Happy Birthday To My Littlest Love

Driving the twenty minutes home from the fair seemed to take forever. As the contractions came on stronger and stronger I just knew that tonight was the night. When we got home, Monk was hungry from her big day so I made her a quick sandwich and then I laid down on the couch to try to relax. After Monk finished eating she laid down next to me on the floor cushions and fell asleep immediately. It’s been a long exhausting day for both of us, but I knew my night was just starting.

At around 10:00pm I knew it was time to call our midwife. I didn’t want to wait any longer and end up waking her in the middle of the night. Our birth plan was to have another water birth at the birth center, just like how we had Monk. As each contraction got more and more intense, Dana would rub the small of my back to help ease the pain. At one point the pain was getting so bad I had to walk to the bedroom so as not to wake Monk up, who was blissfully sleeping next to me.

Dana was busy packing up the car, putting in the baby car seat and loading up our bags. I knew he was doing this as fast as he could but there were moments when I cursed him in my head for leaving me on my own, even if it was just for a few minutes. The pain was so intense that any thoughts of leaving the house just flew out the window. All I could concentrate on was how painful the contractions were. At one point I decided to get up and get into our bath tub hoping that the warm water would help ease some of the pain.

As soon as I get into the bath tub another wave of contractions hit me. I didn’t even get a chance to turn the water on. I tell Dana, the baby is coming! He looks down and sure enough he sees the baby’s head. A few pushes later, Dana was proudly holding on to our baby boy. We didn’t know the gender of our baby during our pregnancy. We had one ultrasound early on to determine our due date and that was it. So the fact that he was a boy was a complete surprise.

09-01-12 Baby Myles

We called our midwife about two minutes after Dana caught the baby. Jennifer was at our home within 10 minutes. We didn’t plan for a home birth because I felt that our home was just going to be too small to have so many people around. It ended up being such an amazing experience.

After I got cleaned up, we all made our way to the bedroom. Jennifer let us relax for a bit, letting me nurse and giving us some time to bond with the baby. A few hours later Jennifer left after making sure both the baby and I were doing great. We woke Monk up to meet her new Baby Brother.
09-05-12 Bae & Myles

It was the third day after his birth was when we finally settled on a name.
Myles Christopher B.
The perfect addition to our little family.
09-04-12 My Loves
Happy birthday little man. We all love you so very much.
Thank you for all the love, joy and giggles you have brought into our lives.

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Thanks so much for stopping by.
-XOXO Lysa

Happy Birthday to My Little Love

My dearest Baelynne aka Monk(ey).
You have brought so much joy, love and laughter into our lives.

Little MonkYou are full of giggles and hugs.
Playground
Always ready to jump, dance or play at a moments notice.
Farm
You are the sweetest child I have ever known.
Pirate Bae
I love my morning hugs and kisses.
I love our conversations about what we dreamt of the night before.
I love how you pick out 20 stories for bedtime.
And after we’ve read them all you still ask for one more.
I love the way you hold my hand each night as you fall asleep.
You are amazing just the way you are.
Happy Birthday to you my little Love.
I love you more than words can say.

-XOXO Mommy

Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

I have been wanting needing some chocolate cupcakes in my life. I don’t even remember the last time I had one. I believe the last time I had some was when we made a batch for Monk’s 2nd birthday party. Monk is now 3 years 7 months. I found a recipe from Add A Pinch, but I modified it a bit. I whipped up a batch of chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, and they are delish!

Light and moist with just enough chocolate and the cream cheese frosting adds just the right touch. The original recipe made 12 cupcakes. I doubled the recipe when I made ours, because 12 would not last very long in this house.

Chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.

This recipe yields 24 chocolate cupcakes with frosting.

Chocolate Cupcakes:

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups granulated sugar

1 cup natural unsweetened cocoa

2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon espresso powder (instant coffee)

1 cup of milk

1/2 cup of unrefined virgin coconut oil

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup boiling water

Cream Cheese Frosting:

1/2 cup of butter (1 stick), softened

1 package of cream cheese (8 ounce), softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 cups confectioner’s sugar

Preheat the oven to 325 F.

Fill the muffin tin with cupcake liners.

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt and espresso powder. Whisk until combined well.

Add milk, coconut oil, eggs, and vanilla extract to the flour mixture. Whisk until everything is combined well. Slowly add boiling water to the mixture and slowly whisk until everything is fully combined.

Using a spoon or ice cream scoop, fill the cupcake liners about 1/2 to 3/4 full.

Place in the oven and bake for 13-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Remove from the oven and allow the cupcakes to completely cool.

For the cream cheese frosting, whisk together the butter, cream cheese and vanilla extract until combined.

Add confectioner’s sugar one cup at a time and whisk until fully incorporated.

Continue to add sugar and whisk until you have added all four cups.

Spoon into a Ziploc bag or piping bag, snip a little triangle off the corner and pipe onto the cooled cupcake.

Chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. Delish!

Delish!

Grab one and enjoy!