"We are all handmade people created by a God who is not safe or small." Rend Collective Experiment

Friday, December 29, 2006

A Merry Little Christmas~

I have enjoyed reading about everyone's Christmas Day!

We had a wonderful day celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior.

The morning began with french toast and a game of peek-a-boo..

My Mom and Frank and my brothers and my SIL traveled to spend a few days with us..

It was the first time my younger brother and his wife met Wee Babe as they (live too far away :o( in Wisconsin. So, it was a very special time.

Here is Mimi and Auntie Tak meeting Sweet Pea for the first time..

My older brother with the baby...(notice the size of his hand compared to her head!)

We had a lot of eating and of course the gift opening...

The next few days were spent playing with Auntie and Mimi and Uncle-Uncles (as the little boys call them). There was a connect four tournament,eating, roller blading, eating, laser tag, eating, bike riding, eating, dancing, eating...

Here is our 4 yo after engaging in a Spicy Chip Eating Duel with his Uncle Tony.. I think he won. The Little Guy has taste buds of steel

At times things got a Little Hairy ;o)..

A few days later here are the favorite gifts..

Older 5 children Legos, Legos, Legos.. Our Schoolroom looks like the Lego Aisle at Toys R Us threw up ;o). It is so neat to watch the older 5 go back there and create for hours.

The "Little Boys" are loving their cowboy hats and pistols and their brand new wheels.

Dh is lovin' this..

I love the bracelet with Sweet Pea's name on it that dh added to my Mother's Bracelet.. and of course..

It just doesn't get any better than this :o)

Thank you Lord!

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Look What Jesus Brought Us ~

For Christmas!!!!!

Our Sweet Little Pea was born on Wednesday December 20, 2006 at 5:05 pm. She was 7 lbs. 14 oz and 20 inches long. It was such a blessed moment and our Dear and Loving Father provided for every little detail!

The weeks preceding Sweet Pea's birth were quite busy with us finishing up our homeschooling for Christmas break and dh studying madly for his last Seminary final. We had a few important Dr.'s appts for Wee Babe and finally on Tues. December 19th our "To Do List" was complete. Dh told me I could go ahead and have the baby now. Up until this time any mention of discomfort would have him telling me to sit on a pillow or lay on my left side but I was NOT to go into labor ;o)

Tues evening our dear friend called and insisted she was taking all 8 of our children the next day and would bring them home after dinner. She is a very special person and has a way of making you feel like you are doing her a favor by letting her watch your kiddies. She even wanted Wee Babe which I was a fretful over but since Thurs the 21st is our 15 year anniversary I amazingly relented. Dh was on vacation and I had my weekly OB appt. so we planned to visit the OB, eat out, and have a fun day just the two of us :o).

At the OB appt. we were rather surprised to learn that I was almost 5 cm dialated and when they hooked me up to the monitors I was having contractions every 3-4 mins. I have fast labors and a history of not knowing I am in labor (like Wed) so the Dr. sent us over to the hospital. They broke my water and very shortly afterwards I had our Sweet Pea! It was amazing and a wonderful experience.

God has been so Faithful to us and provided every need before we even knew we needed it. What a blessing to have our children safely and happily playing at our friends house. What a blessing to have my dh at my side every moment. What a blessing not to have our baby in the car on the way to the hospital!

My 9 months of morning sickness are OVER! I haven't been sick since the delivery room and I am so thankful for that incredible blessing.

Everyone asks what the kiddies think of her so here is a rundown...

12 yo ds~Loves her and can't wait for her to crawl. Dear sweet boy as if he doesn't have enough little ones wanting to get into his stuff. He's a great big brother. Oh and as he was looking at Sweet Pea laying in my lap he said, "Mama, I don't know how she ever fit in your tummy." Extra Christmas gifts for that boy ;o)!

10 yo dd~ Thoroughly captivated. Wants to hold her all the time

8 yo dd~ Enchanted. She is ear to ear smiles and giggles when she holds her. They really look alike. She wants to know why Mama's tummy isn't like befoe I was pg. Subtracting gifts from her pile ;o)

6 yo dd~ Amazed. She loves to just hold her and stare at her. It's like having a real live baby doll.

4 yo ds~ So in love. He has been the one who was always kissing and rubbing my tummy. He was holding her yesterday and looked at me and said very seriously, "She is just so very special."

4 yo ds~ We weren't sure if he understood the whole pregnancy baby coming thing but he did. He walked into the hospital room and said her name as soon as he saw her. He loves to rub her head and put his cheek to hers.

2 yo ds~ He walked into the hospital room and upon seeing her in my arms said, "Huh? What do you have there?" He fell in love on the spot.

1 yo ds~ He is so gentle and tender. It's amazing that even little babies know other babies are special.

Thank you all SO much for your prayers and love and support.

The Lord has been mighty good to us! \o/