Ivy Corinne | One Month

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One Month

Weight | 8 lbs 10 oz (at 3 week appointment)

Length | 20 1/2 inches (at 3 week appointment)

Hair | I think Ivy is going to be our little blondie! She has tons of hair and it cannot be tamed! It is light brown right now, but she has lots of natural blonde streaks and highlights throughout.

Eyes |  Right now they are blue like all babies but I am doubting they will stay that way with 2 brown eyed parents. Nora has big ol’ brown eyes too.

Clothes | Wearing newborn still, but they are getting tight!

Diapers | Newborn, but we can see now that we way overbought on those! She could already be in size 1 but I want to use up the box I just opened first.

Sleeping |  Typical newborn stuff over here. Ivy is all over the place. She has given me a few 4-5 hour stretches, but most nights I wake up twice between two, three hour periods. So, a typical night looks like this:

10:00pm – dream feed/ asleep for the night

1:00am – awake to eat

5:00am – awake to eat

7:00am – awake to eat and up for the day

Not too bad at all, and I know she will begin doing longer stretches at night as she grows. I’ve always been one who can function on little sleep and I’m not too crabby when she wakes me up. 😉 One thing Ivy is really good about is that after I feed her she goes right back to sleep. Nora used to need rocked back to sleep to stay asleep, so the times I was awake with her were much longer.

Eating | Praise the Lord that this is an entirely different update than with Nora. If you know anything about my breastfeeding journey with Nora, then you know it was rough! Ivy is an amazing eater and breastfeeding couldn’t be going better! She latched perfectly in the hospital and hasn’t looked back! In fact, the week we were in the hospital with her, all the doctors and nurses remarked at how she never wavered in how well she ate. I am so happy things are going differently this time around. I also know that things can change, and luckily because of my experience with Nora, I know that if we have to switch to formula at some point… that’s okay too! Fed is best!

Likes | Ivy loves to be swaddled, and bounced on an exercise ball. She seems to like having her diaper changed, it always calms her (see below). She loves to eat, like LOVES it!

Dislikes |Not a fan of baths at all. She hates having a dirty diaper. If we can’t figure out why she’s crying changing her diaper usually works.

Milestones/Other | Of course this month has gone by so fast, but we cannot forget the week spent in the hospital when Ivy had RSV. It was no fun at all, and I pray we never have to go through that again. It’s terrible to see your sweet innocent baby so sick and helpless. We are so glad that’s over!

Ivy Corinne | A Birth Story

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Thank you all SO much for all of the love and well wishes on our precious little Ivy. We are so excited to have another sweet girl in our family to love on! It really is a dream come true!

So now, before I forget her entire birth, I figured I should document it with lots of details and a ton of pictures!

*Disclaimer – I am going to be fairly detailed simply because I want to remember this all. 

My body did almost the exact same thing this time around that it did with Nora. At my 36 week appointment I was already 3 cm dilated and 80% effaced. My doctor didn’t think I would make it to my due date since I had gone early with Nora (38 weeks 3 days). So after that appointment we were in the phase of just waiting around for baby to arrive.

As 38 weeks came and went we were a little disappointed because we just thought my body might do the same thing. Silly I know. Every pregnancy is different. Just being honest! With Nora I made progress at each appointment and even went into labor at 37 weeks, but stalled. This time around I had made no more progress by my 38 week appointment. Darn.

Two days before Ivy was born I had slept terrible both nights because I was having some major stomach pains. They were up high on my belly and clearly not contractions, but they were weird and made me think something might be going on. Then both days I was really crampy and was feeling tons of pressure. No contractions at all, so I didn’t hold on to too much hope that the day was coming.

Then, Monday March 26th I headed to my regular 39 week OB appointment at 1:40pm. I was really ready to have this baby, especially after the discomfort of the two days before. I was so worried they would say there was no progress. I was just so uncomfortable and ready to meet this baby! My doctor made some small talk with me, asking who was on call to keep Nora when I went into labor. I told her that was my sister who lived 45 minutes away. Then she checked me and said “I’d call your sister! You’re 5 centimeters and 100% effaced. I’m gonna send you to labor and delivery right now, break your water and get this baby out!” I was pretty shocked and even more excited! She didn’t want me to go into labor naturally since I was so close already and we live 30 minutes from the hospital. She was worried things would go really quick if my water broke on its own at home.

So I made all the necessary calls and headed to the hospital by myself to do all the initial check in stuff. Collin had to wait at home with Nora who was napping until my sister got there. It was so strange to be checking in and not be in labor. With Nora my water broke in the middle of the night and we rushed in because my contractions were so strong. This was totally different. I was having no contractions and just calmly checked in.

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Sent this to Collin to let him know I was all checked in, ready to go, and just waiting on him!

All the nurses and techs had instructions not to break my water until my husband arrived (I love my doctor)! Collin got to the hospital around 4 pm and a nurse broke my water at 4:30. {SIDE NOTE} I have to mention this because it’s too funny. Collin almost passed out when they were breaking my water. The nurse was being really descriptive and sort of digging around in there and Collin hadn’t eaten in a long time so he got real light headed and had to lay down. A call for water was even made, “for a dad about to pass out.” He will never live that down!

After my water broke it didn’t take long for the contractions to begin. I wanted to wait as long as possible to get my epidural just for my pride’s sake. I got to 7 cm and the contractions were getting real strong so they went ahead and ordered it. Got the epidural and then shift change happened.

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Water broke, just waiting to get my epidural!

My favorite nurse of all time came in to take over. She suggested I use the “peanut ball” which is an exercise ball shaped like a peanut shell. You simply lay on one side and put it between your knees and lay there for 30 minutes. Then you switch sides. It’s suppose to open your cervix and all the nurses were talking about its special powers. After an hour using the peanut ball they checked me again. I had a hard time believing anything much had happened because all I did was lay there completely still for an hour. Sure enough, in that hour I went from 7 cm to 10 cm and it was time to push!

With Nora I have always said that the pushing was the hardest part. It didn’t hurt (because of my epidural), but it was so incredibly exhausting. I pushed for two straight hours before Nora came out and I was just so tired. So this time, when they said it was time to start pushing I looked at the clock and saw that it was 9 pm. I was checking to see if the baby’s birthday would be the next day or not. I just assumed I would have to push for two hours again.

Everything was all in order and my doctor was made aware that I was beginning to push. The nurse had me do two pushes and then told me to stop. She said I needed to stop because it wasn’t going to take long and my doctor needed to get here. Luckily she was already in the building. I pushed four more times and at 9:08 pm sweet Ivy Corinne was born! Only four and a half hours of labor and 6 total pushes and our second gal was here! Collin was shocked to see a little girl come out, he was positive it was a boy this time.

They gave her to me right away and I got to look her all over. She was cute as could be and looked just like her sister! We were so surprised when they told us she weighed 8 lbs 6.5 oz. A whole pound and some change bigger than Nora was! She was 20 inches long and had a head full of dark hair with some blonde highlights.

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Holding my sweet girl for the first time!

Labor and delivery with Ivy couldn’t have been more different than with Nora. I sort of love that they each have a unique story! I am so incredibly blessed to have had two healthy pregnancies and deliveries and now two darling little girls to love on forever!

Ivy Corinne, you are simply the best little addition to our family and I cannot wait to watch you grow and change. I love the beginning days of learning a baby’s personality and getting acquainted! So far, you are a pure delight!

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Babies + Bibles

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As a parent, and a follower of Christ, one of my (and my husband’s) biggest jobs is to lead our children to Christ. Not only to intentionally teach them about God, but to model how Christ wants us to act as Christians.

There are countless ways to do this in a home, some are big, thought-out acts. Others are small actions that may go mostly unnoticed by your children. All make a lasting impression on our little ones and are so incredibly important.

If you have hung around here a while, or follow my Instagram, then you know that I love the Risen Motherhood podcast. They offer a huge variety of episodes on teaching your children the gospel. One of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite episodes ever, when referencing bringing children into your family they said, “There will likely be no other unbeliever in your life over whom you have so much influence.”

This really struck me, and made me realize that it is really never too soon to start talking about God to my children.

I struggled with this in Nora’s early months. I believed the importance, but thought. “how can I teach her anything about God? She is so young, she can’t understand any of it yet.” The truth is, while she may not have understood when I read her a Bible story, or what it meant when we prayed before eating, getting myself in that habit was preparing me for when she could understand.

Kids are smart, even some of the littlest ones understand more than we think they do. I remember being shocked the first time Nora reminded us to pray before dinner on a night we forgot. She had just freshly turned one, and already us praying before each meal had made a lasting impression. I’ll never forget the joy I felt in my heart when she folded her little hands and got our attention to remind us to pray! This moment made me think of one of my favorite Bible verses in 3 John.

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

I want to encourage you to start thinking about how you are teaching your children about God. Even at a very young age. It is so important and can be done is some really simple, yet meaningful ways.

Here are a few things our family does with Nora, who is only two years old. Some we have only been doing for a short time, and others we began when she was very young.

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As mentioned above, this is such a simple act, but truly has made an impact on Nora at a very young. We make it a habit in our home to pray before we eat a meal. Right now we are saying the “God is Great” prayer to help keep it simple and repetitious. As our kids grow, we will pray differently. We also always pray with Nora before bed, she ven folds her little hands and says amen. I shared that prayer in a blog post a while ago.

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I work hard to spend time in the Bible each day. Am I perfect at this? Sadly, no. Far from it in fact, but I do truly make the effort! This idea is two-fold. First, if I am going to help lead Nora to love Jesus, I need to be doing all that I can to know and love Him more myself. Also, I want Nora to see me read the Bible and make time for God. The time I make for this has changed as life and schedules have changed. But, I try to do this each day, sometimes it’s during nap time, and sometimes I do it while she is awake and playing. I want her to grow up seeing her mommy make God and His word a priority.

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About four months ago our little family started one of my favorite nightly traditions. At 7:15 each night Nora’s bedtime routine begins. First, she gets her jammies on, then she picks up any toys or messes she made since she woke from her nap. Then, after all toys are picked up we snuggle on the couch, making a Nora sandwich and read The Jesus Storybook Bible. Nora has a pouch to fill her tummy before bed, and Collin and I alternate reading one story in the Bible each night. Nora absolutely loves to do “pouch and Biber” time every night. I love the family memories we are creating around God’s word! So simple, so sweet, and so worth it!

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Admittedly, this is still something I’m working on. It isn’t quite “natural” to me yet, but I’m trying. When disciplining Nora I try to bring God and what he wants for us into it whenever I can. Just the other day Nora got in trouble for hitting one of the dogs, when I got her out of timeout I explained to her that God wants us to be kind to everyone, even the puppies. He doesn’t want us to use our hands to hurt others. Easy enough to do, but can be hard to remember when it isn’t yet second nature in parenting. I also attempt to point out beautiful things and that God created them. This is so easy to add into your daily life with your child and so beneficial.

|Attend Church Regularly|

I use to be an advocate for occasionally skipping church. Like, if you had a crazy weekend and needed a day at home with your family, just skip! I always thought that spending time with your family was just as good as going to church. I didn’t think it should be done regularly, but just thought it was fine to do. Since having Nora (well, and becoming a pastor’s wife), I feel differently about this. Now, if I skip church Nora sees that. I don’t want Nora to think church is a burden or a chore. I want her to look forward to going each week. So, now if I skip church it is only for sickness, or if we are out of town. It’s important for Nora to see that church is important, and a wonderful thing!

 

I hope this post will make you think a little about how you are already introducing the Bible and Jesus to your kids, and maybe give you a few ideas of how to do so in the future!

Baby Smith #2 | 36 Weeks

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Technically I am only 35 weeks 3 days today, but we’re just gonna call it the 36 week update…

How far along:  36 weeks

Size of baby: Papaya

Must haves : 

  • Sleep. Exhaustion has hit hard. It almost feels like the first trimester all over again. I have been taking naps when Nora does every day.
  • I am just to the point of being uncomfortable all the time. So my must haves are simple. Comfy clothes, a couch or bed, and rest.

Sleep: Sleep has been different each night. Some nights I sleep like a log, and others I have bouts of terrible insomnia. I never know what the night will hold. Getting up to pee a billion times a night is not helpful!

Cravings: See challenges section below…

Gender: Collin still says boy for sure. I started thinking girl the last few weeks. No idea why, it’s just what I’ve been feeling. Honestly, I have no clue. I like it that way!

Challenges: I debated on sharing this or not, mainly for silly reasons, but I want to remember this and document this pregnancy well.

At 29 weeks I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. I was shocked to say the least. Mainly because I had so many misconceptions about the condition. I didn’t think a skinny, healthy, young person could have it. Luckily, I am “borderline” which means I can control it by just changing my diet. No need for medication or insulin shots, I just have to stick to a strict diet. It’s not fun at all, especially when you’re pregnant and craving things all the time. I can’t just give into those cravings, or eat whatever I want. That’s hard for a pregnant lady! It’s also no fun to prick my finger and check my blood sugar four times a day. But, I will do whatever I need to do to keep this baby healthy!

Everything is going great so far, baby looks perfectly healthy, and I am keeping my blood sugar in check by just sticking to the diet.

Not a fun thing by any means, but it could be so much worse.

Best moments:

  • Baby’s room is ready!
  • We finally got the carseat installed, packed our bags, and are just patiently waiting! Nora surprised us and came early, so we know our timeline could be shorter than we think.
  • Because of the gestational diabetes diagnosis we get extra ultrasounds which is kind of fun. With Nora, I got one at 10 weeks and one at 20 weeks. That was all. We got to see this little one at 32 weeks and will again on Monday! They are just checking for the size of baby, since that’s the biggest concern with GD.

Looking forward to: Meeting this little one, and being able to eat as much sugar as I want again! I’ve been pinning a million desserts I am going to make!

How’s dad doing: Daddy is ready, just tired of waiting. He’s also probably tired of me getting in and out of bed 3-4 times a night.

How’s big sister: Nora is seriously surprising me with how much she seems to understand. I think she might really get that there is a baby in my belly and it’s going to come out and be ours. We are attempting potty training this week. I wasn’t planning on it until much later, but Nora’s doctor said we should at least try. She said Nora is very sharp, and ahead of most two year olds so she will probably catch on quickly. She mentioned how nice it would be to have only one in diapers too. We started this week and don’t you worry, that will be a blog for the future!

 

Baby Cashew,

These are the final weeks of you living in my belly. This pregnancy has been a little more difficult that with Nora, but I wouldn’t trade feeling your little kicks for the world! I am so excited to see your sweet face, and learn just who you are! No rush honestly, but if you wanted to come a little early like your sister momma and daddy wouldn’t be too mad!

Reflections of a Stay at Home Mom

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Today marks just over 9 months since I left my teaching job and became a stay at home momma (SAHM).

I have mentioned many times before how one of the main purposes for my blog is to have a “journal” of our life to look back at. I want to reflect on my time in the first year as a SAHM so that I can remember how I felt! I know how easily it is to forget even the most important things in life (I seriously have trouble remembering things from Nora’s infancy if I didn’t write them here.), so I don’t want to forget these first months at home with my gal!

I get asked all the time if I am enjoying being home with Nora and if I miss teaching at all.

The answer to both of those questions is a resounding yes!

Everyday I feel reaffirmed that I made the correct decision to end my teaching career and stay home with Nora. I absolutely love our days together and the fact that I don’t miss a moment! I have been there for all of her big moments, and I have felt like I truly have the biggest impact on her life and development.

I know how fortunate I am to have this opportunity. There are so many mommas who wish they could stay home but can’t. There are some who want to work, and I understand that too. For me though, this was the right decision. I feel so happy to be where I am!

That all being said, there are certainly some things I miss about being a teacher.

I especially miss the people I worked with, and having guaranteed adult interaction each day. I of course miss the kiddos and seeing their smiles each day. I taught elementary Sunday school the other day and had eight kiddos. Which is way more than we usually have in that age group. So I actually had to manage behavior, organize activities, and capture their attention. It all came back to me. And guess what? I loved it! It really made me miss my time in the classroom.

So, yes there are things that I really miss about being a teacher. There are days I really miss it. I think that’s only normal because it was a job that I truly loved. But, I know with all my heart that I am where God wants me to be right now. I spent so much of my last year as a teacher, longing to be with Nora. Feeling guilty for missing out on so much time with her, it really wrecked me. I no longer have to feel that way. And I don’t long for the classroom like I longed for time with Nora.

I don’t know what the future holds. I may have to go back to work when I don’t want to. I may desire to go back to work at some point. I may stay home until all of my kids are in school. I don’t know, only God does.

But I do know that this is where I am suppose to be right now, and I love absolutely every second of it!

My Favorite Products

Today I wanted to share with you some of my all-time favorite products. Every item except one I have been using for months, or even years. So they have stood the test of time, and have often times been repurchased!

I am not and will not ever call myself a beauty blogger, but I find the best products through the recommendations of others. Hopefully you can find something new to try and love!

Details on each item listed below!

 

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|Nivea Soft|$8|Drugstore|

This is my longest used product… ever! I have been using this for close to six years now. It is the only face lotion I will buy, I have never even tried to branch out because I am that happy with this product. I have combination skin, that leans more towards oily. I have a really hard time finding products that don’t make my skin over-oily, especially when it comes to moisturizer. I thought in high school that the answer was to just not use a face lotion, but then the dry patches I get were even worse. So, finally in college I tried this product. It smells great, dries quickly, and does not make my skin greasy in any way. I put it on right out of the shower everyday. Another great thing about it is that you don’t need too much. One tub (also comes in a small squeeze bottle) lasts for about 6 months. So you don’t have to repurchase often and it makes it incredibly affordable!

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|Maybelline Fit Me Liquid Foundation|$8|Drugstore|

Another product I have been using for years. I am going on three years with this as my only foundation. I have tried just about every foundation there is. No joke! I had pretty bad skin thanks to acne as a teen, so I don’t leave the house without foundation on. This one is now the only kind I will buy because it doesn’t make my skin oily, isn’t too thick, and it doesn’t feel like I am wearing makeup. I pair it with the pressed powder of the same name.

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|St. Ives Energizing Scrub|$4|Drugstore|

This product I have only been using for about a month, but I had to share it! First off, it might be the first face wash I have ever wished I could eat. It is coconut and coffee which are two of my favorite scents. It smells so amazing! It is incredibly exfoliating, which I need and love. So far it has been good for my skin, and I hope that continues because the smell is so worth it!

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|Maybelline Matte Ink Lipstick|$10|Drugstore|

I shared about this lipstick on instagram a while back and had a few people tell me they tried it and loved it! I have been using it since the summer and it is my favorite. It has a matte finish which I love, and it really does stay on so well throughout the day. My only complaint is that it is a little drying, but I pair it with a lipgloss and that seems to help. Since it brags of the staying power, it is hard to get off at the end of the day. I have found that baby wipes work great! I have the colors Lover and Dreamer, but when I first purchased it there were very few color options because it was so new. Since then they have come out with many more, and I can’t wait to get my hands on some! It’s a bit pricy but lasts a long time!

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|Sabastian Shaper Hairspray|$14|Drugstore & Ulta|

A little back story on this product. I do not love shopping. Online, sure. In store… no thanks! My husband’s mom and sister love to shop and the especially love Black Friday shopping. My husband, being the extrovert he is, goes Black Friday shopping with them each year. Two years ago when he went, both his mom and sister were raving about this hairspray when they found it on sale at Ulta. So, Collin picked some up for me too! I am so glad he did because I love it! It doesn’t stink, make your hair “crunchy,” and it lasts a long time. Sadly I live nowhere near an Ulta, and it can only be found at select Targets and Wal-Marts. I have found however that often our local TJ Maxx carries it, and for only $8 in stead of the original $14! Sold!

Photo Every Hour | Morning + Afternoon

I’ve said it before and will say it again, these are some of my favorite posts to read from other bloggers. I love a little glimpse into how other people live their day-to-day life. I also love looking back at my own posts and “reliving” those ordinary days!

Hope you enjoy this simple, photo every hour post of a normal ol’ morning in our house!

For more Photo Every Hour posts, click the links below!

Photo Every Hour | Saturday Fun

Photo Every House | Lazy Saturday

Photo (Almost) Every Hour

Photo Every Hour | Monday

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Four on Friday | Babymoon Week

As you read this Collin and I are in a hotel enjoying our “babymoon.” We dropped Nora off with her Grammy and Pa on Thursday afternoon and we are free until tonight!

We didn’t want to go anywhere too far because we didn’t have a ton of freedom in our schedule or want to spend the cash. So we opted to get a hotel in the “city” and just enjoy time together with no munchkin needing us!

We had dinner last night and then went to a great concert. Today we are going to see a movie in the new and improved movie theater in town. We literally cannot remember the last time we saw a movie together. Then, we are going to eat at a new restaurant we have been wanting to try. Oh, and sleeping in! That’s really the best part because our child enjoys waking up at 6:30am on the dot each day!

I may post more about our babymoon later, but for today here are four other highlights from the week! Only four because I know the babymoon would be number five!

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Since we are down to the final weeks with just Nora I am really trying to give her some extra quality time. I know she might be a little confused about why momma is spending so much time with the baby, so I want to make sure she gets some good momma time before those days come. She is so into legos right now and will spend a good hour playing with them on her own. A few nights recently I have sat down with her and we’ve used every lego to build a tall tower!

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We celebrated Collin turning 28 on Tuesday this week. He got some presents, Nora sang him “happy dirday to you daddy” about a million times and we went to get him some sushi (gross). Love celebrating this man on mine!

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I don’t know if this really counts as a highlight, but I bought Nora her first pack of big girl underwear! We are gonna start potty training next week. We are going into it knowing she may not be ready and that’s okay. We just want to try because having only one in diapers would be so nice! Wish us luck!

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This picture is a highlight all its own. I love my people and I cannot wait to add another so soon! Just look at Nora’s face! She is too much to handle!

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Rigby

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This little guy has been the best canine addition to our family ever! We got him in May,  He was bought to heal my heart a little and provide a small distraction from the loss of our first baby.

He was the easiest puppy we have ever had, and immediately fit into our family. We went to the local humane society to “just look” and I fell in love with the tiny scruffy first puppy I saw. We didn’t get him that day, but couldn’t stop thinking about him and called that next morning to see if he was still available. We were told he wasn’t! Thankfully that was a mistake that was quickly cleared up, cause I was heartbroken!

We rushed to pick him up that afternoon! From day one he was easy, loving, and fit right in with Kira! Even though he was tiny, he would fight hard with Kira! They chased and tugged like crazy. He was a match made in heaven for our family!

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Rigby is so chill. He just goes with the flow, and never gets too worked up. You will hear him bark when he really gets into it with Kira. But he never gets too rough, just defends himself!

He loves to burrow under covers. If someone is laying down in bed or sitting on the couch, he is right there on your lap snuggling close! He really is a lover, through and through.

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He is so good with Nora. She really likes him, especially cause he is small, and he lets her wallow all over him. He lets her know when he’s had enough by giving a small growl, but again he is never too rough. Nora just loves him and recently has started calling him by his nick name, Riggy. So cute!

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Rigby, we sure do love you. You really did heal my heart a little, and for that I will always be grateful.

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Kira

If you know me, or have been following my blog for a while you know that we have two dogs who were our babies before Nora came along.

I never had a dog growing up, we were a cat family, but I married a big dog lover. So, I became a dog owner and was forever changed!

It’s true that our dogs have moved down a few notches since Nora came along, but I think that’s only right. However, we still really love our pups, and I think they deserve some screen time on the blog!

If you are not a dog lover, you will not care for today or tomorrow’s posts. Sorry! I just need everyone to formally meet our mutts! They really are the best!

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Oh Kira! She is such a confusing pup! Or at least my feelings for her are so confusing. She is the best and worst dog all wrapped into one adorable lanky, white frame.

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She was the first dog I ever raised from a puppy and boy was she a rough one. She took forever to potty train, hated her kennel, was a runner, a chewer, and took forever to learn how to walk on a leash. I actually remember crying on the kitchen floor to Collin after how I wanted to take her back after the first three days. I had no idea what I was doing with training a puppy and they are so much stinkin’ work!

Luckily, Collin talked me down and assured me that it would get easier.

And it did!

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It only took about two weeks for me to fall in love with sweet Kira. She was still a ton of work, but I started to learn all the wonderful things about her too. Plus, have you ever seen a more adorable puppy?

After getting to know Kira (or Kiki as we lovingly call her), I learned that she is fiercely loyal. She loves all the humans in our family with her whole little puppy-dog heart. She knows when someone is hurting, and will stay right by their side. She has a ton of energy, and while that can be obnoxious it also makes her a lot of fun! She loves food, playing fetch, snuggling real close, and being wherever the action is.

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She has nothing but pure love in her heart, and is amazing with all other animals and people. She is wonderful with Nora, and loves to give her kisses all over (she is our licker). If Nora gets too much in her business, Kira just moves away. No need to growl or get upset. She just removes herself from the situation, which is perfect!

She still has her moments of driving us insane with her high-strung personality, but knowing how much she loves us and how protective she is, I love having her around.

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Kira, you are definitely the crazy one in the family, but we love you just the same. Wouldn’t trade you for the world!

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