Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Oliver @ 1 month young

Baby Ollie at 1 month old.
Oh my heavens, I could eat this baby up.
He has been pretty dang easy going so far compared to his acid reflux older brothers.
Oliver is staying in the clear so far and being the easy going baby #4 personality I would hope for while wrangling mister Porter.
Love my little angel baby.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

More May pics 2017

Jack {and Sass} finished their soccer seasons. 
Thank heavens above, I thought I was going to die of a heat stroke....and envision a huge pregnant lady chasing crazy Porter running after the soccer ball by myself at many of these games. Thankfully again Mom and Dad saved the day when they visited and I had Ollie. Jack had fun and so did Brightyn....buuuut, they didn't want to do it again. Ha! Too much running. ;) 
Sunday best...minus Ollie ;) Look at my FOUR BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN. I still am NOT over it.

***FAMILY OUTING TO GUADALUPE STATE PARK when Ollie was 2 weeks old***

So pretty.
Got to love on the older babe too ;) 
Sweet sweet boy.
Jack and Brightyn loved catching these little frogs over and over again. They were in outdoor heaven playing just as kids should enjoying nature.
However while doing this she got her FIRST BEE STING. AH! Imagine the loudest most desperate cry EVER. She survived and now looks at this picture with pride at her battle wound.
These 3-totally in heaven swinging from the rope swings and enjoying their 1:2 time with Daddy.

LAST DAY OF PREK + 1st Grade for the big kids::

Mrs. Freitag and Sassy Sue

Jack with Mrs. Caldwell and Mrs. V
My 30TH birthday in all its glory. The kids made me snacks and served me on plastic plates at the table like a restaurant and that made my day. We didn't do much that day due to Braden on a busy rotation and new the kiddos' genuine desire to make my bday special in "the restaurant" was so thoughtful and appreciated. And, we all know the stem of most all thoughtfulness is with this girl right here- my Brightyn leader. <3 font="" nbsp="">

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Life with this new babe + Grandma+Grandpa's visit.

I'm not going to lie, little Ollie came at a crazy time in the residency journey--general surgery intern year and then trauma. Whew! Thankfully Mom and Dada to the rescue. They came in the middle of soccer season so they took the kids to games, to school and back, helped around the house, watched kids while I gave birth, and just plain SAVED me/us and were there when we needed them. Thank goodness. I even got a false sense of ease until about 2 weeks after they left and THEN reality set in-ha!

Here's a few pics with fresh baby Ollie and with Grandma and Grandpa in town.

This is one of my favs. So genuine of everyone.

We have this pic with all the babes-a Daddy classic. Love them.
The final newest big bro. Day 1-2 were rough and he cried any time I held Ollie, and then BOOM-he's rocked it ever since. Always loved baby Ollie, but ever since day 3 no jealousy-just pride.
First bath! Look at that skinny little babe. I'm telling you he was my heaviest baby, but also the skinniest because he was and is SOOOoooOOO dang long.
Newborn Oliver after his first bath getting dressed.
We took a Walmart trip till about 1:30 am and it was so healthy for me. Just the babe and Mom strolling the aisles in shopping and chatting 1:1 happiness. New tradition?

When you have hair this length, you're ASKING for a hair do from Sass.
And she nailed it ;) 

Mother's Day dinner. I made ribs and potatoes, Mom made "consistency jello" {my fav}, rolls, andI can't remember what else. It was neat having her here for Mother's day and of course helpful having them wrangle kids while I cooked. Little Ollie was a ripe 2 days old.
Char and Mom got me this cute outfit from Lularoe. SooOOoo comfy. Twinning is winning!!
Among the many things Grandpa did when he was here, one was PLANT FLOWERS in the front yard. Something I have just NEVER gotten to. The kids were SO excited and we watered those diligently and happily throughout the summer.
Sweet Grandpa snuggles.
Took a walk around the temple one day. 
This may or may not have been the day we found out that JACK picked tint off of our brand new van. Thankfully that happened AFTER we walked around the temple so the spirit was with us here, ha ha ha....

A quick trip to In and Out is always welcome and fun. 

Never enough time with Grandma and Grandpa. Oh how we love them so!!!!!! Couldn't have added this 4th babe without there help. They are angels on earth. Until next time.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Baby Ollie is here!

Baby Oliver is finally here and I am oh so happy that he is.

He was born Friday, May 12th and weighed 9 lbs. 3 oz! Can you believe that?! No wonder I felt so huge this time around.

Proof!! There I am the morning of at 40 weeks. The swing dress hangs a little further back than my body actually goes, but you get the drift. Check out that belly! I guess I did grow a Texas sized baby….and YES, I am getting to this post a MONTH later to the day that this little boy was born….let me tell you, 4 is amazing and amazingly c-r-a-z-y for me so far. Hence, I am behind in most everything right now. Ha. Anyway, back to baby O’s big day.

I was scheduled for an induction that morning, on my due date, because my babies NEVER come before my due date. And, let me tell you, I was d-o-n-e with being pregnant this time around. This pregnancy towards the end was just the toughest on  my body. It was hard to get around because I was my biggest and heaviest ever, this was my sickness pregnancy and I got multiple bugs and flus throughout+ a sinus infection the last month….

I was ready to get this baby O U T!!

We really wanted to bring our Brightyn to the birth. This is our last baby and it just seemed like the perfect final birth in our mind if we could have her there. We knew it wasn’t quite protocol to bring her in the labor and delivery room being only 7 and all; but, I had mentioned it to my rad doctor that I wanted her to be there. She’s my only girl and I thought it would be a special mother-daughter bonding time and a glimpse into womanhood and the amazingness of child birth. He told me to sneak her in and to NOT ask. We did JUST that. We woke her up at 5 a.m. and drove in the dark to “Daddy’s hospital”  to watch her last baby brother come into the world.  She was loving it all-waking up when it was dark, getting 1:2 time with us, going through the employee section of the hospital, everything. Then, upon arrival, we had about 5 different people tell us she had to leave. I was getting pretty worried thinking it wasn’t going to work out..and then, when I finally got into our room they said it was up to my nurse and the head of the nurses {can’t remember the official title right now} for the final decision. The mister and I were getting doubtful at this point that she could stay, but were trying to stay upbeat.

Then, I met my nurse–Suzanne. First off, she had 6 kids {I already knew there was a chance when she had 6 kids-I thought she could possibly be persuaded.} Secondly, she was super nice and seemed to take a liking to Sass and our fam. Although she kept saying it wasn’t up to her and it seemed as though she was sad admitting that more than like Sassy wouldn’t be able to stay. Then, the head of the nurses came in for the final decision. She came in and remembered me from when we talked on the phone about the induction from the night before and I could tell she seemed to like me for whatever reason and excitedly said, “I remember you from our conversation on the phone last night. I’m the one who talked with you.” [at this point I am getting more and more hopeful and wishing I remembered what stream of consciousness phone talk I had  ] And sure enough, she told me if I didn’t think it would worry her or stress her out she could stay AS LONG as there were no complications. YAY!!! Apparently there  are pros if you talk the nurse’s ear off the night before on the phone.  I was so so thankful they let her stay and for my rad doctor who gave me that amazing advice to “not ask” first.

So, my man and Sassy were my personal birthing team while Grandma and Grandpa wrestled the boys at home.
Bless them. It was a long day of waiting–there were lots of active laborers who came in when I was waiting for a room, but once I got a room {after hours of hanging out and downloading various iPhone games to help entertain Sass} all went well. I got my epidural so I was good to go. Oh, and let me mention I had the most painful “check” to date when I was in the delivery room. This is the first baby I wasn’t dilated to a 3 or 4 before going into labor. I literally was a 1 BARELY when I had my first check. Can you believe that? I wonder how long I would’ve stayed pregnant and how monstrous my baby would’ve been had I not been induced. Thank goodness I was induced on my due date….9 lbs. 3 oz was enough baby for me. Anyway, here I am dilated to who knows what and feeling fantastic…..although I was tired of course. Ignore my double chin, I’m 9 months pregnant and in labor.  #reallifefolks Gotta love the underneath picture shots 


And my cheerleaders all masked up while I was getting my epidural  Yes, they are the cutest.


Annnnnd they were just eating happily away while I starved. lol!

There were no complications and it was so meaningful and special having my first by my side and to watch the miracle of birth when baby O came. I wish I could’ve had a picture of her watching and me in that very moment, but it is in my mind’s eye and I will never forget it–picture or not. Honestly, it was 2 pushes {I remembered 3, but Sass and the mister corrected me} and so I couldn’t get a pic in time and it’s the first birth we don’t have recorded because it happened SO dang fast. Sass even got to cut the cord.  It was pretty amazing.

There’s our 4th little baby. 4....I've had 4 babies grow inside of unreal. Baby Ollie is perfect in every way with a head of hair and a dimpled chin like his brothers.



Still can't get over this--9 lbs 3 oz. I'm giving myself the extra 10th. No wonder I felt so big.

As you can see, Brade and I were and are pretty mesmerized by this little sweetheart. We are so blessed to have another sweet boy to add to our mix. Thankfully, he has been a fantastic baby so far-[thank heavens] just the temperament we need for our 4th baby and during this crazy intern residency year. We are smitten and completely blessed.

Best birthing team ever  We gave Sass the option of staying by my head when they baby came or if she wanted to watch him come out she could. Sure enough this doctor’s daughter wanted to watch in a front row seat and thought it was pretty amazing. I told her she saw more than what I did. ha ha. Being a mom and giving birth is pretty incredible.

Our bodies are amazing and divinely created. That is for certain.

One of my favorite pics of the day-pure pride right there.


Ollie's first phone pic that we sent to the family to show he was here.

And let's not forget Grandma and Grandpa who came late WITH a shake in hand which I quickly inhaled getting some 1:1 Oliver time.


And introducing the BIG BIG brother  He was pretty excited to meet Baby O too, as you can see.

And I love this picture-you can see proud Grandma's smile in the background faintly, Jack's natural and genuine pride, and of course sweet baby Ollie and the best big sister.



And, here are some attempted pictures of our entire fam bam….it was at this moment when the rest of the kiddos came to greet the baby that we realized JUST how crazy having 2 babies close together was going to be. This was the smallest a hospital room has ever felt having these 4 babes squished in there! But, we are excited for the journey and love them all to PIECES. I just will be inhaling lots of chips and salsa maybe for this next 6 months at least until I get this all under control. 


 Look at that sweet and squishy face. So eatable….



Annnd let's not forget when we couldn't leave hospital until 2 am because Ollie hadn't urinated since his circumcision....and Brade was on General Surgery {tough rotation}..... it was a crazy time and an off the charts amazing time all at once.


We sure love you baby Ollie!

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