Monday, November 9, 2015


When asking to watch a certain commercial:
Theron: Can I watch Medicare, Daddy?
Dave: Sure! What's Medicare for?
Theron: It's for when you go to the doctor!

When talking about Townes:
Theron: He's a monster!
Joi: No he's not. That's not nice. 
Theron: Yeah he is, Mommy! He's a bad guy!

When Theron gets in trouble:
Theron: I telling on you! 
Theron: Don't yook at me, Daddy/Mommy!

Talking about Townes:
Joi: Well, sometimes babies cry. You cried a lot when you were little!
Theron: No I didn't, Mommy! I was happy! (Haha, think again, kiddo!)

While watching Price Is Right:
Bob Barker: I'm going to sell you an automobile!
Theron: It's an SUV, Bob!

After throwing up [I know, TMI for most of you, but I want to remember--haha!]:
Joi: You ok, buddy?
Theron: I'm good. It makes me seel better. 

With David:
Theron and Dave: Men, men, men, men [a little song they sing]! We men, Mommy. You can be men with us, too!

When talking about his best friends:
Joi: Who's your best friend at school, Theron?
Theron: Gracyn & Silly Bob are my best swiends!

When watching a commercial for princess toys:
Joi: What are those, Theron?
Theron: Those are princesses. Are you a princess, Mommy?


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Townes // One Month

Taking yet more inspiration from Kelsey over at Snappy Casual, I'm trying my hand at this sort of monthly update. I like that there's a template so I don't forget to record certain things. And I like that it will be consistent. So Type A, that's me! 

So here we go! 

T O W N E S // 1 Month

  • Weighs 10 lbs 4 oz (up nearly 2 pounds since birth)
  • Is 22" long
  • His eyes are dark brown and his eyelashes are coming in!
  • His skin has been peeling since birth + he has a touch of baby acne. 
  • His right eye has been a little gunky in the last few days. 
  • Still in newborn clothing, but can fit into some 0-3 month pieces!

  • Well, not much in the first month. He's definitely more cuddly than Theron and prefers to be held.
  • He hasn't loved being put in his mamaroo, he's not a fan of the carseat but will mostly tolerate it, and the same goes for pacifiers. He's definitely not addicted to the paci but he will take it, which is more than Theron ever did! You kinda have to force it in his mouth and he will suck for awhile. He only tolerates the MAM brand. 
  • He does like to look up at the tapestry on the wall in his nursery while getting his diaper changed. 

  • Smile...maybe?? It's hard to tell if he's smiling or just relieving some gas! But if we have caught some it's been in the last two weeks. 

  • He eats every 2-3 hours and sometimes [lots of times!] more. The difference this time around is that he is not nearly as big a comfort sucker that Theron was. If he doesn't want to nurse, you can't really force him. It's a good and bad thing because I was so used to that always calming Theron. I struggled for nearly 6 weeks with nursing Theron before it felt "normal" and right off the bat Townes and I have had a great nursing relationship. Some nights he gets frustrated if the flow isn't as fast as he would prefer but overall it's been awesome!

  • He sleeps a lot right now. He usually falls asleep nursing and I let him sleep on me. He will nap for about 1-3 hours at at time. We've moved him to the rock n' play after nursing & occasionally he has napped there. David has got him to fall asleep in the Bjorn bouncer and he will usually fall asleep during a car ride. 
  • At night...we have a different story. On night one we tried to put him in his crib, like we did successfully with Theron, and NO DICE. He HATED it. We tried the rock n' play  [that our neighbors graciously landed us after a walk one night] that I swore I wouldn't use, and it was a no go on that as well. So, I have resorted to holding him and he slept. Ugh...not what we wanted. I broke down and bought a cosleeper off Amazon and had my fingers crossed he would sleep there. I've had VERY minimal success with him sleeping there. We still swaddle him and put him in his crib first every night. Some nights he'll sleep almost three hours in there and some nights we're lucky to get 20 minutes. After his first wake up it's pretty much guaranteed that he won't go back in there. I try, but he only lasts tops--20 minutes. So, I bring him to bed with me and he sleeps on and off while nursing on and off. Amazingly, I'm not as exhausted as I was with Theron but I SO wish he would sleep in his crib more. BUT, I'm trying not to stress about it and figure it out as we go. It's blatantly obvious to me that no two kids are alike. We are continuing to try the crib twice every night and I hope that maybe once he starts giving me longer stretches [if he does--here's hoping!!] he will last longer the first stretch in the crib. I'm concerned for this setup when I go back to work, but it is what it is. Ahhhh, babies and sleep! Such a conundrum.
  • He's been pretty healthy this first month besides a little congestion, sneezing, and the occasional cough. None of it seemed to bother him and I think it's all pretty normal for a newborn's little system. 
  • He's not the easiest baby in the world, but he hasn't been the screamer that Theron was either. He fusses a lot and the last two days of week 4 were tough on me. David went back to work and being home with an unhappy baby is NO JOKE. I did buy some Gerber Soothe Colic drops and took Townes to a chiropractor on the second to last day of his 4th week. Maybe they helped-maybe they didn't-but I'm not opposed to trying things to make our situation calmer! 

  • Being so little, he hasn't really played with anything, but I'll be happy when he starts to!

  • As you all know, I had a REALLY REALLY tough time with Theron as an infant. I was terrified that Townes would be the same. And like I said earlier, he's no Theron but he's not a walk in the park either. I have had some anxiety about having another baby and have cried my fair share of tears. But overall, everyone says I'm doing better this time around. I get frustrated with myself, right or wrong, when I get overwhelmed because I'm normally not one to stress too much in my day to day life. I compare myself way too much to other moms everywhere and need to work on stopping that. I know my anxiety will ease up as Townes sleeps better and gets to sitting up, smiling, cooing etc. I will probably return to work earlier than I had originally planned because the stay-at-home mom life is not for me. Kudos to all of you stay at home parents! You have THE hardest job in the world and never get a break. 
  • I'm proud of myself and David [I could write an entire blog about how wonderful he is to me and our sons!] because we got out so much in this first month. Having a longer paternity leave was SO BENEFICIAL to my emotional well-being and I am eternally grateful he made a priority to secure that time. We went to Target, made runs to get take out, took Theron to school everyday, visited the newly opened IKEA and the mall, I got a fresh hair color/cut + eyelash extensions, took part in our normal Saturday routine of the choo-choo store and Steak n' Shake for Theron, visited 2 fall pumpkin festivals, and we even went to the Young House Love book signing! 
  • With Theron I didn't get out until he was over 2 months old and that was SO BAD for my psyche. I know that keeping a baby healthy is priority, obviously we didn't want people touching and breathing all over Townes, but maintaining your identity and sanity is VITAL. I just can't stress that enough. 

We're looking forward to our little guy growing and are navigating our way through the world of two kiddos!


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

New Locks

Isn't Instagram the best? I mean, I absolutely love it! I love having a place for all my photos and sharing our sweet family moments with friends and family plus seeing all of my loved ones' moments make me happy, too! I also L-O-V-E the explore tab because I'm always finding beautiful new people to follow, outfits I don't need, and most recently a hair stylist that I just HAD to have color and cut my hair! 

I contacted Emily at The Hair Lab in St. Louis after admiring her work and was so sad to find out she wasn't taking on new clients until the new year. Bummer. But luckily, she had a cancellation and since I'm on maternity leave I was able to make it work. 

David watched both boys, Theron had a fever and cough, and I got to get a couple hours of pampering! I was so worried Townes would cry a lot or refuse to take a bottle but David had it all under control the whole time. I'm telling you, I was a worrier before kids but I have real anxiety after them. My heart races and I get so nervous, something I'm working on letting go. No-one does well with that sort of stress! 

Anyhow, Emily worked her magic and was the absolute sweetest. She explained everything she was doing and understood how I did not want my hair to be orange. Because of Instagram I was able to not only find her but view her portfolio and that makes ALL the difference. Going off of word of mouth or people's recommendations sometimes just doesn't work for me. I need to see with my own two eyes what people produce. 

I absolutely love what she did and can't wait to go back in December! If you're in the St. Louis area I urge you to check her out! 


Monday, October 19, 2015

Townes Nova's Newborn Pictures

When we had Theron I never thought about getting newborn pictures. We took what the hospital offered and that was that. I never regretted it but knew that if we had another baby that I would most likely decide to have newborn pictures taken because they are just so darn cute. This time around, with Townes, I definitely knew I wanted Nicole to take his pictures. She is as talented as she is kind and bubbly! 

Nicole came out to our home when Townes was a little over a week old and took some lifestyle shots. She did a fabulous job and I am so happy I have these to treasure. Theron was in school or we definitely would have included him. I'm sure there will be many more photo ops for him to be included! 

I'll share a few of my favorites today! Oh, and recently someone commented on the blog asking how we came up with both of the boys' names and if I'd share. Of course I will! We chose Theron because it is one of David's favorite hockey players and his middle name Drake comes from a musician Nick Drake that David liked. We liked how the two names flowed together and so we have our Theron Drake. For Townes, his name comes from Townes Van Zandt, another musician who David really likes and his middle name Nova comes from a song, Supernova, by Ray LaMontagne that is super happy and carefree...a trait we hope our Townes possesses. It's kinda funny because we never really even considered any other names or looked through name books. Both names came to us very organically and they just felt right! 

Nicole is super talented and down-to-earth. I highly recommend her If you're located in the St. Louis Metro area; she is an obvious favorite photographer choice


Monday, October 12, 2015

Introducing Townes Nova!

Our second baby boy entered the world, 3 days overdue, on Thursday, September 24th, 2015. 

His name is Townes Nova and we are all in love with this little guy, or Bubs, as David and Theron call him. 

7 lb 15 oz
20.5" long
Born at 4:45 p.m. on 9.24.15

Townes' due date was on Monday, September 21st, but I was pretty certain he would be overdue. At my doctor's appointments my OB kept telling me my placenta was pretty far back and he wasn't convinced Townes would come on time. Theron was overdue too so I wasn't too concerned. I was hoping that my water would break like it did with Theron so I would know for sure when to head to the hospital! 

David and I were both fortunate to be off of work starting that Saturday before my due date so we just treated the days like it was summer vacation.  We still sent Theron to school to maintain consistency and I did some projects around the house. We also did a little shopping, of course!

On Wednesday, around 4 p.m., I started feeling crampy and the cramps were consistent. I told David and my Maw Maw and Paw Paw who were visiting for dinner that I thought I was having contractions. David started timing them and they were coming about every 18 minutes. Nothing to get too excited about. 

Later in the evening around 8 p.m. or so the contractions started coming more regularly and definitely more uncomfortably. David went to sleep and I quickly realized I wouldn't be able to. I tried to take a bath to take my mind off of them and downloaded a contractions app to make sure they weren't coming too close together. I knew sleep would be pretty impossible so I read the entire internet front to back--haha! I'm being dramatic but I was very uncomfortable. It was so different from Theron because I only ever felt contractions with him when I was already at the hospital and after I was given pitocin. These contractions with Townes felt very similar. Around 3:30 a.m. or so I decided I would try and get some sleep in between contractions. I managed to get maybe an hour or so before the contractions woke me up again. I must've been able to sleep through some because they were coming about every 10-14 minutes. 

I was a little nervous about living so far from my hospital [over an hour!] and not knowing when the right time would be to head out. However, knowing I had another doctor's appointment on Thursday morning kept me focused. If I could just make it to the appointment and then they could tell me what to do!

We left that morning around 8 after dropping Theron off at school and took my last bump picture! 

When we got to the doctor the ultrasound tech asked how I was feeling and she decided to forego my fluid check and have the nurse practitioner check me instead. Once she did I was shocked to find out I was 4 cm dilated and nearly 100% effaced. All the ladies in the doctor's office were so happy for me and practically pushing me out to get to the hospital so I could get my epidural. 

So with that, David and I headed to our hospital [only 10 minutes from my doctor] and got checked in. 

I got my IV quite easily and waited to see how I would progress. I kept having pretty regular contractions but my water had not broke yet. So at 12:30 p.m. the in house doctor, who was very nice, came in and broke it. I was very scared of this but it turned out to be more uncomfortable than painful. He proclaimed that I was 6 cm dilated and "very stretchy". 

I wasn't in excruciating pain at this time but I knew for sure I wanted my epidural so I requested it at that time. At 1 p.m. the nurse anesthetist came in and gave me the epidural and it almost immediately kicked in. And this time around, I knew of the clicker to be able to get an extra dosage kick when/if I needed it. 

For about the next couple hours they kicked up my pitocin and I dilated pretty quickly I could tell when I was having contractions but was never in any pain. 

At 3:45 p.m. my nurse checked me and I was at a 9.5 so she decided to call my doctor. Then, at 4:15 p.m. she and another nurse came in and started preparing the room and area for go-time! 

They were joking that Dr. Hartman better hurry up because I was getting so close. We joked that we'd like to have the baby out at 4:34 p.m to have the same birth time as Theron. We had no idea just how close we would be and that if my doctor had been earlier it probably would have been on that time! 

When it was time to push, I started shaking just like I did with Theron, and was totally expecting to be pushing for almost two hours. But, much to my surprise, I only had to push through three contractions and Townes Nova made his appearance. Dare I say it but it was actually quite easy! I did end up tearing again, ugh!, but oh well! 

Fast forward to 18 days out and I am healing pretty well and am no longer super sore. I'm still pretty emotional but that is to be expected! Breastfeeding is going much better this time around and Townes gained almost all of his weight back that he lost at the hospital when we went to his first week appointment! Managing two kiddos is no walk in the park but we're all surviving! I'll have to do an update post at one month to let you all know how we're doing. :)

Thanks for reading and checking in! 



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