The First Two Weeks

The time flew by quickly as time often does during a transition phase of life. One second we were packing up our things in the hospital and putting Hudson in her car seat to go home, the next minute both of our moms had come to visit and then returned to their homes again.

I’m a big believer in getting out of the house once a day — so starting with that first official night home from the hospital we ventured out for dinner with Avery and Trever along to help. We caught up over nachos at Costa Vida on how Paityn did spending the night with them, learning that she woke up multiple times crying for the baby (having seen Hudson the day before when they came to visit us in the hospital.) We got our turn the next few nights as she did the same — waking up just whimpering for the baby.

Pink eye had (of course) decided to land in both of her eyes the day we brought Hudson home so Landon would curl up with Paityn helping her fall asleep safely away from the little one.

By then my sweet mom had flown in from Alaska and was able to help with the 24 hour quarantine phase, and we got right back to little outings every day. The mall one day to grab a nursing friendly dress, grocery shopping and or the park another day. Landon was back to work a week after Hudson was born, but those six days together meant so much to me and our relationship. I can’t tell you how much my love for him grew in that short amount of time.

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One of my favorite nights with him was the night that Utah got hit with a random/freak windstorm. Without any real plans for the evening — my mom spending the night with her sisters, we packed the girls in the car and went for a drive. I hope I’ll be able to remember those sweet emotions forever. The simple but strong love in the air as we turned on some music and drove North and then up the canyon. Nothing to talk about we joked and laughed and held hands and watched the clouds close in on us, the sky becoming rusty colored and dark. Then up the canyon we went, the clouds parting revealing peaks of brighter sky and the ground showing off some of winter’s snow. I accidentally also fell even more in love with Utah that night and vowed to never leave.

At some point we headed off to Pizzeria Limone to share a pizza and diet coke as the storm intensified in wind and rain. Paityn was the happiest camper, having finally gotten her first nap for the day on the drive. Again we ate and laughed, and I nursed Hudson for the first time in public. We got kind smiles from strangers in the restaurant who were sitting out the storm, the kind of smiles that somehow reassure every decision that led up to where you are now.

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There were a few days in these first two weeks that weren’t quite as romantic and lovely. Paityn’s struggle to fall asleep without Landon near by kept up long after the pink eye was gone. I saw a jealous side of her for the first time during a random nursing session, and then saw it again and again. It’s hard when I just have one lap but two babies that want to (or one that needs to) be on it. Speaking of we can’t forget the days of counting down from ten and closing my eyes tightly every time Hudson would latch on, and wondering if that dang Lansinoh was even doing anything. But looking back if my biggest pain postpartum has really nothing to do with being postpartum or from labor, then that’s probably something to celebrate. After a day or two of ibuprofen after coming home from the hospital I was really feeling great. Huzzah!IMG_0824

Now that this pregnancy has come to an end, I feel surprised at how complete our family feels now and how uninterested I feel towards the idea of pregnancy again. Which is totally ok! I have a sweet little daughter to get to know and fall in love with, and a two-year old who suddenly seems years older to me. Big sister looks good on her.

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a Weekend In Idaho

This past weekend we headed over to Idaho to visit my brother Kyle and his cute wife and son Riddick. When we moved away to California a few years ago I felt bad that we hadn’t made more of an effort to see them — feeling like they were so far away, when in reality they were a 3 hour drive away, and that once in California they’d be 12+ hours away. So once we planned to move back to UT I thought hooray! a second chance at not sucking at visiting family. And then before we knew it and it was March and we hadn’t seen them yet. *womp womp*

I take that back, they drove out to see us the second week that we’d moved in! So by “we hadn’t seen them yet” I meant, we hadn’t made the effort to go see them in ID yet. So learn from us! If you have family or friends within a 5 hour radius schedule in a time to see them in the next month. I promise it’s a shorter drive than you think.

Paityn and I drove up to Salt Lake to meet Landon at his office which in of itself was a victory. Once of my goals last year was to become more comfortable with driving, so let me just, ah, pat myself on the back.

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We got in to Rexburg later Friday night than we’d expected — totally our fault with taking too long with “just a few short stops” in Salt Lake  before we hit the road. But Saturday we woke up ready to party. Kyle and Heather fixed us up a tasty breakfast then we all got ready and headed up to Idaho Falls. My favorite part of day was watching Paityn and Riddick run around near the Idaho Falls Greenbelt, feeding the ducks, and running after the geese. Which I’ll admit it, freaked me out.

Later that evening after the babies had a chance to take a nap we went to check out the BYU Idaho campus where Kyle and Heather met.

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That night, after some pizza we grabbed Big Hero 6 which Landon was so stoked to watch. Not exactly my cup of tea, don’t hate me! But he and Paityn were happy as can be with how it went. In the morning we got to go to church together then hit the road by early afternoon to head back home. It was so nice to see them again, and to feel like with each time we see them, or any part of the family — that those relationships are strengthened. I’m ready to make time with family + getting out on adventures here in Utah such a larger priority this Spring and Summer. My bucket list is growing.



 

Hump Day Highlights

Happy Hump Day! I am so excited to announce that I have teamed up with a group of bloggers to share our weekly “Hump Day Highlights”. Each Wednesday we will list some things or moments from the past week that we are loving.

Your weekly hosts are myself, MistyAprilShannonAmandaDanicaAmy ++ Kaitlyn. We would love for you to add your post to our link up of the things you are loving this week, too. And please spread the love by following the other blogs in the link up/commenting on their posts. This is such a great way to meet like-minded mamas and broaden our community. I hope you link up and follow along!

First things first: we got to celebrate Landon’s birthday yesterday! Man I love this guy. This adventure loving man of mine turned 28, which I can’t help but think sounds like the best age ever. There’s a good chance it has to do with the fact that I love even numbers. Either way I am so incredibly excited for another year together and to see what this year brings. So far it’s looking like it may involve a photography business on the side, a possible trip to France, lots of running, adventures, and who knows what else!

IMG_3750Next, I’m 35 weeks pregnant, and 35 rounds up to 40, so I’m telling myself we’re almost there. I discovered the beauty of Tums for the first time in my life and heartburn is no longer getting me down. Trying to get comfortable at night is though, as well as pregosomnia like you wouldn’t believe. Luckily Paityn still believes in sleeping till late morning, so it all usually works out.

We’ve started getting things for this little girl in the mail –everything from a double stroller that I can’t wait to share about (and have both girls in) to little mitts for the newborn scratch your face phase of life. Week by week I feel more and more ready to meet her.

My last favorite thing is the return of the warm summer sun.IMG_9651

Ok ok, it’s just barely March, and we could have another snowstorm at any time. But the sun’s rays feel strong again, and I can just feel my mood lightening every time we’re outside. We’re breaking out the summer sandals and welcoming the change of seasons with welcome arms! Well, Paityn and I are. Poor Landon’s still waiting for a real winter.



Now your turn — what are some of your favorite moments or things this week?

Hump Day Linkup

Sisters Tag //

How old are you? 
Kyra: 24
Kelsey: 17
Kyrsten: 15

Describe each other in one word?
Describe Kyra: Generous. Bubbly.
Describe Kelsey: Silly. Sarcastic.
Describe Kyrsten: Timid. Spirited.

Do people ever get you mixed up?
Haha no. Except for one High School science teacher has a bad habit of calling Kelsey, Kyra.

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Favorite memory together?
Getting to feel the new baby kick.
This past summer when we got to spend a week together in California/spent the week by the pool.
That one time we had to crawl out the downstairs window when we were home alone, call the cops, and ended up on Alaska State Troopers…

Guess each others favorite singer?
Kyra: “Weird indie music, but not like popular indie music.”
Kelsey: “Not country! Josh Groban? No! Demi Lovato.”
Kyrsten: “Selena Gomez. Zella Day. Everything on the radio.”

Who takes the longest to get ready?
“Kyra. No, Kyrsten! Once you started having to get Paityn ready you got better about getting out the door. Kyrsten however, you take forever to get out the door.”

Favorite animal? [Spirit Animal?]
Kyra: Giraffes, duh.
Kelsey: Squirrel. Because I’m nervous and jumpy.
Kyrsten: Kittens, Dolphins. No. I’m over dolphins. Pandas? Hold on. Let me think.

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If your house was burning down, and your entire family was sure to be okay, what would you save and why?

Kyra: The computer with all of our photos.
Kelsey: All my books! One by one.
Kyrsten: My blanket from when I was a babe. Jingle Bear.

Favorite movie?
Kyra: Across the Universe + Les Miserables.
Kelsey: The Great Gatsby.
Kyrsten: Easy A. Monte Carlo. If I Stay.

What is something weird that your sister eats?
About Kyra: “Oh gosh. Tuna.”
About Kelsey: “Salt, on everything. Literally.”
About Kyrsten: “Taquitos dipped in Chili.”

Dream Job?
Kyra: Lululemon HQ in Vancouver BC. Professional Breastfeeder. Sponsored Athlete.
Kelsey: Librarian of Congress. Some sort of FBI brain analyst. Paid mermaid.
Kyrsten: Helping animals.

And finally, your favorite part about Christmas?
Kyra: Sugar cookies. Fudge. English toffee.
Kelsey: Presents.
Kyrsten: Cheese Potatoes. No seminary for 2 weeks. Christmas Lights.



Christmas Morning!

Now that I’m an adult, nothing is sweeter than getting to sleep in (and take a shower!) before starting Christmas Morning festivities. Compound that with a daughter who’s still a little confused about the time change and wants to wake up at 5:30am (oof!) and I couldn’t have been happier to take my time getting ready.

Spoiler alert, I wasn’t born in 1997. But my cute little sister was.

IMG_0396 IMG_0413Though I’ve gotten to see my family since, I haven’t been home in FOUR years. Oh this feels good to be back, and with my two favorite buddies. 
IMG_0432 IMG_0433 IMG_0451It doesn’t take much to make this girl’s day, but almond milk does it every time. And Santa. Santa and almond milk is killing it this month. IMG_0487IMG_0496IMG_0492 IMG_0498 IMG_0506

I can’t forget her new baby. She is such a mom to her. I being the awesome mom in this relationship already lost the doll’s bottle, so my parents swooped in and saved the day. 
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Merry Christmas you guys! I hope you had a beautiful morning, wherever you are. We’ll be enjoying presents, cheese ball + Joel the Lump of Coal till the sun goes down. Which is 2:43pm today, in case you were wondering.

xx

A Surprise Trip Home to Alaska

Surprise! We didn’t go to California for the holidays, and truth be told, that wasn’t ever the plan. The real plan I had to keep quiet for a few months now, with the help of my mom, to surprise my sisters and dad. Which was harder than I thought.

The closer the trip got I knew there was something we had to get through first — 6+ hours on the plane with our toddler. More than once I lamented the fact that I wasn’t still nursing. I mean, how easy would that be? It sure made flying with Paityn when she was 4 months easy. But I’m not, so this go round we had to get a little more creative, while still relying on food as a distraction. Obviously.

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What We Packed

I researched a bit online of tips and tricks and things that are OK to take on the plane with your toddler, and then relied on what we hoped Paityn would love to fill in the rest.

Knowing we’d need to pack winter clothes we checked two bags leaving room in our carry on to include only things we’d need as we traveled. We brought with us a backpack filled with snacks, a few baby food pouches that TSA thankfully cleared, an empty sippy cup, a book full of stickers and Skullcandy headphones that fit Paityn on the smallest setting and when worn backwards. We also downloaded a handful of Daniel Tiger episodes from iTunes to our phones — which is just her jam. Then in our hands we carried her favorite baby and stuffed bear, blanket and the Ergo.

Our Experience
Wednesday morning we woke early to get ready, grab last minute things and right before we left Landon gave Paityn a sweet blessing to help her be comfortable and calm as we traveled on one of the busiest days of the year. Then off we went to my aunt’s house who had saved the day earlier that week and offered to take us to the airport.

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From the start of our traveling experience till the end things went as ideal as I could’ve ever imagined. Getting through security was an absolute breeze — we didn’t even have to take our shoes off! We had the perfect amount of time to grab breakfast and some juice to fill up her cup. We resisted boarding early to minimize the time Paityn had to be stuck in a seat on the plane. When we did board we amazingly found that our trick of booking the window and aisle seat worked — no one had booked the seat in-between us. Do I get to call this a Christmas Miracle?

IMG_6672Our layover in Seattle was only an hour or so, but Paityn was spent, having not napped yet. She totally kept it together, but got a little weird. Running around with her tongue out and spinning in circles weird. We just went with it as best we could. Except for those few minutes where I was walking back to our terminal carrying lunch in my arms and she decided to sprawl out on the busy walkway floor and fuss. That was a little stressful.

Our Seattle to Fairbanks flight was my largest concern, it’s a solid 4 hours and even makes me antsy. Luckily Paityn passed out in Landon’s arms after take off (and after sticking stickers all up and down her arm) and stayed out for the next two hours. She spent the next two happily watching Daniel Tiger on our laps, having some snacks and just hanging out. Have I mentioned it just went ideal? We were so spoiled.

We touched down in Fairbanks a little before 4:30pm and were welcomed by pitch black outside and my mama waiting for us downstairs! On the short drive over we made a game plan of how to surprise my dad and sister — we decided on setting Paityn on our porch right outside the door, dinging the doorbell then running to hide. From around the corner we got to watch my dad turn on the porch light, open the door, and find Paityn just standing waiting on the other side. So sweet!

I can’t tell you how good it feels to be home. We’re enjoying an easy Christmas Eve all together, which is just what I hoped for. I’m calling this trip a success so far! But have to make this trip again in another 7 days, so if you have any extra tips, please feel free to leave them in the comments below!

xx