Paxton’s been home for a little over 2 weeks now and the boys have done SO well. They all love him and have been really helpful with getting diapers and making sure he always has his lovey and passie, especially Bear ☺️
Bear tells me every time he makes a noise, “uh oh, baby crying mama!”. He also likes to touch his face really gently and says “it’s ok baby” if he’s fussing at all.
Hatcher points to him and asks me almost daily, “is that Paxton?”. I think now he knows it’s funny, because it is and I love it.
Maddox has been super sweet too. He loves holding him and actually does a really great job! He loves laying down and letting him sleep on his chest and watching it makes me feel like my heart could explode! He also really considers him. For example, he’s playing baseball this year and at one of his first practices he hit a ball straight back at the coach and it hit him in the shoulder… so on the way to practice the other night he said, “mom what if I hit the ball really good again tonight (confidence is not really an issue 😂) and it hits Paxton?!” I loved that he was thinking about him and thought it was really sweet!
Paxton Ford is here! He was born, Easter Sunday, April 16 and the delivery was really smooth 🙌🏻 He weighed 7lbs 10oz and was 20.5 inches long. I want to do a separate post recapping his birth story, but I am soo thankful for the Lord’s protection for me and Paxton through the whole thing! We are all loving having a new little one around.. he’s the sweetest 😍
So, unless you’ve been living under a rock the last few years, you know Chip and Joanna Gaines and their empire in Waco, Texas, the Silos. As I was brainstorming what I wanted to do for my 30th birthday I saw an instagram post for an event called the “Silobration” they were putting on in October. I had originally wanted to go on a tropical beach getaway with Justin — kinda like re live our honeymoon… But then I got pregnant and a babymoon just didn’t sound as fun as a second honeymoon. Plus Justin was in the middle of football season so anything we would have done would have been super rushed. One day, when we don’t have a nursing child and I am not pregnant we will take that vacation…. Maybe my 32nd birthday?? Ha ha! So I called one of my best friends, she was totally on board and had another friend who she knew would want to go too! Honestly leading up to it, I kind of didn’t think it was actually happening. I had never really done anything like that before, and especially not since I became a mom. It was by far the longest I had been away from my kids. After I completely fell apart in the car driving to the airport, I pulled myself back together and off we went! It was seriously SUCH a good time! The event was awesome. There was a huge vendor fair for two days with some incredibly talented vendors. I only brought a carry on which was mainly torture, but also kind of a good thing because I wanted to buy everything!!! They also had a Johnny Swim concert one night on the grounds that was a really good show, not to mention Chip and Joanna were there. Super cool! I had an awesome time with Ashtyn and Ansley and so enjoyed some girl time :) I left relaxed, inspired and rested.. it was so much fun! Here are some photos from the trip!
Ash and I randomly got seated next to each other on the plane, in an exit row… Amazing!So much leg room!Rental Car! A first for all of us.So yummy!Johnny Swim, Chip & Jo!We drove over to Austin for an afternoon too! Such a cool city. Baby boy was just a tiny little bump then!
Such an awesome trip that I would totally do again if I got the chance.
Hi! I haven’t posted in forever, but without internet its kind of a pain.. and finally after living at this house for FOUR years, we joined everyone else in 2017 and got wifi!!!! Halleluiah!! Annnd now I have no excuses… I really want to try and start documenting our life better on here… We’ll see how that goes! ha. The last time I wrote I wasn’t very far along in my pregnancy. Since then we have found out the baby is a boy and we are so excited! Honestly though, it did take me a few weeks. Don’t get me wrong. I was SO thankful to hear that the baby was healthy, and the 4 boy dynamic is actually something I’m super excited about. BUT, like I’ve said before, Justin and I are planning for this to be our last baby and I would have loved to experience having both boys and girls. When I really processed and evaluated my feelings though, it wasn’t that I was so sad I was having another boy, it was more just letting go of ever having a girl. I also wrestled with some insecurities wondering why God chose me for only boys, and had to combat the lie, “Im not good enough to be a girl mom”. Ultimately though, like I said, we are so thankful and excited for baby boy number 4 :)
The boys were really excited too! Maddox had actually really wanted it to be a girl and I was afraid he would be kind of disappointed. We stopped by Walmart on the way home from my appointment though and bought a bunch blue balloons and other fun blue treats which had them all excited! He said the next day, “Ya know mom, I’m really glad its a boy, because if it were a girl we’d have pink stuff everywhere and I like blue a lot better than pink.” Ha ha!
Pregnancy wise, this has been my hardest one! I was pretty nauseas, had a lot of headaches and was SO tired the first trimester. Then the second trimester came and went and I just kept waiting to feel better. Before I felt like I was out of the woods though, I was in the third trimester. Ha! Ive definitely had good days, and better than a lot of girls I hear about, but the back pain, heartburn, and general discomfort has definitely just worn on me more this time! I am now about one month out and am ready and so excited to meet this little boy! Here are some pics of my growing bump..
Feeling kicks!33 weeks
Lets see.. What else has gone on.. The kids are awesome! Maddox turned five. He is in Pre-K and loves it! He has learned a good bit and LOVES his teacher! I hope he continues enjoying school. He’s also playing baseball for the first time this spring and although its not the best timing because of the baby, we are really excited about it!Hatcher is hilarious. He didn’t have much to say until he was about 2 and a half, but he is making up for it now. He is sometimes still pretty hard to understand, but his little expressions and voice are the cutest! I wish I could bottle it up. He is the most serious of all of our kids, but he loves his mama and is actually a sweet kid when he wants to be :) Bear is a little over 18 months now and his personality is seriously awesome! He is talking a ton and saying new words every day! He loves people and is so friendly with everyone. He is the first one of our kids to be like that. Maddox is just shy (until he gets comfortable, then he is off the chaiN!!!), Hatcher is straight up rude to most people. Haha! But Bear, he will go to anyone, tells everyone hey, gives high fives all around.. Its really sweet. He already thinks he is one of the older boys and wants to hang with them so bad! I just love seeing them become little people!I am excited about adding another brother to this crew and SO curious about how it will shake things up!
Hopefully I’ll be back sooner than later!
After I had Bear I said I wanted to wait until he was about 2 to get pregnant again. The transition to 3 kids was my hardest yet, and I just kind of wanted a break from pregnancy and/or breastfeeding! I did the math… Bear weaned in June making this the first summer I wasn’t pregnant or breastfeeding in 5 years!! But after some thought, prayer, and baby fever that struck both of us we decided to go for number 4. Maddox praying every night for a baby girl didn’t help my baby fever either 😍 Our plan is that this will be our last… But like I said above, we also planned on waiting another year before getting pregnant again 😜 Ultimately we’re taking things one kid at a time and following God’s lead for our family. To answer the question on everyone’s minds, yes we’re finding out the gender, yes we would love a girl, and yes we trust God with whatever he gives us! I would defintely be lying if I said I didn’t want a daughter… I would love to experience parenting both sons and daughters. However, I do trust in God’s plan for our family and know that His plans are greater than mine. All that to say we find out in a few more weeks what we’re having!
I am 14 weeks and although I’m overall feeling better, I don’t feel like I’m completely out of the first trimester woods yet! I still have some pretty nauseas moments and am still really tired… I’m ready for some energy to return!! We are so thankful and excited though about the newest addition to our family! Can’t wait to meet you little one! Here are a few photos of the pregnancy thus far..
Hatcher is potty trained!!!! After over a year, we now only have ONE kid in diapers 🙌🏻 He actually has had it for a few months now, but I’m just getting around to documenting it. He is so different than Maddox I was honesty a little nervous about training him. Maddox was super easy… A few days at home in underwear and he completely had it. Hatcher did take a little longer, but overall was really easy too! We had to take a break after a few days due to a stomach bug, but after the weekend back in diapers he was back in underwear Monday morning. That Monday was his worst day… I think it had more to do with my expectations though.. He had already had 2 days in underwear and was making some progress so I kind of assumed he would pick back up where he left off.. He didn’t, but after a few accidents that day he was back on track and he’s only had an accident or two since then! I am so proud of Hatcher and also can’t really believe I have two kids old enough to use a toilet!!!
This year flew by… Adding Barrett to our family has been so much fun and such a blessing! He is so adorable and cracks us up acting like he’s one of the big boys! He’s seriously trying to keep up with Hatcher and Maddox. Some days I just feel like I can’t get enough of him ☺️ You’ve seen Katelin’s photos on here before, and once again, she did not disappoint! They turned out SO WELL!!! Stick around… Take a look-ie!
And just for my sake.. One year stats:
21.4lbs and 29 inches tall 😍