Sawyer 1 month


I’d have to say that this last month has been the craziest (and fastest) month of our lives.  If it isn’t enough to add a second child to the family, but let’s also pack an entire house to move across the country.  So far Sawyer seems to be a little bit fussier then Sebastian was, but Sebastian was the world’s easiest baby so it’s not very fair to compare.  Sawyer likes to be held all day long and if you lay him down, he usually cries within a few minutes.  Now I would love to do nothing but hold and cuddle my baby all day, but the whole packing an entire house and moving across the country with a newborn makes that a bit tough.


Stats:  11 pounds 12 ounces

Likes: Being held, eating, mommy, bath time

Dislikes: Being gassy, being smothered (with love) by his brother

Nicknames:  “Little bit”, “little brudder” (how Sebastian says brother), “little big man”

Firsts: First trip to Indiana, celebrated his first Christmas, he’s met 4 out of 6 grandparents and will meet the last set once we get out to California

Milestones: At around 2 weeks, he started focusing on faces.  He’s also slept for a stretch of 6 hours at night once or twice.

Sleep:  He’s started a bit of a schedule.  He will usually go down around 11:30, then wake up to eat around 4:30 or so and then wake up again around 7:30 to eat again and then go back to sleep until about 9:30.  There have been a few nights though where he was up until 1 or 2.  I’ve felt well rested pretty much every day since he was born.  Not sure how, but it’s been easier with the second kid??


I knew that as soon as Sawyer was born that Matt and I would be completely head over heels for our new baby.  That love happens instantaneously.  What I didn’t realize was that Sebastian would feel the exact same way.  I’m not sure why, but I expected it to take time for him to warm up to a new baby and develop the love over time.  As soon as Sebastian laid eyes on Sawyer, he was completely smitten.  He loves going up to his baby ‘brudder’ and saying “hi Sawyer” and then proceeds to kiss and touch and pet and love on him for a few minutes.  He does this a zillion times a day.  It’s incredibly cute but can get annoying when I’m nursing or Sawyer is sleeping and gets woken up.


Sebastian’s 1 month post


The Allex family’s greatest adventure

I suppose it’s time to tell the world our huge news.  Matt accepted a job in California….like basically right after our baby was born.  Talk about a crazy time in our life, Sawyer is almost 1 month old and we have already packed up our entire house and headed to Indiana. The kids and I are hanging out here with my parents for a couple weeks until Matt can find us a place to live. He found a great job as an engineer at a company called Wrightspeed and I get to be a stay at home mommy! We will be living across the bay from San Francisco in either Oakland or on Alameda Island.  We will be about 20-30 minutes away from Matt’s brother and his family.  We currently have an application in at (a tiny) apartment on Alameda Island.  Part of me is hoping we get it and part of me is hoping we don’t and will find something a little bit bigger.  After 7 years of living in North Carolina, it was finally starting to feel like home so I am definitely so sad to leave. We’ve made some great friendships there and I’m heart broken but really excited for new adventures.  Sorry if we didn’t have a chance to say goodbye.  We basically packed up and left within two weeks of making the decision to move.


I’ll try to keep up my blog as best I can and share all of our adventures with you.  I can’t wait to take my boys to the red wood forest and all of the National Parks near by.  I’m also excited for the parks, beaches and all the things to do with kids that a big city offers.  I still can’t quite believe we are actually doing this!  I hope California is ready for the Allex clan!

Sawyer’s Birth Story

Sawyer James was born on Sunday, December 4th (8 days before his due date).  I thought since he was my second baby, my labor would be shorter then the first but nope.  With Sebastian I labored about 34 hours and with Sawyer, it was 36 hours.  It was crazy how similar both my labors were.  They both started on a Friday afternoon/evening and both ended on a Sunday morning.



I started having contractions around 6:30pm on Friday evening.  I’ve had contractions on and off for a couple hours each the past couple months so it wasn’t unusual to have them.  Something must have tipped me off pretty early because at 7:15 I texted my mom telling her I had 7 to 8 consistent contractions that were more intense then the ones I had pre-labor.  Matt and I started walking around the house finishing things up just in case.  He packed his hospital bag, I repacked Sawyers bag, took a long bath and honestly can’t remember what else.  We went to bed and I laid there awake contracting all night.  I texted my mom and sister at 7am to let them know I was still having contractions but they hadn’t changed in intensity.  My mom finished packing up and started her 9 hour drive.  Matt and I hung out at the house all day Saturday and I either laid in bed or laid on the couch the entire day.  I really didn’t feel like going for a walk or doing anything.  Around 5:00 that evening Matt and Sebastian went out to a dinner we were invited to and I stayed and waited for my mom to get here about 6.  At that point I knew we still had a while because the contractions still hadn’t gotten more intense.  When Matt and Sebastian got home, I laid on the couch opening ornaments while they decorated our tree (something we still hadn’t gotten around to).  After Sebastian went to bed I started bouncing on an exercise ball to try to get things to go a little faster and at that point things were finally starting to pick up a little.  We talked to my sister and she decided to start her 3 hour drive to get here to watch Sebastian so my mom could come to the hospital with us.  Around 1:00 am we decided that the contractions were strong enough that it was time to go to the hospital.


Once we got to the hospital they took me up to triage where I was monitored for about an hour an a half.  When I first got there I was 3-4cm and fully effaced.  They kept me (I was not happy) in triage for about an hour and a half before they would admit me.  Matt and I watched the contractions get more and more intense on the monitor and I wasn’t handling the contractions very well.  I knew exactly how bad it was going to get (and had already started getting bad) and I wanted nothing more to be admitted and get my epidural.  I did not want to go through all the pain I went with Sebastian again.


They finally admitted me around 3:00am and slowly (at least it felt super slow) got my iv started (after blowing out one vein), got my blood drawn then started my epidural.  I was so relieved to finally have it and finally started to relax.  We all sat around, listened to Sawyers heart beat and waited.  Matt fell asleep on the couch and my mom and I started dozing off until Sawyer’s heart rate dipped on the monitor during a contraction.  The nurse said something about a cord and came to move my position.  My mom and I perked up and started watching the monitor a lot closer.  It happened again with another contraction and the nurse told me that the cord was probably wrapped around Sawyers neck and every time it happened, we’d move my position in bed and his heart rate would go back to normal.  It scared me a little, but since my mom and the nurse were so calm about it, I stayed calm.

This is after I was admitted (which is why I look happy) but before I got hooked up to everything.


Around 6am the doctor (who delivered Sebastian) came back in, checked me and said I was dilated to 9cm and it would be time to finally push in about 30 minutes!  I was so ready to meet Sawyer.  About 30 minutes later, we woke Matt up, they started bringing in the baby warmer and scales and setting everything up. They got the bed ready and me in position and waited for the next contraction.  I hit my epidural button just in case and began pushing as hard as I could. Oh man, even with the epidural, it hurt! The doctor told me I could either wait until the next contraction to continue pushing or push him completely out with this one and with the amount of pressure I was feeling, and how long we had waited, I wanted him out right then.  I pushed and pushed through that contraction and he wiggled out.  A 9 pound 7 ounce baby in one contraction worth of pushing.  They delayed cutting the cord at my request so he could get extra iron and then put him on my chest and let me feed him and cuddle him for about an hour an a half before they took him to weigh him.  We knew he was going to weigh a lot (from the ultrasounds) and also from his cubby little body and cheeks.



My legs took a while for the epidural to wear off and my first trip to the bathroom didn’t go so well.  Apparently my left leg still wasn’t fully functioning and it gave out on me.  I caught myself and only ended up hitting (and bruising my back a little) but I scared the poor (new) nurse to death.  Matt slept through all of that as well as pretty much everything.  My sister came in for an hour and he had no idea.  The nurses came in and out.  Alarms for my iv bag went off, the phone rang.  Matt slept through it all.


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After Sebastian’s nap that afternoon, my mom and sister brought him in to meet his little brother for the first time.  He was so sweet and definitely excited. It’s crazy how much he loves this little guy too.

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Things have been going great since we’ve been home.  Sawyer is such an easy and sweet baby just like Sebastian was.  Sebastian just adores him and has been adjusting so well.  We finally feel like our family is complete.  We love our little Sawyer James so much!

Big Brother Hospital Bag

All the hospital bags are packed, the infant car seat is in the car, 22 freezer meals are made and ready to go, all the baby things are cleaned, put together and waiting, my sub plans at school are all finished.  I’ll be 39 weeks on Monday and plan to have my last bump update on the blog.  We are officially ready to welcome baby Sawyer into our family.  If he doesn’t come on his own by Thursday, I am being induced.  Kinda hope he stays in until then, but also kinda want him now.


I knew I wanted something special for Sebastian when he came to the hospital to meet Sawyer.  My pregnant friend and I came up with the idea to make these big brother bags.  This will give him something to do when he comes to visit (so he can stay for a little while).


I bought the bag at Hobby Lobby, cut out the letters in felt and hot glued them on.


I bought all the goodies (except the big brother book) at the local dollar store.

This book I bought off Amazon.  I looked at a lot of big brother books and most of them were in board book form.  I knew I wanted a regular book.  I’m excited to read this to him in the hospital.

Sebastian is already talking about how Sawyer will be little, but grow bigger and bigger and bigger like him.

I love these little activity packs.  They have a little coloring book, crayons and stickers.

I’m including two little toys for Sebastian, he loves all things cars, motorcycles and planes.  He can use the rattle as a way to interact with Sawyer.fullsizerender-3

A finding Dory coloring book and crayons.


Finally some snacks and a few lollipops.

As long as there is not a flu ban at the hospital, Sebastian will hopefully be able to come once or twice.  I know I’ll be super anxious and excited for him to come.  I can’t wait to get a video of their meeting for the first time.  We have been talking to Sebastian about Sawyer for months now and I’m so excited it’s almost here!

Bits of Cheer Linkup

I am linking up today with some fellow bloggers to spread some holiday bits of cheer.  I had planned on sharing Christmas decorations/activities this month anyway so this is definitely a fun way to do it!  This link up is every Thursday this month so I’m going to try to make all of them (although next Thursday I’ll be in the hospital having a baby unless he comes earlier).  I may or may not have the post scheduled ahead of time.



My plan was to get all my Christmas decorations done Thanksgiving weekend.  My parents were in town and we had a Thanksgiving feast, cleaned all the baby things, cleaned and vacuumed out my car, made 20 freezer meals, got the Christmas tree as well as played with Sebastian and several other small things.  We however, did not do much decorating.  On Sunday night, Matt and I started stringing lights on our tree and realized that we are short a strand or two.  Matt ran out and bought non LED lights that did not match so we had to resort to ordering on Amazon.  To make a long story short, our tree has stood half lit all week and the lights don’t come until today.  The decorating will happen tonight or this weekend!


So instead of sharing decorations like I planned, I’ll share the tree hunting photos.  (It was really just a parking lot…after making freezer meals all day, no one felt like driving far to a Christmas tree farm).


This photo was taken right after we pointed out that Sebastian was walking around with his hands in his pocket just like daddy.  He was so proud, just look at the expression on his face!


Me and my 37+ week baby belly. I didn’t sleep well the night before, hence the tired eyes.img_5918

My little family.  Next year’s photo will look a bit different…we’ll have an almost 1 year old!


This kid adores his Nana and Pop Pop.  He talked about them coming all week and was so excited when they got to our house!

We did pull out this little fiber optics tree from the attic that Sebastian was pretty excited about.  We’ll probably put it in his room.  I can’t wait to finish decorating this weekend!


Five on Friday {The countdown has begun)

I am in the final month of pregnancy and am doing this weeks five on Friday post about where I’m at and how things are going.


1. So close!

We are getting so close to baby time.  This coming Monday, I’ll be 37 weeks.  I have an ultrasound on Tuesday to see how big Sawyer is. That ultrasound will determine if I’m going to be induced at 39 weeks or just let him come naturally.  If he’s over the 90 percentile (like he was at my last ultrasound) I will be induced.  I have mixed feelings about being induced, but if it’s what the doctor suggests, then I’m on board.  My doctor’s appointment is on Wednesday and hopefully if I am being induced, we will get it scheduled and I’ll know when to expect him.  (Unless he comes earlier then 39 weeks on his own).


2. Preparations

Next week is Thanksgiving week, which means I have 5 days off of work to finish preparing for baby.  Some of the things on my list include, finish packing the hospital bags, install the car seat, raise the crib mattress, set up the pack ‘n’ play, wash bedroom curtains and make Sebastian a big brother bag for the hospital.  I’m anxious to get all this done and can’t wait for Thanksgiving weekend to be here.  Our plan is to stay in town, check everything off the list and make freezer meals in lieu of a big Thanksgiving feast.  I’m also planning on taking down fall decorations and putting up our Christmas tree and decorations.


3. Getting Nervous

About labor and about life with a toddler and a newborn.  Sebastian’s been going through a pretty rough phase lately…I may even have to say that it’s the roughest we’ve encountered with him so far in his short 2 and a half years.  I’m talking lots of whining, yelling, hitting and kicking when he wants something or is told no.  We have implemented interventions to curb this behavior, but with anything, it takes time.  I’m just hoping things get better, not worse once Sawyer’s here.  Also, Sebastian has been waking up at 6:00 every morning.  I’m thinking we’ll be up with the baby all night and then up with Sebastian at 6.  How will we ever get any sleep?  Sebastian’s room is right across from ours and he’s a pretty light sleeper so I’m worried the baby will wake him up all through the night.  Looking into maybe purchasing a white noise machine to at least drown out some of the crying.


4. Feeling loved

I started teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) 2 years ago in February.  We have an amazing ESL department in my school system. I have never felt more loved and accepted in a work situation then I have with this group.  This week they threw me a little shower and it was just the sweetest.  I also have a diaper bash a sweet friend is throwing me this weekend and then a small shower at my school in a couple weeks.  This should definitely get us stocked up on diapers for a while!


5. So excited

I just can’t wait to meet this little guy.  I can’t wait to hold him in my arms, see what he looks like, hear him cry for the first time and get to experience all of his other firsts. I can’t wait to hold the snuggly, sleeping baby on my chest.  I can’t wait for his newborn smell.  I can’t wait to give him his first bath.  I especially can’t wait for Sebastian and Sawyer to start cultivating their sibling bond.  I can’t wait to have 9 weeks off work to love on my newest little guy (and get to spend more time with Sebastian).



Oh my gosh, we are so close!

Preschool Activities: Theme 3: Pumpkins/Fall leaves

These last couple weeks our preschool theme has been all about pumpkins and fall leaves! Theme 1 was Apples and theme 2 was Room on the Broom.


1. Pumpkin bead bracelet

I picked out a bunch of orange beads from my stash of beads and found a green pipe cleaner from my Christmas craft bin. Sebastian strung on all the beads to make this cute pumpkin.

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2. Pumpkin snack

I did a bunch of these for Sebastian’s daycare Halloween party.  Hint, if you make these, make sure you haven’t refrigerated the clementines first.  Having a cold, wet clementine makes the permanent markers not work very well.


3. Yellow Pumpkin, Yellow Pumpkin Book

One of Sebastian’s favorite books (and one he’s knows by heart) is Brown Bear, Brown Bear.  I printed a Halloween version of this book and my favorite part at the end is where I put in a picture of Sebastian.  He got excited when he got to the last page and said “That’s me!”  He can now read this entire book to us.

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4. Pumpkin Shape Matching

We have been working on his shapes the last couple months, so this was a perfect activity.  He completed this very quickly and did it 3 times in a row.  You may not be able to see in the picture, but I laminated this and put on velcro dots.


5. Pumpkin Painting

I love getting out the paints for Sebastian and should really do it more often.  Here we just painted a simple pumpkin.  I printed it on card-stock so it could hold up to the paint better.

6. Fall Tree Letter Matching

I did this with an apple tree in September and he really liked it so I printed out a fall version.


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8. Jack-o-Lantern Stamping

I carved a little jack-o-lantern face out of a half of a potato, mixed up some red and yellow paint to make orange and then let him stamp the jack-o-lanterns on paper.  Later I added little stems to each pumpkin.


9. Fall Leaf Memory


10. Pumpkin spice play dough and play dough mats.

I love making play dough for Sebastian and I think it’s much better then the store bought kind (much softer).  I made apple pie play dough in September and have plans to make gingerbread and snow play dough this winter. This pumpkin play dough smells so good!


Baby A #2 Bump Update 36 week

Woah, we are in the final stretch.  I remember thinking back to when we first found out in April how far away December and his due date was. It’s gone fast but also very slow.  It’s crazy to think in a few short weeks, I’ll have a tiny little newborn.  I’ve been wondering what this one will be like, what he’ll look like.  Not as much as I wondered with Sebastian though.  In my head I think that it’s just going to be another Sebastian. I keep reminding myself that this baby is not his brother and will be his own little person.  So weird to think about!  I can’t wait to see him and learn what his personality is like.  Is he going to be wide open (a term they use here down south) like me and Sebastian? Is he going to be introverted and quieter like daddy?  Is he going to have the dark hair at birth that lightens as he gets older like me and Sebastian?  Or is he going to have red hair like daddy?  Is he going to be a good sleeper, eater?  With a toddler and a newborn, am I ever going to get any sleep?


Weight Gain: 35 pounds total.  A few more pounds then I gained with Sebastian, but really not worried about it.

Symptoms:  Some lower back pain, starting to waddle a bit when tired or in pain, a tiny bit of heart burn, having trouble getting shoes on and getting up off the floor.

Cravings/Aversions:  Pumpkin pie has been pretty darn tasty (and so easy to make when you use a pre-made crust and pumpkin pie mix from a can).

What I am missing:  All the typical stuff pregnant women miss.

Size of baby: Baby is the size of a honeydew melon and quickly running out of room!

Sleep:  Sleep is still going well.  Trying to enjoy it while I can!

Workouts: I’ve still been doing some walking, but there’s really not much going on in the workout department.

Clothing: Back in the beginning of October if we were told we could donate $40 to United Way at school and get to wear jeans the rest of the year.  I definitely paid the money to wear the jeans and thought I’d still wear my black pants or leggings every once and a while. Nope, jeans every day it is.  Just so much easier!  I’ve paired those with maternity tops and non maternity loose fitting tops.  Of course all these shirts are getting shorter and shorter.

Gender: Definitely a boy.  Pretty sure there is a 0 chance of that being wrong.

Sebastian’s Reactions:  Sebastian and I did a sibling hospital tour last week.  We walked around the hospital, saw a delivery room, the waiting room, watched a little video, had cookies and juice and played with a baby doll.  Sebastian was actually pretty terrible throughout experience…just little two year old tantrums and not listening.  It made me think that if he does get to visit us in the hospital (depends on flu bans), we may have to make it a pretty short visit.  I did get a pretty cute picture of him feeding the baby doll though.


Best moment the past couple weeks: .When Matt came home yesterday from being in Russia for two weeks.  We all missed each other terribly and I’m so glad to have our family back together.  It was a long two weeks without him!  Sebastian was all over him last night and actually locked me out of the bedroom while they were reading books.

Looking Forward to:  The moment they put him into my arms and seeing how Sebastian reacts when meeting him.

Movements: His movements are getting a bit painful at times as they are very big, jabbing movements.  But his head down and he’s ready to go!


I have a feeling these next few weeks are just going to fly by. Next week we get one more ultrasound to see how big Sawyer is and determine if I need to be induced at 39 weeks or not.  Then it’s Thanksgiving where I have 5 days off work.  Those 5 days will be full of nesting, cooking freezer meals and decorating for Christmas.  After that we’ll just be waiting around (and hopefully relaxing) until baby comes.  Here we go!


You can read the 13 week update here18 week update here, 20 week update here, 24 week update here. 28 week update here. 32 week update here.


Halloween Costume Party Linkup

I am linking up with some fellow bloggers today to show you this years Halloween costumes.  For us, Halloween was a three day event and I’m exhausted and glad that it is now over.  Enjoy the photos!


My mom always hand made our Halloween costumes growing up.  I really think that’s the way to go.  My favorite year was when I was a princess on a horse. I dressed up as a princess and had an actual sewn and stuffed horse I fit into the middle of. I wish I had a picture of that to share! I’m just not a big fan of store bought costumes. This year I went back on forth as to what Sebastian should dress up as.  I came really close to buying a store bought costume.  Not a ton of creativity or energy in this very pregnant lady.  Then I came up with this costume idea and we already had most of the stuff.


The hat I bought off Amazon, the suspenders are from his first birthday and we made the fire extinguisher.  The badge was printed off google images, laminated with tape and pinned on.  The boots we already had, I just put silver duct tape around the top.  We also have a firefighter jacket (my inspiration for the costume), but for the first two events at over 80 degrees, there was no way he was wearing it.  Yay for home-made!  Sebastian got to meet Sparky the dog at our first Halloween even on Saturday.  The first thing he did was walk straight up to him and give him a big hug.


We couldn’t leave Sawyer out of the fun.  He was dressed as Sebastian’s dalmatian puppy.


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Sebastian’s firefighter friend met us there.


He definitely liked this whole candy getting business.  Somehow I got away with him only eating two pieces of candy that night.


The first two years my mother-in-law made Sebastian his Halloween costumes.  Here’s a look back.

Sebastian’s first Halloween 2014, he got two costumes.  The cutest little puppy and Sebastian Vettle a famous Formula 1 driver.

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Halloween 2015 we dressed up as one big bee/ladybug family.  We were the talk of the town trick or treating downtown. ul3a1411-e1446658579828  ul3a1435-e1446728612231



Carolina Balloon Fest 2016

I have wanted to go to our towns Balloon Festival since we moved to North Carolina. I’ve always had a thing for hot air balloons and just think they are so cool.  A friend of ours mom is on the board for the festival and they were able to get us free tickets for the weekend and VIP parking. I am so thankful for these because with all the baby expenses coming up, there was no way we would have been able to buy tickets this year.


We went on Saturday with our friends and hung out enjoying the festival with them.  We ate some greasy festival food (and a funnel cake..mmm), listened to music, walked through the big balloon and watched the kids play.  It was too windy to do the balloon launch and we decided not to stay for the balloon glow after dark.

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With my cheeky smile in this next one, I’m definitely noticing the pregnancy weight gain in my face.

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Since we didn’t get to see the launch on Saturday, Matt, Sebastian and I went back Sunday afternoon.  The weather was beautiful.  We let Sebastian play on the blow up slides, ate some ice cream, watched the tethered balloons go up and down and then found a spot on the hill for the mass ascension.  It was really exciting getting to see the balloons blow up right in front of you and take off.  We really enjoyed it!




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This boy can be total sweetness, but I will have to say he had an appropriate shirt on for the day “Little Monster”.  You can’t tell from the pictures (especially with the sweet face he’s giving in this one) but he definitely had a decent amount of whiney, mad moments throughout the festival.balloonfest23