introducing...



Introducing Greta Jo Ostrum. Born on 7/23/18, weighing 7 lbs, 14 ozs and measuring 20" long. 

I'll share more of her birth story later, but for now, here are a few pictures of her and our family.






Poor Chloe fell on her scooter the day before Greta was born. All the hospital pictures show off her gnarly face scab. Luckily it's all healed now!










that time the mosquitos wouldn't leave us alone



Here we are on our last hike as a family of four! 

I was hoping the high elevation (~10,000') would somehow kick me into labor, but alas, that did not happen. 

More to come on that later. :)

Instead we just dodged mosquitoes and enjoyed the cool mountain air. Though our hike was more of a meander with frequent stops, it still felt really awesome to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. Also, big thanks to my husband for putting up with a 39 week pregnant lady asking to go up to elevation for a hike. I'm pretty sure my doctor wouldn't have loved the idea, but he was a trooper and hauled us all up there. 








the things people ask pregnant women



Here are some things I've heard this week, the week after my due date.

"Oh my, when is your due date?!" 

"You must be expecting a girl." 

"You must be hating this hot weather we're having!" isn't everyone hating the 100 degree temperatures?

"Have you tried drinking castor oil?" no thanks, violent diarrhea sounds terrible





"Have you been having any contractions?" yes, maybe, kinda, I'll let you know when I'm in labor

"I bet you'll be glad to wear something besides the same maternity clothes all the time" yup

"Have you tried acupuncture?"

"Your tummy is hard" yep, fully filled with a baby at this point




"Have you lost all modesty at this point?"

"Is this your first?" haha, nope

"My sister swears by eggplant parmesan to start labor."

"Can I touch your belly?" luckily this was my friend, so it was extra sweet that she asked


Well, no baby news over here to speak of. I did want to show a few more pictures of the baby's nursery. Here is a link to Elinor's old nursery in Montana. Chloe's was designed pre-blog! Speaking of which, I'm about to celebrate 5 years of blogging!! That's kind of a big anniversary and I didn't even realize it until I just looked it up. I should probably do something special to commemorate it here, but chances are I'll just be in the newborn haze. More to come on that later! 

adventures in northern california




I finally got our travel video completed for our Northern California trip! This time around I wasn't as focused on filming everything, but I still managed to get about 8 minutes of content. Enjoy!