Friday, August 31, 2012

one month


I can't believe it's been a month since Nora was born.
At the same time, though, I hardly remember what life was like without her.


We are all taking turns falling in love with her.
Ruby isn't the slightest, least bit jealous and it's just precious. I think it's because she was at an age that she was able to understand how cool it is to be a big sister, and that the bigness of momma's belly is actually a baby that's going to come out and be hers to play with.

All day long you'll hear Ruby say "hi sugar booger!" to her sister and sing over and over and over "nor nor nor, nor nor nor nora"



My friend Leslie got us these monthly stickers for Nora's whole first year and I have to say, I think it's one of the most creative gifts we've ever gotten. Such a great gift idea. (I think she got them off Etsy if you're wondering...Buddha Bellies is the shop name)



Nora Truth, you are a month old today!

-you were born into a nickname-giving family. You'll probably only actually be called Nora a handful of times in your life. So far, the main one is Nor Nor Gabor (given to you by your father).

-you are getting chubbier and chubbier. Right around 10 lbs. In size 1 diapers.

-you eat a lot and you spit up a lot. We've kind of gotten used to it, but we're not accepting it! we pray over your little body often that it will all line up and eating will be a pleasant experience for you where you don't have to barf each time! You really don't see to mind though?

-you sleep with us, and I assume all of our babies will.

-you only wake up like 3 times during the night to be fed, so that's not too bad.

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I'm back to work and let me tell you: it is hard.
I really think it's because I 1) work out of my home so I never get away
and 2) have a physically laboring job
that makes it so hard on me.
I accidentally double booked myself because a client texted me to put her down and I got it at a time that I'm sure both girls needed me and I totally forgot to write it down. Sigh. I kind of feel like I'm stretching myself too thin.
But I also know that seasons come and go, and this is just for a season, and so long as I rely on the power of the Holy Spirit, I will make it through.

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So thankful to everyone that wrote and wanted to keep up with us. I kind of feel like we're all at a fun invitation-only party and I actually know who is reading now! It's cool.
Anyways, here's to this amazingly fun, big, and challenging stage of life Kevin and I have entered into. We are so excited and so honored to get to be where we are, doing what we're doing.



Monday, August 27, 2012

going private - need your emails

As you can see from my last post, I debated going private or not and after letting the blog lie dormant for a week or so I decided to go ahead and make it private.

Please leave your email address in the comments, or if you'd rather, send me your email addresses if you are interested in being on the reading list.

jessicaikiehn at gmail dot com
(don't forget that little "i" in between jessica and kiehn!)

Although I can't promise I'll have tons of posts for you to read. I mean, who has time to blog while poop-training a toddler (she's got the potty part down pat), nursing a baby who eats non-stop and spits up non-stop (she's as chubby as can be, so I'm not worried about the nutrition side, but still), running a business and pleasing clients, assessing the pantry and grocery shopping, planning and making meals, washing and folding laundry, and helping her husband with ministry and making sure to get with people as often as possible?

I need to actually TAKE pictures, much less load them and write about them!

I'll get there:) I'm just in the adjustment stage.

I weighed me and Nora today (she's 10lbs!) and I am still up 10 pounds from the pregnancy. Lost 10, 10 to go. So now I suppose at some point I'll need to add "exercise" to that list of things I've already got on my plate.

Sigh. Moms are awesome.
Let it be known.

comment or email me to keep up with the Kiehns!

Monday, August 20, 2012

protecting my family

Due to some very upsetting news, I'm thinking of setting this blog to private.
You can check on your blogs statistics to see where your traffic comes from. Since I never ever do this I forgot about that option. I was on here the other night and happened to look at it.
And I found that somehow our little family blog, that is meant for memories and goodness, is linked to a pornography website. Photos of me and my family.

It could be a mistake, who knows, but I checked again today and there have been 4 more "hits" or people that have been on that site, and then came to ours.

That is completely unacceptable.

I've set my blog to private before, only to put it back on public because I feel like this is just as much a memory keeper as it is a place for me to get to share what God is doing in mine and my family's life. I think "if it can be a witness to even one person, then it's my joy to do so."
But my goodness...at what cost?

Just the other night Kevin and I had a talk about not being so shallow-end of the pool. Not being so "PC" and staying where everyone else is staying...just talking about "la la la, this is what we did today, here's a picture of it". We live in the 21st century, and part of that is the internet and it's resources. As Kingdom people, we could totally utilize that as a tool to spread the truth in a world of lots and lots of lies.
But again...at what cost?
When you put something deeper and special to you out there and it gets perverted and twisted into something it was never meant to be? (I'm fairly certain it was photos from the birth)
Kind of feels like "yeah, that's what happens when you go to something of the world and expect God to move through it because you thought it was a good idea".

I kind of have this theory. That maybe you're really only supposed to cultivate relationships with the people you know in real life. Because it's real life. Otherwise you spend your time trying to so hard to make something work that really wasn't meant to work. And risking your family's privacy in the midst of it.

So for now....I'm just going to let it lie for a little bit and pray about it. I've deleted the birth post. I don't want to be back and forth, but the fact of the matter is that Yahweh is a Spirit, and He's speaking everyday, and sometimes a season calls for one response, and another season calls for another. So I'm doing my part to be obedient in this season.

Friday, August 17, 2012

twins + home birth answers


Kevin and his identical twin.
Her looks really have changed since this picture (crazy how fast it all goes) but she is still a spitting image of her Daddy.
Which is fine by me, 'cause I think Kevin is pretty darn cute.


I received several questions about the home birth post and I thought I'd answer them on here:

*first I want to say...the birth you choose is a personal conviction and a personal decision. There is no reason to feel less than or better than because of your birth story compared to another. If none of your births turned out the way you wanted...that's okay. It's over now and there's nothing you can do about it. But you have your babies here! That's what really matters. Healthy, happy babies.*

Will you have more kids? Absolutely.


Why do you think it was so intense? This is interesting. Our second midwife Lucy came over the other day to fill out and have us sign the papers for the birth certificate and we got to talking about the birth. She said she learned a lot from my birth and she thinks my labor was so intense because they had given me every labor-inducing herb out there. She said it was basically like I had pitocin again. Lovely! She personally had 3 of her babies at home and she said the very worst labor was the one where the midwife gave her Black and Blue Cohosh, which are herbs that makes the uterus contract and release. I laughed because that was just ONE of the many, many herbs I took to get my labor going.

Lesson learned: next time I'm doing no labor-inducing herbs. Elizabeth always says "when the fruit is ripe, it falls off the tree." In other words - leave it alone. The baby will come when my body and the baby is ready.

I also don't think I want to get checked to see my dilation/progression next time because it just messed with me mentally. The world stopped and stood still for almost 5 days because I was told I was in labor, when, if I had no idea where I was dilation-wise, I would have gone about my life and just called on Tuesday morning when the real labor started.


Will you do home birth again? Yep. As painful as it was, it was amazing.
The truth is: birth hurts.
And your options are
-c-section in the hospital. No pain when the baby is being taken out, but SERIOUS recovery. I mean, that's a major surgery.
-hospital birth with epidural and pitocin. Doesn't hurt too bad in the actual labor and delivery but it beats the tar out of your body. Since you're numb to the pain and laying on your back (worst position to birth a baby ever!) and pushing when they tell you to, you have no idea how hard you're pushing your body- you can't feel it. You can't feel when to ease off and breathe or rest for a bit. It's a brutal combination that ends up usually in a severely torn perineum, a very very sore body, and feeling out of it from all the drugs.
-a natural birth. The most pain during the labor and delivery but the recovery is out of this world. Because you get to move during birth. You get to rest. You get to try different positions that feel more comfortable. You get to feel "this is too much, let me rest through this next contraction" etc. I can't tell you how amazing the recovery with a home birth is.

So the point is, when you bring a baby into the earth, it's probably going to hurt at some point. Do some research and pray about what is the right choice for you and your family.


Why did you choose home birth? Because I very strongly believe in the female body and it's abilities. I am very blessed to have a good body to birth babies healthily (no small hip bones, or narrow this or that) and I don't take that lightly. I believe in trusting my body and my baby and the process that is birth. I believe it's the most natural thing on earth, I knew I could do it. You are immune to the things in your home, your home is the safest environment for you and your family - I like all of that. It doesn't really make sense to me to birth your baby in a huge building where all the sick people are and where disease is everywhere.
I chose home birth because I knew my midwife and her reputation and have seen and talked to so many of her apprentices, birth mothers and their babies, fellow colleagues, etc. and knew she was amazing at what she did. Story after story of how she saved this baby or came up with this new position for a stuck baby. She is truly amazing at what she does and I trust her. She knows the line between doing things safely at home, and the point when having your baby at home is no longer an option and it's time to transfer to the hospital for intervention.
I chose home birth, mainly, because I felt a calling from the Lord to do so. I believe He asked me to do it with Ruby, but I got scared. I told myself that surely I wasn't hearing Him correctly, and I just went with the birth I saw everyone else doing. I was scared. I was afraid of the pain and of the unknown and THAT'S what bums me out. If only women knew how strong they can be. Our society doesn't even give us a chance.
They've made birth be one way and one way only, and that's go to the hospital and numb yourself and therefore not get to experience the overwhelming pain and beauty of birth.

Why can't we believe in ourselves to do what we can do? What our bodies so beautifully and naturally do? I wish that our culture encouraged and respected women and birth more. I wish every woman believed in themselves to bring their babies into the world solely relying on the strength from Yahweh God Almighty to get them through, and trusting the strength of their bodies to finish the task it started.


Thank you to all of you for your kind words and wishes about Nora's arrival.
Thanks for reading all my very strong opinions:)

Believe in yourself. You can do the hard things He's called you to.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

potty training


This beautiful little girl is potty training.
Just, out of nowhere, she started using the potty on her own.
So I decided to get involved to really push it over the edge and take it from trainING to trainED.

we have two kids!!!! i love it so much!

Off we went to the store to get some reward stickers. I had been giving her dark chocolate chips every time she went but I thought a non-food reward would be better. More exciting too!


 During her nap, I made this chart for her to wake up to. Ruby is all about stuff like this and I knew she would think it's so cool.
Of course, she doesn't know what day it is, but I thought making it have some specifics like "put your potty sticker here" would make it even more special.


She is doing amazing. Woke up this morning with a dry diaper through the night.
Naps in her panties - dry as a bone.
Had no accidents today.
And she's even gone #2 in there twice. That's huge, people!




Oh, I also got a few little dollar toys as "poopy presents" I know that sounds gross, but I did this all on a whim and that's just what came to mind.
She gets to put a sticker on her chart for every potty. But every poop, now that's reason to celebrate, and she gets to pick one of the toys out of the stash.
So far, so good! We make a REALLY big deal about how cool her poopy present is and that she got it for being such a big girl.
We are so proud of her. And she's proud of herself, too, which I think is huge.
The other day Kevin took her potty and she looked up at him and said "are you proud of me?"
We sure are, Ruby girl!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

they're all here!

Remember when I posted pictures of all the girls that were having babies together at church?

They're all here, and they're all girls!

Rebecca, the momma with twins Liv and Elliot, had her girls 8 or 9 weeks before the rest of us.
But from left to right (bottom picture) it's:
Emily and Grace...born at 9:something AM on July 31 (8 lbs. even)
Jessica and Nora...born at 11:16 AM on July 31 (8 lb 11.5 oz)
Angela and River...born July 28 (7 lb. 15 oz)

It was a birthquake for sure! And Elizabeth was all of us girls' midwife! She was a busy woman that week!
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Life with two kids, so far, is just wonderful. I never thought life with one was hard though, either. Nora is so laid back and good. She is just so go with the flow and lets me get so much done. I love her :)

I am all healed and feeling amazing. I'm just so thankful, because with Ruby I was still in pain at this point. In fact, I am already having to go back to work this week. Sad that I have to work, but so exciting and encouraging that I feel well enough to get back in the saddle and make some money for my family.
I just can't tell you how exciting it is, all the newness.
Feeling well enough to clean again.
Well enough to play with Ruby.
Well enough to plan, tidy, and organize again.
Well enough to bend over! And eat without heartburn.

Can you even wait for fall? I hardly can! I love change!


Sunday, August 5, 2012

nora the puppy


Everything is going beautifully as we learn what it's like to be four.
Of course, reality has hardly set it. I spend my days mostly sitting and rocking and nursing a sleepy/ing newborn while Kevin takes care of everything else.

We've started to refer to Nora as the puppy here and there.
She's so rolly!
And fuzzy. And warm and sleepy.
She has roll after roll of loose, floppy skin with just the right amount of fat and squishy-ness


The first photo of Daddy and his two girls together.
*sigh*...




I colored my hair in late June thinking any week my baby could come and I'd like to not have roots for her arrival/pictures etc.
Little did I know she would not only not come early...but late:)
So I had lovely black roots that I'd had enough of and hadn't had the energy to do anything about the past couple weeks. Today I had a random burst of energy (probably just had enough of being gross) and while Kev had the girls taken care of I snuck to the back salon and threw a few foils in my hair.

When I came in during processing to nurse Nora, Ruby was fascinated with my hair and wanted some foils of her own.
Just fold some foil around your little girl's hair and she'll feel as cool as ever:)

p.s. foiling your own hair means you only get to cover the top and sides of your ugliness. The back remains awful. So the world will see the grossness but as far as me in the mirror goes, all is well.


And if this isn't enough puppiness for you, then I don't know what is...


Thursday, August 2, 2012

she's here!


Nora Truth
July 31, 2012
11:16 am
8 lb. 11 1/2 oz. 21 in.



(if you thought Ruby looked like Kevin...)


(We only have ugly phone pictures so far because it's been a whirlwind past couple days!)

Everything went great. A crazy story...long story short:
I was in "labor" for 5 days.
Strong contractions here and there, but nothing intense.
The night before I had her my midwife checked me and I was at a 9 and 100% effaced...still feeling as normal as ever. It was crazy. Just hanging out, walking the neighborhood, watching Jim Gaffigan specials, dilated to a 8 or 9 and fully effaced.
And then the next morning at 5:30 I hit transition and I hit it hard.
That is the part I'll need to write about and share.

The story goes like this:
la la la for 5 days
most intense severe pain I've ever experienced in my life
my husband catches my baby
she's here and all is right with the world

I'll try to share our birth story soon and pictures from it all.
It was certainly the experience of a lifetime.
For now, we are getting settled in as a family of 4.
Kevin has the house spotless and does everything for me...it's amazing.
Friends and family have come to visit and bless us and it's been wonderful.

Looking forward to healing completely (SO MUCH faster and better with a home birth than hospital birth. I felt the same way immediately after having her as I did days later with Ruby. Although with home birth you recover with no pain medicine at all. Just herbs and prayer) and life slowly getting to our new normal.
I can't tell you how good it feels to snuggle in bed with a fuzzy, chunky newborn.
Her smell!
The noises she makes!
She is such a good nurser...my favorite part about infancy.

And, it comes as no surprise, Ruby is big sister of the year. Not a smidge jealous. Beams with pride when I ask her to go get something for Nora. Reads her books. Comforts her. Squeezes her:)  She's doing great. 


Friday, August 31, 2012

one month


I can't believe it's been a month since Nora was born.
At the same time, though, I hardly remember what life was like without her.


We are all taking turns falling in love with her.
Ruby isn't the slightest, least bit jealous and it's just precious. I think it's because she was at an age that she was able to understand how cool it is to be a big sister, and that the bigness of momma's belly is actually a baby that's going to come out and be hers to play with.

All day long you'll hear Ruby say "hi sugar booger!" to her sister and sing over and over and over "nor nor nor, nor nor nor nora"



My friend Leslie got us these monthly stickers for Nora's whole first year and I have to say, I think it's one of the most creative gifts we've ever gotten. Such a great gift idea. (I think she got them off Etsy if you're wondering...Buddha Bellies is the shop name)



Nora Truth, you are a month old today!

-you were born into a nickname-giving family. You'll probably only actually be called Nora a handful of times in your life. So far, the main one is Nor Nor Gabor (given to you by your father).

-you are getting chubbier and chubbier. Right around 10 lbs. In size 1 diapers.

-you eat a lot and you spit up a lot. We've kind of gotten used to it, but we're not accepting it! we pray over your little body often that it will all line up and eating will be a pleasant experience for you where you don't have to barf each time! You really don't see to mind though?

-you sleep with us, and I assume all of our babies will.

-you only wake up like 3 times during the night to be fed, so that's not too bad.

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I'm back to work and let me tell you: it is hard.
I really think it's because I 1) work out of my home so I never get away
and 2) have a physically laboring job
that makes it so hard on me.
I accidentally double booked myself because a client texted me to put her down and I got it at a time that I'm sure both girls needed me and I totally forgot to write it down. Sigh. I kind of feel like I'm stretching myself too thin.
But I also know that seasons come and go, and this is just for a season, and so long as I rely on the power of the Holy Spirit, I will make it through.

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So thankful to everyone that wrote and wanted to keep up with us. I kind of feel like we're all at a fun invitation-only party and I actually know who is reading now! It's cool.
Anyways, here's to this amazingly fun, big, and challenging stage of life Kevin and I have entered into. We are so excited and so honored to get to be where we are, doing what we're doing.



Monday, August 27, 2012

going private - need your emails

As you can see from my last post, I debated going private or not and after letting the blog lie dormant for a week or so I decided to go ahead and make it private.

Please leave your email address in the comments, or if you'd rather, send me your email addresses if you are interested in being on the reading list.

jessicaikiehn at gmail dot com
(don't forget that little "i" in between jessica and kiehn!)

Although I can't promise I'll have tons of posts for you to read. I mean, who has time to blog while poop-training a toddler (she's got the potty part down pat), nursing a baby who eats non-stop and spits up non-stop (she's as chubby as can be, so I'm not worried about the nutrition side, but still), running a business and pleasing clients, assessing the pantry and grocery shopping, planning and making meals, washing and folding laundry, and helping her husband with ministry and making sure to get with people as often as possible?

I need to actually TAKE pictures, much less load them and write about them!

I'll get there:) I'm just in the adjustment stage.

I weighed me and Nora today (she's 10lbs!) and I am still up 10 pounds from the pregnancy. Lost 10, 10 to go. So now I suppose at some point I'll need to add "exercise" to that list of things I've already got on my plate.

Sigh. Moms are awesome.
Let it be known.

comment or email me to keep up with the Kiehns!

Monday, August 20, 2012

protecting my family

Due to some very upsetting news, I'm thinking of setting this blog to private.
You can check on your blogs statistics to see where your traffic comes from. Since I never ever do this I forgot about that option. I was on here the other night and happened to look at it.
And I found that somehow our little family blog, that is meant for memories and goodness, is linked to a pornography website. Photos of me and my family.

It could be a mistake, who knows, but I checked again today and there have been 4 more "hits" or people that have been on that site, and then came to ours.

That is completely unacceptable.

I've set my blog to private before, only to put it back on public because I feel like this is just as much a memory keeper as it is a place for me to get to share what God is doing in mine and my family's life. I think "if it can be a witness to even one person, then it's my joy to do so."
But my goodness...at what cost?

Just the other night Kevin and I had a talk about not being so shallow-end of the pool. Not being so "PC" and staying where everyone else is staying...just talking about "la la la, this is what we did today, here's a picture of it". We live in the 21st century, and part of that is the internet and it's resources. As Kingdom people, we could totally utilize that as a tool to spread the truth in a world of lots and lots of lies.
But again...at what cost?
When you put something deeper and special to you out there and it gets perverted and twisted into something it was never meant to be? (I'm fairly certain it was photos from the birth)
Kind of feels like "yeah, that's what happens when you go to something of the world and expect God to move through it because you thought it was a good idea".

I kind of have this theory. That maybe you're really only supposed to cultivate relationships with the people you know in real life. Because it's real life. Otherwise you spend your time trying to so hard to make something work that really wasn't meant to work. And risking your family's privacy in the midst of it.

So for now....I'm just going to let it lie for a little bit and pray about it. I've deleted the birth post. I don't want to be back and forth, but the fact of the matter is that Yahweh is a Spirit, and He's speaking everyday, and sometimes a season calls for one response, and another season calls for another. So I'm doing my part to be obedient in this season.

Friday, August 17, 2012

twins + home birth answers


Kevin and his identical twin.
Her looks really have changed since this picture (crazy how fast it all goes) but she is still a spitting image of her Daddy.
Which is fine by me, 'cause I think Kevin is pretty darn cute.


I received several questions about the home birth post and I thought I'd answer them on here:

*first I want to say...the birth you choose is a personal conviction and a personal decision. There is no reason to feel less than or better than because of your birth story compared to another. If none of your births turned out the way you wanted...that's okay. It's over now and there's nothing you can do about it. But you have your babies here! That's what really matters. Healthy, happy babies.*

Will you have more kids? Absolutely.


Why do you think it was so intense? This is interesting. Our second midwife Lucy came over the other day to fill out and have us sign the papers for the birth certificate and we got to talking about the birth. She said she learned a lot from my birth and she thinks my labor was so intense because they had given me every labor-inducing herb out there. She said it was basically like I had pitocin again. Lovely! She personally had 3 of her babies at home and she said the very worst labor was the one where the midwife gave her Black and Blue Cohosh, which are herbs that makes the uterus contract and release. I laughed because that was just ONE of the many, many herbs I took to get my labor going.

Lesson learned: next time I'm doing no labor-inducing herbs. Elizabeth always says "when the fruit is ripe, it falls off the tree." In other words - leave it alone. The baby will come when my body and the baby is ready.

I also don't think I want to get checked to see my dilation/progression next time because it just messed with me mentally. The world stopped and stood still for almost 5 days because I was told I was in labor, when, if I had no idea where I was dilation-wise, I would have gone about my life and just called on Tuesday morning when the real labor started.


Will you do home birth again? Yep. As painful as it was, it was amazing.
The truth is: birth hurts.
And your options are
-c-section in the hospital. No pain when the baby is being taken out, but SERIOUS recovery. I mean, that's a major surgery.
-hospital birth with epidural and pitocin. Doesn't hurt too bad in the actual labor and delivery but it beats the tar out of your body. Since you're numb to the pain and laying on your back (worst position to birth a baby ever!) and pushing when they tell you to, you have no idea how hard you're pushing your body- you can't feel it. You can't feel when to ease off and breathe or rest for a bit. It's a brutal combination that ends up usually in a severely torn perineum, a very very sore body, and feeling out of it from all the drugs.
-a natural birth. The most pain during the labor and delivery but the recovery is out of this world. Because you get to move during birth. You get to rest. You get to try different positions that feel more comfortable. You get to feel "this is too much, let me rest through this next contraction" etc. I can't tell you how amazing the recovery with a home birth is.

So the point is, when you bring a baby into the earth, it's probably going to hurt at some point. Do some research and pray about what is the right choice for you and your family.


Why did you choose home birth? Because I very strongly believe in the female body and it's abilities. I am very blessed to have a good body to birth babies healthily (no small hip bones, or narrow this or that) and I don't take that lightly. I believe in trusting my body and my baby and the process that is birth. I believe it's the most natural thing on earth, I knew I could do it. You are immune to the things in your home, your home is the safest environment for you and your family - I like all of that. It doesn't really make sense to me to birth your baby in a huge building where all the sick people are and where disease is everywhere.
I chose home birth because I knew my midwife and her reputation and have seen and talked to so many of her apprentices, birth mothers and their babies, fellow colleagues, etc. and knew she was amazing at what she did. Story after story of how she saved this baby or came up with this new position for a stuck baby. She is truly amazing at what she does and I trust her. She knows the line between doing things safely at home, and the point when having your baby at home is no longer an option and it's time to transfer to the hospital for intervention.
I chose home birth, mainly, because I felt a calling from the Lord to do so. I believe He asked me to do it with Ruby, but I got scared. I told myself that surely I wasn't hearing Him correctly, and I just went with the birth I saw everyone else doing. I was scared. I was afraid of the pain and of the unknown and THAT'S what bums me out. If only women knew how strong they can be. Our society doesn't even give us a chance.
They've made birth be one way and one way only, and that's go to the hospital and numb yourself and therefore not get to experience the overwhelming pain and beauty of birth.

Why can't we believe in ourselves to do what we can do? What our bodies so beautifully and naturally do? I wish that our culture encouraged and respected women and birth more. I wish every woman believed in themselves to bring their babies into the world solely relying on the strength from Yahweh God Almighty to get them through, and trusting the strength of their bodies to finish the task it started.


Thank you to all of you for your kind words and wishes about Nora's arrival.
Thanks for reading all my very strong opinions:)

Believe in yourself. You can do the hard things He's called you to.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

potty training


This beautiful little girl is potty training.
Just, out of nowhere, she started using the potty on her own.
So I decided to get involved to really push it over the edge and take it from trainING to trainED.

we have two kids!!!! i love it so much!

Off we went to the store to get some reward stickers. I had been giving her dark chocolate chips every time she went but I thought a non-food reward would be better. More exciting too!


 During her nap, I made this chart for her to wake up to. Ruby is all about stuff like this and I knew she would think it's so cool.
Of course, she doesn't know what day it is, but I thought making it have some specifics like "put your potty sticker here" would make it even more special.


She is doing amazing. Woke up this morning with a dry diaper through the night.
Naps in her panties - dry as a bone.
Had no accidents today.
And she's even gone #2 in there twice. That's huge, people!




Oh, I also got a few little dollar toys as "poopy presents" I know that sounds gross, but I did this all on a whim and that's just what came to mind.
She gets to put a sticker on her chart for every potty. But every poop, now that's reason to celebrate, and she gets to pick one of the toys out of the stash.
So far, so good! We make a REALLY big deal about how cool her poopy present is and that she got it for being such a big girl.
We are so proud of her. And she's proud of herself, too, which I think is huge.
The other day Kevin took her potty and she looked up at him and said "are you proud of me?"
We sure are, Ruby girl!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

they're all here!

Remember when I posted pictures of all the girls that were having babies together at church?

They're all here, and they're all girls!

Rebecca, the momma with twins Liv and Elliot, had her girls 8 or 9 weeks before the rest of us.
But from left to right (bottom picture) it's:
Emily and Grace...born at 9:something AM on July 31 (8 lbs. even)
Jessica and Nora...born at 11:16 AM on July 31 (8 lb 11.5 oz)
Angela and River...born July 28 (7 lb. 15 oz)

It was a birthquake for sure! And Elizabeth was all of us girls' midwife! She was a busy woman that week!
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Life with two kids, so far, is just wonderful. I never thought life with one was hard though, either. Nora is so laid back and good. She is just so go with the flow and lets me get so much done. I love her :)

I am all healed and feeling amazing. I'm just so thankful, because with Ruby I was still in pain at this point. In fact, I am already having to go back to work this week. Sad that I have to work, but so exciting and encouraging that I feel well enough to get back in the saddle and make some money for my family.
I just can't tell you how exciting it is, all the newness.
Feeling well enough to clean again.
Well enough to play with Ruby.
Well enough to plan, tidy, and organize again.
Well enough to bend over! And eat without heartburn.

Can you even wait for fall? I hardly can! I love change!


Sunday, August 5, 2012

nora the puppy


Everything is going beautifully as we learn what it's like to be four.
Of course, reality has hardly set it. I spend my days mostly sitting and rocking and nursing a sleepy/ing newborn while Kevin takes care of everything else.

We've started to refer to Nora as the puppy here and there.
She's so rolly!
And fuzzy. And warm and sleepy.
She has roll after roll of loose, floppy skin with just the right amount of fat and squishy-ness


The first photo of Daddy and his two girls together.
*sigh*...




I colored my hair in late June thinking any week my baby could come and I'd like to not have roots for her arrival/pictures etc.
Little did I know she would not only not come early...but late:)
So I had lovely black roots that I'd had enough of and hadn't had the energy to do anything about the past couple weeks. Today I had a random burst of energy (probably just had enough of being gross) and while Kev had the girls taken care of I snuck to the back salon and threw a few foils in my hair.

When I came in during processing to nurse Nora, Ruby was fascinated with my hair and wanted some foils of her own.
Just fold some foil around your little girl's hair and she'll feel as cool as ever:)

p.s. foiling your own hair means you only get to cover the top and sides of your ugliness. The back remains awful. So the world will see the grossness but as far as me in the mirror goes, all is well.


And if this isn't enough puppiness for you, then I don't know what is...


Thursday, August 2, 2012

she's here!


Nora Truth
July 31, 2012
11:16 am
8 lb. 11 1/2 oz. 21 in.



(if you thought Ruby looked like Kevin...)


(We only have ugly phone pictures so far because it's been a whirlwind past couple days!)

Everything went great. A crazy story...long story short:
I was in "labor" for 5 days.
Strong contractions here and there, but nothing intense.
The night before I had her my midwife checked me and I was at a 9 and 100% effaced...still feeling as normal as ever. It was crazy. Just hanging out, walking the neighborhood, watching Jim Gaffigan specials, dilated to a 8 or 9 and fully effaced.
And then the next morning at 5:30 I hit transition and I hit it hard.
That is the part I'll need to write about and share.

The story goes like this:
la la la for 5 days
most intense severe pain I've ever experienced in my life
my husband catches my baby
she's here and all is right with the world

I'll try to share our birth story soon and pictures from it all.
It was certainly the experience of a lifetime.
For now, we are getting settled in as a family of 4.
Kevin has the house spotless and does everything for me...it's amazing.
Friends and family have come to visit and bless us and it's been wonderful.

Looking forward to healing completely (SO MUCH faster and better with a home birth than hospital birth. I felt the same way immediately after having her as I did days later with Ruby. Although with home birth you recover with no pain medicine at all. Just herbs and prayer) and life slowly getting to our new normal.
I can't tell you how good it feels to snuggle in bed with a fuzzy, chunky newborn.
Her smell!
The noises she makes!
She is such a good nurser...my favorite part about infancy.

And, it comes as no surprise, Ruby is big sister of the year. Not a smidge jealous. Beams with pride when I ask her to go get something for Nora. Reads her books. Comforts her. Squeezes her:)  She's doing great.