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The Day Little Brother Was Born

Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 in Family, Gratituesday, Our Life | 4 comments

The Day Little Brother Was Born

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.

Big Brother

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.

Before we left to have Little Brother

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.

Time before we arrived at the hospital

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!

little brother

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.

simply orange

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!

family of four

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!

little love

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!

 

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Gratituesday: Mama’s Day Out

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 in Gratituesday, Our Life | 5 comments

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. :)

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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!

Sharing today at Heavenly Homemakers.  

 

 

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Gratituesday – Our Little Gift

Posted by on Feb 26, 2013 in Gratituesday | 6 comments

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!

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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! :) 

Sharing today at Heavenly Homemakers. 

 

 

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Gratituesday – October’s Memories

Posted by on Oct 30, 2012 in Gratituesday, Our Life | 2 comments

The month of October has been a busy month. As I look back on this month, I’ve had the opportunity to spend some quality time with family and friends. The first part of the month my husband and I took Little Buddy to a pumpkin patch, we finished decorating for fall and I hosted a busy bag swap.

The second half of the month, Little Buddy and I traveled across the country to visit family and attend my youngest brother’s wedding. For those two weeks, I planned and made many meals for friends and family. The biggest highlights were: baking pita bread with my sister-in-law Felicity, attempting caramel apples, hanging out with my cousins and being apart of my brother’s wedding.

When we arrived home, I took a day to relax, then we were off to more exciting things! I made caramel apple cupcakes for a dinner party and then prepared for a storm. Luckily, we had no damage and we never lost power. We are very grateful!

Yes, the month of October was busy but very memorable. It is something I’m very thankful for today!

What was your most memorable event from this month? I’d love to hear what you are thankful for!

Sharing today at Heavenly Homemakers. 

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Gratituesday – Thankful for You

Posted by on Oct 23, 2012 in Gratituesday, Our Life | 6 comments

I have been blogging now for almost 10 months and I write at least 3 days a week. It has been a great joy to write and share alittle piece of our home life. I have to say when I first started, I thought surely no one but maybe close friends would read but God is so good in blessing me with all of you!

I can’t express how much encouragment I’ve recieved through comments and emails. And our fun little group over on Facebook is a joy too because I love hear all of your suggestions and what you like.

I really strive to make this teeny tiny blog of my mine focused on what really happens in my home and focused on what you enjoy seeing and reading. Today I just want to say thank you to each one of you who subscribe via email, stop on by here every time I post or join the conversation on Facebook. I truely appreciate your kindness and friendship!

I hope each one of you have a terffic day today on this beautiful fall Tuesday!

We always thank God for you and mention you in our prayers. 1 Thessalonians 1:2

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Gratituesday: Busy Bag Swap

Posted by on Oct 10, 2012 in Gratituesday, Our Life | 2 comments

This afternoon I hosted a busy bag swap at my house. It was so much fun to hang out with friends and do craft projects with our little ones.

These little activities will keep my little guy doing something fun for a little while.  My friends came up with some great ideas!  They really spent some time making them and I can’t wait to let Little Buddy play with them all! Today I’m very grateful for the wonderful afternoon with friends and new activities for my little guy!

Here is just a few pictures from todays fun event.

Drinks: pumpkin spice lattes, apple cider, apple juice and ice water.

Snacks: pumpkin muffins and “apple trees” made of pretzels and apple slices.

Crafts and Activities: play dough, make an apple tree, apple stampingcolored rice and coloring.

We have little Picasso’s in the making! :)

Soon after our friends left, we tried out one of the busy bags.  I’m not sure where Little Buddy’s sock went. He didn’t seem to mind. He laughed and giggled as he went “fishing” in the kitchen.

 Well I couldn’t have asked for a nicer day. Friends, food and activities was a great way to spend a Tuesday afternoon! Something I’m very thankful for!

For busy bag ideas you can check out my busy bag board on Pinterest.

Sharing today at Teaching What is Good and Heavenly Homemakers.

 

 

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