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My week according to my iPhone...


Last Sunday was our first Sunday making it to our ward for the entire 3 hours of church since Levi was born...yeah, it's taken a while to get the hang of doing church with this little baby, mainly because Levi was such a terrible napper (did you see that I wrote WAS and not IS...that's because things have changed, but I'll get to that) that getting there without him wanting to either eat or sleep was nearly impossible. But, we did it last week and it was glorious. Except when Levi decided to blowout. Twice. Not so glorious then.


 Went to City Creek with some friends and before eating, Dylan wanted to spend the money in his bank. That kiddo is a little saver! He's been saving his money since February and hasn't spent a dime. He was saving up for a giant Star Wars X-Wing (can you tell I live with all boys, I know some of the ships from Star Wars, never thought that would happen) but then his grandparents got it for him for his birthday, so he then decided he really wanted that flying Lightning McQueen. I had him think on it since that set was $30 (most of his money) but he really wanted it. He's been pleased with his purchase.


I got it in my head that I must Microblade my eyebrows. I spent all evening researching and looking around for the best around here for a reasonable price. This girl is one that I have followed for a long time and I'm OBSESSED with how she does brows, but, she lives in Holden, that stinker! I am so bummed. I made an appointment with her but then after thinking about it I canceled it, because knowing that I would have to do the 2-hours-one-way drive at least twice in a 2 month period doesn't sound super appealing, especially since I'm breastfeeding and the munchkin won't take a bottle, and I can't bring him with me (unless Brett came, which of course he doesn't want to, and I don't really blame him). So, I found someone up here to do it instead. I'm super excited to get it done! Doing it will save me like 15 minutes each day doing my dang eyebrows. Very much looking forward to that.


Spent the entire day in my jammies letting baby Cry It Out for his naps. That kiddo has spent his entire life needing to nurse to go to sleep (for the most part) and I just couldn't do it anymore. Not that I don't love that, but I don't love having to lay with him for 45 minutes while he naps just so he can keep sucking on something (and he will not take a binky). I tried this method exactly a month ago and it was so hard and he just didn't get it. So, we started again on Wednesday and it has gone SO well!!!!!! It was hard the first day, but he got the hang of it so fast and has been a champ. His naps were still super short this day but I was okay with that as long as he didn't need me to fall asleep.


Brett took a couple of days off of work this week (well technically he took the entire week off, but he worked every dang day still because he's hardcore like that. If it were me I'd be like, Bye Felicia!) and after Dylan got home from Kindergarten (and after he got his morning work done) we decided to go take a drive up the Alpine Loop before it snows up there. It was BEAUTIFUL. Like guys, I don't think I can convey how gorgeous it was in words. Seriously.Breathtaking. I felt like I was in a movie. It was just so colorful, peaceful and lovely. It started to pour rain and hail as we were on the way down out of it, and if you saw my video on Instagram of Dylan freaking out at the beach in the rainstorm, you can guess how he reacted to the rainstorm that hit our car. It was extremely loud and he was freaking out! That one time at the beach really did scar him for life, I'm sure of it. It makes me sad, because he used to love the rain before. Next time it rains and it's not too cold, I'm going to make him come out with me and we are going to play in it. Hopefully that will help ease his nerves. But anyways, it was a fun drive and so relaxing minus the 15-minute storm.

Then that night we watched the new show "This is Us." I have been waiting for this show since the beginning of Summer guys, and holy moly, it did not disappoint. I'm already obsessed! It's my new Parenthood (if you haven't seen Parenthood, run to freaking Netflix and binge watch that sucker, you can thank me later). We both loved it and I am so glad we have a new show that focuses on normal daily life to watch again.


This was the first day that Levi took longer naps than 45 minutes. These are the times for his two naps that day! And this is still doing the CIO method. I was seriously dying!! We have figured out the best way for us is to feed him right before his nap, but not let him fall asleep (so he's full) then put him down awake and let him get himself to sleep. It's worked like a charm. And he's been taking that long of naps since. I honestly never thought this day would come...I think I cried a little.

Then we went to all-you-can-eat sushi that night. If you haven't been to Simply Sushi, you are missing out big time! It's amazing. I think I ate my own weight in food, but I didn't even care. So yummy!


This happened!! I have been wanting to do this for over a year, but was always hesitant because I wasn't sure if I'd like it, or if it would go with my skin tone or if it would damage the shiz outta my hair. Im happy to report that all my fears were for naught. I had this hair appointment set for 2 months, and up until I was literally pulling into the salon, I didn't know if I was going to do it or not. I had friends and family tell me I shouldn't, but I ended up calling one of my best friends on the way and asked her, and she was super encouraging, and that gave me the boost to do it. And I am so happy I did it! It's different but I love how it looks and love that it's a change. It was either that or cut my bangs, and I knew I'd regret the bangs after a week. So this was a good choice :) Dylan makes me feel extra great since he tells me all day long "Mom! I just love your pink hair! It's so pink and beautiful!" Lol. It's super Ariel-red in the sun, and maroon indoors, which I love.

That night I went to the LDS General Women's Conference with my mom and sister, and it was SO good! I think it's the best one I have been too. Each talk was wonderful and something I needed to hear, especially Elder Uchtdorf's. This quote from his talk resonated with me so much.

After the talk I came home (had to skip out on dinner with the girls since the babe needed to eat before going to bed) and hung out with this fella. We Netflixed and chilled :) We are in the middle of bing-watching Grey's Anatomy (my 3rd time watching, his first). It's fun when we both like the same show...it honestly doesn't happen too often (so weird he doesn't like Teen Mom or Real Housewives ;). I like that he's gotten into it, and its fun to snuggle and watch an episode or two each night before bed.

And there's my week, according to the old iPhone :) I used to do this type of post a lot, then I got busy and completely forgot about them, until the other day I was going through my blog and saw some posts like this, and thought it was fun. Just a peek in everyday life from my phone's pics.



It's 2am. The house is quiet, and I am sound asleep. I have been for a few hours. Going to bed earlier than midnight since Levi was born hasn't happened; time with the husband is way too important to give into sleep any earlier than that. When you have kids, you take all the time you can and you take it when you can get it.

In the darkness I hear the faintest cries from the foot of my bed. I have been expecting it, and I welcome it. I am drowsy, so much in fact that I have to make myself stretch just to make sure that I can pick him up without stumbling. I finally am lucid enough to cradle my sweet baby boy. I give him a sweet kiss as he whines and I bring him back to my bed as I snuggle him up next to me, and as he eats, I go back to dreaming.

I wake again at 6am and he is crying because his little tummy is empty. I don't move him, but I crawl around him to the other side of the bed so he can eat himself back into a sleep and I can too. We cuddle as we dream and it has been this way since the night he was born. Each night, he wakes 2 times, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Never has it annoyed me or made me frustrated. I love getting him. I love having him next to me. I love feeling him wiggle. I love nursing.

I am so thankful I have come this far with nursing. I have only been doing it just over 3 months, but that's longer than I was able to do it with Dylan, and that wasn't by choice.  I nursed him for the first couple months of his life, but he was extremely thin when he was nursing. As a first time mom, I didn't know that that wasn't normal. I just thought he had Brett's god-like metabolism. But once I hit 2.5 months with Dylan, my milk ran out, even after countless sessions of pumping every two hours to get it back, and drinking root beer like crazy, and taking Fenugreek nonstop to try and get it back. It went away, and I was devastated. I had such a hard time accepting that my body wasn't doing what it was meant to do; not to mention the fact that I LOVED it so much. But, it was a blessing in disguise, because once we got him on bottles, he plumped up and actually looked like he was being fed. 

So when we had Levi, I was fretting that I wouldn't be able to nurse him. I loved it so much with Dylan and was scared the same thing would happen. So since he's been born I've been drinking at least 100 oz. of water every day, eating plenty of foods that are supposed to boost your supply, and making sure to feed him on demand. It's all been wonderful and I am just so grateful we are passed 3 months and he looks super healthy (not like a skeleton like Dylan did) and that we both love it so much. I love that I get to bond with him that way. It's such a unique and amazing experience, and I love it. 

I think some people look at me (and other moms who nurse) and can't imagine having their kid completely depend on them for their only food supply. I'm not going to say I wish that he didn't take bottles...I totally do, but only so I could get away for longer than 3 hours sometimes. But, he doesn't, and that's okay, because you know what? This won't last forever. It can be hard and stressful at times; I am constantly worrying if he is getting enough, and he prefers to be nursed to sleep, but it's all worth it. I am soaking it up while it does because it's one of the most rewarding and wonderful experiences I've been lucky enough to have. 

So I'm a milkmaid, and I am basking in every second of it.

Now when he starts getting teeth...that could be a whole other story. I'll let you know.


Levi's Fresh 48

Wow, I meant to blog this a couple days after I blogged Levi's birth story, then, as per usual these days, I totally forgot and time got away from me. Still adjusting over here to two kids, but I'm happy to report that it's actually going very well. Especially these last couple weeks, I have felt like this life is becoming routine and more mine, not just some brief moment that will end and go back to how it was before. This is my new normal and I can honestly say that I love it.

But anyways, after I delivered Levi they took us to our room and, since it was 4am when they did this (Levi was born at midnight), we got a whole 3 hours of sleep that night, without sleeping at all the night before. Needless to say I was exhausted the day after having Levi, but family wanted to come see him and I honestly just wanted to get that part over with so we could not worry about it and just have the rest of our hospital time to ourselves.

Although I was super excited for Dylan to meet his brother. I was dying for him to come. I missed him and knew he was super anxious to see us.

My mom brought him by at 10 that morning, and it was adorable seeing him react to seeing his new little brother. He was so excited and couldn't wait to hold him and give him "chisses" (how Dylan says kisses, and no I never correct it because I think it's super cute).

He loved holding him and seeing him and just watching him. It was so sweet, just like I knew it would be. He's obsessed with babies, and I knew he would be especially obsessed with one he could touch and hold. It was fun to be there as a full family of 4 for the first time. Dylan got to watch baby get his first bath and we got him a present from Levi so he would feel loved. It was a Hot Wheels track set which he had been asking for for forever so he was pretty excited that Levi got him that :)

After they left more of mine and Brett's families came, then we had the evening to ourselves. It was nice to be brought food, have ice bags for my vag made at my beck-and-call, to have a lactation consultant on hand to help me get the hang of breastfeeding, and just to hang out and not worry about the stresses of being home yet. We just snuggled on the hospital bed and stared at our sweet baby, watching him sleep and watched TV.

That night, Brett was dead set on keeping the baby in our room, which I hated, because the nurses come and bug you and the baby like every 2 hours and sleeping there was terrible. So that night we decided to let Levi go to the nursery since I had had 3 hours of sleep total in 48 hours and completely exhausted. I was very grateful we did, I slept really well except for when they came in to take my vitals. 

The next morning Chelsea from Chelsea McIntyre Photography came and did a Fresh 48 session for us! She is seriously incredible you guys. I have looked at these photos a billion times just because of how wonderful they are. She captured us with our sweet little bundle so well, I can't get over the images of it. It takes me back to being there and soaking up Levi's newness and his teeny tiny body. She documented the love we have for him so perfectly. 

Warning: Photo Overload. There were too many I loved so I just couldn't choose. Promise not all my posts will be full of 789 photos. 

Once she was done taking these we basically packed right up and went home. We were sick of being there, I missed Dylan, and I was ready to be home in my own bed and not be interrupted every 5 minutes throughout the day and night.

I am so grateful for a good experience, both with Labor/Delivery and with having a new baby to take care of. We love having Levi with us, and while it's been such a massive adjustment, we feel so extremely blessed to have him here with us and that he is ours. He is such a good baby. He doesn't take the longest naps in the world (45 minutes at a time) which I'm not used too, but other than that, he really is a very good and happy baby.

And he definitely loves to eat...he will never turn down the chance to have a meal. And I am so grateful my milk is doing so much better nutrient-wise this time around. With Dylan...oh my. The poor kid looked like a skeleton despite me feeding him all the time. I keep getting pictures of him popping up in my Facebook Memories from when he was born and the weeks after, and they make me want to cry. He was SO tiny. Levi actually looks healthy and is gaining weight well, and I am so thankful for that. I prayed so hard that I would be able to breastfeed this time around again because I loved it so much with Dylan. We just had his 2-month appointment and he is in the 40th percentile for weight and 79th percentile for height. Much better than the literal 1 percentile Dylan was :(

On another note, I am hoping to be posting more frequently now that I feel almost fully adjusted to having two kiddos. It gets easier as each day comes, which I love. I look back to when we first brought Levi home, and I really had no idea what I as in for. You really have no idea how hard and life-changing it is until you are living it.

But, despite the small hiccups we have had here and there, it's been really smooth and easy, especially now that Levi is getting on a schedule. I really am so lucky to have these boys, they teach me so much every day. Especially Dylie. He's been such a trooper through this life-change, and we couldn't be prouder of him. So grateful they are both ours forever :)