Goodbye September, Hello October!

We’ve had a pretty busy/hectic month at our house. On the 9th, I turned 25 (yay!), and on the 10th, my husband and I celebrated our fourth wedding anniversary (double yay!). We ended up low-keying both events this year. I’ve just been so tired this pregnancy, and Owen hasn’t slept well in months! We thought that anything extravagant would just be too exhausting!!

  
The week following our anniversary, Owen caught a seriously nasty stomach virus. That was an exhausting (and disgusting) week, made worse when Marshall ended up catching the virus! Ugg! I was fortunate to have not caught it, because it fell on my shoulders to take care of my boys! A mother’s job is never done, I suppose.

Once Marshall and Owen were back to feeling 100%, we decided to take a day trip to the coast! We hadn’t had Maddie or Owen in the sand and water yet, and we were anxious to see how they’d do! Owen was very hesitant, but ended up loving both the sand and water! Maddie seemed to like the beach, but all she really wanted to do was say hi to other dogs. She loves other dogs, but she really struggles to come when called, so we didn’t risk taking her off-leash. That’s ok, though–mommy and Maddie sat in the sun while Owen and daddy played in the water!

   
    
   
Our trip was cut short because I ended up being very ill that day. My nausea has been horrendous this pregnancy, and I ended up vomiting several times throughout the day.

We ended up in the ER this last Sunday after Owen swallowed leather cleaner….awesome….We called poison control and were assured that unless he was struggling for breath, we were fine! But, in typical new parent fashion, we didn’t trust them and went into the ER anyways!! And we were assured by the doctor that Owen was fine. So there ya go.

And, we finished up the month with a bang! I got a part-time job! I saw a craigslist ad for a part-time position at the local packing/shipping store, handed in an application, and got a call two hours later saying I was hired! I have worked three days so far, and am loving it! I mean, it’s not what I went to college for…and it’s not what I would have chosen for a job…but if you have to get a part-time job (and I did), it might as well be fun! And I work with some really great ladies! I think it’s going to be a great experience! 

Now it’s October, and I’ve got big plans for this month! Pumpkin patches, corn mazes, Halloweentown in St. Helens, and, of course, Halloween!! I’ll try to update more regularly this month, as it should be lots of fun, and I’m sure to have lots of great photos to share!

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Our HUGE Announcement!

Well, the time has come to tell you all that in April, 2016, we will be welcoming the newest member of our family! Baby Baker #2 is due on April 1, April Fool’s Day! I really hope he/she isn’t actually born that day, but we’ll see what happens!

  
So as of right now, I’m 10 weeks along, and baby is the size of a prune! My morning sickness and fatigue has been far worse this time around, and everyone seems to think that that means I’m having a girl this time around! Honestly, I would be happy with either. A girl would be fun and adorable, but a boy would mean that Owen would have a brother/best friend to grow up with! Plus, I already have all boy stuff haha! But as long as this baby stays healthy, I have no preference on gender.

We got to have our first ultrasound last week, and the little one’s head and arms are very visible at this point! Plus, I was able to see the heartbeat! It was incredible!

This has been a shocking/happy/stressful time for us. We are very concerned about our finances and the cost of having a second child, but we are trusting that God will provide. I may be taking on a part-time job either while pregnant or after the baby comes, but the thought of losing time with my babies just kills me. Plus, daycare is so expensive! And I don’t even know how to go about finding someone that I can trust! Ugh, just so much stuff to think about.

For the next several months, look out for my bump photos!! Cuz I’ll def be posting lots 😉

Update on my Dreads

It occurs to me that I didn’t really explain why I felt so compelled to put my hair into dreadlocks. The thing is, there were lots of reasons, but the biggest one was that I have been feeling so lost lately. 

I feel like I’m wondering through life, marriage, motherhood without a map. And, although that’s just life, it’s never bothered me much before. Even though I couldn’t guarantee my future, I’ve always had at least a rough plan of what I wanted to happen in my life. And I just have no plan anymore. My life makes zero sense these days, and I feel like I’m losing my mind most days.

So I guess I just needed to have some way to take control. I needed to be in charge of something in my life, even if it just my physical appearance. So I got my nose pierced and put my hair into dreadlocks. Both of those things, by the way, I’ve wanted for a long time and just never had the courage until now.

So, now I’m 27 dreads in, with a few sections left to put into dreads! Thing is, my head is beyond itchy!! If I didn’t have a pre-existing itchy scalp, maybe it wouldn’t be such an issue, but i was already using t-gel every time I washed my hair to help my scalp. Now, it’s just gotten so bad! I’ve decided that I can’t take it anymore. I’m going to comb my dreads out. Maybe I’ll leave one or two underneath because I love them so much, but we’ll see. I hate doing this because I was so insistent on doing it, but it must be done. I can’t stay up all night itching again!

At least I still have my nose ring.

A New Journey

A while back, I came across this girl online who is one of the most naturally beautiful women I’ve ever seen. And she happened to have dreadlocks. I was in awe! She was this seriously pretty girl with a hairstyle that I had never thought looked that great, and she somehow pulled it off! I hunted all over Pinterest for more girls with dreadlocks, and I realized that they can actually look way cool.

This was about a year or so ago. Fast forward to just a couple weeks ago, and I suddenly get this urge to look at more girls with dreads. I just couldn’t get enough! I started imagining myself with dreads. Would I look good in tight, neat dreads? Or messy, unkept dreads? Would I even look cool??

I decided that yes, I would look cool. I also decided that messy and unkept was the way to go. And I actually decided to go for it!

Of course, my husband wasn’t/isn’t thrilled. But we began talking and I realized that this need for this extreme hairstyle comes from this feeling of dissatisfaction. Not that I’m not happy with my life. More, I’m just unhappy with myself. I told my husband that I just don’t feel like the person that I was several years ago. It’s more than just the fact that I’m a mother now. I truly don’t feel like the same person I once was. And I need a way to express that.

So, I got my nose pierced and I’m doing my hair in dreadlocks. Normal stuff. Hehe!

I’ve already started my dreads, but I’m doing them myself without products, so they’re taking a while to finish. I’ve got about a third of my head done, but hopefully I’ll be done by the end of next week! They won’t be “mature” for a few months, at least, but I’ve got to start somewhere. I’m really excited to wear cute beads and wraps in my hair!

Everyone seems to think I’ll stop showering or stop shaving, or just turn into a hippie, but please. I’ll still wash my hair once a week (and shower my body every other day), which is how often I wash it without dreads! So I’ll still be clean. And I like my style (usually), so I can’t really see myself going full flower-child with my clothing choices. Maybe…but probably not. And I already am pretty hippie, or “crunchy.” We use cloth diapers, I’m still breastfeeding my child at nearly 16 months old, we bed-share most of the time, I baby-wear, and I LOVE natural cleaning products! 

Seriously, people. Dreadlocks were the natural next step.

I’ll update once I actually finish my whole head, but I’m considering starting a new blog just for my dreads. Maybe a YouTube channel. But I’m not sure if I have the time/energy for all that! Let me know in the comments if you’d be interested in seeing videos or a dread-dedicated blog!

A Weekend with Owen’s Cousins

In July, Marshall’s sister, Lisa, came to Oregon for a visit! Her family lives in California, so we really look forward to our yearly visits! Lisa has 2 kids, Joli and Marcus, who love playing with Owen. 

While they visited, we made sure to have lots of fun! We all gathered at grandma’s house for swimming one day. Owen’s auntie Holly helped him in the pool, while Marcus enjoyed jumping and splashing! Owen just loved all the commotion!

   
   
 One night, we all went to see the play, Mary Poppins! A local theatre group puts on a fun play every year down at the high school. Owen and I had to leave early, though, since the play didn’t even start until close to 8 pm! But what we were able to stay for sure was fun.

We did something new while the cousins visited, too! We went for a little train ride! On the outskirts of town, there’s this miniature railroad called the Tennessee Thunder Railroad, and they take families for rides around their property! We weren’t sure what to expect, but it turned out to be great fun. And the kids loved it! 

   
    
   
   
We always love visiting with Lisa and the kids, and look forward to their visit every year!

An Outdoorsy Summer

We’ve been trying to get outside as much as possible this summer. Marshall and I both love being in nature, but we’re both natural-born couch-potatoes, unfortunately. In an attempt to save our child from our lazy ways, we decided to introduce him to the joys of hiking at this ripe, young age! 

My hubby decided that I needed new hiking boots (seriously ladies, he said we NEEDED to get me new boots…and any kind of shoe shopping is fine by me!) before we could start our summer trekking. Once the boots were purchased, we set out for a nice hike over at Cape Perpetua, on the coast. I absolutely love this hike, because you’re not only going through some beautiful forest, but you also get to walk out to the tide pools! It was still high tide when we went, so there was no anemone touching, but it was still gorgeous!

   

  

  

    

We decided to go to Clear Lake for our next hike. It. Was. Amazing.
It was about a 5 mile hike all around the lake, so we decided to bring snacks, and stop halfway through to change and nurse Owen. He rode on daddy’s back the whole time, and managed to stay awake all the way up until the last 15 minutes or so! I was definitely pooped at the end of the day, but it was a really wonderful feeling. 

    

  

  

      

We happen to live near a pretty nice park with some beautiful sights, so our next hike of the summer was over at McDowell Creek Falls. Now that our puppy, Maddie, was old old enough and had all her shots, we decided to take her along! She did really great, but she’s still very wary of bridges.  
     

Throughout the summer, we’ve also been taking walks down to the creek that runs through our property. Owen is such a water baby! He needs to hold daddy’s hands, but once he gets into that water he wants to go, go, go!

                

It has been such a joy getting out of the house with my family this summer. And I’m so grateful that my sweet boy seems to love the outdoors so much! I know that we have some awesome summers in our future!
  
   

   

August Tacoma Trip

This last weekend, Owen and I picked up my 16-year-old sister, Ali, and headed to see our other sister, Bri, in Tacoma Washington! Bri is a student midwife and is studying under an awesome midwife in Tacoma for the next year or so, so we decided to check out her new stomping grounds!

On Thursday, Ali, Owen and I took off. We arrived around 4:30, to find that Bri was actually attending a birth! So we hung out with her husband, Cody, until Bri got home. Because Bri doesn’t like scary movies, we took that time to watch two new scary movies!

The next day, Bri took us to Chambers Bay. Chambers Bay is over in University Place, and it’s where the 2015 U.S. Open (golf thing) took place! We had a lovely walk and ended up at this pretty awesome play area. I had Owen in the baby carrier, so we took a break to let Owen play and let mommy rest!  

    
    
    
 
After our walk at Chambers Bay, we headed home to change, then we were off to the lake! The weather was perfect! And because we went on a weekday, the beach wasn’t nearly as crowded as I thought it would be!

   
    
 
On Saturday, we definitely low-keyed it. We planned on going garage saleing, but I’m related to horrible over sleepers…we didn’t leave the house until after 11. We then proceeded to get very, very lost on our way to get me some caffeine, ended up only going to a few sales, and getting even more lost. We basically got a thorough tour of Tacoma. But oh well! 

After somehow finding our way up North, we decided to check out Point Defiance! We stopped at Owens Beach (great name 😉 ) and walked around for a bit. Owen had a good time throwing rocks into the water. 

    
    
 
Sunday was our day to head out. But I decided that I needed to get a little crazy before I left. I’ve been wanting to get my nose pierced for years, and on Sunday morning I finally did! It was scary and invigorating and freeing! I feel like a new person, and it’s not even that noticeable haha!

 
 
Seriously, what an awesome trip. And my sister didn’t get called to a birth the whole time we were there! But, wouldn’t you know, the babies all came at once the second we left 😉 I know that my sister was just happy to get a few fun days with family, and so were we!