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The Miracle of Birth (Baby #7)

You remember when I shared our fifth baby’s exciting arrival through a little mini-series of stories (first post of series) about four years ago? It was in honor of her first birthday (code for procrastination…totally). Well, we have had two babies since then….another sweet girl and last year, an awesome baby boy. He turned 14 months old last week and is a precious addition to our family. We all just love him to pieces.

However he also had a birth story that needs to be shared. Life has been pretty chaotic with seven kiddos and we moved (locally) last May. We bought a huge historical home in a neighboring town and have been overwhelmed with fixing it up ourselves. However, my favorite DIY project of 2017 was the discovery of baby #8 on its way.  (Clearly life was not just about nasty demo and painting last year. Haha.) So I’m just gonna keep this post short and sweet and let the video do the talking for me. Enjoy.

OB I85 from Stephen Stockton on Vimeo.


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Denim and Boots

February 22, 2011 changed my world as I knew it forever. We were no longer a house of pink.

While I was certainly eager to be welcoming home Baby Pop, I suddenly found myself in an uncharted territory of motherhood. I was no longer just a mommy to girls. I now had a son.

A boy.

denim and boots

Ummm. Okay,…so now what?

I had no clue.

Needless to say, Pop sent me down the fast track of mothering boys. I learned the hard way—more than once, I’m afraid—that diapering sessions must be quick and brief. He showered me (and himself!) on numerous occasions. He also taught me that boys, from birth and on up, are always hungry. His appetite (once we got it kick-started) has never slowed down.

dress boots

Hollow legs must be a real issue.

However, one of the things that I used to struggle with the most was how to dress little boys.

What in the world could I put on him that is just stinkin’ adorable and cute?

hockey graphic shirtYou see, I was used to frills and lace. Hair bows, giant flower headbands, intricate braids and gorgeous ringlets. Doll babies and petite-sized pocket books. Poofy dresses, plastic jewelry and patent leather shoes.

But you know what?

khaki cargo pantsI’ve come to realize that finding outfits for my little man can be just as fun.

I’ve fallen in love with the cargo jeans, workboots and matchbox cars. Newsboy caps, sweater vests and corded pants. And maybe a lone dinosaur. Denim jackets, plaid shirts and cowboy boots.

jean jacketThese now make my heart skip a beat. Denim + boots. <3

I thoroughly enjoy dressing my little boy everyday.

fall casual outfit for boysJust the sight of him makes me smile.

fall fashion for boys

But then again, I am his mother.  😉


Fall Fashion for Little Boys: Denim and Boots

Here’s the rundown of how I stretched my dollars to dress my little guy.

  • Old Navy Jean jacket– bought at a consignment sale for $5.00      (similar ….Old Navy would be cheaper, but they did not have any for boys online…other than this, secondhand is good too!)
  • Gapkids orange long sleeve graphic t-shirt– online clearance for $2.00      (similar ….Pop has this one too… in blue. Gap has usually had tees for really good prices on Black Friday in years past. Only $5 I think? And they are excellent quality.)
  • Gymboree khaki cargo pants– thrift store for $2.39      (similar ….Pop’s pants are more of a heavy material than these…chino perhaps? They just do not wrinkle which is every mom’s dream, I know.)
  • Gapkids orange and white striped socks (not shown) – $0.69      (similar ….Pop also has these socks as well. They do not pill. I pick up socks for my children’s gift tubs when they are marked down to  $0.99 with an additional 40% off + 10% Tuesday.)
  • Faded Glory “cowboy” boots– a gift      (same ….He loves these. I have to convince him to wear other shoes and to give these boots a break.)

There you have it. A casual outfit built with interchangeable, classic pieces for roughly $10 bucks—including shoes and outerwear.

How about you? How do you (or did you) dress your children without breaking the bank? Sales racks? Thrift stores? Sew your own? Ever struggle with dressing little boys in cute clothes? Leave a reply. I’d love to hear.



S5, E3: Big Mama {The Birth Story of Baby #5}

Hey there. Ready for more? Ridiculously, so am I-and I know the whole story.  No shame here. I love a good birth story. Mundane, hilarious, nail-biting, no matter the emotion evoked, I’m glued to them all. The miraculous entry of a new life never ceases to amaze me and each one comes with their own unique arrival.

New to the blog or missed a post in this series? Get caught up on previous Delivery Drama episodes before scrolling down any further. Check them out below:


Season 5, Episode 1; (Pilot)   Baby Five  -The history behind it all

Season 5, Episode 2; Life Line  -The famed purple box


big mama

Let’s see? Where was I? Oh…yeah. I’m standing bent over, staring at a positive stick on my bathroom counter and grinning. Like a ninny.

Yes, that pretty much sums up where I left you hanging. Goofy grin and all.

I was on cloud nine.

Nine was, hands down, my new favorite number. Floating on cloud nine, nine months to go, you get the idea.

But the stretch of months looming ahead didn’t fathom me a bit. I wanted to enjoy every blessed minute of them, pregnancy symptoms and all. Miscarriage had changed me. I also wanted to keep the knowledge of my pregnancy within the family until I could see a doctor/midwife, and quite possibly until the end of my first trimester. A wishful thought to be sure.

However, with this being my sixth pregnancy, I was popping out rather quickly.

This time around we opted to research midwifery options, a result of the prior miscarriage and reevaluating our needs as a family, . We were familiar with a local birthing center and called soon after seeing those two pink lines to schedule a tour of their facility.

So Hubs and I hired a babysitter and went on a “date”.

It was really romantic. We sat in the car in the birthing center parking lot and ate fast food (don’t judge), wiped the mustard from our faces and then toured the birthing center. For two hours. We attended a Q and A, watched videos, peeked in the birthing suites, and filled out paperwork. Then we hopped in our car and drove around town for a few minutes, so we would have something, anything but where we’d really been, to tell our babysitter. Again, don’t pass judgment.

Keep in mind, my bump was getting bigger.


After sleeping on our decision a night or two, Hubs and I agreed that this midwifery center was exactly what we wanted for the birth of Baby #5. The only con we could think of was the forty-five minute drive. No biggie, we’ll leave at the onset of labor.

Only forty-five. It sounded so feasible. Unlike my new favorite number nine, the number forty-five would later return to haunt me.

I set up my first appointment only to discover that they see you after your eleventh week. Wowzer.

So what’s a pudgy gal going to do? Hide it. Thankfully it was late winter and early spring, so I was able to camoflauge my little, growing bump with layered clothing. Sweaters, scarves, vests, jackets and even coats left on became my new wardrobe. I was keeping it under wraps.


Many observant ladies at our church suspected my condition, but sweetly never asked. Bless them for it. I needed to make it to that first appointment and be reassured that all looked well before sharing our news.

I made it safely to 11 weeks and went to my first appointment. All went well and I heard one of life’s sweetest sounds-again.

Thump, thump.

Everything looked wonderful and I was feeling great. What a blessing. I also loved seeing  the midwives. Loved. it. The opportunity to experience attending a birthing center was a dream come true. Family was very encouraged and welcomed at all visits.

We shared our sweet news with the world and I happily continued growing.  😉


At twenty weeks, my older girls were able to see their new sibling at the anatomy ultrasound. They were so cute. Kids can certainly add to the commentary while viewing a sonogram. Ha. We all turned our heads while the nurse checked the baby’s gender for normal development. Being surprised with the baby’s gender was on my wishlist and mine alone. Hubs sweetly let his pregnant wife have her way.

Yup. He’s pretty much the greatest.

I crossed off the days of my second trimester by traveling. Everywhere it seemed. Williamsburg, Charleston (WV). Montego Bay, Jamaica (youth missions trip). The Wilds (teen camp). The Anchorage (ladies retreat).

By 35 weeks, I had definitely entered the “basketball” stage.

I certainly felt every pound. My ankles were puffy if I was on my feet for too long and I had a fabulous map of lines across my abdomen. Delightful stretchmarks, the lingering mark of motherhood.

Week 36, 37, and 38 slipped by. The evidence of 39 weeks was now clearly reflected back to me in every mirror, window and car door.  I was downright huge.

None of this really bothered me though. I was still on cloud nine.  Pregnancy is such a sweet season of life.

Besides, Hubs thought I was beautiful, watermelon and all.

Big Mama.

It was a nickname that only he could get away with calling me.

-to be continued-


Here are the links to the following episodes. 🙂

Season 5, Episode 4: Fair Plan -The pizza that failed

Season 5, Episode 5: Flip Flop – The speed of a turtle

Season 5, Episode 6: Wild Ride -The 45 minute attempt

Season 5, Episode 7: News Baby -The drama of television


Thanks for reading,


He’s just the greatest.