Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Easton at 7 months

He's a fast crawler! Follows the family wherever we go. He started super legit crying right after 6 months, he's the best.

Pulls himself up to standing position.

LOVES mom, to the point of hardcore mama's boy and cries when I give him to other people at first or if someone else is holding him and he sees me: tears. Ha, man that baby!

He's a big eater. Seriously eats so much! Nurses, sometimes takes more bottle, and then baby food and lots of snacking in between. He's such a darling baby!

HIs giggles can get out of control with Max and it's so darling. he loves giving a attention to his brothers when they're interested in him.

He definitely loves swimming. We just brought him in my mom's pool this week and he's ALL for it. Granted it's nice and comfortably temperatures water but he loves spashing and being in it always trying to crawl out of the house if people are in there swimming.

One time when he was really upset while being watched by Logan, he found my nursing cover and that comforted him, ha. Sweet/silly boy.

Great sleeper taking 2-3 naps a day and wakes up once at night, I really need to kick that habit.

Learning how to give kisses.

I'm still so overly obsessed with my cute little baby.😍

Thursday, June 22, 2017

An update on the Cutler crew. (Easton 6 months)

Maxson is super adorbs. He is 4 1/2. An awesome helper with Easton, always making Easton laugh, soothing him when he cries, carrying him places when he feels Easton is begin forgotten (up the stairs, cue head shake). He's always telling Easton he's such a cute baby and playing with him, I love their interaction. He loves the game memory, definitely his favorite right now, and he legitimately beats me like every time. He's been bomb.com at swimming recently. All the month of May we practiced swimming with the boys at the rec center and then in June swim lessons started. What a dramatic improvement. He can get from point A to B to problem swimming under water. He needs to work on bigger arms and to keep kicking his legs while he tries to take a breath! He pretty much refused and still does refuse to do any back exercises with me but will do them just fantastically for his teachers. He's all things sports and fun and courage. Soccer was his jam and he absolutely rocked it. Top scorer on his team and never stopped running after the ball and being aggressive. He has a "writing" book I got him (Preschool workbook that's nearly 400 pages, awesome!) and he loves to do it. His word articulation is improving. He is willing to practice a little more with me and not get so intensely frustrated and I'm proud of him. His biggest stumbling blocks are th, l, s, and r. R is the only one he kind of truly can't say well yet, the other sounds he can do when he slows the word down and thinks about it, he just doesn't when talking normally ha. He never takes naps anymore, just a movie in the afternoon. He's a very goal and end result oriented little boy. The follow through on doing something you told him is very important. He loves picture lists and marking everything off and going through all the steps. He loves to look at the calendar to see what day it is and what is coming up in our events. He can be so tenderhearted to his brothers at times. He has an innate protective personality and is so very friendly with the twins, playing with them, teaching them, being "on their team", it's really sweet to watch them. I love him to death and tell him all the time how much I love him and how proud I am of him, because I really really am.

Bryson is hilarious. I feel like he is the one who starts the giggle fests with his brothers and can start the other 2 laughing in an instant. His peeing his pants plague is finally coming to a close I think. He went through a good month long or more phase of just continual peeing his pants when we were at home but is finally getting over it. Mark my words, Bryson is going to be my ultra mole-y child. Like Scott status I bet. He was born with the one just under his right eye and now at 2 1/2 years old has at least 5 I have noticed, poor thing. Bryson especially often comes and squeezes in the rocking chair with me while I nurse Easton. Bryson is the child who sleeps in the longest by 10-30 min. It's interesting, they're all in the same room but they don't wake each other up when they wake up. When Bryson gets super excited he jumps up and down on two feet like teenage girls do at boy band concerts, he has so much excitement for life at times.

Quinn is obsessed with milk. Like super obsessed and gets super mad if you try putting it in a cup. I know there are worse things but I'm still not a fan of it. Quinn is awesome at his strider bike. He cruises on that thing like no ones business. He has declared the pink one to be his. I would say Quinn is more of the emotional one of the two. He probably gets put in time out more for excessive crying, ha. He does this funny thing where he sticks out his bottom jaw, elongates his face as much as possible and with a frowny face talks to you, so funny. Quinn has this darling way of questioning new things, his nose and eyes get all scrunchy as he asks all these questions so unsure of it all, so so cute. Quinn especially loves to tell people "I'm not happy with you!" when he's mad about something or someone. It's adorable. That's what I say to them when I'm super upset so it's cute that he uses it too and I know he means it when he says it but things he says it about is just funny and cute and small.

Together the twins are in the WHY phase. Like I hear why probably close to 1000 times a day, I really think I'm serious. You can count on them saying why over a certain subject at least 4 times until they are satisfied. They are both obsessed with their "nuh-nights", they're stuffed animals they go to bed with. They are obsessed with shoes, and all my friends know it. They makes a mess of Casey and my shoes all day everyday, so stinking annoying but adorable too. Grammy's house, friends house, anytime they can get their hands on adult shoes to wear they're stoked. I should take them each individually to a shoe store, ha. They are definitely clingy. Not fans of new places for sure and cling to my legs and beg and cry for me if i try to leave them. Still continually want me to hold them asking me to sit on the couch. They both maul Easton at various points in the day, they just love him but try to put their arm around him while he's on his tummy on the ground, ha. We're working on colors with them both and they're finally getting it consistently! So proud of them!

Easton is just the sweetest angel baby. Of course he cries and gets upset at times when he's more hungry than what i gave him or bored or tired but so often I'll be in the kitchen and after 20 minutes think "where's the baby!" no big deal, just scooting his way around watching everyone happy as can be. He finds so much entertainment in hose big brothers. When they're not around he does a lot more squawking for attention, ha. At 6 months old he can get from A to B just about whenever he wants. Just stick his bum in the air, pulls his feet up and then pushes off them. He's so darn adorable. Eating more solids food whenever I have time to remember. Loves chomping on veggies straws. Loves his pinkie, is a pretty great sleeper, 3-4 naps a day depending if he's in his car seat or not being lugged around all day, ha. Pretty great sleeper at night, often sleeps from 8-5, nurses once more and then goes back to sleep for an hour to hour and a half. We've had him cry it out a few times to get past the midnight and 3 am feeding. He never just did it naturally so much so sometime after 5months we did and am so happy that we did. Is always super happy and adorable in the mornings; batting at our faces, making all sorts of adorable sounds, and just being overall the best thing to wake up to. Everyone loves Easton oh so much! He's also super obsessed with me. I personally would say he gets the biggest smiles for me when someone else is holding him and he finally gets eye contact with me, ha.

20 lb 90 something %ile
28 in 90 something %ile

Casey is doing great at work, continually improving and enjoying what he does. I love when he comes home with stories of the day. He's such a hard worked for our family, I admire him so much. He so very diligent at getting things done right away. A return in the mail? Boom he's at UPS. Insurance stuff? Boom he calls that second. Something on the house or cars or toys needs fixing. Boom it's done. Just today, he came home at lunch and mowed the lawn in his work clothes because it needed to be done, ha. I love spending time with him. Sometimes I still can't believe he's mine! And that my best friends says I'm his best friend too! Sounds corny, but it's the simplicity of knowing each other is the top human in their life, ha. He has softball once a week which he loves. Playing with a rough crowd of Wyoming high school friends but he does fabulous. He serves in the Elders quorum presidency and is so diligent at always going to everything he 's needed to be at. He always keeps our supply of night time cereal stocked and will always share the crappy but delicious foo the buys with me and never complains that I don't buy them for him, I just eat his stash. He's so loyal and helpful to his family members, I love it.

As for myself. The children and house seem to be my life and what consumes me all day everyday. The house is always a disaster and I feel like I'm always telling the kids "ok, let's clean up!" but it just get so messy so fast! I love making new and delicious dinners for the family but summer has consumed me with having fun outside and going places so that's kind of been put on the back burner. I try to take the kids to as many fun things I can in the summer as possible. Because our summers are short lived you've gotta go crazy when they come! Lakes, splash pads, pools, slip n slides, parks with friends, walks, it's a go go go kind of summer life! I've always wanted to be a "fun young mom" one with energy to play with their kids and be apart of the fun. So when we got to the lake I get in and play games (not as much as Casey, but I'm still like the only mom out there!), the slip n slide, I'm practically the only mom going down, ha, but I also have to be apart of all this fun stuff or my timid twins wouldn't do it at all. My children bring me so much joy, I LOVE their cuddles, I love the quiet moments I get with each of them. I love when I have the patience to be patient and explain them about life and disappointments and the earth around them and relationships and education I love watching them learn! I love being a mom. It's tough work but an overall awesome gig with the cutest kids ever. Beyond motherhood I've made some awesome friends here in Rock Springs, ones I can really connect with and relate to and get advice from. We're constantly texting to go do stuff together and date nights, it's nice to have your group. And I also organized a salad swap with friends. There's a total of 10 of us and it's the best ever. I get a fresh salad everyday for lunch from a friend but just make 10 for my friends on Monday and deliver them! I actually make an additional 5 to get extra salads for Casey too, ha.

I love this life of mine, these kids, that husband. It's far from perfect but it's wonderful and beautiful. There are times when we stand in a circle put our hands in and yell "1, 2, 3, go Cutlers!" it's a great time of life.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

The start of swim lessons

We've put our kids in their first official swim lessons. BOOM. Max 4 1/2, twins 2 1/2 (i keep kind of telling the twins they're 3 because you're supposed to be 3 for swim lessons, sue me/guilty wide eyes look). They're all in the same class for 30 minutes.

For the past month we get a pass to the rec center and took the kids swimming twice a week to get them acclimated to the water and having fun with us. Max was hesitant at first with us but by the end of the 4 weeks, was swimming on his own for like 10 seconds under the water with arms, kicking, and taking breaths, he's a rock star. The dumb rec center made us keep floaties on the twins at all times because they're stupid like that (some dumb rule about non swimmers out numbering adults, that was only the first of our complaints). They were a little slower to feel totally free in the water, especially without their floaties, not fans of putting their faces in the water but still had lots of fun kicking splashing and jumping in.

So come the first day of swim lessons, we'd been talking to them about it for weeks, everyone is very excited. Everyone gets in the pool and is super happy and excited. The twins are yelling "hi mommy and daddy!" proud to be showing off they're in swim lessons and then after about 7 minutes, THE TEARS. Mommy and daddy is all they wanted. They wanted out NOW. Bryson had to pee now (never peed) came back and then he had to poop no (never ended up pooping either) tears and more tears from the twins. Quinn stopped crying after about 10 minutes when he was doing an excercies with the teacher and realized he CAN blow bubbles and get the ring in the water! A big smile came across his face and he totally changed and was happy to do all the drills with her! But then they got out of the pool and it was back to tears when they had to jump to the teacher. So overall I'd say the twins cried for about 20 of the 30 minutes, ha. I was definitely doubting my putting them in swim lessons earlier than the age requirement, ugh, but I also know that this is often what happens with first time swim lessons,

And then there's Max, just a total rock star. Doing everything they ask so happy, big smiles, looking for us to wave to all the time. He's also 2 years older than the twins, ha, but he just did so so good.

So at home we give them skittles for how well they did: Max 8 (I just chose a larger random number) and then with the twins I enumerated all the things they DID do during swim lessons. They reassured me that next time they weren't going to cry and they loved swim lessons.



FAST FORWARD to the next swim lesson. Lots of talking before hand prepping them with teachers names, how fun it will be, how brave they will be, and how awesome it will all be, and that if no one cries we get ICE CREAM. Swim lessons come and BOOM all 3 are rockstars! No tears! No whining for mom and dad. Eager for their turns. Willing to do more in the lessons than they have for mom and dad. I was just so intensely proud of them all! They cheered each other on, they were just so awesome! Each time the teacher would take them for their part Casey and I would watch with excitement and see how awesome they did when asked to do each drill, so amazed at the difference from the last lesson!

At the end they went to jump off the diving board. Max got up no problem and just jumped! Quinn go up with excitement and slowly walked forward, half way forward realizing "um, actually not so sure about this" but then the lifeguard helped him forward and gently put him in the pool he did it! And then Bryson, again eager as the others, walked forward and halfway across the diving board was like "uh uh, I am NOT doing this! And you could see his little legs trembling and the fear fully overcome him, ha. He turned around and they let him jump off the edge, he was very proud of himself and so was I:)

Once swimming lessons got over we had a Cutler huddle to tell them how awesome they did and they were quick to remind me "they get ice cream!!!!!!" So ice cream we went! (actually we did stop at Cafe rio since no one had eaten dinner yet, ha) But they were so excited for their ice cream and were all so cute eating it.

Man I love these kids of mine!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Easton at 5 months

Easton at 5 months

-Definitely the earliest boy to sit! Right before 5 months he was like "mom, I got this".
-He loves mama. love love loves.
-We started some table foods right around 5m months with him, he's just so eager to eat! Always lunging forward at cups, plates, bowls, and spoons, so I just did it!
-Set up a crib in his own room, sleeps much better for naps. Had him cry a little more in the night since he was waking up every 3 hours or less! Got him through shaking off that first night time feeding, I need to just push through and get him completely off the next feeding too. It really does only take a couple nights, white noise in our room so we don't hear him and we can do anything!
-Everything in his mouth these days, really is loving the baby toys lately
-Loves the exersaucer, he can't get enough of it playing with all those toys
-He really loves Max, gets big big smiles when Max plays with him. The twins, a little less. He tenses up when they try to squeeze and hug and love him because they're just so rough!
-He's doing a new happy yell scream to just talk and make noise, it's adorable.
-Still taking him on all our dates because of nursing
-Rolling everywhere
-Hardcore inching forward with his little legs and bum in the air. When he wants something he goes after it!
-Staying asleep in his carseat when transferring him from the car to the house has decreased to an intensely low success level. If I can, I'll leave him in the car while we keep doing our thing (like leave him in the car with the door open while we play in the front yard or work in the garage right around him, also we live in Wyoming where it's gorgeous weather right now.)
-He sleeps like 10-6ish. He definitely has room to elongate his night time sleep, but 4th kid, we're not fighting it

Sunday, April 30, 2017

4 months of Baby Easton


Man, we love this baby so much!

We like to call him easy Easton because so much of the time he is so darling and easy! Fast facts because let's face it, less time these days with 4 days!!!!

-Loves watching his brothers, they are the best entertainment for him. They love him so much, they're constantly helping Easton have toys, giving him kisses, trying to bring him to me, telling me when he's crying, they just adore him I love it. And Easton adores him!

-Max loves making Easton smile and Max gets totally different types of laughs and smiles from him, I love it.

-Easton is ALWAYS looking for me. It's darling how obsessed he is with me and hilarious. I like when my kids are obsessed with me in a cute way but not a whiney way, ha

-He's rolling back to tummy, loves his exersaucer

-A terrible sleeper from 3-7, oh man that boy! He just wants to eat every hour and stay by my side or be awake and be entertained.

-Like probably all babies, he just loves to fall asleep in your arms, he's just so dang adorable.

-he gets so offended when he's staring after me in hopes eating after a nap and i don't come to him right away, actually really cute, ha, but super offended

-he comes on all our date nights, he's our permanent 3rd wheel right now, ha. But he's so great to have around, just cuddly and sweet!

-I just can't get enough of him and want to eat him all the time

-he hangs out in his bumbo and exersaucer a ton and loves laying on the ground reaching for the sesame street hanging toy

-he's constantly putting his fist in his mouth, sometimes I'm just sure it's all the way in his mouth!

-great at taking a binkie and a bottle when he's not quite full off of breastmilk. Bless that wonderful baby!

-He's so ticklish and I love it

-at his 4 month appointment he weighed 16 lb 9 oz (77%ile), my largest 4 month old child so far! And 26.25 in (89%ile)

It really is at this point I wish he would stay a baby forever!

Pictures to come when I upload them :)

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Haggered mama

This is what you look like after 2 full days of mothering 4 kids 4 and under with no adult interaction. Literally had no clue what I looked like until after I put them to bed!

Monday, January 9, 2017

my 5 guys // Easton's newborn photos

Last night I went to bed after the rest of the crew. Snow softly falling outside, piling up everywhere it could reach. A foot plus with no sign of stopping.

The house was completely dark and quiet and peaceful.

I was just sitting in bed nursing my sweet new baby.

How I love this new sweet baby so much. I fall head over heels with my babies and I forget every time. They are absolute heaven. I want to hold and cuddle and kiss him all day long. How I long to hold him again after putting them down to go to work on the house. It has been incredibly non stressful with baby number 4, I know what I'm doing and have an idea what to expect of various aspects so this time I can just purely enjoy this sweet bundle of joy, because that's truly what he is. He has brought so much love into our family these past few weeks. There were so many times I completely broke down with gargantuan tears the weeks and months before his birth questioning Heavenly Father how I could possibly handle another child when I'm barely keeping the 3 I have and myself alive through the day, why was He sending another?! And now I can see we were missing a piece of love and patience and bonding in our puzzle and Easton has brought that piece to all the members of our family. I love love love this little baby Easton like crazy.



Knowing my husband lay right next to me, happily asleep. He works so hard for our family. Stresses over keeping our family safe, well, cared for. SO often thinking of us before himself. He's a shining example of selfless so much of the time and has no clue. I just cry when I think about how lucky I am to have him. That he chose me. That my favorite person in this whole world also thinks I'm his favorite person. I don't know what I would do without him. He's my rock and my world.




Just across the hall lay my 3 sweet sleeping boys. Max and my other babies. We still call the the twins the babies, we just can't quite quit the habit. Those twins of mine make me want to cry in frustration and cry of sheer joy and love and cuteness at so many moment of the day. They are at such a tender age, so innocent, so loving, so mischievous. They bring me so much joy, I can't believe we have survived twins this far. They have been so hard at times and so much fun. They love me like I am their whole world. They have been so sweet to our new baby, they are such good boys, I hope I can be a good mom for them.



And then sweet Max in his own room next to theirs. He's such a good big brother. He's been so good to the twins, they play together, he guides them, helps them, looks out for them (and hits pushes them way too much). He can be so sensitive to the feelings of others (and so completely oblivious at times). He constantly is wanting to hold and love Easton, looking out for him when he cries, talking to him, telling me he wants to hold his "choot baby." I hope I am giving him my adequate time and attention to help him learn and grow. I can't believe how fast he's growing, slipping away from my nest with the slow pull of school beginning. He brings me so much joy, he is my first baby after all and will forever be my baby.



I have been so blessed with the most wonderful family. They are not perfect, like, at all, but, they are perfect for me. Shaping me into the woman I need to be more. Helping me forget about myself to serve others, serve like all the day long, ha, but I love them and would do anything for these 5 boys. They are my world, and to the 4 little boys Casey and myself are their world. I want to be kinder, more loving, more patient, more intentional. I want to be my best for them and savor up these days when they are completely mine with little to no outside distractions.





Sunday, January 1, 2017

The birth of baby Easton

I was quite eager to get our new baby boy in this world! Not because it was a terrible pregnancy but just excited for another little baby. With a due date of Dec 20, I was perfectly ok with being induced early to help his birthday be a little further away from Christmas and to plan for Casey and time off work. Dec 16 was the day that happened to work for us and my doctor. I was 39 weeks 3 days.

Night before snuggles. Lots of "hold you's from these two. They had no clue what was going on but on the other hand they were overly clingy that night, ha.

The morning of the 16th, Casey's mom met us at our house to watch the kids. I was so thankful I got a really good night's sleep that night knowing, "hello tired hours/days/weeks/months coming up!" We left around 6:45, Casey needed to stop at McDonald's for his hearty breakfast to get him through his exhausting day 😏. We arrived at the hospital around 7, did I mention how icy it was outside? So much ice! The car was sliding everywhere and even we doubled on some of our steps due to slipping a little on the ice. But we made it into the hospital safe and timely.

I actually love being induced, you can be totally ready with your belongings, household, child care, mental status, it's a fun, calm, exciting experience! Because my other 2 pregnancies have been inductions due to high blood pressure and they turned out just fine, I knew this electively induced delivery would go just fine too. I'd been having tons of good contractions in the previous weeks and days and knew my body would be ready for it.

We did paperwork, got the IV in (only 1 poke! and it was technically in my arm, but super close by my wrist, not as bad as it being in my hand but seriously no complaints, first try and she got it not in my hand, bless that nurse. If you remember from the twins birth they had the hardest time getting it anywhere and end up in my right hand, made life not enjoyable). We met our nurse, Amelia, who we were so lucky to have, she was my delivery nurse the whole day and postpartum nurse the next 2 days, it was so great having the same gal who knew me and everything that was going on, that is definitely a pro to a small town hospital. She asked about my birth plan and I pulled out my typed and laminated paper which read:

EPIDURAL
We were quick friends after that.

Around 8:15 my doctor, Dr Kattan, came in to break my water. Now that is not the normal series of events. Usually they start pitocin and then break the water awhile later. I asked him if we could break the water first to see if my body went anywhere by itself, I was just curious knowing I'd been showing a lot of signs before. It was funny, Dr Kattan came in all negative Nancy like doubting telling me all the worst case scenarios blah blah blah and all I could do was laugh at him a little and roll my eyes with the nurse. I'd knew it'd be fine so we all just ignored his pessimism. Don't get me wrong super nice guy and he was a great doctor for me, but come on, ha!

After my water broke I had to stay in bed to monitor baby's heart rate for awhile so during this time Casey and I did some name searching and talking back and forth since we still hadn't decided on a name and we started watching Friends, it's now become tradition watching Friends at the hospital. I think it's a funny show with laughter that's good relief but you can also stop paying attention to it and not miss anything. After almost 2 hours time, about 1 hour of actual moving on the birthing ball or walking around and having decent contractions while walking around I was still where I had started off that day, dilated to 3 effaced to 50%, so pitocin we went which I was a-ok with with.

I think around 11 they got pitocin going, by 1 they were hard enough often enough where I knew I'd like my epidural knowing it may take time to come to me. Unfortunately it did take an hour for the Dr to get to me, and unfortunately the nurse turned down the pitocin so my contractions lessened in intensity and got further apart which, for me, makes the epidural harder to get. I say that because I'd personally like my contractions to be hard enough and difficult enough in which it makes getting the epidural a breeze in comparison so because that was not the case it made the epidural seem terribly painful, ha. And getting the epidural in did take longer than I'd had in the past. I don't know what it all was but it wasn't quick and easy. BUT it worked perfectly and beautifully once it was in and set up and there were no complications with it afterwards except a sore back so I really can't complain too much!

By 2:15 the epidural began working and I then got immediately sleepy, and maybe dizzy but I couldn't pin point it to that word necessarily and then I told her I could potentially throw up soon, well that darn blood pressure of mine suddenly lowered A TON, thus all those weird feelings. The nurse laid my bed back a little, and my blood pressure went back to normal right before they were about to give me some medicine to make it go back up. I guess it's sometimes normal for blood pressure to suddenly  lower after an epidural, I'm glad they quickly knew what to do to attend to my needs and I'm also really glad I can give birth to a baby without feeling a ton of pain, ha.

Soon after my epidural she checked me to say I was only at a 4, and I was like for real?! After almost 3 hours on pitocin and only dilated to a 4!? This better not take all day, I was hoping for a baby 2 hours ago! So I was a tiny bit deflated where things were going. I knew it would still be fine I just wanted to hold my little baby already, I was not planning on this laboring process being long for baby number 4! So I went ahead and went to sleep to pass the time, ha.

I woke up around 4, the nurse checked me at 4:30 and I was a 6 so that made me happy but still thinking man I must have like 3+ hours left at this slow rate I'm going. At 5:10 she checked again and I was a 9, yay! Very soon after that I told her I was feeling a lot of pressure down there knowing that was the sign that I'm ready! So she began getting everything ready, I also mentioned I'm ok with waiting for baby to keep dropping by himself before I begin pushing because the last thing I wanted was a long pushing process, been there done that (with Max) and NOOOOOOO thank you. At 5:30 she checked me told me to do a little practice push with the next contraction, as I did so she quickly said "Oh no, stop, don't do that again until the Dr gets here" ha, so yay another great sign! Dr Kattan came in quickly after that got his gloves and coat thing on and first thing he said "Oh wow, that's his head right there." He directed me to do a little push to get his head out and then stop, seriously, smallest push of my life, so wonderful, he cleaned out baby's nose and mouth, one more small push and at 5:38 the rest of baby was out and put immediately on my chest!

That is the best feeling ever, so much immediate joy and happiness knowing your baby is finally here! Meeting someone you already love so much for the first time, the love and joy in your heart is just exploding and all you can do is just look at him and hold and sit there in awe that he's yours. The room was so calm during it all, just Casey, the Dr, and 2 nurses, all seemed so sweet and serene. Baby was healthy I was happy and not exhausted, Casey right there close by at my side just loving to finally hold my sweet baby boy. Small tears came out of my eyes with a big huge smile on my face just staring at this baby, I was just elated he was here!








Placenta was delivered, a small tear was repaired quickly and what seemed effortlessly, and we were soon left alone about 20 min after he was born! The whole time baby boy was trying his hardest to get something in his mouth, ha, rooting around with all his might. Once I could sit up he latched on perfectly right away and seriously nursed for like an hour and a half it seemed like as we were waiting for my legs to be strong enough for me to walk.

Casey's mom came with the kids around 7:15 to meet baby brother! They walked in and it was just adorable. Everyone asking for the baby with their very wide open eyes looking for him. The excitement on Maxson's face was insanely adorably, he was bursting at the seams. Max was the first to hold him and his smile could not be wiped away. He was so gentle and sweet and kept telling me how cute the baby was. When he was done we asked the twins if they wanted a turn and they were both immediately scared/turned off and just wanted Casey or Grammie to hold them, lol. Bryson finally got the courage to hold the baby after a little while and did great. A little after that Quinn said he was ready on the couch that was not by me and after that everyone wanted to keep holding them.



After about 10-15 min of them being there they all started touching things and getting wild so it was definitely time to go, ha. They were all so sweet saying bye to the baby. The birth of a new baby just makes your heart want to explode beyond belief and then when you see your kids meet that baby and hold him and love that just makes you want to die of happiness, seriously, so so so adorable.

After they left I was ready to try to walk and it was surprisingly easy and not painful, seriously, every birth and recovery just keeps getting easier and easier, my goodness. Once in our recovery room we went back to the drawing board on names. I had one I was SUPER leaning toward, and Casey had one he was super leaning toward but neither of us totally LOVED each other's name. I was starting to get a little deflated again thinking one of us would have to settle on a name we didn't absolutely love which made me sad because I LOVE our other little boys' names. We took out our computers/phones and went back to lots of intense searching. We'd call out names to each other that we either seriously liked personally or crazy names that were too hilarious not to share. But if someone said a name and the other kinda liked it we'd voice that opinion but mostly kept going on searching. Finally Casey came across Easton, which we had mentioned in name talking months ago but completely forgot about it! After a few more minutes we were both settled that Easton was our new little boys name. FINALLY about 5 hours after the little babe was born he was given a name:

EASTON WOODRUFF CUTLER. 

And that is the wonderful birth story of our little Easton :)

The rest of our stay there was so wonderful, remember, I had the same delivery nurse for my post partum care which was so wonderful to have the same sweet gal, Amelia look after us. And same with the night nurse, same great gal each night.
The children came to visit once more and were adorable bringing Easton a little car. I wasn't as scary to them this time around being in normal clothes and I could actually get up from my bed. And then after 5 minutes the twins began being hoodlums like normal even climbing into the baby's rolling crib😳 oh brother. Soon after they left, ha.

The hospital stay is like a mini vacation for a mom with kids. Someone is there to take care of your every need at your beckon call (more water please!), meals with no prep or clean up, quietness, naps pretty much whenever you want, peace, a new sweet baby, lounging in PJ's and cozy socks all day. Seriously, I personally rather enjoyed my hospital stay lol. Casey was there a ton with me the first full day and also stayed with me the first night after he was born (bless my amazing mother in law!) and the 2nd night he was with kids and in the late morning came to pick up Easton and myself to go home!


 The Christmas lights and abundance of snow (and ice!) were a fun scene from my window.
The day we left the hospital the weather was FREEZING! Do you see that part below where it says "Feels like -16?!"

And that is Easton's birth story :) and our practically perfect hospital stay!

Recovery with this one has been a breeze. I could barely walk it seemed like with Maxson's. The twins' birth was easier but still pretty sore and walking was still kind of a burden even after day 3. And this one, it was more like send me on a mile fun run the day after! It's been breezy easy!

Thank you everyone for well wishes support and love! surprisingly it's kind of what they say it is, after 3 kids, anymore than that is the same, it's already more chaos than you can handle so why not add another to love and smother! By all means, I'm up for the task!

For fun:
HERE is Maxon's birth story
HERE is Bryson and Quinn's birth story

PS- I just read through both of those birth stories. 3rd/4th time go around birthing a child is like 1 million percent better than that first time. Oh my heck, I sound like a loofy sentimental hippie with Maxson's birth. Nope, I'm smarter now, never do I ever need an unmedicated child birth. You go through enough pain with the after birth cramps as it is that are horrifically painful! Get the epidural, have low expectations for recovery and birth and just everything and then you will be happy with your experience :)