Thursday, April 30, 2015


If you've read this blog at all, then you know that Joel and I have been working to pay off our debt. When we started almost 4 years ago we had close to $100,000 in debt!!! Well just this past month we paid off EVERYTHING!

We paid off my car in February. Can I just tell you she drives so much better now that she doesn't have a payment. Yes, she's small for our growing family, but both car seats fit! And I brought both of my babies home from the hospital in it.

Then just this month we paid off the last student loan!

loan payoff

When I made that final payment it was so surreal. This has been a goal for so long and anytime we talked about finances, the question was always how can we pay this off faster. I think it will really set in next month when we don't have to make the payments.

Now on to Baby Step 3... a fully funded emergency fund.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

What's Up Wednesday

Today I am linking up with Shay, Mel and Sheaffer for "What's up Wednesday" and answering these questions.

What we're eating this week...
check out my meal planning post here. I am most excited to try a new recipe! Lasagna Soup!

What I'm reminiscing about..
 Landry's birth. As I'm writing all about Kinley's arrival, I can't help but remember Landry's coming into the world almost 3 years ago!

What I'm loving...
This sweet girl. I just can't get enough of her. It's still so surreal that I am a #girlmom and that I have TWO kids! Seriously, it's still sinking in.

What we've been up to...
Lately, I've been enjoying my time off from work and trying to get Kinley on some sort of schedule. and

What I'm dreading...
The summer heat! So far spring has been wonderful, but I know the heat wave is coming. That's the one thing I hate about Texas. 100 degrees is not ok with me.

What I'm working on...
Putting the finishing touches on Kinley's room. I can't wait to show you all.

What I'm excited about...
Our upcoming trip to Florida! I get to see both of my pregnant sister-in-laws and host baby showers for them. Not to mention everyone gets to meet Kinley.

What I'm watching/reading...
I am refreshing myself by reading Baby Wise. But more fun is Joel and I found a show on Netflix called Leverage. We have been watching it every night before bed! We love it!! It's kind of an Oceans 11 meets Italian Job, but in a TV show!

What I'm listening to...
I just found a Christain music station on iTunes Radio. So that plays on our Apple TV lots.

What I'm wearing...
Well, I can tell you what I'm NOT wearing and that's maternity clothes!!

What I'm doing this weekend...
Going to the park for a playdate with our ABF. And then to Tyler to visit family.

What I'm looking forward to next month...
Mother's Day

Kinley's Birth Story - Part 2

**Warning some of these pictures are graphic**

If you missed part one of the story you can check it out here.

By this time my contractions are coming about 7-10 minutes apart. We got all checked into our delivery room. I had the best nurse EVER! Seriously, Nurse Laura was incredible and you could tell she really loved her job. I mean, come on, she was working on her birthday.

At 11:04am they started a pitocin drip (the thing I was most scared of). My nurse assured me we would start slow, and then crank it up after I had my epidural. So I was started at 1/10 of a regular dose. My nurse told me to let her know when I was ready for the epidural. At the rate I was going, I didn't think I was going to need one. Honestly, I felt great and I told her as long as I keep getting a break in between these contractions, I'll be good.

Then the meds kicked...

During all of this I had the urge to push, which was crazy... in my head it hadn't been long enough, plus I didn't have an epidural. So the nurse checked me and said I wasn't ready yet. They let me out of the hospital bed to go to the bathroom. Of course, this is exactly when my doctor came to check on me and break my water. She said she was going to grab lunch and would come back afterwards.

My mom, dad, and Emily were all at the hospital by this point and had brought in lunch for Joel. So he left the room to go eat Cane's, I couldn't stand the smell of it! My mom stayed with me.

My contractions were getting stronger and stronger, so I told my nurse I was ready for the epidural.

At this point it was around 1:30pm and Breanne was finally able to leave her school. She told me I had to wait until she got there to have Kinley. I had "keep that baby in there".

She got to the hospital at about 2:15. Joel decided this would be a good time for him to get his shower. (Side note- His plan along had been to wait until I had my epidural and my sister there with me. Then he would get in the shower and be nice and clean when Kinley got here. I knew this was a bad idea... let's just call it mother's instinct.)

So while Joel is getting ready for his shower, I ask my nurse to help me roll over a little bit, I was getting uncomfortable. We had been waiting to do this until my doctor broke my water, but I couldn't wait any longer. She did and then she left the room. As soon as she walked out the door I looked at my mom and said "I have to push". My mom said really. I said if I don't something bad is going to happen. So Emily ran out the door to get the nurse who was only a few feet down the hall. Breanne started knocking at the bathroom door telling Joel not to get in the shower. (Good thing that water took awhile to heat up).

I just laughed... of course, as soon as he got in the shower I would need to push.

The nurse didn't even bother to check me. She just told me to keep my legs closed and called my doctor. When a mom knows, a mom knows!

Several nurses came in and started prepping the room.

I told the nurse I don't knkow how much longer I can hold this, my doctor needs to get here now.

As soon as she walked in the door, she checked me and I was at a 10.She broke my water and told me with the next contraction to push. After 3 pushes baby was almost here... my doctor said keep going don't wait for another contraction (keep this in mind later). So I did and boom... Kinley was here! 2:48pm

My sisters were in the room, so both of them got to experience her birth. Everyone, and I mean everyone, looked at both of them and said that is the easiest birth you will ever see. Everything went picture perfect!

After holding Kinley for a few minutes, they took her and got her all cleaned up.

She was 7 pounds 4.8 ounces and 19.5 inches long. And baby girl had a good set of lungs.

Shortly after, everyone left the room and I was able to have skin on skin time.

I was so in love with our sweet girl. She was perfect in every way. God is so good!

Daddy was so in love too!

Remember up above when I said my last push was without a contraction, well... (Keep in mind, NO ONE told me this until late that night, so I had no clue) The umbilical cord was wrapped around Kinley's neck. Once her head was out the doctor could tell the cord was there. One reason, she was completely purple, second reason, they had lost her heart rate. I thought they lost her heart rate because she was practically out of me. Nope! So when the doctor saw this she just told me to keep pushing. Joel said she handled it like a pro and just slipped her hand up the side of Kinley's face and unwrapped it.

God's hand was in all the details. We give him all the praise for our wonderful baby girl and pray that she will grow to follow and love Him.

Thank you all for your prayers and support! A very very special thanks to Bre who took all the photos and captured Kinley's birth for us!!

Again, if you missed part one you can read it here.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Kinley's Birth Story - Part 1

It's taken me awhile to get around to writing this, but better late than never...

Originally, I scheduled an induction for my due date March 18. I took Monday and Tuesday off work and I was going to enjoy myself and get a few things done before she came. However, I wanted to go into labor on my own. I was so anxious about being induced because of what happened to my mom when she was induced. (Let's just say in was traumatic and leave it at that.)

Anyway, so I called my doctor on Monday and ask to move the induction to Friday, March 20. I was set on that date. That is my half birthday and I thought that would be fun if we had each others half birthdays. It's also my father-in-law's birthday. I really admire moms that go past their due dates and wait for baby to come on their own.

Oh how my plans fail... but that's ok, God's plans are so much better!

Wednesday morning (let me remind you that's my due date), I woke up at 2:20am to a contraction. I got up and went to the bathroom and didn't think anything of it. I'd been having contractions for a few days (real contractions not braxton hicks). So I went back to bed and just about the time I started falling back asleep, I had another one. So I looked at the clock, it had been exactly 20 minutes. So now I was curious if this was it. Sure enough, I had another 19 minutes later. I decided I need to get some sleep if this really was labor. ha! Just about the time I would fall asleep I would have another contractions. They were anywhere from 16-20 minutes apart.

At about 5:30am, after about 2.5 hours of 'laboring' I decided to tell Joel. He was stirring in the bed, so I thought he was waking up. I said 'babe, I've been having contraction consistently for the last 2.5 hours'. He just looked at me and said 'you've got to be kidding me, it's your due date'. Basically, neither of us could sleep anymore, so we packed the rest of our hospital bag.

Fast forward to 8am. I went to the bathroom again and there was blood, lots of blood. I immediately called my doctor. She suggested that I come into labor and delivery and have them check me out, just to make sure the baby was ok. She said she would call ahead and let them know I was coming. If I hadn't bled, I wouldn't have gone to the hospital until my contractions were 5 minute apart.

At this point, I called my family and told them what was going on. My sister Emily came over to take care of Landry and get him to school for us. Interesting how kids can sense that something is wrong without you having to tell them. We left in such a rush we didn't kiss Landry goodbye. So while we're on our way to the hospital Emily facetimed us. Landry was crying because he knew something was wrong with mommy. He was so worried about us that he wouldn't go to school until he had seen us. We assured him everything was ok.

Traffic was terrible! I wouldn't expect less at 8ish in the morning in Dallas. At this point I was so thankful my contractions weren't 5 minutes apart... I might have had Kinley in the car.

When we arrived at the hospital we walked up to labor and delivery. (Side note- Joel wanted to wheel me up there, I insisted on walking... I had to keep those contractions coming!) They took us to a little admitting room. A nurse came in and hooked me up to a monitor and I could hear Kinley's heartbeat. MUSIC TO MY EARS! She proceed to ask lots of questions before examining me. I was dilated to a 3. (TMI- while she was checking me she told me she stirred things around to hopefully help get me going)

After talking with my doctor they decided to go ahead and admit me. I was having Kinley that day! Joel and I just laughed and said I'm 2 for 2. All day long anytime anyone would come to check on me they had to ask how far along I was and when my due date was and every time we said today people were surprised.

We were admitted to the hospital. Now the real fun could begin! Read part two here.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Meal Planning Monday

Monday - Tacos

Tuesday - Lasagna Soup with Garlic bread and salad

Wednesday - Grilled chicken salad

Thursday - Tilapia with rice and green beans

Friday - Grilled chicken and cheesy zucchini rice

Saturday Breakfast - Cinnamon rolls

Saturday Lunch - Picnic with ABF

Saturday Dinner - Mini pizza