DIY Boho Wooden Frame

This was my first time ever making my own picture frame! Usually I just make a trip to the thrift store and use one I can find for a couple bucks there. I was going for a very particular look with this one, however, and I needed it to be big! So a week later I had my picture frame.

You guys, no shame if this takes you a week to make, but honestly it should be done so much quicker than that. I got so tripped up on making sure the math was correct and trying to get the glue to stick that I ended up having to re-glue this frame THREE times! So ridiculous I know! The first time I didn’t push the pieces of wood tight enough together. I tried using tape to anchor the pieces which did not hold it nearly tight enough. What ended up working was getting the heaviest books in my house, which happened to be year books, and staking them on each side of the frame and using them to push the two wood pieces together.

Wood glue has to dry for 24 hours! Wait the full 24 hours, don’t get impatient and only wait half the time and then have the frame fall apart on you…that may or may not have also happened to me…

You also don’t have to glue it. I was thinking that glue would give me a more seamless finish but nails is probably the better choice because they are a lot easier to work with. No dry time, no pushing heavy books together, and much smaller room for error. You would just need to make sure that the nails are long enough to go all the way through the width of the top piece of wood into the second piece.

Here’s what you need:

  • Wood 1 1/2 inches wide and enough length to make desired frame size
  • Wood stain or paint (I used Special Walnut 224 wood stain)
  • Wood Glue or nails
  • Saw to cut the wood. Home Depot or Lowe’s will cut the wood for you for free with purchase of the wood.
  • Sand paper

STEP ONE: First measure you wood.

If you are doing like me where the top piece of wood goes all the way to the end and the side piece nestle in between the top and bottom, here’s the math you will use

Top- length of the top wood piece + width of the wood + width of the wood piece – 1 inch. Ex. 18 + 1 1/2 + 1 1/2 – 1 = 20 inches

Side- length of wood – 1 ex. 24 – 1 = 23

I’m subtracting the inch so there is room on my frame for the picture to rest on when it’s time to attach my picture to my frame.

STEP TWO: Cut your wood

I used an electric saw but a hand saw would work just fine. If you get your wood at Home Depot or Lowe’s, definitely have them cut it to size. It will save you a lot of time.

STEP THREE: Sand your wood

I would recommend sanding the sides of your wood that will attach to the other pieces of wood really well. Try to make it as flat as possible so that the pieces match up with little to no gaps showing through. You want them to be flush together.

STEP FOUR: Stain or paint your wood

I chose to stain mine because I was going for a boho look to match the vibe in my house. Painting would also look really good and help hide the nails, if you choose to go that route. I applied my wood stain using a paper towel that way I could just throw it out after. You could also use a towel or paint brush. Let the wood dry completely before Step Five.

STEP FIVE: Attach your wood together

Like I said earlier, I used wood glue. I applied a very generous amount of glue to the parts of the wood I was attaching then I used heavy books to push the sides together for 24 hours. If you are using nails then there will be no dry time or no need to push the wood together.

THAT’S IT!! This is the simplest wood frame that I could come up with, perfect for your first project!

I’d love to see how your projects turn out! Follow me on Instagram @frommytulips and tag me in your projects!

Love,

Tay

How-to Throw a Party in a Small Space

This January, we had 27 people over in our tiny 900 square foot apartment to celebrate our little Jesse! You heard that right, 27 people! Half of which were children! We have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, dining area, and living room. Believe it or not it wasn’t as crowded or hectic as you might think!

Kyle and I love throwing parties! As fun as it is to throw a party in someone else’s space, there is something so thrilling about inviting people into your own home! Our dream home is definitely planned around the parties we would throw in it!

This party felt no different! This was the first time we had done anything like this, since we’ve always been in tiny apartments. This one has two bathrooms, however, we thought we could get away with it!

This particular event was for Jesse’s baby blessing. We first had everyone meet at our church building to watch and participate in Jesse’s blessing. Kyle gave him such a beautiful blessing. Then we had everyone come to our apartment for lunch!

I really believe everything wouldn’t have gone as smoothly if I wouldn’t have followed these few simple tips.

  1. Separate the food so not everyone is crammed in one spot. I put the main dishes on a table across from the dessert and drink table. This also made it so I didn’t have to use such big tables.
  2. If your inviting children, designated a certain spot for them. I gathered up all the toys in our house and put them in Oliver’s room so the kids wouldn’t be running around everywhere.
  3. Move unnecessary furniture out of the way. We have an ottoman and extra chairs that we moved into our bedroom so it would open up more space in the gathering areas.
  4. Open windows, turn on fans and if necessary, open doors to the outdoors. The light makes it feel bigger than it is. It also makes it feel less stuffy, with the fresh air coming in and the fans moving it around.
  5. Invest in decorations that can hang on the wall. This will keep extra space open but still allow you to accomplish a theme or add some fun “accessories” to your party!

Just because you are living in a smaller space, doesn’t mean you can’t throw an awesome party! Hope this helps!

Love,

Tay

Spring Break 2020

This week Kyle was off school, so we celebrated in our favorite way! We loaded up our car & our kids and headed to Southern California! We really wanted to try some new things and go to places we hadn’t been before since we both grew up vacationing in California!

This time we went to Carlsbad, La Jolla Cove & Ocean Beach in San Diego. Our first stop was Ocean Beach. That’s where Hodad’s is and when we are even remotely close to this place, we have to go!! On our honeymoon we were staying in Huntington and drove all the way down to San Diego just to eat these burgers! We regret nothing!!

After Hodad’s, we walked to the beach and saw a bubble show put on by their local street dweller. The bubbles were huge and Oliver was LOVING it!! Then we drove down to our hotel in Carlsbad. I had read a lot of reviews while planning this trip and that almost caused us not to go! People had written awful reviews on about ten of the hotel I looked up. Finally I just picked a hotel and didn’t read the reviews haha! It turned out great! No bugs, no weirdos, and close to the beach! I did bring Clorox wipes and cleaned and sanitized everything in the hotel just to be extra cautious with all the sickness that has been going around. We spent the rest of the day hanging out, eating snacks & watching basketball. Apparently Ollie loves watching basketball games! Who knew!

The next day was beach day and family pictures! The pictures turned out probably what you would expect from a family with two babies…only Mom and Dad were looking and paying attention. But they are cute and make for good memories. The beach was wayyyy different than we expected. We are used to going to beaches that are level with the ocean and the soft sand stretches on for miles. The beach we went to was off of a literal cliff! We had to walk down 3 flights of stairs to get to it, with a stroller mind you! When we finally got to the bottom we realized that their was hardly any sand at all but rocks and lots of them!! Oliver loved the rocks and it did make for some cool pictures but I missed my soft sand beaches! Luckily we were able to find some sand to play in.

After a good long nap for all of us back at the hotel, it was farmers market time! We always love going to farmers markets! You get to try so many new things! They had the best macaroons we’d ever had!! They also had hummus, bread, farm fresh produce, grass-fed meat, lots of international cuisine and more! We also stopped by The Goods for donuts! They were amazing! See THIS post for my full review! We had a gift card to Buffalo Wild Wings, so to save money, we went there for dinner.

Our last day we checked out of our hotel and went straight to La Jolla Cove to see the seals and sea lions! It was super cool to see sooo many of them! Kyle and Oliver got pretty close to them while Jesse and I stayed back. If you haven’t been, we highly recommend it! Just beware of the smell!! After we explored the cove, we found a beachside park and played there until it was lunch time. We ate lunch at one of our favorite local deli that we actually found on our honeymoon! After stuffing our faces, we loaded up in the car. I had to go to the bathroom so we were planning on just driving until we found one but both the boys fell asleep almost immediately after getting in the car so we decided to hit the road. I’m glad we did because they both slept until Yuma! We really wore them out!

I’m so glad we had the chance to get away! I’m already looking forward to our next trip!

Love,

Tay

The Goods Doughnuts Review

If you are in Carlsbad area and LOVE soft yeasted donuts with tons of gourmet flavors and melt in your mouth glaze, look no further!

We tried a a variety of donuts to really get a good feel for this place! We got a Nutella filled, triple berry filled, frosted sprinkle, funfetti, maple bacon, and vegan churro donut. All of them were delicious and true to their flavors! The vegan donut was more of a cake donut consistency and had a nice chew to it. The funfetti donut had actual cake on top which unfortunately dried out. That donut was probably our least favorite. Our favorite, though, was definitely the triple berry filled donut topped with powdered sugar and fresh berries!! It was sooo fresh! The berries were sweet but not too sweet. The dough was fluffy and soft. My mouth is literally watering as I write this!

This is my favorite donut shop we’ve been to so far but Kyle says he still likes City Donuts the best. City donuts are found in Newport Beach.

Check out our other food reviews HERE!

Love,

Tay

Breast Feeding vs. Bottle Feeding- the facts

** This post is only to inform you about breast feeding and bottle feeding. However you choose to feed your baby is up to you! Fed is BEST!

I have had two very different newborn experiences with either of my sons and the main reason was how they were fed. Because of this I have gained some unique insight into both bottle feeding and breast feeding.

With both my children I had planned to breast feed. I was breast fed. My older sisters and sister in law all breast fed. It wasn’t something I thought much about. And with my first, It wasn’t even something I prepared for. I think that was my first mistake! Neither of us had any idea of what the heck we were doing!

My oldest was born at 9 lbs 7 oz which is big enough for them (nurses and doctors) to be concerned about his blood sugar. He had his blood tested every few hours. Because of this we knew that his blood sugars were dropping. We tried every position/method, we even met with two different lactation specialist in the hospital and yet we still ended up having to give him the bottle before we could be discharged.

We pumped, breast fed and did formula for the first 4 months. After that we were solely using formula.

So here is what you need to know before you bottle feed.

PROS:

  • Your baby is fed! And in most cases they stay fuller longer! That means less time at night feeding them, every parents’ dream!!
  • Anyone can feed your baby! Both mom and dad can wake up with the baby at night. This helps the mom feel a lot less tied down. Getting out of the house as a new mom is soo essential, in my opinion, to good mental health.
  • It is easier to feed the baby in public.
  • There is no learning curve. If you forget the formula to water ratio, you can easily look it up.
  • It’s painless, for the most part. Loosing your milk is actually quite painful but once your milk is gone, you are pain free! It only took me two days to loose my milk and the worst of it was only the first two feedings on day one. It just feels like a lot of pressure built up.
  • You can wear anything you want! No scouring for nursing friendly clothing.

CONS:

  • Your baby is not getting any antibodies from you.
  • You have to be so prepared. I can’t tell you how many times I underestimated how much formula I would need and I was running to the store with a crying baby.
  • It’s expensive. I was using Similac and at my local grocery store it was $16.99 a jar. There are cheaper options but many were only a dollar or two cheaper. We went through about 4 jars a week on average. And that is just the formula not to mention the bottles and bottle cleaners. Some people even get drying racks and special soaps.
  • When you leave the house you have to pack a lot of supplies. Formula, bottles, water, sometimes even a bottle cleaner. And these items take up a lot of room.
  • It takes time to make the bottle. You have to heat up the water, measure out the right amount of formula and mix it all together. It is tricky to do at night in the dark and even harder when you are under the pressure of a crying baby.
  • You are cleaning bottles all the time! And if you don’t clean then right away, they stink and are pretty gross to clean!
  • Changing a baby’s diaper on formula is much different then on breast milk. After experiencing both, formula, in my opinion is much smellier.

BOTTLE HACKS:

  • Similac has a rewards program where you can get coupons and free vouchers sent to you every month. This helped so much with our formula bill! You can sign up HERE
  • Costco has the best bang for your buck when it comes to formula!
  • If you fall within the income peramiters, WIC (Women Infant and Children) will cover a lot of the cost of formula.

I am only 4 months into breast feeding but there are already so many things that I’ve learned that I had no idea about before! So here’s my pros and cons to breastfeeding.

PROS-

  • Breast milk is sooo good for your baby!Your baby gets your antibodies which helps boost their immune system and keep them healthy!
  • It’s free!
  • Your body is amazing at knowing how much your baby is eating and is able to self regulate. This is so crazy to me! I love the thought of never running out of milk.
  • You never have to prepare to leave the house. You just take your baby and your boobs with you!
  • There is little to no clean up. No cleaning bottles ever.
  • You never have to warm up milk or measure formula.
  • If you want to do bottles you still can by pumping. Best of both worlds.
  • You get more skin to skin contact with your baby.
  • Your uterus contracts back a lot faster! In the hospital after my second baby was born I had hard core contractions every time I nursed. I never experienced this with my first. My stomach shrunk down so much faster and I am loosing weight so much faster with my second baby.
  • Your recovery goes a lot smoother and faster. I am not sure if this is the case for everyone but it definitely was for me! With my first it took so much longer for me to stop bleeding and I had a lot of other complications. With my second I have recovered so much better and I believe it is because of breastfeeding.
  • It makes you to slow down. This honestly can happen with bottle feeding and breast feeding but I feel like for me it has definitely been a lot more with breast feeding. This is probably why I have recovered so fast as well. I have to sit down to breast feed and guess what? Babies eat a lot so you are spending a lot of time sitting down, taking it easy. When I bottle fed I was up a lot making bottles and cleaning bottles. I could feed him standing up or strolling around Target. And I did a lot because why not?

CONS-

  • No one else can feed your baby, that is if you decide not to pump. And let me tell you, nothing makes you feel more like a cow milk machine than pumping.
  • It hurts!! This I didn’t expect. For the first 10 days of breastfeeding I had literal blood blisters on my nipples. I would try to hold him off from feeding for as long as I could and I could grit my teeth every time he would latch. It was painful and not because he wasn’t latched correctly. THIS CREAM was my saving grace and helped me heal.
  • There is a bit of a learning curve! I mentioned earlier there are different positions and you have to find the one that works for you and your baby. I did a lot of reading before breastfeeding and THIS was my favorite book.
  • Your milk can leak. I use THESE breast pads and I like them the best of all the ones I have tried. I’ve never leaked through my shirt while wearing these and I wear them every day.
  • You have to wear a certain bra. My favorite nursing bra is THIS one from Target. It’s super comfortable and doesn’t stick out of my clothing.
  • You have to adjust your wardrobe. I am the type that wears dresses almost every day and almost all of my dresses are not nurse friendly. If you are a jeans and T-shirt girl, you should have no problem adjusting.

BF HACKS-

  • If your nipples hurt put lanolin cream on before and after each feeding. It also helps to change baby’s position each feeding.
  • Never wash your nipples with soap, it will make them dry.
  • Get a boppy!! This little pillow makes breastfeeding soo much more comfortable. Get it HERE

I really tried to make this post as neutral as possible because I know how difficult is it figuring out what method is best for you and your baby. These are the things I wish I had known going into to both of them. I hope they help you feel more prepared. The best piece of advice I can give, though, is for YOU to decide what’s best for your baby. Don’t let anyone pressure you into doing one way or the other. You know what’s best.

Happy feeding!

Love,

Tay

Leprechaun Bait

We love celebrating holidays in this family! Especially those random food holidays that make the perfect excuse to eat out!

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to make some special treats with my favorite little helper! If your toddler is anything like mine, they are literally ALWAYS hungry. I spend a lot of my day looking through the fridge and the pantry trying to find something that will keep him full and take longer than five seconds to consume. Combining a fun activity with a yummy treat is always a win win in my book!

One night I was laying in bed when I had a mom epiphany, a momphany if you will. Basically an idea that is sheer motherhood GOLD! It was a trail mix of sorts with fun treats that I don’t normally buy. I could make it St. Patrick’s Day themed, put it together with my kids and then we could use this treat for another activity on top of it all!

At this point I’m feeling like a real genius! I consult my favorite group chat to get the validation I need and to come up with a name! Basically the chat consists of my sisters, sister in law, & mama. You know, my best girls. That’s when Leprechaun Bait came to be.

This treat is easy to make and even easier to eat! My sons and I made a little indoor picnic when we snacked on it. You could take on the go, to the park, or just eat it at the kitchen table. Because this special treat is designed to catch our leprechaun friends, you could set it out and have it be eaten the next morning or you could hide leprechaun cut outs around your house for your kids to find! Like THESE PRINTABLES! The possibilities are endless!

Any of the ingredients can be substituted for things your child might like better. Here is what you need to make this delectable treat:

  • Pistachios
  • Teddy Grahams
  • Craisins
  • White Chocolate Chips
  • Rainbow Marshmallows

It’s a really flexible recipe! Add in however much you want, mix it together, and enjoy hunting those leprechauns!

Love,

Tay

First Cold of the Season

This week our little J hit two weeks, did tummy time for the FIRST TIME, his cord fell off, he got circumcised aaaaand he got his FIRST cold. What a week to be alive, huh?

Oliver never got sick as a newborn, actually in general. This might be his second cold he has ever had. So this was totally new territory for me and it was terrifying. My days were spent taking Jesse’s temperature every hour and cluster feeding him. My nights were spent with those blue snot suckers doing their job to help him breath while on his back. Most of the time I had to hold him.

Our sleep…my sleep, was basically non existent all week. I am honestly truly amazed at how much a person can actually function while running on no sleep. Obviously I did not attempt to drive or even leave the house. And to be totally honest, I’m pretty sure I didn’t even take my hair down from it’s messy bun for 3 or 4 days! I did brush my teeth, though! As well as keep 3 humans alive! So I call that a win!

Having a baby in the winter is so stressful! Having a baby during the winter holidays, well that’s next level. Not only do you have to worry about all the germs and cold and flu viruses running ramped but you also have deal with the crowds of people out shopping. And if you are anything like me, you’ve been waiting for these hectic months for months. All the shopping, lights, and Christmas parties sing out your name but you know it’s not a good idea so here you sit, quarantined in your house. Letting it all pass you by.

Okay rant over. I’m getting a little dramatic, my new mom hormones are making their debut!

So here are the positives! My recovery has been UH-MAZING due to all this down time! I have gotten to snuggle with my boys and watch lots of Christmas movies. We have baked and decorated tons of sugar cookies! My hubby has gotten lots of time off of school due to the holidays! Family has been coming into town, which means more help with the baby! There are so many pros. It’s easy to get caught up in the “can’ts.” I’m remembering, though, that this stage is sooo short.

So here’s to wishing cold & flu season wasn’t a thing! And to snuggling babies!

Love,

Tay

New Family Tradition

I think it’s really easy especially around the holidays to get stressed and really busy and just let time get away from you. Kyle and I didn’t want our holidays to end up that way. As a parent we have this amazing opportunity to create magic for our kids but more important than that, to give them a sense of identity and belonging. Traditions are a great way to do that.

My family traditions growing up looked different throughout the years but the foundation always stayed the same. We always decorated our tree as a family. Sometimes it was a real tree and sometimes it was fake. We always served together. I remember making fruit baskets for our neighbors in need or spending hours making or thinking about the perfect gift for my sibling. These traditions brought me so close to my family and created such a safe place for me. My siblings and parents are some of my best friends and people I am excited to be around!

Kyle and I wanted that for our kids. This year we decided one of our tradition would be going out and doing something fun and festive as a family. This year it looked like picking out a Christmas tree, getting hot chocolate and donuts. We went to three different lots looking for the perfect tree…and the most well priced 😉. Oliver loves running through the trees and touching everything! It was hard to get him to leave! After the second lot we stopped by Bosa Donuts, a local favorite, to distract Oliver from the fact that we had one more lot to look at!

I’ll admit there was whining and people getting upset, but I would do it again and again because when I look back on that day I remember the excitement on Oliver’s face when we brought in our real Christmas tree. Or how happy he was that he got to pick out his own donut. Even the excitement and love I felt to spend undivided time with the people I love most.

This year we also drove through different neighborhoods looking at Christmas lights and listening to Christmas music! It was a blast and Ollie loved it!

Kyle and I talked about a lot of other things that we are going to do as the boys get older. I’m so excited! I’m a big advocate for living intentionally and parenting intentionally because of the importance that everyday brings.

One day my boys will look back on Christmas and when they do I hope it makes them so happy and reminds them of being together as a family and being a little more Christlike.

Xo,

Tay

4 ways to get your toddler ready for a new baby!

We got asked A LOT while I was pregnant with Jesse, if Oliver was prepared. I couldn’t really answer the question until Jesse was born and now that he is here the answer is YES! It didn’t just happen though. We prepped Ollie everyday. And because of that, our little boys are adjusting quite nicely. I have these 4 simple tips to thank!

1. Talk about the baby. This one might seem obvious but it’s so important. Make the baby a part of the family and daily conversation before they arrive. With Oliver, this was easy to do once my belly started to really pop. We would show him where the baby was and then ask him to point to the baby multiple times a day. My husband and I would include Ollie in our conversations about the baby’s name. We asked what he thought the baby’s name would be and asked him when he thought the baby would come.

2. Show them what a baby looks like. Lucky for us, both my sisters had babies right before us! We went and visited them a few weeks after they were born and it was a great way to introduce Oliver to what a baby looks like and what they do. He was so cute when we showed him the babies, the rest of the day he would point to them and say, “baby!” We knew he was starting to understand. We also ready books and watched TV shows that had babies in them and be sure to always point out the baby. Soon enough he started pointing out the babies all on his own.

3. Let them know the game plan. When it was getting closer to the baby’s due date, we started talking to Ollie about where mom and dad would go when the baby was born and where he would go. We made sure he had a go bag ready of all the things that he would need but also things he was familiar with like his favorite books.

4. A gift from the baby. I wasn’t sure about this one when I first heard it but I thought we would try it! At 37 weeks I went to Target a picked up a little hot wheels car for Ollie from the baby. We didn’t wrap it or anything special, we just gave it to Ollie when we got home from the hospital with the baby. He really liked the car! I think this idea works a little bit better with older children. Since Oliver is only 19 months, he didn’t quite understand what a gift was.

I couldn’t have imagined a better transition, and I have these tips and months of preparation to thank! Oliver has accepted this new baby, is “soft” with him, and wants to interact with him. Every time Jesse makes a noise, Oliver will say, “BABY!” We let Oliver interact with the baby by giving him high fives and pointing to where his nose is! With supervision of course! We don’t let the boys be alone together but we also don’t try and keep them apart. We want them to be familiar with each other and to be close!

I think it’s also important to add that when you go from one kid to two, the spread of your attention is CRUCIAL! Your sweet little toddler has been the center of your universe their entire life and now, all of a sudden, they are not the only one needing your attention. Newborns take a lot of attention but I really believe involving your toddler can make the attention spread more evenly. Sometimes I’ll have Ollie hand me the wipes when I’m changing Jesse’s diaper or he will sit next to me when Jesse is eating.

Is there a tip that I missed? Leave a comment and let me know! How did you prepare your kids for another one?

Xo,

Tay

Jesse’s Birth Story

This past week we welcomed our second child into the world! I was 40 weeks and 1 day when he was born and at that point, I didn’t think he would be coming anytime soon!

At 36 weeks I was dilated to 2.5 centimeters. The following week I had tons of contractions 5 minutes apart for an hour. We went into the hospital thinking little man was on his way only to have the contractions stop dead in there tracks minutes after arriving. Nice trick! The next day I have a doctors appointment and I had progressed to a 3. I thought FOR SURE that he would be here any day. Little did I know that I would sit at that three with no progress for 3 more weeks.

I continued to contract 3-4 times an hour for those three weeks. I was exhausted. At 38 weeks, Kyle started a week of final exams. I tried to do the bare minimum because I did not want to go into labor while he was in a test. And of course, since I was contracting and already at a 3, I kept everyone on high alert. Every time I would call my mom she would say, “is it time??”

That Friday Kyle finished his last test and I was ready to have the baby! That day I pushed Ollie around two separate grocery stores determined to get those darn contractions closer together. All I really did was cramp up my back and make my feet swell up.

At 39 weeks I bought an exercise ball and would bounce and bounce for hours during the day. I started taking raspberry leaf tea and went out everyday walking. Kyle would be out of school for the next 3 weeks so it was perfect timing to have a baby! But our little baby was not seeming to understand that! We went out to eat a lot this week. We went grocery shopping and stocked up our whole fridge with easy meals because of course the baby would be here this week. NOPE! I wasn’t able to meet with my doctor so I had to see the PA. I was so mad about it. I had her strip my membranes and schedule an induction date for my due date. A couple days later I get a call from the induction scheduler saying that the hospital was full and I could be induced that week and the next week my doctor was going out of town so if I were to be induced it would have to be by a different doctor. That did not help my mental situation. The plan was always to go into labor naturally but I was starting to feel so desperate. It’s funny how the last month of pregnancy can do that to you. I hadn’t even it my due date yet.

By 40 weeks I had had it! I hit my due date on a Monday and had a doctor’s appointment that afternoon. My mom was more hopeful than I, and came down to watch Oliver while ky and I went to the appointment. She was sure there would be good news. Well still no progression! But Kyle and I did get to have a little date afterward which was really nice! Ky and I stayed up til 11ish watching Smallville, our new favorite show, before going to bed that night.

At 1 am I woke up with both my hips throbbing and some pretty hard contractions. They were still too far apart but the pain was bad that I decided to take a bath to help me relax. I was still having them in the bath. I got out about 1:45 am and laid in bed scrolling through different social media platforms to try and get my mind off of the contractions, that were still hard but not close enough yet. I thought for sure this was going to be it because they had never been this hard before. At 3 am my phone started ringing. It was an unknown number and who would even be calling me at this hour? So I didn’t answer. They called 2 more times and finally left a message. It was the hospital saying they had a spot open up to be induced tonight but I had to be in by 4 am. Thinking I was already in labor and not wanting to risk being sent home, I said we would be there! I called my parents and they said they would be in there way to watch Oliver.

They got to our house a little before 4 am. Luckily we live 5 minutes from the hospital and the car was already loaded! We got admitted at about 4:30 am. I was still contracting and they were getting closer. The nurse checked me at 5 am after getting my situated and I was already at a 4.5! I knew I was in labor! By 6:45 am they started me on pitocin and I asked for the epidural.

The anesthesiologist came in about a half hour later and placed my epidural. I don’t remember it being so painful with Oliver! I asked for a small dose so that I could still feel my legs. With Oliver I was so numb I couldn’t feel anything and it made pushing soooo difficult.

I started to feel really nauseous at this point and started puking. My nurse gave me some medicine to help with the nausea. I then turned over onto my left side and use the peanut ball to get comfortable. I was so exhausted and the epidural was working great so I decided to take a nap. An hour later I woke up shaking so much! I started to feel some pressure and knew it was about time to start pushing. I asked the nurse to check me. She did and I was at a ten and it was about time!! I couldn’t believe it!! They called my doctor and he was headed over!

At this point it was about 8:25am. My doctor arrived about 10 minutes later and they started preparing the bed and get the right gear on. A few more nurses came in. I was still shaking pretty hard and Kyle was by my side helping me. I was so ready to push. I asked the nurse if I could start while everyone was still getting situated and she said I could. They kept saying I shouldn’t feel any pain just pressure. And that was true but the pressure was painful. Haha I don’t know how to describe it because it was like shooting pain or anything of the sort. It was definitely pressure but it was so intense I just kept saying “oh my gosh!! Ohhhh my gosh!” I pushed so hard, I didn’t want to stop because the pressure was so great! I remember my doctor kept asking if I could feel anything and I kept saying no which is so strange when I look back because I totally could feel him touching me. Haha! All the nurses and my doctor gave me the funniest, most concerned looks because of my reaction!

Then my doctor said, “one more push and he is here!” And he was! I pushed him out in about 10 minutes! He was born at 8:55 am November 19th, 2019. I had never seen a baby so purple in my life when they put him on me. The nurse didn’t let him stay long and quickly put him on the respirator. It felt like forever waiting for him to come back. He was on the respirator for 45 seconds. Then they weighed him and measured him before he finally came back to me. He weighed in at a whopping 9 lbs 10 oz and 22 1/2 inches long! We make BIG BABIES!!

He was perfect! He is perfect! 20 minutes after he finally came back to me, we tried breast feeding. He latched on like a champ and ate for an hour! It was my dream come true!

His labor and delivery was different than I expected but everything I could’ve hoped for! We love our little Jesse so much!

Xoxo,

Tay