three up, two down



One. This weekend was a pretty great one, despite the temperatures being WAY out of my preferred 55 degrees Fahrenheit range. It was mid-90s here in Denver and while we did spend a lot of time in the AC, we did get out a bit also.

Saturday morning I attended a baby shower for the newest addition to our family. I had always thought that only the oldest kid got a baby shower and all of the rest of the babies were welcomed with about half the fanfare. Well, my wonderful friend decided to throw a baby shower anyway. It was sweet and thoughtful and made me feel all warm and fuzzy. 




I wrote a bit about it on Instagram, but friendship can be such a hard thing when you get older and busier. It's truly one of the best things about moving back to Colorado. These ladies get me and all my weirdness. 

Two. Holy cow, it's been hot. Have I mentioned that? Also, who's great idea was it to get pregnant and have a baby in the summertime? Oh yeah, that was my idea... The heat has been no joke. Also, as as a result of the heat, my poor swollen ankles!!




Also, yes, it's totally weird to take a picture of yourself in the glass of an office building. I'm pretty sure whoever inside is also wondering what the hell I'm up too. But hey, that's what my 35 week baby belly looks like!

Three. Rugby is an awesome sport. 



Chris and I went to a Rugby match on Saturday. USA vs. Russia. It was a really fun event to go to and we had some good seats to watch these massive guys duke it out. Also, USA won by a massive margin. 62-13. Go USA!!

Four. What in the world is happening these days? Anthony Bourdain?! We're in a tiff with Canada over tariffs? Kate Spade

Five. I'm 4 weeks out from having a new baby girl! I am getting a bit more freaked out about the actual delivery process, truth be told. I'm attempting a VBAC this time and while my chance of success is roughly 65%, I have no illusions that I have any control over the process once it all starts. After two unplanned c-sections, I am just going to let the doctors do what they need to do when the time comes. 

This weekend we put the girls into one room together and turned Elinor's room back into a baby's room. The crib is up. The first coat of yellow paint is on the dresser. The car seat is getting cleaned out and spiffed up again. The baby clothes have been sorted and are waiting to be washed. It's all happening!!

Let me know if there are any baby products I absolutely need to buy this time around. I feel like I'm out of the baby gear loop. There is always some new product showing up and I haven't had a baby in a few years! Comment below!

breast pumps and happy Danes



Happy (almost) weekend! I'm in a slow slide into the a long holiday weekend today. 

This week I've finally started baby prepping. I feel really behind the ball lately on this third kid, but this was the week to make some progress. I finally ordered a new breast pump through my insurance company. I was able to use the same Medela model for both Chloe and Elinor (20 months of pumping, up to four times a day). The pump eventually gave up at the end with Elinor so this time around I needed a new one. Which, if you haven't read much about it, the basic technology of breast pumps hasn't progressed much AT ALL throughout history. But thankfully, because of the Affordable Care Act, breast pumps are now subsidized by the federal government. As with all things however, they will only buy you the most basic/crude device on the market. I'm thankful I have a good enough job that paying a little extra to get what I actually need isn't a problem. However, for most folks out there, spending an extra $200 is nearly impossible.

I read The Year of Living Danishly earlier this year and learned a lot of about subsidized medicine and childcare. While the book was sometimes a little slow, it did give a good argument for why the Danes are consistently some of the happiest people in the world. Taking care of your citizens health and helping families makes people happier and seemingly willing to pay the crazy high tax rates. 

FYI, I am documenting all the books I'm reading in 2018 over on my Instagram account. It's been great for me to remember what I read (haha) and also gets me to read more than usual. We'll see if I hit my goal of 21 books this year... Having a tiny infant might slow me down a bit in the latter half of the year.

Have a wonderful weekend!

making room for baby girl



It's funny how things change over time. Things that you swear you wouldn't ever change, end up happening anyway.

I remember when we were pregnant with Chloe and I was vainly hoping we could skip that whole first-parent mania and hyper-awareness that afflicts all new parents. Why couldn't we just be chill? We don't have to freak out over every little thing. Right?

Well, as it turns out, you really can't help it. As a new parent you are learning the ropes and taking care of a tiny person that you've never had to be responsible for before.




It's also true that the more kids you add into the mix, the more relaxed you become. The strict rules you once setup are frequently relaxed quite a bit (hello don't eat anything off the floor). Sometimes you learn things (hello milk drinking on the couch) that you'll never allow to happen again.




I also remember organizing and decorating babies rooms with a real zealousness. This time around we have to move the two older girls in together and then turn Elinor's room back into a baby/nursery room. I don't think I'll be painting since we just finished painting it a neutral color. Instead, I am contemplating painting the dresser a bright yellow color to liven up the space a little bit. My inspiration being the image at the top of the post from Love Taza. I also will most likely be recycling art from both Chloe's and Elinor's baby rooms.

I think we've reached a point that we are those chill parents of multiple kids that don't have to freak out about every detail and can really enjoy the baby phase this time around. This might be wishful thinking, but I think Oprah would approve of this positive energy I'm putting out into the world. 

paint mines



Today I wanted to share a few pictures from our Mother's Day weekend trip to Paint Mines Interpretative Park. I know it's more than a week late at this point, but tis the season lately on this blog of mine.

So true story, while some people thing social media is ruining the world, I actually found this park from following a photographer on Instagram. It looked like a really cool park to explore and as it turns out it was about a 2 hour drive from our house. Ordinarily that kind of driving commitment is hard to get approved in my house, but since it was Mother's Day, I won the day.





The park mainly centers around these rocks with alternating and multi-colored clay layers. As a part-time hobby geologist I really enjoyed the park but I do wish they did a bit more to explain why the layers were colored. The more science you can throw in, the better (in my opinion).

There is a loop trail system that we attempted to complete but got caught up in exploring the rocks that we abandoned the latter half of the loop.




It was a busy weekend, so getting out on the trail to start was kind of a nice way to avoid the crowds for a while. Also, there is basically no shade out there, so be aware if you aren't heat tolerant you should avoid the summer season.







Oh hey there, 30 week pregnant bump!