Testing…testing…this thing on?
Just wanted to peek out of my hiding place to make a little announcement…
…our precious baby girl has arrived!
Baby N arrived on Tuesday, February 8 at 10:29 a.m. She weighed in at 6 lbs, 10 oz, was 20 inches long…and is basically the sweetest baby in the world (in case you were wondering). 🙂
She and I have spent much time bonding, and I am in love with my sweet little lovebird!
The past week and a half has been a wonderful time for our little family. M has been fortunate enough to have several days off of work, so we have been able to spend lots of time bonding as a family, getting to know our new little one, and adjusting to being a family of five (It feels so weird just to type that, by the way — FIVE! We have THREE children! Surreal!).
Anyway, I have plans to write about her labor/birth (preview: in my mind, baby N will forever be associated with the show Survivor-Man) and perhaps even her name…and no, though I am far behind, I have not given up on my Project 365 (trust me, I have at least a picture a day for the last couple weeks!) . I will catch up in due time. But not now. For now I am keeping plenty busy catching up with life, and just enjoying this precious little dear that currently snoozing on my chest!
It has been a long week. This baby within me is growing, as is my physical discomfort. Contractions — the painful kind — started making their appearance on Wednesday, and and have returned sporadically since then. I’m achy. I’m tired but I can’t sleep. Insomnia + achiness does not a good night’s sleep make. Going to bed has become the most un-restful part of my day. I’m tired of not being able to carry my babies or snuggle close with them on my lap, as they have been asking me to. I can’t keep my house very clean, and caring for the physical and spiritual needs of my kids has become a challenge. I have been blessed with a lot of help and understanding from my wonderful family and husband, but still — I have been ready to move on to the next stage of all of this…focused on hoping that baby N will be here soon (that hope increased by the fact that my other two babies arrived a couple weeks early) so that I can once again be comfortable and feel like the mom I want to be….
…but then I’ve been reflecting on a conversation I had on Thursday morning with a new friend from my Bible Study Fellowship group. We were talking about how I was nearing the end of my pregnancy, and though I can’t remember her exact words, she made a comment to the effect of “Just think of how bittersweet it will be to finish this stage of things”. At first I thought she was talking about pregnancy itself, so I said “Yeah…I’m sure I’ll miss feeling the baby move, and all of that…”, but then she explained that she was talking not only about pregnancy itself, but about this stage of family. These are the last few weeks (days) when we will be a family of 4 — when my two kids will be the only two kids. Once the baby is born, things will forever be different — GOOD different, but different.
So…with that thought in my mind, I want to focus on savoring this time as best I can before things change. I am uncomfortable and I don’t know how I can possibly make it for 4 more weeks until my due date…but I pray that I don’t lose sight of the fact that there is so much to treasure and enjoy, even in this moment when it’s so easy to focus on what’s next.
And I’m pretty sure this is a life lesson I’ll need to remember even after this baby has arrived!
Well, we had our ultrasound on Friday afternoon, and were delighted to find out that we are expecting another little girl:
Here she is:
As you can see in the second picture, she decided to start sucking her thumb while we were watching her. It was a truly amazing ultrasound…I could’ve sat & watched her all day!
We are so excited to meet her!!!
(This is kind of a boring post…mostly it’s just facts I wanted to write down for my own sake — but maybe some of you others who have been pregnant can relate/laugh at some of it. :))
- Thanks to everyone for their kind comments and wishes!
- My official due date is February 18 (so I am 11 weeks along tomorrow)
- In February, W will be 3 1/2 and S will be 23 months. Which means I will have 3 kids 3 & under! Yikes (and yay!) 🙂
- It is still settling in that another one is on the way!!!
- My first clue that I was pregnant was that I suddenly had a super-human sense of smell.
- My second clue was that, after an afternoon of feeling tired and queasy, I found myself ordering a Filet-o-Fish sandwich at the McDonald’s drive through. What the heck?! The next morning I packed the kids in the car for a trip to Target to buy a test.
- My third clue was that on the way home from Target to buy said test, I tried to drink a bottle of water but couldn’t because it was too nauseating. WATER.
- I announced my pregnancy to M when he got home from work one day after he had suffered a bout of insomnia the night before. So, basically, he came home from a stressful day at work after getting almost no sleep the night before and I told him I was pregnant. He then had to go play in a softball game that night, where he missed a ball being thrown to him and received the nasty black eye that some of you may have seen a couple months back. And now you know the rest of the story.
- The first trimester has been a doozy. This is by far the sickest I’ve felt in pregnancy! Lots of moments of “I-just-need-to-lie-down-in-this-one-position-and-not-move-AT-ALL-for-awhile”. Thankfully it also happens to be summer, which means M is not working full time, so he’s been a ton of help with the kids and I’ve been able to rest quite a bit.
- My husband is a super-hero. He’s cared for kids. He’s cleaned. He’s organized closets. He is awesome.
- We had an ultrasound at 8 weeks. I had been convinced it was twins, because: a). My maternal grandma was a fraternal twin, b). I have felt so darn sick, c). I know like, 25 people (or, like, 4) who are having/have recently had twins, and it just seemed like something must be in the water or something. But no, just one sac with one baby in it…one tiny, cute, baby with a strong and fast heartbeat. 🙂
- We will find out gender. I really don’t care either way, but I think it’s a girl.
- W thinks it’s a boy and would like to name him “Ockogralph” (his favorite name).
- Cravings have included yogurt parfaits from McDonalds, The BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad from California Pizza Kitchen (try it, it’s DIVINE), anything fruity, and Mott’s 100% Juice Freezy Pops (which I have been living on today). Also, chocolate (but I don’t think that’s a pregnancy thing).
- We heard the heartbeat again this past Monday — so cool! 170+ beats/minute! I love the miracle of how God grows babies and I praise him for what he’s knitting together in my belly!
Unfortunately, I have no new book news to report. The dreaded stomach bug hit the men in our house hard this past weekend, and is still slowly exiting. I will spare you the details, as they are beyond ugly. Needless to say, I haven’t been so focused on reading. I AM still working on Twilight, which is a bizarre, bizarre book (never would have pegged myself as one to read a vampire book) yet very intriguing. I should be done with it by the end of the week. I haven’t made any progress on the Anne Ortlund book (Disciplines of the Home). Hopefully by this time next week I’ll be caught up. 🙂
Also, I decided my goal for this year is to read 50 books. I thought it would help to give myself a concrete number to shoot for.
In lieu of any book reviews, however, I do have this picture to post of our little lilypie-cutie-peanut (that I finally scanned in 9 weeks after the ultrasound). Here she is:
Isn’t she precious!?!?! Well, we think so, at least. 🙂 I am so excited that she is 9 weeks bigger than she was in this picture – and soon we will meet her! I can’t wait.
Anyway…back to the topic at hand…
What have YOU been reading?
Today I was teaching preschool at co-op. Our “color for the day” was white, so during circle-time I asked the children “What are some things in this room that are white?”
So one sweet little 3-year-old raised her hand and said “My mom!” (who happened to be the helper in the class today).
I caught her mother’s eye and we both shrugged our shoulders and nodded.
Technically her daughter was right, after all!
I was standing in the entryway of the homeschool co-op while “Happy Birthday” was being sung in the next room to everyone with a January birthday.
At that moment a complete stranger and his wife walked through the room, and upon a quick glance at my belly, the gentleman said jovially
“Looks like next year there will be ANOTHER January birthday to celebrate!”
(Reminder: I am due in mid-April. I’ll leave it at that.)