Life with 2

I have 2 children…I am a mom to 2 boys. No matter how I say it, it is still hard to believe sometimes!!  I feel so blessed that the Lord has given me 2 beautiful children.  :-)

Adding another kiddo to the family is definitely different!  My days are more challenging and definitely more tiring…but extra sweet, and this is why:

Most days I don’t get dressed, brush my teeth, or do a thing to my hair till late afternoon, sometimes the evening, or sometimes not at all.  My house is pretty filthy and dishes are usually piled in the sink.  But my boys are happy, full, and clean.  I’m hoping we eventually get into a better routine as Carson gets older – but for now I’m OK with holding a crying or sleeping baby, nursing every 3 hours, trying to keep a 19 month old alive and loving life, and taking naps when I can, instead of cleaning :-)


HBAC Birth Story: Carson Ray Faske

The night of Thursday, January 17th I went to sleep at 10pm and woke up at 12:30am to go to the bathroom. I came back to bed and as soon as I laid down I felt pain & pressure really low for just a few seconds and then a big release of water!  I just kind of laid there in shock!  Right then James was coming to bed (because he was on call for work) and I said, “Babe, my water just broke.”  His reaction was, “What?! Are you sure?!” I got up to go back to the bathroom and I texted my midwife, Donnellyn. She wrote back immediately asking how much came out and if it were clear.  Contractions hadn’t started yet, so she said to lay back down and try to sleep till the contractions started.  But I didn’t get a chance to do that.

We called our parents to let them know we’d have a baby in the next 24 hours!  Then I had James wash our sheets :-) By 1:15/1:30am I started having small contractions only lasting a few seconds.  We had all of our supplies for our home birth that we needed, but we were still caught off guard with going into labor at 38 weeks!  So James started making the bed and picking up!  By 1:40am the contractions were coming closer together, getting a bit stronger, and lasting 30-45 seconds.  By 2am we were ready for Donnellyn to come and she was on her way!  James started getting the birthing pool ready.  In between contractions I was brushing my teeth and putting out all the birth supplies on our dining table.  Aiven was sleeping peacefully in his room and we were going to have my Dad and Peggy come get him only if he woke up.

Donnellyn got there at about 2:30am and 2 of her students got there about 15 minutes later.  I was so glad when she got there.  Every time I had a contraction she would stop what she was doing and rub my back and talk me through it.  I would just lean over a table or chair with my hands on the surface and sway back and forth – breathing and relaxing my body.  If there was anything that looked tensed up, Donnellyn would point it out and tell me to relax it. It was so very helpful to relax through each contraction, allowing my body to do what it is supposed to. Once James was done filling up the birthing pool he was able to be there rubbing my back through each contraction.

At about 3am, Donnellyn took my vitals, listened to the baby’s heart beat and checked me – I was at 9 cm!  She said I’d be having this baby soon and that was so exciting to hear!

After that I got in the birthing pool which felt SO amazing!!

After I got in the pool I’m not 100% sure on all the timing but I don’t think I had very many contractions after that till I started feeling the need to push.  Once I started wanting to push is when things got painful.  I kept pushing through the contractions, thinking it was soon over only to have Donnellyn say that I need to bare down and get him down through my pelvis.

In between contractions I felt very relaxed and extremely tired – just wanting to sleep really.  James was right there with me, holding me, kissing my forehead and telling me how much he loved me, how amazing I was doing and how we would soon be holding our baby boy…I couldn’t ask for anything more. Oh, and he also let me squeeze the crap out his arms :-) Best.Husband.Ever.

Then I guess not too long after that he was crowning and I was pushing him out!  It felt like I didn’t do that for too long and then he was being placed in my arms!  During the stage of pushing him out that’s really all I was focused on.  Yeah, it was painful, but my mind knew that he was almost here and all I needed to do was focus and push!  Donnellyn was such a great coach, telling me how to breath, to vocalize in a low tone and not to waste a contraction by crying!  I said “I can’t do this” only once and I think it was mostly to hear from them that I could do it and that I was doing it!

Once he was out and in my arms I felt so wonderful.  I had done it and I was holding our sweet baby boy!  He was born at 4:47am on Friday, January 18th – just about 3 ½ hours after contractions started!  We stayed in the water for maybe 10 minutes, just soaking up our sweet baby boy!

Hudson was pretty interested in what the heck just happened as well :-)

From there me and baby got up and wrapped ourselves in towels and went to our bedroom to lie down.  Aiven slept through ALL of this (which is crazy because I was pretty darn vocal!) and didn’t wake up till he heard his baby brother cry for the first time :-) Baby boy latched on immediately after we got in bed.  James went to get Aiven up to meet his baby brother.  He looked so sleepy and confused but when he saw the baby, he kept saying “baby, baby” – it was so sweet.

Then baby and I both got in a herbal bath that they prepared in our bathtub.  It was so nice and relaxing.

After that we went back to our bed and Donnellyn did the newborn exam right on our bed while James, Aiven and I lay there together watching – and Aiven eating cheese, haha. J He weighed 8.2 lbs. and was 21 ½ inches long.  I was so shocked by how big he was since I was 2 weeks early – but good thing I was or I would’ve had like a 9-10 lb. baby!!

After the exam, at about 6:30am, my dad and Peggy arrived with breakfast!  Once Donnellyn was done doing the newborn exam, taking my vitals, and the students were done cleaning up and emptying the birthing pool – we all piled in our room and Donnellyn prayed for our sweet baby boy.  It was such a sweet moment and I felt so thankful and blessed.

Then they left by 7am!  We all ate breakfast and then my dad and Peggy took Aiven with them so James and I could get some sleep :-)

It took us until Sunday, but we finally named our baby boy – Carson Ray Faske.  My dad had suggested the name a few weeks back and Ray is my Dads middle name.  The birth of our son was so sweet and was everything we wanted.  It went so smoothly and quickly, I couldn’t have asked for a better birth!  Yes, it was painful, but so worth it knowing that, to me, I was doing the best I could for my baby and for myself. I loved being at home, because I felt so comfortable.  I loved not having to pack up and get in a car during contractions!  I loved holding my baby till his newborn exam and even then not being separated from him.  I loved crawling into my own bed immediately after giving birth. I loved not feeling drugged during and afterwards, but being completely present in the birth of my son. I am so thankful that the Lord allowed me to have a vaginal home birth after having a c-section with Aiven.  If we ever have another child, we will definitely plan to go this route again, Lord willing!

Carson Ray Faske

Friday, January 18th, 2013

4:47 AM

8.2 lbs.

21 1/2 inches

Paleo Toddler Food

Last week I made Aiven a recipe I found on Pinterest.  It didn’t go to a link, but just had the recipe right on the pin.  So I decided to try it and it was great! Aiven really liked it and the recipe made quite a bit.

They are kind of like pancakes but with nothing bad in it!

Paleo Toddler “Pancakes”


-1 cooked sweet potato

-Handful of spinach

-1 Banana

-1 Zucchini

-4 Eggs

-1 tsp of vanilla

-Dashes of cinnamon


-Boil or steam the sweet potato

-Then put it in a food processor (or blender) and blend until smooth

-Then add the zucchini – using the shredding blade (if using a blender, I would shred before putting it in)

-Then add the rest of the ingredients

-Then blend until smooth & well combined

-Then cook it like you would a pancake!

-Mine didn’t come out too well because I only used 3 eggs and I think it needed 4 or 5, so they look ugly, but tasted (& smelled) really good!

This recipe made quite a bit, so I kept some in the fridge for the rest of the week and the rest of it I froze!

They were Aiven approved!

A Hearty Spaghetti Squash Dish

When we started eating Paleo, I discovered spaghetti squash!  Other than the fact that it is SO hard to cut in half, I love this veggie!  We eat it as “spaghetti” almost once a week.  But I was getting kind of tired of eating it that way, so I searched for a new spaghetti squash recipe and found this recipe on Pinterest .  So we tried it last night and loved it!

Unfortunately this recipe is not really Paleo because it has sour cream & cheese in it, but I wanted to try it anyways.  And it was good so I’ll share the recipe with you all!


  • 1 medium spaghetti squash
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 yellow onion (small to medium)
  • 1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes (more if you like it spicy!)
  • 1 tsp of thyme (we didn’t have any, so I used oregano)
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream
  • 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese
Preheat your over to 375 degrees
First cut your spaghetti squash in half & scoop out the seeds and place on microwavable dish with water in the dish/plate, facing the flesh down on the plate
Place into the microwave for 15 minutes or so – make sure it’s cooked mostly all the way through (you might even want to taste it to make sure the “noodles” aren’t hard)
While that is in the microwave, chop your onion into small pieces.  Melt the butter and add the onions and spices to saute until onions start to brown.

Then, in a large bowl, add the sauteed onions, sour cream, 1/2 of the cheese, and the cooked spaghetti squash (scoop the squash out with a fork)

Mix together well & then place in a buttered baking dish and top with the leftover cheese.

Then bake for about 15-20 minutes – until the cheese browns a little bit.

Then ENJOY!!!

Too Long!

Well, it’s been WAY too long since my last post!  A LOT of changes have been going on, leaving writing a blog post on the bottom of my to do list.

So what has been going on that has kept me from updating the blog?

First…on May 27th, we moved into our first home :-)

We spent the week prior painting pretty much the entire house…the most dramatic before & after’s is the front living room and the kitchen:

Front Living Room BEFORE:

Front Living Room AFTER:

Kitchen BEFORE:

Kitchen AFTER:


Then on June 5th we found out that we are having another baby!!!!!!  I am due Feb. 1st!

This was definitely a surprise, but we are very thankful God has blessed us with another opportunity to bring a sweet baby into this world.  Life will be hard but oh so sweet :-)


Then on June 23rd we celebrated Aiven’s 1st birthday!! (pictures to come)

It was such a wonderful party with all family and friends!

At 1 year old Aiven:

-Is 27 1/2 inches tall

-Weighs 20 lbs.

-Can walk with walker toys and along the couch(not by himself yet)

-Is getting an attitude ;-)

-Doesn’t like tomatoes

-Eats 2 scrambled eggs every morning

-Nurses 3-4 times a day

-Can sign “more”, “all done”, & “eat”

-Likes to dance!



And every day in between all that, I think it an accomplishment to get off the couch and do the normal every day chores. Therefore, our house is not decorated at all yet and we still have boxes to unpack.  But I was 12 weeks this past Friday (7/20), so hopefully the sickness and fatigue will go away soon!

11 months (2 wks late)

On May 23rd Aiven turned 11 months old!  But that was 2 weeks ago…so in TWO weeks my baby boy is going to be a year old!!! How this year went by so fast, I have no idea.

Anyways, even though I’m late I want to share his 11 month pics and his milestones.

He doesn’t really stay still anymore :-)

He’s so silly

At 11 Months Old Aiven:

-Is crawling up a storm!! He’s so fast!

-Is 20 lbs & 27 1/2 inches long

-Is having his top 2 teeth come in

-Is still nursing 5 times a day

-Is eating more solid foods & learning to chew with his teeth

-Is starting to learn to pick food up & put it in his mouth by himself

-Is still making silly noises with his mouth

-Loves to be chased!

-Loves to be held

-Walks along things that he’s holding onto

-Has learned to put his hands up when we ask him, “How big are you?”

-Loves to pet the cat

-Sleeps all night (8pm-7am)

-Is the best baby ever!

For Coconut Lovers: Coconut “Muffins”

For all you coconut lovers out there this a great dessert for you!!  These “muffins” have tons of coconut in them!

This is all the ingredients you need:

(however, you could add honey or agave nectar for added sweetness)

You could either make them in a muffin tin using cupcake liners or a small baking dish

(I used a muffin tin because I don’t have a small baking dish)


-2 cups of unsweetened shredded coconut

-3 eggs (the recipe I used called for 2, but I found it wasn’t as gooey as I wanted it, so I’d add another)

-1 bar of dark chocolate – chopped (the higher percentage of cocoa the better) OR 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips

-1 tsp of vanilla

-OPTIONAL: ~1/2 to 1 tbsp of honey or agave nectar (or any other natural sweetener)


-Preheat the oven to 350

-Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners or spray non-stick on a small baking pan

-Whisk the egg & vanilla in a bowl (and sweetener if using)

-Add in the rest of the ingredients

-Then pour into your cupcake liners or baking pan & flaten out w/spatula or spoon

-Put in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes, until turning golden brown

-Let cool & then enjoy!!