Whose idea was it to change every single thing about our lives in the middle of busy season?! Man, overwhelmed doesn’t being to describe it all.
I’m currently writing this from our truck as we travel from Dallas to San Antonio. It’s a longer travel day than we prefer, but our trip to Dallas was somewhat unexpected in timing. Let me back up a bit first. We had plans to go fulltime in to the camper in October. Those plans changed quickly as Ty ended up needing to move in to the house 10 days before we were to be completely out. It was fine, but pretty chaotic to take on with my work schedule and a baby who hates sleep. But we did it, we moved in earlier. We’ve certainly had a lot of challenges in the last 5 weeks. We accidently flooded part of our RV in the first week. Extra rinses for cloth diapers aren’t a good idea, even with an empty gray tank. Thankfully the damage was minimal, but we had to remove some carpet and dry everything out carefully in order to avoid mold. We’ve had quite a few things break, but that is to be expected, as it takes some time to work out the kinks in a new RV. We also had issues with our truck when the hitch slipped. We dropped the RV down on to the tailgate. Jason was so upset but I’m excited we will finally get him a new tailgate next week. We are all finally in one vehicle, we sold the pilot after adding a Cowtown Sleeper to the truck. We promptly went and sold the Pilot. I’m going to miss our Pilot, man we were hard on that thing and it was SO good to us. I told Jason I’d like to buy a new one when we are done traveling someday. It was hard to let it go until Carmax offered us 4X what we were expecting their offer to be. We looked at each other, accepted the offer and ran out of there before they changed their minds lol! We love the new sleeper on the truck. We can now seat 7 comfortably. Theres room for everyone and the dogs. I even have the option to sit in the middle row between Zachary and Jonah to help keep them happy when needed. Z does good in the car in the morning, but afternoon travel is tough for him, so having that option is really nice. The sleeper add on wasn’t cheap, but I think it’s so worth it to travel comfortably with kids. Taryn and Jude sit in the sleeper and it’s awesome because they have a table we can slide in and they can play chess, card games, write, draw, etc. It’s a little wierd for them to travel sideways but they seem to be getting used to it.
I had big plans of photographing and documenting our launch in detail but as the overwhelming days and challenges mounted, it just didn’t happen. Instagram will have to be enough if it means I get to keep my head above water. My hope is that with the extra down time in the truck (like right now) I will be able to blog more often.
After our crazy scramble to get in the RV earlier than planned we all welcomed a week at Garner State Park. It was our usual vacation spot each fall, but we loved taking our own house with us. It gave us time to breathe, relax, unpack and just be still for awhile. Jonah turned 5 (!?!?!?) while we were there. That’s big kid and I can’t believe my baby is now 5. We went on a 3 mile hike and hit little legs kept up right until the end when he slowed down just a bit. It was a great day.
Overall, we are starting to feel settled in the RV. We are getting unpacked and organized. I thought we’d be done with purging by now but nope, still getting rid of things! We still have a lot of things at Ty’s house that need to be stored, but will be tackle that in a few weeks. For now, we are heading to Corpus Christi to spend a few weeks and Thanksgiving holiday with Jason’s family. The kids are super excited about the swanky beach front RV resort we rented a spot at. And they get to help their grandma and grandpa decorate for Christmas! It’s such a blessing to get to go spend so much time with them before we hit the road.
One of the best things about the timing is that some of our best friends, who are also going fulltime, were also launching. We spent several weeks in adjacent spots and the kids had a blast. 24/7 playdates for several weeks with their BFFs? Yes, they had so much fun! It’s hard to say goodbye so I’m happy they had so much time to connect before we head out in different directions. I think it’s really cool that our kids all have each other to go through this with. Having a best friend in the same life place is pretty amazing. I’m sure we will meet up on the road and have one million skype sessions, but the time together, in person, was so precious. If you like following fulltime families check them out at There Goes The Neighborhood Homestead.
I have one session to shoot the first week of December, my last baby planner is graduating. We leave Texas in a few weeks and we couldn’t be more excited for the adventures ahead!
This little squish! We usually weigh him on Sunday mornings and I just had to grab a few photos of him on the scale. He’s so sweet at this age and his little personality is really shining through!
Jude asked me if I’d take a few photos of him with Zachary. Who was I to say no?!
A little while later Jonah received word the above photos went down. So he marched right on up to the bed and declared he needed some too! Zachary is seriously the most loved little boy!
And just a few of him by himself…
Backtracking a bit to May. Life has been busy and hard and just a million different things. But I’m hoping to catch up on blogging a bit before I explain it all. Z was 4 months old here. <3
I’ve put it off long enough. His tongue and lip ties required surgery on his little mouth and I wanted to give him enough time to recover from that and establish a good latch and healthy supply. But, this momma needs to return to work soon and that means I need to be able to leave him for a few hours at a time. I’ve promised Jonah since before Zachary was even born that he could help give him the first bottle. He loves the photos of Ty feeding Jude and Jude feeding him as babies and he wanted to follow the tradition….
But once Zachary took the bottle, Jonah was more than a little peeved that he didn’t get any breastmilk too. I promised him any leftovers and he was happy with that compromise.
I wish I could say Zachary loved the bottle, or at least tolerated it, but not so much. He took 1 oz out of 4 oz, chewed on the nipple then refused it. The next day, he wouldn’t take it at all. And he started biting me while nursing. Sigh. Finicky little boob baby!
A few people on Instagram asked so I’ll post it here too. This bottle is made by Comotomo. It’s much more breast like than the glass bottles we used with Jonah.
This happy baby boy slept for 11 hours last night. Thank you sweet baby Jesus for real sleep. He woke up happy, nursed, then took a 2 hour nap. He was super easy to put to bed last night, which is not always the case. Chiropractic y’all. It works. Every time my kids get adjusted they sleep better, they are happier. Zachary is even latching better today. It’s a parenting “secret” I’m surprised more people don’t talk about. Because if parents knew, they’d be busting down the chiropractor doors lol! Zachary and I didn’t go to our weekly appt last week, I just couldn’t pull it together to get us out of the house with the rest of the family. I definitely noticed a difference.
10 weeks old and more than happy to be on his belly!
This spot, on Jason’s chest, just over his heart, is Zachary’s spot. It’s where he is the most calm. Where he’s connected and finds peace. After Zachary was resuscitated and his heart started beating again at his birth, and he started to breathe, I saw him for what felt like a few seconds. He was then handed to Jason so the surgical team could tend to the issues going on with me. Jason and Zachary were shuffled out of the OR fairly quickly. Jason went to the recovery room, took off his shirt and put Zachary directly on his chest over his heart. Zachary was so calm and quiet, sitting there with his daddy, sucking his thumb. So it’s no surprise this is where he feels calm and safe. It was to have my husband and new baby leave me in that OR, I cried so hard and begged for them to be able to stay with me, yet I’m thankful for their connection. It’s a beautiful thing to witness.
Here are a few of that moment at the birth. Photo credit to our amazing birth photographer, Tara, of Life is Sweet Photography….
Gah! I just love him so much.
I can’t believe I forgot to share these! I sent them to family and forgot to post them here for us. I absolutely love these photos of Jason’s grandma, Zachary’s great grandma, holding baby Zachary. His middle name is after her late husband John and we are so proud for Zachary to carry his name. The necklace she’s wearing is John’s signature and I know we will cherish these photos forever. She was quite smitten with Zachary, so very sweet! It was Jonah that really stole her heart though. While she was reading to him on the couch he reached around and put his sweet little arm around her. It was just the sweetest thing. Jonah adores her right back! Aren’t they the cutest together? He asked for this photo!
This little guy decided to start rolling over from belly to back and 10 weeks old. It was actually pretty funny because he did it and it immediately made him really mad. He loves being on his belly! So I rolled him back over and he did it again, same result, majorly ticked off lol!
These two have the sweetest little relationship. Zachary saves all of the really good smiles for Jude. I can’t blame him a bit though since Jude is really awesome. While most mommas I know want to have kids close in age so they will have a close relationship, I’m over here loving this whole 9 years apart thing (again). They are just the cutest together and it reminds me so much of when Ty used to rush home from school and stand in front of me with his arms stretched out, anxiously waiting to hold Jude the second he walked through the door. And now it is Jude’s turn. He’s constantly swooping in for snuggles and smiles from our little ray of sunshine.