Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Theo at 5 months

Theodore James, first let me just say what a little light you are in our lives. You are just the sweetest happiest little guy. 

Anyone who ever goes to get you out of bed in the morning or after a nap will comment on what a great smile you give them when you see someone is coming to get you, it's the best. You love to laugh and giggle, and kisses on your neck and chin(s) are sure to get a laugh from you. You are so easy to get to smile and we love it. 

Although you love mommy and daddy this last month your love for Sawyer has really grown. Sawyer always makes you smile and laugh. You love when he sings to you or the way he gets so close to your face and talks to you. You will just track him all around the room and just watch his every move. 

You still love bath time. When I take you into the bathroom to start the water you immediately get so happy and if you were fussy at all you calm right down. Then while your tubby is filling up i take you to your bedroom to get you naked and you always flip out and start crying like you think I'm not going to put you in the tub after all. And as soon as you see the tub again, completely calm. You definitely take after your daddy in that aspect! ;) 

We have tried a few foods and no surprise, you can't get enough. We've tried cereal, avocado, and peas. You love it all but I think peas are your fave. 

We went through a real rough sleep regression from about 3 1/2 months until about 2 or 3 weeks ago. You were waking up 2 sometimes more times a night and were never napping longer than 45 minutes. Thank the lord we are finally moving past that. You are waking up once at night now (sometimes twice, but sometimes not at all) and nap for about an hour and a half usually. And I'll take it! 

You're starting to sit up with some assistance and it's so adorable. You can roll from belly to back but not back to belly yet even though you try real hard. You have also started being able to lay on your tummy and you spin around on your little mat looking at your different toys. You have found your toes and are holding them and trying to suck on them constantly. You have also found your voice and are turning into quite the little jibber jabber! 

You do not like to be left alone in a room. If I leave you on your mat and take sawyer to the bathroom or run to the bathroom myself, or just anything... after a minute you will let out one little high pitched yell. It's like you're saying "hey, I'm still in here, don't forget about me!" It's quite funny. 

You also do not like to be too hot. Some of the only times we've seen you really not pleased or grumpy is when we've been outside for too long and you definitely let us know you're uncomfortable. We went camping last month and it was quite hot and you were not a fan. When we got home from the camping trip and back into the air conditioned house it was like you flipped a switch and we're all the sudden your happy self again. 

I think you are going to be a thumb sucker. You still take your binky and like it to go to sleep at night but you have your fingers or thumb in your mouth all the time. You also have started to play with your lovey and snuggle it against your face and it makes my heart explode. I love it. 

Theo, my little love. We love you so much and have loved watching your little personality come out. You are the perfect addition to our family and we just cannot get enough of your sweet soul. 


Thursday, May 25, 2017

3 month old Theo

Theo I can't believe you are 3 months old already! You are getting so big and such a little joy. Here's a little bit about you at 3 months: 
You are so happy and smiley. Basically all anyone needs to do is look at you and say hi and you give them the biggest cheesiest grin. Even though your smiles are pretty easy to earn, the laughs are hard to come by! Kiki made you laugh for the first time at the beginning of the month and it wasn't until Daddy's birthday, almost two weeks later, before you did it again! They're still not a regular thing, but we are obsessed when we do get one! 

You love playing patty cake. You love your brother. Any attention from him gets the happiest smiles and coos in response. You love your changing table. You just flap your arms and kick like crazy. And you love your bouncy chair. Sometimes in the evening before bedtime you prefer to chill there then to have anyone holding you. 
You are still so spitty! I always need to have a burprag near by or have a bib on you. Ruining cute outfits on the daily. 
You have rolled over a handful of times but I don't think there's any skill involved yet. Just pure anger and luck that's doing it for you! 

Your legs are getting so strong! You love to push yourself off the arm of the couch when you're nursing and you're starting to be able to hold up some weight when we put you in a standing position. 
You also are able to sit in the bumbo now. Your neck is just a little bit wobbly still, but you mostly got it!
You were baptized the weekend before last and it was so special! Your godparents Karissa and Krieg were there to celebrate with us, along with some of our friends and family. You were so good through the service and the actual baptism and when Father Rodger poured the water over your head you got the sweetest little smile on your face! It was like you knew what was happening and could just feel the holy spirit coming to live in you. It made my heart so happy. 

This month you are officially bigger than your (1 month older) cousin Charlee! We had to pass our extra size 1 diapers diapers down to her, and I have a feeling that will be the trend. You are mostly in 3-6 month clothes now. Some of your 0-3 month jammies still fit and most of the onesies still do but definitely none of the pants or shorts! 
You were sleeping through the night like a champion (10pm-7am) but mom went and messed with your schedule and now you are sleeping 7pm to 4am, quick snack and then back down until 7ish. 

We all just love you so much and feel so blessed that you are apart of our family! 





Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Theo at 2 months

Theodore  James you are the perfect little addition to our family. You are so go-with-the-flow and chill. You almost never fuss and when you do you are so easy to soothe. 

We had your 2 month appointment today and you are growing like a weed. You are now 13 lbs 12.5 oz (94th percentile) and 23.75 inches (95th percentile). Big healthy boy!


You love to nurse but are also taking the bottle just fine which is great so momma can have a little fun every now and then too! 

Your eyes are still blue and your 2 little strawberry patches (one right on the back of your neck where Sawyer's was and one a little higher on the back of your head) are all still completely there. And I don't think they'll be going anywhere soon. 

I thought you had a third and fourth on your right wrist and the top of your head but we found out at your appointment today that those are most likely small hemangiomas. They will most likely get bigger and then disappear on their own. 



You are officially grown out of newborn clothes, you actually probably were right after you turned 1 month old, and are wearing a size 1 diaper (although you should probably be in size 2, I'm just not ready to think of you as being that big yet).

Even though you don't love to nap, you are a great sleeper at night time and are already sleeping from 10pm to 6am most nights. 


You are sooo close to laughing! I will tickle you and kiss you and you smile and grunt at me and I can just tell it's right there. I can't wait! You actually giggled on Easter in your sleep and it was the cutest thing ever. I cannot wait to hear that sound on the regular. 

You also are quite the little roller! Not completely by yourself but if I put you in a "pushup" position for tummy time you flip right over!

You love your bouncy chair and are content to sit there with the vibration on and just take in the craziness going on around you. You love your binky too, and are now decent at keeping it in. 


You went on your first road trip to visit Gigi, Pop, and Auntie Abbie when you were 5 weeks old and you were a champ... slept the whole time there and the whole way back! 


We love you so much Theo and are loving watching little bits of your personality grow. We just cannot get enough! 












Friday, April 7, 2017

Theo's Birth Story

I originally hadn't thought to write out Theo's birth story. For some reason with it being planned out I didn't feel the need to share what had happened because everyone already knew when I was going in, when he would be born, and for the most part, what would happen. But I have memories of being little and my mom telling me my birth story and I thought that I needed to share this if for no one else, then for Theo. So here we go... 6 weeks later. The story of how Theodore came into this world.


We arrived at the hospital and checked in. It was such a weird feeling to just walk into the hospital knowing I was going to have my baby in just a few short hours! After we got checked in we were taken over to the maternity wing and shown to a surgery prep room. Here I got changed into my gown, my IV was started, and they began monitoring baby's heart rate. The nurses that were helping us were so nice and we chatted and laughed and it was all very relaxing. I remember with Sawyer I was poked about 4 times trying to find a good vein for my IV so I was thrilled to be only poked once this time. Our photographer, Michelle, arrived and the nurses filled her and Justin in on what would happen for them, got them their scrubs and answered some questions.

The anesthesiologist came in and we filled out some paperwork. The nurses wanted to take me into the OR right away and get my spinal block in but the anesthesiologist said no way, he wasn't putting it in until he saw my doctor with his own eyes. He said you never know what could happen and as soon as he puts it in the clock starts ticking. So we waited. He answered a lot of our questions about how things would go once we got into the OR. Justin asked if he would be able to watch the surgery or if he would have to stay behind the curtain and he cautioned him that even if you're not a queasy guy, it's really hard to see your wife cut open like that. I could tell that that made Justin a little hesitant to watch.

Our doctor has a very distinctive and loud laugh and about 20 minutes after we were supposed to start, we all heard him walking down the hallway. The anesthesiologist (I believe his name was Steve, so I'll be referring to him as Steve for the rest of this post) poked his head into the hall, saw our doctor, turned back to us and said, "Ok, we'll see you in there!"

One of the nurses walked me into the OR, Justin and Michelle would be joining us later. It was so strange to walk in and sit down on the operating table! This nurse was so kind (I wish I could remember her name, but I just can't) and also so funny, she knew that the spinal tap was what I was most nervous about. She helped me to get situated holding my pillow and leaning over it, rounding my spine. She held my hand and hugged me and reminded me to breathe while Steve got prepared. I felt something cold on my back and I flinched, she jokingly teased me, "Ok, that was just a pen, you've got to be a little tougher than that!" I laughed and repositioned myself and hunkered down for the actual needle. She literally held me threw it and once it was placed I could instantly feel it begin to numb my body. It wasn't actually as bad as I had worked up in my mind.

The nurse and Steve helped lay me back on the table and the nurse buzzed around getting things set up and prepared. They strapped down my arms out to the side and after a minute I got the sensation that I was going to throw up. Panic instantly set in as I tried to sit up and couldn't because I'd been strapped down already. I was imagining throwing up and choking and I just knew right then it was going to be horrible. I tried to at least lift my head and I told Steve I was going to throw up. I am so thankful for Steve. He moved so quickly and got me some oxygen, set up a bowl next to my head, turned my head towards the bowl and got a little alcohol thing for me to smell all at once. He had his hand on my head and he was so kind, I just remember being really thankful for him. I ended up only gagging a few times and didn't actually throw up, thank goodness. I started to feel better after a couple of minutes, and then I just remember being so cold and shivering. They set up this thing called a bear hug on my arms and chest. It's a plastic tube bubble thing that they blow hot air into to keep you warm. It felt so good.

This whole time I keep wiggling my toes and trying to lift my legs. I was nervous that I was going to be able to feel something so I kept trying to check to make sure the spinal block was working. When my doctor came in we chatted for a second and he said, "Are we ready for a birthday party?!" He introduced me to all of the people in the room, nurses, pediatric nurse, assistant and a few others I think, about 8 total. I told my doctor I could move my toes a little still and he started pinching me, which I could not feel. He assured me I would not feel any pain but would still feel tugging and some pressure.

I don't remember him saying something specific to cue to me that they had started but after a minute when I could feel something going on I asked Steve if they had started and he said yes. I panicked again a little and asked if someone could go get Justin. Again, so thankful for Steve! He said, "Whoa doc, slow down. Dad isn't in here yet!" Someone went and got Justin and Michelle and Justin came and sat by my head and kissed me. He asked how I was doing and I quickly recounted my panic attack about throwing up but said I was doing better now. He held my hand and occasionally peaked over the curtain.


Pretty soon I heard my doctor say, "clear fluid." This is him announcing that there isn't any meconium in my water and that he was then going to break my water. I remember that part because Steve had told us when we were in the prep room that the baby would be born soon after that. They lowered the curtain a bit so that Justin would be able to see our baby be born and they got Michelle a stool. I remember being thankful that they were helping her out and not telling her just to "stay over there in that corner!"

The doctor's assistant was supposed to be pushing on my upper abdomen area in order to help push the baby out. Our doctor started to give her a little bit of a hard time because she was a petite women and she was having to put a lot of effort into it. He said come on, you gotta push, I don't want to get the vacuum out (which was a little scary for me, but he had said it in a joking way). Michelle told me I basically had an entire nurse's weight on top of me, but I didn't feel it at all. At this point I could just feel a little pulling and tugging and I could tell that my body was being moved around even though I couldn't specifically feel anything, if that makes sense. It's a very strange feeling.

At this point Justin and I looked at each other because all of the sudden there seemed to be a little stress in the room. I can't even tell you what changed or what was said, but everyone seemed a little more serious and there was a sense of urgency. I was watching Justin's face and he was scanning everyone's faces in the room trying to read the situation. And just like that as quickly as it had changed, the mood changed back as our doctor said ok, here he comes.

I heard him scream and then saw my baby for the first time as my doctor lifted him over the curtain. Theodore James Minert was born at 12:49 pm. I was so happy and said a little thank you prayer as a few tears rolled towards my ears. Just as with Sawyer, Justin was hesitant to leave my side and I said, "go, go." Justin went over and watched them wrap him up and weigh and measure him and helped cut the chord. Theo weighed 7lbs 15 oz and was 20.5 inches. He came back and gave me the report, "he's perfect," he said "ten fingers, ten toes, and lots of hair!" A moment later they were putting him on my chest for skin to skin. They had put a belly band around my chest before hand and now tucked him in and unstrapped one of my arms so I could hold him. The first thing I said was, "he has my chin!" Then "hi baby" and he opened his eyes for the first time and looked right at me.





We snuggled him and kissed him and just stared in awe. My doctor worked on getting me all sewn up and put back together and then they wheeled me back into the recovery room. We tried to nurse a little bit and he latched on but wasn't too interested in it so we stopped and just cuddled. He was so calm and relaxed and was just taking everything in. After a little while I started to get nauseous again so Justin took Theo and I smelled those funny alcohol swabs again. Then the nurses took Theo to the little bassinet in the room and got him dressed and did his hand and foot prints.




After about an hour in recovery, when I was able to move my legs around they moved us to our postpartum room. My sister Veronica had been in contact with us and brought Sawyer in to meet his brother right after that! Sawyer did not know what to think. He was more excited to see Justin than anyone else at first. He also was a little camera shy and kept looking at the camera out of the corners of his eyes haha. He kissed him and said, "hi brother!" And then was ready to go chill with Justin again. (Don't worry though.. he's obsessed with him now and I more often then not am reminding him to hug and kiss him softly!)



Family and friends were in and out of our room soon after and we were surrounded by so much help and love. We were able to go home 48 hours after Theo was born. I am so thankful for everyone who has helped out, brought food, come to visit, or sent encouraging words and congratulations. It truly does take a village and I am so so thankful for ours!


Theo is a perfect addition to our family. He is such a calm and relaxed baby. He loves to cuddle and is an awesome sleeper! I know I already missed month 1 update, but I promise to try my hardest to do some Theo update's more regularly!












Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Sawyer Tidbits

Sawyer is about to be a big brother! I can hardly believe it! But before the little nugget arrives I wanted to focus a little on Sawyer and how great he is doing!

Sawyer Jay, my love,
You are getting so big! You are sleeping in a big boy bed now. You generally come in to bed with us sometime between 3-6 but we don't mind. We love our morning cuddle sessions. (Except when you're repeatedly kicking me in the face). You'll wake up and scooch over to me and then say, "daddy cuddle!" Once you have us all cuddled up you say, "Mommy and Daddy and Sawyer and *little brother's name*," with the happiest little smile on your face. You'll include Doodle and Shadow in that line up too if you can see them around. 


You are just going to be the best big brother. You are such a good cousin and friend to baby Charlee and Kennedy already. Whenever they cry you are running to find them a toy or a lovey or binky. It's the sweetest. I'm so excited to see you meet your little brother. You love to hug and kiss my belly and talk to your little brother. I am constantly trying to get you to feel him but you have no patience for that. You are busy busy busy! 
You love to run and jump. You ask us to run up and down the hallway with you all the time and are constantly jumping off of the furniture! We are going to put you in soccer, gymnastics, and swimming this spring and summer, hopefully that'll burn up some of your energy! 
You are such a great pretender. You love to pretend you are super man, or a mermaid, or recently you like pretending you are the "bad guy" and you run around saying "hu-yaw!" And swinging your arms! I think this came about from the movie Mulan, for some reason the bad guy in this movie is so interesting to you. At one part he pops over the side of the roof upside down and says boo! You think this part is so funny and you laugh and say, "Mommy, I'm bad guy" and you put your head down like you're going to do a summersault and say boo! And then you laugh at yourself and say, goof ball! You crack me up at the new things you say and come up with every single day. You love to cuddle and watch movies Mulan, Frozen, Elmo, and Moana are some of your favorites right now. You love to sing and dance to all of the songs and you know the words to most of them! You love books. The How Do Dinosaur books and the Llama Llama books are your favorites. 


You are potty trained!! You randomly saw a little potty at the store one day (when I had been trying every now and then to get you to use the big potty with the little seat with no success whatsoever) and you were really interested so we got it and you actually picked it up really quickly! Thanks to Gigi being here all last week for baby Charlee you got to stay home and play with her and Haylee instead of going to daycare and I think that really made it stick! You get so proud of yourself and bounce around on your toes when we cheer for you! 
You are quite the eater when you want to be, and like your momma you love you some breakfast foods! Oatmeal, pancakes, waffles, scrambled eggs, and fruit are among your favorites. You're a little more picky about dinner items but you love chicken nuggets, pizza, quesadillas, macaroni and cheese, and grilled chicken with balsamic dressing on it! Hahaha such a silly kid. 


You are able to say your full name but when we ask how hold you are you always say 4. You are able to count to 9 perfectly by yourself and probably up to 20 with a little assistance. You know that letters have names. You point to them and say different letters but you only correctly name the letter A so far. Listening to you attempt to sing the ABCs is one of my favorite things. 
I love you so much my baby. Thank you for making me a mommy. 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

32 Weeks with Baby #2

What a different experience this pregnancy has been. I look back on my pregnancy with Sawyer and while I'm sure there were times I really enjoyed, I remember it mostly with uncomfortableness and stress and anxiousness and just overall wanting it to be over and have him be here! I had a lot of back pain and sciatic nerve pain with Sawyer, the constant movement made me feel sick and when he moved up towards my ribs the shortness of breath made me feel panicky... Like I couldn't get enough air. We were also building our house through Sawyer's pregnancy and that brought its own stresses with it.

This time has been different... I think because I know what to expect more. The movements and shortness and breath have still been there, obviously. But I have tried to be more calm about it and understand that they are happening because there's a sweet little baby growing inside of me! I have tried to stop and remind myself what a blessing it is that I am experiencing and am trying to stop and "smell the roses" so to speak.

I am also dealing with a little bit of internal struggle with the fact that Sawyer will not be the baby anymore. I saw this post on the internet the other night had a little meltdown over it. I'm trying to stay calm about the whole thing and remind myself what everyone says about your heart growing and your ability to love both of your children being so amazing and all of that. I'm also going to try to have scheduled Sawyer time once the new baby gets here where it can be just him and I for a little bit. Even if its just 30 minutes while Daddy does bath time or something like that. Moms of multiple children go ahead and chime in now and tell me its all going to be ok.


How far along: 32 Weeks
Baby is the size of: a squash. About 17 inches long and 3.75 pounds. 
Gender: BOY!
Weight Gain: About 20 pounds
Maternity Clothes: Yes of course. But now that it's so cold here I'm basically rotating through the same 5 outfits... kind of getting old. 
Stretch Marks: A few new ones are popping up but mostly my old ones are just getting a little more noticeable. 
Belly button in or out: In
Sleep: I'm sleeping pretty well. I usually need to get up once to go to the bathroom but do well other than that. 
Miss Anything: Perhaps just moving and breathing normally.
Movement: Yes, constantly. He's starting to move up into my ribs now too. 
Cravings/Aversions: Nothing really... I am liking sweets again, when I wasn't liking them at the beginning.
Queasy or sick: Every once in awhile the movements take me off guard and I feel a little queasy, but overall still feeling good! 
Looking forward to: His arrival! And also the nursery being completely finished. My sisters and I have been working hard on it and mostly got it all finished over my Christmas break but there are still a few last minute things I want to finish up. 

17 Weeks With Baby M #2


Man oh man. It's true what they say about second babies... With Sawyer I was blogging about my pregnancy weekly, making a weekly chalkboard, and journaling. With this baby I have journaled a couple of times and have managed to take 3 whole pictures. Go me!

I'm just going to blame it on the fact that this time around I have a toddler who is taking up a lot of time, and also that I started a new job this school year that has definitely kept me busy!

So let me update you so far on my pregnancy and on Baby M #2!

We found out we were pregnant on Father's Day. I had an inkling that maybe it was a possibility and I took a test early in the morning when Sawyer had woken up and I had decided to do the nice thing and let Justin sleep in on his day. I took the test with Sawyer running into the bathroom and yelling "potty!"and handing me toilet paper, and let it develop while Sawyer and I made a tower of blocks in his room. Such is the life with a toddler!

I wish someone would have been able to take a picture of me when I saw that positive test. As Sawyer's tower came crashing down and he shrieked and giggled my face was saying, whoa. There's going to be two of them! Hahaha! I think about that more and more these days, especially as Sawyer does something crazy like draw all over my walls (thank goodness it was just with chalk) or dumps out every bin of carefully organized toys into his room all at once. But even with all of the craziness that is our life, we are beyond excited about this little nugget growing inside of me!





How far along: 17 Weeks
Baby is the size of: A pomegranate (or onion depending on the app)
Gender: We don't know yet! We'll be finding out on the 27th! I think it's a girl. Justin thinks hopes for a boy!
Weight Gain: Only about 3 pounds so far! But if I'm being honest I'm still about 15 pounds from where I was before Sawyer... But we'll ignore that for now and go back to Only about 3 pounds so far! ;)
Maternity Clothes: Yes. No shame. I basically got them out as soon as possible. Why would anyone want to wear regular pants when you could wear something with an elastic waistband?!
Stretch Marks: Not yet
Belly button in or out: In
Sleep: I'm getting up a few time in the night to pee, but I'm always so tired I fall asleep almost immediately. 
Miss Anything: Alcohol. I've had some stressful work days where I come home and really wish I could have a glass (or two) of wine! 
Movement: Perhaps. There have been a few times I have thought that I have felt something but nothing definite.
Cravings/Aversions: This pregnancy has been super weird in this department. I am usually a huge sweets person but I am not wanting anything sweet! And no serious cravings yet! 
Queasy or sick: My fist trimester I felt sick basically the whole time. No throwing up but I felt pretty terrible. Now I am feeling a lot better but I have to be careful about what I eat and not eating too much or I just feel terrible. Also this time around my gag reflex is way more sensitive. I am gagging all over the place for no real reason! SO weird.
Looking forward to: Next Tuesday when we find out the sex!! 

Hopefully I'm more on top of things and I update you guys again soon! Send positive vibes my way! :)