day three

day three

I thought I would get a couple photos of this sweet baby connor posted…it’s been so nice to bring him home. We are all just so in love with him!  I think that Capri has finally realized that connor is a force to be reckoned with. He has a bottle and a blinky just like her, and she is just not sure why everyone is making such a big deal about him! Lol! She is pretty concerned… she wants to touch him, but certainly doesn’t get the concept of  “‘soft’…  Colton was sitting by me, holding him as he is fast asleep, and colton said ‘I forgot how boring Capri used to be…”  totally, the kids love to play with Capri so much cause she can really PLAY! She is so much fuN! …
Connor had a few hours of awake time today- which is exciting! He has been a total power sleeper! He is so sweet… so calm! He doesn’t cry… or at least he hasn’t yet. I am sure he’ll figure it out!  but he wakes up in the night, and just kicks his blankets off and kind of makes grunting noises… but no crying! He’s just happy to be here!
Man, so am i!!
I am feeling so much better. I have been totally taking it easy!
I am not a breast feeder… I went through hell with the first 3 kids… did the whole guilt feeling, and was just miserable for the first 2 or so months of their lives… casue I felt like that was expected of me etc… I gave that up with Capri! Went straight to the bottle, and that was the best thing ever for ME! (and for everyone… the big fight is who gets to feed baby!) anyway…so I am bottle feeding Connor, which makes me happy, and makes him happy! And I know just how much he’s eaten and it doesn’t take 2 hours! … since it’s day 3, I am starting having major pain as the milk is thinking it’s supposed to come in… so sore! So I have been doing the cabbage routine! It worked like a charm w/ Capri.  So they are starting to feel much better! I am sure it will be sore for a few more days! 
So for now… I am so sad that my family doesn’t live closer! It will be a couple weeks before we’ll be up in SLC to show him off! 

Connor2 Connor1_2

132 Comments
  • Shannon

    10 July, 2007 at 5:38 pm

    Congratulations, Heidi and family. Your new little one is gorgeous! It was nice to read about you bottle feeding. I’m home on maternity leave with my third child and bottle feeding this time around, too.
    I still don’t know how you do it with all the kids, the business, etc. and look so great doing it all!

  • alexandra hobson

    10 July, 2007 at 5:38 pm

    OMG Heidi – he is an absolutely gorgeous baby! Congratulations again and enjoy your new blessing! *HUGS* Alex

  • Jenny M

    10 July, 2007 at 5:43 pm

    He is such a handsome little man!!
    Congrats again!

  • Stacey C.

    10 July, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    He is gorgeous! Congrats to the Swapp family once again.

  • Cathy

    10 July, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    Heidi – Conner is absolutely adorable; another gorgeous Swapp baby!! Hey, don’t feel guilty about not breast feeding — no kid ever grew up and was a changed person because they were/were not breast fed!!! I breast fed my kids and it worked for me, but it doesn’t work for everyone..whatever you’re comfortable with…if the mommy is happy, the baby is happy….they can certainly feel your vibe!! Enjoy! ~Cathy

  • Mere

    10 July, 2007 at 5:54 pm

    he is adorable!!! I’m so glad things are going well for you!

  • Kathryn (aka kate)

    10 July, 2007 at 6:04 pm

    Oh, he is just too sweet!
    Congrats on the new little one.
    My girls are 16 months apart so I sorta get what you are going through… yours are a wee bit closer.
    Enjoy them all, as I am sure you do!
    Take lots of pictures and share them with us, you have such a beautiful family!!
    Take care!
    Kathryn

  • chris

    10 July, 2007 at 6:08 pm

    Congrats Heidi! He is amazing and so is his mother!

  • Erika

    10 July, 2007 at 6:09 pm

    Welcome home! Such a beautiful baby boy! Glad to hear you are all doing well. There is such a wonderful feeling of comfort when you get home from the hospital. All is right with the world minus the lack of new baby sleep. But enjoy this too. The Swapp family of 7 is a lucky one!
    Best wishes. Looking forward to all of Connor’s future blogs!

  • Shealynn Benner

    10 July, 2007 at 6:11 pm

    Oh my goodness!! What a cutie he is!! Adorable!

  • Michelle

    10 July, 2007 at 6:16 pm

    What an absolute beauty! Just gorgeous! Congrats again 🙂

  • Lisa Russell

    10 July, 2007 at 6:17 pm

    He is beautiful! Congratulations!!

  • Aimee

    10 July, 2007 at 6:18 pm

    Beautiful babe!!
    Thanks to you I learned all about the cabbage routine (last Sept at CE)! Lemmie tell you… it worked and I was praising your name!!

  • stephanie

    10 July, 2007 at 6:24 pm

    What a cutie!

  • paige

    10 July, 2007 at 6:26 pm

    oh my~~
    he is gorgeous!!
    congratulations….i know you are in love with that sweet baby!!

  • paige

    10 July, 2007 at 6:26 pm

    oh my~~
    he is gorgeous!!
    congratulations….i know you are in love with that sweet baby!!

  • Rebecca Geach

    10 July, 2007 at 6:29 pm

    He is darling!
    SO SO SO special.
    What a superhero you are 🙂
    Bx

  • corey

    10 July, 2007 at 6:36 pm

    can you say PERFECT? REally, he’s just precious and cuddly! He looks so tiny, congrats again!

  • beth l

    10 July, 2007 at 6:53 pm

    totally sweet baby boy! what a happy family for this little guy to join.
    congratulations again!

  • Lori

    10 July, 2007 at 7:00 pm

    I haven’t even read the blog…i immediately scrolled down to see pictures!!! That is the prettiest baby I have ever seen…I am in love!
    I will go back and read the blog now!
    Lori

  • Tara

    10 July, 2007 at 7:01 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful!!! Well done you clever thing. 🙂

  • Nita

    10 July, 2007 at 7:02 pm

    Oh, baby Connor is so beautiful! And you were definitely right ~ his hair is the darkest of all! I can’t believe it! I bet it’s so nice to finally have him home (and to FINALLY not be pregnant anymore)!!

  • Holly Child

    10 July, 2007 at 7:04 pm

    Oh, what a sweetpea!! And look at that hair! Darling! :o)

  • Dorothy Rhodes

    10 July, 2007 at 7:10 pm

    He is handsome. You shouldn’t feel guilty about not breastfeeding. I tried with both of my girls initially, was frustrated. I decided to do what’s best for us and then I switched to bottle feeding. Both are growing up well and healthy.

  • bethy

    10 July, 2007 at 7:11 pm

    congratulations! he is perfect and handsome. so what is with that guilt thing – it is so MEAN! i am glad you found your way 🙂

  • Martha

    10 July, 2007 at 7:14 pm

    just an incredible beautiful lil baby boy!!! congrats again!!

  • AZAnjanette

    10 July, 2007 at 7:22 pm

    Hey we are playing the same game right now. I gave birth on June 27th, just 10 days ahead of you. I am doing the breastfeeding and man it’s painful even with baby #2. It’s finally getting better now that my little guy is 2 weeks old. Keep posting those beautiful baby photos. You give me lots of inspiration and it will be a great reminder to keep snapping those precious photos. The babies grow so very quickly. Wishing you a good night’s sleep soon!

  • Renata Carvalhaes

    10 July, 2007 at 7:29 pm

    Hi Heidi!
    Greetings from Brasil!
    Congrats on the new little one!
    He is adorable and so beautiful!:)
    God bless you!

  • Shannon Lowe

    10 July, 2007 at 7:29 pm

    Oh my goodness Heidi, he is just gorgeous!
    I am so happy for you and your family.
    Thanks for sharing this joyous event with us!

  • Kelly Jo

    10 July, 2007 at 7:36 pm

    Congrats, Heidi. He is Soooo Beautiful!

  • Jacquie

    10 July, 2007 at 7:44 pm

    Awwwww how cute is he!

  • catherine feegel-erhardt (mmm 2007)

    10 July, 2007 at 7:49 pm

    magical!
    beautiful!
    blessed!
    perfect!
    peaceful!
    congrats!

  • Kimmy

    10 July, 2007 at 7:50 pm

    Heidi! Congratulations. You are an inspiration to me! I’ve always looked up to you and been amazed from afar. I wish I was coming to the reunion to see you and your darling family! Sending lots of love!!!

  • jodiw

    10 July, 2007 at 7:57 pm

    TOTALLY CUTE LITTLE GUY!!!!

  • Kim Griffin

    10 July, 2007 at 8:03 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS HEIDI, ERIC AND FAMILY!
    Connor is perfectly handsome and he looks so awake and eager to take on the world…or maybe he’s just looking around for his first scrapbook layouts???
    {GIGGLE}
    many happy blessings to your whole family, including SLEEP!!!
    :O)

  • Heather H.

    10 July, 2007 at 8:14 pm

    Congratulations Swapp family! What a sweet new addition to an already rockin’ family!

  • Katie

    10 July, 2007 at 8:23 pm

    So, so sweet! Congratualtions!!

  • Sherry

    10 July, 2007 at 8:37 pm

    AAhhhhhhhh……….
    He is absolutely, positively ADORABLE! He even LOOKS sweet and calm. I love hearing (reading)how in love you are with him (and you were with Capri) it is so refreshing and precious! Keep on relaxing….take it easy for as long as you can……….ENJOY!
    Blessings to you and your precious family!
    Sherry

  • Tanya Summers

    10 July, 2007 at 8:55 pm

    Very sweet pictures – what a cute! Good luck with everything! ~Tanya

  • Samantha Wales

    10 July, 2007 at 9:36 pm

    Heidi and family,
    He is just gorgeous!!!! One of the prettiest babies I’ve seen in a long time (since my last one :P). Congratulations and all God’s Blessings to you all. What a precious gift God has given you. Beautiful baby for a beautiful family.

  • Heather L

    10 July, 2007 at 9:44 pm

    He is just so sweet….I’m so glad that you are home with your family and everyone is getting to know baby Conner. Capri will be such a great big sister.
    Heather L in Alberta
    x

  • Annie Adams

    10 July, 2007 at 10:01 pm

    He is so precious! He is just so perfect…enjoy snuggling with that little cutie!! We did the bottle thing too and when my youngest was born(Cami), my middle(Charlie) was 11 months like Capri and Charlie would steal Cami’s bottle and run away with it, if I put it down to burp her. We called him “Swiper” (from Dora)…we have pictures of him in the hospital holding the little infant bottles. Looking at Connor makes me want a new baby – you guys are blessed, so glad he is healthy!

  • Elizabeth Woods

    10 July, 2007 at 11:22 pm

    Congratulations to all the Swapp family, but especially Heidi and Eric. Your baby boy is beautiful. May Connor be blessed with a lots of love, a long life, good health, and enough wealth for happiness!

  • MacKenzie Bruckler

    10 July, 2007 at 11:41 pm

    What a beauty! Okay….I’m dying to know….what is the cabbage routine?

  • Carrie Lammert

    10 July, 2007 at 11:56 pm

    Nothing better than a sweet new baby! He’s absolutely adorable. Congratulations to the whole Swapp family! Can’t wait to see them all IRL at CE again!
    Carrie

  • Debbie House

    11 July, 2007 at 12:09 am

    Little Conner is just BEAUTIFUL!! Just the right amount of hair..he is perfect…angelic face.. These first few days are the best for photo’s!! Way to capture his sweet innocent face!! Congratulations to you all!! Family photo’s will be awesome for you this year!!
    So happy for you!
    Debbie House

  • Sarah

    11 July, 2007 at 1:11 am

    What a gorgeous little bundle Conner is.
    Congratulations to you all xxx

  • Amie Taylor

    11 July, 2007 at 2:13 am

    OMG Connor is just adorable…such a cutie.
    Amie

  • Giddy

    11 July, 2007 at 4:20 am

    Wow Heidi! Don’t you just love hearing everyone tell you how perfect he is!!
    The Swapp Family is very Blessed!!
    Enjoy it!
    Valerie

  • Stacy

    11 July, 2007 at 4:20 am

    he is just beautiful!! so glad you are feeling good

  • Kelli Johnson

    11 July, 2007 at 4:30 am

    gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous baby.

  • Tracy

    11 July, 2007 at 4:52 am

    Congratulations on the safe arrival of your sweet little man, and he is just so cute 🙂
    Take Care
    Tracy xxx

  • PROLIX from la Normandie

    11 July, 2007 at 5:05 am

    bonjour!!!
    wish you all the best of the world!!!
    hugs*
    PROLIX
    {ThE fReNcH tOuCh}
    //prolix.typepad.fr
    Dragon Flaire DT Member

  • Sara Amuso

    11 July, 2007 at 5:13 am

    He’s a gorgeous little one! Congratulations and best wishes to you and your family!

  • Iben

    11 July, 2007 at 5:42 am

    Congratulation to the entire Swapp Family ;O)
    He is so beautiful and perfect.
    Enjoy…
    Iben

  • s.patel

    11 July, 2007 at 5:49 am

    so sweet!

  • Kari Machal

    11 July, 2007 at 5:51 am

    Congratulations! Now you are making me question if I am really done with 3 kids!
    I breastfed them all but not for long – with the 2nd one I only lasted 4 weeks and felt incredibly guilty when quitting. I was looking up all kinds of stuff on the internet to make me feel even worse.
    After #3 last July I was okay with stopping at 6 weeks. I wasn’t breastfed at all and in the end we all turn out fine 🙂
    Congrats again!
    Kari

  • Christy B

    11 July, 2007 at 6:00 am

    Congrats! He certainly is beatiful!!! Don’t sweat the breastfeeding thing…. if momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!!!

  • Alexis R (aridg)

    11 July, 2007 at 6:04 am

    Sooooooo handsome!!! He is just perfect!!!!

  • Caroline

    11 July, 2007 at 6:08 am

    cONGRATS again Heidi and the swapp clan.
    How do you do it all??? The business family (5 kids ) a husband,the class, CE, club Heidi and still have time to scrapbook and promote and blog???Next you should write a book: “Heidi Swapp beyond scrapbooking; life”. What an inspiration you are, ROck on
    ck

  • melissa

    11 July, 2007 at 6:10 am

    way to go!!! he is beautiful.. just like your entire family.
    Enjoy him… and take a photo shoot like you did with capri. Those pictures were amazing..

  • Julie

    11 July, 2007 at 6:48 am

    He’s adorable!

  • Jessica Woodford

    11 July, 2007 at 6:58 am

    Oh Heidi, he’s absolutely beautiful! You are one lucky mamma to have such a sweet, precious family like yours! CONGRATULATIONS again, so happy for you that he’s finally here. No one should EVER feel guilty to decide to bottle feed their baby….I’ve tried both (have 3 kids)and chose bottle feeding over breast for MANY reasons. People make you feel so guilty for bottle feeding, but I know deep down inside it was the BEST for me, my babies and my family and it’s really the LOVE you give and have for your child that is THE MOST IMPORTANT factor, not whether you breast or bottle feed. Hope your resting well….looking forward to more pictures of him!

  • kerry davis

    11 July, 2007 at 7:14 am

    Wow – I love the good/happy feeling I get from reading your blog. I can just feel the happiness and excitement oozing all over the place. You are even making me yearn for a newborn in the house and I have six month old TWINS!! Babies are just such a sweet, sweet blessing.
    Enjoy….

  • ashlee

    11 July, 2007 at 7:19 am

    he is so beautiful!!!

  • Charmaine

    11 July, 2007 at 7:30 am

    Oh my goodness, he is just so sweet!

  • suzanne

    11 July, 2007 at 7:36 am

    he is more beautiful than in the first pics! many congratulations and best wishes!
    ok, i have no idea what the “cabbage routine” is! please pass on what i know will be very important to my daughter who is now down to “10 days and counting mode!”
    thanks – Suzanne

  • Renee

    11 July, 2007 at 7:36 am

    Congratulations Heidi! He’s beautiful!

  • maryjo

    11 July, 2007 at 7:40 am

    so sweet!
    very handsome little man!
    xo

  • Lucinda

    11 July, 2007 at 7:48 am

    More power to you on the bottle thing…I beat myself up with my 1st because breast feeding didn’t work out. 2nd one no guilt about the bottle…so much easier! He’s adorable!

  • Talia

    11 July, 2007 at 8:20 am

    heidi, he is sooooooooooo cute!! is there any other word??? i love newborns. enjoy your little man!

  • kelly s

    11 July, 2007 at 8:31 am

    He is so sweet < I can almost smell the new babyness! Makes me want a little boy! (im due in OCtober and we will be surprised) Good for you for not feeling gulity about breast feeding! I had a horrible experience with my dd and pumped for 4 months I will try it again with this one but I think it is most important to do what works for you. and what makes you happy! Enjoy these newborn moments, as youknow they are gone too quickly!

  • Kiera Black

    11 July, 2007 at 9:18 am

    Precious pictures. Thank you for sharing. I too, am a bottle feeder. The milk coming in is painful, but I think since other people get to feed her, they’re able to bond with her too, and that’s important to me.
    My new one is two months Saturday. I forgot how quickly they change. Congratulations and I look forward to more pics!

  • Nicole

    11 July, 2007 at 9:39 am

    He is absolutely adorable! Congratulations to you and your family.

  • annie

    11 July, 2007 at 9:41 am

    Congratulations Heidi and family! He is simply beautiful and precious. Please take it easy. Thanks for sharing the photos with us!

  • Trish

    11 July, 2007 at 9:44 am

    Congratulations Swapp family!!
    How adorable little Conner is. I am 8 days and counting till Ryan’s arrival. I too am a bottle feeder, like you we live pretty busy lives here in Canada and it always seemed like the right choice for us as a family. Like one of the comments read…you shouldn’t feel guilty because it really is the love that you give a child not the type of milk that matters. So, congrats again and I will also ask for your epideral trick if they can do that here, ’cause it is so darn hard to be having a contracion and be all hunched over to get the needle at the same time. uh. Hope you get some rest soon. God Bless.

  • Lisa

    11 July, 2007 at 9:46 am

    What a cutie patootie! Congrats to the whole Swapp Family.

  • Alison

    11 July, 2007 at 9:56 am

    He is adorable! So very cute! I’m happy to hear the family has taken him in with open arms. How could you not with a sweet baby boy like that!? 🙂

  • Tammy

    11 July, 2007 at 10:07 am

    welcome home and congrats again heidi!! conner is absolutely, incredibly gorgeous!! i can understand why everyone is so totally in love–he’s perfect! you are all so blessed. enjoy these precious moments as they fly by all too quickly! also, so nice to hear that someone i admire so much not breastfeed. i’m a bottle-feeder and felt so guilty with my first, but my son is a healthy, happy, 6 year old, so the decision to not breastfeed my daughter came much easier. i think it’s up to every mom to decide what’s best for their baby–and no guilt should ever be felt for their choices!
    enjoy that precious, sweet bundle of baby love!! 🙂 can’t wait to meet him at CE!!
    take care~ tammy

  • Christine

    11 July, 2007 at 10:11 am

    CONGRATULATIONS! He is possibly the cutest baby boy ever! I also wanted to say that I think you ROCK! I awarded you the Rockin’ Girl Blogger award and you are way to busy to go see why so here is a snippette
    “This is Heidi Swapps blog. She is a big star in the scrapbookin world! She ROCKS because not only does she have awesome scrappy stuff but she has HELLA kids, a hubby, a busy life, a GREAT scrapping line (did I mention that 😉 and her blog is so positive! She balances everything she has going on and maintains that outlook that I strive for everyday, and that POSITIVELY ROCKS! I totally get that no one’s life is perfect, but it’s her outlook that comes across on her blog that makes ME feel more positive! I love that! and I think it’s pretty ROCKIN’!”
    Just wanted to let you know that I think you ROCK! 😀

  • Tiffany

    11 July, 2007 at 10:19 am

    Congrats to you Heidi! He is adorable. And so close in age with Capri. I can relate to to that, my sister and I are 10 1/2 months apart. =) And yes my mom dressed us up as twins…..
    Congrats again!!!!!

  • RScrapIT

    11 July, 2007 at 10:26 am

    He is so BEAUTIFUL! Not that I’m surprised, because look at his mom! Congrats!

  • Ida Dickson

    11 July, 2007 at 10:30 am

    Congratulations to you and your family. He is a very handsome little man. Just precious.

  • Jennifer A

    11 July, 2007 at 11:05 am

    What an inspiration you are to women everywhere, scrapbookers or not! I am blessed every time I read this blog… I too went through the guilt thing with breastfeeding and have always wondered why as women we support eachother’s decisions except when it comes to breastfeeding. Thanks for empowering women with their right to choose in all aspects of their parenting!
    And he is just so darn cute!

  • rachel

    11 July, 2007 at 11:21 am

    what a little cutie Conner is. i was the same as you struggled to breast feed with my first three so when it got to 4 & 5 I thought hey i want to enjoy the process and the bottle feeding allows me to do this. Do I feel guilty? not now and especially since a friend of mine found some research showing that some women are missing an important trigger in their brain which has to do with milk supply…i just thought this was great!!! Totally sorted my guilt out!!! 🙂 You enjoy these precious moment bc they go too fast….my youngest is now two.

  • Angelique

    11 July, 2007 at 12:21 pm

    WOW- he is just beautiful!!! You have beautiful children! Congratulations and have a great week!

  • Lee W

    11 July, 2007 at 1:38 pm

    Gorgeous! Congratulations to you and your family.

  • Jools

    11 July, 2007 at 2:28 pm

    What an incredibly beautiful baby. Congratulations to you all!

  • Josie

    11 July, 2007 at 2:39 pm

    Have to add my Congratulations. Blessings to you and your family. Connor is gorgeous!

  • jacqui jones

    11 July, 2007 at 3:18 pm

    congrats
    what a sweetie
    and good on u for making a decision that benefits your family, i hate that the breastfeeding thing is used as a guilt thing for mothers….(i feed but have watched others struggle with the feeding and the decision not too…as i say u have to feed the baby something!)as if there isnt enough already to feel guilty about

  • Kerrie Gurney

    11 July, 2007 at 4:47 pm

    Congratulations Heidi, Eric and family – he is gorgeous – enjoy your time with your special little man 🙂
    Kerrie

  • StacyC

    11 July, 2007 at 5:27 pm

    OMG Heidi, He is absolutely 100% adorable… Such a cute little face… He looks so angelic… Perfect shaped head too!!! What a cutie!!! Just want to squeeze him… CONGRATS again to you and your family!!!

  • Margaret

    11 July, 2007 at 9:26 pm

    Very Cute. You have gorgeous children.
    Could you pass on the secret of the Cabbage routine!
    Congrats

  • Danielle Nilsson

    11 July, 2007 at 9:51 pm

    He is an absolute DOLL!!!!

  • Danielle Nilsson

    11 July, 2007 at 9:51 pm

    He is an absolute DOLL!!!!

  • marlo

    11 July, 2007 at 10:44 pm

    What a cutie!! I’m sure the kids are just thrilled with having a new little one to hold.
    Please do share the ‘cabbage’ thing!

  • Melissa H

    12 July, 2007 at 12:32 am

    what an adorable little bundle of love!!!
    congratulaions heidi and all the swapp family – i had to giggle about how ‘boring’ capri used to be! they sure do grow fast, don’t they? enjoy!!

  • Amy

    12 July, 2007 at 5:08 am

    Ladies – I found this about cabbages:
    Why does cabbage work as treatment for mastitis, and painful breasts when breastfeeding?
    19 May 2007
    From New Scientist Print Edition.
    I am a midwife and a mother, and recommend using cabbage leaves for swollen, painful breastfeeding breasts, milk suppression and mastitis. I tell affected women to line their bras with the cold leaves. It seems to work, but does anybody know why? Could the same treatment work for breast cysts?
    Cabbage is part of European folk medicine and has been described as a poor man’s poultice (see //www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/327/7412/451-c). If there are controlled trials of the healing power of cabbages, they are not easy to find – Ed
    Cold cabbage leaves will have the simple effect of a cold compress, and reduce heat in the same way as a cold flannel might (but without the drips). However, the beneficial effects of the cabbage are increased if you heat the leaves, by running a hot iron over them or by blanching in boiling water, before applying. The heat releases various anti-inflammatory chemicals as well as phytohormones. Leaving the leaves in the bra will have a slow-release effect as the body warms them and draws out beneficial chemicals.
    Hot cabbage poultices have also been used for sprains and strains and to draw out splinters. I used the above remedy to treat a breast abscess (a side-effect of mastitis) resistant to antibiotics. Greek women used vine leaves for the same purpose. It would be interesting to find out if the leaves have the same chemicals in them.
    Vivienne Tuffnell, Lowestoft, Suffolk, UK
    Cabbages are members of the Brassicaceae, a large and diverse plant family. Among many other chemicals, brassicas produce glucosinolate compounds, one of which, sinigrin (potassium myronate), gives rise to the pungent smell associated with cooking cabbage.
    In the presence of water and the brassica enzyme myrosinase, sinigrin forms “mustard oils”, which are noted throughout history for their healing properties when applied as a poultice. Crushed or chopped leaves are applied externally as a counter-irritant to ease swellings and painful joints and to cleanse infections, and a warming sensation can be experienced in the skin. Mustard oils can lead to blistering, however, so must be used with caution.
    Richard Eden, Consultant botanist, Southampton, Hampshire, UK

  • heather

    12 July, 2007 at 6:30 am

    Really darling boy you have! I am exactly the same way about breast feeding and was 1,000 times happier the day I stopped with my first baby. Enjoy your family!

  • Sharon

    12 July, 2007 at 6:59 am

    Congratulations!! He is such a cutie.
    Well done!
    Sharon UK

  • Angie

    12 July, 2007 at 7:30 am

    Heidi,
    congratulations on your new family member. I too bottle fed my kids – my milk never came in and it just wasn’t for me. I remember my OB telling me that 2 of his kids were bottle babies and 2 were breast and to this day he doesn’t know which was what. It isn’t like 2 are smarter or healthier or any thing else so don’t let anyone guilt you about not breast feeding! Just wanted to lend my support 🙂

  • Cyndi Hoehn

    12 July, 2007 at 8:16 am

    Congrats! Makes me really want to add a #4 to our family. My first two are 17 months apart and the third one came about 2 years later. My youngest is now 8 and I soooo miss the baby stuff!!! Please keep posting pics so we can all enjoy your new little blessing. Good Luck!
    PS thanks for being you

  • Toni

    12 July, 2007 at 8:52 am

    Congrats!!! He’s such a cute little guy!!

  • wendy (in North Dakota)

    12 July, 2007 at 9:10 am

    What a special blessing for you and your whole family! Congratulations to you and what an adorable baby boy! He looks so very alert!

  • Amy Anderson

    12 July, 2007 at 9:21 am

    I just want to add my congrats with everyone else. We are anxiously waiting for the birth of our 1st grandchild in October (I don’t feel old enough to be a grandma.) I too did the bottle feeding after 2 weeks with my first. Who now is 6’8″ and the expectant Father. All the rest of my 3 other kidletts were bottle fed from the start and they are no worse for the wear. And even Dad got to do the night feedings on the weekend.
    Such a precious time in your household. And YOU look great too!

  • Kate K

    12 July, 2007 at 9:27 am

    Man you make some cute kids!!!! Congrats– glad you are resting— keep resting as much as you can! We’ll miss you in Chicago!

  • barb in gilbertsville

    12 July, 2007 at 10:39 am

    Congrats on the new addition. It is wonderful to read how much you appreciate your family everyday. Best Wishes

  • Rhona

    12 July, 2007 at 1:24 pm

    I’d been out of touch for a few days and have just seen that he’s finally here!! Congratulations, he’s beautiful and I love the name Connor (if my third had been a boy that would have been his name but we got Emily instead and I wouldn’t swap her for the world!). Continue enjoying your wonderful family as they get to know their new little brother. So cute!! Congrats to you and Eric!

  • Laura

    12 July, 2007 at 1:33 pm

    Congratulations on your new baby!
    Thank you for sharing the fact that you bottle feeding this baby. Both my kids were/are bottle-fed, but trust me I felt sooo incredibly guilty with the first one. Most mothers do not want to talk about giving their kids a bottle and so I really appreciate you writing about this in your blog.
    I love your products especially the flowers & tape!

  • Lori G

    12 July, 2007 at 1:57 pm

    What a beautiful boy!!! Look at those long fingers!!! Better to scrapbook with!! LOL! I love his name too!
    Congrats to you and your family!

  • heidi larsen

    12 July, 2007 at 3:01 pm

    congratulations heidi and family! what a beautiful baby boy. you make it look so easy.

  • Lisa

    12 July, 2007 at 5:24 pm

    Man o man all your babies are just so devine!!! You are doing an amazing job Heidi. Mother of 5, wife, business woman and a scrapbooker. All time cosuming. Your amazing. send me some of your boundless energy!!!
    Just want to let you know i live in a rural area in australia and i received my unbeleivable club heidi kit in 5 days!!!! Im extreamly impressed with it.
    What a trooper you are!
    Lisa xxx

  • Michelle M

    12 July, 2007 at 6:14 pm

    Just Beautiful!
    mm

  • Susi

    12 July, 2007 at 8:07 pm

    Heidi, Bless your family for such a perfect addition. You are a great artist, teacher, and woman. I am taking your AYTR course this year. I am just so amazed at how down-to-earth you are. Sharing slices of your life during our weekly classes. You make women feel okay about being imperfect. I wish the best in life for you, your husband and your beautiful children.

  • Lisa D.

    13 July, 2007 at 5:11 am

    he is such a little cutie pie…best wishes to you and the family. thank you for sharing so much of yourself with us. 🙂

  • Jen

    13 July, 2007 at 10:20 am

    Oh, he’s lovely! Makes me all the more excited for the arrival of my baby in just over 7 weeks…

  • Yvonne

    13 July, 2007 at 12:27 pm

    ok, please share… what’s the cabbage thing? 🙂

  • Amy G.

    13 July, 2007 at 1:04 pm

    Oh Heidi, he is so beautiful! You are truly blessed to have such healthy and beautiful children! I am so glad you shared your breast feeding story. I was not able to breast feed as my milk never came in, (which I guess is really rare) so with not even having the option I really felt like I was letting my baby down with all the “pressure” out there to breast feed. I did get over it by the time my second was born, but it is nice to have someone like you reiterate that it is totally okay to bottle feed your baby, and yes, in fact they do turn out all right. You are right on when you say that you have to do what works for YOU! Thank you for all of your inspiration and “realness” you share with us! Take care of yourself and that beautiful baby of yours!

  • Bea

    13 July, 2007 at 1:33 pm

    Also from SWITZERLAND the best wishes for you and your big familiy. He is such a cute boy!!!! Gratulations!!!

  • Leonie

    13 July, 2007 at 2:40 pm

    Congratulations on your sweet little man, I hope he stays a good sleeper for you. Best wishes from Australia!

  • Lindsay

    13 July, 2007 at 7:05 pm

    Heidi, Congratulations! I have not met you, but KJ told me the news and I wanted to send you my best wishes. I’m Kristy’s sister and your cousin. What beautiful children and what an extraordinary woman you are. Enjoy this awesome time with Connor!

  • Jenn

    13 July, 2007 at 7:25 pm

    He is adorable!

  • Mandy_Kay

    13 July, 2007 at 8:37 pm

    Congrats! He’s just precious! Almost makes me want another one…
    And good for you for doing what is going to make you happy! I have one bottle fed and one breast fed child and they are both happy, healthy and smart kids. He is going to be great either way.

  • NicCarro

    13 July, 2007 at 9:49 pm

    He’s a beautiful baby. Glad to hear that is siblings have taken to him so well. Enjoy your time with this little angel!

  • Amy Pruden

    13 July, 2007 at 10:24 pm

    Gorgeous baby boy, it makes me want one until I remember those sleepless nights! I wanted to chime in with a me too on your breastfeeding comment. I too felt so pressured to breastfeed that I gave it the old college try. The nurses at the hospital didn’t even discuss with me any other options I had inverted nipples (who knew?) and was in so much pain. And even though I feed my son for hours at a time he was still hungry an hour and a half later and skinny as he could possibly be. After 3 months of exhaustion I finally decided to pump and only then did I figure out I wasn’t producing enough milk to feed him properly. Nobody even discussed all those other issues and problems with me. I Always felt like a bad mom for not having it work out. Boy did I feel so much better getting out that formula and feeding my son in a quick 30 minutes and having him gain weight and be happy. That was three years ago and until I read your comment I thought I was the only one who felt so pressured and worthless for not being able to do my montherly duty. Thanks for not making me feel like a loser. Good luck with the babies, I only wish I had your energy!

  • My Little Hobby (KellyinTexas)

    14 July, 2007 at 12:28 am

    That is one good-looking baby. What a little cherub. I’m so happy for you!

  • Nicole

    15 July, 2007 at 12:43 am

    oh he is soooooo ADORABLE! He reminds me soooo much of my son when he was born…I even called him in here to take a look! We have the same “glo worm” picture…thats what I call it! And even the other pic is almost exact to him! Enjoy your little bundle of joy…..give a lil sniff for all of us…babies smell sooooo good!!!!
    Nicole

  • diane mcvey

    16 July, 2007 at 6:52 pm

    OMG, I am off the computer for a few days, and now you have baby Connor! he is absolutely beautiful! Congratulations to all of you, you have a most awesome family! Hurray for the Swapps!

  • Delys Cram

    20 July, 2007 at 12:56 am

    Love his fingers all spread out like that..its like a ten fingers and ten toes sort of image! Congrats on welcoming your new addition to the family Heidi and family.
    Cheers!

  • SYlvie

    22 July, 2007 at 4:13 pm

    Congratulations, he’s beautiful!

  • Trina

    25 July, 2007 at 5:26 pm

    What a beautiful baby! Boys are the best!

  • karen

    6 August, 2007 at 10:02 pm

    beautiful! have two boys…but don’t know about the cabbage thing? don’t remember how it went after i stopped with my first; please fill me in so i don’t have to get all ‘torpedo-like’ as my hubby puts it.