December 11, 2016. My sweet Maxwells birthdate. Little did we know he’d decided to grace us with his presence five weeks before his due date. A few weeks prior to my delivery I started to have some small preterm labor issues, but nothing that seemed too out of the ordinary. My OB ordered me some meds, told me to take it easy, drink plenty of water and that if I could make another month or two, that it would be great. He also informed me that if I happened to make it to 35 weeks gestation and went into labor, that he would not stop it.
So the wee hours of the morning on December 11th rolled around (I was 35 weeks and 4 day) and I woke up feeling very achy. The days prior would full of lots of discomfort and pressure and I just knew that he’d be coming soon. After drinking lots of water and still having contractions, I decided to take a light walk around the block in hopes that my mind was just playing tricks with me and that I was just experiencing some false labor signs. Still no relief, so I decided to shower. I thought maybe a hot shower would help to ease the pain and make the contractions slowly go away, but no, they were still consistent and painful.
8 hours later, still in pain, I decided maybe we should head to the hospital to just get checked out. I figured they would just confirm that it was false labor and hopefully send me back home. After a quick exam they decided to admit me. I was dilated to a 4 and having true labor contractions. Inside I panicked a little. I knew Max was probably going to come early, given the fact that I delivered Asher at 37 weeks, but I wasn’t exactly sure how it was all going to play out.
After laboring for 7 hours or so and my water finally breaking last minute, Maxwell McGee came into this world. He was quiet, good size (6lbs 9oz) and had a head full of dark hair. I cried. Jacob cried. Here he was, our sweet baby. Every emotion possible ran through my mind… how Asher would react to him… everything. Do to having a preterm birth, my room was full of hospital staff. Doctors, nurses, NICU Doctors.. it was crowded in there. Jacob and I only got to spend about 10 minutes with him until they took him away to nursery to be evaluated. Little did I know that I wouldn’t be able to hold my sweet boy until almost 12 hours later.. talk about a strange feeling. At first we were told that he looked great and that they were just taking precautionary measures with evaluating him. At about midnight the nursery pediatrician came into my room and informed me that Max was having some respiratory issues due to his early arrival. He seemed confident that they would quickly resolve, but after a few hours and him still breathing heavy, they decided to admit him to the NICU where he would be able to get oxygen and a more thorough evaluation.
We’ve been u-pick farming it up here in the mid south and with summer break coming to an end, we hit one last u-pick farm this past week to harvest the last of the summers blueberries and peaches! Asher’s loves all of the summer adventures that the season brings, especially picking his favorites fruits and veggies, and I can’t wait to take him back this fall to go apple, pear and pumpkin picking! I think it’s safe to say that I’ve got a freezer full of fresh fruit to last us the rest of the year!
Living back in the South this summer has been so different than being up North. I’m not going to lie, I sure do miss those mild, humidless, North Dakota summer days. Memphis is HOT. And trying to stay cool on these crazy warm summer days has been challenging, especially when you have a little one who refuses to wear sleeveless tops and requests to wear tennis shoes 24/7. Luckily one of my favorite brands, KEEN, makes a fantastic kids shoe line that is perfect for active kiddos. This summer we tried out their new UNEEK line and I must say, we are huge fans! These shoes have been a favorite of Asher’s and I love how functional, cool and stylish they are!
I’m quite persnickety when it comes to Asher’s shoes. With him being a rough and tough little boy who loves to jump in puddles, climb rocks, ride his cars and attempt to swing from tree branches, I always put him in things that are durable and will last. KEEN’s UNEEK shoe is just that and some. They are durable and comfortable with just the right amount of protection for his little feet. The elastic strap makes it easy for him to slip on and adjust. If a tennis shoe and a sandal had a baby, the UNEEK would definitely be it! My favorite thing about these shoes are that they keep his feet cool on these hot summer days! No more stinky tennis shoes! I love the versatility that these shoes provide and how easy they are to clean! A little dish soap and the garden hose and they are like new again!
Be sure to check out KEEN‘s new UNEEK line for kids HERE! They come in five different colors that are oh so stylish! Parents, you will love these!
A huge thank you to KEEN for letting us try out their new UNEEK line!
Asher’s Great Grandma came in for a little visit last week and while she was here we made some fun kid and grandma approved treats for him to snack on. Baking with grandma brings back some fun memories for me and I’m so thankful that Asher got to spend some quality time with her on her visit here!
Asher loves cheesecake, me as well, so I wanted to make something that was cheesecake related and fun, but kid sized as well. I try to avoid giving him a lot of sweets, but every once in awhile I treat him to something fun and make sure it’s delicious.Aside from these little treats being tasty and fun, they are also nut-free! Instead of making these little cheesecakes with a crust that would contain nuts or a product that could possibly be cross-contaminated. I used my favorite nut-free products from Skeeter Nut Free, to create a yummy crust that’s easy, soft and of course, delicious! Here’s how to make these fun little cheesecakes!What you will need – (Recipe makes exactly 12 mini cheesecakes, double recipe if more are needed)
Skeeter Nut Free All Natural Cinnamon Grahams 10oz box
Organic Cream Cheese 8oz
1/3 c. Organic Sugar
1 Organic Egg
1 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
Fresh Chopped Strawberries (for topping)
12 Baking Cups
1.) Start off by preheating your oven to 325 degrees. Using a stand mixer or large bowl cream your sugar and cream cheese on a medium speed, I like to use 6 on my mixer, until it is nicely blended. Note: This is a great time to let the kids get in on the action!
2.) Next, add egg and vanilla and beat until batter is blended and smooth. 3.) Line your muffin pan with baking cups and carefully place Skeeter Nut Free All Natural Cinnamon Grahams in the bottoms of the cups to line them, almost like you are making a crust with the grahams! 4.) Not required, but feel free to snack on a few of these delicious Skeeter Nut Free Grahams while your are baking! 5.) After the bottom of your cups are lined with Skeeter Nut Free All Natural Cinnamon Grahams, carefully scoop the batter into each of the cups filling them about 3/4 of the way full. 6.) Give the pan a light shake to loosen any bumps and even out your batter. 7.) Bake about 16-20 minutes and carefully keep an eye on the cakes. After they are finished, let them cool. You will notice them deflating after they cool, which is perfectly fine! Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
8.) Topping – using your chopped strawberries, lightly top mini cheesecakes with strawberries and feel free to crumble a few of the Skeeter Nut Free Grahams and sprinkle on top! They are the perfect finishing touch! Now you are ready to serve! Be sure to check out Skeeter Nut Free’s Pinterest page to see more amazing nut-free recipes that you can create with you little ones!
Also make sure to check out Skeeter Nut Free’s WEBSITE and social media channels! (FACEBOOK, TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, PINTEREST)
* A big thank you to Skeeter Nut Free, a brand we love and trust, for sponsoring today’s post!
I used to be so good at sharing some of my favorite things for Asher and slowly drifted off. So today, here are a few of mine and his favorite things. Mine being mostly the clothes, his being toys, books, etc. These photos are all clickable as well! If you click on them it will take your directly to the source! – xo
- stripes – I don’t know what it is, but my sweet boy looks so good in stripes. These play favorites from Gap used to be some of my favorites to put on him when he was smaller + i’m so glad the Gap has decided to make them in bigger sizes now!
- pants – these Gap pants are soft, durable and wash so well. pre-school playground approved!
- velcro shoes – since he’s not quite old enough to get the lace tying down, these velcro shoes are my go to for him. He loves being able to put them on + take them off by himself. Not to mention they are crazy cute.
- letter puzzles – I bought this letter puzzle off of Etsy a few weeks ago and loved it so much that I ended up ordering a few others. These puzzles are so well priced and perfect for little learners.
- kid backpack – we’ve almost outgrown our mini backpack we’ve been using for a few years now + these kid packs from Herschel perfect!
- Shel Silverstein – No explanation needed.
- big kid cups – These are my go two. For every kid utensil out there.
- play tent – how cute is this one?
- Brain Quest – I remember doing these as a kid + Asher is just as obsessed with them as I was. They are crazy interactive and teach them to think outside of the box.
- Jr. Legos – The perfect in-between size. We’ve got a new obsession around here and it’s legos.