Wow, it has been awhile since I've done a blog post. Sorry I've been a little MIA, but I'm sure you can guess what's been keeping me busy.
Life with 3 kids has been really enjoyable for us. I don't know why, but the transition to 3 has been easier than the transition to 2. Don't get me wrong, some days are freaking hard with the 3 of them. Koda is definitely the easiest right now as Cash and Stets are really naughty, throw tantrums, and pick fights with each other. Some days are great and go smoothly, other days I can't wait for bedtime and feel like these days will never end. But I know that's not true and I'm trying my best to be a good momma to my boys and do better everyday.
Cash is a little over 3.5 now.
He'll turn 4 in September and I can't quite believe it. He won't be starting school this year, so I'm actually really excited that I get another year with him home. Some days are really freaking hard with him (if you have a 3 year old I know you feel me), but I love him so darn much. It's been so fun seeing him love on Takoda. It's been so different compared to when he first became a big brother because he was so little.
He loves helping me with the baby and helping make food, and he's really the best big brother to the boys even though he is a stinker and picks fights with Stets everyday. Lol. Right now he loves anything with monsters and ghosts, he still loves calling our family vehicle "mommy's new car" and he started doing pretend play awhile ago and it's my favorite. It's so fun seeing what kids come up with!
Stetson is about to turn 2 in a couple weeks.
He is our wild man for sure and it's crazy comparing him and Cash to each other and thinking about what Cash was like at this age. I don't want to compare our kids and make anything a competition, but it's true that there is such a big difference between the first baby and then the second. He's so much fun though - his vocabulary and little voice is so cute and he talks SO much. He can be so grumpy and then so cuddly and lovey the next minute. He definitely keeps us on our toes.
I told Daylyn that it would be fun to get him a fish for his birthday instead of toys that will wind up destroyed or thrown away. I like the idea of gifts that keep on giving or are experiences. Our boys already have too many toys, so I think a fish would be SO fun for him. He can learn to feed it, clean the tank and take care of it. I know he's only 1, but kids love that kind of thing. :)
Takoda is 4 months old
If you didn't know, when he was pretty tiny we took him to one of his check ups and his doctor was concerned about his soft spot - it closed! So he had bloodwork done (saddest thing ever watching such a tiny baby get poked and not understanding why you're letting them get hurt) and his thyroid levels were high. The combination of the 2 are not good, so we had to get an ultrasound done on his head.
It was a lot of waiting around to get things scheduled, and as you know it's not fun waiting around for things like this when you don't know what's going on and how serious it is. Thankfully, his brain and skull have been growing well and like they should and when we did his bloodwork again at a later time, his thyroid levels were back to normal.
So, we are so thankful he is healthy and that it wasn't anything super serious. Poor kiddo did get sick several times within the first couple months of his life and that was so sad and hard to watch since there's not much you can do when they're that little. I took him into the ER a couple times because it got so bad and thankfully it was nothing other than a nasty cold each time but that meant he had to just suffer through it and get better on his own. It was sad and hard to watch him struggle to get comfortable and breath super well, but so thankful he is healthy and happy now. He has been such a trooper. He really is just the sweetest little thing and if he isn't sleeping, he's usually chatting away and cooing.
Daylyn found an incredible job here in Hermiston and he's doing so well. It's been an amazing company with terrific bosses who just really love him and appreciate him. He got promoted to sales manager pretty dang quickly and he's doing so well. It makes me so happy seeing him happy and enjoying life. He looks forward to getting up, going to work and we are so thankful that he has each weekend off and that we get more time with him home.
I'm working hard at growing my Instagram and blog. I was actually just invited to my first event as a blogger/influencer and that is such a HUGE accomplishment for me. It feels good to see my hard work pay off. I'll be going to that event at the end of the month in Portland and I will be getting to meet one of my close Instagram mommy blogger friends in real life for the first time. I'm so looking forward to meeting her and getting to go with her to the event!
I also recently started my photography business, Eagleshield Photo, and it has been so much fun. I've wanted to do photography for years, but never wanted to spend the money on the camera. Daylyn finally convinced me this year to finally get a dang camera because he knew I've wanted to get one for years and I'm so thankful he pushed me to get it. I've already had some great opportunities that have come from starting it. I'm working on really practicing right now and finding what I'm passionate about, finding my style and building my brand. I want to do well at this, so I'm trying to practice and learn as much as I can.
We also recently got our first family vehicle!!! Daylyn came home with an amazing Chevy Suburban and my mom vehicle dreams have come true y'all. Lol. It is a beautiful car and it is so nice having so much room for all of our boys and not having to worry about sharing one vehicle anymore. We have endured that struggle for a long time, so I can't express how thankful I am for this. Thank you to my hard working hubby for making this possible! He takes care of us so well and never complains.
We really are enjoying Hermiston and it's growing on us, which I wasn't expecting at all. I was not enjoying living here for the first few months, but life is at a better place and not being ridiculously pregnant and emotional probably helps as well. I don't recommend moving to a new state for the first time while 8 months pregnant. Not fun. Lol.
But realistically, I think we are going to be here for quite awhile. Some of our friends from back in CO are actually moving here soon and we're so excited for them to live here. I'm definitely looking forward to having some familiar faces here and see all that's in store for us here in Oregon.
We also got to see my parents a little while ago and that was soo nice and I needed it. They came to visit us up here and they booked an amazing Airbnb in Pendleton and it was such a good visit. I miss my family like crazy, so that definitely helped seeing my parents and they got to meet our newest little man. Cash still sometimes asks me if we can go see Grandma and Grandpa at the fun blue house. Hahaha. So cute. :)
I have two new nieces and a new cousin and I'm anxious to get to meet them. I'm not sure when I'll get to, but hopefully we can all get together before they're too big. Last time we were all together, there were only 5 grandkids. Now there are 8!
I think that's most of what's happened recently...if I didn't mention something I have forgotten for the moment because I have a million things going through my mind right now, a 3 year old whining in my ear, and I am running on not as much sleep as I'd like. Mom life!
I hope you're all doing well.
Hopefully talk soon,