I’ve had some pretty amazing days in this little life of mine, but I have to say one of my top five favorite days to remember would be the day Little Brother was born.
Little Brothers Story
Saturday August 10, 2013 started out as any other day, a morning wake up call from a toddler running into our room asking for breakfast. Pancakes are his usual choice for breakfast but that morning we had a simple breakfasts of granola, yogurt and fruit. Over breakfast, we talked about what we were going to do that day and decided a morning out to the river with a picnic lunch sounded like a fantastic way to spend a Saturday.
As I was making our picnic lunch, I had a strong contraction that felt different from the Braxton Hicks that I’d been feeling for weeks. I thought it could be the beginning of labor but continued on with our day. My husband thought maybe we should stay home but I insisted that we go and enjoy the sunny day before the rain that was expected later that day.
We enjoyed a great time at the river. I had an occational strong contraction but nothing too close together that warranted a trip to the hospital. After returning home around noon, we put Big Brother down for a nap and we decided to take a nap just incase Little Brother joined us!
Around 2:15 p.m., my contractions were still irregular but getting stronger to the point I really had to focus, relax and deep breathe through them. At that point I thought, “Okay, I need to menu plan for next week and maybe do a little freezer cooking so we had some things made up.” About two contractions later, I decided not too and read from my bible and rest instead. Since natural child birth is no easy task. It’s very much a mental perspective, as it is a physical endurance challenge, so I found the words from Philippians 4:8 to be very encouraging that afternoon!
Philippians 4:8 says:
Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Finally around 4 pm, I let my husband know that the contractions were getting stronger. He packed the car and he made me dinner. I ate about half of it when I realized I didn’t want anything else to eat. I also tried playing with Big Brother to keep my mind off the contractions, but finally they started to get more intense that required my full attention to breathe through them and my husband helped coach me through.
5 p.m. quickly came and my grandma made the suggestion that we should head to the hospital and by 5:45 p.m. we were on our way. That is when the contractions started coming closer together. I managed to take pictures and text message family and friends in between contractions. I know what was I thinking to take pictures and text but I felt great in between contractions! It’s an amazing gift you get when you are in labor. We reached the hospital by 6:30 p.m. and arrived to the labor and delivery floor by 6:45 p.m.
I thought for sure we had quite awhile before Little Brother would arrive. But to our surprise after being at the hospital only 57 minutes, and our midwife arriving just as I started to push, we welcomed our sweet baby boy! He was a handsome size of 8 pounds 11 ounces and was 21 inches long. Our first hour was spent holding him skin to skin and just cherishing every sweet minute!
We celebrated with lots of kisses, pictures and orange juice! Yep, orange juice. In the Bradley Method, it was suggested after natural child birth to celebrate with orange juice, so thats just what we did. Now every time I see Simply Orange juice, it makes me think of that special day in August.
The celebrating lasted all night. Little Brother wanted to make sure we didn’t miss a moment that first 24 hours. Which was fine with me because he’s so cute!
Big brother got to come and meet Little Brother the next day, it was so exciting to see his face when they met each other for the first time. I can’t wait to watch these two grow up together!
I feel so blessed to have two healthy boys that melt my heart and a fantastic husband to share this adventure with! I couldn’t be more thankful!!
It’s now been seven beautiful weeks and we’ve certainly enjoyed our little one. He now smiles and coos and it’s the sweetest thing ever. I’m just one happy mama!
Well this is our little story about the day Little Brother was born and from here on out, it’s adventures with our two boys and I can’t wait!
A very special thanks to my sweet Husband for helping me reach my goal of a natural childbirth and to all of our family and friends who have made the last 7 weeks so enjoyable. You’ve helped us in so many ways and we are so grateful!
When we found out earlier this year we going to have our second baby, my husband and I were thrilled! In April we found out our little one would be a boy. At first, I was shocked because I really thought it might be a girl but I have to say I’m so excited to have another boy. We have so many boy clothes already that our first hardly wore because he grew so fast. And since I already have on sweet toddler, I know how precious little boys are!
My personal goals throughout this pregnancy has been to have a healthy weight gain, eat nutritiously, educate myself about natural child birth and expand my knowledge on breast-feeding by taking a lactation consultant course. Exercise was also an important goal of mine throughout this pregnancy and I had high hopes of working out until the day of delivery.
A little over a week ago (I was 34 weeks) my midwife let me know that I was dilated to 3 and the baby was very low and that I need to make it a few more weeks before our little one makes his grand debut. As a former NICU nurse, I became a little anxious about delivering a premature baby. I knew at that point I had to do what ever I could to keep little guy in longer. I told my midwife, “I’ll stand on my head if I have to, in order to keep this little guy in.”
As soon as I left her office, I instantly called my husband to let him know I’d be on bed rest. I feel incredibly blessed that between him and my grandma, I’ve been able to successfully stay in bed for a week and half. I’ll be honest with you all though, the first few days were hard. I was worried about having a preemie. I was concerned I wasn’t ready. I hadn’t packed my hospital bag yet or picked out little mans first outfit. I surely hadn’t finished studying the Bradley Method.
I let all those worries take my energy away. But after spending some time reading my bible, praying and shedding a few tears with my hubby, God has totally given me a peace about it all. I’ve even been able to see how he is using this time of me resting to prepare me for the next season in life. It might get a little busy around here with two little ones! He knows how much of a go-go person I am and this period of time has been just what I’ve needed: rest!
In my reading the last week and half these two verses have been very helpful!
Be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be know to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and mind thorough Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
…Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-29
Have you ever had a time where God has made you rest? Could you see the joy in that time? It was certainly hard for me at first for me but now I see how much of a gift it is.
A special thanks to my husband, grandma, friends and family who have helped and called us! I’m so grateful for you all!
There are so many amazing days through out the year to make memories. They are usually centered around holidays and birthdays but I have to tell you, for me, some of the best days lately have been in between the special occasions. Last friday was one of those days.
I enjoy spending each at home with my little toddler, but on Friday my husband gave me the best gift a mama can get: a mama’s day out. No responsibility of feedings, diapering, and cleaning up messes, just a day out. Nope, it is not my birthday or anniversary, just a sweet gift of, “Enjoy your day and don’t hurry home.”
Hey, I wont argue. After leaving the house, I headed for my 16 week appointment with my midwife. It was such a joy to hear our sweet little baby’s heartbeat. That sound just never gets old. What a great way to start my mama day.
My next stop: Panera! Soup and salad were calling my name. By the way, they have a new salad called Spinach Power, I highly recommend it!
Next I did a little browsing at the Mall. I didn’t buy anything, but it was nice to walk around World Market and Ann Taylor Loft. I found tons of inspirational pieces that I think will be perfect for my new kitchen decor plan! Stay tuned, thats coming next week. I did find some cute summer cardigans and blouses that I’d love to add to my wardrobe but I’m waiting for the end of the season sale.
Just before leaving the mall, I went back into Panera to take some treats home for my loves: a bear claw for the hubby and an Easter egg cookie for Little Buddy.
Fourth stop for the day: a pediacure. I honestly can not remember the last time I had one. So this was a huge treat for me.
My day was complete by my hubby taking us all out for dinner to a little bistro we’ve been wanting to try.
I couldn’t have asked for a better day. I’m so grateful for my husband who know how to give just the right gift: a mama’s day out.
What are you most grateful for today. Please share, I love hearing all about it!
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I’ve been keeping a little secret for the last couple months and today I’m very excited to share with you all some very exciting news! In just a few short months (August) we will be welcoming our second baby! I’m of course very excited about meeting our new little one. Last week after we got back from our vacation, we went to the doctor and saw the baby on ultrasound. It was just the sweetest moment. I know I’ve experienced this once before, but it was just as exciting the second time around.
I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity to welcome another gift into this world. Even though the first trimester (at times) was difficult, I’m so grateful for this little baby.
I am also very thankful to my amazing husband who took over the evening routine, went grocery shopping, helped with cleaning, caring heavy boxes, packing and unpacking over the past couple of months. I couldn’t imagine the last 3 months without his gracious help! He has been absolutely amazingly. God is so good and I’m so thankful!
Every good and perfect gift comes from above. James 1:17
Happy Gratituesday to you all! I’d love to hear the exciting things you are grateful for. Please share in the comments!
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Today we are getting ready to celebrate baby Jesus’ birthday. I’m excited to share today with my little family and friends. Our activities will involve celebrating with food and a birthday cake for Jesus. I made a pumpkin spice trifle and after dinner we will let the kids dress up and act out the story of Jesus’ birth. I’m really looking forward to a Christmas full of the reason for the seaon: Jesus!
Before I close this post, I want to share with you a story from The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name by Sally Lloyd-Jones. This is one of my favorite children’s bible and I have enjoyed reading the bible stories to Little Buddy durning this Advent season. Sally does a beautiful job at setting the scene for kids (and adults) of the beautiful story of Jesus’ birth! Enjoy and friends, have a very Merry Christmas!
He’s Here – Luke 1-2
Everything was ready. The moment God had been waiting for was here at last! God was coming to help his people, just as he promised in the beginning.
But how would he come? What would he be like? What would he do?
Mountains would have bowed down. Seas would have roared. Trees would have clapped their hands. but the earth held its breath. As silent as snow falling, he came in. And when no one was looking, in the darkness, he came.
There was a young girl who was engaged to a man named Joseph. (Joseph was the great-great-great-great-great-great grandson of King David.)
One morning, this girl was minding her own business when, suddenly, a great warrior of light appeared right there, in her bedroom. He was Gabriel and he was an angel, a special messenger from heaven.
When she saw the tall shining man standing there, Mary was frightened.
“You don’t need to be scared,” Gabriel said. “God is very happy with you!”
Mary looked around to see if perhaps he was talking to someone else.
“Mary,” Gabriel said, he laughed with such gladness that Mary’s eyes filled with sudden tears.
“Mary, you’re going to have a baby. A little boy. You will call him Jesus. He is God’s own son. He’s the One! He’s the Rescuer!
The God who flung planets into space and kept them whirling around, the God who made the universe with just a word, the one who could do anything at all – was making himself small. And coming down…as a baby.
Wait. God was sending a baby to rescue the world?
“But it’s too wonderful!” Mary said and felt her heart beating hard. “How can it be true?”
“Is there anything too wonderful for God?” Gabriel asked.
So Mary trusted God more then what her eyes could see. As she believed. “I am God’s servant,” she said. “Whatever God says, I will do.”
Sure enough it was just as the angels had said. Nine months later. Mary was almost ready to have her baby. Now Mary and Joseph had to take a trip to Bethlehem the town King DAvid was from. But when they reached the little town, they found every room was full. Every bed was taken.
“Go away!” the innkeepers told them. “There isn’t any place for you.”
Where would they stay? Soon Mary’s baby would come. They couldn’t find anywhere except an old, tumble down stable. So they stayed where the cows and the donkeys and the horses stayed.
And there in a stable, amongs the chickens and the donkeys and the cows, in the quiet of the night, God gave the world his wonderful gift. The baby that would change the world was born. His baby son.
Mary and Joseph wrapped him up to keep him warm. They made a soft bed of straw and used the animals feeding trough as his cradle. And the gazed in wonder at God’s Great Gift, wrapped in swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger.
Mary and Josheph named him Jesus, “Emmanuel” which means “God has come to live with us.” Because of course he had.
Excerpt from The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name by Sally Lloyd-Jones
What family and friend traditions and activities are you doing today?