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I have the best friends in the world.

Friends I can call at any time of the day or night.

Friends who know what I need before I ask for it.

Friends who are realistic, fun, and who make me feel good about myself and my children.

Friends who are up nursing in the middle of the night who text me to see if I'm up too.

Friends who come over and keep me company.

Friends who live far away but keep in touch.

Friends who ask for my opinion and advice, and value my input.

Friends who change my child's poopy diapers. (Seriously, over and beyond, y'all.)

Friends who show up unannounced with smoothies in hand, who fold my laundry, feed my children, and let me shower. Seriously, that actually happened just today and it was amazing.

Friends who love me.

I am so grateful for them! Friends in different states who call to check up on me. Friends in my ward who are in the same stage of life and still make time to serve me. Friends who don't ask if they can bring me dinner, they just do it…

Memorial Day

We didn't have any plans for Memorial Day this year except to be depressed that we weren't in Yellowstone for my family's annual reunion and to be glad Austin didn't have to work. It ended up being a full, fun, festive day though!

We had breakfast and got dressed and headed to our favorite Pioneers Park on the outskirts of town. It has a nice playground and beautiful grounds to explore. Natalie calls it Peach Park for some unknown reason, ha. The kids ran themselves ragged all over the playground, and Grandma and Grandpa came to play too, which was SO fun! I didn't take any pictures because I was just enjoying the morning, but it was really a nice way to start the day.

We decided that it was a holiday, after all, so we should do something fun for lunch, and deli sandwiches sounded good to me so we invited some friends over and went to town on specialty turkey, ham, salami, gouda, and croissant deli sandwiches. YUM. And grape salad (which is DELICIOUS, if you haven&…


Natalie, Stockton, Little Jack 

 I think Jack is a mix of his siblings. (I want to do more comparisons eventually - it is so fun looking through old pictures!!!)

Comparisons in temperament:
Just like his looks, Jack seems to be a mix of Natalie and Stockton. He is way more mild than Natalie, but more alert than Stockton. He fusses less than both babies (although that's not really fair because Stockton only fussed because he had gas issues.) He sleeps much better than Natalie and probably about the same as non-gassy Stockton. He doesn't take as long to eat as Natalie did, and eats less often than Stockton did. 
Comparisons in me, emotionally/physically:
I get less stressed/anxious/exhausted with each baby. I have only had one or two days where I was just DYING to take a nap this time. Otherwise I really do feel pretty rested, although my neck is starting to hurt because I keep falling asleep in weird positions in the chair at night. I always felt completely exhausted with Stockt…

Overview, Month One

He has curly hair that is already getting lighter in color. He really likes his bink, and being swaddled. 

 he's our little scowler...
until he whips out the big shiny-eyed smile
He doesn't really like the carseat or the swing so far. 

Hopefully he'll learn to love both.
He sleeps better/longer if he's held, but he squeaks (when he sleeps, when he eats, when he's mad, when he's happy...he's just a squeaker) so it's hard to nap with him. But very cozy : )

The first month went so fast - I'm betting the months will keep flying by!



I had a moment of profound sadness that my little girl is growing up.

I've never been one of those "aww it goes too fast!"/"i miss when they were small"/"please halt time so they never grow up!" type moms, but one afternoon after naps Natalie sat down daintily in the middle of the living room and just talked to me about whatever came to her mind. She sounded so intelligent and opinionated and thoughtful and I just couldn't believe that she wouldn't always be this little. She's been my #1 pal from day one and I hope that never changes. I love spending time with her and listening to her and loving her.

First Week

Thoughts from the first week that Jack was home with us:

"Things are going better than I thought!"

"Babies are so floppy"

"Our family feels so much more complete with three kids"

"I'm glad Natalie and Stockton are doing well with a new baby in the house, and starting to actually play together"

"Why doesn't my mom live with me"

"I'm so glad my mother-in-law does hair so I don't have to learn how to/pay for haircuts"


"I don't just need more hands, I straight up need more clones of my whole self to manage things around here!"


"I hope they are friends forever"


Writing this a month after the fact gives me the advantage of hindsight but the disadvantage of already forgetting things. I remember feeling mostly calm when Austin or friends or family were around to help me, but I had t…

"What's in a name?"

A Poulsen by any other name might smell as sweet (or stinky, depending on the status of his diaper), but we think the name 'Jack Atticus' is pretty awesome.

(This is an Austin Blog, btw [by the way]; I occasionally do a guest post on our blog)

Anyways, I thought it would be cool to explain exactly how we came up with the name Jack Atticus Poulsen, for anyone who's interested in stuff like that. So here goes:

We have known since we were dating that our first son's name was going to be Stockton. It was a non-negotiable part of the pre-marriage contract I had written up by my lawyer. But our second son's name was still up in the air, so Jessie and I spent hundreds of hours trying to come up with a suitably awesome name that could compare with the glory of the name that is 'Stockton Luke Poulsen.' It was really hard.

I had two stipulations for naming our children: I didn't want one-syllable names, and I didn't want family names (for everyone keeping sco…

Jack is Born!

Jack Atticus Poulsen made his appearance at 9:21 am April 24, 2015 and weighed 9 pounds 9 ounces, 21 inches long. He had a big fuzzy head of dark hair and swollen cheeks/eyelids. He was like a puppy for the first few days, hardly opening his eyes haha.

I felt an immediate connection to our new little baby - it just felt very right that he was here with us in our family. My friend remarked that it makes total sense that Natalie is the big sister of two little brothers, and we agree! She'll love bossing them around.
We spent most of the hospital stay (Friday morning-Monday afternoon) just being snuggly together, with visitors and nurses coming in and out. I felt like I needed a lot of help Friday and Saturday, but Sunday I was feeling more normal so Austin went home to be with the kids and Jack and I had a lot of quiet time together. I loved having friends visit - Kat and Dan and Kaydince, Kylie, Ross and Aly, the Bakers, and of course our families. It's special sharing your ne…