And Baby Makes 5

Just a quick post for those of you who may not have seen my Instagram or Facebook..

Last Sunday, June 19th, Father’s Day, we welcomed Darianย Kent into our family. He came 4 weeks early, and gave us a whole new experience ๐Ÿ™‚ We are smitten and ever so blessed!!20160619_193045 20160620_185756IMG_5901The homecoming ๐Ÿ™‚IMG_591220160620_123251Devan had only a few minutes to hold him before he left for camp. He was so happy to be able to see his little brother before he left ๐Ÿ™‚IMG_5903_edited-1IMG_5905_edited-1She “READS” to him ๐Ÿ˜‰IMG_5911_edited-1He is blessed with loads of kisses and cuddles, and fights over who holds him next. And meanwhile the mom tries to recuperate and keep her cool, and soak in that baby sweetness ๐Ÿ™‚20160621_193257And we are thankful โค

Hospital Chronicles

This was not how I expected the last weeks to go. Laying in a hospital bed, hooked up to monitors, an IV dripping into my veins. Nurses and Drs. going in and out , questions, more questions, another ultrasound.ย And a great big weight on my shoulders as the Dr. informed me this would most likely be a 2 week stay. I’d like to say I took it all well. But, I’m pregnant. Very pregnant and hormonal ๐Ÿ™‚ So there were tears. And the feeling of how is this going to go down. But most importantly, baby was happy and kicking as usual, so that was a wonderful blessing!

The next few paragraphs will include bits of my journaling I did while in the hospital, along with some photos.

day 2 ~ I’m sitting in my room at the antepartum unit, and writing in this journal that was made by some sweetย volunteers, and packaged in a little bag with a pen, and some tissues. My nurse from labor and delivery, Amanda,ย wheeled me over. She is so sweet! I had to hug her before she left. I’m going to miss her ๐Ÿ™‚ The thought of staying in here overwhelms me a bit, but I know it’s best for baby.

Breakfast

Breakfast

Day 3 ~ It looks gorgeous outside, but they tell me it feels cold. Missing my kiddos this morning, but they did come in last night, which was great! And Dale is coming down to see me at lunch, and bringing me food ๐Ÿ™‚ He’s been doing such a great job, but I know he misses not having me at home. The Dr. was in again today, and says if there are no changes till Monday, I can probably go home!20160609_142027Poor hubby is exhausted ๐Ÿ™‚ Notice the treat he brought me ๐Ÿ™‚20160608_194114 20160611_120423These two fought over being in bed with me. Looks like I lost ๐Ÿ™‚

Day 4 ~ Today felt a bit long because I had no visitors. Dale was going to come down with the children, but family was coming to mulch for us. It makes me feel humbled, but also blessed!! I heard the lullabies playing at least 4 times today. They play them whenever a baby is born. I’m praying for a good night of sleep. Last night I couldn’t get comfortable between baby moving and restless legs. And there was a sweet baby that cried most of the night. I was wishing I could take a turn with him/her since I couldn’t sleep anyway ๐Ÿ™‚20160610_181042I could always hear the helicopter when it came and left. And sometimes I caught a quick glimpse of it.20160611_132409My view from my window. And that’s my family walking down there ๐Ÿ™‚20160610_100556My bedside table..ย 20160609_221527Strawberry pie from my sis. Oh so yummy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Day 5 ~ For some reason, I didn’t journal this day. Dale brought the children down around 10:30, and they ate lunch with me there. ย I think this was alsoย the day I was paid a visit from one ofย my labor and delivery nurses. Jill is so nice, and we visited for close to 1/2 hr. I love how great the nurses here are! I also had a nurse named Jenna, which was funny ๐Ÿ™‚ And we talked about our families, and being moms, etc. These nurses work hard, and should be appreciated for all of their hard work!

Day 6 ~ Tuning into the church service, and the tears just come again. The song “Blessed Jesus hold my hand, I need Thee every hour”, speaks into my heart.

And the devotional, whether you are going through a mountain or valley, “We’ve got the Power in the name of Jesus!” I admit this week felt like a bit of a valley for me, even though I have so much to be grateful for! So through my occasional discouragement and tears, I can’t help but think of all the good thingsย I have been blessed with this week.

  1. The wonderful husband God gave me, who supports me and loves me well.
  2. My sweet children and their big smiles when they come in the door to see me.
  3. Family, and the way they pitch in. Food, babysitting, doing laundry, mulching our many flowerbeds, visiting me, and so many more things behind the scenes. Loving and supporting us.
  4. Friends, and the way they care. Text messages, calls, words of encouragement.
  5. Many prayers on our behalf.
  6. The kindest nurses. Their cheery faces, waiting on me like a queen :), doing unpleasant things with a smile. They blessed my heart!ย I feel like I learned to know some of them, and will miss them when I leave.
  7. The meal delivery people, so sweet and cheerful. One guy sang me a song when he heard my name ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sure most of you heard the song, “Jolene, Jolene” ๐Ÿ™‚ He just loved singing ๐Ÿ™‚ And he even said he’ll pray for me and baby.20160612_124256
  8. Drs. that care, cleaning ladies keeping my room clean, the security guard that loved the Lord, and encouraged Dale and I as parents as he escorted us through the hospital to the place we needed to be.I know I’m forgetting some things, and the list could go on ๐Ÿ™‚ Discouragement may come to us at times, but no matter what we face, God is there! He shoulders our load, and encourages us, even with details that may seem small.20160612_105626This photo was on Sunday, my last full day there. I was able to get a wheelchair ride outside, feel that warm sun on my face, sit by a beautiful garden with a lovely water feature. Our children fought over who was pushing me, ran around sticking their hands in the water, and generally acted like they don’t get out much ๐Ÿ™‚ But they enjoyed it, I know that! My inlaws came to visit too, and my mother-in-law must have read my mind, because she brought me a donut ๐Ÿ˜‰ Soo yummy!20160612_11093120160612_11074420160612_110557Now I’m home, and it feels so nice! We have been abundantly blessed with meals for this week of not doing too much! And today my sisters and mom come to help make jelly. Baby is currently behaving, and so we continue to pray and wait ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks again for all of you that blessed our lives! We are grateful, and so very blessed!

Baby On Our Mind

My stomach looks like a small Mt. Everest, and it goes up and down, like an ocean wave. I readjust my position on the recliner, trying to breathe better. Kicks and tumbles, and all sorts ofย flips are going on in my womb ๐Ÿ™‚ Seriously, we may possibly have a future gymnast in there ๐Ÿ™‚

Last week I had my ultrasound and was so happy! Our prayer was that my placenta would move, soย I wouldn’t have to have a C-section, and it did! Baby was looking good, and a healthy weight.

We still have not hardly discussed names. I have no idea why. In fact, we never were like this with the others. Last night sent me into a bit of a panic, because I was having pretty strong contractions, and wasn’t feeling well, and I’m thinking “Oh no, the baby will come, we have no name for him or her,the car seat isn’t washed, etc. etc.

I did not have a good night, and this morning after a call to my midwife, I was put on bedrest. So, I’m currently pretty stuck to the recliner, and we will go in for a checkup tomorrow, and then go from there. Baby is not relaxing. Hardly stops moving. Does that mean sleepless nights coming up?? ๐Ÿ™‚

At any rate, we are super anxious to meet our sweet baby, and see this busy little person! I’m definitely being taught a lesson in patience ๐Ÿ™‚

Until then, we will do our best to stay healthy ๐Ÿ™‚

And here are a few pictures to close this post…

Can you spot the babies?IMG_5782 IMG_578520160310_160447Farmer boy…IMG_5637IMG_5789Be blessed!