Jack Bear turns ONE!

Happy birthday to our little Jack Bear!!! This past year has just flown by!!! I can’t hardly believe that one year ago today we were at the hospital patiently awaiting his arrival! I still remember freaking out when he came out because he wasn’t crying and he was pretty blue/purple at first. I just kept saying ‘why isn’t he crying?! Why isn’t he crying?!’ The Doctor was reassuring me that he would, and he did! It only took him about a minute to cry, but to a mother that had just pushed a baby out of her bits, it seemed like an eternity! The umbilical cord was wrapped so tightly around his neck and arm that the doctor had to actually cut the cord before I could even push him the rest of the way out. Even with all that, he still did really well on his APGARS!

Anyway, back to the start of our day…

Chad and I woke up early in the morning and headed to the hospital. Once I got there and got settled in, around 9:30am, they gave me a very tiny dose of pitocin to get things moving. That tiny dose was enough to get my contractions started! I was progressing really well, especially for being induced, they didn’t have to give me any more pitocin!  I was able to get my epidural once I was about 6 cm around 10:30am, and about an hour later at 11:20 I was already 10cm. We waited for Jack to progress down the birthing canal a little further. I started pushing at about 12:10 and only pushed through one contraction. Jack made his arrival at 12:12 pm!  It was a very quick, and smooth process, thankfully!!

Thinking back to my pregnancy with Jack, he wasn’t a very big mover. I’d feel movements every so often, but nothing compared to Preston. It never really worried me because he didn’t ever move much, so it never decreased. It did have me a bit worried when I was a week late and didn’t have a lot of movement, but like i said, it wasn’t much different from the rest of his pregnancy!

Jack has been pretty mellow from the beginning. He basically came out and slept around the clock. I had to wake him for feedings for the first week, once he packed on some pounds, I let him sleep and he’s basically been sleeping through the night since!

Jack is so sweet and is very social! He hates to miss out on anything!! I think that’s why he only takes one nap a day and has done that since about 8 months!! He takes one 2 hour nap a day. He usually sleeps for about 11-12 hour a night though. He’s in bed by 5:30 or 6pm and will sleep until anywhere from 5:30-6:30 in the morning. Jack has recently started walking!! I finally realized that he wouldn’t walk with socks or footed jammies on, and I always had him in one or the other!! Once I realized he would walk when he was bare foot, he started walking more often than not! Jack has some words he can say. It’s so cute!! He says: no, uh oh, hello, mama, dada, all done, and good. There might be more, but I can’t remember. He has his darn binky in so much he only talks when it’s out, obviously! Haha

Jack is a very good eater. He’s not picky at all. He will eat anything!! Hot or cold, savory or sweet. A few faves are: cheese, frozen peas, blueberries, and hummus!

He is just starting to get over a 3 week long sickness. It started with a cough and runny nose, vomiting, not eating much, and a fever. Then came a double ear infection and pink eye! It’s been neverending. I’m ready for my sweet boy to be healthy again!

Jack and Preston have the sweetest bond I’ve ever seen!! They love each other so much. They play together, give hugs and kisses, and get so excited to see each other after Preston gets done at school!! Preston takes such good care of jack. I have no doubt that he will be a huge help once the new baby arrives in March!

our little (big) Bear is quite the tank!! He is 26 lbs  (and just lost a pound from being sick) {96%} and is 30.5 inches long! {69%}. I always tell Chad how I can hardly lug him around in his car seat, think 50 lbs of dead weight, and I always giggle when he finally carries jack in his car seat somewhere and complains of how heavy he is. Haha! This pregnant wife lugs him around daily!! We recently got him his convertible car seat, but I can’t bare to make the switch!! Jack sleeps so well in his car seat when we are out and about. I think I’ll probably keep him in it until he hits the 30lb weight limit! Lol

We had a pretty low key day celebrating Jack’s birthday! It was just Chad, Preston, Jack, and me. We made some cinnamon rolls for breakfast and put a candle in it. We wore birthday hats and sang to Jack a few times throughout the day! He had a great day and even took a nice long nap for us!

We can’t wait to watch this sweet little guy turn into a young gentleman!

And for fun! Pictures from each month this past year:

AND Preston (left) and Jack (right) both on their first birthdays. Jack is 5 lbs heavier than Preston was! haha

Well, that’s about all for now! …until next time! xoxo ❤

Preston – 3 years!

Happy birthday, Punky!! I can’t believe my little boy punk is 3 already!!!💙 You are, oh so sweet and charming. First thing in the morning you always say ‘I love you so much!!’ and give me a big hug. You tell me how cute jack is and that I’m beautiful. You look at me and say ‘you’re so beautiful, mommy!’ 💃🏻Even though you spend like 95% of your waking time with me, you always like to tell me ‘how daddy does it’ or ‘what daddy says’! Haha. You are such a good big brother to Jack. You love to give him kisses and you started calling him ‘little chipper’.🤣 You have become so independent lately! (100% potty trained! Yeah!) But you still love your snuggles with mom and dad!! You are a little more demanding these days and enjoy acting out during the day when I’m busy with Jack. But I’m hoping that just means you will make a good CEO someday! 😝You can play by yourself, you have a great imagination, and love running away from monsters that are chasing you! 🤢so cheers with our chocolate milk to my smart and silly 3 year old! 😘💕

(I had to throw that last pic in here! You said Jack was cold and needed to cover him up!🤣)

I am just so proud of the little boy you have become! I’ve never felt like you went through the terrible 1’s or 2’s! There was a little rough patch shortly after Jack was born. That only lasted a few weeks and now you’re better than ever. Every day your Daddy and I talk about how fun and sweet you are!

The other day when I was cooking dinner you looked at me and said: “Mommy, I want to go buy you pink tulips!” That is just like you. So sweet and thoughtful. Every time we go to Aldi you pick out flowers for me by the check out. ❤ you will make an awesome husband some day!!

You got a watch for your birthday (not a digital one either) and you are so cute with it!! When I ask you what time it is you’ll say “It’s 7 and 3, mom” (meaning 7:15)

Everyday you’re at school your teachers tell me how amazing you are! Yesterday when I asked you who you played with at school you said, “Jack and Evan. I love Jack and Evan. They are my best friends!” (not brother Jack; to clarify)

When we were at the gym (in our new town) for the first time, when I went to pick you and Jack back up from the nursery, the lady in there told me how attentive you are to your baby brother. She said she rarely sees that with older sibling. But you were on the ball with his Binky (pinky as you call it), if he was crying, etc!

you are an amazing eater! You will eat anything!!! The other day you were downing sardines and decaf green tea. I think it’s because Daddy has had you on a broad palette since the beginning (think: beef liver, pickled herring, fresh kale picked from the garden…)

Okay, Okay, I’m done rambling! I just love you sooo much! xoxo

…until next time!! xoxo

Preston – 2 years

Happy 2nd birthday to our little Punky! You are such a joy, little boy! You have always been so sPunky and full of life!! You randomly make silly faces and bust out in dance, just like Mama! You would rather have veggies and hummus with a side of liver for breakfast (rather than pancakes) just like Daddy! You love to wake us up in the mornings with eskimo kisses!! You’re so smart and always want to keep learning new things. We are SO proud of you!! 


Our little boy turned 2 on Friday! First thing that morning, within 5 minutes, Preston got 3 FaceTime calls from his Grammy Che, Auntie Anna, and Uncle Pooze! They all sang Happy Birthday to him and watched him shove his face with a chocolate covered twist donut with sprinkles!!! His first one ever, he was definitely a fan.


After breakfast we let him open his one big gift. It was a train table that I had gotten at Wal-Mart on Black Friday (note to self: never go to Wal-Mart on Black Friday again). The train table was only $30 and after joining the crazies, I had jumped over a pile of toys to snag the last one. I’m so glad it worked out because Preston LOVED IT!!! He has been playing with it so much.


After much play time, we decided to take Preston to the mall play place. It’s his favorite thing to do. He had so much fun!!! We were even there at 12:51pm – the time of his birth!!

Preston took a nice 2.5 hour long nap. During his nap his friend Joey stopped over to drop off a gift for him and the mailman delivered a package from his girlfriend, Penelope. He is just so lucky to have such sweet friends in his life at the age of 2!!!

We headed to Grandma Che and Grandpa Bob’s house around 3:30. We got there just in time to head to the Brewery for a drink before the birthday dinner festivities started.


This has become a slight joke/new tradition? Lol! (On Preston’s first Birthday we went to the grand opening of a new bar in town before dinner that evening. We figured he was 1 and he wasn’t going to remember it anyway! It’s pretty funny when we look back on it! He had a blast though, he was able to eat the complimentary popcorn they served! It was a win win!) 


Anyway, back to the present, we did our annual brewery stop, and then headed back to Grandma and Grandpa’s  for appetizers and Indian tacos!! We were happy Uncle Pooze didn’t have to work and was able to come with us to the brew.


We are so very thankful that his Grandpa Steve, Grandma Eileen, Uncle Scott, Auntie Holly, and cousin Noble were able to come, too!!


Spending time with family to celebrate birthdays is so important to us. We love the memories and the fun. Preston loves when he gets to hang out with family. He’s finally to the age where he knows and remembers the people he sees often enough. It’s so cute watching him get excited when you tell him his auntie Holly and Noble are coming over! Auntie Emma had to work long hours that day, but she was able to FaceTime with us for a bit. She even contemplated driving back right after her shift at the hospital to try and make it to the tail end of the party–but realizing that she wouldn’t get there until 10pm…it didn’t work out 😦 We love her for wanting to come so bad though!!


After dinner we opened some presents…


and then celebrated with some ice cream cake!!!


 Chad and I made the ice cream cake the night before, and I think it turned our really well!!! I was a little nervous, but it was delish.


Preston’s birthday dinner was such a success!! He had so much fun running around and playing with Noble.


My son, you are SO loved.


Now, wish us luck as we enter the two’s. It’s off to a rocky start. 😛


Preston is a little over 34 inches long and 29.6 lbs! He’s lost a little weight over the last few months. 😉 I’ll get exact stats on Thursday for his 2 year check-up. He knows how to identify every letter in the alphabet, he can count to 10, and can identify most primary colors. He knows a few shapes: circle, star, and square. His favorite color seems to be pink and his favorite number is 4! He LOVES to read!!! He has also been favoring his left hand when he colors and paints. (like mommy!) He can speak in sentences, I can understand him very well, others have a little harder of a time as he still has cute baby pronunciations! The other day when joey was here, I asked Joey if he wanted to eat because he was tapping the booster seat, Joey nodded his head yes, and preston said ‘i want to eat, too’. That was the longest and clearest sentence i’ve heard him say! Just within the last two days he’s started fighting nap time, but once he’s down, he will sleep for a good 2-3 hours. He has also been fighting bedtime, the later he stays up the worse it is, if you can believe it! We still put him down at 7pm every night. The more sleep he gets, the better he is for me during the day! I’m hoping this sleep fighting and regression is just a short stage, I’m getting tired. haha!


a little before {37 weeks}, during, and after — for the sentimental side of me 🙂


…until next time! xoxo ❤


Easy Gluten Free Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

If you have a sweet tooth like me, you’re going to love this simple recipe!

It’s definitely a crowd pleaser and most people don’t even know that it is gluten free!! shh… 😉

Delicious #GlutenFree Pumpkin Cake Recipe

I use Namaste Gluten Free Spice Cake Mix (which is the best gluten free brand i’ve found, when it comes to baking).

The mix makes two 8×8 cakes. So I always make sure to divide the recipe in half.
Namaste Gluten Free Spice Cake Mix

Ingredients for the cake:

2 eggs

2 1/2 cups cake mix

1/3 cup oil

7 ounces canned pumpkin

1 packet of jell-o pumpkin spice pudding mix

Easy Pumpkin Cake Recipe

First, you’ll want to preheat your oven  to 350˚F. Lightly spray or grease your 8×8 pan.

In a mixing bowl, combine 2 eggs, 2 1/2  cups Namaste Spice Cake Mix, 1/3 cup oil, 7 oz canned pumpkin, and 1 packet of pumpkin spice pudding mix.

Blend well.

Pour cake mix into lightly greased pan and place in oven for 25-35 minutes. Cake is done when toothpick inserted in center come out clean.

The perfect time to make the cream cheese frosting is while the cake is baking.

Ingredients for the frosting:

1 8oz package of reduced fat cream cheese – softened

4 Tbsp butter – softened

1 cup powered sugar

1 Tbsp (gluten free) vanilla

In a mixing bowl, combine 4 Tbsp softened butter, 8 oz softened cream cheese,  1 Tbsp vanilla, and 1 cup powdered sugar. Blend well.

Once the cream cheese frosting is done leave it out so it is room temperature.

When the cake is done baking, set on wire rack to cool. Once the cake has cooled, frost cake with the cream cheese frosting.

and Enjoy!!

Delicious #GlutenFree Pumpkin Cake Recipe

I like to keep the cake in the refrigerator because I think it tastes better that way. But, do what feels right 🙂