Family Pictures, Orchard Style

Each year I like to have professional pictures taken of our family. Yeah, it may seem unnecessary to some, but I really enjoy them. This year we headed to a local apple orchard to take them. It was Nate and I's 5th wedding anniversary, Leighton's 3rd birthday and Hudson's 6 months.

Honestly, I love them so much! The colors are just gorgeous and Kahlie really captured our little family so perfectly. 

What's up with the Blair's?


Oh hey there. It's been a minute. (I feel like I said this last year too.) 

Honestly, I feel some guilt because I was so up on keeping this blog updated while we were going through Leighton's first year and I haven't done the same for Hudson. #SecondKidProblems

Anyway, we have had a LOT going on since about last November. So I felt like it was about time for an update. Really we haven't been too publicly open (social media wise) about all of these changes, but we really have no reason not to. 

Let's start with my favorite little people, the boys! They are both in daycare and honestly thrive in the setting. I do credit our provider for many things, especially with Leighton (i.e. sleeping without a crib at one, potty trained around two, and super smart). 

Hudson is such a mover! He is going to wear us out for sure once he starts walking. Right now he is crawling like a champ, using anything he can to stand up, showing a LOT of interest in the stairs and has his first tooth popping through. Honestly he would rather be eating regular people food instead of purees (which is honestly fine with me) so we let him eat what we can of our food. His sleeping has been hit or miss really, but when it is good, it is good. 

We have such a happy baby, people. So happy! His laugh is perfect. If he would be able to talk and  you asked him what his two favorite things are I'm sure he would say: his brother and bath time.

Mr. Leighton is always catching us off-guard. His little sayings lately have been on a whole other level and he just constantly impresses us with his smarts. He is very much into animals, cars and blocks. Art is becoming a favorite too as he received many art-related gifts for Christmas. Honestly, this guy could talk your ear off. If you pay attention to my Instagram stories you will see, I share his little dinner chats every now and then. Books are still huge for him, and lately he has been super into his Bible book which really warms my heart. 

As much as Hudson is all about his brother, Leighton is too. These boys show so much interest in each other and genuine love for each other. Sometimes all Leigh wants to do is cuddle his brother, even if it only lasts for 15 seconds before they both get too antsy and have to move around again. 

Our other boy, our first boy, is Remington. Remi is still living his life. He plays with the boys and does really, really well when Hudson shows interest in him and wants to "pet" him or stand up next to him. We love our big red dog. 

Nate has moved on to a new job as of last November-ish. He is still in the sales world and now has the opportunity to be in the OR which makes him SUPER happy. (More on the job situation later, but it will be leading us back to Fort Wayne later in the year.) Training for this new job really takes up a lot of his "hobby" time so he doesn't have much going on outside of work and our family right now. He has been traveling quite a bit for training and then also just for his territory so we are navigating the changes that makes for our family throughout the week. 

Me, I'm just living life the best I can. I am keeping my job after we move and just working remotely from home (a MILLION "thank you's" to my company for making this happen). Adjusting to not having Nate home every day or even every now and then on the weekends has been mostly smooth. The mornings still aren't the smoothest, but we are working on it! I've still got my little side-hustles (SeneGence and freelancing for Wedding/Event makeup) and hope that I can start to make them a little more impactful over the course of the year. Working on my fitness has been a major priority and although the holidays set me back a bit I have jumped back into it. My friend and I are going to be doing a program that one of our other friend's has put together so maybe I'll keep track of that on here and share my results!

With the new job for Nate it means we will be moving back to Fort Wayne, as northern Indiana will be his territory. We aren't for sure on when exactly we will be listing our house, but hopefully by the Spring/Summer we will be all squared away up north! That being said we have A LOT of work to do on the house to get ready to sell. Not really anything major, just little projects to clean it up and make it look its absolute prettiest. I LOVE our house and all of its character and we really want to showcase that for the next owners. 

This next house will be our 4th house. Talk about breaking millenial stereotypes right? Neither one of us has rented ever, but depending on what the housing market looks like we may for a year. Maybe we'll build. Maybe we'll find the perfect house for our kids to actually grow up in. One thing is for sure, I don't plan on moving again any time soon after this time. (I've said that before though...)

That is all for now. Life is going to be crazy and we want to keep our family and friends updated so we'll be back to this little blog of mine. I miss it!

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The weekend we painted pumpkins

There was so much on our list of fun things to do this weekend, but with a toddler and a (almost) six month old things rarely go as planned. Saturday we had every intention of hitting up the pumpkin patch and doing all the fun things - climbing on hay bales, petting zoo, picking pumpkins, apple treats and sliding down the slide that was too big last year. However, Leighton woke up with a gnarly cough and a bit of a fever so that all was postponed (maybe cancelled for the year).

Honestly you could not tell he was sick by looking at him all weekend. He had just as much energy as ever and only acted grouchy/needy right before nap-time on Sunday. Hudson ended up getting a bit of a cough as well, but again never acted sick in the least. That being said, we still wanted to do SOMETHING fall spirited with the boys. So we painted pumpkins!


Leighton was all concentration and had to get every bit of orange on the pumpkin covered. Hudson was just happy to watch his brother (who he is obsessed with btw). 


 What do you have on your fall bucket list? I want to give Leighton a skull face, he is obsessed with the movie Coco and I really think he would be giddy about it.

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In Our Home with PEB Photography

I met Paige by modeling for a local boutique. I loved her photography and her great personality. We've used her for our family pictures a few times now and she will be doing them again for us later this year. These pictures are some of my favorites, Leighton's little personality is showing through so much. His love for his brother grows and grows each day now, and I love that it was captured early on in these pictures.


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Hudson's Birth Story: Part 2

Picking up right where we left off here. (Part 1 is here)

April 28, 2017

There is nothing that motivates you to get up out of your bed and recover quickly more than the desire to see and hold your baby. As soon as I could stand to get into a wheelchair I did and we headed up to see our sweet boy. Nate had been going back and forth through the night/day and giving me all the updates as he got them. 


After a chest x-ray, they thought he had a pneumothorax (small leak in the lungs). He was also put on antibiotics as a precautionary measure in case it was pneumonia (I say in case because they treat quick when dealing with babies and the test takes a very long time to come back). The antibiotics ended up being a good call as he had a pocket of fluid that was there as well. 

When I went up to see him for the first time that day, they got everything situated so that I could FINALLY hold him. While I was holding him though I could just feel how hard his little lungs were working. It was such a relief to hold him, but seeing him with all the tubes and wires was so very difficult. Even more difficult was seeing how uncomfortable he was and how hard he was working to breathe. 

After trying what looked like an astronaut helmet (keeps oxygen levels more concentrated), they ended up decided they were going to put a ventilator in to give him a break. His respiratory rate was up in the 130's (normal is 40-50) when they told us about the vent. At this point Nate still hadn't been able to hold him. They offered to let Nate hold him before they did these things, he however told them no and to just go ahead with the vent so Hudson could get some relief. It was the most selfless act that both melted and broke my heart. 

At some point during the night/evening they came in and took the bassinet thing out that he would have been in had he come back to our room instead of going to the NICU. All of this was hard to handle on its own, but watching them wheel that out and then staring at the empty space made it worse. 

April 29, 2018

In the morning we went up to the NICU to get an update. His labs cam back normal, respiratory rate was down near the 50-60's and his x-ray of his chest was looking a little clearer. He was locked in for a 7 day stay in the NICU at this point to finish the cycle of antibiotics, but they were actually thinking it would be more like 10-14 days total. 

We ended up checking out of my room this evening. Insurance covered another nights stay for me, but with Leighton at home we knew it was the right thing to do. Hudson was sleeping most of the time and we couldn't hold him or comfort him really, so we decided that we would just come up a few times throughout the day for a couple hours at a time to be with him. We also knew that being home with Leighton was just as important for him. 

Being in the NICU with a full-term baby is a crazy world of emotions, and it isn't something you are prepared for obviously. We would see couples coming to visit their premie babies and they always had smiles on their faces, and there we were with our full-term baby not knowing what was going on and looking incredibly sad. 

I had one moment when our sweet nurse was talking to us about everything and she was just asking us questions in conversation, connecting with us, and she asked me a question and I couldn't answer. Nate noticed my struggle and answered for me so the conversation continued. By the next question she noticed my crying/struggle and sat and just talked with us for a bit, letting her emotions show. (Hailey if you come across this post, please know your conversation and friendship with us while you were with our sweet boy meant the world to us.)

April 30, 2018

Hudson's respiratory rate had come down a bit, still with a little help from his vent. He started to try and take his tube out as he had become aware of it, but the staff wanted it in a bit longer. Because he was fighting it so much they discussed the possibility of needing to sedate him a bit to keep him calm. The x-ray was still showing fluid in his lungs, but it again was improving. 


We continued visiting with him for a couple of hours here and there throughout the day, and then went home to spend quality time with Leighton in the afternoons. After he went to bed we would head back to the hospital again. 

At some point I went from only producing a few drops to producing full bottles of milk and I can't even tell you how much of a relief it was for me. Being so helpless while your child lays in a hospital bed is the worst feeling, and when you are able to do something that is helpful (product milk) but can't it makes it all the worse. I felt so, so helpless until that milk came in. 

May 1, 2018

With the ventilator in Hudson was being fed through a feeding tube (both breast milk and formula until I was able to produce enough breast milk to feed him on my own). However over the night/early in the morning the vent came out and the possibility of oral feeds were becoming more real. 

After the vent came out I held him again, and then Nate FINALLY was able to hold him. It was one of the most emotional moments of my life to date. 


May 2-3, 2018

The next few days were the same cycle, and I completely believe God was doing everything a certain way so that we had some strands of peace throughout the entire ordeal. Each day was filled with good news leading up to when we would leave for the night, allowing us to go home with clear heads. Hopeful for the next day's progress. There would be a minor setback at night followed by progress again. 


On the second though, I was able to breastfeed out little guy for the first time. That was a huge milestone. 


At some point throughout this week, they placed an IV/PIC line to help get his nutrients and fluids to him. He was on oxygen but wasn't dependent on it, and he was getting oral feeds instead of using the feeding tube (it was still placed just in case).

May 4, 2018


We got to the hospital to find out his feeding tube came out during the night (partially his decision as he tugged on it quite a bit). He was off oxygen too. The IV line was still there, but they were hopeful it would come out soon as well. The staff still wouldn't say exactly when he would be able to go home, but we were hopeful that he would be joining us at home sooner than later. 

May 5, 2018

Like normal, we arrived at the hospital just hoping for a bit of good news. We were greeted with amazing news though. Our baby boy was coming home with us. To say we were thrilled is an understatement.
We left the NICU that day with full hands and full hearts. Our baby was joining us on our ride home and he FINALLY was going to meet his big brother. 



Our original plan was for Leighton to visit in the hospital and meet his baby brother there, but flu season made that impossible. Also, we didn't want him to be scared of all the wires and tubes attached to Hudson either. 

Since bringing him home our lives have been so full. I've said for a while that I just want two boys and I really can't imagine our life any other way. 

We will never be able to fully express how genuinely thankful we are for everyone's thoughts and prayers during this time. The support we felt from friends and family was immense and helped us so much along the way. My heart goes out to all of those who have experienced life in the NICU, from a day stay to months.

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