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Early Spring in Spy Garden

with Pop


Never too young to learn!

With Nana

With Aunt Crissy

Research Assistant “Hmmmmm…”

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Nana visited the “Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost World” exhibit at the St. Louis Art Museum and said it was awesome.

All of the art and artifacts were excavated from the mouth of the Nile, where they had been, 30 feet deep in the Mediterranean sea, for 1200 years!

Meanwhile at a much smaller gallery:

Baby took in his first art show




Emoji baby #facepalm

Journal entry from back when baby had his first bath:

Very accurate! haha to the nail polish

Lol the posing. And impressive color coordination for a Monday!

Despite the freezing temps, we know its spring because:

Baseball season has begun!!

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Spy Garden is growing; even in the middle of winter!

“My mommy is in labor and I am really happy.”

The above is dated 1.17.18 shortly after finding out I was already 3cm dilated (36w). The next week 4cm, and the next week 5cm; still walking around, going to work, going about my business with tons of contractions.

Casual Saturday at home (lol to the velvet pants) 3 days before baby

After a week at 5cm at my next appointment I was 6cm (3 days before due date)! Baby was still ballottable so the doctor decided to break my water to avoid it breaking at home (some risks associated with that). We walked over to the hospital from the doctor’s office, she broke my water at 6:30. At 7:15 I decided on the epidural. I mean, I am still curious to know what it is like to have a baby with no epidural but it is just too much of a temptation when those contractions are coming hard and fast!! Got the epidural at 7:30 and was like “WHY ISN’T THIS WORKING?” So I pretty much thought epidurals work instantly but apparently this isn’t the case. By 8:30 still not working! I kinda wish I had a video, at least a few little clips, of all the dramatic breathing lol. It really is like the movies. But as long as you stay laser-focused on the breathing it is doable. So Smoochie had to stop cracking jokes by about 8PM. So by 8:30 I was 10cm and ready to push (and having a new perspective on what 10/10 pain is!) But my doctor was still on the way. The nurse asked if I just wanted the house doc to deliver the baby, his name was Dr. Bonebreak. HAHAhahah I honestly could’ve cared less who did the delivery but…I knew my doctor was already on the way. She is super nice and is also going to be my preceptor for my OB rotation in a few months. So I didn’t want to inconvenience her, I mean she was already on the way. It was important to me to maintain a professional relationship and get the experience of her style of care…#actualthoughtswhileinlabor #everythingrevolvesaroundschool #doctorateofnursinghyperfocus lol. By 8:45 epidural was working everywhere but like the bottom third of my stomach but I mean better than nothing! I could lie on my side and wait a few more minutes. 9:05 doctor arrives and I swear as she walked in it was the first contraction I couldn’t feel. Numbness achieved! 3 pushes and baby was delivered at 9:09PM!

Blue blood supermoon rising night of baby’s birth! (photo from Department of the Interior)

I attribute the speedy labor to yes, it being my third go-round but also because I took a lot of vitamin C and magnesium and other vitamins and stayed very active, dranks TONS of water (minimum 12 cups a day). I don’t think prenatal vitamins cut it so based on my clinical/education experience concocted my own combo. With the other two kids my blood pressure crept up towards my due date which I totally attribute to a magnesium deficiency. Blood pressure was wonderful this time.


1.30.18. 8lb 2.8oz, 20.5″, extremely adorable



Babyzilla made this picture for him

And today, he is ready for the superbowl!


I made the hat a few weeks ago, didn’t realize how hilarious it would look. He’s a little football gremlin! Go Pats!!

So snuggly! In a lot of ways it feels like this is my first baby, it has been so long (6+ years) and man, newborns! Who knew sneezes and stretches could be so mesmerizing!!! Sooooooo cute and snuggly!! Baby-heaven!!!

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Hello 2018!

2018 came prepackaged with a bunch of goals; have a baby (soon!), finish my research project, graduate…so I haven’t thought too much about resolutions! But I still like the freshness of the new year and it is off to a great start!

Winter light

After weeks of below zero temps, today was…

Near 70 degrees!!

Zilla started gymnastics class and is living in the leotards around the house!

She has also become a very proficient jump-roper!

And she lost her first tooth!

Woodpecker feather

Dexie staying warm on a below zero day (I think we reached -10 at one point, with an even colder wind-chill!)


Winter rose

Thank you for visiting Spy Garden and I hope 2018 is off to a good start for you all! Do you have any exciting plans or resolutions for this year?


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Best of 2017

Happy New Year’s Eve! Enjoy some of our favorite pictures and memories from 2017!

Icy root January 2017

Dexie January 2017

February 2017 (at Forest School)



Butkus lounging on the soil- March 2017

With Nana- March 2017

Tree hugging April 2017

Magical Woods!

Tulip April 2017

Easter Surprise 2017!

Love how these silhouette Easter eggs turned out in 2017!

Dogwood April 2017

Leslie, Dexie 2017

May 2017

Love this pic I took of our friend’s Great Dane

Visiting Laumeier Sculpture Park, late May 2017

Lots of baseball games in 2017!

Visiting Onondaga Cave with Nana and Pop July 2017

Farewell to Forest School in 2017

At Camp Timberlake in August 2017

Babyzilla started kindergarten in 2017

Total Eclipse August 2017

Greatest football game of 2017 (Lancers beat Eureka) August 2017

First time horsebackriding September 2017

Raising 4 monarchs was definitely a highlight in 2017!

Cotton 2017

Llamaland; my parents temporary St. Louis apartment! Highlight of 2017 and definitely going to be a highlight of 2018!!

Fall Festival

Halloween Chickens 2017

Halloween 2017

The Spy had several cello concerts in 2017

Tattered butterfly at The Butterfly House November 2017

Thanksgiving Day 2017

December 2017

Christmas Eve 2017

Being pregnant was also a big highlight of 2017 and less than 5 weeks to go!!

With Pop; New Year’s Eve

Happy New Year!

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Merry Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas! Hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season!

Checking out the lights at “Santa’s Magical Kingdom”

First snow of the season! (barn near Spy Garden)


Christmas village under the tree

Train station


Candy Cane Nails

Rainy windshield

A little duck herding show at Purina Farms

Making gingerbread dough

Baking the pieces

And voila!

Making cookies for Santa

And check out this cool dried orange garland we made

Christmas Eve service was very beautiful, only causing me to tear up 7 or so times, ha!

Mary getting ready

Almost time

And the service featured my absolute favorite Christmas hymn,

Once in Royal David’s City

Once in royal David’s city,
Stood a lowly cattle shed,
Where a mother laid her Baby,
In a manger for His bed:
Mary was that mother mild,
Jesus Christ, her little Child.

He came down to earth from heaven,
Who is God and Lord of all,
And His shelter was a stable,
And His cradle was a stall:
With the poor, and mean, and lowly,
Lived on earth our Saviour holy.

For He is our childhood’sΒ pattern;
Day by day, like us, He grew;
He was little, weak, and helpless,
Tears and smiles, like us He knew;
And He cares when we are sad,
And he shares when we are glad.

And our eyes at last shall see Him,
Through His own redeeming love;
For that Child so dear and gentle,
Is our Lord in heaven above:
And He leads His children on,
To the place where He is gone.

The kids did a great job

And the main event…

Woodland creatures sewing kit; she made this one all by herself without any assistance!

Pretty winter morning in the Missouri River Valley

Two turkeys