Monday, September 2, 2013

Why are airports so cold

Seriously,I am freezing right now. But I know as soon as my flight is over, I will be super hot. 

Nathan and I are on our way to Panama!!! We are super excited, but missing Jack.  

We are on our layover in Miami. I have probably only gotten 4 hrs of sleep. It could be more, but I'm so cold that I can't sleep. Husband is lucky an doesn't have that problem right now. 

Wish us safe travels, because I am already thinking about how I want to go home and snuggle with my baby 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

the two words every new parent longs to hear

let it be known to the world that Jack Archer has said 'mama' & 'dada.' Both were spoken on the same day. We think it's the cutest. Although, Jack has no idea what those words mean, Nathan and I are overjoyed to hear them. It really is more of jack making different sounds with his mouth.

Enjoy this video of the cutie and please ignore my high pitch baby talk.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Watch me grow!

I realize I never posted about Jacks 5 month birthday. Well the little stud turned 6 months last week and I am in disbelief that I have a 6 month old. Where has the time gone? You hear parents saying that it goes by quick. But man, I feel like time is flying. Before I know it, we will be in the middle of the holiday season and then celebrating a first birthday. I love being this boys mama and wouldn't change it. 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Jack will hate me for this when he is older

Embarrassing baby photo are always a favorite of mine. Hopefully Jack likes them too because I am not gonna stop taking them. 

Enjoy this one. 

I like to think jacks face is saying

"Hey mom! Remember how you were too  tired to change my diaper last night? Well enjoy changing it now! "

I have a poppy baby   

Thursday, July 11, 2013

7-eleven day

Did you get your free slurpee from 7-eleven today? 

We did! 

Jack wanted some. 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Happy Fathers Day

Happy Father's Day to my wonderful husband and daddy to Jack! And to my awesome dad, father-in-law, and father figures in my life. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A Year Ago Yesterday

One year ago yesterday,  (June 11th), I watched two pink lines appear on a stick, and my life was changed forever. It is weird to think that those two lines have resulted in Jack. I love this little boy SO much! And I feel privilege to be called his mother. It really is a miracle that something so precious came from nothing. I still can't believe that I made him.

I love this little boy!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Sweet Tooth

Lately I have had a huge sweet tooth. Ever since jack was born I have been craving sugar. Ice cream, cookies, chocolate, I have had a piece a toast with Nutella on if every day this week. Sometimes twice a day. It's so weird because before I was pregnant and while I was pregnant, I wasn't a big water and didn't crave anything. But now, gimme a chocolate shake! It must be nursing. After all I am creating food for another human. Which I think is CRAZY! It's so weird to think that jack gets all if his nutrients from me. I am glad that I have been able to breastfeed and especially glad that I was able to work through my struggles and get it down. Speaking of sugar, I think I am gonna go get myself a caramel roll :)

Has anyone else had this happen to them after having a baby? 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Jack and I have spent the majority of the day snuggling. It has been the best. We had a busy day yesterday and tomorrow is gonna be pretty busy too. So today we have kept it easy. Sleeping, eating, playing, repeat. Jack has given me such cute smiles which make this day even better. I love this little boy so much. And being his mama is the best. I keep telling myself to enjoy all of it because before I know it he will be crawling, walking, and telling me to get out of his room. So I will not put away the clothes in the dryer, I will not do the dishes, and I will not get out of my pajamas today because I just want to cuddle with my baby boy. And anyone who calls me lazy can take a look at their own priorities. My priority is being a active mother/wife. Because there is nothing wrong with spoiling my 3 month old with love and attention. And there will always be chores around, but Jack won't always be home, he is growing and one day I will be saying goodbye as he goes to college/mission. So I am enjoying my time with my baby. 

Friday, May 24, 2013

Vote for this stud

I put Jack in a photo contest 
he is too cute not to share 
go VOTE for him every day 

3 months old

That is right
last week
this baby boy turned 3 months old
I can't believe it 
time is flying 
I am sad and happy at the same time 
sad, because:
Jack has grown out of his new born clothes 
he no longer is that little boy that would sleep on our chest 
and he is getting heavy for mama's weak arms 
but I am happy because:
he is smiling a ton 
sleeping through the night 
well, most nights 
and he performs tricks like 
rolling onto his side, sucking his fingers, and having blowout diapers 
maybe that last one wasn't a trick 
I would have to say 3 months is the magic number 
baby has a schedule 
a routine 
We have breastfeeding down 
and most importantly, I am getting more sleep
I still can't believe I have a baby
I keep asking myself where did he come from
it really is a miracle
My pregnancy was so easy
 labor and delivery went so smoothly
and I am already back to my pre pregnancy weight
that it doesn't even seem like I had a baby
But I am so glad that I do
Jack is such a blessing in my life
I love being a mother and getting to spend my days with this cutie
I am so thankful for Nathan's job that allows me to stay home

A few fun things that have happened
Nathan gave Jack a beautiful blessing on Easter
I kissed Jack not knowing I still had taco sauce on my lips...he cried for 10 min
Jack has peed on everything including my hair during bath time and his ear when I was changing him
this boy is a fish during bath time, he love to splash around
We have had multiple blowout diapers we just moved up to size 2 so hopefully that will change
this boy is smiling more and more and it melts mama's heart

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

My cutie baby according to my iPhone

Jack is getting so big here are a few photos of my cutie bug

Fresh and unique

Freshly picked is having a super big giveaway and I am crossing my fingers to win for Jack. I love the fringe on these moccasins

Monday, March 25, 2013

A few photos from the hospital

 Jack and Grandpa Fields
Uncle Josh checks Jacks heartbeat
First bath
Skin to skin with mama and dada

 We went for a walk around the maternity ward. It was nice to get out of bed and stretch my legs

 Grandma and Grandpa Conard and Aunt Kaylee love to hold baby Jack

 What a cutie!
Proud parents
Being discharged from the hospital
Notice baby is swaddled in the picture of me in the car...I forgot that you can't swaddle a baby and put him in a car seat. oops

Monday, March 18, 2013

The Birth of Jack Archer

Valentines day started like any other day. I felt fine in the morning and decided to go to the gym where I did yoga and ran a mile on the eliptacle. After the gym, I still felt fine.But by 6pm that night I started to feel some pain which I thought was because baby was moving. When Nathan came home at 7pm, I still didn't think they were contractions. But Nathan pointed out that it was a pain that came and went and wouldn't go away when I moved. Basically the definition of a contraction. And baby was moving A Lot! Nathan could see my belly moving like crazy during dinner and my bump was visibly lower so we started to time my contractions. Which were about 15-20 min apart.

By 10pm i was pretty sure that this was the real deal but still in disbelief. This entire pregnancy I was convinced that this baby was going to be late. Nathan started getting things ready for the hospital, and I tried to managed the increasingly painful contractions. The only problem was that the hospital won't admit me until my contractions were 5 min apart lasting 1min and have been going on for 2 hours. Mine were about 8min apart so I had to deal. Nathan would rub tennis balls on my back to counter pressure the contraction. I also tried a hot shower/bath but didn't find much relief for the back labor I was feeling. Eventually we both tried to get some sleep. Which didn't really happen for me, but Nathan got a few hrs in. I spent the night pacing, cleaning out my bowels (tmi), and tossing and turning in bed.

By 5:40 I woke Nathan up telling him it was time to go. My contractions weren't really 5 min apart, but I didn't want to be in morning traffic. We got everything ready and got in the car a little after 6am and started driving in the car for 2 min, when Nathan realized he didn't have his wallet. So we had to go back home, which I wasn't too happy about. Especially since Nathan asked me 3 times if I had my wallet. Once we were back on the road, I tried to quietly manage the pain. I didn't speak the whole way and kept my eyes shut. Luckily there was only half a mile of traffic right in front of the hospital. We drove around in the parking lot looking for a spot which brought out the crazy pregnant girl in me because they had free valet that we ended up parking in but Nathan took the long way to get there.

Our walk to the maternity ward probably looked ridiculous. I was in my pajamas, no makeup, hair in a high bun, with a blanket wrapped around me hanging on Nathan for support. After we finally got checked in the maternity ward, it was 7am. The nurse asked me stupid questions like "on a scale of 1-10 what is your pain level. And what is your maximum pain level." I obviously said the same number for both. At this point I was feeling nauseated, cold and clammy despite being wrapped in a blanket and was getting the shakes. The midwife did the check to see how far I was dilated and we were surprised to find I was at a 6. I thought I would be at a 4 maybe a 5.

Knowing that the worst was yet to come and I was already in a lot of pain, I immediately asked for an epidural. I figured I would, but wanted to try and reach a 7 or 8 first. Before I could get an epidural, I had to get an IV of fluid in me and I could no longer eat or drink anything, just ice chips. Once I finally got the epidural in it was about 8:45. Which thank goodness for some great nurses who helped me breath through my contractions while they were drugging me up.They checked me again to find that I was at a 7. At first they thought I was at a 10 because of the way I was laying in bed. They had to call the anesteologist back to give me a stronger dose of the drug because I was still feeling my contractions pretty strongly. Eventually I was completely numb on my right side and pretty numb on my left side but could still move my leg around. After getting that epidural, I became a completely different person. Before I wouldn't talk, or answer questions. But once I couldn't feel the pain I was all friendly and making conversation. Right after my epidural, I started to get the shakes so a nurse would hold a blanket on me to calm my body down. At one point, I felt a strong contraction followed by a pop, and I knew my water broke. The nurses eventually left the room and let Nathan and I get some much needed rest. Nathan's brother Josh, who was in San Diego for one last day after doing a rotation at the naval hospital, also showed up too and got to hang out for a while before going to the waiting room.

 By 12pm I got checked again and learned that it was time to push. I tried multiple pushing positions and made Nathan and the orher nurses get me ice chips to eat, cold compress for my forehead and Chapstick. 2 hours later at 2:18pm baby jack was born. While I was pushing Jack out, the nurse told me to reach down and grab my baby so I got to somewhat pull him out and put him right on my chest. Jack didn't really cry at all when he came out. While the midwife and nurses finished getting the placenta out, Nathan cut the cord. When they were putting jack back on my chest, Jack pooped right on my chest and then peed. Luckily the nurses cleaned me up pretty quickly. The nurses then left and we got an hour of just the 3 of us to bond as a new family. Little Jack weighed in at 6 lbs 9oz 20 3/4 inches long. And we are smitten with his cuteness.

 Can we just take a moment to admire how hot Nathan looks with a baby in his arms. Fatherhood suits him well and I am so grateful for all of his help with Jack and around the house. I wouldn't be sane without him. As I am typing this, Jack is asleep on Nathans chest, they look so cute together

More hospital pictures to come later