I found out that I was pregnant with Charlie Jordan was just returning home from a business trip that evening. I got a card for him and had the card waiting for him along a drink when he got home. Charlie and I made a handmade card for him when I found out I was pregnant with Josh and again had a drink waiting for him. So it was only fitting that when I found out that I was pregnant with Sam that the boys and I made him a card and had a drink waiting for him.
Best part of the first trimester: Hearing his little heartbeat for the first time. Telling our families. They were shocked! And finding out we were having a third boy!!!
Worst part of the first trimester: Nausea and being SO tired.
First trimester cravings: BAGELS! All day every day.
Best part of the second trimester: The growing baby bump, finally being able to share the news with friends and starting to feel kicks.
Worst part of the second trimester: Being SO tired still. I did not feel energetic again until well into the second trimester this time around.
Second trimster cravings: Fish, movie theater popcorn, and bagels still.
Best part of the third trimester: Feeling Sam’s kicks and movements.
Worst part of the third trimester: Being tired and high blood pressure.
Third trimster cravings: Peanut butter , movie theater popcorn, and you guessed it still craved bagels too.
How this pregnancy differed from my other two: With Charlie I craved a lot of red meat (steak, corned beef, etc…). With Josh I craved chocolate shakes and turkey sandwiches. I gained the same amount of weight with all three. With Charlie and especially with Josh I broke out a lot during pregnancy with them. With Sam I had very few and very minor break outs and finally felt like I had that pregnant glow.
What Charlie wanted to name his new baby brother: Blueberry Pizza.
We are beyond blessed to have a third healthy baby boy, and I can’t wait to finally share his newborn photos with you all!