3 years and 13 days

This is our life now. And as hard it is to navigate without that manual everyone always talks about, we’re doing it the best way we know how: together and with so much love.

We welcomed Ellis John Henry Berry into the world on January 3rd at 2:49pm. He was 21 inches long and weighed nine pounds and 14 ounces. The kicker? Dude was three weeks early! He was born with all the hair he has in the picture above and started getting compliments left and right as soon as he was out into the real world.

He had some struggles at first: had to work to get his oxygen moving in the right direction and had to spend night number 2 in the special care nursery because of really low blood sugar. Less than 24 hours after we got home, we had to take him back to the special care nursery because his bilirubin levels were really low. Spent the night again with him looking like a glow worm all night.

He’s home now and as lovely as possible. It’s hard to believe your heart has room for another human being. You’re wrong. It does.

Big brother is acclimating the best way a three year old knows how, with requests to hold “his baby” and “wipe the poop”. I don’t know about that last one either… And he’s learning full on football practice in the living room can’t quite happen as frequently as it had in the past. He’s also very adamant and uncomfortably confident about helping hand the baby to one of us, but his helping nature is the most adorable thing ever.

Our family is complete now and my heart couldn’t be fuller.

santa claus is a thing now

We weren’t sure how long it would take Oslo to understand the concept of Santa. Last Christmas, he was saying three words: tree, mama and cheese. Now, he’s full of words. So. Many. Words. He got his picture taken with Santa last week and this whole Santa thing has come up in conversation a couple of times. I’m lovin’ it.

We’re pretty excited to start a new tradition this Christmas with PackageFromSanta.com, the ONLY Santa memory service that does everything personalized – we’re talking LETTERS, PACKAGES, CALLS and VIDEOS from SANTA! And friends, when you have a kid with a name like our boy, you take advantage of something like this.

Do you want to see your children’s face light up in amazement when they get a personalized letter from Santa Claus? Of course you do! This not just a letter from Santa. It’s an amazing experience – it’s joy, memories, wonder and happiness in a box! You can choose a specific letter theme and then customize it yourself to include details that only Santa would know!

Every package also comes with a FREE personalized CALL and VIDEO FROM SANTA that can be scheduled any time. This techy part of the PackageFromSanta.com was unreal! So surprisingly well done and high-end and I can’t wait to see what he thinks of it.

Package from Santa has an A+ Rating with the BBB due to their unmatched high-touch customer service so you can be confident that you are making a wise purchase. They have real people on the phone ready to help answer questions. I’ve never even thought to check out something like this through the BBB, but there ya go.

Click here to see a video to learn more about this very special Santa memory service that will be a part of my family for years to come!

The Silver Package ($24.95) comes in a red box & includes:

  • Personalized Letter from Santa
  • BONUS! Personalized Video from Santa (retail $9.99)
  • BONUS! Personalized Phone Call from Santa to a cell phone OR land line! (retail $9.99)
  • Personalized Nice List Certificate
  • Autographed Santa Claus Photo
  • Autographed Rudolph Photo
  • Genuine North Pole Stamp
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There are 3 different packages offered, so you can choose a price point that works with your budget. I will be reviewing the Silver package ($29.95).

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if you need a doula in the twin cities, this is the one you need

Before Amelia even got pregnant with this baby of ours, she was insistent that we would need a doula. I wasn’t really interested at first, because I felt like I would be able to take care of my wife, dammit, and I didn’t need any help at all! She also insisted on taking the recommended pre natal supplements by actual women, s she did, and thankfully that went pretty well.

Midway through the pregnancy, things got a little weird with the place we were planning on birthin’ this baby. Some red flags shot up based on the care we were receiving, so hiring a doula became more appealing to me. I tend to get defensive and protective of the people in my life and we decided that might not bode well if I wound up in fisticuffs with a doctor while my wife was in labor.

We interviewed two doulas before we knew we found the one for us. The first one was great and we didn’t have any concerns about her at all. She asked who the other doula was that we were interviewing and when we told her, she looked like someone had run over her puppy. I’m paraphrasing, but she said something like, “Yeah, you’ll go with her.” And she’s right. We did.

Meet our doula, Alissa Fountain or she’s here on Facebook if you’re more into that kind of thing. I would just hashtag her amazeballs and be done with it, but you need to know more.

When you meet Alissa, she’s this immediate calming presence. If you know me, you know I’m the exact opposite of that, but yet when I was in a room with her, I could feel that presence and that doesn’t happen often for me.