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Hi Friends!

As some of you may or may not know, I HAD A BABY! He is glorious and squishy and adorable and wonderful and we are so so lucky to have him in our family. He hasn’t been here long, but we can’t imagine our lives without him! But along with baby comes that squishy tummy and thunder thighs that I am not a fan of….it happened to me with the first two pregnancies and lo and behold, here we are again.

I really don’t ever feel like myself unless I’m finding little pockets of time for meditating, eating moderately healthy and exercising regularly. And since I missed the whole new year’s resolution thing by {pregnancy} default, I was needing a little kick in the pants to get me going again. I know myself and if I don’t start now, then it’ll take me another 6 months to start! After I had Blake, I told myself “when I have the energy to exercise, then I’ll exercise” HA! That’s why it took me SO LONG to get back into shape after him because when does anyone have the energy to exercise? {I’m talking to all you Mom’s out there!!}

So, I’m trying a new approach this time to see if it can be helpful in getting a new routine down for healthy eating, exercising and meditating. I imagine I’ll be able to lose a good chunk of weight because I’m breastfeeding too, but I’m doing this to get a new routine down, hopefully gain a little energy from the small amounts of exercise I do and to be accountable for what I put into my mouth.

Welcome Baby Eddie! Welcome Baby Eddie!

Hi everyone!

I’m so excited to announce the birth of our third child, Eddie!

This sweet boy was born Thursday, January 28th at 4:26am. He was 7 pounds 13 ounces and 20 3/4 inches long with a 13 1/2 inch head. Labor and delivery was a breeze compared to my last two pregnancies and believe it or not, the same doctor who delivered Blake {who I ADORE} was on call to deliver Edward. And we even delivered him in the same room as Blake too!
Here are more details of how things went down; feel free to just scroll through to see the pictures :)

So, Tuesday and Wednesday I was having contractions on and off that weren’t really getting anywhere; just more of an annoyance reminding me that I was still pregnant. I had a doctor’s appointment on Tuesday afternoon where I had my membranes stripped and then reassured that my baby would, in fact, come out soon. Tuesday night I started having contractions after my husband left to pick my Mom up from the airport. That was an interesting few hours! Nothing came of it, but it was fun trying to figure out who I could call just in case this baby decided to come early.

Baby’s Nursery Baby’s Nursery
Baby Must-Have’s Baby Must-Have’s

Today marks 39 weeks pregnant *exactly* for me! YIKES.

I think I’m ready?! Haha!

I have a long list of to do’s to really feel like I have things under control, so hopefully by Friday, it’ll be complete and I can focus on getting this little boy out of my belly and into my arms. Hopefully, I only have 7 days left {or less!!}

Since I’ve been talking and posting all about this pregnancy, lots of you have emailed me, asking for recommendations of baby products I use and love. Well, ever since Blake has been getting older and older {and I’ve been out of the baby loop for a while now} I’ve been doing my research and compiling a list of new baby products I would be excited about trying. Since I have no idea how much time I’ll have AFTER baby is born, I figured I’d post about all these items now. Here is my list! Keep in mind all the links are NOT affiliate links and these companies aren’t paying me to say nice things about them. I just genuinely like their stuff…time will tell if baby likes their products too 😉

Pregnancy Update {weeks 37+} Pregnancy Update {weeks 37+}

Well, shalom friends.

I think it’s safe to say that this will be the last Pregnancy Update I do before I switch over to doing baby updates!! At least, I really really hope this is the last pregnancy update I will have to do before the baby comes. I keep wishing and hoping that this baby will be early, but the first two weren’t so why would this one be any different? I’m not counting on it. Here’s the latest and greatest.

Happy Birthday, Lauren! Happy Birthday, Lauren!

Hello everyone,

I have commandeered Lauren’s blog to wish her a wonderfully happy birthday. As her husband, it is obviously my job to ensure her day is, indeed, wonderfully happy. As an honest man, my wishing for her to have such a day is actually creating more work for myself, because a wish like that is really only lip service if not followed up with actions. So I’m starting with a public compliment-fest for her by mentioning just a few things I love about her. As a behind-the-scenes character of the blog, I will give you a behind-the-scenes perspective of the woman who continually invites you over (virtually) for breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, and dessert with our family.

For my 29th birthday she reached out to many of my family and friends to have them each write about a good experience, memory, or impression of me. It was very sweet and impactful on me to read such kind words from so many people that I look up to. Before we were married, she would write notes to me and leave them in my textbooks, or in my car, and to this day she continues to leave notes for me.

Pregnancy Update {weeks 32-35} Pregnancy Update {weeks 32-35}

How have you been feeling?

TIRED. So so tired. Third trimester exhaustion is real, people. But I’m also getting excited! I think with all things considered, I’ve been feeling as good as possible. All things meaning: baby kicking me in the lungs, not being able to sleep comfortably, having that round ligament pain whenever I move, feeling lots of low pressure on my lady parts, not being able to eat very much at any given time but still feeling starving most of the time, etc. etc..If you too are in your third trimester, I feel your pain. I keep telling myself it could be worse so that makes me feel a little better about things, but it’s rough. This by far has been my most taxing pregnancy.

But, I do have to say that my husband has been AMAZING these last few weeks as I continue to get bigger and bigger {meaning less and less helpful}. He gets up with the kids in the morning so I can rest longer, he lets me nap, he does chores here and there, he takes the kids out so I can have more quiet time and he even goes out and gets me things I crave at 10:30 at night! He’s seriously the MVP of our family all day every day.

Christmas Pictures in Portland Christmas Pictures in Portland

Hi friends! We are closing out 2015 uneventfully at our house. Earlier in the week, we had a wonderful photographer snap a few pictures for our {probably late} Christmas cards and thought I’d share with you our favorites! This year has been quite epic for us, but thankfully mostly in all good ways!

In 2015:

Gordon was GONE January to May for Army training and I was a single parent. I got to see him in February for a quick weekend, but that was it!! It was a pretty rough transition for me, and it was very hard for Gordon to be away from his family so long, but looking back it was 94% worth it! Haha.

In March, I was able to travel home to visit my parents in Eastern Canada with my kiddos. It was a fun time where we got to visit some cousins and family members we usually don’t get to see other than on Facetime. I wish those flights weren’t so darn expensive!

In April, I started creating videos featuring all our favorite spots in Portland! You can see a few in my sidebar. Oh how I love all the fun things there are to do here.

Gordon came home from training in May and I realized that I am even more in love with him than I ever thought possible. Distance does in fact make the heart grow fonder. And all the heavens sang the hallelujah chorus for the following 9141 hours.

December Stitch Fix + Giveaway! December Stitch Fix + Giveaway!

Well, howdy friends.

It’s been a while! I used to get Stitch Fix every month and write allllllll about it, but with my ever growing bump, I was a little uncertain about whether or not I’d want to continue with the service because when I’m pregnant, clothes turn into the annoying, uncomfortable enemy. It’s like a consistent, unfriendly reminder that yes I’m getting LARGE. And while that is a great thing that my belly is getting HUGE, so are my thighsbuttboobsarmsface and that’s the part I don’t like.

So, I put it off for a while.

But, I am here to testify that the Stitch Fix gals know what they are doing, especially when it comes to dressing us pregnant ladies. Nothing makes me feel prettier than taking the time to put on makeup and getting dressed into cute, new clothes. It’ll work wonders for your psyche.

Pregnancy Update {weeks 28-31} Pregnancy Update {weeks 28-31}

How have you been feeling?

Well, compared to how exhausted I was in the second trimester because of all the traveling, I’m feeling pretty good. But the third trimester seems to bring a whole new level of….how should I put this….pregnancy annoyances?! This round ligament pain I’ve been having off and on is now consistently ‘on’. I never had this with my first two kids, but this little dude is ensuring that I will feel his wrath. Also, I’ve started feeling contractions {Braxton Hicks 99% sure} and an overall aching in my pelvis area where my round ligaments are causing me grief. It is no bueno. I’ve tried taking tylenol, rubbing this and this on at night, stretching, cursing and generally moving less. So far nothing has really made it go away, though all of this has helped to a degree. I’ve heard that NOTHING can take it away, but giving birth sooooo that’s cool. I’ve looked into going to see a Chiropractor because they can allegedly help with this?! Any other moms and/or Chiropractors out there that have experience with this?


Six years is the number of years I’ve been blogging now. Six!!

I started when Brooke was just 8 months old and my husband was working away at his bachelors degree. We were in Idaho, living down the street from my sister. We were the definition of poor college students. But oh my heavens how we were happy.

From the time I started this blog in 2009 until now, my little family has:

Pregnancy Update {weeks 25, 26 & 27} Pregnancy Update {weeks 25, 26 & 27}

How have you been feeling?

cannot for the life of me get enough sleep!! I can sleep for dayyyyzzzz. I’ve just finished up my 2nd trimester and find it amusing that I’m ALREADY TIRED. I had a few good weeks somewhere in the middle, but beyond that, this pregnancy has been tougher than my first two {from what I recall}. Maybe I’m just becoming more of a baby? No, no, that can’t possibly be it!

Also, the general ‘sick to my stomach’ feeling is back. Not nearly as severely as the first trimester, but it’s definitely a thing. I’ve tried to pin point certain foods that make me feel sick, but I can’t put my finger on it. Also, I had a touch of heartburn two weeks ago that lasted maybe 3 days? It was weird, but now it’s gone away. SO STRANGE.

Pregnancy in general is SO STRANGE.

Pregnancy Update {Weeks 22, 23 & 24} Pregnancy Update {Weeks 22, 23 & 24}
Brooke {First Grade!} Brooke {First Grade!}
Back to School Feast Back to School Feast
Pregnancy Update {20 weeks} Pregnancy Update {20 weeks}
Blackberry Picking Blackberry Picking
Gordon turns 30! Gordon turns 30!
Pregnancy Update {week 16} Pregnancy Update {week 16}
Brennan Baby #3!! Brennan Baby #3!!