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He is here!! 

Cooper Dennis Slonaker made his grand entrance into the world on Tuesday, October 11th, at 9:16 pm. He was 7 lbs. 10 oz. and 19.5 in. of pure perfection! 

Cooper

 I woke up Tuesday morning having contractions a few minutes apart, but not very strong. I was thinking that if this goes anything like my birth with Bradley then we were going to have a baby before noon!  Well, that wasn’t Cooper’s plan. After 14 hours of labor he was finally here! My contractions throughout the day were manageable and they were spread apart. So I spent the day going for walks, watching Netflix and splashing around in my birthing pool. #netflixandcontract. I can’t take credit for that hashtag. My husband is a clever guy!  

We decided to work with a midwife and have a home birth. I am so thankful that everything went as planned and we have a happy, healthy baby. The experience of having my baby at home was amazing! The best part was that there was no sleepless night at the hospital. I was already home, in my own bed, with my own pillow. It was glorious! The only downfall was no “free” room service. 😉

Bradley and I even got to have a little swim session in the pool!

Pool time  

I loved having that time with him. Holding on to every last second of my only baby! My heart breaks a little with the thought that Bradley is not my one and only anymore. But, I am looking forward to the challenges and joys of having two little boys to love! I have already fallen head over heals for my sweet Cooper. I know that loving both of these sweet babes will only better me as a mom and as a person. 

Mommy and boys

Can you tell I am a little sleep deprived?! 😉

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Cooper

I love this view!!

My boys

Brothers

My heart is full of love for my boys! I am so thankful that they are both happy and healthy. I am excited to take on the role of a mother of two! #momofboys

God is so good! 

<3 Justina 

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Chloe’s Dedication Day

We celebrated a special day last weekend in our family! 

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Cody and I committed to raise Chloe in a Christian home and to love the Lord.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” 

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How cute is she?! Chloe wore the exact same dress and headband Ember did 2 years ago for her dedication! Can you see a resemblance??

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We were blessed to be joined by so many family and friends! Chloe has so much love and support for her life! And we are blessed as her parents to raise her in this circle. 

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This is my friend Tori and her gorgeous kids! They watch Chloe on Monday’s for us, I am so grateful for her and her willingness to love on Chloe! So glad God brought us together this summer!

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My parents were gracious enough to host a brunch immediately following the service in their home for our family and friends to celebrate! It is always fun to have everyone together.

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Brunch was followed by the other thing we enjoy on Sunday afternoons… watching football! Go Niners! 

It was a day to be remembered. 

-Jaclyn 

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Maternity Leave

My 12 week maternity leave comes to an end tonight as I return to work in the morning.

My emotions are all over the place! I love my job, but I’m going to miss spending 24/7 with my sweet Chloe Sue.image

I am thankful to work for an organization that values family and believes in work/life balance! A 6 week paid paternal leave, plus some stored sick and vacation time and I enjoyed 12 weeks paid with my beautiful daughter! Definitely 12 weeks I will never forget! 

I’ve already cried three times today…tell me I’m not the only mama who is struggling with leaving their child?! 

Thankfully, Chloe gets to spend 4 days a week with her Gamma and Gampa and 1 day a week with a dear friend or I’d really be a mess! She is in the best hands with people who love her very much! 

Now, back to my 12 weeks off…

We enjoyed so many fun times together, I wanted to share some of them with you!

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Monday- Friday we enjoyed Stroller Strides with Fit4Mom Meridian at Kleiner Park! Nothing like getting my workout on with my daughter, other mamas, their kiddos and all while singing nursery rhymes!  

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Multiple coffee dates, walks, and visits with friends and family! 

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Our first visit to Boise Zoo! After a delicious breakfast and coffee at our favorite breakfast spot, Big City Coffee! Fun with Auntie M, cousin Ember, Auntie J, cousin Bradley, Jodi & Carter!

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Two weekend visits to Gamma and Gampa’s cabin in New Meadows! 

imageAnd a trip to Portland to visit Cody’s family and friends! Nana Karey and Auntie Brandi planned a Meet & Greet Chloe BBQ! 

And that’s just to name a few! So many fun times I could write all day! Again, 12 weeks I am so thankful for and was blessed with and will never forget! 

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Chloe Sue St. John

Chloe Sue St. John, born June 21, 2016 at 12:13pm 6lb 8oz 19.25in

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On June 20th my water broke at work 4:38pm. I was admitted into the hospital at 5:00pm. Walked the halls, did squats, bounced on birth ball trying to initiate labor naturally. My parents had joined us and then left for home at 9:00pm to get some rest, since contractions had yet to start. Cody fell asleep on the hospital chair bed. So of course my contractions finally started at 10:00pm once I was all alone. I labored on my own until 1:00am when I woke up Cody to assist with some breathing techniques and labor positions to manage the contractions. By 4:00am contractions were 2 minutes apart but I was still only dilated 3cm. We discussed with the nurse if it was too early to get an epidural, but decided to go ahead and start a slow drip of pitocin to increase dilation with each contraction. I called Mom and Dad and asked them to come back. The epidural was the best thing I did! I was able to lay in bed and relax while my contractions continued without any pain. We played Scattergories to pass the time. By 8:00am I was 6cm; 9:00am, 8cm and 10:00am, 10cm. Right as I was getting ready to push the Nurse informed me that the Dr had an emergency and I would need to wait until his return. Thankfully, we were not the emergency, however, I felt very anxious after already laboring for 12 hours waiting for dilation. At 11:30am the Dr was back and it was finally go time!  The 35 minutes of pushing was definitely the worst part! I wish the epidural would have helped with that pain! After 14 hours of labor I finally got to meet my baby girl!

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And how sweet she is! 

The past 9 weeks have been the best 9 weeks of my life! After waiting 40 weeks to meet her, she sure is growing up way too fast! She is smiling, cooing, figuring out her hands, and working on holding up her head. I enjoy every waking moment with her! Her 2 month appointment was today and she is 10lbs 10oz and 21.5in long. She is thriving!

Only 3 weeks left until I return to work full-time. It is bittersweet, as I love my job, but it will be so difficult to leave her each day. Thankfully, we are blessed to have my parents as childcare 4 days a week and a friend the other day. I cannot imagine dropping her at daycare. We are working on introducing bottles and cloth diapers this week.

Thank you Chloe Sue for choosing me to be your MOM!

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