Monday, April 23, 2018

Think Church is Boring? Not With Colton Around!

I KNOW I'm not the only one who gets a little.....bored..... in church, right? Or sleepy. Or distracted. Or hungry. Anyways. This was a while ago (back when he was still rocking the mullet­čśÉ) and his dancing made my Sunday that much more entertaining! Gosh this kid is hilarious! Enjoy!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Tips for Dealing with Morning Sickness

You know what's great? Finding out your pregnant!
You know what sucks? Morning sickness. 
Seriously, the first trimester SUCKS for me. I hate it! Luckily though, this time around I feel like I was more prepared for it. With Colton, I had no idea what to expect. No one told me about morning sickness! I didn't even know that was a thing! So this time, I made sure I had all the tools I needed to survive. Here are some tips to maybe help you out if you are experiencing the "feel like crap all the time" first trimester :)

1. Wear Sea Bands

These are life savers. I only take the off when I'm showering. Then when I'm done, they go right back on. Most people use these when they are traveling to avoid motion sickness, but they work great for morning sickness too. What they do is apply pressure to the Nei-Kuan acupressure point, which helps calm the nausea. Seriously, just get them. You'll thank me for it ;)

2. Eat
This is the hardest for me. When you have morning sickness, it's the opposite of the flu. If you don't want to feel nauseous, you need to eat. When you don't eat, you will feel more nauseous. Ugh but how can I eat when NOTHING sounds good? Like nothing. Thinking about eating makes me want to vomit. Not eating anything will make me vomit. It is a lose lose situation. I can't tell you how sick I am of crackers, pretzels, 7up, ginger ale, toast, etc. Basically, I just force myself. I used to eat healthy food before I got pregnant. Now, just pass me the Cap'n Crunch. That is the only thing that I can stuff down my throat without gagging. Eat what you can. As long as there is a little food in your stomach ALL THE TIME, you should be somewhat okay.....

3. Unisom and Vitamin B6
Obviously check with your doctor first before you do this combo, but the sleeping aid Unisom and vitamin B6 help curb the nausea. Doctors can prescribe you Diclegis to help with the sickness, but it is super expensive if your insurance doesn't cover it. My doctor told me that Diclegis is basically the same thing as Unisom and B6. I have been taking half a tab of the Unisom and 25 mg of B6 at night (since Unisom is a sleeping aid) and then I usually feel pretty good in the mornings. If you get okayed by your doctor, give it a try.

Hopefully those three tips can help you survive the first trimester! Not everything works for everyone, but these are what have helped me :) Good luck!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018


Awwwwww! Look at my little sister!!! I'm actually really sad right now because SHE IS MOVING!! She has become my best friend!
We weren't always this close. In fact, look at her face in the picture below:
Yep. That's how it was growing up. I am 5 years older than her, so we were always in different stages of life. Except for this picture, we were at least in the same outfit....kinda....
Not only were we in different stages of life growing up, but we had completely different personalities. I mean, SUPER opposite. I don't even know how to explain it. But we would butt heads ALL. THE. TIME. I mean, I was kind of an emotional mess as a teenager, and she wasn't. She was extroverted, and I was introverted. But then something magical happened when we both were married. Pause and look at these pictures:

Okay, continuing on. So the magical thing that happened was that WE WERE FINALLY IN THE SAME STAGE OF LIFE!!! What? It only took 20,000 years to get there! And now, we both have babies!
And they love each other!
We have become so close. I can tell her anything. She isn't just my sister, she is my friend. You know, for the past 2 years, she has only lived an hour and a half away from me. Now she is going to live 12 hours away! (So it is only 2 hours on a plane..... but still). You know what I wish? I wish I would have made more of an effort to go see her at least once a week. An hour and a half seemed soooooooo long. I hate road trips. But that is NOTHING compared to 12 hours. Why was I so lame?
I am seriously going to miss her as she goes on a new adventure. I'm happy for her, but seriously sad for me.
She is such an example to me. She doesn't judge others, she is optimistic, she is adventurous, she is hilarious, she is sweet, and she is sassy. Thanks Cass for being amazing. I love you!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Baked Veggie Dish

I hate vegetables. Like seriously HATE them. Except for asparagus. Asparagus is good. But I happened to stumble upon this recipe that uses tomatoes, potatoes, zucchini, and yellow squash. Weird combo, but this is super delicious. Enjoy!

Baked Veggie Dish
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium zucchini, thinly sliced
1 medium yellow squash, thinly sliced
1 medium potato, REALLY thinly sliced
1 medium tomato, thinly sliced
1 tsp. dried Thyme
Salt & pepper
1 cup shredded cheese (Italian blend is best)
Parsley for garnish (optional)

1. Preheat your oven to 400° and coat an 8x8 glass dish with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Saute your onion and garlic in the olive oil until the onion is transparent. Once they are done, spread on the bottom of the dish.
3. Arrange your zucchini, yellow squash, potato, and tomato slices in the dish like vertically (like dominos). Alternate them so they go in a pattern (zucchini, squash, potato, tomato, repeat). 
4. Season the top of the vegetables generously with the salt, pepper and thyme.
4. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Take off the foil, add the shredded cheese on top, and bake (without the foil) for another 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese is golden brown. If you want, you can top it with the parsley before serving.

For better pictures and to find the original recipe, click here.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Kip's Tips for Surviving the Hospital Stay

 When we had Colton, the hospital stay for me was awesome! I actually was bawling my head off when they discharged us. Oh those hormones.
But for Kip, the hospital stay was a different story. Here is why and some tips from him: 

Tip #1: Bring Your Snow Suit!

You might be thinking what a snow suit has to do with giving birth. Other than making you look totally awesome, the answer is everything. Let me explain. Colton was born in May which is a warm spring/summer month. Bringing warm clothes to the hospital was the last thing that was on my mind. I thought if we could just get there alive we were good. But this was a fatal mistake.

It turns out giving birth is hard work. They don't call it "labor" for nothing. As we got to the hospital and things started picking up, Nicole asked me to turn the temperature down. Then she asked again... and again... and again. Soon enough, the temperature couldn't get any lower. I don't remember what the temperature was but it was ABSOLUTELY freezing.

I've never been to MT. Everest, but this had to be close. There she was with her fancy monitors and her warm cozy blankets while I'm shivering on the brink of hypothermia. Whomever said labor isn't hard for the husband hasn't experienced the cold in that hospital room. :)

It was basically life or death. Okay, I may be exaggerating a little teeny tiny bit, but the worst part was it was so cold I couldn't sleep. The several hospital blankets, hoody, and other efforts were to no avail. 

So tip #1 is to bring a snow suit no matter what time of the year. You'll look fresh, feel great, and keep warm.

Tip #2: Don't get sick

This may go contrary to decades of scientific evidence, but you can actually control if you get sick or not. You see, if I had brought a snow suit, I would have been fine. But all joking aside, do all that you can to not get sick. Whether that's closing your eyes and saying a thousand times, "don't get sick" or taking a less weird and slightly less awkward approach of rest and properly fueling your body, do all that you can. You'll be less stressed around the baby and everything will be that much better.

The only upside is the white mask looks kind of cool. Especially if you wear a white shirt to go along with it.

Tip #3: Bring food!

Don't be fooled by this cute and adorable cat. The struggle for food in the hospital is real. Luckily, the hospital had a robust cafeteria and amazing free slushies (they got Nicole through labor. Forget about me). Even still, I wish I had brought more food. I don't know if it's the stress or excitement, but you get surprisingly hungry. Be sure to pack plenty of food or your stomach will pay the price.

Tip #4: Remember, there's an outside world

This is one of my favorite tips. After three intense days in the hospital, I finally got to go outside. They were about to dispatch us so I had to go put the car seat base in the car. I remember seeing and feeling the sun on my face thinking, "I'm free!" I stopped for a minute to take in a few deep breaths. It was nice to say the least. 

While it was short lived, it definitely helped. It's okay to step outside for a minute or two (if your wife is okay with it) to make sure you stay sane. But either way, ff you feel cooped up, it will pass soon enough. Despite what you might think, the outside world still exists and you will see it again. :) 

Tip #5: You will survive

This is probably the most important tip. If it's your first baby, the truth is you will have no idea what you're doing. Coming home from the hospital is a little scary because you've never done this whole parenting thing before. But don't worry, you will survive. If Nicole and I can do it, anyone can do it. Just do the best you can and you'll do great. Oh, and remember to breathe. That always helps. :)

So that's it. Five tips. Follow these and you'll be hip.