Tortilla Wrap Appetizer

  It’s Super Bowl 50 baby! We are extra excited (and nervous) in our house because the Denver Broncos are playing in the game. I may or may not have spent the morning eating my feelings…im so anxious! We can’t wait to have friends over, watch the game and pig out! We are making tons of food.  Pork green chili (that I will definitely be posting) and burgers. I wanted to make a simple appetizer that everyone could enjoy and have been wanting to make these for almost a year. For some reason the combination just sounded amazing to me. This is something you could make last minute if you are down an app for your super bowl party. 

  Before I post the recipe I also wanted to share my Etsy shop’s SUPER cute mountain lovey baby blanket, perfect for the littlest bronco fan. You can see this one and others at Two Little Tadpoles.

Tortilla Wrap Appetizer 


  • Flour tortillas
  • Cream cheese
  • Pickle slices
  • Salami

Spread cream cheese on a tortilla. Top with a few slices of salami and then a pickle. Roll up and cut. 
Happy Chewing! 

Sausage and Lentil Soup

  It’s been a very busy start to the year. Two little girls and a small business keeps a mommy busy. Luckily I have a small amount of time to cook for my family. Not every day, but I try to throw something together most days. This recipe was something I made up with random ingredients I had sitting in the pantry.  I was pleasantly surprised when it turned out delicious. Evie even loved it and kept saying “Lentil” after we ate dinner.  

Sausage and Lentil Soup

  • 1 lb sausage
  • 1 1/2 cups lentils
  • 3 carrots chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2/3 yellow potatoes chopped
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 T dried basil

In a large pot or Dutch oven saute onion and sausage. Once sausage had browned add all other ingredients (except the lentils) and let simmer for about 1 hour. 30 mins before serving add lentils and let simmer. Serve with bread!
Happy Chewing.

Ham and Beans (when you don’t have a ham hock)

 Happy New Year everyone! I hope y’all are enjoying a nice celebration of the year we had and the year to come. 2015 was a very good year to us. We were blessed with baby Tessa, I started a new business Two Little Tadpoles , and we made many wonderful memories with loved ones.  I’m so excited to see what 2016 has in store for us. 

One of my all time favorite things in the world is taking the leftover ham from Christmas and making ham and beans. The last couple years Rex and I hosted Christmas so we were lucky enough to get the leftover ham hock to flavor our ham and beans. This year my parents hosted but sent us home with lots of leftover ham. I still wanted to make ham and beans but wanted it to be just as flavorful. I’m happy to say I created the PERFECT recipe for when you are craving ham and beans but don’t have a ham hock.  
Ham and Beans (without a ham hock)

  • 1 bag of dried great northern beans
  • At least 3 cups of diced ham
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 T minced garlic (I used jarred garlic)
  • 2-3 T bacon grease
  • 1 can of diced green chilies
  • 6-8 cups of chicken broth (enough to cover all ingredients by 1 inch)
  • 1 T Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper

Soak beans the night before. The day of rinse beans and place in crockpot. Add all the ingredients except the salt and pepper. For the bacon grease I just cooked bacon that morning for breakfast and used the grease from that. It’s very important not to add salt until the end because your beans won’t get as soft. Cook on low for 8 hours. Salt and Pepper at the end and serve.
Happy Chewing! 

Oreo Delights

  Alright peeps, Christmas is only 2 sleeps away and if you are scrambling to find something to bring to your family gathering…scramble no more! 

A friend made these Oreo balls and gave them to us last week and Rex and I were pretty obsessed with them. Thankfully she told me how to make them and not only are they SO SO SO easy to make (only 3 ingredients) they will be the thing that your entire family talks about all day. Sorry I didn’t have the time to make mine look pretty but you could completely cover each ball and even add festive sprinkles if you want. 

Oreo Delights

  • 1 package of Oreo cookies
  • 1 block of cream cheese
  • 1 bar of white chocolate

In a blender or food processor blend cookies. Mix in softened cream cheese and stir well. Make into balls and put in freezer for about an hour. Melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and dip balls in chocolate. Place on wax paper and return to freezer or fridge for chocolate that harden. 
Happy Chewing and Merry Christmas! 

Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

  The countdown to Christmas has begun. We have only a few days left people…and it’s probably too late to order anything online. So if you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping (thankfully I’m done), you will probably have to fight through the crowds to get your last minute things. I even stocked up on groceries yesterday so I could avoid shopping in a zoo of people with a toddler and a baby…no thank you. 

Yesterday it was chilly and we really wanted to make something healthy for dinner. Rex suggested chicken noodle soup. I have NEVER made chicken noodle soup. I’m not really sure why. For some reason it scared me…I didn’t want to mess up a classic. I’m so glad I attempted this recipe though. It was SO easy! I used a rotisserie chicken to make it even easier and the fresh herbs made our entire home smell heavenly.  I wanted to put an onion it it but couldn’t find one when I looked through the pantry, so ours didn’t have onion but I still added it to the recipe below because I think it would only make it better.  This will be a good winter recipe after all the holiday binge eating. 

Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

  • 1 rotisserie chicken (all chicken removed and chopped)
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • Egg noodles 
  • 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 3 springs of fresh thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 T. Garlic powder
  • 1 T butter

In a soup pot or Dutch over sauté onion, celery and carrot in butter for about 5 minutes. Add Rosemary, thyme, garlic powder and salt and pepper. Then add all the liquid. Bring to a boil then lower heat to a simmer and cover. Let that cook for about 15 mins. Remove the rosemary and thyme. Add chicken and noodles and let simmer until noodles are cooked. I just eye balled the amount of noodles I wanted in it. The longer the noodles sit the more broth they soak up so you can add water if you need to.

Happy Chewing! 

Bacon, Potato and Bean Stew

  I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! We had a wonderful holiday, especially because it was Tessa’s first Thanksgiving. She got to try her first food too…sweet potatoes (minus the marshmallows). It was so nice to get together with family and enjoy delicious food, my dad makes the best dressing. I particularly enjoyed it because one of the perks to having a new baby is no one expects you to host! It was the first year in the last 3 that I didn’t have to cook the Thanksgiving meal and I thoroughly enjoyed waking up that morning not having to worry about cook times, table settings etc. 
  We’ve had some serious snow since then and I found myself making a lot of hearty dinners. This one was so easy and had tons of flavor. Serve this stew with a big chunk of crusty bread and you will be talking about how tasty it is after every bite… I mean it has bacon in it , enough said. 

Bacon, Potato and Bean Stew

  • 1/2 lb bacon, chopped
  • 1 T butter
  • 5 potatoes, peeled and chopped
  •  1 cup roasted red pepper, chopped (from a jar)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cups of chicken broth (or enough to cover the veggies)
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cans of Great Northern White beans, rinsed and drained 

In a Dutch oven or big soup pot cook bacon. Once bacon is cooked remove and let drain on a paper towel. Remove all but 2 T of grease and add butter. Sauté onion, carrots and celery for about 5 minutes. Add bacon and the rest of the ingredients and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and then cover and turn heat down to a simmer. Let simmer for 20 minutes or until potatoes are soft. 
Happy Chewing!

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Grandpa’s Italian Soup

IMG_3621 [421806] It’s been a busy weekend for us.  We celebrated Everly’s 2nd birthday!  I can’t believe she is already two years old.  It seems like yesterday I was in the hospital anxiously awaiting to become a mom.  Everly is such a happy and joyful girl.  She seriously loves everything.  She is adventurous, strong, loving, and definitely beats to her own drum.  She has a “go for it” attitude about life and I admire that SO MUCH!  We threw her a Frozen themed party because Anna is one of the few characters she is really into now…..and she has never even seen the movie.  It was a great theme for a birthday party because you can find Frozen everywhere you go.  We had such a good time watching her with all her little friends.  We are so lucky to have a lot of friends with fantastic kids around the same age.  Here are a few pictures of Everly’s 2nd Birthday Party.IMG_3627 [421810]

Rex’s grandpa came up with this soup recipe years ago.  It has passed down through the family and made its way into our kitchen and we have made this a number of times.  The flavor is out of this world delicious and it is super easy.  With winter around the corner, this should be on the top of your list of recipes to make.IMG_3557 [419698]

Grandpa’s Italian Soup

  • 1 lb. ground Spicy Italian Sausage
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 can sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1/4 t. Italian seasoning
  • Dash celery seed
  • 1 cup broken uncooked spaghetti (2″ pieces)
  • 3 (14 oz) can chicken broth
  • 1 cup cubed potatoes
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 t. dried basil
  • 1/4 t. hot sauce
  • Dash of garlic sauce

Brown sausage, drain.  In soup pot put sausage, broth, water, vegetables and seasonings (NOT spaghetti).  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer 25 minutes.  Add spaghetti and cook 8-10 more minutes until tender.

Happy Chewing!

Ham and Potato Casserole

Ham and Potato Casserole

IMG_3545We finally got our first big snow of the season over the week, but the thing I love most about Colorado is that the sun quickly melts it away and we are supposed to be in the 60’s this weekend!  Everly was obsessed with the snow.  She stood by the window and watched it fall and she was really excited when we bundled her up and took her outside.  She wanted to help shovel the snow so we handed her a broom and she had a blast.  I hope she grows up to always think chores are fun….yeah right.

Ham and Potato Casserole

Ham and Potato Casserole

We are lucky enough to have Rex’s parents in town for a few days and Rex was able to take time off work so I have lots of helping hands around to play with the girls.  It’s always nice when Rex’s parents come out to visit.  His mom cooks a lot of our dinners and his dad loves to clean (man after my own heart) so those worries tend to go away a little bit when they are here and I am able to take some time to do a few things….like shower and nap….it’s a miracle!  This recipe is one of Rex’s moms and it is pure comfort food.  Warm, filling and perfect for a cold, snowy night.  This recipe is sure to be a family favorite.IMG_3565

Ham and Potato Casserole

  • 4 lbs. potatoes, peeled, thinly sliced
  • 1 ham steak, chopped
  • Large onion, chopped
  • can cream of mushroom soup
  • can milk
  • butter
  • salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a small sauce pan oven low heat, mix soup and milk.  Heat through, do not boil. Put half the potatoes in a large casserole dish (I used my dutch oven).  Layer half the onions and ham.  Salt and pepper.  Slice some butter and put on top.  Pour half of soup mixture.  Repeat.  Add a little milk to make half full of liquid.  Cover, cook for about 1 hour uncover and cook another 30 minutes.

Happy Chewing!


Ham, Spinach and Tomato Egg Bake

IMG_3387Since having two kids I’ve noticed that it is really hard to get meals cooked when both girls are up at the same time.  If I strap Tessa on me it isn’t too bad, but I still find it hard to move around.  I prefer to do some food prep on Sundays for the week so I don’t have to worry too much about it. Even if its making a big pot of soup for dinner Sunday night, I’ll double what I cook so we have enough leftovers to give us lunches for a couple of days.

Sunday morning I made this delicious egg bake for breakfast.  It was really easy….I was able to make it while Evie ran around the kitchen and Tessa happily sat in her swing.  There isn’t a lot of chopping and you can just throw everything in the dish and bake.  Mine came out a little thin because I used a 13×7 glass dish.  Next time I will use a 8×8 dish so you get a thicker bake.  We ate ours with toast but this recipe would be really nice with a salad for a brunch too.  IMG_3388

Ham, Spinach and Tomato Egg Bake

  • 1/4 lb. sliced deli ham, chopped
  • 1 cup spinach, chopped
  • 1 handful of cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 9 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease your pan.  Spread ham, spinach and tomatoes evenly in dish and set aside.  In a large bowl whisk eggs, milk and salt and pepper together.  Pour eggs into dish and top with cheese.  Bake in the oven for about 35 minutes or until eggs are cooked in the center.

Happy Chewing!

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Crock Pot Chicken and Quinoa Soup

IMG_3090 [213735] Colorado has had perfect fall weather lately.  Usually it is extremely cold or snows on Halloween but this year it was amazing.  No ski jackets or gloves as we trick or treated, yay!  Not to mention it was Tessa’s first Halloween!  What did the girls go as this year? Kitty Cats.  Not because Evie loves cats or because I thought the girls would look extra cute dressed up like kitties.  They were cats because that was the only last-minute costume I could come up with on the cheap.  Luckily it turned out super cute!  I got a little kitty jammies set for Tessa from Target.  It came with a hat and even said “1st Halloween” on it…score!  For Everly I used some black leggings and a black long sleeve shirt she already had and then found little cat ears, a tail (that was clip on) and some face paint and BAM…cutest kitty cat ever!  Evie loved IMG_3109 [213734]walking around with the tail, she kept saying “booty” and swishing her hips back and forth.  Evie really got the hang of trick or treating.  She would walk up to the door and knock and when people would hold out the bowl she would politely take 1 piece of candy and put it in her bag.  As she walked away she would either say “Buh Bye” or “Thank you”.  I had the best idea before we left the house to make some hot chocolate and sip on that while we traveled from house to house.  Rex makes the best hot chocolate, I’ll have to get him to write a post on it.

As for today’s post, I made this crock pot recipe the other day and really liked it.  Throw everything in the crock pot and let it cook itself all day long….yes please.  This made a huge batch of soup too, I think we are on day 4 of leftovers.  The perfect healthy recipe to warm you up this fall and winter.  I should make it again today since I hear we are supposed to get snow…BOO!

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  • 2 Chicken Breast
  • 1 can of fire roasted tomatoes
  • 2 cups carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 cups of chicken broth (or more if it looks like you need it)
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa

Throw everything in the crock pot, except for the quinoa.  Cook on low.  Add quinoa and shred chicken about 2 hrs before serving.  The quinoa will thicken the soup so keep an eye on it and add more broth or water if you need to.  Mine cooked for a long time (about 9 hrs) and it turned out great.  I would suggest cooking on low for 6 to 7 hours or high for 4 to 5.

Happy Chewing!


Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin

IMG_3031Last night we carved our pumpkins with Evie for the first time.  She thought it was really awesome, except for the part about putting your hand inside to pull out all the “guts”.  I guess she is my child after all.  I gave her the smallest pumpkin to decorate with stickers which ended up being a fantastic way to get a toddler involved and occupied.  We also gave her a big spoon that she used to scoop the pumpkin seeds from one bowl back into the pumpkin and then back to the bowl again.  It was pure entertainment people.

If you’ve been following over the past few years you know that Halloween is my second favorite holiday of the year…after Christmas of course.  I’m so sad that I barely got to decorate, I just haven’t found the time with two little ones.  By the time I got to thinking about it it seemed like way to much energy to put all my decorations up to just take them back down for Christmas.  Next year I will be going all out for sure…especially since Evie will only be getting older and it will be so fun to decorate the house for the girls.  I at least got our front porch done and the pumpkins we carved are the best finishing touch.

DSC02245For dinner, I’m happy to say that we are starting back up with a really good one!  I made this herb crusted pork tenderloin and it was DELISH and came together in seconds!  When you mix all the spices together the aroma was amazing, it smelled so fancy.  I hope you try it, and let me know what you think.  I served ours with mashed potatoes and canned green beans and everyone…even Evie loved it!

Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin

Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin

Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin

  • 1 pork tenderloin
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil (I used part fresh basil and part dried basil)
  • 3 Cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp dried tyme
  • 3 T. olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside.  In a food processor or blender mix garlic and all the spices together.  Then pour the olive oil in , mix and rub on the tenderloin.  Place tenderloin on baking sheet and cook for about 40 minutes at 400 degrees or until cooked through.

Happy Chewing!

Well Hello Stranger….

Chew Love?  Didn’t you fall off the face of the Earth?

Seems like it huh?  But my answer is No….I had a baby….actually I had 2 babies.

I know, it has been 22 months since I have blogged and I’m so sad and feel so guilty about it, but we’ve been really busy in the Johnston Household.  Actually it has been the amazing followers I have and CONTINUE to get over the past 2 years that have made me want to start up again SO BAD. I received a message on Chew Love’s Facebook page the other day that read “I miss your recipes, please come back” and I told Rex “Okay, I’ve got to get my butt in gear and give the people what they want :)”.  So here it goes…I’m Back!

This is what we have been up to in the last 2 years…in a nut shell.

-Everly Mae.  I was made a mommy by this sweet and happy little girl and when I say happy I mean she is literally the happiest baby in the entire world.  The child thinks everything is the bees knees

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-The first 6 months of Motherhood was really tough, I’m not going to lie.  I think the transition and life change going from house wife to first time mom was the hardest thing I have ever done.  It took us a while to get in a groove, mainly because the first 4 months Evie was a horrible sleeper. This is probably why blogging became the last thing on my list of to-dos…I was a zombie.

-When Evie turned 7 months I feel like everything got so much easier.  She is such a happy and good girl and once she was sleeping well and I stopped nursing I started to feel like myself again…so naturally Rex and I thought it would be a good idea to try for another baby.  That’s what any sane person who just started to figure out 1 baby and get sleep decides to do right?

-We were surprised but very excited to learn that we were expecting baby 2 just before Halloween last year (Evie hadn’t even turned 1 yet).  1st trimester with baby 2 was a serious blur.  Evie had her first birthday, I napped A LOT, we celebrated Thanksgiving and Christmas and then the New Year.  2nd trimester was a dream.  I finally had my energy back and Evie had gotten so much fun!  We had tons of play dates, park visits, library visits, etc.  I had to soak in every single second of time I had with it being just me and her.

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-We learned baby 2 was A GIRL!  We were happy to learn that we were expecting another little girl.  Bust out the hammy downs!


-3rd trimester hit and there is only one word to describe it…pain! I started having contractions when I reached 31 weeks and ended up in the hospital. I was convinced that since Everly came 4 weeks early that this one would too.  But my little cuddle bug was perfectly content in my belly, despite contractions and insane pressure for 8 weeks.

-On June 30th we welcomed Miss Tessa Lynn Johnston into this world and our hearts doubled in size.  08

-For the past almost 4 months we’ve been getting use to having two little ones and I have to say it isn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be.  Yes, it does take us triple the amount of time to get out the door now but I think having the girls so close together in age was the best decision Rex and I could have made.  Evie LOVES her sister. I mean how could she not…remember she thinks the drapes on the wall are the bees knees.  Now that Tessa is almost 4 months old we are starting to see the girls interact with eachother and that is really neat.


So that was our life for the past 22 months in a nut shell.  If you follow me on Instagram you got to see it all through pictures.   I’m really looking forward to blogging again.  I have so many ideas for great posts.  More freezer recipes (because I went CRAZY right before Tessa arrived), Easy recipes that you can make when you have a toddler at your feet and a baby strapped to your chest, moving Evie to her big girl room/bed, turning our unfinished basement into a useable space for the kiddos, etc.  I’m sorry that I was MIA for the past 2 years, but I promise your wait will be worth while.  Thanks for sticking with me and I’m excited to connect again with you!  🙂

Much Love!

Chew Love

Pan Fried Pork Chops

When I think about how Christmas is next week it kinda freaks me out! It has really snuck up on me this year, maybe because I’ve been slightly distracted with the cuteness going on in our home. Look who turned 1 month on Sunday….

We had so much fun doing a little photo shoot with Everly. It is amazing how much she has changed in only 1 month. She is so aware of her surroundings and stays awake in the mornings and late afternoons for a few hours and we play and do tummy time…it is so much fun. Her Aunt Katie and Uncle Chris came by to see her too and she really enjoyed spending time with them and sleeping in their arms!

Now that I’m starting to get the hang of having a newborn in the house I have started cooking again every once in a while. I made these yummy pan-fried pork chops the other day. I usually do my Great Grandmothers recipe every time I cook pork chops but decided to spice things up a little bit and do something different. Rex really liked them and they were really easy to cook.

Pan Fried Pork Chops

Pan Fried Pork Chops

Pan Fried Pork Chops

What you need:
– 4 Boneless Pork Chops
– 1 cup flour
– 1 T Season Salt
– 1/4 tsp. Cayenne pepper
– olive oil
– salt and pepper

In a large pan heat a few Tablespoons of olive oil to medium high heat. On a plate mix flour, season salt, cayenne and 1/4 tsp. of black pepper and set aside. Pound pork chops to 1/4 inch thick. Season them with salt and pepper on both sides and dip pork chops in flour mixture. Make sure chops are completely covered and then shake off any extra flour. Gently place them in the pan. When they start to look golden on the edges flip and cook on the other side (about 4 minutes on each side). Once pork chops are cooked remove from pan and place on paper towels to soak up any extra oil. Serve and enjoy!

Happy Chewing!

Welcome Everly Mae

photo 14We are so excited to announce that Miss Everly Mae is here! On November 17th at 12:35 a.m. we welcomed our sweet little bundle of joy to the world. At 5 lbs 14 ounces and 19 inches long she blew us all away with how perfect and healthy she was for being 3.5 weeks early. We’ve been soaking in every precious moment with our new addition and so happy that she was able to grace us with her presence early. Here is Everly’s birth story….

Let me begin by saying that Miss Evie was breech my entire third trimester and Rex and I had decided that we would schedule a C-section a week early (Dec. 4th) for her big arrival instead of trying to force her to turn. Little did we know she would be here even earlier.

It all started on Thursday, November 14th when I had my 36 week doctor’s appointment. During my ultrasound I found out that my placenta had matured. For those of you who don’t know….a pregnant woman’s placenta has a “shelf life”. It grows and developes and once it matures or reaches its peak it starts to deteriorate. Since it had just matured there wasn’t any cause for concern but my doctor said he would like to see me in a week and do an NST (stress test) just to make sure that baby girl was still growing on schedule. Before I left the doctor’s office he said he would hook me up to the NST machine just so I could see how it worked and what it was like. The nurses wrapped two monitors around my belly and I watched as these little lines moved up and down on a piece of paper. All of a sudden the nurse looked at me and asked “Did you feel that?” I said “No, feel what?” and she replied “You are having a contraction!” Nurses started coming in and asking “You don’t feel that?” and when I kept replying “No” we all started to laugh. My doctor was a little shocked and decided to check my cervix and I was dilated to 2 cm. Since he wasn’t sure what was going on and I wasn’t feeling the contractions he had me check into my hospital to be monitored a little closer. Naturally I started to freak out a little bit…I had just come from work, there was laundry to do and my hospital bag wasn’t packed! As soon as I got into the car I called Rex and said “Well, you won’t believe where I am going right now….the hospital!” I think he replied with “Really?!” in an excited and nervous voice. We met at the hospital and checked in and they hooked me up to machines. Sure enough I was having contractions every minute and they were getting stronger but still not painful. We ended up staying the night in the hospital and in the morning I had only dilated another 1/2 cm so they decided it would be best if I went home and came back when the contractions were getting more painful.

So Friday Rex and I went into full “prepare for the hospital” mode. We cleaned the house, did laundry and dishes, packed our bags, went to the grocery store, installed the car seat, etc. We were going to be prepared when the time came! I still was having contractions but didn’t want to be the crazy lady who makes multiple trips to the hospital only having to keep being sent home. So I ignored my contractions Friday night and got a good night sleep.

On Saturday we went about our normal routine all day. Then around 6:00 pm I began to get a slight stabbing pain in my upper stomach. I called my doctor and he said since I am experiencing something different I should probably come to the hospital and get checked out. We grabbed our bags and our car seat and headed to the hospital. I was hooked up to the machines again to track my contractions and my cervix was now dilated to 3 cm. My blood pressure was slightly high and since I was still having contractions and dilating my doctor turned to me and said “Let’s just do it.” I think a nervous laugh escaped my mouth and I looked at Rex and we both said “Okay”. Since I was going to do a Csection anyways and I was now considered to be in active labor we decided it would be best for the baby and I if we went ahead and delivered than to wait and cause stress to either of us. So the time had been set…12:00 in the morning of the 17th they would wheel me into the operating room and our little girl would be here. I started to get so nervous… “Are we really ready for this?”, “Will she be Okay and healthy?”, “Is this really going to happen?”, “Our lives are going to change forever in just a few moments.” were all thoughts that swirled around in my head. first family photo

At 12:35 our baby girl took her first breath and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Rex was able to watch her be born and I think he said “Oh my gosh…wow” as they pulled her out (butt first). I remember asking him “Is she okay?” “Is she out?” and when I heard that first cry from the other side of the sheet and saw pure joy and love on Rex’s face I knew she was here! They walked her around to the side for me to see her and I instantly fell in love. “Yes, that is exactly what our little girl looks like!” I had wondered that question my entire pregnancy and when my eyes locked in on her for the first time it all clicked. They then took her to get weighed and checked and Rex was able to go with her and cut her cord and take pictures. I was able to watch them and couldn’t take my eyes off of my two loves..Rex and Everly. They then wrapped her in a blanket and set her on my chest and I started to cry. She was perfect.

I had the most amazing birth experience I could ever imagine. I never had to “labor”, I knew when she was coming, and I got the most perfect and healthy baby girl. I always thought it was weird when people would hear I was having a Csection and they would respond “Oh, I’m sorry” or “That is too bad”. Especially people who have never had one before. No matter how you deliver your baby…whether it be natural, vaginal or csection we all walk out of the hospital with the same badge of honor…our baby. I know everyone’s experience is different but for me, my csection went amazing. I was up and walking around 24 hours after the surgery and my recovery was so fast, I felt completely back to normal and with no pain 2 weeks after her birth. I think a lot of this has to do with how healthy and active I was during my pregnancy. I was only 6 lbs. from my original weight 4 days after her delivery and I attribute that to exercising and eating healthy while I was pregnant. I couldn’t have asked for a better pregnancy, delivery and recovery.

We are now enjoying our little princess and can’t get over how much she grows and changes every day. We love you Everly Mae!photo 22

35 Week Baby Bump

Week 35

35 Week Baby Bump

35 Week Baby Bump

How far along are you? 35 Weeks!
What’s happening with baby? Everly is 5.5 lbs. and her kidneys are fully developed now. Basic physical development is now mostly complete and her main job over the last few weeks is to put on weight. She will steadily gain 1/2 lb. each week until she is born.
Total weight gain: 21 lbs.
Maternity clothes? Of course…in search for the perfect and most comfortable outfit to wear for leaving the hospital.
Stretch Marks? NOPE 🙂 🙂 🙂
Sleep: I can’t complain….surprisingly the last couple nights I haven’t had to get up. I better enjoy that now!
Best moment this week: Nothing in particular sticks out…just enjoying my time with Rex and it being just the two of us. I’m a very lucky girl to have such an amazing, supportive and fun loving hubby!
Miss Anything? Can I get sushi delivered to the hospital room the day after I deliver?
Movement: Yes and it really hurts sometimes (especially at night).
Food Cravings: Ice and really cold water.
Anything making you queasy or sick? Nope
Gender: Baby Girl!
Pregnancy/Labor Symptoms: Last night I had some mild cramping. It would randomly come and go and went away once I laid in bed. I’m guessing these are Braxton Hicks. I have been extremely tired the last week and having a little trouble breathing at times….I don’t think she has dropped yet. I’ve also experienced really bad restless leg the last few weeks in the evenings.
Belly button in or out: I still have a flat belly button. It’s really funny looking, but I kinda like it…I think Rex does too….hehe
Wedding rings on or off: ON
Looking forward to: Finding out if she has turned or if she is still breech, but that won’t be until the end of next week.