Chloe’s Birth Story

Chloe’s Birth Story

Well, second babies are much different than first babies. Chloe is 5 months old and her birth story is finally being written! Poor baby! Hopefully I can remember all of the details…I’m pretty sure I can since the story is much quick than Winter’s story, since the labor and delivery process was a quick process. Less than 4.5 hours of laboring with a second baby….little did I know that would be our story!

When I was pregnant with Chloe, I had a strong desire to go for an all natural, drug free delivery this go round. With Winter’s labor and delivery, I went majority of the time unmedicated and ended up getting an epidural towards the very end before giving birth. I have no regrets about getting the epidural in that situation, but there was just this strong motivation and desire within me to see what a natural childbirth experience felt like for my second baby. I read Hypnobirthing, which is a method that helps mothers use visualization (aka hypnosis) to get through contractions to achieve a natural birth. It very much empowers the mother that women are designed to do this and we are taught by our society that we aren’t strong enough to handle the pain of birth. It teaches us that the more fear we have, the more pain we will feel. If we tense up and resist the contractions (or “surges” as the book refers to them), then we actually feel more pain. So…anyway, reading the book and getting mentally prepared ahead of time was very helpful. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a good method of natural childbirth.

On Saturday, October 24, one day after my due date, we decided to go to the zoo as a family. We knew that time was running out for us to do anything as a family of 3. It was a gorgeous day outside. We drove to the Denver zoo and discovered upon arrival that it was Boo at the Zoo, a Halloween event. This meant that the zoo was much more crowded than a normal Saturday. Ugh! I was not in the mood for this! We drove around the entire parking lot and failed to find a single spot to park. We had to drive about a mile away and parked in a neighborhood. While this was annoying to park and have to walk since I was 40+ weeks pregnant, I knew that walking was good for me at this stage if I wanted to see any progress towards labor. Between the mile walk to the entrance, plus walking around the zoo, and finally walking the mile back to the car, I figure we must have walked anywhere from 3-5 miles. I kept telling my husband over and over, “Eric, I feel like her head is so low that she could just fall out of my body at any moment.” I also kept repeating, “It feels like my water could break at any moment.”

Well, my water did break. But not until late that evening. We had put Winter to bed and were watching TV on the couch. If I remember correctly, I believe we were watching an episode of one of my favorite TV shows, Jane the Virgin. Around 10:45pm, I suddenly felt a slight bit of fluid. I jumped up and ran to the bathroom. I came back and Eric looked at me with a confused expression and asked what was going on. I replied that I wasn’t sure, but perhaps I had a leak in my bag of waters.

To be safe, Eric put a towel on the couch for me to sit on, and over the next 15 minutes, I continued to have more fluid leaking. I knew for a fact that I wasn’t peeing….so I was beginning to think it must be my water had really broken! It was 11:00pm and I wanted to call my mom to see what she thought. She lives in a different time zone so it was 1:00am her time, but I called her anyway. She didn’t mind. We spoke and she confirmed what I was thinking that my water had broken. She suggested two ideas: 1. Get off the couch and start walking to see if that helps labor to begin, or 2. Get to bed and see if you can get a bit of sleep since you’ll be needing it. I decided the latter was the option that I’d rather choose. Sleep would probably be a good idea if I was going to need my energy for labor! We stayed up a bit longer to finish watching our show and then got in bed around midnight or so. I wasn’t having any contractions yet and I was tired enough that I quickly fell asleep.

Thank goodness I had decided to get some sleep! That was a good decision. At some point in the next few hours, contractions began. I was awoken from my sleep because of the contractions at 2:30am. When I woke up I got excited because I knew that this must be it! My water had broken and now I was in labor. For an hour I stayed in bed and breathed through each contraction as it came. They were coming every 5 minutes or and lasting for around a minute. After an hour I noticed the intensity was picking up with the amount of pain I was feeling, so I couldn’t bear to lie in bed anymore. I got up.

Eric ran a bath for me, and as soon as I entered the tub, I felt like I could manage the pain of the contractions so much better. The water was so soothing. I had the lights off and a candle right next to my face. I stayed very calm and very relaxed. Every time I had a contraction I used my breathing and visualization techniques I had learned. I distinctly remember that I used two main visuals: 1. Winter’s face and 2. Like I was in the ocean and I was surfing on a wave. I just kept riding it out until the contraction/wave ended. Keeping my mind busy really helped me get through the pain. The other thing that helped me was staying as relaxed and calm as possible. I tried to avoid tensing up any muscles if at all possible. I was very quiet too. I felt very excited at how well I was managing the pain!

Eric called the midwife around 4:15 or 4:30am and let her know what was going on. I had only been in labor for 2 hours at this point. We only live 1 mile from the hospital, and my goal was to stay home as long as possible, get to the hospital and pop that baby out right away. I didn’t want to rush to the hospital because I knew I felt more comfortable in my own home to labor and stay relaxed. I overheard Eric on the phone with the midwife and I could tell that she was strongly urging him to get me out of the tub and get to the hospital right away. She said that second babies have a tendency to come quickly and she wasn’t interested in me having an accidental home birth or being in an emergency/rushed situation. Eric got off the phone and I told him he was crazy if he thought I was getting out of that tub and going to the hospital. I had only been having contractions since 2:30 and it was 4:30 at this point. He lovingly insisted that my midwife said it was time to come in, so I begrudgingly got out of the bath. I took my sweet time at getting dressed and getting ready to go.

I noticed as soon as I was out of the tub, my contractions began to pick up in pain intensity. They were suddenly SO BAD and much more painful to manage than when I had been in the water!! Not only were they more painful, but they suddenly were coming much more frequently, like every 2 minutes instead of 4-5 minutes. I continued to breathe and use visualizations during contractions. With every contraction, I bent over (against the bed or a piece or furniture) and rocked my hips back and forth. This was my go-to move and I never really did anything else besides this specific position. This really seemed to be my go-to.

We called our friends who were going to be taking care of Winter to let them know we were coming to drop her off. I felt so bad waking them up! We pulled Winter out of her crib and loaded up in the car. We dropped her off at around 5:00am and headed to the hospital. Thankfully it was a very short distance to the hospital because managing contractions when confined to a seat and buckled up is not easy feat.

It was shortly after 5:00am when we parked the car. I had a few contractions in the parking lot. Since it was after hours, we had to enter through the emergency room. We had to wait a few minutes for a nurse to come down to escort us upstairs, so while waiting in the emergency room lobby, I had several contractions. I continued to bend over and lean against a piece of furniture while swaying my hips each time. That seemed to help me.

We got upstairs and they hooked me up to the fetal monitors. They did a swab test to check to see if my water truly had broken. I filled out and signed all kinds of papers. This whole process took a while, perhaps 45 minutes or so. They had me lie down on the bed while all of this was happening, which was miserable! I hated lying on that bed. Every time a contraction would come (which was often!), I would jump out of that bed and lean over the bed and rock my hips. The nurses were so encouraging and continued to tell me again and again how awesome I was doing at managing the pain.

I got the report back that yes, my water had indeed broken. The nurse then did my first cervical check at that time (approximately 6:00am) and I was 6 centimeter dilated. Okay! This was good. I had been scared that I wouldn’t be very dilated, but hearing that I was at a 6cm made me feel happy.

I told them that I needed to move to the tub since they were done with all of their initial monitoring and admittance things. They changed my monitors to the wireless monitors that I could wear in the tub. I put on my bikini top and got in the tub wearing just that. I turned off the lights and continued to get myself through those contractions using my techniques. Eric sat outside of the tub next to me and was so supportive and encouraging. He is such a good husband!

Over the next 20 minutes I began to feel very nauseous. I had a nurse bring a pan for me in case I decided to throw up. I didn’t throw up, but I felt like I could at any moment.

At approximately 6:40am, I suddenly felt pressure and pain like I’d never experienced before! It happened so fast and I can’t even describe how intense it was. It just hit me, like BAM! Pressure, pressure, pressure! Suddenly I had contractions back to back without any break in between! It was overwhelming and I started to really freak out. It’s like the floodgates opened and all hell broke loose! Eric was sitting next to me outside the tub and he began to look very worried and concerned for me. I was now thrashing my body around as I couldn’t deal with the intensity of pain. I yanked the cord to call the nurse in. Several nurses flooded in the small bathroom and they quickly realized what was happening based on my wild behavior. I was thrashing around and in very intense pain, much different than the behavior they’d witnessed from me in the short time prior.

I was in so much pain that I couldn’t even stand up to get out of the tub. Eric grabbed one shoulder and the nurse grabbed the other. They were trying to pull my body out of the tub. She insisted that we needed me out of the tub because it was against hospital policy to have a water birth. I knew that, but my body wasn’t allowing me to stand up. I practically was dragged and then I crawled from the tub to the edge of the bed.

My midwife was just arriving to the hospital, and at this rate, not soon enough!! The nurse asked me to get up on the bed so she could check to see how dilated I was. There was no way I could get up there! It was nearly impossible. Finally, one leg at a time, I managed to crawl up and I was on all fours on top of the bed. All I was wearing was a bikini top, so this was quite the site! My rear was facing the door, and in walks my midwife. She said hello, and I said, “Sorry you have to walk in to the room to see THIS view of me!” I guess I still have a sense of humor even when I’m in wild amounts of pain. She chuckled.

At this point I was doing a lot of intense yelling and some screaming because I was overcome with pain. I yelled things like, “THIS IS SO STUPID!” “WHY DO PEOPLE DO THIS?” “I DON’T WANT TO DO THIS TODAY!” “I CAN’T DO THIS!” “THIS IS SOOOOOO DUMB!!!!” “I DON’T WANT TO HAVE A BABY TODAYYYYY!!!” I was losing my mind.

As soon as I climbed up on that bed and was on all fours, I asked if they were going to give me a cervical check. I yelled, “Can you please just check me in this position? Because I seriously CANNOT move my body whatsoever!” They replied calmly, “Honey, no need to check you because we can see that they baby is already crowning. She’s coming out.” Say, what?!

This was a bit of music to my ears because at least I knew that we were at the end and it was all going to be over soon. But it was an out of body experience. I really wasn’t all the way there. I could feel my body pushing without my help. Crazy! Like I couldn’t control it….it was happening with or without my assistance. The midwife suggested I stop trying to hold the baby in, but rather just give a little push with the contractions. So I did. There was none of the counting to 10 stuff…nope…it was just me pushing a little. After one push Eric shouts, “Katy, her head is out!” I was amazed. That was quick. But I was so in pain and couldn’t catch my breath. I was overwhelmed and scared. The midwife said, “Push one more time and she will be born and this will be over!” I pleaded that I needed to take a quick break, but she said, no, just to do it and it’ll all be done. So I did. I pushed that second time and then she was born. Wow. 6:47am. I couldn’t even believe it. Those last 5-10 minutes had been a whirlwind and now it was all over. She was born! Hallelujah!

Since I was on my hands and knees with my rear in the air when I delivered her, they handed the baby to me through my legs. I grabbed her and sat back on my ankles and held her on my chest in disbelief. She was here. I held her and just laughed. What an experience that was. Intense, fast and now my baby girl was in my arms. Joy filled my heart as I cuddled this sweet new being. She was so tiny, but yet so huge when I thought about how she had just been inside of my body moment ago. This was the baby who I had been waiting to meet all of those months. This was the one who kept me up at night. This was that active little girl who kicked and did gymnastics on my bladder at all hours of the day. And here she was. Just perfect and beautiful as can be. My baby. Perfect. Chloe Rose Lute, my sweet second born daughter.

My legs started to go numb because I of how I was sitting. So I got up and turned around so I could lie in the bed in the other direction. Chloe latched on right away and began breastfeeding. She knew what to do. Just like that. She continued to suckle and bond for 40 minutes. Then, the nurse took her measurements and she was 19.5 inches and 6 pounds, 15 ounces. I was surprised she was under 7 pounds since I had been thinking she was going to be a huge baby with how big I had been feeling at the end of my pregnancy. She was just a hair smaller than Winter’s birth weight.

That whole day felt surreal to me. Because I had an all natural drug free birth, I felt such an adrenaline rush. I was on an emotional high from having my baby, but also from a girl power stand point. I felt amazing both physically and emotionally, and it was such a different experience than my first birth. I would totally do it again, as crazy as it was. My recovery was so much easier and I felt great. Maybe it’s the combination of a short 4.5 hour labor and the natural birth….who knows? But what I do know is that if we have another baby, I will definitely do it this way again!

Winter came to the hospital around noon and we got to spend at little bit of time together as a new family of 4. Winter was in awe of her baby sister. It was absolutely precious to see my two daughters meeting for the first time. They say that when you have more children, your love doesn’t divide—it multiplies. And that is so true. I was amazed at how full my heart was feeling. It’s like I could explode. And that’s just the beginning…

A few photos of that morning Chloe was born:


A few minutes after Chloe was born.


Sweet baby girl looks like her daddy – getting measured for height and weight.


Daddy holding Chloe for the first time.


Big sister, Winter arrived and got to see her baby sister for the first time.


Winter loved Chloe from the first moment!


Holding her…my heart!


Sweet Chloe Rose, just a few hours old and absolutely perfect.


Nerium Age Defying Night Cream Review

I just turned 30. Say what?! So far 30 is a fun age to be and I am a firm believer that my 30’s are likely to be more fulfilling and enjoyable than my 20’s were. Looking forward to seeing that comes my way this decade.

That begin said, I’m 30 and my skin is likely to not be as youthful as it once was. I started using a skincare product recently and I wanted to share my honest thoughts about it and tell you about my experience with it. It’s called Nerium Age Defying Night Cream.

First of all, I think my progress pictures speak for themselves, but since I am NOT a woman of few words, I have much to say. 🙂 As a new mom, my skincare regimen is far from the top of my priority list. Sleep deprivation, exhaustion and mothering two young children/babies is taking a toll. If I’m being honest, it’s an accomplishment for me if I even manage to wash my face at night before bed. If I’m going to use a skincare product, it MUST be easy to use.

Nerium is so easy to use. It took me approximately 30-60 seconds per day. Simple as this: wash my face, and then squirt a few pumps to my hands and apply to my slightly damp face and neck. Simple!

First thing I noticed when I applied the cream was the nice smell…that’s a bonus. It reminds me of fresh bananas. Then I noticed how my skin felt taught, like a little firmer already. Now, it doesn’t matter if a product is easy to use if it doesn’t do anything, right? So let’s get beyond the ease of use factor now.  Over the first few weeks of usage, I really noticed the biggest difference at that time. My skin seemed to glow and looked fresh. My skin has not glowed or looked fresh for a while! So this is a nice change. Nerium has taken my face from tired and dull to energized and fresh! I wear makeup most days, but after having Nerium as part of my skincare regimen, I feel confident in my skin to leave the house sans makeup.

If you are looking to improve your skin and get a fresher appearance, I can say from personal experience that Nerium gives great results. It’s easy to use, smells good, and works great at improving the condition and appearance of your skin.

All of these photos below are 100% makeup free. My skin has tremendously improved in just 45 days of use of Nerium Age Defying Night Cream. You can see a glow that was definitely lacking in my before picture.


Just looking at the comparison of photos, I see big changes. I recommend this product to anyone looking to improve the condition and appearance of their skin!

Quick Review at a Glance for Nerium Age Defying Night Cream:

-Easy to use (only takes me 30-60 seconds per day)

-Smells great (reminds me of fresh bananas)

-Love how Nerium feels on my skin when applied

-Started working quickly and seeing improvement in my skin

-Gives my face a fresher, livelier, more youthful appearance

-Redness and puffiness in my face has drastically improved

-Give me the confidence to leave the house without wearing makeup

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I’m more confident even without makeup these days, here is a picture of me and my sweet baby girl without makeup. Normally I’d NEVER take a picture without makeup on, but after using Nerium, that has changed!


And here’s a current picture WITH makeup….I feel like I look young, fresh and livelier because of Nerium.


If you are interested to try out this product yourself, you can find it here:

Disclaimer: This review was written with my honest thoughts and opinions. I was not compensated, though I did receive this product for free to give an honest review about my experience.

It’s been a while…

Well, I had a baby and then my blogging stopped. Go figure. I don’t think I’ll be able to keep up with regular blogging as I used to, but I do hope to pop in from time to time. Two posts I’m currently working on: 1. Chloe’s birth story, and 2. A skin care product review that I have been testing out. Be looking for those in the near future.

Until then…. Here are a few pictures. Chloe at 6 days old and a Easter family picture. Chloe is 5 months and Winter is almost 2.5.


Chloe Rose, 6 days old


Winter and Chloe on Easter. 2.5 years and 5 months.


Easter family photo.

Welcome Baby Chloe Rose! 10.25.15

FB_IMG_1446025754084Welcoming our sweet daughter, Chloe Rose Lute, born on 10.25.15 at 6:47 am. She is 6 lbs 15 oz, 19.5 inches with brown hair and blue eyes.

My water broke Saturday late night, contractions awoke me at 2:30 am, we arrived to the hospital at 5:00 am and was delivered at 6:47 am. She was born all naturally without any drugs, epidural or other interventions at 6:47 am, less than two hours after arriving at the hospital. What a whirlwind delivery, less than 5 hour labor & delivery! Full birth story to come. For now, we are just enjoying this beautiful daughter and getting to know her. Winter is absolutely wonderful at her new role as big sister.

Love, Katy

Pregnancy Health Goals, Round 2!


5 Pregnancy Health Goals

In the 3rd trimester of my first pregnancy, I decided to get with the program and set some true health goals for myself.  I had 10 goals and I did very well at following them in order to keep my weight gain under control.  I don’t want to wait that long to give myself health goals this time.  It’s TIME to do it NOW.  I hate that I let my cravings get the best of me, and I hate that I use the excuse of being too tired or too busy to squeeze in exercise or even a walk.  It is helpful for me to write down some specific goals to follow, rather than aimlessly make impulse decisions to skip workouts and eat junk.

My goal is to gain approximately 30 pounds this pregnancy.  Last time I got on the scale, I am up 9 pounds.  I know that if I follow some rules I will be able to keep my health in order and feel great about my growing body.  Rather than giving myself 10 guidelines, I’m going to give myself ONLY 5.  I know I can follow 5 things!  Here we go….

strollerwalk1. Walk outside most everyday. Even if it means a quick stroll around the block, it’s healthy for my body and the baby to get moving and get fresh air. Plus it’s good for Winter to get outside too.  It can be alone or with my family, but it needs to happen daily!  This is in addition to formal exercise.


2. Exercise 4-5 days each week. I’m a runner.  I love to stay fit and healthy. Pre-baby (as in pre-first baby), I was religious about 6 days a week of exercise. Since becoming a mom, it’s more realistic for me to aim for 4-5 days a week. Lately I’ve been MAYBE getting 2-3 days a week, so I’d like to up that.  I run on my treadmill (approximately 3 miles) and I’ll alternate that with Jillian Michaels workout DVD (that includes a lot of strength training).  As long as I get about 30 minutes in a day, that’s a great achievement.

water3. Drink at least 4 of my water bottles of water (or 8 16 oz glasses) everyday. This pregnancy I am struggling to stay hydrated since water is a turnoff for me. It makes me feel nauseous at times. My goal is to sip on water all throughout the day rather than force myself to drink a lot at the end of the day to make up for the earlier part of the day.  My body functions so much better when I stay hydrated.

sugar4. Avoid sweets/desserts and limit myself to one treat per week. Sweets are my nemesis! My cravings are INTENSE this pregnancy. Like I can’t have any self control. Once I indulge in sweets, I swiftly go down a slippery slope and binge on too much sugar.  Candy, ice cream, etc!  I feel out of control and gross when I eat a lot of sugar.  I want to avoid it 90% of the time, but not make it 100% off limits.  I will choose 1 thing each week to treat myself with.

fastfood5. Cut out fast foods & overall less healthy food choices. I’ve never been much into fast food but I seem to have taken on a knack for it lately. Not only is it unhealthy, but it also isn’t even “real food” in my opinion!  I don’t need that in my life.  If I want to eat out somewhere, I will choose slightly healthier choices like Chipotle instead of Taco Bell.

If I can successfully maintain reaching these five goals every week throughout the remainder of my pregnancy, I know I will have great results.  I’m excited to be victorious. When I follow these healthy guidelines throughout my pregnancy, I will:

– Feel better about my body

– Keep my weight gain to a healthy range

– Better nourish my growing baby

– Have an easier time losing weight postpartum, and less weight to lose!

– Experience no/less pregnancy complications {within my control}

– Have an smooth/quick postpartum recovery

*DISCLAIMER: As always, these are just my personal thoughts and opinions. I am not a medical professional. Anyone who wants to have a healthy pregnancy that includes diet and exercise should first talk to their doctor or midwife before starting a new program.

Winter’s 18 Month Update


WINTER’S UPDATE: 18 months old

Baby’s Age: 18 months old

Height: 30.5 inches (12th percentile, up from 6th percentile at 15 months)

Weight: 22 pounds, 3.5 ounces (44th percentile)

Diaper Size: Size 3

Clothes & Shoe Size: 18 months and some 24 months, shoe size 3

April 2015 – Winter is 18 months

It has been a while since I’ve posted an update to my blog. Winter is now 18 months and keeps us very busy.  She has such a spunky personality. She’s a huge chatterbox and has no fear of strangers–everyone is her best friend.  She’s growing up–no more bottles, and pacifiers are ONLY used for sleeping. She loves “talking on the phone” all the time.  She is happy 100% of the time unless she is teething, and then she’s a screaming mess. Her hair is getting so long and pretty.  Her main do is pigtails:) She is a cutie and we are in big trouble once boys figure this out.

Milestones: Walking & running, climbing on top of things, climbing ladders, speaking MANY words, helps mommy, has 11 teeth (including 4 molars).

Sleep: Sleeps from 8pm-8am (12 hours) at night.  She takes one midday nap, usually from 12:30-3:30 or 4pm.  She is and always has been a great napper.

Best Moment: So many great moments!  It’s hard to think of something specific.

Worst Moment: Thankfully we’ve had a very good past few months.

Health:  She is growing great and hitting her milestones.  She really has been sick-free all winter long!  The last time she got sick was right after her first birthday.  Besides that, she hasn’t even had a cold.  She does get the occasional low grade teething fever, but I don’t count that as being sick.

Eating:  This girl eats constantly.  We eliminated bottles a few months ago, so now she drinks all her milk in straw or sippie cups.  She loves bread, fruit, milk, green beans, mashed potatoes, tacos, chili, cheese, animal crackers, pouches, peas, applesause, yogurt, etc.  She eats anything.  She’s gotten really good at using a spoon and fork!  She does still throw her sippie cups on the floor to make a statement.

Likes: She loves books & reading.  She loves stuffed animals, especially Mr. Panda and George.  She LOVES when daddy gets home from work–she screams in excitement daily when he walks in the door.  She loves going outside to play.  Loves climbing up the slide and going down by herself.  She likes wagon rides.  Loves animals.  Loves to take showers–she bangs on the door if I take one without her. She loves pushing her babydoll in her toy umbrella stroller.  Loves her “doggy purse” named Daisy.

Favorite words or phrases: Uh-oh, no, Mommy, Daddy, bad dog Koda, cracker.  These are just her favorites.  She talks A LOT and says a lot of words.  I haven’t counted, but I’d guess 30+ words or more.  Her words really boomed at around 15 months.

Dislikes: She hates when it’s time to go inside after playing outdoors. Mommy hates it when she’s teething:(

How Mommy is doing: I’m doing great.  Loving being a mom and proud of Winter.  She’s such a joy in my life.  I ran another half marathon on March 1st and will be running a 9K race on Mother’s Day in a few weeks.  In March, I celebrated my 29th birthday while on our first babyless vacation to Cancun, Mexico.  Eric and I had a great time and Winter enjoyed spending time with Grandpa and Grandma.mommyracewinterpig

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I am terrible about keeping up with blogging these days.  Life as a stay at home mom is the busiest life I’ve ever had!  Time for a few updates before 2014 ends…

Winter turned 1 in October, and there are 2 things that DIDN’T happen that I expected to happen at that one-year milestone: walking and weaning.  Expectations don’t always get met.  Let’s talk about walking first:

WALKING–ehhh, or lack thereof…

The doctor told me that the normal range for a baby to reach the milestone of taking her first steps is between 9 months and 18 months.  That’s quite a range!  That being noted, I notice that most babies typically take their first steps around their first birthday, so I had a big expectation for Winter to walk at age 12 months.  She didn’t.  For a few weeks, I started to feel really down about the fact that she wasn’t walking.  As a mom, I feel nothing but proud of my daughter, but I didn’t like that I was feeling less than proud because she wasn’t “meeting MY expectation” for her.  After a lot of tears and prayer, I finally let it go.  I stopped putting the pressure on her and I.  I didn’t know if she’d walk in 2014 or if it would finally happen in early 2015.  Well, Christmas came early at the Lute house!!  Winter took her first steps on December 18, 2014, exactly one week before Christmas (14 months old)!  It was an exciting and joyous evening as Eric and I watched her walk back and forth between us.  Seeing her joy as we celebrated her achievement was priceless.  Within the next few days, she really picked up on walking quickly.  She is getting more and more confident and within a day or two could walk across the room without any assistance.  14 month walker, just like her momma:)  My first steps were also at age 14 months.




WEANING…ehhh, maybe at 15 months?

My plan from day 1 was always a goal to “breastfeed for one year.”  Never did I fathom that at age 12 months, neither Winter nor I would be ready to wean from breastfeeding!  Here we are, 14.5 months, and she is still happily nursing.  I foresee weaning in our near future as she seems to have a dwindling interest in the past few days.  And I’d be ok with that.{I think!} I will miss breastfeeding and the bond we have shared these past 15 months, but I know that someday there will be a sibling for Winter who will get a turn at the whole breastfeeding thing.  I’m so happy that breastfeeding, which started out as a scary and VERY HARD situation, ended up being a beautiful 15 month journey.  I love breastfeeding…. So glad it turned around from it’s very harsh beginning!image

WINTER…we say goodbye to 2014

Winter is getting to be such a big girl.  She loves kitties, reading books, giggling, and she has the sweetest disposition.  She is spunky and can be a drama queen at times.  We love her and can’t picture what life was ever like without her.  2014 has been a great year, and we are looking forward to many great years ahead!




Winter’s 12 Month Update – HAPPY 1ST BIRTHDAY!



Baby’s Age: 12 months old

Height: 28 inches

Weight: 19 lbs 8 oz

Diaper Size: Size 3

Clothes Size: 12 months

(All as of October 10, 2014)

Here is a look back at the past few months:


Here is Winter in her Bumbo:



October 2014 – Happy first birthday to our sweet Winter!

Happy birthday, sweet girl.  It’s hard to believe that an entire year has passed since the day of your birth.  How have we already known you outside the womb for 12 whole months?  You are a joy to our lives.  Your daddy and I cannot even imagine what life would be like for us had you never been added to this family.  You changed the dynamic of the Lute house.  We used to be a couple, and now we are a FAMILY.

Milestones: *Wants* to learn how to walk, though not quite there yet, rarely crawls anymore, walks everywhere with the help of her push toys or holding onto furniture, learned how to wave using both hands simultaneously (bending her fingers to her palms), helps me get her dressed (pushes her arms through the sleeves, lifts her foot up to put pant leg on, etc), has 4 teeth (two on top and two on bottom).

Sleep: Sleeps from 8pm-8am (12 hours), and takes two daytime naps (approx. 4-5 hours total), typically 9:30/10am-12pm and 2:30-4:30/5pm.  I know that some babies transition from 2 naps to 1 nap after a year, but my goal is to keep pushing for 2 naps until at least 15-18 months.

Best Moment: Seeing how happy she was to eat her first cake!  Also, she got to spend time with her Aunt Melody and Uncle  Andrew when they visited during her birthday.  It was fun seeing them interact.  It’s such a treat to see family.

Worst Moment: Seeing my baby very ill, read more below…

Health:  Winter got VERY sick 3 days after her birthday.  On Monday we noticed she was warm, so we checked for a fever, and we were shocked to discover she was running a 103.5 temperature.  We panicked!  Well, I panicked.  Over the course of the next 4-5 days, she kept spiking up to 103.5 and once to 104.  Motrin, cool baths, lots of breastfeeding and finally antibiotics were her treatments.  It was the antibiotics that finally helped her get better.  That was very scary as a mom, but looking back, I am so grateful that she is ok and healthy now.

Eating:  Because Winter was sick, she was exclusively breastfeeding for several days as she had no appetite for other foods.  After she was done being sick, she wanted to continue nursing 6-7 times per day.  I, as her mom, wanted to get back to our previous amount: 3 times per day.  We did finally get back to that, and now my goal is to get down to 2 times per day.  Aside from her sickness, she loves to EAT!  She has quite the appetite and could constantly put food away.  She loves cheese, yogurt, raisins, baby gold fish, corn, bread, any kind of fruit, chicken, black beans, etc.  She will tolerate vegetables if they are cooked.  She mainly wants to eat whatever WE are eating.

Likes: She laughs when Eric & I kiss, she loves clapping her hands, she loves to pull things out and create huge messes, she loves playing in the kitchen cabinets (Tupperware area), she loves cats, she loves books, she loves pushing her cruising toys around and taking laps around the dining table, she loves Lana – her bedtime (lamb wabbanub) pacifier, she loves getting tickled, she loves to LAUGH a lot—she has her full out belly laugh, her low pitched chuckle, and her fake laugh.  She loves to copy mommy.

Dislikes: Hates diaper changes, getting dressed and lately baths.

How Mommy is doing: Not going to lie, I was very emotional on her first birthday and may have cried on more than 2 occasions on that day.  Something happens to us new moms when we realize that our baby is growing up!  I love Winter so much, but it’s so hard to wrap my head around how quickly this is all going.  I just want it to slow down.  I want to soak in every second of her baby and toddler days.  Time, please slow down….I don’t want my baby to be grown before I know it!



New Look!


It’s time for a new look for babylute2013!  I did an overhaul on the blog page…it’s a fresh new look now that Winter has been born.

Since Winter has now turned 6 weeks old, I am beginning to feel like a “normal” person again.  Whatever that means!  There is a magic behind 6 weeks…  All of the sudden I have renewed energy for things, and one of those is blogging.  I hope to be officially “BACK” to checking my WP reader regularly now.  I also would like to post monthly Winter updates as well as other “mommy” related things.  I am currently working on Winter’s 1 month update (I know, a few weeks overdue!), so look for that soon.

Much love to you all!  I’ve missed being a regular on WordPress, but I’m officially BACK!


Airtraveling at 6 Weeks

{QUICK NOTE: This blog post was cut short, so please refer to the next post for the full entry!}

My apologies because Im typing this on my phone…. so expect many typos and silly autocorrects. As I write, Im sitting at our gate at the Orlando airport, awaiting boarding. Unfortuantly we are on a delay due to bad weather in Denver. Joy… But it gives me time to write about my travel experiences.

1. Babies require a lot of stuff.If i were to do it over again, i would pay to have the luxury of a checked bag. I onlt have two hands, so getting rid of my baggage woyld be ideal.

2. Dont travel alone. I didnt have a choice bevause Eric was already in Florida, so Winter and I came down here to join him. But I think Ill avoid solo air travwl with a baby….

Accept help from anyone you can.3.