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Introducing Hunter + Hospital VLOG: Siblings Meet Baby

We are excited to introduce you to our sweet Hunter!
We are smitten! Our biggest baby yet, 8 pounds and 20 in long!
We keep joking he knew he needed to be a little sturdy before meeting his siblings hehe.
To me he’s a total blend of all the kids. A lighter brunette with those big ol’ brown eyes like the rest of them.
His birth was the best one yet for me it still feels like a dream.
I had time to get my epidural and felt a few intense/pressure contractions and he was coming out on his own!
I pushed half a push!! So thankful for this sweet healthy babe and the whole delivery going smoothly.
Hunter is a total snuggle bug with the softest chubby cheeks!
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Our sweet baby boy arrived this afternoon and we have been
busy snuggling and smiling over how perfect he is!!!
The big kids came over to the Hospital after school and it was MAGICAL!
We are all so in love and can’t get over how precious he is.
Scroll down to see the video of the moment the kids met Hunter for the first time!
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Hunter is 7 days old today and He feels so alert and sturdy already!
Follow us on Instagram for daily shares of the fun and crazy as a family of 7!
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We are excited to share a video of the big kids meeting their new little brother.
It was pure magic and I’m so glad we have these memories to look back on.
Thanks for sharing in our excitement!
There’s something so amazing watching this video and seeing kid after kid hold Hunter.
He is one loved baby and I still can’t believe we have five kids! haha! ;)
Love these sweet faces! Follow on our Channel to see more baby cuteness videos.

Launch Day for our baby, Rooted Village!

We are so excited to share that the Rooted Village Site is LIVE!
We have opened up memberships!! This has been a project on our hearts
for years so the fact that I just made the site live… is insane to me!

The Community is a platform for you and your family to be encouraged and find your people!
$4.99/Month you have access to the Bi-Monthly Episodes (like a tv show entertaining and uplifting!
Four blog/youtube families share on a certain topic each episode.)
The monthly magazine delivered to your doorstep!
And the Private Facebook Group where you can connect and join in the LIVE monthly classes
(example: one month a financial advisor will share and answer questions…
another month a food blogger will share on meal planning and give tips!)
We are so thankful for those who have been cheering us on and
we can’t wait to have FUN with everyone who joins the community!!
It means so much to me I feel like I just gave birth to our first November baby.
Up next, real baby. Lol.
It Takes a Village…let us be yours!!
Click HERE to visit the new site!
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Life Lately: Prodromal Labor, Giving up on Doing it All and Costume idea for bossy 2 year old

The other night at 1 am, after an hour and half of trying to sleep…
I decided to organize my wallet and clean out my purse. (as you do.)
In the silence I finally realized that I need to stop acting like a crazy person.
This is not the season for homemade costumes or participating in the trunk or treat.
It’s the season to grow a human and be totally miserable for a few more weeks.
SO hard for me because they are things I enjoy doing.
But the next day I returned what I got for those things
and the kids picked out their costumes at Walmart. Done.
This is your pep talk if you’re like me and try and do all the things.
Sometimes you gotta let some things go so you can live your season well.
I love these people of mine.
I shared this on my Instagram…and seeing everyone’s comments was incredible.
We are not alone in this feeling of wanting/needing/trying to do it all
and that’s so uplifting knowing that!

Anyone else have a bossy 2 year old who thinks it’s way
more fun to just run around in a diaper? :)
Asher is not feeling his halloween costume, let alone clothing in general.
I’m thinking we need a costume that’s as naked as possible. haha.

Had a checkup yesterday. Only 1cm dilated. I was HOPING I wasn’t progressing more
because I don’t feel ready at all…
but I seriously thought how could I NOT be with how this feels.
But Prodromal labor is kicking my booty.
(Cue all my children giggling at the word booty.)
A couple nights ago I had contractions every 10 minutes for over an hour and I cried myself to sleep.
I honestly feel like the grouchiest person right now because of the discomfort.
I need to just get a grip and buckle down. Only a few more weeks!
I could copy and paste word for word my Instagram update on Asher’s pregnancy
compared to this one except I’m almost 37 weeks:
“37 weeks today and had a checkup. I thought for sure I would have progressed even more with all these horrible contractions.
Nope. Doctor said it looks like I’m having Prodromal Labor.
Labor that starts and stops for sometimes days on end.
I had a natural birth with Micah, I know what bad contractions feel like.
I almost went into the hospital three times this past week with how bad and time able they got.
Unlike most Braxton hicks, the contractions from prodromal labor are painful
and feel like real labor except it’s like a tease. It builds up (sometimes for hours) and then fizzles out.
It’s emotionally exhausting and makes you feel like you don’t understand your body.”
—- exactly where I’m at with baby five. Self diagnosed: irritable uterus. haha.

The funny comments keep rolling in!
People just can’t help themselves when they see a pregnant lady!
The best one from last week:
Someone told me, “well, you look good in your face!”
Hahaha the best. I laughed all the way to my car thinking about that
comment and how people mean so well deep deep down.
Trying to savor these last few weeks because honestly, that feels so short!
I can’t believe we are here already.
Here’s some glimpses into life lately.
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I can’t wait to update you guys on baby’s arrival!
Have you seen my Hospital bag video/post?
Crossing the to-do’s off the list as we wait. :)