A blog about a mommy, a daddy & two little boys all finding the adventure and the happy in everyday life.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

International Baby Wearing Week // #WEARINGOWENLEE

In honor of International Baby Wearing Week, I am excited to share some special photos from my baby wearing journey with our second son, Owen Lee.

When Oliver, our first son, was born, I was really young & really naive. I thought baby wearing was "weird" and that was that. I didn't give it a second thought.

And that makes me really sad now.

When I found out, last Autumn, that I was pregnant with our second child, there were so many things I pushed aside the first time around that I couldn't wait to try out this time. Baby Wearing being at the top of the list.

It's been so special for us both, baby wearing has. It's an incredible way for bonding to form & grown even stronger between mother and child or father and child or even between and older & younger sibling. And it just makes everyday life simpler when you become a mom-of-two. You don't have to ignore one because you're busy tending to the other. No one has to cry it out.

I love baby wearing & I'm happy to advocate for it.

**our sling is from RaspberryBaby Shop on Etsy.com.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Cottage Lane Pumpkin Patch // Autumn 2014

I like simple and extravagant all wrapped up into one. 
Cottage Lane Pumpkin Patch, located in Ellis, Kansas, was just that.

A zip line, gunny sac slide, corn maze & hay bale rides.
Goats, ducks & sweet, furry bunnies.
This pumpkin patch had all of the above, great for keeping busy little boys entertained.

Oliver's favorite part wasn't the pumpkins, but the goats & and the bunnies. He petted them for over half an hour & cried, "NOOOO!" when mommy asked him if it was time to go.

Besides enjoying all the little critters, Oliver also slid down the gunny sac slide & fearlessly led us through the corn maze.

To tell you the truth, we were so captivated by the many activities, we didn't even have time to ride the tractor out to the field of pumpkins.


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Cottonwood Lane // Sunday 10.5.14

We've been homesick for Colorado & its colorful Autumn foliage for the past couple of weeks, so sometimes we take long morning walks down Cottonwood Lane, in our new town [Hays, Ks] to make ourselves feel better.

Friday, August 8, 2014

[OWEN] 6 Weeks Old

At the end of my labor, when I was pushing, we lost his heart rate & my contractions stopped for a minute or so. He was born with his umbilical cord wrapped tightly around his neck. Twice. He came into this world looking blue & he didn't cry. It was easily the most terrifying moment of my life. Today this sweet baby bean is six weeks old. Six weeks of loving, snuggling, soothing, kissing & rocking him all day & all night long. Six weeks, but it feels like he's been with us forever. Being momma to him & his big brother is the greatest thing I'll ever do.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Simple Joys // A Big Brother Cape

"Sometimes being a Brother is even better than being a Superhero."

Big Brother Superheroes need their daddy's, too!

Big Brother Cape from :: Cupcake Cutie Kids on Etsy.com

Friday, August 1, 2014

A Walter Family Update

Hey, Everyone!

Y'all have probably noticed my blog has been awfully quiet these last 7 weeks. If you follow me on INSTAGRAM, you know we've been so super busy!

Baby O, also known as Owen Lee has arrived! Yay!!
Sweet Owen was born on June 27, at 40 Weeks + 2 Days. He weighed 6 pounds 7 ounces & was 21 inches of perfection.
[birth story coming soon.]

Two Weeks after Owen arrived, my husband's job was transferred from Pueblo, Colorado to Hays, Kansas. A week later we were on the road.
The [little] boys and I headed to Wichita to stay with my parents while Camron went straight to Hays to start work at his new location & find us a house to rent for our stay.
Our family was split up for close to two weeks. It was long & hard.
I feel really emotional about the whole ordeal, really. Mostly emotional about Owen & his sweet time as a newborn being "overshadowed"..
When Oliver was born we were able to savor his newborn-hood with hours of cuddling & bonding. It's been so much different this time around. I wasn't able to love on my Owen Lee the way I would like or enjoy skin-to-skin as much as I would have preferred this first month of his precious life. I honestly feel so deeply heartbroken over the little amount of time we lost while we were moving, but -- as of yesterday, our family of four is reunited & in our little, old [new to us?] house & we're savoring our togetherness now.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

My Pregnant Body // WEEKS 36 & 37

 36 WEEKS!
May 28, 2014 - June 3, 2014

Sweet, sweet Baby O is becoming quite the chunk, weighing 6 (+) pounds & measuring 19 inches long! He is shedding his vernix caseosa this week, the waxy substance that covered and protected his baby skin while he enjoyed his 9 month stay in my uterus.

June 4, 2014 - June 10, 2014

Baby O is weighing an estimated 6 & 1/3 pounds this week, although momma thinks he's weighing a little bit more than that, and measuring a solid 19 inches. AND we're considered term! WOOHOO!

How Is Mommy?

Impatient. I thought towards the end of this pregnancy I would be able to relax more & not feel so anxious as my I did my first time around. Not true. I'm just as anxious & stoked to meet this little boy as I was to meet his big brother two years ago. And, leave it to my children to be as stubborn as possible & keep me waiting. I know I'm driving my husband completely insane, complaining that I'm going to be pregnant for the rest of my life.

Bipolar Energy. I'm not sure what else to call it. One day [it even changes as much as hourly..] I'll be bursting with all sorts of energy, nesting my big, pregnant booty off & the next day [or hour] I'm a big worthless blob! Oh, pregnancy. You're so weird.

Craving! My chocolate cravings are just out of control.

Back Pain. Beginning in my 37th week, I started having the worst lower back pain. Only on my left side. It hurts to even walk. This is supposed to be a sign that labor is near, as baby is so low. I'm beginning to doubt this theory.

Braxton Hicks. [OR false labor] Yep, having those. I didn't have one single contraction my first time around until I started labor. I was induced at 40 weeks + 1 day.

Dilation. Only dilated to a 1, maybe 1 & 1/2. But I feel all sorts of pressure down there.

Weight. Right on track, I've gained 26 pounds. Starting weight was 105 -- I weigh 131 at 37 weeks.