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    Maternity Monday | Week 19 Bump Update

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    Since I’m about to hit the half way mark tomorrow, I thought it would be fun to start a Maternity Monday series  of keeping up with all things maternity. This week will be a bump update! I have to add how cute is that little boy of mine. We were getting ready to take a picture and he asked me if he could kiss his baby!! Melt my heart why dontcha!

    How far along: Tomorrow I will be 20 weeks!

    Gender: Next Monday we’ll find out what we will be having!!!

    Weight gain: So far I’ve been fluctuating between 5-7lbs.

    Maternity clothes: I haven’t boughten any maternity clothes. I have some left over from when I was pregnant with the boys but because I was pregnant in a different season I have a lot of winter maternity. This summer is going to be all dresses for me!

    Sleep: I sleep fine. Both the boys sleep through the night so they don’t wake me up. I only get up to use the restroom or if I’m hungry!

    Best moment this month: So far in terms of pregnancy this month we heard a healthy heartbeat. The best part will be next week when we get our ultrasound done and find out the gender!

    Worst moment this month: This has been a decent pregnancy so far. The worst is I’m starting to not fit into my clothes. It’s hard finding something comfortable because this baby sits so low between my hips.

    Miss anything: I miss eating what I want! haha and drinking coffee! I give up coffee during pregnancy but this time I’ve had some decaf but it’s just not the same!

    Movement: Baby moves when I drink really cold drinks, if I’m holding Knox on my hip the baby always hits back, and late at night when I’m going to bed I feel baby move around.

    Cravings: My cravings have been really sporadic. One day I want an ice cream cone and the next day I want nacho cheese or spicy hot wings. YUM!

    Queasy or sick: Again, I’ve really had a decent pregnancy. No morning sickness. I was feeling nauseous in the beginning but not bad.

    Looking forward to: I really can’t wait to find out what we’re having!! I’m happy either way. I think if we had a boy it would just be easier because we literally have boy everything and all the kids are fairly close in age that they would all just play with each other. But if we did have a girl it would be fun just to spice things up around here. This would be the first girl on both sides of our families so I know she would be so spoiled!!

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    Birth Story | Kellan Cole

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    Three years ago today, is the day that I officially was given the title, mom. It’s a job that I hold higher than anything I’ve ever before and I am so unbelievably thankful and extremely blessed that this beautiful little boy changed me forever.

    Leading up to his birth, I was so nervous, excited, and scared shitless about giving birth to another human being. Like, I was absolutely terrified of having a baby! The thought of it made me cringe inside and I would sometimes out of no where just start crying because I was so scared of what was going to happen. A little side note, just so you  know how scared I was, in high school we have to take a health class. I was 15 at the time and I remember we went over pregnancy and labor and delivery. They played a video of a women giving birth and I remember the baby wasn’t out yet and the mom was just pushing and pushing, finally the baby was crowing. At that moment I started to get light headed and I laid my head down on my desk and as the mother was screaming pushing that baby out I passed out and fell on the floor!!! My teacher had to stop the movie, turn the lights on, and call the nurse to come wheel me back to office so I could take a breather….THATS HOW SCARED OF GIVING BIRTH I WAS.

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    April 12th, 2014

    It was a Saturday. I signed Ethan and I up for a free birthing class at the hospital just so we would have an idea of what was going to happen. I was 38 weeks pregnant and only 2cm dilated at the time. At the birthing class we learned a lot and saw some techniques to help labor move along at home. After the class we went to a local store and bought a yoga ball to help with labor. When we got home we just relaxed and hung out. Little did we know this would be our last night together at home just the two of us.

    April 13th, 2014

    The whole month of April I told Ethan we can’t go out of town, especially now because we were so close to my due date that we could have the baby at any time. Well Ethan left early that morning to go pre-ride a trail (mountain biking terms) that was 2 1/2 hours away. When I woke up that morning I wasn’t feeling well. Ethan was already gone and I wasn’t sure if I was having Braxton Hicks contractions or if they were real labor contractions. For some reason my pregnancy with Kellan I was obsessed with….Jack in The Box tacos! I know, so gross but I was seriously obsessed. So at 8 in the morning I left my house, drove to JITB, and order my tacos! I came home and ate, still not sure if I was having contractions or not, I laid around watching movies most of the morning. By afternoon my mom called me to see how I was doing. I told her I wasn’t feeling too well. I had an upset stomach and couldn’t tell if my body was getting ready for labor. She came over with my dad and my brother. I packed my hospital bag just in case today was the day! Nothing like waiting until the last minute to do these things. I went with my family to run some errands they dropped me back off at home. It was now mid afternoon. I was still laying around watching movies and having contractions. One of my girlfriends, who was also pregnant, had called me to see what I was doing. In the middle of our conversation I was having contractions and because I was home alone she came over in case I needed a ride to the hospital because Ethan was still out of town.

    While she was here she took good care of me, timing my contractions, and just helping me with everything in general. We had a friend living in our casita at the time. He came in and was hanging out while I was having contractions and then we had couple other friends stop by because they needed to pick things up and they ended up hanging out too. It turned into a big labor party! haha. My contractions were not 4-5 minutes apart and Ethan finally got home! He loaded up the car and we drove to the hospital at 9:30pm. We checked in through the ER and they wheeled me up to labor and delivery. I thought because I labored at home all day long that I was for sure going to be dilated to 5cm. The nurse comes in and checks me and says I’m only at 2cm!!! I was dying! She told me I would stay an hour and if I didn’t change any they would send me home! An hour went by and I was now at 3cm. She said the same thing, if I didn’t change in an hour they would send me home. Another hour went by and she checked me again, I thankfully was now dilated to 5cm that they could admit me and got me a dang epidural!

    I was now almost 1am and the anesthesiologist finally made it to the hospital to give me an epidural. I was so thankful because I was having such horrible pain. After a couple of hours and slowly dilating my nurse realized that the baby was facing the wrong way. His spine was facing my back and not my tummy. Because of this I was having so much back labor and that explained why I was in so much pain. I had to do everything I could to help rotate the baby otherwise we would have had to use forceps for delivery. So for the next 6-7 hours I was trying to rest while I could and do these crazy moves to help rotate baby around.

    April 14, 2014

    Finally in the morning when all of the new nurses came on shift we finally got the baby turned around and at 9:30Am I was finally ready to start pushing! Ethan, my mom, and dad ended up being in the room. I was so exhausted from the whole night that I pushed for 45 minutes. In between pushes I would fall asleep. They were having to wake me up to push. And at 10:15am, my little Kellan Cole was born. Weighing 6 lbs 7 oz and 19 1/2 in long.

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    Happy Birthday Baby Boy!

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    March Favorites 2017

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    It’s been a couple moths since I’ve done a monthly favorites but I’m excited to bring it back! I’ve been trying a lot of new products lately and I’m excited to share with you my list of awesome products!

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    Since I’ve been pregnant with this baby it’s crazy how much I’ve been breaking out. They say that’s a sign of a girl but I had breakouts when I was pregnant with Knox so I don’t know how much I believe in those old wives tales. During pregnancy you are limited to the kind of acne treatments you can use.  Lush Mask of Magnenity is my favorite because it’s natural with no harsh chemicals and it’s safe for me to use during pregnancy.  I just love the peppermint tingly feel on my face!


    I am a foundation addict!! I think this stems from me not finding the absolute PERFECT foundation for myself. I have ones I like and some I like A LOT! The Loreal Infallible ProGlow is one that I’m kind of obsessed with right now. It’s medium coverage which I like. Not too thick and not to light. It’s glowy and I love that because I tend to have dry combination skin.


    Philosophy Purity has been my favorite face wash for the past almost 2 years now. It’s natural and removes my makeup so well. It claims that it tones and lightly hydrates the skin and I couldn’t agree more with that. I’ve used other face washes that when I was done drying my face off it felt so dry that I needed to add extra moisturizer to bring it back to life.


    I just recently found this E.L.F. Bronzer and I can’t stop using it! The colors work so well with my skin and for the price you can’t beat it. The colors have a good pigment that you can use for conturing also. The packaging is great too because it’s not too big to travel with.


    The Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette is perfect summer coming up. I love the pinky and purple tones and I love that it smells like peaches too! This palette is so versatile the you can come up with so many different looks.

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    7 First Trimester Essentials

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    Since I’ve started in on the Second trimester I thought I would come up with a list of must haves to survive the first trimester! Some my say you’re a veteran mom when you’ve had more than one kid, I can honestly say this being my third I’m still learning new tricks and way to survive this pregnancy! All three of my pregnancies so far have been so different in many ways. I’ve had different level of morning sickness with all of them. Some of these things on the list may seem like no brainers but I remember being pregnant with Kellan and having no idea what I was supposed to do. I read so many blogs that helped me get an idea of what I needed to have a healthy pregnancy.

    Water Bottle

    Having a good water bottle that you can easily carry around with you and fill up throughout the day is crucial. Staying hydrated is number one during pregnancy and even after if  you’re nursing! I used this water bottle in the beginning with Kellan because I liked that I could put a lot of water in it. I also got this water bottle because I liked the straw and it was easier to drink.

    Prenatal Vitamins

    I’ve heard of some moms not taking prenatals. Personally, I like to. It gives me peace of mind knowing I’m getting all the vitamins I need to grow a healthy baby. With this third baby because I know I take them my whole pregnancy and even after birth while I’m nursing I bought this brand at Costco because they are so much cheaper and you get a whole lot more. I bought two bottle that will last this entire pregnancy.

    Ginger Candies

    I picked some up at our local health food store. If you go to Trader Joes, Sprouts, or a Whole Foods they have a section with bins of different dried fruit. The ginger candies really help with the nausea. The taste is a little spicy at first but once you keep eating them you get use to it.

    Gum

    This goes with the ginger candies. I find if I’m starting to feel nauseas if I have gum to chew on it settles my stomach until I can eat something. I usually keep some in my purse and car for just in case moments.  My favorite flavor is the wintergreen and peppermint.

    Granola Bar
    A good and healthy granola bar is so great to have on hand in those uncontrollable hunger urges. If you know me, Devon I’m talking to you, you know for some reason while I’m pregnant I get HANGRY! It’s a real thing! I have to eat right away or I start to feel sick and that makes me cranky.  Having granola bars to tie me over until I can get something to eat is a total sanity saver. These are some of my favorites here and here.

    Saltine Crackers

    Again, with the snacks I always keep some next to my bed for when I get hungry in the middle of the night I have a few to snack on. Ethan loves when I crunch on these in bed and 2 and 3 in the morning, don’t cha babe!

    Lush Bath Bombs

    This pregnancy I’ve been loving taking a bath (of course with the water not too hot. You want to make sure you don’t overheat yourself.) I’m not sure if it’s because I get a little quiet time or if it’s because I get to just relax and soak for a little bit, but I love taking a bath at least once a week. When I was pregnant with the boys I loved third trimester baths. It was so relaxing when your feet and back hurt from caring that baby around all day.  These are my favorite bath bombs I’ve been using.  The Ickle Baby Bots I buy for the boys but don’t tell them I’ve been using them because I love the lavender smell!  I also love this one, this one, and this one!

    I hope you guys enjoyed this list and found some if not all of these useful. What are some of your favorite essentials to get you through your first trimester of pregnancy?

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    SURPRISE!!!

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    As some people may know.. WE’RE HAVING A BABY!

    Yes you read that right. We are adding a 5th member to the band.

    If you didn’t know than SURPRISE!

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    We are excited for this new and wild experience we’re going to have. Knox has no idea whats going on but still likes to kiss my belly because big brother does. Even though Kellan is only 2 he still remembers kissing my belly when I was pregnant with Knox. He always tells me Knox is the baby and he’s not in my belly. I have to let him know we have a new baby coming.

    My due date is September 6th but we’re pretty positive this baby will be born in August. Given my track record with the boys, Kellan was born at 38 weeks and Knox was born at 37 weeks, I’m guessing this baby will be here August 18th. We’ll find out the gender at the end of April. Ethan really wants a girl but I don’t mind what it is either way.

    What do you think the gender of this baby will be??

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    Birth Story | Knox Cooper

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    I know the past couple of months have been crazy and I’ve been MIA but I’ve got a fun project I’ve been working on and I can’t wait to share with with everyone! I figured since my little Knox is turning 1 today I would recap on his birth story so I could have in case I ever forgot..(which I know I won’t because that was the most pain I’ve ever experienced in my entire life!) Get a drink ready because this is going to be a long one.

    So I’ll start with this..my due date was March 13, 2016. When I had my 36 week checkup I was already dilated to 2cm so I had a feeling I would have him early, like I did oldest.    Monday came and I had my 37 week checkup. I was 4 1/2 cm dilated and almost 50% effaced. I had no signs of labor so my doctor sent me home and we were certain that by Monday next week I would have the baby. I secretly was hoping that he would be born on that Monday because he would have been a Leap Year baby and I think that would have been fun!

    Wednesday February 24 came and I had no idea or plans of having a baby that day. I had started a few days back having mild contractions but I never can tell what the difference between real labor contractions and braxton hicks contractions. I woke up like normal, Kellan and I had breakfast and hung around the house. We met my mom for lunch at the Steakhouse and I remember our waitress told me that I looked like I was going to have that baby today and I laughed and thought she was crazy. Kellan and I came home and both napped. I had made dinner and we got all of our stuff ready because we were so excited for Kellan to be in his first little BMX race.

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    Right before we had left I felt a really bad contraction. Again, I wasn’t sure it it was a BH contraction or a labor contraction but I just remember I looked at the clock just to make sure if I felt another one I could time it. We loaded in the car and were driving on our way to the BMX track. On the way there I had another contraction and another when we got there. So they were about 10 minutes apart. I remember during the national anthem I was having one and they were getting closer together. Kellan had finished racing and as we were walking back to the car I felt A LOT of pressure. I told Ethan that we needed to get home FAST because we were going to have a baby!! My mom always says I should have just went to the hospital from there but I wasn’t ready to go to the hospital and I wanted to go pick up my bags.

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    I raced home and one of my girlfriends came over. I ran a bath hoping this would help me feel better. I have to say, I swear the bath helped with the pain of the contractions. I felt pressure but it was nothing like the pressure I felt before or after the bath. An hour had passed and my contractions were about 4-5 minutes apart. They say to come in when they get this close and I was ready to get out of the bath and get dressed to go. The second I got out of the bath I was having contractions 1 minute apart! I was in so much pain I started crying!! I got dressed so fast and yelled to Ethan to lets go! My girlfriend stayed to watch Kellan until one of my grandparents could come and watch him. We were on the road to the hospital and I was seriously in so much pain it felt like I was in a dramatic movie. Ethan was driving like a grandpa and I feel bad because I screamed at him to drive faster! One of my birthing fears is that I wouldn’t make it to the hospital and I would have a baby on my own! So I NEEDED Ethan to get me there FAST!

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    Because it was 10:30 at night we had to go through the ER so Ethan dropped me off and I got out and told them I needed to go up to labor and delivery. It felt like they had taken their sweet time before someone came to get me. (They push you in a wheelchair upstairs to the L&D area) We got up there and they got me into a room and before I even put my gown on I told them I wanted an epidural right away. She said ok we’ll work on it because they have to call somebody in since it’s so late at night. I figured 30 minutes tops. I got all settled, the nurse checked me and said I was almost dilated to 8cm and she was surprised that I even walked in there. It was now almost 11:30pm I was in so much pain, I still hadn’t gotten an epidural yet, I asked when he was going to be here she said in probably an hour that they were going to call him in right now. I remember I started crying because I couldn’t believe they hadn’t even called him yet. I was feeling a ton of pressure and asked her if she needed to check me before she called. She said, “Yeah I’ll check you right now.” She checked me and when she did she said she accidentally broke my water and I was already dilated to a 10! I just remember her saying, “Sorry sweetie, looks like you’re not going to get an epidural.” I was so devastated because with Kellan I really didn’t want to have one but I was in so much pain because of the way he was positioned that I couldn’t have been in labor that 13 hours without one! So with this baby I was like I’m not against it if I need it and because they said I couldn’t I started crying…NO TEARS! haha My doctor was called in and I just kept repeating, “I can’t have this baby without an epidural!” (I’m not dramatic or anything) My doctor assured me many times that I WAS having this baby without one and it was too late to get one. I cried and cursed and screamed and I pushed 3 separate times and at 11:47pm they placed my little 6lb 9oz baby boy on my chest.

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    Happiest of Birthdays Baby Boy!

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    Get Cooking In The Kitchen With HelloFresh

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    This post is sponsored by HelloFresh
    As always all thoughts are my own

    I’ve teamed up with HelloFresh and couldn’t be more excited about this concept! Especially considering we were out of town for the holidays and came back home with no food in our fridge but we did have food at the door!

    They have a good selection of plans to choose from. Considering we are a family of four we got the Family Plan, which serves 2 adults and 2 children. You get three hand picked meals that contain meat, fish, and veggie recipes. The  Veggie Plan has vegetarian meals only. This meal plan comes with 3 recipes also and serves 2 – 4 adults. Last but not least the Classic Plan. You get to pick from six meal recipes. Just like the family plan it comes with fish, meat, and veggie recipes.

    Kellan and I had so much fun with these recipes. The best part about the family plan is that the flavors are super kid friendly. Nothing is too spicy but the do provide extra spice for anyone who wants to add it.

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    The first day I made Garlicky Shrimp Scampi. I will be the first to admit I am not a seafood person. I have never, not once, cooked seafood in my life. I was pleasantly surprised by this recipe and yes I ate it! The recipe was incredibly easy to follow along and told me exactly what to do and when to do it. I’m notorious for starting something too early and it gets cold before everything else is done.

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    Let me just say, I’m excited that they come with a recipe book because these are going to be some recipes we start to rotate in our dinner menus!

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    The second day we made a Tomato Bisque that was incredible!!! I am seriously in love with this recipe and so surprised how easy it was to make! Kellan and Knox decided to help me in the kitchen this time. We had so much fun making this one together. If you can’t tell both of my boys love cheese and bread! They take after their mama!! I’m a soup out of a can kind of maker and I just love how fresh and healthy everything tasted.  I’ve already went and bought the ingredients to make it again because I loved it that much!

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    The third recipe was Chicken Satay Skewer. This was the kids favorite because well lets be honest, you can never go wrong with chicken for kids. It had a tasty peanut sauce to make and the snow peas were so delicious that I actually could have eaten them all!

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      This was so fun and definitely something we’ve never tired before but I can’t wait to for our next order! If you’re interested in trying it out and want $35 off of your first order use code HEYERIN35.

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