On the Menu | No-Bake Energy Bites

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Well, if you've ever been a mom then you know the words no-bake and energy are music to the ears. Also, these are made with oats which help with milk production and wheatgerm which has lots of folic acid which is also great for baby! These are easy to make, even with a little helper in the kitchen. One of those dump, stir and chill recipes.

Ingredients //

1 C Instant oats
1/2 C Wheatgerm
3/4 C Chocolate chips
1/2 C Peanut butter
1/3 C Honey
1 Tsp Vanilla

Directions //

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
Roll into 1-inch balls and chill, store in airtight container.

She loves to help in the kitchen, she snatched a few chocolate chips for herself :)

She got to talking about uncle Mason while we were working and needed to facetime him, sweet girl!

recipe adapted from Gimme Some Oven

MCKINLEE | Becoming big sister

Thursday, September 10, 2015

I just wanted to take a minute to brag on our sweet girl. I had so much anxiety the last few weeks of pregnancy wondering how she would adjust, would she push me aside, or be mad at me for not being able to hold her, would she feel jealous? We have been home for 5 days now, and she is doing great. Now when I say great, keep in mind, she is three, so as great as a three year old can do. 
She loves to cuddle him, hug him, kiss him and just be very hands on. We're working on "gentle hands". She doesn't understand that he isn't a baby doll, so she'll turn his head whichever way is convenient for her to give him a kiss, and when we change his diaper, she'll lift his leg up over his head, HA! she's just so curious.
The first day in the hospital we found ourselves snapping at her, just being so nervous because he was so new and tiny and now we've gotten better and just calmly saying "please be easy". She's just the best big sister and loves him so much. First thing in the morning she'll ask "where's Carter?" She'll need to give him a kiss and a hug and then she'll say to Justin and I, "I missed you guys while I was sleeping." and our hearts just melt. We've noticed she really loves to hold him when other people come to visit, it's like she doesn't want to share, and it's kind of the cutest thing.
She is so ready for "mama's boo-boo" to be better so I can hold her and she can lay down with me without having to watch her every move. She's such a mama's girl but she's been all about her daddy these last few days and vice-versa. Justin has been great about showing her extra attention, taking her out to play and taking her with him to run errands around town. She's been wild and at times a handful and make us question if we'll be able to do this once my mom isn't here 24/7, but I have faith we'll adjust to becoming a family of four and we can't wait to see what the next year holds with our sweet boy in it!
You can read her birth story HERE.

Pepa brought his trike over and she loved sitting on it!

She loves to swing + Carter loves the outdoors!

She's been having "sleepovers" in the living room while Meme is staying with us!

Sweet baby brother!

CARTER PAUL | Bringing home Brother

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

We loved cuddling him that first day in the hospital!

and Saturday we called the HOGS with baby Mayson!

So thankful to be home and settle in as a family of four!

PREGNANCY | Carter's Birth Story

Monday, September 7, 2015

We waited for this day so long and it was so perfect from start to finish!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Arrival at hospital | Our arrival time for pre-op was 8am and we were told surgery would be at 9:30 if no emergencies came up before us. So, it could potentially be 1 o'clock if people that just came into the ER were priority, so we got there at 7:48 hoping that surgery would go as scheduled.
We arrived and gave McKinlee her big sister bag, lots of hugs and kisses and then she went to wait in the waiting room with my mom. They got me to my little corner in the pre-op and had me change into a gown and some lovely socks, and then they started me on monitors. I am no good with anything medical/surgery related, needles, nothing, so they came in to do my IV and of course didn't get it on the first try, so I started feeling really faint, so they got me a wet wash cloth for my head and Justin had to fan me with a magazine until I could get calmed down.
They got my IV in quickly on the second try and I started to feel anxious that we would meet him so soon. We both were a little more nervous this time, I think mostly because with McKinlee my water 
broke, and this time it was just kind of a waiting game.


Operating Room | I remember the operating room being a lot less scary with McKinlee, it seriously looked like a scene out of a movie, I was thinking, let's just do this so I can get out of here. They started my spinal block and about 5 minutes later they were laying me down and getting everything ready to bring Justin in. I was so nervous that it wasn't going to work, I guess I didn't have enough adrenaline going this time around, so I was thinking about everything that could go wrong.


Justin came in | I immediately felt at ease. Just knowing that he was there with me to welcome our son made me feel so calm.

A few tugs and pulls...

Carter Paul Bolinger
September 4, 2015 | 9:48am 
8lbs 11oz | 20 1/4 inches

He's here | Dr. Terry said "some pressure" and I felt a big tug and my belly felt light and then I heard him cry. and cry and cry. All the nurses kept saying, "he's got some lungs!" I was just so thankful to hear him, and know he was here and healthy. I remember asking what his APGAR scores were and how much he weighed and they were like "8 and 9" and "they won't weigh him here, but he's probably at least 9 pounds."
After cleaning him off they came and laid him on my chest, which is something I didn't get to do with McKinlee, but the women's hospital changed their protocol and have allowed the "Golden Hour" where the baby stays with the mother for the first hour of life and promotes skin-to-skin. I loved it so much. I got to nurse him in post-op and he ate for 20 minutes and I just looked at all his perfectness, just the two of us. It was perfect.


Transferred to our room | After about 30-40 minutes of being monitored post-op they took us to our room where we met Daddy and Big Sister. My heart has never felt so full then in that moment when the three people I love most we're together for the first time. I am so truly blessed.

We are so thankful for such a smooth delivery and a healthy baby and thankful to God for trusting us to be the earthly parents to our two beautiful children. I am so in love with this life I've been given.
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