the torticollis & the hare


Our sweet little monkey has torticollis.  Summed up: his neck muscles on one side are crazy tight. 

He favors laying on one side and as a result is getting a flat little noggin’.  And his left ear and left side of his forehead are shifting forward as a result. 

I’m glad we are getting this taken care of now or else our poor little boy would end up looking like Quasimodo.   So now his days consist of a lot of exercises, stretching and going to physical therapy.

Here are his 2 months stats:

weight:  10 lbs 14 oz   (25%)

height:  25 inches long (95%)

head:  in the 25th percentile

We officially  have a lurp in the family.  But he sure is a cute lurp.



Oh, and just for the record:  those dang two month shots are just as killer for mom with child #2 … not one bit easier.  I was on the brink of tears. 


Forest was blessed on Sunday.

Two very good looking boys, if I do say so myself.



Hallow’s Eve


Goodness, I love this holiday. 

Costumes … candy … awesome fall weather … incredible pumpkin/fall food … parties

How could you hate it?

We had our annual Hicken Halloween dinner

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I had other costume plans … until I tried on multiple costumes and realized that I just had a baby two weeks ago.   And when you have had a baby two weeks ago there is no way you are fitting into your old size unless you are a celebrity.  Silly me.  So we had to improvise fast … so Fantastic Mr & Mrs Fox it was.


Mirien invited us to come trick or treating with Hayley and Corinne (Winter’s cousins).  Winter loved it so much.  She had been saying that she wanted to be a dragon all week up until about 5 minutes before we left … Snow White it was.

I threw on some cat makeup (which Winter loved) … put Forest in the wrap and we headed out. 

***What you are not seeing in this photo is the massive amount of baby puke all over my chest Forest decided to gift me with as soon as I put him in the wrap.  The show must go on***


Mitchell had a costume contest at work.  He made an excellent Marv (Home Alone)  In fact, he won the contest. 


And here is princess Winter.

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Time drags and yet flies by these days. 

Having two kids is kind of chaotic and it has made Mitchell and I rethink how many kids we want.  HA.  I’m sure those of you with 5+ kids are rolling your eyes.   I know it gets somewhat easier as your kids get older, but man, Mitchell and I are both sporting a few more grey hairs.

Forest is pretty cute though … all I have to do is just look at his adorable face and I forget about all the missed hours of sleep and my slowly dwindling sanity. 

- He LOVES the sound of running water :  I have a white noise app on my phone that has a running water option that I play all night

- He is crazy cranky from 6 – 10 pm :  this is when I become brain dead.  He refuses to eat and as a result gets even more mad.  Acid reflux perhaps?  I have already given up dairy … I have tried gripe water .. I have tried pumping and using a bottle … and I have tried formula.  Who knows.  These babies just always keep us guessing.  I can only hope it gets better with time.

- Baby wearing is the best thing since sliced bread (especially with two kids)  doing dishes and folding laundry is once again a feasible task.

- I love it when he attempts to eat my chin. LOVE. IT.

- I shower … sometimes.

- Winter’s ipad watching time has increased to my dismay.

- I have upgraded our diaper bag to a duffle bag … quite literally.  The amount of snacks, diapers, changes of clothes etc for two kids is cuckoo.

- to sum it all up …


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You know those super adorable sibling photos you see?   There was no amount of trick or treat candy that could talk Winter into even laying next to him.   Oh brother.   She really does like him … I promise.



survival of the fittest


We survived week one.

I always feel like that is a huge milestone.  The newborn phase is one that I struggle with.  YES I love my babies.  YES I am super grateful to have him.  But let’s face it – adjusting to a newborn’s schedule (or lack of schedule) is hard. 

We had a doctor appointment today and this boy gained weight like a boss.  He was 6 lbs 13 oz when he was born … after one week he is now *drum roll*  … a whopping 7 lbs 5 oz.  I’m crazy ecstatic.  Breastfeeding has been stressful for me considering it just never panned out with Winter.  I ended up pumping for 9 months with her and so this breastfeeding experience is new to me.  Stressing about whether or not he is getting enough … whether or not he is eating too often … whether or not I am drinking enough water and eating enough food … whether or not he has a good latch etc etc ETC.  Yes I’m crazy.  So to hear that he is doing well makes me one happy mama.

Winter is adjusting slowly.  We have been trying to give her oodles and oodles of love and attention so she doesn’t feel threatened by this new arrival.  She is more stubborn, shy, moody and seeks attention.  But boy does she love Forest.   She loves to give him kisses and look at his little hands.  These kids (still trying to get used to saying KIDS in the plural form … WEIRD) make my heart about explode.

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oh boy.



Forest Lowe Fillmore

born Saturday October 4th

4:15 pm

6 lbs 13 oz   -   19 inches long


Here are the dirty details for those of you who like that sort of thing. 

Friday Night:   I had some contractions that woke me up and kept me awake … but nothing that I really deemed exciting or promising.

Saturday Morning:   We took an early morning walk to Smiths to get some bagels/donuts for breakfast; trying to make some progress in the contraction department …  contractions were nonexistent.  BOOOOO.

10:00 am – 1:30 pm We watched the morning session of general conference and then decided to order a pizza … because pizza is goooooood and Dominos had a deal.   Winter insisted that we eat our pizza at a park so off we went to Sugarhouse Park.  We ate pizza (highly recommend banana peppers as a topping guys – you won’t be sorry) and then I took a walk around the park.  Contractions began and were coming every 7 mins or so (thank goodness for cool phone apps that can keep track of those) but I could still walk through them easily. 

2:00 pm started watching conference, all the while still tracking my contractions

2:30 pm  the contractions were stronger and about every 6-7 mins and lasting 45 seconds and I wasn’t super able to concentrate on any of the speakers.  I still didn’t really see the need for alarm and thought we had plenty of time considering I was in labor for 23 hours with Winter. 

3:00 pm  I had to get on my hands and knees to make it through a contraction (that lower back pain is a beast). At this point I was STILL in denial that I was in active labor – I just thought I was a wuss or something.   I climbed into the shower to help relieve some of my back pain while Mitchell called our midwife.  She was 45 mins away and said she was on her way.  During the shower the contractions hit HARD.  I had to get on my hands and knees, gripping the tub and sounding like a wounded animal … hot water speeds things up I guess.  Oopsies.  I told Mitchell there was no way I could make it 45 more mins.   He called the midwife back and she told us to head over to the birthing center and gave me specific instructions:  DO NOT PUSH.  She then called a midwife student who was closer to meet us there.  At this point I was dying.  I threw on a shirt, a pair of underwear (not garments, for those who might be mortified at this point) and some flip flops ( let’s be honest, pants were not my top priority.) Mitchell helped me out the door and down the stairs.  I made it to the car and was crawling into the passenger seat when another contraction stopped me dead in my tracks.

Mitchell had also called his sister earlier to come and watch Winter, who was napping at the time.   His sister pulled up as I was hanging halfway out the passenger side door trying to make it through a contraction.   At this point I was 98.6% sure that I was going to have the baby right then and there. To say I was panicking would be an understatement.  I wanted to crawl out of the car, onto the grass and have Mitchell check whether or not he could see anything going on … down there.   Thank goodness for Mitchell.  He got Winter up from her nap and down to his sister’s car and then shoved the rest of me into our car.  He remained totally calm during this whole fiasco.    Then off to the birth center with Mitchell’s sister following behind just in case we ended up having a roadside birth.   The whole ride I just kept repeating this over and over while hyperventilating:  “DON’T PUSH, please Heavenly Father don’t let me have a baby in the car, DON’T PUSH.”   The simple “don’t push” request sounds easy but it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to resist.   We got to the birth center just as a midwife student was there opening the door.  We “walked” in (if you can call what I was doing walking) and started to make it up the stairs to the birthing room.  I collapsed at the bottom of the stairs as another contraction began … as it subsided we booked up the stairs.  I stood by the bed hunched over as another contraction hit and thankfully the rest of the midwife crew arrived literally 1 minute after we did.  They laid out a “drop cloth” under me.  I remember telling them, “It feels like I have to poop REALLY bad.  I’m so sorry if I poop on you.”  They reassured me it wouldn’t be the first time that happened if it did.   Another contraction hit and BAM that baby came out while I was standing there beside the bed.  I felt an awful lot like those giraffes you see giving birth on National Geographic.  I didn’t even have to push thanks to glorious gravity.  The midwife handed him to me from between my legs.   It was crazy surreal.   We had arrived at the center at 4:10 pm and the baby arrived at 4:15 pm. 

Mitchell’s sister (Mirien), Winter and her cousin Hayley were all downstairs while this happened.  They heard the baby cry and Mirien said: “Winter, that’s your little brother” and Winter said, “No, that’s a cat.”  HA.  They all came upstairs, Winter checked him out and was over it all pretty fast.  She wanted to play with toys.  Babies are sooooo boring.   Winter went home with Mirien for a fun cousin sleepover and had a ton of fun (We owe Mirien a bajillion for coming to our rescue.)

We relaxed at the center for a few hours … they made us dinner and then we packed up and went home around 8 pm.  I absolutely LOVED not having to sleep in a stupid hospital bed or having to tolerate hospital food.   Three cheers for birthing centers!

lessons learned, truths reaffirmed and thoughts: 

- it is actually quite liberating to walk out your front door in your underwear

- i can do hard things

- Mitchell is and will always be my hero.  

- the Lord answers prayers and provides miracles … soooooo many miracles that day

-  the recovery from natural labor is about 100 billion times better

- I saw my placenta for the first time and I about barfed as I thought about the people who make placenta lasagna or placenta smoothies.  They did ask if we wanted to keep it … and we politely declined.

- boy plumbing is much different than girl plumbing (holy hannah peeeeeee shooter)

-  I HATE the fact that Winter seems so big and old now.  I have shed a couple tears over this.

- We are happy, incredibly grateful, healthy and TIRED.


37.75 Weeks


D-day. It’s so close I can almost taste it.  Okay, so its still like 2.5 weeks out – so maybe I can’t taste it … but I can smell it.   I have had a really quite comfortable pregnancy … up until this last week. Puking. Diarrhea. Insomnia. Appetite is nonexistent. Heartburn … and constantly feeling like my stomach is about to explode. 

Come on baby … come oooooooooooon.  I’m ready for ya.


I had my last scheduled photo shoot last night in Park City.  I was hoping that chasing around a cute family would put me into labor.

No. Such. Luck.


We went to visit the temple a couple Sundays ago and get a family photo.  Every time we go downtown Winter tries to spot the temple and says “wwwwwwhere are you temple???”  Goodness gracious I love that girl.




Speaking of Winter … here are some updates

Potty training failed big time.  However, she is now an excellent cheerleader whenever I go to the bathroom.  “Good job mom!  You get a potty prize!”

She LOVES to make pancakes.  She will wake up  … and demand that we get her a bowl and then she will name all the ingredients she needs to whip some up.  It. Is. Pretty. Cute.

We upgraded her to a toddler bed and she loves it.  Haven’t had any problems at all.  She has a slumber party each night with her baby, princess Rapunzel doll, daddy monkey, mommy monkey, rabbit and puppy.  It’s a full bed for sure.

She keeps telling me that baby brother is going to come out.  So hopefully she knows something we don’t.   We still aren’t sure if she understands what is about to happen … but we are sure its going to blow her mind.





summer lovin’


Summer.  Where did you go?  But seriously … 

We spent Mitchell’s birthday doing something we all love … eating ice cream.

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We went to the Fillmore family reunion in Provo

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I have been busy buying little boy stuff and contrary to popular belief …

little boys are just as fun to shop for.

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We attended the wedding receptions for Kevin Vaughn and Michelle Lowe.

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Started to embark on this adventure … heaven help us.

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Attended the Ogden Temple open house

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Pregnancy update:  7 weeks to go before our world will be officially rocked.  

I’m feeling great … just big.  And I feel like I spend 75% of my days adjusting clothing … pulling shirts down and pants up.   So to solve that problem … I just don’t wear pants anymore.





Oh and a bunch of photos of Winter … because I said so.

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terrific twos


I feel like this age gets a bad rap … and personally Mitchell and I think they should be called the “terrific twos.”

Yes, she has meltdowns.
Yes, she can be incredibly stubborn.

But holy hannah, she is so much fun.

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  To be honest, we didn’t really get anything for her birthday – unless you count a cheap thrift store puzzle. 

So we thought we would fill her day with fun, beginning with a trip to a German bakery for some donuts.

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We then headed over to the Discovery Children’s Museum.

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And then finished off the night at a fair with some friends.  This fair was Winter’s heaven … a noisy heaven filled with greasy fair food, sweaty teenagers and rides aplenty.


She was not okay with the length of the rides.


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I showed Winter a blog post a while ago and she became obsessed with the animal masks


She would ask to see the “kitty mask” daily.  I wanted to get everyone animal masks to wear for her birthday but just couldn’t justify the cost.  So we settled on some party animals on her cake instead.


I really think her favorite part of the day was everyone singing Happy Birthday to her.  In fact, she made everyone sing it a second time.