Sunday, April 29, 2012

Big Kicks!

So, I am very well aware that this baby will be here in just a few days.  Trust me, the boys, and yes I mean ALL the boys, including Jamie, have been counting them down for over a week now.  They are so excited they can't stand themselves.  I must admit.  I'm excited too.  I think I was more nervous than excited until the last week or so, but everything does really seem to be falling into place, so I'm with them.....Let's get this show on the road!

I must admit though, I know in just a few short days, I will miss being pregnant.  That may sound so strange to some, but it's true.  I think you could ask most moms and they will say the same thing.  Now, I'm not crazy.  Don't think I want to be pregnant all the time, but there are parts that I will miss.  There is nothing like the feeling of a baby move for the first time.  The feeling of the miracle within, is something you can never explain.  I think what I will miss most, is that from the second she enters this world, she will begin growing and won't stop.  I know from experience, that time moves so quickly.  It seems like a few weeks ago that I brought the boys home.  Now, they are almost as tall as me.  I'm sure it will be no different with Hannah.  I will blink and she will be in school.  I'll blink again, and she will be graduating.  I never believed it when my parents said that time moves too quickly.  When I was a child, it seemed like eternity between Christmases!  Now, it seems I get the decorations put away, only to get them out in a few weeks.  Boy, did they know what they were talking about.

Also, did I mention that I am not a big fan of sharing.  Up until now, I have had the blessing of having her all to myself, with the exception of a few touches to the belly and some pictures, she has been all mine.  When she arrives on Thursday, I have a feeling that the next time I get to put my hands on her will be when she needs fed or diapered :)  I have quite a few people in line to meet and hold her.  I'm not sure I should have even bought things like a bouncer or a swing.  I am certain that she may never sit in them. 

So, although I can't wait to meet her, cuddle her, touch her, and hold her, I will miss her little flutters, her hiccups, and even her big kicks.  

Sunday, April 22, 2012


So, we are in high gear to make ready for our baby girl. I know I am a little nervous, but I guess I assumed I was the only one. However, I am learning differently.

Today, I had a "snuggle" and discussion with Caleb about the big day. He wanted to know how all this stuff was going to happen; how long I will be in the hospital; how long Hannah will have to stay there; how much will my belly hurt; and about a million other questions. This was a serious discussion. You could tell that these topics had him a little concerned. I, of course, thought it was too sweet. It's nice to know how much he loves us both. My boys are growing up!

Friday, April 20, 2012


So, I am nearing the end of this pregnancy, and I keep getting the same questions/ statements over and over. I bet you wish this were over, or you must be miserable.

Well, truthfully, I hate that question/comment. I have never been "miserable" even carrying the boys. At times I may have been close; they were quite a challenge!

There have definitely been some uncomfortable moments in both pregnancies, but never misery. I think everyone that has ever suffered through infertility would agree with me that misery is the 100th negative pregnancy test, the desire to have a child more than breathe, and the heartbreak of a child you'll never see this side of heaven. That is misery! Pregnancy is at worst a minor discomfort, at best it is God's way of allowing my participation in a total miracle.

I am blessed to carry these miracles! Misery you say, you must be crazy. Theses are some if the most amazing days of our lives!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Spring Break Nesting

So, we have been on spring break this week.  For the last several years, we have gone somewhere.  Either, we take the boys somewhere, or we take advantage of some much needed time alone in a sandy sunny area.  This year, however, we had an entirely different agenda.  Jamie's Mom volunteered to take the boys a few days so they could have some fun while we embarked on operation nesting.  We have pitched, painted, purged, cleaned, carpeted, put away, and assembled everything imaginable.  Wow, what a difference a few days makes.  Truthfully, I have supervised most of the work.  I have helped my fair share, but I can't do exactly everything I intended.  This big belly and contractions have kept me from doing everything I just knew I could. 

What a difference a week makes.  We now have a completed nursery.  Yes, it still needs a few finishing touches, but she has a room.  She even has all the other necessities, a changing table, a stroller, car seat, highchair, and a closet full of clothes that would rival a supermodel.  I can't believe it.

It was too cute.  When the boys returned from their visit with MawMaw and PawPaw, they had to check everything out.  They know where everything can be found, how everything works, and what everything does.  I think they are getting a little excited.  Especially with a date in mind.  If all goes well, she will arrive on May 2nd. 

I'll post some pictures soon.  She will be here before we know it, and we can't wait :)

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Predicting the future!

So the boys are out of town so Tonya and I got to go out to eat, watch a movie, and talk about something other than school or the boys.  So the conversation lead to our next favorite activity, predicting the future.  That's right, I'm like Dionne Warwick ....

We've done this forever.  We usually play this little game around New Years and make up crazy  predictions about the upcoming year.  However, our game tonight was a special edition...all about Hannah.  So, here are the predictions that came out tonight.  I'm putting them in writing so you all will be able to see my psychic abilities.  (BTW...I don't choose lottery numbers for people, it's an exploitation of my gift.)  ;)

Tonya's Question:  Will Hannah have lots of hair?
Response:  Yes, we just pray she doesn't have my hair line though!

T:  What color will Hannah's eyes be?
R:  Blue (Aren't all baby's eyes blue?)

T:  Who will be the best big brother?
R:  Isaac (Just a gut feeling)  Caleb will help sometimes and Eli will trick the other two into doing his work for him.

T:  What hair color will Hannah have?
R:  Blonde, that will even up our kids two/two.

T:  Who will she look like?
R:  She will be as beautiful as her mother.

T:  Who's temperment will she have?
R:  I refused to answer this question.  (I'm psychic, not an idiot!)

I do know this, I'm ready for her to get here!  I think we all are!  :)

-Daddy  (Call 1-888-I AM NOT A PSYCHIC for more information.  $1.99/min)