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Nash’s 1st Birthday

We celebrated Nash’s 1st birthday with a party in early March. We got very lucky with the weather that Saturday and the kids were able to enjoy some time in a bounce house. Nash’s party was baseball, Cubs theme.


Baseball wreath from Etsy – SarahBerryDesigns


Birthday banners from Etsy – SparklingConfetti


Moss table runner – Amazon

“N” flag cake and baseball cake pops from Sugarmama Bakery in Normal, IL

Cookies from Etsy – TheTreatsbyTrishShop

Extra snacks: Cracker Jack, Beer Nuts, Pretzels, and Baseball chocolates





Cotton Candy from Etsy – SweetopiaCottonCandy












Custom Baseball Shirts – Etsy – PurpleElephantSTL


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Chase’s 3 Year Old Birthday Party – June 2016

So I have a bit of catching up to do on blog posts. I wanted to still do a quick write up of Chase’s 3rd birthday party (June 2016) that was pink and gold, ballet themed. At the time Nash was only 3 months old and I remember purposely picking items that would be very easy to put out and take little assembly or arranging.


This time instead of having a giant cake we went with a bunch of cupcakes shaped into a “3” and then did a whole cake the next day with family.


Glitter 3 from Etsy


Cupcakes and Custom Ballet Slipper Cake Pops from Sugarmama Bakery in Normal, IL


Cotton Candy fromย Easy


Birthday Banner from Etsy


I had a clothes line that was just brown cord and clothespins hanging pink tutus in various sizes that we then gave to the girls that attended.

Tutus from Target


Ballerina Straws fromย Etsy

Face painting fun



Bounce Castle with Slide – All About Fun Inflatables in Illinois






Cake for the following day with family


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Our First Year with Nash

I did not get monthly (or even quarterly) posts of Nash’s first year (like I did with Chase). Really after having Nash and going back to work the blog just became a low (or no) priority. I’m still deciding if and how much time I will have for blog posts now a days.

So to catch up on the amazing-ness of being a family of four and having Nash bless our lives here’s a recap of our first year with Nash Feb 29, 2016 to is first birthday. ๐Ÿ™‚

Nash was delivered via c-section because he was breech the entire pregnancy. Rob picked Leap Day for his birthday because we just thought it was fitting for a boy who was trying to enter the world bottom first. ๐Ÿ™‚ Turns out we ended up knowing two others in our town who also had Leap Day babies (not their plan), which with our town’s population I thought was pretty amazing. Here’s my post about Nash’s delivery.


Transitioning from one kid to two brought a lot of changes. I think Rob and I were much more ready on what to expect and handled all the baby things that come up well. The biggest adjustment was that we couldn’t tag team getting Chase ready in the morning, and bath and bed at night. Instead we were divided up man on man for those logistical moments. How people manage more than two I can’t even imagine. Hats off to you if you wrangle more than two kiddos. ๐Ÿ™‚ While it takes more time in those more task oriented moments, the pay off is seeing the love between Chase and Nash. It’s so awesome seeing how much Chaseย smothersย her brother in love. And it’s so fun to have dinner together at home and have two kids with dirty faces cracking each other up with their little games and sounds. It gives us a glimpse that this is just the beginning to their antics. ๐Ÿ™‚




Nash has been nothing but the opposite of his sister, which is cool. He’s his own dude and all boy. He goes to sleep easily most days, eats very well, and is very chill about day to day things. His smile is just so big and warm. He lights up the room with this giant smile when he’s a happy dude. However, when he is hungry, sleepy, or told ‘no’ he can’t stand it. His flare ups are epic and very physical, throwing his body weight around.



Nash does not like to sit and read books on end like his sister Chase. Instead he loves to throw and destroy things around the house. He is very interested in how things work and attempts to take things apart often. He’s always trying to pry open doors or cabinets, even with repeated ‘no’. Chase on the other hand only had to hear ‘no’ once or twice and never challenged what not to do. Nash LOVES sports. At this very early age he was very quick to learn to throw and catch a ball. It was amazing the first two times we took him swimming to splash around a bit. He leaned forward and started moving his arms, head, and feet just like a swimmer! We will be looking into swim teams in the future.





Nash is just the perfect ‘little’ man in our family. He was an infant for like a week and then turned into a giant over night. ๐Ÿ™‚ He has our hearts forever, we love him so much. ๐Ÿ™‚


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Well it’s been aย little while since I’ve posted on this site. ๐Ÿ™‚ Suffice it to say there are only 24 hours in a day and with a full time job, two young children, and a home to take care of any remaining time left has been used for exercise (on occasion) or sleep. ๐Ÿ™‚

It feels like we might be hitting a groove so I hope to catch up some posts and capture some moments: celebrations, running, travel, and projects. If you are reading this I hope you check back as I hope to be posting again soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Nash: Months 1 and 2

I want to capture a bit of Nash’s growth through the first year and how things are going with us as a family of four.ย This being our second child we knew what to expect regarding the basics. Really we just needed to learn Nash’s preferences and how to coordinate managing as a family with an infant and toddler (knowing that there will be adjustments through many milestones).

The first thing that stood out what Nash’s sleeping habits were much different than Chase. Nash can nap with noise around him (thank goodness since that will be a given in many situations). Nash would nap 1-3 hrs at a time right off the bat. He still prefers to cuddle versus sleep in a bassinet/swing/crib, but he will for some of his naps. He LOVES sleeping in his carseat. At two months we started small ventures out and walk/runs and he just snoozes comfortably.

He is NOT a fan of being swaddled so we put all the swaddle blankets away pretty early on. He is also not a fan of a pacifier. He would use one a limited amount in the early days but he quickly realized it’s not the real deal and has no interest in it.

Nash is a great eater, just like his sister was. I’m so glad that breastfeeding worked out for a second time. I plan to keep it up as long as my body will allow. I know my supply will take a hit when I go back to work and pump, but any day I can still breastfeed is a blessing.

Nash is hitting all the development milestones so I won’t list them all here. It’s fun to watch his smiles and coos and he tries to talk to us. ๐Ÿ˜€

He’s wearing size 1 diapers and 0-3 month clothing is snug in some brands. It may be time to bust out full-fledged 3 month clothing.

He was hating his baths, but recently he started enjoying them. One of his favorite things is enjoying music time of John Mayer and Jack Johnson. He gets so calm and focused when we play their music and sometimes even seems to bop in time to the music.

Nash is a very calm and easy-going baby. However, it’s funny though that when he doesn’t like something he goes from completely calm to instant very loud shrill scream. There is rarely a build up of crying, just a big scream that gets our attention immediately.

A few photos ๐Ÿ˜€

1 Month Old – Rocking the baby acne





Month 2



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Arrival of Nash – Our Delivery Story

Before jumping into the delivery of our son Nash, let me wrap up the pregnancy with the final bump photos.




Nash was ‘frank breech’ (meaning presenting bottom first and feet up in his face) the entire pregnancy. It made things very uncomfortable from about week 20 on and affected my ability to workout or even walk beyond 1 mile. We had many ultra sounds to see if he would flip around to a head down position, but he never did so we were scheduled for a c-section. This would be my first experience with a c-section and I was anxious about the procedure and feelings of the baby being removed. We work for a large company so it was easy to find many women who’ve had c-sections and could help ease some of my fears that their procedures all went well. Still it’s the not knowing that remained with me and was my only apprehension to the whole process.

Since we were having a scheduled c-section, we got to pick the delivery date that week and Rob chose Leap Day. ๐Ÿ˜€ He thought it would be cool and since this baby was a boy I figured maybe he would agree with his Dad. People asked us how we plan to celebrate his birthday on non-Leap Years. I think we will celebrate on the last day of February so that we stick with the birth month (which will then work for school when they acknowledge the birth month of the students, it would be Feb).

Our c-section was scheduled for 7:15am and I had to get checked in 2 hours ahead. I was surprised to find out that between questions, monitoring, IVs, etc. that the entire 2 hours is needed and filled with activity.

They had us ready to go and things moved really fast from there.


They had me walk down to the operating room. I said to the nurse, “it’s funny we are going to a room that is basically like your office everyday and for me it’s a very intimidating scene”. The room was bright with two very large surgical lights over the bed and there were a lot of surgical tools on tables on one side. I made sure not to look, but I did catch a glimpse of one of the spreader type tools that would help open me up – yuck! That stuff freaks me out and I can’t even watch it on tv, let alone see it in person.

They sat me on the table and proceeded with the epidural. It was different getting it this time without the contractions. The pain of contractions over played my nerves about the pain of receiving an epidural last time. This time I just had to psych up for it and let it happen. It wasn’t the worst pain the world and it takes affect so quickly. My legs became warm dead weights and the staff picked them up and positioned me on the table.

We brought in our own music for the surgery including music from Dave Matthews Band, Jack Johnson, and Christina Perri. I’m so glad we had the music so I could focus on it and and Rob. I avoided looking straight up into the two large lights because you could see a reflection of the surgery in the glass.

I had heard people describe pulling and shifting of your insides. A couple of statements made by the staff was “your stomach was distorted by his position in the womb”, which matched my feelings carrying him and not being able to comfortably work out the final trimester. And they also mentioned “there is no way he would have flipped on his own with how he was folded up in there” and “wow he’s big”. What I was not prepared for was the popping feeling up near my ribs that felt like a rib bone being popped out of my body. And with that final feeling he was here!ย It was amazing that by 7:00am I was getting my epidural and by 7:30am our little man had arrived. It all happened so fast! I was happy that we were still able to have delayed cord clamping and skin on skin right away. I was able to hold him right then and there, it was perfect!

Baby Nash – 8 lbs 5 oz, 21.5 inches long



While the deliver was fast the recovery not so much. I felt great afterward, but in the matter of an hour the drugs that were in my system started giving me side effects. I was quite ill feeling for a few hours and got sick a couple of times which is painful with an incision in you abdomen. I couldn’t cough or sneeze without terrible pain either. Eventually I was allowed to walk to the bathroom and finally eat food later that afternoon. I had forgotten how busy the whole process is of having a baby too. Nurses in doctors are in the room constantly checking on the baby and me. Needless to say I was ready to go home as soon as possible. We were able to be discharged after 48 hrs.



I know each child is different about meeting a sibling. In Chase’s case it was completely smooth because she wanted a sibling from the beginning. She had been anticipating her brother’s arrival for so long and she is completely in love with him. We had them exchange gifts since we knew others that had done that, but she didn’t need that at all, it was just a bonus. Chase gushes on Nash every chance she sees him, it’s so wonderful to watch. ๐Ÿ™‚



Hanging out with Daddy


Heading Home ๐Ÿ˜€


I’ll post more about Nash and his development in an upcoming post. Now back to baby snuggle time for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

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3rd Trimester and Nursery Update

The first two months of 2016 have been a whirlwind between work, Rob’s jury duty, illnesses, birthday celebrations, gymnastics, swim lessons, and outings, our calendar hasn’t let up yet.

Here are the bump progress photos 31 – 36 weeks.







We finally got the nursery completed! I still have some items to add to the shelves on the walls and organizing the closet, but everything has come together. ๐Ÿ™‚

Entering the nursery


Rug – Wayfair, paint color Bher “Grey Area”, Rob added crown molding to the room


Bookcase – IKEA


Metal Magnet Display Board – Restoration Hardware


Ceiling Fixture – Restoration Hardware


Changing Table – Pottery Barn, Pillow – Easy, Basket – Meijer, Kendall Crib – Pottery Barn, Print – Easy, Picture Frame – IKEA, Propeller – A Simpler Time


Mobile and Crib Sheet – Restoration Hardware, Canvas Print – Etsy


Wood Shelves – West Elm, Table Lamp – Pottery Barn, End Table – IKEA


Lucca Glider – Monte, Floor Lamp – Target, Pillow – Etsy


Canvas Print – Easy, Blackout Drapes and Drapery Rod – Pottery Barn


Closet Organization System – Container Store (I haven’t organized the closet, that’s the next step), Hamper – Pottery Barn, Hangers – Bed, Bath, and Beyond


Just a few more weeks and our baby will be here!!!

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A quick wrap up of 2015 – October through December

Once again blogging is literally the last thing I make time for these days. My pregnancy nesting mode is in full effect that I’m cleaning spaces that have nothing to do with our nursery like our workout room and our utility storage. When I finally sit down I usually fall right asleep versus get on my computer. Thank goodness it’s a new year because that forces me to get a post done to wrap up the last three months so I can start 2016 fresh blog-wise. While in the spirit of nesting, it also needs to apply to my blog. I’m going to remove my Facebook page that relates to this blog. It just seems so unnecessary. I never post to it separately so really it’s just re-posting my blog posts and tweets. I appreciate that some of you have liked my FB page and I hope you understand that it just seems like clutter these days.

Okay so onto the wrap up of 2015:

October was a very full including a trip to Hawaii, finding out that we are having a boy, and Chase’s first trick or treating experience. ๐Ÿ˜€

First, pregnancy update pictures:




Some professional photos:




We got the opportunity to travel to Hawaii with our company because Rob completed his Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU). It was a gamble to see if our 2 year old would handle a 9 hour direct flight (plus the waiting to get on the plane, off, shuttle, and hotel room) and a 5 hour time delay, but she was a champ! Chase was so excited for the flight that she wouldn’t nap. We don’t give Chase a lot of screen time so we came armed with movies on an iPad for her thinking that would buy a couple hours at a time watching Frozen or something else. However, within like 10 minutes of using it should would put it down and want to go back to imaginary play: dumping goldfish crackers into and out of cups, playing ‘house’ with her seat and mine, coloring, etc. Plus she loved using the potty every 30 minutes – hour because she got to see people as she walked by, dance while we waited in line, and then comment on how bumpy it was to go potty in the tiniest of rooms ever.


Finally we made it and enjoyed 5 days including Chase’s first time seeing the ocean, playing on the beach, swimming in the pool, checking out the hotel animals (fish, ducks, and parrots), our first luau, Chase’s first fireworks from our balcony, and our first submarine dive.














I’m so glad that we decided to take the trip because every day went really well. I’m also glad that we didn’t extend our trip and push our luck though. We stayed on Oahu and next time we plan to visit another island.

Oh and Rob got me a souvenir, my first Chanel handbag.



Halloween – Our Princess




November – full of celebrations of our 12 year anniversary, Rob’s birthday, and Thanksgiving. Plus our first snow and Chase’s first (tiny) snowman.






December – included 3 Santa visits, 2 decorated gingerbread houses, over 70 Christmas cookies, Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch, Chase’s Christmas Pageant, and the Nutcracker ballet.






Our baby boy







And that’s the nutshell recap of 2015. ๐Ÿ™‚ Life will only get busier when our little boy arrives. So I’m not setting any particular goals for running or blogging. I want to take life as it comes this year and savor the time with Rob, Chase, and Baby J. I’ll document things twitter (@MrsCJ2003), instagram (mrscj2003), pinterest (mrscj), and blog here and there. Thanks for dropping by to check in!


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2015 We Care Twin Cities – Kid’s Run, 5K, and 10K

The last weekend of September was the We Care Twin Cities race event in town. Friday night weather was perfect, sunny and upper 60s or low 70s. We got to enjoy some time with friends while we waited for the races to begin. Friday was a kids 1/4 mile run and a family 5K race. The kid’s run was Chase’s furthest distance so far and she ran the whole way. It was so awesome seeing the determination on her face and how much she was loving it at the same time. At the end the kids got medals that were donated from past races by other runners. We Care highlights environmental awareness and information on reuse and recycling.

Up next was the 5K. Rob and I ran together and Rob pushed Chase in the stroller. She spent almost 80% of the time asking where one of her friends was that was watching the race. ๐Ÿ™‚ We ran it easy paced, which for me these days is pretty slow, still it felt good to be out running as a family. ๐Ÿ˜€ 30:03, 10:01 Pace


The next morning Rob and I ran the 10K together. The temperature was perfect, sunny and in the 50s. Again we got time to hang out with friend and even ran with our friend Jon for a few miles. I kept my pace easy and conversational. I felt good the entire race, but I didn’t want to push my pace because I didn’t want to risk feeling bad later. It was like a nice little date getting that much quality 1:1 time with Rob. ๐Ÿ™‚ Turns out after the race we found out that Rob got 3rd in his Age Group! ๐Ÿ™‚ 1:00:50, 9:49 Pace

My ‘Baby on Board’ sign that I put on the back of my shirt because it’s fun to be out racing pregnant. ๐Ÿ™‚ Post race with Rob and Carissa.


I’m not sure what races (if any) we will get in before the baby arrives. It will likely depend on weather, how I’m feeling, and what other things we have going on. If we end up running something I’ll get around to posting about it eventually. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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So Long Summer

So I basically didn’t post all summer so it’s time to catch up.

I have a post of us celebrating Chase’s 2nd birthday. Also that month we got Chase’s birthday present, a play house set up. It took every night from about 6pm-9pm for like 5 days (not including the extra day for Rob to remove the sod for the rubber mulch)ย to get it assembled.


We spent the summer enjoying the Farmer’s Market on the weekends and taking Chase to gymnastics class.


I ran the Steamboat Classic 4 Mile in Peoria, IL – 38:02, 8:02 Pace and Chase and Rob watched me run.


Chase got to join the Lake Run’s Kids Runs for the summer. Every Friday evening they had a run on a track or in a field. At the end of every run the kids get a ribbon and at the end of the summer Chase got her first trophy.


We also checked out a couple Cornbelters baseball games.



Our company has a fair every year and this was our first year attending. She loved the petting zoo the most.


July 2nd we found out we were pregnant with our second baby! So for the 4th of July 5 Miler we ran easy with Chase in the stroller.


We spent time at the park bubblers and also at our company’s pool.




After our 9 week ultrasound we announced our pregnancy by involving Chase as a big sister in training. Chase is so excited for the baby. She changes her answer week to week if she thinks she is getting a baby brother or sister.





We took Chase to the McLean County Fair and she enjoyed seeing all the animals and getting the chance to pet bunnies and a baby goat.


We made trips to the zoo. Chase loved the butterfly garden at Brookfield and the carousel.



Other summer fun included attending birthday parties, the Corn Festival of Normal, IL, and checking out the Hot Air Balloon Festival of Lincoln, IL even though we didn’t get to see the balloons take flight due to weather.

Labor day parade was a huge hit with Chase. It was very hot out, but she loved seeing all the bands and ISU’s Reggie Redbird.


And our tradition to welcome in fall is a trip to Tanner’s Orchard in Speer, IL. Chase enjoyed her first apple cider doughnut, going off the largest slide she’s done so far, visiting lamas and goats, and picking out a pumpkin.


I’m looking forward to fall, cooler weather, and some more adventures. Up this fall I will be posting about baby updates, home improvement projects, a couple of races, vacation, and more.