Jack Bear turns ONE!

Happy birthday to our little Jack Bear!!! This past year has just flown by!!! I can’t hardly believe that one year ago today we were at the hospital patiently awaiting his arrival! I still remember freaking out when he came out because he wasn’t crying and he was pretty blue/purple at first. I just kept saying ‘why isn’t he crying?! Why isn’t he crying?!’ The Doctor was reassuring me that he would, and he did! It only took him about a minute to cry, but to a mother that had just pushed a baby out of her bits, it seemed like an eternity! The umbilical cord was wrapped so tightly around his neck and arm that the doctor had to actually cut the cord before I could even push him the rest of the way out. Even with all that, he still did really well on his APGARS!

Anyway, back to the start of our day…

Chad and I woke up early in the morning and headed to the hospital. Once I got there and got settled in, around 9:30am, they gave me a very tiny dose of pitocin to get things moving. That tiny dose was enough to get my contractions started! I was progressing really well, especially for being induced, they didn’t have to give me any more pitocin!  I was able to get my epidural once I was about 6 cm around 10:30am, and about an hour later at 11:20 I was already 10cm. We waited for Jack to progress down the birthing canal a little further. I started pushing at about 12:10 and only pushed through one contraction. Jack made his arrival at 12:12 pm!  It was a very quick, and smooth process, thankfully!!

Thinking back to my pregnancy with Jack, he wasn’t a very big mover. I’d feel movements every so often, but nothing compared to Preston. It never really worried me because he didn’t ever move much, so it never decreased. It did have me a bit worried when I was a week late and didn’t have a lot of movement, but like i said, it wasn’t much different from the rest of his pregnancy!

Jack has been pretty mellow from the beginning. He basically came out and slept around the clock. I had to wake him for feedings for the first week, once he packed on some pounds, I let him sleep and he’s basically been sleeping through the night since!

Jack is so sweet and is very social! He hates to miss out on anything!! I think that’s why he only takes one nap a day and has done that since about 8 months!! He takes one 2 hour nap a day. He usually sleeps for about 11-12 hour a night though. He’s in bed by 5:30 or 6pm and will sleep until anywhere from 5:30-6:30 in the morning. Jack has recently started walking!! I finally realized that he wouldn’t walk with socks or footed jammies on, and I always had him in one or the other!! Once I realized he would walk when he was bare foot, he started walking more often than not! Jack has some words he can say. It’s so cute!! He says: no, uh oh, hello, mama, dada, all done, and good. There might be more, but I can’t remember. He has his darn binky in so much he only talks when it’s out, obviously! Haha

Jack is a very good eater. He’s not picky at all. He will eat anything!! Hot or cold, savory or sweet. A few faves are: cheese, frozen peas, blueberries, and hummus!

He is just starting to get over a 3 week long sickness. It started with a cough and runny nose, vomiting, not eating much, and a fever. Then came a double ear infection and pink eye! It’s been neverending. I’m ready for my sweet boy to be healthy again!

Jack and Preston have the sweetest bond I’ve ever seen!! They love each other so much. They play together, give hugs and kisses, and get so excited to see each other after Preston gets done at school!! Preston takes such good care of jack. I have no doubt that he will be a huge help once the new baby arrives in March!

our little (big) Bear is quite the tank!! He is 26 lbs  (and just lost a pound from being sick) {96%} and is 30.5 inches long! {69%}. I always tell Chad how I can hardly lug him around in his car seat, think 50 lbs of dead weight, and I always giggle when he finally carries jack in his car seat somewhere and complains of how heavy he is. Haha! This pregnant wife lugs him around daily!! We recently got him his convertible car seat, but I can’t bare to make the switch!! Jack sleeps so well in his car seat when we are out and about. I think I’ll probably keep him in it until he hits the 30lb weight limit! Lol

We had a pretty low key day celebrating Jack’s birthday! It was just Chad, Preston, Jack, and me. We made some cinnamon rolls for breakfast and put a candle in it. We wore birthday hats and sang to Jack a few times throughout the day! He had a great day and even took a nice long nap for us!

We can’t wait to watch this sweet little guy turn into a young gentleman!

And for fun! Pictures from each month this past year:

AND Preston (left) and Jack (right) both on their first birthdays. Jack is 5 lbs heavier than Preston was! haha

Well, that’s about all for now! …until next time! xoxo ❤

Jack – 10 months!

It’s hard to believe our little Jack is 10 months old already!! He’s been changing daily. It’s crazy to watch the things he learns and discovers daily.

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He has started clapping which is totally adorable. Everytime I say ‘yay’ he claps. haha! {Pavlov’s dog anyone?!} He is a crawling machine!!! He is all over the place. He’s a speed crawler and can catch up with me, even when I don’t want him too! haha. He’s been crawling for over a month now, so I supposed it’s okay he’s all over the place 😉

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Speaking of being all over the place, he is into everything!! Literally, a clean house? what is that?! Everywhere I turn he is into cupboards taking everything out and scattering it all over the house. It wouldn’t be a day if there weren’t plastic cups, plates, pantry items, paper towel rolls, etc, all over the house! Thankfully, when we moved, I knew to put anything and everything that wasn’t breakable on the lower shelves.

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The entire house is baby proofed, except we still need to put locks on the few bathroom cupboards that are within his reach. We’ve even anchored all the tall furniture to the walls. With Preston we never had to worry about that because he never tried to climb anything! Jack pulls himself up on anything and everything!! He also likes to pull drawers out and he’s super strong! He even pushed down our baby gate. We are going to have to screw it to the wall soon enough!

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Jack loves Preston. He could follow him around and play with him all day. He lets Preston feed him and give him bottles! It is so sweet the bond that they have already.

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At night Jack has started sleeping through the night again! Yay! He sleeps from 6:30pm – 5:30 am every night. He still likes nursing in the morning and a couple times throughout the day, but he has started to self wean a bit. {{yes, still making milk while pregnant! ❤ our bodies are amazing!}} He much prefers drinking out of a bottle these days. It’s nice for the freedom, but it’s a little bittersweet. Preston was no where near done nursing at 10 months.

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Jack has turned into a bottomless pit when it comes to eating! He loves eating. He is such a good eater too. He will eat anything we serve him. It’s so nice, Preston was the same way when he was young. Preston still has a very broad palate! Thanks to Chad, he eats anything and everything healthful and unique, so the boys get a lot of exposure at a young age.

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Last month was a little rough for Jack in that he was teething and wanted to be held and carried around all over the place!! Within the last week or 2 he has started becoming more independent! For example, its noon and he has been playing with Preston since he (Preston) woke up this morning at 7:15am. Well, besides stopping to eat every once in awhile, and taking an hour long nap.

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Napping had been going well for Jack for a few weeks. He was taking anywhere from a 1 -3 hour nap in the mornings around 9am. Afternoon naps were a little more hit or miss. Some days he would take one and some days he won’t. They were never longer than an hour either. Hence why he was ready to pass out by 6:30pm! However, within the last week Jack has gone down to one nap a day! He will go down around noon and sleep for an hour. Sometimes longer, but not by much!! So he is ready for bed by 6pm now. The last few nights he’s been asleep by 6pm. He still sleeps well though. He will sleep until about 5:30 or 6 am. I would love to have him go to bed later *hoping* he would sleep in a little later, but I must admit, I love having the boys in bed so early! Both boys are in bed by 7pm. Having our evenings free is so nice, yes, it’s a rush around with dinner and bedtime routine, but with Chad and I tag teaming the boys, it’s pretty painless. That gives us the evenings to clean, chat, or watch an ‘adult’ show, aka anything scarier than Toy Story. haha.

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He is so close to walking!! I bet he will be walking within the week!! He has taken a few steps. He likes to push around a kitchen chair to walk or he will push his little red wagon.

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He also celebrated his first Halloween yesterday!! I’ll have to do a post about it, but here is a little sneak peek of our Panda Bear!!

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^^oh yeah! he has been chewing on his upper lip. I think he’s cutting his top teeth right now. Poor guy!!

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He love looking down vents and feeling the heat blow up at him!! It’s too cute!!

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Both of the boys have been sick for about a week now! It has been horrible!! I’m finally experiencing my first sickness that has consumed both of my boys! It’s hard because they are both tired and cranky and want to be snuggled all the time. They have stuffy noses, deep coughs, and sore throats! Poor buddies!! I’m hoping they will get over it soon enough!! I’ve been cleaning all morning.

Below is Jack and Preston at 10 months!!

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Well that may be all for now!! …until next time! xoxo ❤

Jack – 8 months!

Time just needs to slow down!! Our little Bear is 8 months old!!

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He has been changing so much everyday! At the start of the month he was just crawling a few crawls and then dropping. Or doing his little monkey crawl!!

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Now he is crawling all over the place!! It’s really been quite nice because he doesn’t want me to carry him all day, everyday now! He’s so heavy my back and arms have been killing me. He can chase after big brother and take his toys. 😆

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Jack is able to stand by himself dor for a few seconds!!

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He loves standing.

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He can also pull himself up on things! Actually, this morning when we went in to get him from his crib, he was standing!!

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He has 2 teeth he’s had for a couple weeks now, cutting those 2 bottom teeth have been rough. He’s regressed on sleeping a bit because of it. For awhile he was waking up at 1am and 4am to eat. Thankfully he’s back to just waking up around 4:30 to eat. It’s a little hard to get him back to bed after that, but we do, and he will sleep until anywhere from 5:30-6:30. I do think he has more teeth about ready to come through. Fussy, drooling, chewing on his fingers constantly… I forgot how much work teething was.. for mom and baby!!

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He eats some solid foods. He really isn’t a huge fan of them yet. He loves hummus and cottage cheese!! We are trying to broaden his palate. He’s had spinach, fish, and so much more!! We always give him bits of what we are eating. I think that’s what helped with Preston when he was young. Now that kid will eat anything!!! We obviously don’t give him anything sugary, no need to become an addict alreasy! Lol. He has had puffs, but isn’t a huge fan. He’s not a huge fan of any baby food, really!! 🤷🏻‍♀️

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He had his first night over with his Grandma Eileen this past weekend. I think he was a little hard on her. Haha! He woke up a few times at night and was up bright and early in the morning. Im just glad we did it, it’s hard leaving them the first time!! Especially since he’s been EBF. However, my hubby gives him a bottle of breastmilk (8oz!) every night before bed. I really didn’t want Jack to rely on me to go to bed, like Preston used to. It made it so hard on me whenever I needed to be away for a bit. Preston never took a bottle either. 😱 So I’m just sooo happy our little Jack Bear can survive without his mama for a few hours, and even over night, if needed!!!

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jack usually goes up to bed at 6:30 and then will be up for the day about 5:30-6:30ish. Waking one time to eat. Which is great for a teething baby, I think!! Naptime is a different story. Jack will take two 30 min naps a day. That’s it!! And it’s sooo hard to get him to take a nap, too. It’s exhausting. Big brother still takes a 2-3 hour nap each day. I’m hoping he will sleep longer once I cut him down to one nap, but right now, he needs its morning nap, otherwise he gets so tired! For awhile with his afternoon nap, once he’d wake, I would go grab him and rock him so he would sleep longer (since it was during Prestons nap and I wanted to relax a bit longer). I’ve stopped doing that though, I’m not sure if that’s why Jack would wake up after exactly 30 minutes of sleep, knowing I’d come rock him then. Honestly, I’ll miss it, but I can’t get him used to napping while I rock him. I won’t be able to do that soon enough, so I don’t want to instill poor sleeping habits!! It’s a work in progress, we are both tired and exhausted during the day, but I’m hoping one day something will give! Until then, I’ll enjoy my MAYBE 20 minutes of alone/down time each day.

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I think that’s about it for our little Bear!

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He is a joy, and so sweet.

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He’s going through a tiny rough patch with teething and napping, but otherwise developing awesome!!

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Oh yeah, he also says mama and dada!

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And he waves!!!!! He’s just changing so much! 🙂

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One last family picture to end it 🙂

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…until next time!! xoxo ❤

 

 

Jack – 6 months

Happy half birthday to our little Bear!!

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Jack is such a little sweetie. He’s our chill – go with the flow – happy baby.

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He has been trying SO hard to crawl lately!! He gets those arms up and will push his legs forward, but he just hasn’t figured out how to get the to work together! haha. He isn’t able to get up on his knees yet!

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he does so well sitting up without falling over.

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He enjoys sitting up to play with his toys!

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He loves looking in the mirror and is always smiling at himself and when you talk to him and hold him up in the air!! That always makes him giggle. He’s still our smiley boy.

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(below is a picture of the boys in Iceland)

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When I was at Meijer this morning I had him facing forward in my infantino baby carrier and every single person we passed made a comment about how happy of a baby he was. Aparently he was flashing gummy smiles at everyone!! I lost count of how many people mentioned his smile at 20. 😳👏🏼

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Jack gets some baby food around dinner time. His favorite is peas so far. I did give him a few scrambled eggs the other day, he wasn’t too sure about that! He also had a mini bagel last weekend. Oops! He was in the carrier and wanted something to play with and we were at a pot luck so I saw a mini bagel for him to hold. The next thing I knew he has a tiny soggy piece left in the palm of his hand. Haha 🤣

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I give Jack a bottle every day at 5pm. I really want Jack to take a bottle since Preston never did. So I make sure to give him one everyday. He will drink anywhere from 3-5 oz which is great for an EBF baby!

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Jack went on his first campout last weekend. We slept in a tent and the temps got down into the 40’s. So in order to keep warm we threw the book out the window and coslept and snuggled with lots of blankets and pillows. Brr!! He did really well and slept through the night! Woohoo!

speaking of sleeping through the night, jack has regressed a bit since we’ve returned from Iceland. Before we left, he slept a good 11 hours without waking. Now he will wake 1-2 times per night. Sometimes a binky will put him back down and sometimes I have to feed him. I’m hoping it’s a short lived stage and he’s just adjusting to being back!! Funny thing is that he slept through the night the entire 2 weeks we were in Iceland!!

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jack still doesn’t nap well. I can usually get him to take a nap first thing in the morning. The next nap all depends on what we have going on. Usually he will only nap 2 times a day (45 min each). If I’m lucky I can get him to nap for 1.5 hrs on days that Preston has school!

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jack weighs 23 pounds! He’s actually slowed down on the weight gain. He’s only gained one pound since last month! He still feels like carrying a sack of cement around. haha! my poor back!

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This weekend we are celebrating Jack with a nice long weekend at home!!! We will have 5 days with nothing to do. I can’t wait. It’ll be glorious!! Our first weekend home in over a month. We are hoping to get in a few bike rides, a picnic, maybe a couple trips to the library, aquatic center, and even the zoo! It should be a good time.

oh, and he loves his big Bro!! SO MUCH!!! Preston can get Jack to laugh like no one else! 🙂

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well that’s about it for our little Jack Bear!

…until next time! xoxo ❤

 

Jack – 3 Months!

Our little Chipper is 3 months old!!!

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The last 3 months have flown by!

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Jack, Jack, Jack….where to begin!

You are so happy all the time! You’re my little mini!! Daddy says you have my personality. Grandma even said you are just like me when I was a baby!!

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You love to smile and giggle!!

You are very social and smile at anyone who talks to you!! You always get a lot of attention from the ladies when we’re out. They are all so surprised when I tell them how old you are!! They always reply with ‘he’s huge!!’ haha 🙂

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You also love when Mommy sings to you!!! When I sing, you ‘sing’ with me. It’s so adorable. 🙂

You can roll from your tummy to your back!!

You’ve started playing with your hands and you bat your toys. You like to kick your piano and you like to watch tv!! Which I hate, Preston didn’t watch TV until he was like 15 months..and even then, he never actually sat and watched it until he was 2.5 or so. But Mommy needs a break sometimes and I let you watch it on occasion.

Speaking of needing a break, I cannot get you to nap for the life of me!!!! You will take a 2 hour nap during the day AND THAT’S IT!!  That’s not much for a little guy. That’s how you’ve coined the nickname ‘Bear’ too. When you do nap, we say, ‘don’t poke the Bear’!! it’s not that you’re a grumpy bear, it’s just that we don’t want to disrupt your naps since they’re so rare. ❤

You do sleep well in your car seat if we are running errands and in the ergo when we take walks.

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The good thing is that you aren’t cranky when you are not napping- which is a huge plus!! You are just ready for bed by 6pm every night!

On the bright side, you have been sleeping 12 hours a night (straight through) for a LONG time!! I am so grateful for that. I may not get any seconds to myself during the day, but at night, I get a full nights sleep!!

Since you are a non-napper, but a happy baby, we decided to take a family vacation ABROAD this summer!! We can’t wait. We shouldn’t have to worry about naps, but I’m bringing my Ergo just in case.

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You weigh  17 pounds!

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You are the sunshine we never knew we needed!!

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You and Big bro side by side!

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…until next time! xoxo ❤

Preston – 3 years!

Happy birthday, Punky!! I can’t believe my little boy punk is 3 already!!!💙 You are, oh so sweet and charming. First thing in the morning you always say ‘I love you so much!!’ and give me a big hug. You tell me how cute jack is and that I’m beautiful. You look at me and say ‘you’re so beautiful, mommy!’ 💃🏻Even though you spend like 95% of your waking time with me, you always like to tell me ‘how daddy does it’ or ‘what daddy says’! Haha. You are such a good big brother to Jack. You love to give him kisses and you started calling him ‘little chipper’.🤣 You have become so independent lately! (100% potty trained! Yeah!) But you still love your snuggles with mom and dad!! You are a little more demanding these days and enjoy acting out during the day when I’m busy with Jack. But I’m hoping that just means you will make a good CEO someday! 😝You can play by yourself, you have a great imagination, and love running away from monsters that are chasing you! 🤢so cheers with our chocolate milk to my smart and silly 3 year old! 😘💕

(I had to throw that last pic in here! You said Jack was cold and needed to cover him up!🤣)

I am just so proud of the little boy you have become! I’ve never felt like you went through the terrible 1’s or 2’s! There was a little rough patch shortly after Jack was born. That only lasted a few weeks and now you’re better than ever. Every day your Daddy and I talk about how fun and sweet you are!

The other day when I was cooking dinner you looked at me and said: “Mommy, I want to go buy you pink tulips!” That is just like you. So sweet and thoughtful. Every time we go to Aldi you pick out flowers for me by the check out. ❤ you will make an awesome husband some day!!

You got a watch for your birthday (not a digital one either) and you are so cute with it!! When I ask you what time it is you’ll say “It’s 7 and 3, mom” (meaning 7:15)

Everyday you’re at school your teachers tell me how amazing you are! Yesterday when I asked you who you played with at school you said, “Jack and Evan. I love Jack and Evan. They are my best friends!” (not brother Jack; to clarify)

When we were at the gym (in our new town) for the first time, when I went to pick you and Jack back up from the nursery, the lady in there told me how attentive you are to your baby brother. She said she rarely sees that with older sibling. But you were on the ball with his Binky (pinky as you call it), if he was crying, etc!

you are an amazing eater! You will eat anything!!! The other day you were downing sardines and decaf green tea. I think it’s because Daddy has had you on a broad palette since the beginning (think: beef liver, pickled herring, fresh kale picked from the garden…)

Okay, Okay, I’m done rambling! I just love you sooo much! xoxo

…until next time!! xoxo

2016 in review

Even though January is coming to an end, I thought I would do a little 2016 year in review! With the arrival of baby Jack, we didn’t get around to sending out Christmas cards to all of our friends and family.

We started the year off planning our trip to Australia for my one of my best friends’ wedding. I was lucky enough to be her Matron of Honor! Since Chad and I had already been to Australia a few times, we decided to use this trip as the perfect excuse to see New Zealand!

After the wedding we hopped a flight to New Zealand. We rented a camper van and drove along the south island. We had a blast camping out and the scenery was amazing!! We were able to visit wineries, go sky diving, and just enjoy each others company while taking in the most wonderful views! It was such an awesome vacation and I always forget how much I love camping! 🙂

Chad’s sister watched Preston while we were gone. It was so nice to get away knowing he was in good hands! We sure did miss him though! Two weeks away was definitely long enough!

Shortly after returning from ‘down under’ we found out we were expecting a baby due in December!

Chad also started traveling to Nebraska for work 4-5 days a week upon returning from our trip. I definitely had my hands full with Preston and being pregnant (and sick until 27 weeks…okay, who am I kidding?? I was sick up until the day that I had Jack). The good news was that Chad had accepted a new role in Chicagoland and, thankfully, he wouldn’t be traveling in his new role. So while he finished up his days traveling, Preston and I were at home cleaning and keeping our house in perfect condition for showings. It was a crazy 6 months filled with house hunting trips, inspections, and more house hunting trips.

{{side note, we actually made an offer on a house, it was accepted, and then we decided to back out after the inspection–this happened towards the end of October. We ended up going back to the first house we fell in love with, made an offer, and luckily it was accepted on the evening of October 30th.}}

The plan was for Preston and I to stay at our house in Iowa until it sold, thankfully, it sold in 3 weeks and we were able to join Chad in Illinois. We closed on our house November 30th and were able to get moved in and settled that weekend. We had family come over to help us unpack and organize our whole house!! It was such a blessing considering I was about 37 weeks pregnant by then.

In December I scouted out some schools for Preston. We got him enrolled in a cute little school that is just a couple miles from our house! It was a little transition for him; new house, new school, new baby brother on the way…but he’s done so well! It’s so awesome hearing him tell us stories about what he learns at school.

We were able to host Christmas for my family! They were hoping Jack would make his appearance while they were all here…but of course that didn’t happen! He decided to wait a little longer.

We finally were able to meet our little bundle on December 30th. He arrived in less than 3 hours and has had our hearts ever since! He was 7 lbs 11 oz and was 20 inches long. He has been such a good baby so far. He’s very content and easy going and gives me baby fever (is that even possible?!?! haha). We can’t wait to watch him grow–hopefully not too fast though!

Preston has really taken to being a big brother. He loves Jack so much already! He’s always wanting to kiss him and hold him. He’s been a good helper too, always fetching me things, doing tummy time with Jack, helping with bath time, giving Jack his binky, or as punk calls it, his ‘pinky’. 🙂 Although, Preston has tested me on more occasions than I’d like to admit, at least he loves his brother! My sweet boy has decided to rebel against his Mom a bit. He still loves construction sites and machinery. He’s smart and silly and the perfect mix of Chad and me. We look forward to seeing his relationship with Jack grow into something special! (I’ve already gotten them 3 matching sweaters for next winter and matching bowties for Christmas!! YAY!)

We were able to ring in the New Year from the hospital and were discharged the next day. We definitely started the year off with a bang! We were able to bring our new addition to our new home for the very first time on January 1st.

Well, that was our year in a nutshell! Can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store for us!!

We hope the New Year brings you all the happiness. ❤

…until next time! xoxo ❤