the way family

two adventurous newlyweds documenting their simple life together

big sur camping trip

Last weekend, we got to take Forest on his very first camping trip! We went to one of our favorite spots in Big Sur and figured out how camping goes with a baby! We haven’t been camping for a few months and it was so refreshing to be back out in the woods and the mountains! Now, going as a family of three and getting to show Forest the redwood trees and the rocky cliffs and blue blue ocean was so much fun. Everything is more fun with him. Here are some photos from the weekend!Processed with VSCOcam with m4 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with a7 preset  Processed with VSCOcam with a7 preset
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cheers!

han

juicing

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We recently got a juicer and have been really into making allllll the fresh veggie + fruit juices, especially after the holidays and all the candy and chocolate and cake and muffins (you know, the good stuff). we did a bit of a juice cleanse/detox this past week and I thought I’d share a few of our favorites (each recipe makes two servings)(also I made up the titles, whatever)!

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If you’re like me, you probably need a sweeter juice in order to drink a whole glass of it–I’m not really into drinking vegetables, if it tastes like vegetables. So I call this first one “The most simple and delicious juice, that still is mostly a vegetable juice” (two servings)

8 carrots

5 oranges (remove rinds, leave the white stuff)

5 handfuls of spinach

3 stalks of kale

small piece of ginger

This Salsa juice (which is basically all vegetables) is actually realllllly good when you’ve been drinking sweet juices all day and need something on the savory side!

seven tomatoes (I used Roma tomatoes)

four carrots

two red peppers (with seeds)

one jalapeño (remove seeds, I repeat, REMOVE SEEDS)

two cloves garlic

one small handful of basil

This Super Refreshing juice is my favorite–perfect for the afternoon, right when I’d start craving ice cream or cookies or something!

two cucumbers

one pineapple

10-12 mint leaves

(can be made even healthier by adding a couple handfuls of spinach or stalks of kale!)

I liked having this one in the morning right when I woke up. I don’t know if it actually gave me any energy but it is called Energy-licious nonetheless.

one red pepper

five handfuls of spinach

three pears

one cucumber

small piece of ginger

This one’s called Sassy + Classy–sassy because of the lime and mint, classy because its got nice stuff like apples and cucumbers. perfect for anytime, all the time.

six apples

5 handfuls of spinach

one cucumber

one lime (can leave the rinds on)

10-12 mint leaves

try em out and let me know what you think!! happy juicing!

the boys

sometimes, I go somewhere and come back to find these two making heart-melting music videos. I am the luckiest lady in the land.

a few of my favorite things (new mama edition)

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Here is my version of a “helpful items for a new mama” list–I know there are probably a lot more things that could be added but these are my personal faves, things I probably couldn’t live without, especially these first two months!

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1. The Wubbanubb is the greatest invention with the weirdest name. the little giraffe on the end helps the pacifier stay in baby’s mouth when laying down or in the car seat and it’s been so so helpful for getting Forest to sleep!

2. Another great baby sleep-aid is the Cloud b Sleep Sheep. We use it every night but I don’t think we would’ve gotten any sleep the first few weeks if it weren’t for this thing!

3. Motherlove Nipple Cream is an all-natural cream and is so smooth and soft–perfect for those first few weeks of breastfeeding!

4. Burts Bees Baby shampoo & wash is our favorite baby wash–all-natural and makes Forest smell so nice! We also have the baby lotion and love it as well!

5. We have two of these Klean Kanteen stainless steel baby bottles and absolutely love them! They can be used for breastmilk or formula, and are light and sturdy and can be washed in the dishwasher! They are also very easy to heat up just by running  under hot water.

6. These plain Gerber onesies are just the best. I wish someone had told me not to spend any money on any nice newborn outfits because, realistically, newborns don’t wear any outfit for very long (on account of pee and poo and spit-up). So these plain old onesies are simple and easy, and perfect for a newborn (also cheap!).

7. I use Zabana Essentials dry shampoo probably every day. I have barely any time to shower these days (not like I really showered before) so this dry shampoo powder keeps my hair super fresh (and also smells so great–lavender citrus mint?! )

8. If you plan on breastfeeding, I highly recommend getting a pump (it should be covered by your insurance)! I have this Medela Pump and really love the portable aspect of it–its all stored in a tote (there is also a backpack option) and has a mini insulated cooler bag and ice pack for when you’re on the go!

9. Gerber 3-ply Burp Cloths–buy like five packs of these things!!!

10. The Puj baby bath fits right in your bathroom or kitchen sink and is nice and soft for baby to sit in! We love the simplicity of this baby bath and highly recommend it.

11/12. Now for baby carriers!!! Both of these carriers are so so awesome and if you splurge on only one thing before your baby comes, have it be a baby carrier! The ability to cuddle your babe while still going about your regular life things is so wonderful. The Ergo Baby carrier is so easy to put on–we like using it for walks or hikes or errands, etc. (There is also an infant insert you can buy separately so you can use it right after baby is born!) The Solly Baby wrap is a super soft stretchy wrap that I use constantly around the house! Forest is so nice and cozy in there and he usually just falls right asleep, and I can get things done around the house! Plus they come in a lot of rad colors.

13. You cannot have enough of this Honest Co. hand sanitizer spray!! I mean it! We have one by the changing table, one in the diaper bag, one for the car, one for my purse, one for by our bed–these things are awesome. The Honest Company is all about using all-natural ingredients in their products (which I love) rather than chemicals. The spray sanitizer is so easy to use, is safe for baby, and has a fresh scent!

14. I don’t know if you’ve gotten on the Coconut Oil train yet but if you haven’t, you should. I use this stuff for everything–cooking, makeup remover, face wash, diaper cream, lotion, etc. It’s safe and natural and multi-purpose and you should get some!! (I linked to one on amazon but I always just get the stuff from Trader Joe’s!)

15. Gripe Water is a mixture of fennel and ginger extracts and helps with baby’s tummy problems and gas bubbles and hiccups! (It is like magic water and takes away hiccups instantly, for real)

16. Having something fun to keep Forest occupied has been so so nice. We got him this Land of Nod baby gym for Christmas and he absolutely loves staring up at the animals and batting them around (he also smiles at them and its adorable)! Its really versatile because there are no connected hang down things–you can get the hanging rattles separately from Land of Nod or from somewhere else completely! This way you can change em out as baby grows or gets tired of them. (Land of Nod has a ton of great quality bedding and wooden toys also!)

(Not pictured: Fiber One bars [you’ll understand why, believe me], Vitamin Water, zip-up baby pajamas like these or these [way better than buttons or snaps at 3 am], a Diaper Genie, and a bouncer chair [Forest uses his as a bed], preferably an automatic bouncer like this one).

hope this is helpful for some of you!

happy new year!!

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love, forest crusoe (aka the most expressive baby ever)

one whole month

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month ago from this very minute, we were driving to the birth center and I was having the hardest contractions, after a night full of em. and a little over an hour later, our boy was born. this month has gone by too fast and this tiny human has brought us so much joy—and now, he is sleepin on my chest, with his head snuggled into my neck. gosh I love him so much.

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this kid is giving me a run for my money today.

being a mama is hard, in the best way. and I knew it would be-everyone told me it would–I just didn’t know the type of hard. there’s no way anyone could know what it’s like until they’re in it (like a lot of things in life).

he cries, a lot–and there are usually only a few things it could be: hungry, tired, bored, cold, hot, needs a new diaper. but a lot of the time, he cries even though all of those things are taken care of. I try reasoning with him, asking him what on earth could possibly be wrong. I order him to be quiet, using his middle name even (I mean business). but he still cries, and this gets really overwhelming for a mama. Zach works full-time (usually more than full-time) starting at 8 am everyday so I am on night duty–on average, I get probably 5 hours of sleep a night. I rarely eat before 1 pm. I go days (more days than before baby) without showering and only get dressed if we need to go somewhere (but have no time for makeup!!!). I went from having a full-time job and doing whatever I wanted, whenever, to staying at home all day, alone with a newborn baby (who needs me literally every singly minute of the day,) and with no adult human interactions. Nursing has been pretty difficult–and I mean blisters-on-the-nips (at first) difficult. I don’t know if I have ever felt more inadequate than in the first two weeks of trying to breastfeed my baby. The emotions and hormones alone are a whole different challenge, one that affects every single thing I do–and I am reminded of this as I wipe my tears of frustration on a dirty burp cloth (true story).

But we are learning every single day. We are getting to know each other a little more and getting a little better with every passing hour. I have realized (over and over) my incredible selfishness and am learning to daily (hourly/minutely?) pray for patience and the ability to love and serve this tiny human. I am constantly reminded of the incredible gift Forest is, every time he snuggles his head into my neck or looks up at me with those big eyes or falls asleep on my chest or when I catch a whiff of his perfect baby smell. I am learning how frustrating it must be for God when we think we know what’s best for ourselves, when clearly, he is the one who knows and is taking care of it all. I am getting the tiniest glimpse of the love the Father has for us, through the fierce love I have for this little kid. so that’s why I say that being a mama is hard, in the best way. It is the greatest difficult thing I’ve ever done and we are taking it one day at a time.

xoxo

Han

our little family

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our good friend, Titus, took these family photos of us!! check him out at titushaug.com .

the birth story

Processed with VSCOcam with b2 presetit is crazy to me that we have a son and he is here, on the outside, and that he was born just about three weeks ago. our family is three now, and we have this perfect tiny squishy little baby boy to endlessly kiss and cuddle–it is still so surreal to me! anyways, I have put this off for awhile, just because there are so many details I don’t want to leave out, but here is forest’s birth story.

it was a Monday night, November the tenth–the night of our babe’s due date!–and I was crying, feeling huge and sad and uncomfortable and so discouraged that I hadn’t been having any contractions and that it would probably be a long time before we got to meet our boy. Zach and I got ready for bed and he comforted me, saying that Forest would come when he was good and ready and that it would be the perfect time! We agreed that we would plan on him being at least a week late (since that is usually how first pregnancies go), and we prayed for our hearts and for Forest and for the labor and birth and such, whenever it would be, and we went to bed. At about midnight, I woke up with a strange feeling and I thought my water had broken (I will just say this: I know I didn’t pee my pants but it didn’t seem like enough for it to have been my actual water breaking!). I started having contractions very shortly after that, about fifteen minutes apart (I was keeping track of the timing on my phone), so I walked around our little house and sat on the exercise ball to breathe through them. I told Zach to get some sleep, since it was probably going to be quite a long day. The contractions were slowly getting more intense and closer together, so when they got down to being seven minutes apart, I hopped in the shower to relax a little bit. After the shower, things started to get reallllly intense and contractions were close to five minutes apart (which is when some people say to go to the hospital). We called our backup doula, Barb, around 6 am (our original doula, our good friend Morgan, had called the night before to say she had gotten real sick but would be good to go by the next morning and I had told her that it would definitely not be happening that night but it did! So she had set up a backup for us, just in case.) and she came over about an hour later. By this time, I was feeling very tired and weak and the contractions were so hard! Zach was running around the house getting things ready but did such a great job coaching me through each one, holding my hand and reminding me to breathe deeply through each one. It really is such a mental thing! The pain is obviously really intense but I could definitely notice a difference from when I was mentally on top of it and breathing through the peak of the contraction, compared to when I let myself get scared and physically almost collapse from the pain. Anyways, once Barb got there, we were almost down to three and a half minutes between contractions and the birth center is close to 45 minutes away from our house, so at around 8 am, we got in the car to drive up to SLO. I barely remember the drive other than it being the worst car ride of my entire life. Having to sit still, in a car, in a seat belt, through what was probably the worst of my contractions was so hard! But we made it to the birth center,  sat in the car for about twenty minutes while I breathed through some more contractions, sat on a bench out front while I had another one, sat in the waiting room and had another one, and then very slowwllllyyyy walked to our room, having about two more on the way there. When our midwife, Helen, arrived and checked me, I was dilated to 9 cm (Praise the Lord) and my bag of waters (amniotic sac, ew) was literally hanging out of me! One thing I remember was Helen saying, “WOW that’s amazing! Can we get a photo of that?” (Also, I don’t remember this but Zach says I told Helen she was my most favorite midwife and that I was so glad she was helping us deliver Forest? I also yelled at her and the nurse and told them they were lying to me and I didn’t believe them and then two seconds later, apologized for being sassy! they loved my sass :) Anyways, when I stood up to move to our room, my water broke everywhere and I almost collapsed from the contraction that followed. Also they had to put an oxygen mask on me cause I started hyperventilating and my hands and feet got all tingly and weird! Basically, right after that, I started pushing (which was far easier than just sitting through the contractions, in my opinion!), with Zach holding my hand and pep-talking me right in my ear (he was the greatest partner and coach anyone could ever ask for!), and less than an hour later, at 10:24 am, baby Forest was born and we were cuddling! It was, by far, the hardest thing I’ve ever done, physically and mentally, but the second he was born and cryin on my chest, I had forgotten allll about the pain. Helen was stitching me up down there (I had a little bit of a tear in my perineum) and I couldn’t even feel it cause I was snuggling with a brand new baby! and now, that same tiny baby is a bit bigger and is almost three weeks old and is sleeping on my chest and melting my heart!

the first two weeks

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lots of snuggles and diapers and sleepless nights tears and learning and memorizing every detail of this precious baby’s face. we are loving every minute of this tiny person’s existence.