He’s here!

Three weeks ago, I officially became a mom to two. 

(I am working on writing his full birth story now, but I wanted to go ahead and share a couple of things, because there’s really no telling how long it will take me to process and write his story. 🙂 We’ve had a bit of a rough start since his birth, with some significant weight loss and a really pitiful diaper rash for him, as well as a bout of mastitis for me. My hands have been (gladly) preoccupied with his sweet little body or snuggling his big sister most of the time, so writing only happens in short bursts at very random times.) 


The very quick, very short overview of his arrival is this:

My kiddos really love life in the womb and require medical eviction to bring them earthside. Knowing how big my daughter was at birth, we set an induction for two days after my due date. It was a long labor, but shorter than my first, and at 10:39pm on 2/16/17, our son was born.

He weighed 8 lbs, 7 oz. and was 21 inches long. 

He looked exactly like his sister. 

I fell in love immediately. We all did. 

We didn’t name him until he was about a day and a half old:

Finn Jameson

And he’s 100% perfect. ❤


Dear Finn,
May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
May you stay
Forever young
May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
And see the light surrounding you
May you always be courageous
Stand upright and be strong
And may you stay
Forever young
May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful
May your song always be sung
And may you stay
Forever young.* 
I love you. 
Love, Mom
*lyrics from Forever Young, Bob Dylan. 

my beloved nest.

This year our nest grew by 9lbs and 4 oz….
…one super sweet (and beautiful of course) baby girl named Aven Harper joined our family. She was born on February 6 and our nest hasn’t been the same since! (In the best kind of way).

Without even counting my long labor and some postpartum difficulties, it hasn’t been what I would call an easy transition (ummm…newborns are no joke!) but it’s far exceeded any expectation I had of motherhood. It’s already become nearly impossible for me to separate myself from this new identity she’s given me. An identity I’m profoundly grateful for.

I hope our nest is somewhere Aven will have lots of laughs and more love than she can even contain.

I want to keep track of all the big and little, funny and sad moments.

Basically, I just want to remember everything. And hopefully, hopefully, encourage a few fellow moms along the way.