Poor little Levi. I’ve been so bad at keeping up with his updates lately. Here he is, turning 3 in just a few days. We are at the end of *monthly* (as if) updates now that he is 3 but I still want to keep up with general updates from time to time.

Levi has had a great year being 2. He is such a fun kid (he’s also a lot like me! :D). Tru and Levi are both sensitive little hearts in their own way but Levi is the one who I have to be so careful with everything because he takes it to heart so deeply. For example: he’s been getting in our bed a lot at night. Usually at least once during the night. He comes in silently, doesn’t say a word, lays down for a few minutes and then goes back to his bed and back to sleep. He just needs the reassurance I think. Well, the other night he came in and it startled me in my sleep and I pushed him back from me before I realized that it was Levi in my bed. He jumped off the bed and ran to his room crying because he thought I didn’t want to hold him. πŸ˜₯ And another time he got in my bed and I couldn’t sleep because he wouldn’t lay still. Finally I told him to go back to his room because I couldn’t sleep. It must have made him feel bad because in the morning he said “I was sorry I got in your bed, mommy.” Broke my heart! Levi always says “I sorry, mommy” if he thinks he’s hurt or offened me. It is precious and I love that he cares so much. I always make sure I let him know that it’s ok and that I love him. He tells me “Mommy, I love you” all the time, especially when we are driving places.

Somehow he bit his lip really bad recently. I don’t know how it happened but it looked awful. It became infected and he kept making it worse by not letting it heal. I needed him to not touch it at all so I told him I would buy him a big candy bar and he could have the whole thing all to himself if he didn’t bite his lip and just let it heal. He was really excited about that and we looked at candy bars online and he picked which one he wanted. I know that it must have taken so much self control for such a young little boy but every morning he would show me his lip and ask if it was better and he could get his candy bar yet. His lip is completely better now so I gave him his candy bar this evening. He was so excited! He said thank you of course (he’s also a polite kid – usually) and I said you’re welcome. Then he said “You’re welome too, mommy, that I stopped biting my lip.” Adorable!!

Levi is still quite the talker. He loves to ask me questions (though we have finally moved out of the constant “why” phase) and talk things through. I love our conversations together. Our current favorite thing to do together is color. Sometimes we share a book and each color a page and sometimes we have seperate books. Either way, we praise eachother’s coloring abilities and share crayons and talk about our pictures. It’s such a fun time together and I try to make time to do that as often as I can. His coloring has gotten so good lately. He’s not entirely in the lines yet, of course, but he is much more careful now rather than just scribbling everywhere. It’s been fun watching his skills improve.

Levi likes doing little projects with me and helping. He is really good at cleaning his room. He knows where all the items go: books on shelf, toys in basket, stuffed animals in another basket, battery toys on the shelf in the living room. I think that’s impressive for a 2 year old (yes, he’s turning 3 but he’s been doing this for months now). If the kids have gotten out other toys that have their own tubs, Levi is good at sorting those things out and putting them in their proper places. In fact, I joke that Tru and Levi are better at cleaning up the bedroom and living room than DH is. Except it’s not a joke. Because they actually are. πŸ˜›

Levi also likes to bring me items from the fridge while I’m cooking. It’s a little precarious seeing a toddler with a box of eggs, but, he’s learning and having good bonding time with me so…. πŸ™‚ He helps with the laundry too. He pulls everything from the dryer into a basket and then pushes the basket to the family room. Then I put the wet clothes on the dryer door and he pushes them in. Then he grabs the towels and wash clothes and folds them to the best of his adorable ability. Tru does this stuff too but Levi is the one usually begging to do it. He does a lot of little chores without me even thinking to ask him to. I think he just watches me so much and wants to do what everyone else is doing. Like when I empty the diaper genie, Levi wants to take the bag of diapers outside. I could go on and on about all the little chores he does. Of course it’s all fun and games right now. πŸ˜‰

One thing Levi can never get enough of is snuggles. He is the snuggliest little person ever. He wants to sit in my lap all the time and I feel bad that sometimes I have to say not right now. But as much as I can, I hold him or at least let him sit by me. He has started asking again to hold my hair. It’s like a security thing for him so I bear it as long as I can. πŸ™‚

Levi is also a very thoughtful little boy. When DH isn’t with us and we are enjoying a treat, Levi is always the one to suggest that we should save some for Daddy. Just today we had hotdogs for lunch. We don’t have them very often and you know how kids love hotdogs! (me too!) So Levi wanted to make sure Daddy woud get to have one. DH appreciates that Levi is always thinking of him and he makes a big deal out of how happy he is that Levi saved him something. When my MIL brought the boys candy for Valentine’s, Levi spent almost the entire day – including naptime – carrying around a little crabby pattie gummy that he was saving for Daddy. He said “I’m going to save this for Daddy cause it’s his favorite.” I couldn’t believe the self control it must have taken for him to carry that around all day and never open it! So incredibly precious!

Dear God, thank You so much for this precious and beautiful little boy. I am amazed at his sensitive and thoughtful spirit and I am blessed to know his love and devotion. Raising him is a tremendous blessing in my life and I pray that I will always raise him according to Your will and with love and gentleness. Please watch over and protect Levi as he continues to branch out into the world around him as he learns and grows. Please keep him healthy and safe. In Jesus’ name, amen.


The boys love playing with these cars that were DH’s when he was a boy.

My little cowboy ❀

Playing guitar with DH

Brotherly love

Snuggles with his puppy


I know I’m not keeping up with updates anymore and I really wish I was doing better with that but I’m giving myself some grace because I have 3 people 4 and under who need lots of my time and this is just the season I am in right now and that’s ok. I have been taking lots of pictures though and I need to get those backed up from my phone and camera.



So, Zane has really blossomed so much the last few weeks. It’s like he just woke up and became a whole new person! Let’s do bullet points.

  • He’s still snuggly and loves his Mommy and still loves to take naps in my arms from time to time, although he sleeps so much more soundly if I lay him in his bed in my room with the door shut. He’s not a fan of noises and gets mad at me if I talk while he’s trying to sleep in my arms. His eyes pop open and he makes mad little sounds till I shut up and let him sleep.
  • He rolled over twice front to back on March 11th at 18 weeks 1 day. All week he has been trying to do it again or roll from back to front. He is so close! I missed his first roll but I heard Tru laughing because he thought it was hilarious and Zane rolled again right away.
  • That same day he also really and truly discovered his toes and wants to eat them all day now. He is teething like crazy and I expect we will see a tooth pop through soon. Zane wants to suck/bite everything he can get in his mouth. He loves it when I massage his gums. He’s really starting to hold toys the last couple weeks and puts everything straight into his mouth now, of course.
  • We are having some struggles with nursing. He gets mad if the milk doesn’t come down instantly. I mean, we are talking 5 sucks and he pulls off and cries. Sometimes he does fine and other times it’s a struggle. He’s just going to have to deal with it though because he isn’t taking the bottle well either. It’s hit and miss whether I can get him to take it and he usually only drinks .5-2oz at a time. I know that baby food is right around the corner and I think Zane will be happy to try it. He watches us eat with great interest, his little eyes following the food. It’s so cute!
  • Currently Zane is outgrowing all his 6 month clothes at an alarming (but good) rate and I really need to pull out more of the 9 month clothes. He is still in size 2 diapers but they are getting too small. I have 5 unopened bags that we aren’t going to use.
  • (I highly doubt this will interest anyone but me) I am finally starting to learn Zane’s built in schedule. (Side note: I know a lot of parents put their baby on some sort of schedule at some point and that’s really nice for the baby to have some order and routine. In my opinion. Anyway, I’ve found that for me it’s easier to just watch what my baby naturally starts doing and just try to build off of that. That’s just what works for me though.) So, sometimes he wakes around 6am to nurse and then back to sleep. More often though, he is sleeping through till 9-9:30am. He eats then plays on the floor with Tru and Levi while I pump. Around 11-11:30am, he starts getting fussy and wants to sleep. I give him his binky and wrap him in a blanket and he falls right to sleep in my arms. I have a show I like to watch in the morning so this is our cuddle time. He doesn’t sleep long and usually eats again around 12pm. Then plays and sometimes eats again before he takes his next nap around 2:30 or 3pm. This is convenient for me because I can lay Tru and Levi down for *naps* (quiet time in their rooms) while I get a workout in and do Bible study or take a shower etc. Then Zane is up and nurses again around 4. His schedule seems really loose after that. I can usually count on him taking a nap again in the evening either before or after supper. He nurses maybe 3 more times before his little timer goes off at 10:30-11pm and he decides that he must go to bed NOW. We still have him in the sleep sack for now and give him his Zantac. Then I either nurse him in my bed and lay him in his bed for the night, or, if he’s not hungry, I just lay him down and he goes to sleep.
  • Zane still has really bad eczema. I give him baths with coconut and avocado oil in the water. When I get him out, I slather his whole body in a hypoallergenic balm and then dress him. He’s so greasy and smells funny but it does help his skin a little. He claws at his face all day so I imagine the eczema must be really itchy. 😦




Zane is still a smiley and happy boy and I am just so thankful for such an easy baby. God knew what He was doing giving me Zane for my 3rd child. He doesn’t make my daily tasks harder, he just adds to my joy. He is a blessing to our whole family. Tru and I were talking about it and we decided that God must have given us the cutest baby He could find. Tru and Zane have a very special bond (which still cracks me up since Tru was the one who was more blasΓ© about the whole pregnancy compared to how excited Levi was.) If Zane is sad, Tru and Levi can usually cheer him up just talking to him. Many is the time I have been changing my clothes or finishing up my food etc when Zane starts fussing and I’ll say “Can you talk to the baby for a minute?” and one or both of the boys will sit there and keep him company. He will cheer right up and then start crying when they walk away again. I think he actually just wants to play with them sometimes! He watches them all day!




Ok, I have to leave off here now even though there is always more I could write. I’m just happy that I got this much down! πŸ™‚




Dear God, thank You so much for all the beautiful advances in growth and learning that this beautiful little baby has made. Please keep him healthy and safe as he grows and explores his environment and learns new things. In Jesus’ name, amen.

He’s loving his playmat for short periods although he spend almost a whole hour playing on it yesterday!

Papa bought the boys these masks to wear at his birthday party and they’ve been wearing them the last 3 days. πŸ™‚

His morning nap

Sitting in my lap. I think he was watching a show or something. Why does he look like he’s 12 years old?!?!?!

Happy baby in the morning. πŸ™‚

This picture cracks me up. Both Tru and I keep looking at it and laughing.

Or maybe not your kids cause chances are your kids aren’t as weird as mine. But anyway, Rocky is 0% interested in store bought dog biscuits (picky Pete) and that’s kind of no fun for me because I like giving him treats. So I decided to be all creative and invent some he would actually enjoy. It was a great success! Rocky loves them! Since they are made with all people-safe food ingredients, I agreed to let the boys try them. Which was a mistake. They also loved them and were sneaking dog treats to eat. Tru liked them so much, he asked if we could eat them “At the morning” for breakfast. ….😯 (We didn’t)
So, in case anyone is interested, here’s the recipe I invented. 
1cup all purpose flour

2 small bananas, mashed

1/3 cup peanut butter 

1 egg
I threw it all in the bowl together and mixed it up. On a heavily floured surface, I kneeded in more flour. The boys had fun flattening it out and cutting shapes. I baked them at 350Β° (but 325 may have been better) until they were done. (can’t be more specific… It was maybe 15 minutes?) 

Can we just pretend Levi isn’t about to fall off the highchair (he didn’t) and focus on how cute they are making dog treats?! ☺️

Happy to say this is a mostly good update. πŸ™‚ In the last couple weeks I’m seeing more positive changes in Rocky. We are not accident free inside yet, of course, so as a result he spends a good bit of time outside where he mostly runs around the yard for a few minutes at a time and comes back to the porch and stares at us, wanting to come in. I feel bad about that but I can’t watch him 100% of the time and I hate to crate him too much during the day (but maybe I should?). The rest of the time he stays in the kitchen, or if I’m able to be dedicated to watching him, in the family room too. This is his absolute favorite and nothing makes him happier than snuggling up with his boys on the floor and falling asleep. πŸ™‚ 

The best change has been that he no longer panics in his crate! It’s amazing! He went from fighting being put in it, panicking and clawing frantically, crying, barking and even peeing and pooping on himself from anxiety to now calmly walking in ON HIS OWN!! Once inside, he lays down and is perfectly quiet. No crying!! He even chooses to go sleep in his crate on his own sometimes when he wants a break. It’s amazing. I seriously never thought we would get to this point. I don’t know why the switch flipped for him where he likes it now but I’m so happy!! 

The only downside is that he still occasionally pees in his crate. I think this probably has something to do with how he was forced to live as a young puppy. Obviously he didn’t get the memo about not peeing in your bed area. But I think he will probably come around on this eventually. I do my best to make sure he doesn’t NEED to pee while he’s in his crate, that way we can reinforce the idea of a clean, dry bed. The problem with this is that it makes crate training hard since he doesn’t see the problem with peeing and even pooping in there sometimes vs learning to hold it longer because he’s confined. Still working on figuring out that issue… He does hold it in more than he used to. Progress? Or just age? I don’t know…

As far as he is doing with the kids, we have some normal hyper puppy issues to deal with in regards to jumping and play nipping but generally it only takes me watching and correcting a time or two before he remembers his manners and stops. Then he plays gently. He is most in love with Tru and wants to be with Tru at all times. Which is really good because they bonded so well the first day we brought Rocky home. I’m happy to see their relationship. Levi is a little nervous still about the jumping etc so he usually waits till Rocky is tired and then pets and snuggles him. 

I’m really happy that Rocky is showing less separation anxiety now, but that’s still an issue to a degree. When we leave the house, he panics, so I leave him at my parent’s house when possible. If he sees one of us driving away, he runs to the vehicle and cries and gets right against it. I was trying to leave the other day but Rocky was crying and freaking out, pawing at the van trying to get in. DH was home and got him inside so I could leave. So now whenever someone leaves, I make sure Rocky is in the house. He must have been dropped off at some point is all I can think. He was also terrified to get in the van at first but now he wants to go everywhere with us. He jumps right in and sits on the seat, on Tru’s lap or lays on the floor. I’m glad he’s happy with the car now because we like taking him places with us. River loved going places too but hardly ever could because he had extreme car sickness, even on short rides. 

Rocky is so not a fan of puppy chow. He much prefers adult food. I figure it’s better if he’s eating, so I’m just feeding him a high quality meat based adult food. He’s finally gaining weight! Despite the fact that the shelter had given him worm medicine, he was infested with tape worms. Once we got rid of those, he started gaining weight well. He looks so much better! 

It’s hard to see how skinny he was here, but the pictures below are now that he’s started gaining weight.

Wow! This ended up being longer than I meant! I’m just really glad things are better now and I hope we don’t see any regression. Hopefully things just keep getting better! 

The boys were playing on their tablets. Rocky just sat with them with his favorite bone. πŸ™‚

Movie time buddy.

Zane is asleep in his swing and Tru and Levi are taking a quiet time so even though I really need to catch up on cleaning, thought I’d try to write a post real quick. πŸ™‚

Last week (13 weeks) Zane had a cold. It had started the week before and I’d wrote about it in his 12 week update. It ended up getting really bad with the congestion and cough. We had one really rough night where I tried holding him upright in the recliner so he could get some sleep. He was struggling to breathe so much and it was really scary to me to see how distressed he was about it. Of course I suctioned his nose but it didn’t help much. The cough was wet and rattly and he would vomit mucus from time to time from all the drainage. I really didn’t want to take him to the dr because A) They can’t do much for colds anyway and B) GERMS! I figured if he was struggling this much with a cold, we don’t even want to think about the flu! Plus he didn’t ever get a fever, thank God. It took about 9 days to clear up, which I guess is normal, and I am happy to say that he is back to feeling more himself. I caught the cold but it was just a sore throat and a little drainage for me. Everyone else stayed well and hopefully will continue to be well. This flu season has had me on edge for months!

This week has been great because Zane is no longer fussy from being sick and is really alert and happy. He did go 8 days without pooping (he got quite clogged up!!!) and that wasn’t the best for his tummy, but thankfully the poop is flowing freely again and it seems he feels a lot better. πŸ™‚ My milk supply took a bit of a hit due to him not being able to nurse as effectively with a stuffy nose. It still isn’t back to where it was but I am nursing him much more frequently and taking my Mother’s Milk pills. πŸ™‚

I can’t get over how grown up Zane is acting. He is developing such a personality! He is already so vocal about wanting his big brothers to play with him. He watches them all the time and fusses if they don’t come talk to him. He likes to lay on his play mat with them and when they walk away, he fusses and when they come back he is all smiles and coos again. It’s so funny! Zane is super *talkative* and absolutely loves to have little conversations. In fact, we all talk to him all day and he answers back with lots of smiles, laughs and coos. He is very expressive with his eyebrows and it is positively hilarious to watch his face while he tries to figure stuff out.

The older Zane gets the more he looks like Truett. Seriously, sometimes I feel like I have Tru as a baby all over again. It’s crazy! They have the same eyes and mouth although Zane’s hair is a bit darker I think and his nose is more like Levi’s. But his personality is all his own! It’s amazing how different each person is, even as an infant.

We finally made it all the way through the night again sleeping last night. Zane had been waking up at least once or twice at night to eat while he was sick. I think it mostly was to wash all the mucous out of his throat so he could breathe better. I can’t complain about getting up once or twice but I am thrilled that he is happy to sleep through again. (Especially since Levi is waking up all night and coming into our bed multiple times. He says he’s scared. 😦 Poor thing.) Naps are still usually frequent and relatively short with maybe one longer nap a day. He just started taking more of his naps in his swing or laying down now. I think he has a hard time sleeping on my chest as much since I don’t sit still enough or be quiet enough. It’s a good thing/bad thing. I love holding him while he sleeps all the time but also I have more time to get things done and it’s time for him to start learning to take naps on his own soon anyway. 

And, I guess there isn’t much more to say at the moment. As for myself, I have used my elliptical 5 days in a row. I am really hoping I don’t lose my momentum because exercise is making me feel great! I usually do a 37 minute program and then jump in the shower. It is about exactly as much time as the kids will behave for before they start destroying the house. πŸ˜‰ I try to cram it all in during one of Zane’s naps, although he usually wakes up halfway through and just watches me with a very confused look on his face. Haha! I’ve been feeling a bit of the postpartum anxiety I remember so well from after I had Tru and I know that exercise is extremely important for my health, mental and physical. I am truly looking forward to consistent warm weather and the end of this nightmare flu season so we can get out of the house and do things again! I haven’t taken the kids in any stores in probably 3 weeks now. We have only gone to relatives houses and church. It’s getting lonely being so secluded. Oh well. It’s only a season. Literally.

Dear God, thank You for a much better week with Zane feeling better again. Thank You for helping him get well from his cold. Please help us and everyone to stay well throughout the rest of flu season. Thank You for the warmer days this week and for all the fun we have had spending time together. In Jesus’ name, amen.


In a little “steam tent” to help unclog his nose.

A much happier baby after I cut a nasal strip in half and used on his nose. They help so much guys!!

Fell asleep holding my hand. So precious!

Enjoying his bumbo while I clean

He’s actually holding toys now!

Tru spends so much time entertaining Zane and playing with him. They love holding each other’s hands.

Brother bonding time.

December 31, 2015

I wrote a post about a E.P.T. male fertility test I bought. You can click on the link above and read it if you don’t remember. This post will make a lot more sense if you read that first. I’ve had that test tucked away for over 2 years now, and to be honest, it is expired. But I should think it’s probably still accurate. It’s not as though a test sealed in a foil pouch knows the exact day to expire, but nonetheless, I’ll go ahead and put that disclaimer out there. 

So, I’m extremely thankful that we didn’t use the test back when I bought it. I didn’t have a peace about it at that point so we just chose not to use it. But a lot has happened since December 2015! Namely, 2 very early losses, a diagnosis of PCOS for me, failure to respond to Femara to induce ovulation, and most notably….Zane. πŸ™‚ (I have some new followers recently so here’s a quick recap for you: Baby number 1, Truett, conceived via our second ivf/icsi. Baby number 2, Levi, conceived spontaneously to our great surprise just 9 months after Tru was born. Baby number 3, Zane, conceived spontaneously a month after a failed attempt at ovulation induction with Femara. I found out I was pregnant with him just 2 weeks after being diagnosed with PCOS.)

Ok, so we finally decided to do the test. Obviously we have gotten pregnant multiple times, praise God, so regardless of what the test said, we know that God has either worked a miracle of healing in DH or has chosen to give us babies regardless of the sperm count, morphology etc. 

It appears that the later is the case! The test well is supposed to turn blue equal or greater to the reference well if the sperm count is equal or greater than 20mil/ml. A lighter blue or white indicates a lower sperm count. The test does not measure morphology or motility, etc. 

DH’s test came back stark white. Not even a hint of blue! He’s still clinically infertile if this test is right, and I’m sure it is, yet God has done miraculous things by giving us these beautiful boys. Regardless of how they came to be, they are all miracles and precious gifts. I am so very thankful for them and I just praise God for the amazing blessings he has given us. 

Test kit, minus the collection cup

Completed test

The amount of time that has passed since my last Zane update is getting ridiculous. He is 13 weeks old tomorrow and I think I last updated at 7 weeks. Honestly, there hasn’t been a ton to say. He’s grown more vocal and says “goo” all day, every day; But mostly he’s just such a happy and content baby that most of our days go something like this:


Zane usually wakes up for the day around 10:30am now. It was 9 – 9:30 when he was sleeping though the night and then getting up for the day, which he did for several weeks. But the last week or two he’s been waking around 7am or so to nurse and then going back to sleep for a few hours. I guess he needs his beauty sleep and, let me just say, he is beautiful so it must be working. πŸ™‚ When he wakes up for the day, he is all smiles. I bring him to the family room and he lays on the floor and stretches and coos at his big brothers for about a half hour. I usually pump during this time while I watch them all interact. Then I get Zane out of his sleep sack that Tru usually unzips (for some reason this is his job, haha) and change his diaper and nurse him. Sometime after that Zane takes a short nap, preferably on my chest. When he wakes up he smiles and we have little conversations and we repeat this cycle all day until evening. In the evening, DH and I take turns holding Zane and sometimes he will sit in his swing or seat during supper. He’s usually pretty alert during the evening until the boys go to bed and then he naps. A lot of the time DH also naps and I take pics of them snuggling and napping on the couch. Then it’s bedtime! I usually lay Zane down for the night after I nurse him around 11pm. That’s pretty much our day in a nutshell!



I nurse him when he acts hungry but sometimes he doesn’t act hungry often enough and I go ahead and nurse him anyway. I try to nurse him at least 3 times by 3 pm. He’s not as big of an eater as Levi was… more like how Tru was, I think. I worry that he doesn’t eat enough but he’s getting longer and bigger so, that’s good. Sometimes we give him a bottle with his vitamin D drops. He takes about 2-2.5 ounces at a time and that’s it. But like I said, he’s in mostly 6 month clothes now because of his height and in size 2 diapers. I was trying to use up a few bags of size 1 but that isn’t happening now. I sat him on the bathroom scale today and it looks like he weighs roughly 13 pounds. πŸ™‚




Zane likes to be held but will tolerate being put down for short periods of maybe 10-15 minutes here and there and then he gets antsy, so I pick him back up. He’s somewhere between Tru and Levi’s extremes. Tru didn’t like being held very much at all and Levi wanted to be held constantly. Zane likes to go back and forth all day. I don’t mind though. I am glad he’s cuddly. I love that he holds onto my arm when I have him on my chest! He will usually take at least one of his longer naps in his swing or play pen in the living room. His swing detaches and becomes a seat, so I try to take advantage of that and carry him into the bathroom while I take my shower. Sometimes I can fit my shower in while Tru and Levi have nap/quiet time but I like to shower earlier if possible so most days they are all 3 sitting in the bathroom while I lather, rinse and definitely don’t repeat, real quick! πŸ˜‰ Haha.




I can still say that Zane is the happiest, smiliest baby I have ever seen. I am not even sorry to brag about it. I have learned how tough toddlerhood can be so I’ll enjoy it while I can! Honestly though, I have had times where I have just sat there and thought “How many days has it been since he last cried?!!?” I mean, sure, he fusses. But full-on crying, hardly ever. And I’m not trying to make anyone feel bad who has a fussy baby, I just want to write this down for my own sake to look back on later.




….. However, he is fussier today due to being congested or something. He woke up this morning with a rattly cough and is very hoarse now. With all the sickness happening this winter, I am so concerned but hopefully it’s just a minor cold. Although I don’t see HOW since he hasn’t been anywhere at all since last Sunday and it’s now Friday. We drove to the vet but I left him in the car with my sister who was not sick, then we drove to the store but we stayed in the car again. Today we went to my parent’s house for a bit. Otherwise, we have been homebodies most of the winter. I am so looking forward to warmer weather!!!



Anyway, what else….

  • Zane is still taking Zantac for acid reflux but he is doing much better. I think I forgot to give it to him last night though and that might be why he has so much chest rattling today… I don’t know.
  • He is so close to rolling over, back to front. He gets almost halfway over and then stops.
  • He can turn himself around while laying on the floor on his back. He makes a semi circle usually.
  • We still use the sleep sack at night with the swaddle arms on it and have used it every night since we came home from the hospital. There’s just one tiny problem… Zane is way too long for it and we just keep cramming him in so he can sleep. He likes his arms tucked in and even wants his arms confined for naps. It’ll be interesting to see how we get ourselves out of this bind, pun intended. πŸ˜‰
  • I think Zane is teething. He chews on his blankets, hands and sleeves. I think it will still be awhile before teeth appear but he’s certainly working on them!
  • He isn’t a huge fan of being tickled. It makes him laugh as long as it is in very small doses but when he’s done, he’s done and any further tickles make him mad.
  • I love the way he coos and strings multiple coos and “goos” together like he’s trying to make a sentence. It’s so precious and I love our little “chats” together. πŸ˜‰
  • I think the hair on the top of his head is approaching a half inch now and it sticks straight up and is the softest hair ever! I totally love it and I think it looks a bit darker than Tru and Levi’s was. Not sure yet.




Dear God, thank You so much for this precious and adorable little boy. He truly is a Gracious Gift and I am so blessed to be his Mommy. Please heal him from whatever is causing this cough and congestion and help us all to get through this year healthy and strong. Thank You for all Your many blessings on us. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Always naps with daddy

Morning nap on mommy’s chest

The hair!

Cracking up too much to eat a boob lol

Oh my cuteness!

Where did my newborn go?!?

Those arms…

Brotherly love πŸ’•

… unless you are fortunate enough to be able to afford a dog trainer. I’d be lying if I said I don’t have a tad bit of buyers remorse right now. Not necessarily that we got Rocky… He’s sweet and cute and really fun to play with. He curls up in my lap and falls asleep and he loves playing tug of war and eating treats. The boys, especially Truett, love him so much. He’s a good dog. He’s smart and is quick at learning useless tricks like giving us his paw. πŸ˜‰

It’s not him I regret, it’s his age. I know the puppy stage doesn’t last forever, but while I’m sitting here in a very exhausted state at 1am trying to keep him quiet so DH and the boys can sleep, I’m reminded of why we intended to get an adult, house trained dog. My baby sleeps through the night but the dog has me awake!! 

While I’m cleaning up the umpteenth puddle, I remember why we specifically wanted a house trained dog. I am having a hard time house training Rocky for all the many reasons that I’m sure you can already imagine for yourself. We are trying but I’m not sure we are making much progress. My beagle, River, trained easily and I guess I was quite lucky for that! Once he was trained, I could trust him to go months at a time with no messes. Hopefully we get there with Rocky eventually. I’m certainly taking him out more than enough but he’s not making the connection and it’s impossible to keep my eyes on him at all times while he’s indoors….

Yes, get a dog. A nice house trained, tired, old dog. But cover your eyes and walk away from the adorable puppies as fast as your legs can carry you. You’ll thank me later. 

But I mean, this is really seriously cute….

Well, it’s been almost a month since I’ve posted. A fact that I am not too happy about. But we’ve been keeping busy and I haven’t had much time at all to post or even to read the blogs I follow. I’ve fallen a bit behind since I usually try to read a bit while I nurse Zane but he only nurses for 5 – 10 minutes at a time, so not much reading is happening. πŸ˜‰ He’s not in the sleepy newborn stage anymore where they just lay there and sleep. Nope. He’s a big boy now and loves to smile and coo and be talked to. We have lots of sweet talks together. He’s very expressive with his cooing and will string lots of coos together like he’s trying to tell a whole story. His little eyebrows bouncing up and down while he tries to convey his feelings…. and he laughs… he’s also super ticklish. He’s really just an altogether wonderful little person! So happy and easygoing. I am so spoiled with this one! πŸ˜‰



Really though, all this should be going in Zane’s update which is 3 weeks overdue now. I need to write an update for Levi too because I don’t even know the last time that little boy got a proper post!



But the reason I’ve popped in today is to introduce our new little pup, Rocky. We have been talking for quite some time about getting a dog since we all miss River so much. The boys are under the impression that River is just back in our neighbors woods and we can go look for him. That idea is reinforced by the fact that some people on our road have beagles and the boys can hear them barking and they think it’s River. So, yesterday we decided to take a look at our local shelter and the dog pound. We saw this one puppy at the shelter and he took an immediate liking to the boys. DH and I really liked him as well, although we had intended to get a female. The boys seemed to like him alright, Levi especially, but they weren’t giving us the vibe that they HAD to get him, so we left and went to look at the pound. Well, Tru just kept crying for that puppy after we left and we didn’t see any dogs that seemed like a good fit for us at the pound, so we drove around and talked about what to do and found ourselves at the dollar store picking up a bag of puppy chow and some treats and a bone. Tru had the dog named before I got out of the store. πŸ™‚



Once we got back to the shelter, we were happy to see that the puppy was still there. The ladies who work there said they were crying to see us go because they thought we would be so great for this little guy. As soon as Rocky saw the boys again, he cried and cried to get out of the crate. When they opened it up, he ran straight to the boys like “These are my kids!”. πŸ™‚



He did great on the drive home, alternating between my lap and DH’s. DH sat in the back with Tru so he could hold the dog too. When we got home, the boys spent 4 hours playing with the dog before bedtime. Even when he fell asleep, Tru laid right next to him till he woke up again. This morning after church Tru couldn’t wait to get back home to his puppy. Levi likes him a lot too although the puppy jumps on him and that makes him nervous. A little training should fix that in short order though.



We have no idea on his breed or his age, although he’s obviously just a few months old. I feel like his face resembles a pit bull but certainly there is a lot of other stuff in there too. He’s got a sweet personality and is very protective seeming. He heard a sound in Tru’s bedroom last night and was growling about it. He also had a barking/growling fit at their rocking horse right after we came home. Haha!! He seems to have some herding instinct in him too, which is good. I really wanted a border collie but worried it may be too aggressive with the kids herding them. But Rocky was watching my sister’s horse and he looked just like a herding dog the way he would lay down and watch and then jump up when it moved.



Anyway, thought I’d jump on here and post real quick. Zane wants to nurse now but maybe I’ll get some more updates out soon. πŸ™‚ And hopefully I’ll get to catch up on a few blogs later on. I hope everyone is doing well! God bless you all. πŸ™‚

Whoa! That week went by in the blink of an eye! We have settled into a deep freeze the last couple weeks and have barely been climbing out of the single digits during the day, into the teens or low twenties on a good day. Today was 8 degrees for the high… so, yeah. It’s been in the minus degreesΒ overnightΒ and I’m just really, ugh. Cause our water froze several times already. One day we woke up and it was frozen so DH thawed it and it froze 3 more times WHILE WE WERE USING THE WATER to wash dishes and laundry. It froze today, in spite of the heat tape and the straw bales along the back of the house, but thankfully DH has it thawed again… for now.



Anyway, enough of that. My beautiful baby is still being adorable and growing ever so fast! He was weighed today but it was so chilly in the exam room that we left his sleeper on. He was 12lbs 8oz and over 23 inches long! I can’t get over how fast he is growing even though he only nurses for 5 to 10 minutes per meal. He has a nice strong suck though and even though I feel like he doesn’t nurse often enough or long enough, he’s growing great! He’s hardly spitting up anymore, so I’m sticking with the Zantac once a day at bedtime. He’s still just taking the .03ml dose, so it’s a small dose. But he will occasionally throw up mucus so I don’t want to take him off of it just yet.



We had another good week of sleep too. No more 8am wake ups, but I think he slept until at least 5:15-6:30 every day this week before getting up to nurse. Then right back to sleep. πŸ™‚ I hope he will keep being such a great sleeper! One can hope, right?



Zane is such a fun baby! He’s so smiley. I often-times look down at him and he’s just smiling up at me. πŸ™‚ He does a little giggle too and it’s so cute! I haven’t gotten him smiling or giggling on camera much yet. I want more pictures and videos! It’s so cute!!



I’ve still been having DH give Zane a 1-2.5oz bottle at night with his gripe water and vitamin D drops. He really isn’t too big a fan of the nipple on the drop-ins bottle. I think he just prefers the cheap disposable nipples the hospital gave us. But either way, he takes his bottle ok most nights.



One cute story from this week: I usually pump at night before bed and then take Zane to bed with me and nurse him before putting him in his bed, but one night I decided to fold laundry during my usual pumping time. So I went ahead and laid Zane down since he’d just had a bottle and I went to pump, but I told him that if he was still awake when I came back, that I would nurse him in my bed. I was gone a solid 15-20 minutes and when I came back, there he was, still wide awake in the dark, like he was really waiting for me! Of course when I nursed him he went right to sleep. πŸ™‚ Obviously I know he can’t understand me yet, but it was really cute.
I had another blocked duct this week but I caught it early. It’s still sore and I’m still nervous that it will turn into mastitis, so I’m on edge and being careful. I’m not sure if it’s from lifting too much weight or from sleeping on my side. And one other issue which is a bit TMI, I started having spotting this week, so I don’t know what that’s about…. I’m hoping AF is not trying to start back up already!



Dear God, please continue to watch over Zane and keep him healthy. Thank You for how happy of a baby he has been. I pray that he will keep being a happy, healthy and strong baby. In Jesus’ name, amen.


He still loves to lay on the floor on his belly.

He must have a nap on my chest every morning about an hour after he gets up. It’s our time to reconnect after being apart for the night.

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