Fourth Baby Reveal πŸ™Š

I know you’re still in shock that after having twins my hubby and I would want more babies. They’re CRAZY. You’re probably thinking. You’re right this mama is CRAZY in love with motherhood!

So here we are on the beach in Hawaii. We’ve been fortunate enough to celebrate two anniversaries here (4th and 10th) and we may never live here (fingers and toes crossed that’ll eat those words) but just in case, this is one of those moments I’ll cherish forever.

Things didn’t go as planned, the weather was crappy, it started raining before we even started shooting but hey we were still in Paradise right? The show must go on besides it wasn’t just any regular day, it was CHRISTMAS in Hawaii!

We were constantly getting hate texts and messages from our family back home on the East Coast. So there’s no way we were delaying another day.

Here are a few of my favorite photos just moments before we learned the sex of our FOURTH baby.

There aren’t enough words to describe my level of nervousness. I was sweating like crazy and my my heart was palpating so fast. I was convinced we were having a baby boy from the day I found out I was pregnant and mentally I wasn’t prepared to receive any conflicting news. I dismissed anyone who said it would be a girl. I’m sure I would push aside my hurt and love another baby girl. Infact, I am confident I would but I REALLY wanted a playmate for my son.

Are you dying of anticipation yet?…Take a look and see what Santa brought us for Christmas 2016!!

Hawaii thank you for these beautiful memories. You’ll always have a special place in my heart and special thanks to my in-laws for taking care of the twinsies while we were away. Thank you to all of you reading for being part of our journey thus far and I hope you continue cheering us on!πŸ˜™

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Fall On The Potomac

It was one of the most beautiful fall days.

Temperatures in the low seventies. The sky radiated a perfect shade of blue. The sun kissed your face showcasing your inner glow. You know that pregnancy glow. It almost felt surreal as each step revealed an even more perfect afternoon if that was even possible as the sun glistened on the water as darkness covered the sky.

This definitely is not what one expects on the East Coast a week away from Thanksgiving. For an island girl like me, this was DIVINE. If only there were more fall days like today. I wouldn’t have to dream of warmer places with sand between my toes and waves crashing a shore.

The National Harbor features many fine restaurants and boutique shops along waterfront street. We’ve dined at Grace Mandarin and Bond 47. Both restaurant offers great views of the Potomac River. The macaroni and cheese from Bond is a taste we still savor over a year ago.

The harbor is a nice family gathering place. There’s the Children’s Museum, a playground with a carousel for a nominal fee of course, a green space for the kids to burn some energy and there’s even a sand pit. The kids and I always have a good visit.

Perhaps this will be our last trip before the even gets much cooler and if it is, I think it’s a perfect memory until Spring.
~TOODLES~
Stacey

Mama Got Milk?

Don’t judge a book by its cover they say yet we all do it because its human nature.

You grow up thinking life will be all roses and butterflies only to realize its not. 

Breastfeeding was one of those unpleasant realizations for me. I just assumed I’d be able to nurse my babies because I WANTED to. It’s in your DNA once you become a mom right?

Breastfeeding is HARD whether you’re a first, second or third time mom…you get my drift. Breastfeeding does not discriminate. If you’re having difficulties, IT’S OKAY. IT’S NORMAL. Just like with pregnancies each journey is different.

I STRUGGLED. Not just a little either. I struggled A LOT! I’m still struggling.

With our oldest breastfeeding lasted about six months and even then it was one or two feedings per day. It gave me great pride but my plan was to breastfeed her an entire year.

The next time would surely be easier right? WRONG. IT WASN’T.

I was blessed with boy-girl twins (my DREAM)! My colostrum came in while in the hospital I thought I was on my way to success but I wasn’t. There just didn’t seem enough time in the day while raising two newborns and a 21 month old. In addition, our baby boy had latching issues. After about a month I quit.

The third times the charm right?

I certainly hope so.

So here I am with a 4.5 year old and TWO almost 3 year old and I’ve never been more DRIVEN to breastfeed our newest baby boy. Am I kidding myself? Time will tell I suppose…

I had no colostrum or breast milk during our hospital stay. The saga continues I thought.😒  I made the decision to bottle feed our Jaxson. I’d be lying if I say a part of me didn’t feel broken but I knew it was best for our baby. FED is best. NOT breast, NOT bottle. FED.

The next few days at home was more of the same. I would pump 15 to 30 minutes for a measely 1 to 3 ounces. It was extremely painful mentally and physically. I was sore and Jaxson was tongue-tied making it difficult to latch.

I felt defeated. I cried. But…I kept going and VOILA!!!! The angels rejoice 😁 One week of milk!!

After a week my milk came in. I pumped every 3 to 4 hours even at 2 a.m! Thanks to the hubby who woke up (even though he complained) and fed Jaxson while I pumped. I am proud to say I’ve exclusively fed Jaxson breastmilk since.  Now that I have a stock pile of milk I am nursing directly.

What made the differnce?

  1. I know you dont want to hear this but HYDRATE. HYDRATE. HYDRATE. I drink 100 to 160 ounces of water daily. TIP. Drink 1 to 2 bottles everytime you pump.
  1. EAT. EAT. EAT.  Who doesn’t like an exxuse to eat? I know I do. Your body needs more calories than when pregnant so eat at least six times daily. TIP:- Google lists of food that promote milk production.
  1. REST.  Getting as much rest as possible is hard with a newborn. TRUST ME, I KNOW but it’s necessary.
  1. SUPPORT. Find your support system preferably a mama who is/has nursed for an extensive amount of time.  The Lord blessed me with my cousin J who nursed and was a L&D nurse.

What have I tried differently?

  1.  Lactaion cookies. They are a bit expensive but they do taste good. PS:- I only ate them for a week. 
  2. Fennel tea. It’s a little different..an aquired taste.
  3. Mothers milk…haven’t tried yet.

Here’s a long but great read to help you on your breastfeeding journey.

    I am here to tell you DON’T GIVE UP MAMA. You can do it. You too can persevere. I’m rooting for you!

    Good luck with your breastfeeding journey mamas!

    XOXO

    Mother’s Day

    Motherhood is a choice you make everyday to put someone else’s happiness and well-being ahead of your own; to teach the hard lessons; to do the right thing, even when you’re not sure what the right thing is…and to forgive yourself over and over again for doing everything wrong ~Donna Bell

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    I took a break from blogging, but now I’m back. I hope you didn’t miss me too much. πŸ˜‰

    We all measure our successes differently. Being a mom is my greatest accomplishment. I always knew I wanted to be a mom. In fact, my greatest fear behind snakes (I’m TERRIFIED just thinking about snakes) is fear that I wouldn’t be able to bear children. I know it’s aΒ weird thing to spend one’s teenage years worrying about, but this thought consumed me at times. Perhaps, why the Lord blessed me with twins. ☺

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    MOM…this one little word changes EVERYTHING.

    I remember being so unsure of myself the weeks leading up to delivery and the weeks after…but I SURVIVED! I cried when my mom left, but the mommy instincts kicked in. When we got pregnant the second time, I felt assured because I had done it before, only to realize we were having TWINS. Raising three kids so close in age is an enormous feat, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Watching them makes my heart happy. Being a mommy is more than I ever imagined. My kids have multiplied my strength, my courage, my perseverance. These three little people have taught me so much. They give me joy and hope and laughter, their hugs, their kisses…when they say “LOVE YOU” 😍😍

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    I hope all of you lovely ladies had a wonderful day. I most certainly did. I slept in, got up took a shower, put on makeup, combed my hair, painted my nails…spent much of the morning ALONE. That in and of itself is a treat, right? Once I came downstairs, I was treated to brunch by the hubby. He had a nice spread consisting of eggs, sausage, bacon, ham, avocado, fresh strawberries and cantaloupe. It was lovely. To top it off, we had mimosas ☺

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    Brunch was delicious. Not having to clean the kitchen was nice BUT the best part was not changing a single diaper. Yes you read that right. I DID NOT CHANGE A SINGLE DIAPER. IT WAS HEAVEN😊 I think the last time that happened was probably during my hospital stay when I delivered our first child. I made sure hubby had all the practice reps with supervision around ☺ (He had never changed a diaper).

    Anyway, I had big plans for a day in the city to check out a few museums or a ride on the Capital Wheel followed by family movie night at the National Harbor The weather had other ideas. It was cool, windy and wet. Later, the sun came out…the next best thing is an impromptu photo-shoot, right? I had to enjoy the little sunshine because I didn’t know when’s the next time I would see sunshine. (Its been raining for WEEKS, but that’s for another post.)

    I grew impatient waiting for my MIL to share our pics so a second photo-shoot ensued πŸ™ŠπŸ™ˆ I know, I’m horrible. I’ve become my MIL. I remember when she would have the cameras in our faces at 2 a.m! Look at these pictures though. They are just the cutest.

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    I told you they were adorable.

    Thanks for reading…Have a great day 😚

    Children’s Museum

    Are you like me and hate the cold? I mean REALLY hate the cold?

    Do you cringe at the thought of going outside in winter? Well, if it was up to me, we would be living right by the beach, but for now the military dictates where we live, which currently is on the East Coast. Unfortunately, my kids don’t feel the same, especially my oldest who responds to me telling her it’s cold by saying “I can put on a coat mommy.”

    Are the kids constantly begging you to take them somewhere? I know my kids do. It’s the first thing on their little minds when they wake up. Even the twins are joining in on the fun. They often grab their coats and shoes and say GO, GO!

    So where should you go?

    The Richmond Children’s Museum (the downtown Richmond VA location), is a great place. There’s plenty to do to keep your little ones busy.Β  They can ride the carousel (nominal fee), challenge their inner Picasso, be a mechanic, pretend to be at school, go down the slide. The list goes on. There’s even a farm area just for the younger ones. Just be prepared for them not wanting to leave even after being there for several hours!

    Go. It will be good for the both of you and they’ll love you for it πŸ™‚ I hear it will be in the 60’s.

    Have a great Saturday! I’m off to an overnight trip with my girls πŸ™‚

    TIP:- Get the unlimited day pass for the carousel!

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    ~TOODLES~
    Stacey

    Twins First Dental Adventure

    Everyday is an adventure and taking three kids practically under three by yourself to the dentist is definitely an adventure, wouldn’t you agree?

    Three days ago the twins turned 18 MONTHS πŸ™Š which meant it was time for their first dental check up!

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    Jaeden wasn’t sure about what was going on.
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    Nelle was next. She cheesed and awed for the dentist like a pro! All her practice certainly paid off.

    Now it’s Jaeden’s turn. Would I be so lucky to have three littles who loves the dentist?

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    He wouldn’t talk to anyone, but he did pose for a picture with the girls and Flossy, the Parrot.

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    We are proud to report no cavities, just a possibility of braces for all three; but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

    ~TOODLES~
    Stacey

    Happy Valentine’s Day

    With these frigid temperatures (-7Β° yes, NEGATIVE) there was no way I was going out to celebrate.

    Luckily the hubby picked up a few crafts and things so here’s our impromptu Valentine’s party.

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    The only thing I planned was to make heart-shaped sandwiches for the kids. I gathered all the ingredients only to realize there’s no miracle whip! What’s a sandwich without miracle whip? Two slices of bread. It’s not a sandwich. So I settled for heart shaped toast and nutella.

    My oldest couldn’t get enough of the chocolate covered strawberries while her brother wanted nothing to do with the chocolate. My kids are weird, I know; they don’t like sweets.

    Here’s my very first homemade card from the hubby and the kids.
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    I hope you had a lovely Valentine’s Day!

    ~TOODLES~
    Stacey