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5 months already?

It’s hard to believe, but it’s true. Our little girl is 5 months old!

Age: 5 months

Weight: 12 lb. 12 oz. (at the end of March)

Likes: soft stuff (mommy’s hair/minky pig blanket) , being held, playing with toys, watching Daddy, pulling hairbows off her head

Dislikes: Not being held, being strapped into the carseat, teething

New stuff: Sitting up!







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…all things work together for good… {Part six}

Part Six

Note: This is Part Six. To start from the beginning CLICK HERE. I have pondered and prayed over how much of our story to share. God has done so many wonderful things for us in just a few short months, but part of me wanted to hide some of those things away in my heart — to treasure them a little longer before letting anyone else see or hear them. But another part of me knows God has instructed me to tell of the good things He has done and not be silent, so I’ll carefully share a little more of our story. God showed up in some amazing ways in our lives. He is our Protector, our Deliverer, our Great Physician. He is also a loving Father that knows just what we need, when we need it. You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever. (Psalm 30: 11-12)   November 5, 2012 I was holding Sylvia-Kate as the midwife was getting ready for Steven to cut the umbilical cord. She was wrapped in a plush blue towel. Then the assistant pulled back the bottom of the towel, and we realized everything wasn’t perfect. Her cord was already severed. It had broken during the pushes apparently. My midwife quickly did an assessment. She was breathing ok; her heart rate was up but coming back down. She was pale though, and had lost quite a bit of blood.  There was no way of knowing exactly how much; she needed to be transferred to the hospital. As the EMT’s arrived, everyone in my living room was eerily quiet. I could see the worry written all over Steven’s face. I wanted to run to him and comfort him. I wanted to tell them all that my baby girl was going to be just fine. I didn’t say anything though. I just sat and watched as everything moved in slow motion. Steven went with her in the ambulance, and then I got up to get ready (with the help of my midwife and photographer) to meet them at the hospital. As I put on my shoes, I held the hands of my midwife and we prayed over my little girl. I could tell everyone else was very worried. I had Peace though, that only the Holy Spirit can give. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 ESV) 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. (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV) The above two verses played over and over in my head that evening. God was reminding me of His promise to me. You see, that night I knew something everyone else didn’t. I had known something was going to happen. God had shared that with me through a dream when I was pregnant. I was scared for weeks, but God kept whispering, “Keep going. Trust me. She will be ok.” (Yes, I’d also been told in the dream I was having a baby girl. J I kept it to myself though, afraid that there was a small chance I was just plain crazy.) As I sat in the birthing tub, holding Sylvie while the midwife checked her breathing and heart rate, that dream had come rushing back to me, accompanied by that calming peace God wrapped me in. It stayed with me that night, and over the next week as I stayed by her side in the hospital.63355_943918937424_1527726824_n   After a week of antibiotics for Sylvia, not nearly enough sleep for me, too much time spent away from my little boys, and way more cable tv than I ever care to watch again, I finally got to carry Sylvie-Kate back into our home. 526292_943918578144_1996383283_n Over the next few days I kept thinking about the verses in Psalm that I had read over and over during my pregnancy… Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever. (Psalm 30: 11-12) Sometimes not-good things happen to good people. Everyone has trials. I’ve learned though, that our trials aren’t always about us. Yes, it was a very hard week for me. I definitely learned some things. That was not the birth experience I had hoped for, and I still sometimes wish things could have happened differently. However, I know God had a bigger plan and used our experience to show at least one person how great his love for us is.  That changes everything. Oh how He loves us…   532066_943785574684_1689020052_n 532152_943785489854_443804811_n This last picture is so precious to me. It was taken the day Sylvia-Kate came home from the hospital. That is my great-grandmother Sylvia, holding her great-great-granddaughter and namesake for the first time. 🙂


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3 months of Being Sylvia-Kate



Because we didn’t find out our baby’s gender during my pregnancy, we didn’t know who she was until she arrived. She was just Baby. Now she’s been Sylvia-Kate for three months!

How did that happen? She’s growing too fast!


At her 2 month check up, she was already 25 inches long (above 97th percentile!), and I know she’s grown more in the last 4 weeks.
Now she’s rolling side to side and tummy to back, laughing a little, teething, “talking” up a storm, and smiley as ever! She loves to play with her toys and watch her silly brothers.

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7 Weeks (Baby #3)

According to, “Baby’s brain — both hemispheres! — is growing fast, generating about 100 new cells every minute. Arms and legs are emerging as joints start to form, and a permanent set of kidneys (baby’s third!) is now in place.”

How far along? 7 weeks, 4 days

Total weight gain/loss: I don’t know.

Maternity clothes? nope

Stretch marks? no

Sleep: What’s that?

Best moment this week: Hearing that Lincoln was the only kid in his Sunday school class that already knew the memory verse for the month!

Movement: none

Food cravings: none

Gender: no idea

Labor Signs: nope

Belly Button in or out? still in

What I miss: sleep

What I am looking forward to: our appointment on Friday

Weekly Wisdom: A pregnant woman and two toddlers have no business going to the grocery store unsupervised!

Milestones: none

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the icing on the cake

{This post was written a week ago, but I’m just now making it visible.}

When I chose joy as my word for this year, I had no idea how much joy God had in store for me. My boys are 2 and 1 now, and they truly are a joy. So often people look at me with pity in their eyes, but they don’t know just how much fun those two rotten boys are. Even today, refusing to nap (and mommy desperately needing a nap!), I can hear them in their room, laughing and talking to one another.

Children are a heritage from the LORD,
offspring a reward from him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are children born in one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
when they contend with their opponents in court.
Psalm 127:3-5 (NIV)
Sunday evening our church had a baby dedication ceremony for 17 little ones, and our youngest was one of those. I was very excited going into the evening, as it was a different type of event than the tradition baby dedication ceremony. We were given homework to do prior to the event, and that night we got to share with our family our hopes and dreams for our sweet little boy. We were also informed that we only have 880 weekends until he turns 18.  That definitely put into perspective how short our time is with our children and the importance of parenting intentionally every single day. It also made me very thankful for the moments throughout the weekend I had stopped just to enjoy watching my little boys be little boys.
Moments like this one.
That’s The Boy, over 150 yards from our house, headed out on an adventure with a plastic hard hat on his little head and a screwdriver in his hand. He was completely unafraid and curious about whatever was ahead of him. (That’s also my husband and the goat headed out to get him because he refused to come back to the house when it was time to leave. 🙂
And later that evening the icing on the cake came…..
in the form of a little blue plus sign….
Yes, that’s right. Baby #3 will be arriving at our house at the end of October! Of course, most of you will already know that by the time this is posted.
How far along? 5 weeks, 2 days
Total weight gain/loss: 0
Maternity clothes? nope
Stretch marks? now that would be scary at this point
Sleep: It’s great, until about 4 a.m.
Best moment this week: Stanton’s wonderful baby dedication ceremony and finding out #3 will be arriving this Fall!
Movement: none
Food cravings: Ranch dressing! On carrots, potato chips, celery….
Gender: unknown
Labor Signs: nope
Belly Button in or out? still in
What I miss: nothing
What I am looking forward to: Sharing this great news with my family!
Weekly Wisdom: If it is going to get done,   I have to do it before 2 pm. I lose all energy and motivation then.
Milestones: I’ve made it almost a day without telling anyone. The husband didn’t do so well in that area. 🙂
Other Pregnancy Symptoms: My sense of smell has gone crazy. I tried to get a drink of water this morning, but I kept smelling fishy water in the glass.
Other memorable moments:
My sweet husband was so excited that he couldn’t keep it to himself. He told all the guys at work today.

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5 months

Wee Man is 5 months old now! Every single day his personality shines through a bit more. He certainly is a happy baby!
He’ll have teeth pretty soon – at least we hope! This teething stuff is no fun.
He’s getting better with tummy time, but it’s still not his favorite.
He likes rice cereal, but he could do without the barley cereal.
He likes it when Daddy lets him lick ice cream off his finger when Mommy isn’t looking.
He loves playing in his jumperoo, laughing at Daddy, listening to stories, and going to Nana & Pawpaw’s house.
He LOVES animals. Horses, donkeys, and dogs are his favorites. He’s pretty fond of his bunny rabbit, Philippe though.

Here are a couple of pictures from our 5 month photo session.


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2 months

Lincoln is 2 months old!
He is:

    11 lbs.
    23 inches long
    constantly “talking”
    LOVES playing with his daddy.
    His favorite game is “running baby.”

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I’d like to introduce you to our son

Meet Lincoln!

He arrived on Nov. 21, 2009 at 5:26 p.m., weighing in at 6 lbs. 13 oz, and measuring 20.5 inches.


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39 Weeks

How far along? 39 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: I have no desire to know.

Maternity clothes? Yes

Stretch marks? ugh. Do we have to talk about that?

Sleep: It depends on the night.

Best moment this week: I did what is probably going to be my last photo session for a while with a sweet little girl named Becca.

Movement: Lots!

Food cravings: None this week.

Gender: Boy

Labor Signs: Just lots of random contractions.

Belly Button in or out? still in

What I miss: regular clothes

What I am looking forward to: Holding my baby boy!

Weekly Wisdom: I’m all out of wisdom this week. Sorry.

Baby’s Development:

Your baby’s waiting to greet the world! He continues to build a layer of fat to help control his body temperature after birth, but it’s likely he already measures about 20 inches and weighs a bit over 7 pounds, a mini watermelon. (Boys tend to be slightly heavier than girls.) The outer layers of his skin are sloughing off as new skin forms underneath.”

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Ice storm babies

Everyone joked and said there would be a baby boom.

Dear Peanut,

When all your friends have October birthdays, don’t feel left out.
Your a lineman’s ice storm baby.


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