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 😉

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!
  
   

   

Owen’s First Disneyland Trip

On July 2, we took off for Disneyland! It was Owen’s first trip and my bajillionth trip! I can’t even properly describe my deep, deep love for all things Disney!

Marshall wasn’t able to take time off from work, so we went with my mom, both sisters, and my brother! Bri and I missed our husbands, but it was great to get some sibling time! 

I was extremely nervous for the plane. I just know that babies don’t always handle the changing cabin pressure well, and I really didn’t want to deal with cranky passengers while trying to deal with a cranky baby. But, he actually did pretty amazing! No cries, whatsoever! He really enjoyed looking out the window and coloring with the crayons we got!

   
    
 
Once we arrived, we had the absolute best time! We didn’t really worry too much about nap time or bedtime, and I’m glad we didn’t worry! Because even though his sleep schedule was thrown way off, it didn’t affect his mood at all! He was the most mellow kid during the whole trip!

Owen was very unsure of the characters, as you’ll see in the photos, he’s got the most grumpy look with every single character! 

   

    
   
He did end up warming up to the characters by the end of the trip, though! He loved Minnie Mouse, Pluto, and the princesses!

   
    
 
Then there was us adults! We had an absolute blast! It was so great getting some much-needed sibling time!

   
    
 
While there, I happened to experience one of the greatest moments of my life. I met Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers!! My favorite player on my favorite team…I completely fan-girled, cried, hyperventilated…and he still took a picture with me!! Excuse the crazed look in my eyes…I said I was crying!

  
I made it back and white to hide my blotchiness…at least he looks good!!

I know that some people are totally against taking kids this small to Disney, but I’m just so glad that I did. The memories that I made were priceless, and I’ll treasure these sweet photos for the rest of my life.

Owen had such a great time, and I really did, too! It was definitely a different kind of trip, but it was great! I still got to go on plenty of rides, we just had to take things slower than we usually do, which worked out just fine! I mean, just look at these smiles! 

    
    
   
Totally worth the trip!

The Haircut of Shame

So, I gave Owen his first haircut several months ago, and it really wasn’t that bad. Mostly because I hardly took any hair! Unfortunately, his hair grew back with a scruffy vengeance! So, toward the end of June I decided to give it another go! But I decided to try to cut it a bit shorter this time.

It did not work.

Oh my word!! I don’t know what I was thinking! I tried to mimick what my hairstylist does when she layers my hair, but I’ve never been formally trained on how to cut hair…and it shows…

Here’s his scruffy mane before the cut:

   
 
And here’s my hack-job:

   
   
Stop laughing!!!!! I know its awful, okay? I seriously just hit a certain point and couldn’t stop. It was like a sickness came over me and I just had to keep cutting!

My husband got home, buzzed it (after laughing for way too long), and made me promise to take him to a barber next time:

   
 
I’ll be keeping that promise.

Moving Grandma and Sibling Visits

June was a busy month for us. Earlier this year, we found out that my grandma would be unable to stay in her home of 20+ years. It was really heartbreaking news, but due to a lot of unforeseen circumstances, there wasn’t much we could do about it.

I began looking for apartments/cheaper homes for her to rent that would be closer to us (she was living on the coast and we’re all inland a bit). It was a struggle to find anything that fit her budget, but we finally did it! After the biggest garage sale I’ve ever seen (with the most profit I’ve ever heard of), we were finally able to move her.

She now lives about 20 minutes from me. And, although it’s small and it’s not the coast, I think she’s feeling pretty happy there. I know she’s happy that she gets to see her great-grandson so often!

The week following her big move, I had my brother stay with us for about 6 days. He’s 12 and a handful, but we had a lot of fun! We spent some time at the public pool, then bought an inflatable pool and water balloons to have some fun at the house! Owen loved it! We invited my grandma and aunt out, and they seemed to enjoy themselves, too.


  
The very next week I had my 16-year-old sister stay with us for a week! We had a low-key week. We worked out together (ouch!) and made some coconut oil facewash! We also redboxed a bunch of dumb movies haha! Owen just adores his aunties and uncle!’


Overall, a very busy month, but July was even better–we went to Disneyland! I’ll post about it in a couple days!

My Baby is One!

Today Owen turned one, and I am feeling All. The. Feels. I cannot believe how quickly the past year has flown by! All I can think is, the next seventeen years are gonna be such a blur! Then he’ll be going off to college…getting married…having babies of his own…and he’ll forget all about his poor mother!!

Or…I could just keep him home forever and ever and never let him leave me!! Too crazy? Damn.

He’s grown so much, it’s insane. He walks now. Like, legit walking! He doesn’t hesitate at all to just take off running with his arms in the air like a crazy person! And he eats so many different foods now. I just feed him whatever we’re eating and he goes at it! And he “talks.” Oh my word, he babbles all day long, and I swear that he understands everything I say. How did he get so smart?

And I’ve changed, too, this last year. Physically, my body’s definitely not what it used to be. But emotionally–I’m a whole new me. I’m still the same person, essentially, but I’m so much stronger than I ever was before. Something changes in you, I think, when you become a mother. You are responsible for guarding your child’s life and heart and you have to be willing to do whatever is necessary in order to do that. You have to be strong. And in my case, I had to learn to stick up for myself and my parenting decisions. I had to learn to put haters in their place. And trust me, I’ve done just that! I’m still sweet Katie. But there’s a much fiercer woman lying in wait just below the surface. 

It’s crazy what a year can do in your life. I am so excited and nervous and scared for the years to come with my little boy! But I trust that God will see us through. My boy will become a good man, and lead an amazing life!

And never leave his mother…kidding!!!

But can I at least be his prom date?

Hello Old Friends

No, I didn’t die. I’m alive and well and exhausted and stressed and here.

If you follow my blog, you may have noticed that I’ve been gone since late November. Due to some pretty insane and unforeseen circumstances, I decided to take a two-month hiatus from my blog. I then extended it by a few months, out of sheer laziness!

But I’m here, and I’m ready to get back into the blogosphere!! So much has happened, so why don’t I just start by filling you all in?

Well, in December, amidst the aforementioned craziness, we celebrated our first Christmas with Owen! We had such a blast and got so many awesome photos! My favorite gift, by far, was out new Boba baby carrier!! We’ve gotten some great use out of it so far!

We also had our first Valentine’s Day, and my in-laws graciously watched Owen so Marshall and I could have a date night. I got drunk. Lol!! It was much needed, and a great time with my hubby.

Owen and I traveled to California in March. My parents were driving down, so they invited us to join! It was the longest, most sleepless week of my life, but it was such a great trip. We got to see so much family that Owen has never met before, and at one point we had five generations in one photo! We went to the Sacramento Zoo one day, and got to feed a giraffe! I’m really happy that I get to stay home with Owen and that I get opportunities like this one.

I also opened up an Etsy shop in March!! The name is StampAndCocoaDesign! Stamp because I’m making stamps, Cocoa because I’m a chocolate nut…so, ya know, pretty fitting! If you like me, go check it out: http://www.etsy.com/shop/StampAndCocoaDesign

About a week and a half ago, Owen had another EUA (exam under anesthesia). It went so well that his doctor doesn’t need to see him under anesthesia for six months!! Praise the Lord.

And, last but not least, my sweet, funny, happy boy is turning one in ONE WEEK! Aaaah!! I can’t believe it!! He’s walking, got six teeth, and is growing like a weed, but he can’t possibly be one year old yet, can he? We’re planning a really casual party for him for next weekend, and I’m pretty excited!

Well, I’ll leave you all with a photo dump, and I’ll be back next week! Good to see you all again!