Sawyer’s Birth Story

I was 39 weeks and 2 days when Sawyer was born.  This was the longest I had ever been pregnant, so I was ready.  I went into labor at exactly 39 weeks with Aiven and exactly 38 weeks with Carson, so I was completely ready to have this baby…at 37 weeks.  My body had been showing plenty of “getting ready” signs since 37 weeks.  I had freezer meals made, the house deep cleaned, home birth stuff out and ready, and baby things bought (and by ‘baby things’, I mean one pack of newborn diapers).  I had never really experienced prodromal labor with the other boys, so this was new to me.  I must say it wasn’t very fun having several sleepless nights full of contractions every 10 minutes that I couldn’t sleep through, only for morning to come, the contractions to stop and still no baby.

The morning of Wednesday, August 6th the boys and I went for a long walk and then later in the morning I took the them to the library to pick out new books for story time.  Then I mostly rested that afternoon while Carson took a nap and I tried (and failed) to get Aiven to take a nap.  As I was resting I texted Taylor (my friend & doula) this: “When am I going to have this baby?! How long will labor last?! How will labor start?! What time will labor start?! I want to know the answer to these questions!!! ;)”.

At about 4:25 pm both boys were awake and playing and I went to the bathroom.  I had lost more than my normal amount of mucus plug (which I had been losing since 37 weeks), so I went to the living room to get my phone to text my midwives.  Although, I fully expected to text them saying “This probably won’t amount to too much today, but I lost a more-than-normal amount of plug just now”.  But when I got to the living room the boys were taking all the cushions off the couch and I reached to throw one back on the couch and my water broke.  I ran to the bathroom with phone in hand and called James first.  He was still at work and I had told him earlier that the kids were driving me a little crazy.  When I called him I told him to “go ahead and come home now” and he just laughed.  Then I said, “No, really. My water just broke.”  He said, “Oh, okay! See you soon!”  Then I texted my midwives and called my mom and Peggy to come hang out with the kids.  I also called our photographer and Taylor.  As I was sitting on the toilet (because of water still coming) I could hear the kids destroying the house and killing each other.  Then at one point they both came into the bathroom and Aiven tells me he pooped in his underwear…awesome.

Finally James got home and gave me some sexy Depends.  I then started picking up the destroyed house, switching out laundry and doing the dishes.  James started getting our bedroom ready and airing up the birth pool.  Peggy came and vacuumed for me and occupied the kids.  Contractions started at about 5:00 PM, 30 minutes after my water broke.  I had another contraction probably 7-10 minutes later.  Then they quickly picked up being 5-7 minutes apart and more intense.

I texted Taylor that contractions had started – she told me she would be there in about 45 minutes unless I needed her sooner.  I told her I thought 45 minutes would be fine.  But about 20 minutes later I wrote her back saying, “I’d love you hear :)”

I think my mom and my dad showed up around 5:30 pm.  My dad was so funny and cute and I think in disbelief that I was in labor!  I loved having him there!  He didn’t know what to do, so he started folding some laundry, which is always awesome and welcome!!  My mom helped occupy the kids – her and Peggy put a show on and had one boy in each lap.DSC_2343DSC_2311 DSC_2315 I had been talking back and forth with my midwives.  One was on her way and would be there shortly, the other was on her way too, but in traffic.  Because of my history of fast labors they sent one of the student midwives my way, knowing she’d get there before either of them.  When she got there I think she was under the impression that I was ready to push.  When she found me back in the bedroom I greeted her with a smile and she sighed with relief and said, “Oh good, so your not feeling like pushing or anything yet?”  I laughed and told her ‘no’.  I showed her all the homebirth supplies and she started getting things ready, while James continued to prepare the birth pool in our room.

Taylor got there around 5:50 pm and immediately was a great relief and comfort to me.  She had also called Casey, our photographer, who then got there at 5:55/6 pm.DSC_2302Donnellyn, my midwife, got there around 6 pm, as well as 2 other midwife students.  Needless to say, at the time, we had a full house!  Once they got there they checked my blood pressure, checked baby’s heart rate and checked my dilation.   At 6:15 pm I was 8cm, +1 station and 80% effaced.  Donnellyn said I could get in the birth pool whenever I was ready.  So I went to tell my family how far along I was and to kiss my boys goodbye in between contractions! :) DSC_2304DSC_2320 DSC_2329The character on their show was really feeling for me. :)DSC_2322 DSC_2327When James was done getting the birth pool ready, he was able to help me through each contraction and he never left my side from that point on! :)DSC_2340 DSC_2365Poor Hudson was put outside when all the people came and that’s where he remained till the baby was born :(  It was so sad, I could hear him barking almost the whole time!  I wish we would have let him in. DSC_2346My other midwife, Margie, got there at about 6:20 pm.  Once the boys left I got in the birth pool (I think around 6:30 pm), which felt SO amazing and really slowed down my contractions which were starting to come every 3 minutes, so it was a great relief to me. DSC_2389 Although it was a little cramped to have the pool in our bedroom, it was so cozy, the lighting was perfect, and the support I had was incredible.  During each contraction I would put my head down and breath out low/deep tones while James poured water on my back, Taylor would rub my back and one of the midwives would put counter-pressure on my lower back.  After a few contractions I asked Taylor to turn on the “relaxing” playlist that I had made.  It was nice to have those songs on in the background.DSC_2404 DSC_2427DSC_2486In between contractions there was talking and a lot of laughter!  We laughed about the text message I had sent Taylor earlier that day and how I was getting my answers to all the questions! :) DSC_2442At one point, Donnellyn asked me what the last thing I ate was.  I knew this questions was coming and I immediately started cracking up because for lunch that day I had Ramen Noodles! Probably the worst thing you can eat…ever!  I had went grocery shopping earlier in the week, I was hungry and craving something, so I grabbed a bag of those but of course didn’t eat them until right before I went into labor!  Even while I ate them, I thought to myself Oh my gosh, what if I go into labor tonight?!  Donnellyn will ask me what I ate last and I’m going to have to say Ramen noodles!! She would kill me!’  So after she asked me, I was laughing so hard and whispered what I had eaten to James.  Then I told Donnellyn it was something so bad for you and she said, “Either Ramen noodles or Hot Pockets!”  So since she guessed it, I confessed. ;)  This story explains her face in the following picture: DSC_2479The laughing was such a comfort and joy in the midst of increasingly intense contractions.  James, as with all our births, was the best support.  He made me laugh, was strong and comforting, and so helpful.  I LOVE that man. :)DSC_2481DSC_2440 DSC_2512At some point I began to feel the baby really move down, which is when things got really intense for me.DSC_2503 DSC_2508DSC_2524DSC_2597DSC_2517 Poor James… DSC_2584I know he said some joke, but now I can’t remember what it was!! :)DSC_2599 I soon started pushing…DSC_2589DSC_2604And then reached down and pulled my sweet baby boy to my chest!! It was so intense and SO incredible. DSC_2638 DSC_2639-2 DSC_2680 I love Taylor’s happiness in this picture!DSC_2650DSC_2686 DSC_2694He was born at 7:42 pm, just about 2.5 hours after my first contraction.  I was so happy to have him here!!  He had a lot of vernix, just like Carson did, and he felt quite big and squishy!!  Soon after he was born I got out of the pool and into our bed.  I laid there just holding him and James I looked him over and took a picture of him to send to the grandparents.  Then I birthed the placenta and Donnellyn checked for any tearing, which there was none!! He was so content just laying on my chest.DSC_2721 DSC_2733-2As they were preparing our herbal bath, Daddy got some alone time with baby :)DSC_2773DSC_2768 Then baby and I got in the herbal bath.  During this time my parents (all 4 of them) and the boys came over to meet baby boy. :)  During the bath the boys came in to meet their new baby brother.DSC_2799 DSC_2808 DSC_2829 DSC_9516Then we went back to our bed for his newborn exam.  Big brothers were very interested.  DSC_9553DSC_9529 DSC_9561 Then we weighed him.  Everyone, including me, kept commenting on how big he looked and felt – he just seemed so chubby!  And he was…9lbs 1oz!!  We laughed because I said Aiven was 7lbs, Carson was 8lbs 2oz, and now our third was 9lbs 1oz…if we have another it’d be 10+lbs probably!!! DSC_9575We had a wonderful birth team and before they all left Donnellyn prayed for us. DSC_9607DSC_9612DSC_9624DSC_9599The older boys stayed the night at Nana & Poppy’s house and we got to “sleep”.  It’s so hard for me to sleep after something so incredible happening!!  So I mostly just snuggled our newest baby boy while listening to his newborn coos. :)

This birth was so wonderful, peaceful, fun, quick, and intense!  It was pretty similar to Carson’s birth with having my water break before contractions and then contractions coming quick and strong and to have a fast birth, but the atmosphere was a little different.  I am so thankful to have had a doula and a birth photographer this time around!  I was so thankful to have had a home birth again and that everything went so smoothly.

Below is a slideshow of Sawyer’s birth :)

It took us a week and a half to name our sweet boy – we were so indecisive!!  But we finally settled on Sawyer Wesley. :)

Sawyer Wesley Faske

August 6th, 2014

9lbs 1oz

21.5 inches 

Sawyer Wesley: 6 months


Our smiley Sawyer turned 6 months old on February 6th!  It seriously that he is half a year old.  And I’m really going to freak out when we celebrate his 1 year birthday tomorrow.  Okay, not really tomorrow, but by the time his first birthday comes around it will feel like it was “tomorrow”!

Here are a few 6-month-old Sawyer facts:

  • Sleeps on his tummy ONLY
  • Isn’t swaddled anymore, but loves his Zipadeezip!
  • Tried avocado a week or so ago.  First bite, he chewed it and swallowed it like he’s been eating solid food his whole life. Second & third bite, made a silly face and spit it right out. :)
  • Is such a large baby.  Wears 12 month clothing, even though I am still trying to squeeze him into 6-9 month stuff.
  • Can roll back-to-tummy and tummy-to-back
  • Can sit up on his own for a little bit before falling sideways
  • Loves blowing raspberries with his mouth
  • Loves to look in the mirror
  • Sleeps all night (6:30/7pm – 6/7am) (most every night)
  • Takes 3 naps a day
  • Still loves to be rocked!
  • Loves to be talked to and played with
  • Loves his jumper (thanks Taylor!)
  • Loves to grab the face of whoever is talking to him :)
  • Doesn’t have any teeth, but I think his bottom two are working there way through
  • Is so darn sweet!!!!

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New Year’s Resolution: Daily Routine

Aside from blogging more, ‘making and keeping a daily routine’ was another one of my New Year’s resolutions.  Looking back at the month of January I am happy to say that I have actually kept both of these resolutions so far!

Ever since Sawyer was born I had felt stuck in this newborn, life-change haze.  I fully expected my days to look pretty unpredictable for a good while, and it was. I gave myself a lot of grace and not much expectation after Sawyer was born which was actually just what I needed to do because I think I would have been greatly overwhelmed otherwise. But after a few months of the house being a constant disaster, dinner usually being something frozen, and the kids having way too much screen time, I just felt so unhappy with our daily life and I could see it affecting the entire family’s mood.  Before the new year began, Sawyer’s daily schedule was much more predictable, yet I was still letting our daily life have no structure and it was driving me crazy!  So I decided to do something about it and realized I needed a daily routine that I could actually stick with.

When making the daily routine I didn’t want to go by the clock.  All 3 of the boys wake up at different times and our day doesn’t really “start” till all 3 are awake.  Sometimes they’re all awake really early and other mornings someone (usually Carson) “sleeps in”.  I also didn’t want too much planned to where if the baby was extra fussy, etc. most of it didn’t get done.  I wanted specific intentional times; a time for playing with the boys, a time for teaching them, a time for independent play so I could work on things, and a chore time.

So here’s what I came up with:

  • Breakfast
  • Bible Time
  • Chore Time
  • Super Learning Time (got that idea off the interwebs)
  • Play or watch Super Why/Mommy Work Time
  • Lunch
  • Story Time
  • Nap Time
  • Snack & Watch a show
  • Tidy Up Time
  • Play Time (waiting for Daddy)
  • Daddy Time
  • Dinner
  • Bath Time or Play Time (they don’t get a bath every night!)
  • 15-min House Clean Up
  • Bedtime Routine

Then I wrote it out on a big dry-erase poster

I really love this schedule.  It has helped me enjoy our days so much more and to be much more productive.  The boys enjoy it too and Aiven now knows the routine by heart and tells me what is next, especially if we hadn’t started it yet.  :)

For Bible Time we read a Bible story, go through all our memory verses, sing, and pray.  When it’s Chore Time, I have them help me with the dishes, the laundry, Aiven feeds the pets, and then I give them my Norwex dust mits and let them “dust” the house while I finish up a specific chore.

Then for Super Learning Time they get their capes and sit on their own pillow on the floor.  I choose different things each day and pick from: ABC’s, #’s, colors, shapes, etc.  I use a variety of methods such as flashcards, puzzles, shape/color stacking games, etc.  This has probably been my favorite thing that I’ve started.  It is SO fun watching them learn and enjoy learning!  Also watching them work together is great! Oh and Hudson is a pretty good student too…

20150108_08514520150108_08520120150108_091649Then I usually let them watch Super Why (a fun reading show) or some other learning show, while I do some work (pay bills, write a post, put away laundry, put dinner in the crockpot, facebook, etc.) Having a set time for them to be occupied and to know mommy is working on some things has been so helpful!!

Story time before naps has started to include Sawyer now, which is so fun!


During nap time I again try to work on my personal to do list.  A lot of times Sawyer is napping in the pack n’ play that’s in our living room, so I rarely do any loud chores during naps.  And a lot of times I find myself rocking Sawyer and watching Friends or reading during the boys’ naps!

Sometimes Aiven won’t take a nap and in those cases I let him get out one of his Quiet Time Activity Bags/Bins.


I saw the idea to clip the bags to hangers to hang them up for easy storage!  20150117_163455

*Side Note* Here’s what it took to make these activity bags/bins…a huge mess!! :)  (Had to do this when the big boys were out of the house with my mom for 2 days)

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Before James gets home I *try* to do a quick tidy-up so he can come home to a somewhat clean/organized house…but we don’t always get to it before he gets home.

It has been a long time coming for me to find a daily routine that works for us.  I’ve tried and tried different things over the past 2 years and would usually come up with something overly complicated that made me always feel disappointed in myself.  But this one works because of the simplicity and not going by the clock, but just by following a routine.  Most days, when I can stick to this routine, I end the day feeling accomplished and happy of the intentional moments spent with the boys teaching them and playing with them.  Having time set aside for house and personal work has helped me to be completely in the moments spent intentionally teaching or playing with the boys – I have felt much more present, instead of pulled in a million directions every minute of the day!

January Recap

At the end of each month I want to do a monthly “recap” post filled with all the little things that happened through out the month that aren’t necessarily worthy of a separate blog post.

So here are a few things that happened this month:

  • We celebrated the New Year!!  With 3 small children we partied hard at home, with a cartoon ball drop countdown…at 7:30 pm.

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  • James made a {huge} work bench!


  • 3 of the same sweater problem..Daddy puts Sawyer’s sweater on Carson ;)
  • Books before bed
  • Visits from Nana (aka my sanity-saver)20150105_123246
  • My growing Soy-Soy in 12-month Ninja Turtle footie pj’s 20150105_193052
  • Aiven “teaching” Carson how to ride a bike :)20150107_170919
  • Drooling baby who on January 9th rolled from tummy to back for the first time and on January 31st rolled from back to tummy for the first time!20150109_103052
  • What Hudson does at around 4 pm every week day…looking for Daddy :)
  • Brief moments of quiet reading while I nurse Sawyer
  • Aiven putting both legs in one!20150113_122732
  • This face.20150113_151156
  • The boys tried Pop Rocks for the first time:20150114_113351 20150114_113354 20150114_113359 20150114_113407
  • Reading eye-spy books with Papaw 20150114_183347
  • Finally adding Sawyer to this frame (my 3 little babies!!!) 20150115_131321
  • Breaking my glasses in the middle of the night by dropping my glass water bottle on them…20150117_074940
  • And my awesome hubby “fixing” my glasses so I can wear them (at night, in our home) till my new ones come in.  Attractive, I know. 20150117_174935
  • Having my story-time audience increase by one! :)20150107_114129
  • Fixing things with Oliver :)
  • Playing baseball in the backyard with the bases Aiven got for Christmas
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  • Aiven always having his “fighters” stuck in his pants :)


  • Trip to Costco with Nana.  Sawyers first time to ride in the cart!
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  • Eating lunch in the bath tub because they got SO dirty playing outside20150121_11582820150121_115832
  • Then getting each other clean20150121_12050620150121_120514
  • Sawyer transitioning from a swaddle to a Zippadee-Zip


  • Finding Aiven wearing my trial pair of glasses from Warby Parker


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  • Nap time bedhead 20150126_142912
  • Taking a (2 second) break from playing outside20150126_154839
  • ENJOYING the crazy awesome Texas January weather!!!20150127_12335720150127_12352820150127_165201
  • Cracking up every time this kid went down the slide because of his hair!20150127_17301520150127_17282920150127_172833
  • After nap selfies with 2 of my 3 boys :)  20150128_14052820150128_140531

And there’s a little recap of all the in-between things that went on this January 2015!!

Carson’s 2nd Birthday Party!

This past weekend we celebrated Carson’s 2nd birthday with a Hat Party!!  When deciding what the “theme” would be for his party I first suggested a pirate party but James said that Carson mostly liked Jake and the Neverland Pirates because of Aiven.  So we tried to think of something that Carson liked, so we chose hats!  This kid loves to wear hats!  Seriously, the majority of the time he is wearing a hat (or two) around the house.

Here are some decor details of the party:


My mom made this of Carson’s cute little face!!  Seriously, my parties would not be as cute if it weren’t for my mom. “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” …or at least I don’t! ;-)IMG_3006

We had pizza…again, because I don’t really have the time to prepare a bunch of food!! I barely got the fruit chopped for the fruit salad! :)IMG_3012

We had 2 big baskets full of a variety of hats!  It was so fun to see everyone’s hat that they chose.IMG_3016

My mom made this cute little sign that we put on the front porch.IMG_3017

And this little gem we put on the front door. :)IMG_3020

Thankfully the weather was so nice we were able to have the bounce house!  The kids loved it!!
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Levi was chasing him and then held on for dear life while Aiven drug him along! IMG_3033 IMG_3034 IMG_3036 IMG_3061 IMG_3062 IMG_3167

The only little girlies at the party :)

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Beautiful pregnant friends!! IMG_3209 IMG_3255 IMG_3261

Sawyer getting dressed by Uncle Ryan!IMG_3007 IMG_3009IMG_3293

Oliver and Carson were born on the same day, with the same midwife present, and less than a mile from each other.  His mom, Taylor and I didn’t meet until the boys were 9 months old.  We met at our training to become Birth Boot Camp instructors!IMG_3271 IMG_3282We sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to Carson as he stared back at all of us :)

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New shoes!!IMG_3102

So he had to take em for a spin :)IMG_3107

Everyone wanted to help! :)IMG_3113

And Hudson, our little present :)IMG_3126 IMG_3127 IMG_3144 IMG_3146Here are all the kiddos (minus Caleb) that were at the party.  I thought it was pretty amazing we got them all to sit on the fireplace at the same time!

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IMG_3296 IMG_3297It was a great party!!  Thank you to all the family and friends that came to celebrate our 2 year old boy!!  Happy Birthday Carson!

Christmas: Part 6

Our last Christmas was with James’ Dad and Step-mom, Lisa.  They came up to our house on Friday, January 2nd and stayed till the 4th.

As soon as the boys saw Grandpa, the first thing they wanted to do was wrestle!!!! We spent Friday evening ordering in Mexican food and opening gifts!

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The men fixed our porch ceiling…

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Then Saturday night Grandma & Grandpa offered to keep the kiddos while James and I went out!  We got to go out and celebrate Darrell’s birthday!!  We (James and I, Darrell and Taylor, and Catharine and Nick) first went to Mellow Mushroom for dinner, then went to East Side for some drinks and to play Cards Against Humanity.  It was so much fun and so weird to hang out with out the kiddos!! Felt like a kid again!! And we acted like it maybe…. ;-)


Oh and this is just James in Oliver’s car seat :) 20150103_224206

Sunday we went to church and then to China King Buffet with my dad & Peggy as well.  Then David & Lisa headed home.  It was so nice having them come up for Christmas!  The kids always enjoy having them here. :)

Carson is 2

WARNING: This post is FULL of pictures!!!

My sweet little Carsie boy is two years old today! As always, the past 2 years have gone by SO fast.  And once again Carson has grown up so much this past year!  He started running, climbing, talking, singing and really playing with Aiven.  He is such a joy and such a stinker, all at the same time!

Here are a few fun facts about Carson at 2 years old:

  • He loves to dress up.  He is always wearing a hat, shoes, goggles, etc.
  • He has to sleep with his “lamby” (a stuff animal/small blanket). He has 3, one of which is an actual lamb.  The other 2 are an elephant and a monkey.
  • He sucks his thumb.  His left thumb to be exact.
  • He likes to scream.  When he’s overly excited, he screams/laughs.  When he’s overly mad, he screams/cries.
  • He can count to 10.
  • He loves to sing and is pretty darn good at it too.  His favorite songs are “You Are My Sunshine” and “O Holy Night”.
  • He likes to be rocked before bed.
  • He can be pretty rough, especially with Sawyer.
  • He loves to play with Bubba.
  • He likes to wrestle.
  • He LOVES reading books
  • He LOVES looking at pictures, mostly on our phones.
  • He talks really well.
  • He likes to eat food by the handful.
  • He usually takes a 3 hour nap every day.
  • He likes watching Signing Time
  • He often takes breaks while playing to find his lamby or a tag, suck his thumb and lay his head down.
  • He enjoys being held.
  • He’ll hug anyone.
  • He just started praying last week (“Dear God, thank you Bubba, Mommy, Daddy, Soy Soy”)
  • He still sleeps in a crib.
  • He sometimes kicks when you pick him up to change his diaper or go to bed.
  • He likes to dance.

This morning he woke up to balloons everywhere and a donut breakfast, complete with a candle and the “happy birthday” song!

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Then we went to church: (love these boys!)20150118_091119

After church we played outside (finally!), had lunch, and took naps.  After nap time we went to the Nette Shultz park!

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This is him screaming “CHEEEEEESE”:IMG_2836 IMG_2838 IMG_2850 IMG_2853 IMG_2855 IMG_2856 IMG_2869 IMG_2870 IMG_2877 IMG_2905 IMG_2921 IMG_2930

Can’t quite get cuter than this:IMG_2945 IMG_2951 IMG_2957

After the park we went to Mellow Mushroom for dinner. Then we went home for cake, cookies, ice cream, and presents!

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We got him this book for his birthday.  It is a custom made book about a boy who lost his name and he goes through many adventures and collects letters and at the end finds his name and it is “Carson”!  IMG_2982

Then he got a Kiwi crate in the mail from my dad and Peggy! IMG_2985 IMG_2987 IMG_2993 IMG_2996 IMG_3001

Seriously can’t believe my second little baby boy is TWO!!!  This Saturday we will be having his “Hat Birthday Party!” and we are so looking forward to it!

If you want to read Carson’s birth story, click here.

Below are some of my favorite pictures of Carson from this last year:

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He still makes this face often and usually has to do with Aiven doing something he doesn’t like:IMG_6744 IMG_6848 DSC_0924 IMG_6946 IMG_7123

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In labor with Sawyer:


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