Q & A Part 1

Hello!

I think this is the first Q& A I have done on the blog! It’s one of my favorite posts to read on others blogs, so thanks for sending your questions over on Instagram! We’ll just jump right in since my baby could wake at any time ha ha.

Q: How did you and your husband meet?

We both worked in the BYU Athletics building(he was in Athletic Marketing and I was the front desk secretary). My roommate worked directly with him so I would go chat with her and got to know him. He asked me out and the rest is history!

Q: How are your kids and being a mom of 4?

They’re great! Thanks for asking. Being a mom of 4 has been really fun. I know that sounds crazy, but I really love being a mom. Of course I have crazy/overwhelming days, but overall it’s been really wonderful. The kids are all so helpful and really love baby Cooper.

*helping with laundry before bed

Q: What time do your kids wake up in the morning? And if they wake up before 5/6am how do you get them to go back to sleep?

They all wake up about 7:30am. Claire(she’s #3 and 2 years old) often wakes up when Josh leaves for work about 7am. If any of them started waking up earlier I can explain to the older ones that they can’t come out of their bed till their alarm clock turns green(bought it on amazon). But if it was a child younger than 2 then  I would 1. see if they can get themselves back to sleep 2. go in and tuck them back in without talking to them(when you talk to them they think it’s time to wake up) and 3. if none of those work I would see if they are getting enough to eat before bed, if they have a fever, teething, have a messy diaper…if you can answer all those and they are still waking up, then I would keep doing 1 &2 until they understood when wake up time is.

Q: I’m wanting to run a half marathon and have never done one before. What training schedule do you recommend?

Congrats on wanting to run your first half, that’s so exciting! I have ran 11 half marathons and  I love recommending this guide (scroll to the bottom of that page and you will find a 12 week schedule) to those that are running their first. It’s perfect for beginners and after my first I felt it adequately prepared me to run the 13.1 miles. I didn’t worry about time at all with my first, my goal was simply to finish and not walk at all. Let me know how it goes and ask any additional questions you may have. Good luck!

 

Q: How do you only have a little treat a day? I always eat all the treats if I start with a little one.

This is a great question. I love sweets and I have learned if I say “no” to any one food category I will binge and eat ALL of it when I get the chance. I have been learning how to eat intuitively for about 4 years now. I listen to my body and eat when I’m hungry and stop  when I’m satisfied NOT  uncomfortably full. I follow this meal plan and get my veggies in first to nourish my body and then eat something that satisfies my taste buds whether that’s a turkey sandwich, a salad, or pizza. Then if I’m still wanting a little something sweet then I have a cookie, chocolate or whatever I’m craving. On special nights  I do eat more dessert than other days because I like to enjoy yummy food with my family. often when I binge eat something it’s because I’m stressed, sad, bored etc so if I feel like I’m over eating  I try and stop and ask myself the “why” of eating that way and address/solve that issue another way than with eating. Chewing gum helps me for eating when I’m bored.

That’s all I have time for today, but if you have any questions leave them in the comments on here, FB, or on my last Instagram photo.

If you have anything to add, share that too!

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Miracles will begin to happen

While my 2 babies nap and Lily has quiet time in her room I’ve started taking the time to study my scriptures. For just a few moments all you hear is my laundry tumbling in the dryer and dinner simmering in the crock pot(if I’ve remembered to start it😅).

I bought a new Book of Mormon journal edition so I could have room to take notes or inspiration I receive. I’m re-reading the Book of Mormon and highlighting all the characteristics of Christ that our Prophet Russel Nelson suggested so I can really get to know my Savior and gain a stronger testimony of Him. It has been an enlightening opportunity whether I get 15 min or just 5 before I’m needed again. I feel His love for me and in return I can share His love with others.

“As you read, I would encourage you to mark each verse that speaks of or refers to the Savior. Then, be intentional about talking of Christ, rejoicing in Christ, and preaching of Christ with your families and friends.You and they will be drawn closer to the Savior through this process. And changes, even miracles, will begin to happen.” President Nelson

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Baked Goods

I don’t mind cooking, but baking is something I really enjoy. I turn on some music, usually some Nora Jones and create in the kitchen. Sometimes the kids are really involved and sometimes I do it while they’re napping.

There’s something so fun and special about enjoying dessert with family on a cold winter night.

A few Sundays ago I attempted my first cinnamon rolls(I’m a HUGE cinnamon roll lover) and they turned out oh so yummy! I forgot an after pic, but everyone at my parents house ate them up!

the next week I made monkey bread

Oh and cookies, I love cookies(and dough)

and finally my first chocolate mouse pie(Josh’s favorite).

My postpartum diet is going GREAT thanks for asking 😉

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Ballet Sisters

For Christmas this year the girls got ballet outfits and lessons. If you remember Halloween Lily was a ballerina and has been begging for lessons. I knew if Lily took lessons Claire would want them too(they have to have everything the same these days).

Luckily my sister in law Whit found the perfect place that would allow both to participate. They’re jus too cute!

*there’s only 4 girls in their class but the other day all the 3yr old classes came together

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Baptism preview

A couple weeks ago Jackson, Josh and I were invited to a baptism preview. I was totally surprised by this invitation because surely someone made a mistake, there’s just no way my baby is turning 8 this year. But alas, no mistake, Jackson will be 8 in August and has the choice to be baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

We’ve started studying and memorizing scriptures together as a family in preparation.

Jackson is a leader and loves his siblings and is so SO patient with his wild sisters.

Love you J man!

Baptism is a sacred ceremony, or ordinance, through which a person promises to follow Jesus Christ. The baptismal ordinance symbolizes the washing away of sins and is necessary to become a member of Christ’s Church.

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Cooper at 3 months

We see smiles, we hear rare giggles, and the kids love that Cooper “talks” with them. It’s hard getting J out the door to school because her really loves his morning hang outs with Cooper(he’s so so happy in the morning.

He still loves everything from last month, and I would have to add under his dislikes; riding in his car seat. More specifically when the car stops.

He received THE sweetest gift from my moms best friend Leslie. She HAND made this beautiful quilt. It matches his nursery perfectly and is so soft. We’re in love with it! Thanks again Leslie.

He’s on a good schedule:

7am- wakes up with mom I nurse him and then he comes to the basement with me while I workout(the other kids are still sleeping)

8:30am- takes a nap

9:30am- wakes up and nurses, plays, back down for a nap repeated until 8pm.

At 8 we get all our babes ready for bed, say prayers, and say goodnight. Cooper goes down (in his bassinet next to my bed)and wakes at 10(I nurse him and put him back down), then he’s asleep till 2 I nurse him and put him back down till 5:30, then he’s up at 7.

Some nights are different and he’s up a lot or he sleeps longer. This week he got his first stuffy nose(the kids CAN NOT stay away from him). So he’s been up a lot. I snuggle them most nights when they’re sick so he can sleep up right in my chest.

He’s wearing some 3 mo clothes but mostly 6mo clothes and size 3 diapers. He’s a big boy!

He’s looking more like Jackson to me. I want to remember how he he pats my chest while he nurses and how he nuzzles into my side when we sleep. I love that I’m his calm safe place.

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Afternoon naps

Lately I’ve felt a little overwhelmed in my job as a mother. I knelt down in prayer several times throughout the last few weeks asking Heavenly Father how I can continue to create a safe home for my children that we can enjoy together as a family.

Today as I was studying the Bible during nap time with a snoozing baby on my chest I was reminded:

I have a really awesome job. I get to do all sorts of things like; bake, throw parties, dance, and even nap with my baby in the afternoon. Okay okay I also have to change poopy diapers, clean toilets, and fold laundry(impossible to do one handed while holding a baby haha).

I received my answer from my Heavenly Father, it was personal and what I needed. No matter what our jobs or trials are right now I hope my friends know they have a Heavenly Father that loves them.

Luke 1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.

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Rosy cheeks and freezing toes

Last week Josh took Lily and J sledding with his siblings.

I received some great videos of the jumps, hills, and falls that kept me entertained while I was stuck inside with my babes.

Lily came home with frozen feet because all she has are rain boots that don’t quite do the job. She didn’t care one bit, but my mommy heart hurt! I’m on the hunt for new boots.

J had rosy cheeks and a big grin and Josh came home with a MASSIVE bruise down his side, he bruises like a peach!

I had homemade banana bread and hot cocoa to warm everyone up. Feeding my people yummy food is one of my favorite things…changing poppy diapers is my least favorite thing in case you were wondering.

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Cooper at 2.5 months

The other day Josh got Cooper to giggle. It was tiny and short, but it was a giggle! This stage is so fun. They are finally waking up enough to smile, “talk” and maybe even giggle. He is such a light in our family, everyone flocks to him all day.

It has been so fun the last couple of weeks to have Josh and J home all day and just play as a whole family.

Cooper loves bath time, nursing, laying on a blanket and kicking his legs, snuggling mom or dad.

He eats about ever 2 hours during the day, and at night I think he’s eating about every 3, but I’m not sure, it’s all a blur. He still sleeps with me most nights, but I’m going to start being better about putting him back in his bassinet so we can both get better longer stretches of sleep.

At his appointment he was 13 lbs 50%, 22in 20%, and his head was in the 50%. He was THE saddest any of my kids have been after his shots. We got to snuggle a lot haha

He really is such a sweet baby, but his cry is fast and furious. It cracks me up how upset he gets the minute he gets hungry or tired.

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Cooper’s Blessing

While Josh’s parents were in town we thought we would bless Cooper the night before they had to leave on December 29. We had all our family over to our home and our sweet Bishop and his wife(one of my favorite people, she’s just the best).

Josh gave him a beautiful blessing. Cooper started to cry during part of it but Josh just took a sec to calm him down and was able to continue.

I got to get him dressed in Jackson’s blessing suit, and I added some little booties that would be just his. Unfortunately everything was a little snug…fortunately it all still worked out haha. He’s 2.5 months old wearing 6 mo clothes!

^his little toe sticking out!!

I love the quiet special time I’ve gotten to dress each child for their blessing. Memories I’ll never forget.

He has such a calm peaceful spirit and brings our family so much happiness. We all just can’t get enough of him.

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