August 25, 2012

Bailey Ann 1 MONTH!

**While adapting to life as a mommy of two, my posts have been, well absent! Bailey Ann turned 1 Month old on August 14, 2012.** 

It's amazing how fast babies grow in the first month of their life. Already, Bailey has a personality and it shines when she is awake! She has been a blessing to all of us, and I think if Bria could talk, she would agree. These two get along so well together-well, at least for now because Bailey can't retaliate...yet. :)

Here is our baby at 1 month old:

Bailey Loves:
watching her sister dance, sleeping with her hands up by her head, milk, playing with her tongue, listening to Nana sing, sitting up where she can watch people, being swaddled, Bria holding her.

Bailey Doesn't Love:
when Bria sits on her, when Bria yells in her face, when Sierra licks her, not being able to see, being on her tummy for too long, when I'm not quick enough to give her milk.

Some of Bailey's Firsts:
Day 2- first doctors appointment
Day 4- first trip to the grocery store
Day 7- lost her umbilical cord
Day 8-first time at church
Day 10- first walk at North Pt. Higgins
Day 11- first diaper blowout
Day 13-first walk at Ward Lake
Day 14-first picnic
Day 16-first bath with Mommy
Day 21- Dedication
Day 28-first time smiled at Daddy

Bailey's Stats: 

9 lbs 13oz

20 1/2 in

I told myself I would never compare my children to one another because they are both individually perfect babies. However, I did want to see the different of my two lovelies at 1 month old. I kept the same outfit that Bria had worn for her one month pictures and put Bailey in it. It's amazing that two different babies can come from the same parents and look totally different -beautiful in their own special and unique way- but different: 

What'da think? Can you see some similarities. Some differences? 

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July 31, 2012

Bailey Ann Shultz...A Birth Story

It's been two weeks and three days since I gave birth to our second daughter, Bailey Ann. I finally had a chance to write her birth story and I am ready to share it with you all!

They say that with the second pregnancy the labor is easier, less painful. They lied. They say that with the second birth of your child you feel just as much joy, peace, and love for the second born. They definitely told the truth. I never dreamed that I would get pregnant so quickly after having a baby so it was a total shock when we saw those two pink lines again and Bria was only 10 months old. Did I love every minute of this pregnancy? I could say yes, but that wouldn’t be telling the truth. This pregnancy was hard. It was difficult at times, but the fact that there was another little human growing inside of me was a true blessing and each day I felt more and more love growing. It was almost as if my heart grew double in size to hold the love that I had for our second child.

Our second born, our surprise shining star, Bailey Ann Shultz was born on July 14, 2012 at 8:08am weighing in at 7 lbs. 12 oz. This is her story…

You see I had it in my head that this pregnancy and birth would be even easier and faster than my first. I was wrong. It was four days until my due date and still no baby!  On Friday July 13, 2012 we decided to walk, walk, walk. We went around Ward Lake (a local park here in Ketchikan) and walked pretty briskly. We came home and had dinner. Around 7:00 I started having contractions. Very mild contracts, but they were consistent for about 3 hours at 20 minutes apart (I was getting a little worried because they weren’t getting any closer).  I finally went to bed at 10:00.  I wasn’t feeling the contractions anymore. I remember feeling pretty upset that they weren’t coming on stronger and more frequently. I closed my eyes and went to sleep.

Around 12:00am I woke up with my pj’s wet. Not soaked, but wet and damp. I remember feeling so embarrassed and thinking Oh my gosh! I peed myself!  I got up went to the bathroom and changed my pajamas and after woke Clint up. “Honey, I think my water broke a little” He sat up in bed and said, “What time is it?” I told him it was 12:00. Once he got his bearings, he asked me what happened. I told him again that I think my water broke just a little bit. “What does that mean?”  he asked. I told him I needed to call the birthing center and see if we have to go in. While I was on the phone, Clint started googling it (don’t you love google?).  We came to the conclusion that we needed to go in to the hospital and get checked.

We woke Clint’s mom up and we got our bags and Bria and headed into town. It’s about a 20-minute drive from our house to the hospital. While Clint was driving, I called my mom, my cousin Starla, my sisters Jamie and Alexis and told them we were going in to get checked. We arrived at the hospital around 1:00. I changed in to their ugly gowns and when I came back, Starla was already there!

The nurse came in and put the monitor’s on my stomach and asked if I wanted an IV (for pain meds if I needed them) I told her no. I wanted to give birth naturally and I knew if I had the IV in me, I would ask for the meds and it wasn’t what I wanted. Also, I had a preconceived notion that this labor was going to be easy like the first one. She also gave me some paper work to fill out while we wait for results. They needed to get a culture sample of the water that broke to make sure everything was okay with the baby.  So they did some tests. The test will determine if the water was a high leak and if they needed to keep me, or if I needed to go home.

Around 2:00 my parents and sisters came in and the tests came back that it was indeed, my water breaking. At this point, the contractions were about 10 minutes apart and lasting for about a minute. They were still not too intense, but I was getting to the point where I had to breathe through them and concentrate. Time was going by super fast for me and by the time the contractions where getting consistent, my midwife came in to check my progress. At 4:15 I was only dilated 2 cm. and was softening. Just to let you know, I was dilated 1 cm 2 weeks ago so it wasn’t very good progress (of course this is in comparison to my last pregnancy).  I was now contracting every 6 minutes very strongly for about a minute at a time.

The nurses had two other women in labor at the same time! They were under staffed and there wasn’t much checking on my progress since it was going so slowly. Clint and Bria along with Clint’s parents went into the waiting room because Bria was now wide-awake talking and playing. My sisters fell asleep on the floor while my cousin Starla, Mom and Dad talked amongst themselves while I was concentrating on relaxing during my contractions. It was comforting listening to their conversations and getting my mind off of the pain.

It was about 6:30 in the morning when the nurse asked me if I would like to take a shower, usually showers stimulate the contractions to get them going stronger and faster. So I took a warm shower, and around 7:00 they asked if I would like to jump into the Jacuzzi. I said yes. As soon as I got in the tub, they immediately told me to get out because I was lying in bleach water. What? I guess a nurse forgot to drain the bleach water before leaving. I rushed out and took another shower to get the bleach off of me. Between going back and forth between my room and the room where the Jacuzzi was, I wasn’t able to concentrate on relaxing. At all. It was getting a little bit more painful. Actually at this point, I think I was grunting when a contraction came!

Finally at about 7:15 I was able to get back into the Jacuzzi tub. It wasn’t 10 minutes later when I felt this huge pressure in my lower abdomen. So much pressure that I began to scream! Immediately my mom and Starla ran out of the room and three nurses and my midwife came rushing in. They quickly threw a sheet over me and put me in a wheel chair and brought me back to my room.

This was it. Oh gosh it was painful. I started pushing when I felt the urge. I kept pushing and pushing, but nothing was happening. My midwife told me, “Tory, you have to push like your life depends on it!” That right there scared me. I pushed as hard as I could and felt some relief. I guess the baby’s umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck. I pushed again and she came out! I was done. Our baby girl was here. We are a family of four!!

Right after She was born, they put her in my arms; this tiny little purple baby was ours (she was very, very purple-I guess the umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck just once but very tightly). Bailey Ann Shultz was 7lb. 12 oz of pure goodness and was resting on me for about an hour and a half before they cleaned her off and checked her. Of course they wiped her down a little bit, but I was in heaven on earth with my new daughter and family surrounding me. Clint was by my side right after the birth, stroking my hair and admiring God’s newest gift to us. After a little while later, he looks at me after he takes a big whiff and says, “honey, she kind of stinks.” I laughed and asked him to remember where she came from! He smiled and kissed me and at this moment, Bria came and wanted to see her sister. I remember distinctly that as soon as Bria saw Bailey, she started saying, “baby! Baby!” over and over again. Bria kept smiling and point…We were all smiling…

The nurse came in to check over Bailey, and Clint never left her side. He followed her everywhere while I got some rest. Everyone went home and slept for a while and that day it was just the four of us, just my perfect family that God has blessed me with. Bailey Ann Shultz, welcome to the world darling… You are going shine! 

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June 27, 2012

Sunny Days in AK

When it rains 300 days out of the year in Ketchikan, Alaska you enjoy every millisecond when it's sunny and hot outside! Last Friday and Saturday were amazingly sunny, hot and beautiful! We decided to go for a nice little walk after Clint got home from work.

If you're a Mama, you know that simple things in life are so much sweeter when you have little ones running around...

Family picture on the rocks:

Throwing rocks in the water:

You can tell they're related: 


Bria playing with her ball: 

Taking pictures of my two loves:

Going into the water with her new boots:

I pray we have more sunny days. I love spending time with family, especially when it's spent outside enjoying what God has given us to enjoy while here on earth. 

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June 22, 2012

June Favorites

Bria is taking a late nap today it's 3:30 and she just went down. That's our summer schedule for you though, no regard to time-no set time to wake up, take naps, or go to sleep. It's refreshing to not be bound by schedules. It should be for a 17 month old, but it's not :) and that's okay with me. She's sleeping right next to me and I realize that it's been a month since we have moved back to Ketchikan and I have to say it's going by!

What have we been up to?

Driving cars in the grass: 

Helped Nana in the Garden: 

Celebrated Father's Day with three of our most important Daddy's: 

Loved on our cousins: 

Played cards with Nana and Aunt Jamie: 

Got crafty during nap times: 

Played more cards with Awma: 

Made chili in my new crockpot: 

Went to the beach and played: 

Scrunched our faces against windows: 

It truly has been a wonderful summer.

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June 20, 2012

It's been a month...

It's been a month since I have updated this blog. It's been a month since I have wanted to be on the computer. I have been enjoying some much needed family time where I wasn't worried about taking pictures to share on the blog. I needed the break and it has been a wonderful time away.

During this time we baked a lot...Our favorite? Pretzels!

I tried to get a picture of the pretzels when they were finished, but they were eaten before I could even get my camera out....No joke.

Want the recipe? It's fun, fast and easy...Just the way good recipes should be!



  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/8 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons coarse kosher salt


  1. In a large mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast, brown sugar and salt in 1 1/2 cups warm water. Stir in flour, and knead dough on a floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, and turn to coat the surface. Cover, and let rise for one hour.
  2. Combine 2 cups warm water and baking soda in an 8 inch square pan. Line 6 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. After dough has risen, cut into 12 pieces. Roll each piece into a 3 foot rope, pencil thin or thinner. Twist into a pretzel shape, and dip into the baking soda solution. Place onto parchment covered baking sheets, and let rise 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Preheat an oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Brush with melted butter, and sprinkle with coarse salt, garlic salt or cinnamon sugar.


  • Editor's Note
  • When forming the ropes, roll each one to about half the length you want, then set it aside while you roll the rest. By the time you get back to the first rope, it will have rested enough to roll further.
  • A 3-foot long rope will make a pretzel approximately 8-inches in diameter. Plan on using one baking sheet for every two pretzels.

    (taken from

    I'm still not up for being back everyday. I'm 36 weeks pregnant and feel like I will be having this baby very soon. I will try and post an update here in the next few days, but I have been feeling really tired, sore, and just ready to pop this child out! 

    Stay tuned for updated pictures when I have the energy :) 

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May 20, 2012

Happy Sunday...

Happy Sunday to you all! My family and I are currently in the airport. My husband is cuddling our daughter and sleeping on the floor. It's 5am and we are ready to be done traveling. We are starting our new adventure with the plans that God has laid out for us. I thought this verse was fitting for our life at this time. Always remember:

                                                                         Source: via Tory on Pinterest

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May 17, 2012

I earned a badge...

Right now my hair is in a bun, I have dark circles under my eyes, my hands are chapped from washing them too much, I have a headache and an achey cough that hurts deep down within my chest, not to mention my back is aching due to this pregnancy. But I have something important to declare. I earned another badge on my Mother's Sash. I'm not saying this to gloat, be prideful, or to "toot my own horn". No, I'm saying this because it's something important for me to remember as a wife and mother. It's important for me to remember how I was able to deal with such a hard night. It's important for me to remember that I am capable and able to take care of my family even in the toughest situations.

Last night I put on my superwoman cape and took care of my family. As I said in the previous post, Bria has been sick for the last week (we have checked with the clinic and there is no sign of RSV, it's simply a bad cold that has been going around the entire village). Last night, Clint came down with something as well. Between making 2am bottles for babes and 3am Ibuprofen runs for my husband I sat there and was praying to God. Praying that he gives me strength. I no doubt was up every 30 minutes either taking care of my baby, or taking care of my love. The Lord provided. I was supercharged and ready to give them my full attention and my heart. Between running to get kleenex and extra blankets, I felt a sense of peace and identity. This is me. I am a wife. I am a mother. I am able to take care of my family in the wee hours of the night even when I, myself don't feel well.

I say this because with life changing rapidly and sometimes a little too quickly, it has been easy for me to forget the important role that I have for my family and have the need to want to be selfish. I have been wanting to get a mani-pedi and my hair done. But right now, that can wait. I feel as a wife and mother that my family is more important than my wants and needs at a time like this. Last night reminded me just how important it is for me to open my heart to my loves and take care of whatever their needs are before mine.

So, to all you Mama's who have gone before me, I applaud you for what you do for your family. To all you soon-to-be Mama's I am here to tell you that you are capable and also a superwoman. When times are tough, put on that superwoman cape, ask the Lord for strength and you will conquer those challenges you face.

{My Mother's Day Card from Bria!!}

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May 15, 2012

Baby Blues

It's been a whole week. A whole week of our baby not feeling good :( ... She came down with a cold last Tuesday night and has been having trouble sleeping ever since. We took her to the clinic and there was no sign of ear infection or anything and were told to just wait it out with some Ibuprofen and tylenol. I stayed home with her on Wednesday and Thursday and again on Tuesday (today). I love just cuddling with her. The way she just wants to sit on my lap and put her hand on my face, almost as if I'm the one who needs comforting. 

I snapped the picture above last week and it was too precious not to share. 

Also, our baby is a binky baby: 

I will try and get a belly post up soon, but with a sick baby, cleaning and packing, not much time to make myself look "presentable" in front of the camera. Maybe I"ll do just a belly shot for ya! 

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May 12, 2012

Photo Challenge: The Sun

There are lots of things that I am going to miss about White Mountain when we leave in a week. One of them is the vast tundra scenery-it's like no place on earth. I love every season in the tundra (obviously some more than others, especially when the winters here are so long!)

I am linking up one of my favorite photos that was taken just two weeks ago. We have been playing around with the fisheye lens on our DSLR and couldn't be more happy with the outcome:

I am entering this photo in the weekly photo challenge over at Our Reflections! This week's theme is The Sun.

Our Reflection Photo Challenge

Go visit Laura over at Our Reflections for other amazing sun shots! 

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May 10, 2012

"I Am A Princess"

Me: Today we are going to have a princess party. Do you know the definition of a 


A Girl: A princess is the daughter of a king.

Me: Did you know that I am a princess?

Girls: (Looks of awe and amazement....) Really? Wow!

Me: Because Jesus is my savior, God has adopted me into his family. He is my father

 and he is the King, and that makes me a princess....

-Taken from my friend's FB page. She hosted the toenail party I helped with. 

Because we are all princesses in God's kingdom, we decided to do yet another toenail party for the girls here in White Mountain. This is such a fun and creative way to share the Gospel and to show these girls just how beautiful they are. And obviously, to tell them that if Jesus is our savior, we are princesses in God's kingdom!

We had tea and cookies to start the party:

{Photo courtesy of Mary Hansen}

We then washed the feet:

After, there was toenail painting:

Then on to decorating our flip flops with jewels....Because you know, princesses have jewels!

I think i'm going to have to adopt this tradition when we are in Ketchikan doing kids' ministry! What a fun way for girls to understand that they are princesses in the kingdom of Heaven! 

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