Bathing Everest

The twins love helping with Everest whenever they have the chance. Unless it’s throwing out a poopy diaper…than they fight over who has to do it! But they were so excited when we asked them to help us bath him a few weeks back and I had to grab my camera and document it of course. 

We just love this natural coconut bath by Baby Be Mine. It’s formulated with only organic and natural ingredients and I loved using it for baths during pregnancy and now with little Everest as well. It’s amazing!

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Everest’s Birth Story

“For this child I have prayed” – 1 Samuel 1:27

It seems surreal some days that we finally have a precious newborn in our arms. We are just so grateful and over the moon in love with this beautiful gift. Our sweet sweet, Everest.

If it had been according to our own plans, we would have had 4 children earth side by now – our twins along with a two year old (gender unknown) and also a 7 month old – our baby girl Paisley. But life doesn’t always go the way we hope it will and as hard as it was to suffer two painful losses over the past few years, I can’t imagine life without our son Everest in it, whom we otherwise might not have had the chance to know.

In the hours leading up to our daughter Paisley’s birth last March, I was such an emotional mess and had decided I did not want anymore children. But as soon as she was born, as soon as I laid eyes on our sweet girl, so wonderfully and perfectly made, everything changed.  Ron and I both knew that we wanted to try and have another baby as soon as possible. We wanted a big family and it was such a strong desire placed on both of our hearts, more now than ever before.

But the hardest part in moving forward after we had had time to grieve, was not knowing what lay ahead for us. Combatting the fear of losing again was what I battled on a daily basis from the moment we began to try for another baby. Even though I had made the decision to trust the Lord with the future of our family, I had to continually re-surrender it all back to Him. I had to just wake up each day through this pregnancy and make the conscious decision over and over again to give all my fear and anxiety back to Jesus.  And yes, we were blessed almost immediately with conceiving another baby and we’re so thankful for that. But I think about this often… what if the next chapter in our story had gone differently? The reality is that we could have still been trying today or maybe for another 5 years, or what if we had lost again? And again?  Would we still be trusting and praising Jesus through it all? Yes, I absolutely believe we would. And that isn’t to say we wouldn’t have been upset and heartbroken had that been the case. But God used our daughter Paisley to teach us so much during that difficult season….We discovered ourselves what it truly meant to trust and be joyful when to this broken world, there wouldn’t have seemed like a reason to be.  We both gained an entirely new perspective on life and what it means to be parents.  We saw complete strangers question their faith and friends and family come to know Him better.  And we have learned to own our story. The good parts and the bad.

I have learned to now stop and remind myself when I’m walking through a difficult season, that I will get through it with the Lord on my side. That He will hold us up when it’s too much to handle on our own and that we will come out of it stronger. And although I miss my daughter dearly each and every day and wish we had gotten the chance to know her, I’ve truly become grateful for that season in our life. For the way God changed us and used our loss for His glory. 

So here we are today, with three beautiful boys and I can’t imagine it any other way. Everest Isaiah has brought so much joy and healing to our hearts. He is such a precious gift from the Lord and we thank Jesus for him every day. I often just stare at him and can’t believe He is ours. 

So now onto the birth story of our sweet little man… My induction date was set for Tuesday, February 6th. I had requested an induction as we just wanted this baby boy healthy and earth side as soon as we possibly could. So my OB scheduled me in for 38 weeks. It was great to be able to put a date on the calendar that we could all count down to.

But the thing with induction, is that they give you a date but no time so you have to be ready anytime between 7 am and midnight with the odd chance that you may get pushed until the next day if they are too busy. Well apparently it was a BUSY day, because I didn’t get my call until 10 pm at night. The twins were disappointed as they had been waiting all day long for their sibling to arrive and had to go to bed not knowing when he’d be here. But we were happy to get the call before we went to bed and headed across the city to the hospital, ready for a long night ahead.

By the time we got settled in the room with our nurse, ready to begin the process, it was just around 11:30 pm. The resident on call began by breaking my water and gave me the option of starting the oxytocin as well or waiting it out a bit. We opted to start as I was just wanting things to move along as fast as possible by that point. I began to feel the contractions within an hour or so and athough the pain wasn’t all that bad at first, we ordered the epidural so I could get comfy and try and rest a bit through the night. It’s funny how every pregnancy and birthing experience is so different. I just assumed my induction experience would be pretty similar to my past ones but I felt different side effects this time with the epidural. I felt pretty nauseous until my nurse got me some gravol and got extremely itchy at one point through the night as well, it felt like my entire body was on fire. I’d never experienced any of these side effects with past epidurals. Other than that, it seemed to do it’s job and I was able to sleep for short periods of time. Although I was really just too excited to sleep much at all. During an induction, they check to see how dilated you are about every 2 hours. At around 5:45 my night nurse checked me for the last time before she switched shifts and I was approximately 5 cm. We assumed it would be a while before I was ready to birth. But after resting for another hour or so, right as our morning nurse was checking in at 7 am, I began to feel intense pressure as if I needed to push ASAP. I told the nurse what I was feeling and she agreed to check. Sure enough, I was fully dilated. She ran to get the OB and prep everything and it wasn’t long before I started to push. After about 30 minutes (what seemed to me like 3 hours)  Everest Isaiah Young was born at 8:05 a.m., weighing exactly 8 lbs. They laid him on my chest right away and Ron and I just looked at each other and cried and cried. It felt completely surreal that we finally had our baby boy in our arms. All 8 lbs of him. We were in love.

My mom brought the twins to the hospital later that morning to meet their baby brother, the moment I had been looking forward to most. To say they were excited to meet this baby they had been talking to in my belly for months is an understatement. They had been counting down the days for what seemed like forever and it was finally here.

Since everything had gone smoothly and as planned, we were able to take Everest home that evening and by 8 p.m. we were all snuggled up in our living room, loving on our sweet boy. Below is some video footage of the boys meeting him for the first time. I cry every time I watch it. God is so, so good.

Thanks so much for reading!

photos by my dear friend Sophie of Raw Footage Photography. 

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What’s in my Hospital Bag

It’s been quite a while since I’ve had to pack a hospital bag for giving birth! I actually found myself researching on pinterest and other blogs what to pack for both myself and babe as I was afraid I would forget something important! Below is the master list I came up with: (and I’m aware it’s likely more than we’ll need but I’m totally one to be over-prepared).

It feels so real to have the bags packed and ready to go! I’m using my brand new fawn design bag for babies stuff and my bodomint bag for mine.

For Mama:

Hospital Gown – I had my own gown that I packed to wear while delivering the twins and I loved it. Something about being in your own clothing that makes you feel so much more comfortable while in the hospital. Taking it along again!

Pillow – I take my pillow with me anytime I go somewhere for the night. It makes all the difference with how I sleep because it’s familiar and comfy. So a night or two at the hospital is no exception. I just always make sure to put a bright colored pillow case on it so it doesn’t get mistaken for a hospital pillow and I don’t accidentally leave it behind.

Maternity Robe – My husband got me the prettiest and comfiest robe from Pink Blush for Christmas and I’m bringing it along for after birth for comfort and easy nursing while recovering.

Blanqui leggings – Ok these leggings have been game changers in my last weeks of pregnancy. I have several pairs and have been living in them on a daily basis. They are the most comfortable leggings I’ve ever owned and while they have both maternity and post-partum styles, I’ve found the post-partum ones have worked great for pregnancy as well if you wear them below your belly  and I’m totally packing them for the hospital because I’ll need all the support and comfort I can get following birth!

Blanqui nursing support tank – Also a game changer! So comfy and I think I will literally wear it under everything for the first couple months after birth because the support is incredible and it smooths out those post-partum problem areas. It’s also so easy to nurse in as the material is stretchy and easily pulls down!

Cardigan/comfy sweater – to wear over my tank when going home.

Nursing Bra – of course a necessity! I have one from the boys that still fits but I’m waiting to purchase more until after birth because I never know what size I will be while nursing. 

Lotion – I got this Sleepy Cream from LUSH for Christmas from my husband and you guys its incredible. It has the most comforting but light lavender scent and I use it most nights before bed. I saw it in my best friend Britt’s hospital bag post and knew I had to pack it in my bag too.

Lip balm – I generally struggle with chapped lips and the last time I was in the hospital, I remember how much I wished I had packed my lip balm (forgot it) because it seemed to be extra dry in there. This one is by the Honest Company and I love it.

Slippers/ flip-flops – slippers for walking around those cold floors at the hospital. And I’ll pack a pair of plastic flip-flops for the shower too!

Breast pads – because you need em.

Over Cover – The over cover did not exist when I had the twins and I so wish they did! It’s such a practical invention as it doubles as both a car seat cover and nursing cover and I’m so excited to try it out with this babe! We chose the eclipse cover but I’m literally obsessed with so many of the patterns!

Toiletry bag – got this cute bag at indigo and it’s large enough to hold my tooth brush and tooth paste, brush, and some makeup.

Not pictured: phone charger, snacks, large comfy underwear for after birth, flat iron.

For Babe:

Soother -the twins didn’t really take soothers but I’m all about trying so we have one packed!

Soother clip – this adorable beaded clip is from Ryan and Rose and it’s a teether and soother slip in one. It’s made of natural wood beads.

Diapers – how cute are these little panda ones from the Honest Company?! A friend gave these as a gift at my bridal shower and of course I had to pack them for the hospital! They’re so tiny and sweet.

Wipes – Love these Natural Bamboo wipes by Aleva for on the go!

Change Pad – We’re completely obsessed with everything from Gathre and since the company didn’t exist when the twins were born, I’ve never used one of their change pads. I’m excited to try it out for this babe. We have the Admiral Micro +. It’s a little longer than the regular micro mats which will be great as baby grows!

Burp Cloths – We got these cute ones from Copper Pearl! They’re great quality and come in a bundle of 3 for a very affordable price!

Going Home Outfit – having no clue what this little guy will weigh, I’ve packed several outfits in different sizes just to be safe! And of course a cozy warm sweater to bundle him up in!

Swaddle blanket – this one is from The Over Company and I’m in love with it! It’s nice and big, so soft and it’s also reversible. Can’t wait to snuggle up baby boy in it!

Hat – Another necessity for this time of year. This cute one was gifted as well and is from H&M.

Socks – Forgot to include these in the photo but little newborn sockies this time of year are a necessity!

Booties – As you probably know, Mocs are my go-to for babes shoes. The only shoes that stay on their feet! And so adorable too. I’m not sure these ones from Mini Moc  will fit him while he’s so little but he’ll be snuggly in his socks or footed sleepers if not!

So that’s about it! Always love hearing what others pack in their hospital bags so comment and tell me if you have any necessities I missed! Thanks so much for reading!

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Our Minimal Nursery

Well I can officially say we’re ready to meet our baby boy. I’m 35 weeks along and the nursery is done, the hospital bag is packed (will be sharing what’s in it in a post to follow!) and now I’m really just trying to keep myself busy to make the days pass as fast as possible! I’ll be induced around the 38 week mark so 3 weeks and counting.

We began this nursery for our baby girl, Paisley, who we lost last March. And at first I found it very difficult to pick up where we left off to finish prepping it for this new little one. There was a lot of mixed emotion and I wanted to cry every time I entered the room for the longest time. But having said that, once we got started, it’s been very healing to have something to work on and be exited about again. Focusing on preparing things for this precious baby boy we’ve been blessed with has been just what I needed over the past months.

It’s funny how over prepared you are with your first babe or (babes in our case.) We had SO much stuff for the twins and people gave us SO much stuff. But in the months to follow their birth, we soon discovered what we actually would use and what would never be touched. So with that in mind, combined with our journey towards minimalism, we are sticking to the bare minimum for baby boy. And it feels good. For decor, we went with a very minimalistic look and neutral color scheme.  I’m sharing the links to each of the items in the room at the bottom of the post.     

Crib // Change Table // Shelves // Wicker Basket // Crib Sheets // Rug // Knitted ZZZ Blanket // Wooden Ornament Toys // Three Bears Print // Mocs // Diaper Bag // Plaid Blanket on Change Pad // Burp Cloths // Wire Baskets 

Thanks for following along!


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A Blessing Shower for Baby Boy

My heart is so so full. This past weekend, a few of my girlfriends completelyyyy surprised me with the most beautiful and intimate little blessing shower for our baby boy. This weekend, I was reminded not only of the incredible and supportive community we have surrounding us but also of the Lord’s constant faithfulness as we navigate through life’s most difficult journey’s. He is so so good and I’m just feeling overwhelmingly grateful. Thanks again to my most amazing bunch of girls for blessing us tremendously. xoxox 

and thank you Sophie for snapping these photos! 😉

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