Charlee Elizabeth Schwertfeger

Jeremy, Trey and I feel so blessed to have welcomed the 4th member of our family on August 12th at 6:13pm.  Charlee Elizabeth was a pleasant early birthday gift for me…God sure knows how to give the best presents. 
Charlee (pronounced like Charlie) came into this world at 7lbs 9oz and 19 inches long.  She also arrived just a little bit faster than her brother (see Trey’s birth recap here)…I see a little competitive drive already 🙂
Here’s how it all went down:
Sunday morning J, Trey and I decided to make a little road trip to Ames to walk around the ISU campus and have brunch at The Cafe.  We had a great time chasing around Trey as he explored the campanile and Cy’s statue. 

On the way home around 12:45pm I felt my first contraction.  Upon arriving home J and I decided to get the bags packed.  We then proceeded to head outside to throw our new ISU football around with Trey 🙂 Around 3pm Kelli came over and we went for a walk. While walking I decided this was the real deal. A little history: I showed up at the hospital for Trey at 9cm and had him within a half hour….so we knew we needed to be a little bit more proactive this time or J would be delivering this baby at home. 
We packed up the car, took Trey to Kelli’s and arrived at the hospital at 4:30pm.  I was 6cm dilated and started to hit some decent contractions.  I made the commitment to myself to go all natural (no drugs) so I clenched my teeth, took deep breaths and squeezed J’s hand.  My water was broke at 5:30pm and for motivation I kept asking to see how dilated I was. It was music to my ears when they said it was time to push.  I took a deep breath and pushed.  The first push we saw the head, the second push the head came out and on the third push I looked down and saw a baby GIRL!  Charlee was born at 6:13pm.  I cannot thank J enough for helping me through labor as well as the wonderful nurses at Methodist West and Dr. MacEntaffer. We also want to give a special thanks to those that watched Trey while were were at the hospital: my sister and brother-in-law, Tara and family, and Kelli and family.   
We are tickled pink and look forward to the many memories Charlee will bring us. 

I plan to take some time off from Sara B Consulting, I appreciate your understanding!

Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good
Sara B.

Baby S2 Update – Week 36 & Nesting

This is it…the final countdown…4 weeks to go for me and go time for my sister!
We both feel great and are getting anxious to meet the little ones squirming around inside us.

39 weeks & 35 weeks

And with the countdown….let the nesting begin!  On Sunday Kelli and I prepared 9 separate meals.  5 crockpot and 4 pans.  All will be frozen, so while we are busy with babies we have healthy and convenient meals.  The total cost comes to about $2.25 per serving and took 3.5 hours to prepare (not counting grocery shopping time).  Trust me….all is worth it! 

Start with cutting and prepping all veggies and set aside. Then move on to meat so there is no cross contamination. 

we’re done and dinner is ready for days to come!
Recipes for all the meals:
Meal 1-5
Frozen Crock Pot Meals – we made three of these recipes and combined into 5 meals
Meal 6
Turkey Lasagna
Meal 7
Chicken Enchiladas
Meal 8
Chicken Pot Pie
Meal 9
Veggie Mac & Cheese

week 25

week 30 & 34

Other Baby S2 blog posts:
Week 21, Hawaii
Week 30, Shower, Puerto Rico

Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good
Sara B.

Baby Brown Shower & BabyS2 Update

My sister, Kelli, and I are having the fun experience of being pregnant together.  She is expecting her first baby (girl) in July.  Here we are at week 30 & 34 (and no, we didn’t plan our outfits for this pic 🙂

This past weekend our pal Rachel & I threw Kelli a shower.  Not too girly and kept it classy….totally Kelli’s style.

The food was soo delish!  On the menu: fresh fruit, my go to egg dish (I’ll post again soon), Rachel’s ice cream cups & banana walnut bread, and Marie’s raspberry Greek yogurt pie.

and of course, cakepops!  I am so proud of the lovely cakepop stand I made….with no help from Pinterest 😉  The vanilla cakepops came from D’lish D’serts.

Next up on the baby updates….The 3, I mean 4 of us headed to Puerto Rico for another prebaby get-a-way at week 28/29.

This time we took Trey and he LOVED his first splash in the ocean! 

He made sure to use all his senses while exploring the beach.

Family photo!
Some of our favorite places to eat while in San Juan…Mi Madres for Mexican and Tora Salao for tapas.

Other Baby S2 posts: Week 21 & Announcement

Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good
Sara B.

Coconut Pancakes

We LOVE pancakes in this household.  Especially on Saturday or Sunday mornings.  I try to spice up the cakes by experimenting with different flours, toppings, flavors, etc.  Last Sunday, with a little coconut flour, coconut oil, and unsweetened coconut flakes, I made a tasteful rendition of the classic cake. 
Hey all you dads out there…this might be a perfect “Breakfast in Bed Mother’s Day Breakfast!”

Coconut Pancakes
1 C buttermilk (or try 1 C skim milk with 1 T lemon juice, let sit and add to recipe)
1 egg
1 T canola oil or unsweetened applesauce
1/2 t Watkins vanilla
Mix together
Stir in:
1/2 C coconut flour
1/2 C whole wheat flour
2 t  sugar
1/2 t sea salt
1 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
Bake away on your pancake griddle! Top with coconut flakes for garnish.
Happy Mother’s Day!

Trey (14months)

Trey saying hi to Baby S#2
I feel sooo blessed to be a Mom! 

Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good
Sara B.

Baby S2 Update & other happenings

Wow!  Where does the time go when expecting #2!? 

WEEK 21 (as of 4/3)!
The first time around J and I had a stack of pregnancy books we would read each week for updates.  This time I’m lucky if I skim it once/month.  However, I can rest assured that the baby is growing big and strong inside of me as we had our 21 week ultrasound last week and everything looks good!
He or she was pretty shy but did manage to stick its little tongue out at us 🙂
Weighing in at about 13oz he/she is the same size Trey was at this time. 
I am feeling more and more movement, but J is anxiously awaiting his first fist pump. 
I feel it most when I kick my feet up for a bit…which isn’t long as I still enjoy getting active doing Crossfit, running, swimming, and biking on the trainer. 

Trey is excited about the baby and likes to sport his “Big Brother” shirt every now and then.
He also suprised us with his first official word (other than “mama,” “dada,” & “uh-oh”)….BABY!
When I ask Trey: “Where’s the baby?” He walks over to me and lifts up my shirt to expose my belly button.  He then goes on to give it a good scratch while smiling.  However, sometimes when ask “Where’s the baby?” he proceeds to left his own shirt and show off his growing belly 🙂

Babymoon #2
J and I took babymoon #2 back in February to Kaui, HI.  We had a great time surfing, hiking, whale watching, and snorkeling.  What a beautiful island!

J and I spent an afternoon learning how to surf

while we both caugh some waves, J really caught on…

check him out after just 2 hours of lessons….wow! 😉

Dowling Track
The last big happening around here is I started coaching hurdles for Dowling Catholic High School.  I am very excited to be back coaching after a break last year.  Dowling seems to be a perfect fit (and yes, that’s coming from a former Valley girl)! 

Trey at his first high school meet

Happy Easter everyone!  He is risen!

Until next time…
Look good, feel good, do good
Sara B.

Trey’s 1st Birthday

Trey celebrated his 1st Birthday on February 16th!  I can’t believe a year has gone by already since we were introduced to our little stud. The joys he brought us in just a year are too many to count.  It’s also hard to believe we will be doubeling those blessings in 5 months with Baby S2’s arrival.

Trey is sporting the very same shirt J wore on his 1st Birthday!

For his birthday we had a bike themed bash.  It was actually just a small family get together with chili and cake.  

getting pumped up for the party

I order my cakes from Classic Cakes in Clive.  The owner, Carolyn makes amazingly tasty and creative cakes.  Each one has a personal touch.  For J and Mike’s (brother-in-law and owner of Crossfit Des Moines) birthday she made a cake with a road bike and kettlebell on it. 

Trey’s “1” cake

Many people asked, “are you getting him a gluten-free, applesauce, health food cake?”  My answer to that is no, let’s be real.  I got Trey a real, homemade, delicious cake.  This is not an everyday, every week or month occurrence.  Do I care about feeding him organics, dye-free, whole foods….for sure!  But it is his birthday and I have no fear that I wrecked his diet for life.  You can see my philosophy on “treats” here. 

He polished it off!

Good times with good friends!

Unlike Christmas, Trey was all about the presents

Trey’s first 4-wheeler, of course from the Boisen family

We can really communicate now 🙂

Happy 1st Birthday Trey!  We love you!

See how Trey has grown:
Birth announcement
First days home
3 1/2 months

Until next time…
Look good, feel good, do good
Sara B.