Leo’s Birth Story {part 2}

Thursday August 11, 2016

The day our boys met their new baby brother.

Noah was so excited to meet the baby- he immediately wanted to hold him. He plopped himself down on the bed, pointed to us and said (very seriously) “You give me that baby!!”.  He is totally smitten by him and so proud to be a big brother again! Beau was pretty excited too and loved to give him kisses and hold him. To see Leo’s video I made click here.


Our life with these boys is loud, crazy, wild and we have way too much inappropriate talk in our house-but this is our life and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. These boys and the bond they share just melt this mommas heart.


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Leo’s Birth Story {Part 1}

36 Weeks 6 days.

Just another Tuesday with the boys. We had some friends over for a playdate which is always fun, and Chipotle for lunch. Double WIN.🙂 I’d been feeling uncomfortable but that was pretty standard these days, and I’d been on my feet most the day wrangling kiddos. That night after the boys went to bed, Logan and I sat down to relax on the couch. I noticed and even mentioned to him that I was having a lot of braxton hicks contractions, but I didn’t really think too much of it. I’d been having braxton hicks since my 2nd trimester and they’d been coming more frequently.

Back-up a week to my 36 week check-up: I was dilated to a 2.5, which i’ve never really dilated to even a 1 prior to going into labor.

Wednesday, August 10th {37 Weeks}

12:30 am I woke up and realized I was still having “braxton hicks”. They continued to come as I was still laying in bed and it didn’t take me long to realize I wasn’t going to be able to go back to sleep. I woke up Logan to tell him “So this probably isn’t labor but I keep having contractions and can’t sleep, I’m going to go sit in the living room and order everything else we still need on amazon.” HA! Even though I wasn’t rushing off to the hospital yet…I knew. After a couple hours of still having contractions I decided to go ahead and pack up our bags and shower. I called my mom around 3:30/4 and told her I needed her to come over and stay with the boys. Around 4am my contractions really picked up. My contractions tend to go from slightly uncomfortable to extremely intense with no real in between. They were coming every 1-2 minutes and lasting at least 1 minute each time, some lasting so long they just kind of rolled into the next contraction with no rest in between. We loaded up as soon as my mom got here and headed to the hospital. It was 5:30 when we got checked in. This part is all such a blur because I was in so much pain, I’m not even sure I ever opened my eyes. They got me checked and I was dilated to a 6-7. They started hooking up my IV so I could get my epidural. Please get me my epidural! Seriously, once I get that going it’s such a different experience for me, and it is what I prefer. I felt like a normal person again and could actually use words again instead of the other weird noises I’d been making!

The epidural slowed my progress down quite a bit (I didn’t care, I couldn’t feel anything ;)) and I stayed at an 8 for quite some time. This turned out to be such a blessing because around this time they found out I had tested positive for the group B strep test the week before. So thankfully I was able to get in both rounds of antibiotics before delivery. If you don’t know what the strep test is, it’s completely normal and 60% of women test positive for it. However it requires antibiotics prior to delivery to help protect the baby.

I was excited to have a visit from my OB. He hasn’t been able to deliver any of my other babies and I was hopeful that he’d be available this time, and he was. YAY!

and finally…I was dilated to a 10.

It was time to meet this baby boy.

The nurses had everything prepped and ready to go. My OB came in, followed by a couple more nurses and a resident. After just a handful of pushes, he was here.

The nurse wiped him off just a bit (he was covered in vernix!) and then laid him on my chest. Such a surreal feeling when you meet your child for the first time. We stared at him and had conversations of who’s features he shared. He reminded me so much of his biggest brother, Noah, but with his own sweet little look as well.

After an hour of skin-to-skin and lots of staring at him in “aw”, we were anxious to get him weighed.

6 lbs 9 oz

20 inches long

long fingers and toes and the perfect amount of  blonde peach fuzz on his head.


I put together a video of his arrival, that I just can’t stop watching. click here to watch.

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Maternity Photos {baby #3}

My sweet friend (and photographer), Jen, is moving to Dallas so we did our photos a little earlier than the others. Thankfully, its a third baby and the belly seems to pop out the day you find out your pregnant🙂 I was 28 weeks in these photos with Baby Banister BOY #3.

So happy with these photos! They truly encompass this season in our lives. Ya know…… like a wild almost 4 year old licking my face, HA! That’s a sneak into our everyday lives and is exactly what I love for our photos to show🙂 Thanks Jen- You are the best.


Getting excited to meet this little boy and add him to our crazy crew.🙂

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Gender Reveal {baby #3}

Well I haven’t updated my blog in forever, but I wanted a way to share our gender reveal for baby #3! I love having these memories all in one place to look back on.

This time we decided not to find out the gender at our sono and instead find out with some of our closest family and friends. Thank you to all that came, you are all so special to us!

It was fun to see the baby and Noah really enjoyed being at the sono, it was hard to not find out though. I took the envelope to my sweet friend Jen (who also photographed everything). It was so hard not being able to talk to her about it for a whole 25 hours, HA!

We had family come early for sandwiches and then everyone else come a bit later for the reveal.


Jen had set up the cutest little voting station for everyone to cast their Vote for Boy or Girl.


And then to the reveal…




Special thank you to this girl below. For helping me pull this off, keeping a secret, giving us these photos that we will treasure forever, and just for being one of the best friends a girl could ask for. I love ya!


So here we are a family of soon to be 5! I’m a little outnumbered but I would’t trade these blonde hair blue eyed boys for anything.🙂


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Valentines Day 2015.

Happy Valentines Day!

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Christmas 2014.

We spent our Christmas with our families and had a wonderful time as always. I didn’t take really any pictures this year, only some video of Noah and Beau Christmas morning. Tried to enjoy the moment a little bit more.

So I’ll end this post with some pictures I took of the boys and some I had my friend Jen take for us for our Christmas card.

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Beau 5 months.

Wahoo! I am caught up on Beau!

Oooooooo my sweet little lovey Beau….I do love you so! Gosh, he is such a snuggler and happy babe. We took a little break one day while playing downstairs and had an impromptu photo shoot.🙂

It is one of my very favorite things when babies find their feet. It’s just so cute!

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That drool and blonde hair….things I want to remember  :)IMG_1628 IMG_1605

And some iPhone pics too-because thats how I take most my pics🙂


Sleep at night is still not great. Beau is waking up quite a bit, some nights are better than others. We are working on that though. We did buy a zipadeezip ( a transition swaddle). I call him my little penguin or starfish in it, haha! He really does seem to like it though.


He loves his baths! This boy can kick his legs like crazy and he loves to splash.


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You are (almost) up on all fours now and can pivot yourself around quite well. I am not ready for you to be mobile yet though, so take your time little boy!

5 month stats: 14.2 lbs (8%)

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Beau 3-4 months.

Again, trying to play catch up!

Beau 3 months(ish)


I do believe it was around 3.5 months that Beau started rolling over. IMG_3849

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I can’t even look at these pictures without laughing. He is so happy and his smile is contagious. IMG_4020

I do remember Beau regressed on his sleeping between months 3 and 4. He takes good naps and falls asleep easy, he just wakes up often at night. Still such a great and happy boy. Can’t complain🙂

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4 month Stats: 13.2lbs (6%), 25.7in long (63%), 16.7 in head circumference (69%)

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Beau 1-2 months.

I am trying to play catch up over here….Life has just been a little too busy and It’s been harder for me to sit down and update here! So now I have to try and remember everything. HA, this may end up mostly of a hodge podge of photos but it’s better than nothing! Here we go….!

Beau 1 month(ish)

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Beau seems to really enjoy eating! I was on demand nursing the first couple weeks which seemed to work well for both of us, but it got to be a little much after that. We gave him a binky and that helped SO much! He just needed to suck on something, haha! He did start going (i think) 3-4 hours at night sometime during this first month, which seemed pretty good. He was sleeping in our room in the rock N play, which we LOVE and so did he. Noah has taken to Beau really well and didn’t take him long to catch on that he was going to be around all the time. He is always asking about him and wanting to give him kisses.

6 weeks Stats: 9.9 lbs (16%), 22.6 in long (59%), 15.4 in head circumference (70%)

Beau 2 month(ish)


I do love comparison photos. Here’s my 2 little babes. They looked identical!

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Beau and his cousin Eli.

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Beau meeting his cousin Banks! They are 10 days apart.IMG_2678

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What I recall from 2 months is just enjoying my little babe! He still was sleeping a lot and giving us occasional sleepy smiles. He already seemed like such a good baby. I call him my “chill” baby quite a bit. He just seems so calm and happy!

Only 2 months old and feels like he’s always been with us.

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Noah’s 2nd birthday.

Noah is 2!!! We celebrated his birthday with friends and family. It was a mixture of all of Noah’s favorite things🙂

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