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Nine months


Stats:  Asa is 18.5 lbs (25th percentile) and 27 1/4 inches (10th percentile).  He’s in 6 – 9 month clothes and size 3 diapers.

Likes:  He just learned to clap so he does it quite often.  He crawls all over the place and loves to try to climb the steps!

Dislikes:  Daycare 😦  Asa started daycare at the end of July and he’s not a fan.  He cries at drop off and doesn’t take a nap there so he’s pretty grouchy in the evenings.  He also despises stage 3 baby food.

Eating:  Asa is down to 4 nursings a day (about every 4 hours).  He takes one feeding through a bottle daycare with no issue.  He has started eating real food for most meals.  He still prefers being fed over feeding himself.

Sleeping: Asa sleeps 11 – 12 hours a night (about 7pm – 6am).  He takes a morning nap at home.  I’m hoping that we can start getting him to take an afternoon nap at daycare but that hasn’t happened yet. 

Milestones: He says dada all. the. time!  I’m really sick of taking about dada.  We heard him saying dada on the baby monitor this morning, when Tim walked into Asa’s room he was sitting up and started clapping.  Way to follow directions Dada!  Asa has 5 teeth and is still cruising furniture.  He joined Janie and Nolan for their first day of school pictures.


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8 months

P1060977Asa is 8 months old!

Stats:  Not sure what he weighs but he’s definitely getting bigger!  Asa is wearing size 3 diapers and 6 – 9 month clothes.

Likes:  This baby was born to be on the go.  We went to Orlando over the 4th of July weekend and he was amazing.  Not only is he good in the car but he sleeps wherever.  We stuck the crib in the closet in the hotel so he couldn’t see us and he was great.  He loved the hotel pool and loves to sit on the edge of his seat in the stroller and look around.


Dislikes:  I really can’t think of anything that he doesn’t like other than coming home from vacation.

Eating:  Asa is down to 4 nursings a day (about every 4 hours).  He eats baby food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Sleeping:  He is down to two naps a day one morning nap (about 8:30 – 10:30) and an afternoon nap (about 12:30 – 2:30).  Then he goes down for the night around 7pm and sleeps through the night to about 6:30am.

Milestones: Asa has started to army crawl, pull up, stand on his own, and babble a ton in the last month.  Also, his top two teeth broke through so he now has 4 teeth.


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Wilderness at the Smokies Review

The kids had a winter break from school so we decided to take a little road trip.  I planned this back in December and I guess in my head it seemed far off.  As I was packing Asa’s stuff, I wondered if I was crazy taking a 3 month old to a water park.  Luckily, he was a dream!  Except for the afternoon that Tim walked all the way back to the room with a screaming baby only to find that he forgot his room key.


Sadly, I was unimpressed with Wilderness at the Smokies.  I will break this review up because some parts were good but some were just bad!

Room – B

The room was nice.  We got the bunk room at the River Lodge that connects to the indoor Water Dome.  The kids enjoyed the bunk bed.  There was a little wall between their bunk and our bed so we each had a TV.

Water Dome – C

We have been to Great Wolf Lodge so I am comparing the two parks.  There were not as many slides as Great Wolf.  It also wasn’t as clean.  There was no one checking wrist bands or swim diapers as you walk in and they ran out of towels.  I will say that the lifeguards are on it.  I saw a life guard jump in the wave pool after a little girl whose life vest came up over her head.  My husband enjoyed the Storm Chaser.  The kids enjoyed the other two slides and the wave pool.  No one would try the Surf Rider!


Food – F

They advertise “Kids Eat Free” for the two onsite buffets.  We went to the Thirsty Miner on the first night.  It was after the water park so it was later than we usually eat.  The hostess was not very friendly.  The kids and I walked over to the buffet and it was horrible.  Everything looked like it had been sitting out for hours and many of the items were empty or very close to it.  I walked back to the table to have Tim take a look.  At $20 per adult, I would expect more even if kids do eat free.  He agreed that there was not much that looked appetizing.  We went to the front desk to see what our other options were.  She told us about their “fast food” option (sounded good since it was after 7pm by this time).  We walked down there and paid $40 for fast food and waited 30 minutes for it to come out.


Activities – B

They have some fun stuff onsite that you pay extra for.  They offer a one day pass or a whole stay pass.  Since we were only there for one whole day, we just did the one day pass.  It included a little ride, the rock climbing wall, a ropes course, miniature golf, a laser maze, and bowling.  It didn’t include laser tag but we didn’t spend the extra for that.


Hospitality – C

The staff wasn’t very friendly.  We got a call from the “concierge” our first night and he asked how the room was.  When I said the room was good but we were not happy with the food, he said that he could help with that.  We were invited to a catered lunch by Wyndham the next day for $10 per person and “it’s not hotel food.”  No thanks!

If you are looking for an indoor water park, I recommend Great Wolf Lodge over Wilderness at the Smokies.

We didn’t eat at the hotel for the rest of the trip.  We made a trip into Pigeon Forge one day and had lunch at Paula Dean’s.  Wow!  It’s family style dining and it was wonderful!  The kids thought it was super fancy.


The good news is that we survived our first vacation as a family of 5!

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Asa at 3 months

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Three months is the best age.  I feel like we have hit our stride and Asa is so much fun now!

Stats: I think he weighs around 11 pounds.  We haven’t been to the doctor in a month, that is a feat in itself!  He is wearing 0-3 month clothes and has started to grow into some of the 3-6 stuff.  He’s in size 1 diapers.

Likes: Asa loves his mama!  Probably because I provide his meals but he also thinks I’m pretty funny.  He laughs when you tickle his neck.  He loves when his siblings talk to him.

Dislikes: Tim is convinced that he is one of Asa’s dislikes but I think it’s just that he’s not the mama.  He is back to not loving his car seat or he may just not like running his older siblings all over town for their various activities and school projects.

Eating: Still nursing every 3 hours during the day.  He’s been doing one 4 hour stretch at night.

Sleeping: Asa goes to bed around 8pm, dream feed at about 10:30, wakes around 3 to eat, and up at 6am.  He goes down for a nap after being up for about an hour and a half during the day.  Morning naps seem to be longer than afternoon naps.  I would say he takes about 3 naps a day anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours.

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Birth Story

Hello!  I’ve been trying to find time to blog but it’s pretty difficult when I’m a 24/7 milk machine.  Asa Robert was born on November 3rd.  His birth story is not the one I had planned!  In mid October, he went from head down to breech.  Because I was diagnosed with Cholestasis, I had to deliver at 37 weeks.  I was given induction orders for Monday, November 2nd in hope that he would turn on his own.  My doctor told me to come in for an ultrasound on Monday afternoon, if he was head down, I would go straight to the hospital for the induction.  If not, they would take all of the needed measurements and I would have a external cephalic version on Wednesday or Thursday to try to turn him so I could have a vaginal delivery.  Asa was measuring big this entire pregnancy (which is funny because my other 2 were 6lb babies) but that Monday, they told me that his head was off the charts big.  The doctor was worried that even if the version was successful, I would have trouble delivering him because of the size of his head and end up with a c-section anyway.  Her advice was to go ahead with the c-section.  Having a c-section has been one of my biggest fears.  I could not imagine laying there and knowing that I’m being cut open.  I was also really worried about the recovery time.  We had been praying and praying that he would turn and I thought maybe this was the reason that God had made him breech and was not answering my prayers, I wouldn’t be able to deliver him anyway.  I was hoping that they would say go straight to the hospital for your c-section because I really didn’t want time to think about it.  However, since it wasn’t an emergency, they scheduled it for the next day.  I was scared but I also felt a sense of peace about it because the decision was out of my hands.  I had also heard horror stories about versions so I was relieved that I wouldn’t be experiencing one.

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Asa weighed 7lb, 13oz and was 19 inches.  His head didn’t look all that big to us but they said at 14 inches, it is on the big side.  We also had to stretch the neck of his going home outfit to get it over his head!  He’s had some trouble gaining weight because my milk was late to come in so we have been nursing, pumping, and supplementing every two hours (again, I’m a milk machine).  We go for a weight check today and I’m hopeful that he has gained!  My recovery has definitely been harder than my vaginal deliveries but I’m feeling pretty good now.  Steps and getting in and out of bed were difficult but I’m getting around better each day.  Asa Robert 073

Asa shocked us with dark hair and olive skin.  We will see what his skin tone is once all of the jaundice is out of his system.  We are all so in love with this little guy and getting used to being a family of 5!

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Nursery and a name

It’s funny how things are much more simple with baby #3.  Nurseries have also changed a lot since the other two.  I decided to skip the bedding set and theme this time.  They say not to use bumpers, a quilt, or pillow.  So what do you need…..a crib and a sheet.  I actually did go out and get a dust ruffle after we put the crib together…..Target clearance for $7!

The room that we are using was a guest room so we had a dresser and two night stands.  We passed the bed on to Tim’s sister.  Tim and I refinished the furniture right before we got married and used them in our first master bedroom.  There was a lot of blood, sweat, and tears (well, maybe not tears) that went into refinishing the furniture so I wanted to use it.  Then I saw a deal at Target for a free bassinet with crib purchase.  I really liked the crib but it only came in cherry and grey.  I knew cherry wouldn’t work with the rest of the furniture and I loved the grey but how could I get that to go with the walnut stain?  After perusing Pinterest, I decided we could go for rustic with grey and wood.

Tim installed the planked wall.  It was pretty easy to install but it was a little more costly than I had hoped (around $300 for the wood).   We painted a bookshelf that has been in all three nurseries (it’s been white, red, and now grey).  I kept our rocking chair to rock our grandchildren one day….little did I know.  My mom and I picked out fabric and covered the off white lamp shade.  I used the rest of the fabric and my little sewing skills to make the banner above the crib.  Janie, my sewing guru, was at a friend’s house when I sat down to sew so I had to learn how to tread the needle without her.  Luckily, they have the steps numbered on the sewing machine!

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Here’s a close up of the picture on the left.  It’s a free printable in a Goodwill frame!

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I saw a pallet sign on a friend’s Facebook page and I loved it (thanks Ashley).  Tim has access to lots of old pallets from work and I have a friend that was able to make the stencil for me.  We used paint that we already had so this was a free project.

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We are ready for a baby!  As you can see above, his name is Asa.  After lots of deliberation throwing out names and Tim vetoing most of them, he finally said yes to one.  So Asa Robert it is!

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Pregnancy update

I’ve never been pregnant and blogging at the same time so I thought I better do at least one of these.  I kept pregnancy books with kids and it’s fun to look back.

How far along:  14 weeks

Baby size:  A lemon this week

Total weight gain:  I just went to the doctor yesterday and I’m at 5lbs.  I gained 20lbs with my other two pregnancies.  I’m ahead of where I was with them this time.  I’m also AMA (advanced maternal age) so I hope that slower metabolism doesn’t work against me!

Sleep:  Good and lots of it!  I hit a wall each day in the late afternoon and often end up taking a nap after work.  Growing a baby is hard work!

Maternity clothes:  I’m wearing some maternity shirts because they are longer but my jeans still fit, so far.

Food cravings:  Carbs and ice cream… wonder I’ve gained 5lbs!  A fellow pregnant friend posted about loving honey toast.  It sounded good so that has become my go to breakfast.

Food aversions:  Meat

Symptoms:  Nausea and fatigue.  The nausea comes and goes but thankfully, I’ve never gotten sick.

Appointments:  The kids got to hear the heartbeat yesterday.  Nolan said, “That’s cool that he knows how to gallop!”  The next appointment will be an anatomy scan with the specialist, since I’m AMA.

Movement:  Not feeling any movement yet but I felt it at 15 weeks with Nolan so I expect it soon.

Gender:  Boy!  We found out with the Harmony test at 11 weeks.

What I miss:  Sushi and wine.

Nursery progress:  Target had a deal on a crib and bassinet so we have those.  I also bought a newborn to 3 month lot of clothing from one of those Facebook sites.  I think I have Tim talked into a planked wall behind the crib.  I’m excited for him to get started!



Hello!  I can’t believe that I haven’t posted in two months.  I have some updates and one big one for you so stick with me!

  • Nolan’s baseball team won the 5/6 World Series!  That was pretty cool and he was excited.  They even got trophies!

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  • I sprained my ankle walking into the garage.  My ankle rolled and all my weight went onto the side of my foot.  Ouch!  It’s been two weeks and I’m still limping around.  My foot is pretty colorful.  I wish I had a better story!
  • We had our third and final placement was Safe Families.  The 3 year old was with us for 6 weeks.  She was a sweet little girl and we sure do miss her but she is back with her family so that’s a good thing!

Now for the big announcement…..I’m pregnant with a baby boy due in November!  We got involved with Safe Families because I felt like our family was not complete.  Looks like God agreed!  We picked up our last placement on a Monday and I found out I was pregnant that Saturday.  Janie was thrilled and cried tears of joy.  She can’t wait to have a baby around.  Nolan was not interested in becoming a big brother.  However, I think he’s come around a bit now that he knows it’s a boy.  We’re still a little shocked but very excited!

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A hard goodbye

We had to put our almost 13 year old boxer to sleep this week.  The life expectancy of a boxer is about 10 years so we saw this coming for awhile and I thought I was prepared but I wasn’t prepared at all.  It was so hard to say goodbye to Baxter.  He was one of the first things that Tim and I did together.  We got him the year before we got married so he was with us through one wedding, two homes, and two children.  His life changed dramatically when he became a brother, no more doggy daycare or visits to the PetSmart Santa.  He was a great with the kids and always watched out for them.  He was born before the digital age so this is a best I can do with his puppy pictures.

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It’s been a rough week!  Our memories of Baxter will live on and maybe one day we will be ready to add another four legged friend to the family.

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Winter Break

We left cold, icy Georgia last week for warm, sunny Arizona!

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We had a great time visiting family and the weather was awesome!  I also learned how to fly with a 5 year old.  Get two seats in a row and two more seats in the row behind it.  Then put Nolan in the seat behind Janie.  That way, she is the one that has to deal with tray table movement and kicking.  She’s much more forgiving than strangers!

We made a trip to Jerome, went to the Wildlife Zoo, and Cave Creek.

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We had a great time and love Arizona (in the winter)!