Friday, June 2, 2017

A sight so wonderful. Baby Tres

Noting the half way point of any occasion usually means it’s an event big enough to be approached with anticipation.  This week we hit that landmark in our pregnancy and it was met with a face so precious I couldn’t have dreamt it up if I tried. 

For the past 4 weeks I have felt his presence in a way that is bigger than just not being able to button my pants.  It began with a flutter as I drove down the road, then another until a peace of comfort followed that filled my soul and poured out into a smile.  His gentle hello's have become more frequent and in the past week have been quite strong; enough so for Barry to be able to feel movement, or as my Granny so perfectly describes it,  “feeling life”.  

My heart has once more been put at ease with the sight and sounds of our baby boy filling a monitor and answering prayers.  His little body looking perfect as a peach, and his movements as sweet as a freshly baked pie, I’ve been on cloud nine since.  As the ultrasound tech moved in close on his face we watched as he nuzzled his little head back and forth against his current home as if he were lying on a pillow.

 I am more excited than ever to meet this darling boy, to hold him, kiss him from head to toe, and watch him while he sleeps.  I can’t imagine what our life will be like with the addition of his presence among us but I’m anxiously awaiting the day we find out.  As excited as we are I won’t dare rush him here.  There is much to be done and much to be enjoyed as I graciously soak up the privelage of housing God’s work at hand.  

Sweet baby F, mama loves you so. 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Preschool Graduate 2017

A whole year of preschool, ya know the real kind of preschool, the one that happens before you enter kindergarten?  Well it's come and gone. 
 How did that happen?
 Well, days turn into weeks, turn into months, turn into...your first born, your baby boy, graduating preschool and feeling beyond thankful that we are here.  Ya see, I could be really emotional and nostalgic and sad about him growing into a boy and entering real school, but I'm choosing to be thankful.  Thankful for every sweet moment that led us here and excited to watch what the future holds for him.
We have been so thankful for his sweet teachers and loving school environment.  From a class who prayed for their friends when they were out sick, to learning Bible stories and memorizing verses each month we have seen such a blessing in this year.  Our little guy has grown a lot this year going from 3 months of daily tears to genuinely being excited about seeing his friends and even praying for his teachers when he's away from you.
From the beginning to the end we have seen growth and are ready to spend the summer with this big fun boy of ours!
Bring on the summer, slow mornings, trips to the pool, popsicles, watermelon, staying up late and enjoying simple time together.  We plan to savor every moment of the next few months and hope that the summers memories help take the sting out of our first taste of real school and alarms that go off every day.  

Sunday, May 7, 2017

The Gender Scoop on Cooper Bebe Tres

 One might think that we could have waited to find out what we were having this time, seeing how we have one of each already....but we just aren't that patient.  On top of it we are so over the moon excited for this baby that we couldn't wait to know what it was going to be.  We went for an early reveal at 16 weeks and Bebe Tres was showing off in every way possible.  We decided the night before we were going to invite a few friends and family to come celebrate with us.  I wasn't quite sure if we should make it a big thing or not since it IS our third baby, but a reason to get together and rejoice over this little blessing seemed like a good decision.  
We met at Graeter's, I whipped up a chalk sign, and had everyone choose pink or blue sprinkles to place their guess in their ice cream bowl.  

Henry and Mallie Lynn decided over the past week to switch teams as Henry rooted on a baby brother and Mallie Lynn wanted a sister.  So Mr. H was beyond thrilled to have "won" and guessed he was having a baby brother, and Mallie Lynn was just excited to have an ice cream cone.  (She would later ask me where the girl was?)  :)
We are so excited to be welcoming a baby boy to our family and know that everything about this plan for our family is perfect.  Henry can't wait to teach him how to throw and catch a ball and Mallie Lynn can't wait to help feed him!  This little man is so loved already and sure has a lot of people talking to him in the womb.  God is so good!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Tres Bebe

(Proverbs 3: 5-6)  Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.  

One, Two, Three Little bundles to love.
One, Two, Three lives surely gifts from above.  
 Henry wants a sister, and Mallie Lynn wants a brother, or as she told us, she "wants a Henwy".  They are both more excited than I expected they'd be and I can't wait to see them in their new roles  of our family.
Mallie Lynn is a caregiver by nature, feeding others by hand, bringing your belongings she finds to their rightful place, and cleaning up messes.  She is going to be one heck of a big sister and Oh the way she loves!  Well, this baby is in for such a treat!
Henry began asking about the baby the day after we told them the news.  Dropping his precious basketball for a quick timeout to kiss my belly and say hi to the baby.  Instances of him coming to snuggle me in bed and hug the baby have become frequent and he loves to ask how big it is.  (Right now Tres Bebe is a sweet little peach!
We delight in the thought of this growing little life.  Our rainbow baby who is already being used to teach us God's perfect timing.  We didn't know where our journey would go for our family when we experienced a miscarriage last June, but God did.  As we journeyed through the lessons of trusting in His provision and plan I came to a place where I completely released all control; and that's when it happened.  When February 9th came, a day I had looked at as a point of dread, I found myself instead being completely blown away by what could only be God's work, a positive pregnancy test.  
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

We have continued to walk in His strength as anyone who has experienced a pregnancy after miscarriage does.  We treaded waters lightly, took extra precautions and kept our secret for a bit longer than we might have otherwise.  We are over the moon excited to wrap our arms around this baby, sometime before October 18th.  For this child we have prayed and our hearts are already filled with love for this soul.  

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Growing Up and Growing Out

This little blessing has been growing in so many ways and has officially given us 2.5 years of sweetness.  She has been a beauty from the start and we are finding her loving heart is so full of gumption, spunk, and sincerity we can't help but love her more each day.  
As you know her journey started out with a challenge.  Having spent much of her first 10 months of life in discomfort from food intolerances Mallie Lynn gave us much to pray for.  We were hopeful that the day would come sooner than later that she would outgrow them and be able to eat normally but also prepared ourselves for the possibility that it would be much longer.  She began eating solids around 13 months and slowly but surely we added one food at a time into her diet.  
 She began to understand certain things hurt her belly, struggled with food aversions, texture issues, and maybe the worst wanting foods around her she simply could not have.  We all adapted to the lifestyle any food allergy family does, caution.  Thinking ahead and planning snacks, meals, or special treats whenever we left the house.  Trying to make a sweet dessert for her to partake in at birthday parties instead of cake or ice cream, and packing coolers of food and special milk for her when we went on any sort of trip.  
 Early this spring we were released from Cincinnati Children's and began a month long dairy trial.  It began with uncertainty and what we thought was most certainly signs of a fail, but God opened the door for healing and she walked right through.  This girl is now a dairy eater my friends!!!
Slowly adding in more and more was a definite test of trust and we prayed each time that it would work, and it did.  She has delighted in eating "Henry cheese" shhhhhh so much, maybe more than anything else because it's just like her brother's.  She has enjoyed regular ice cream, had her first milk shake, root beer float, and eaten cake and cupcakes just like every other child at birthday parties.  I can not tell you how sweet it has been to watch her fall in love with new foods.  She has sometimes done a double take over how good something is, and appreciates her ability eat more than I could have imagined.  
It has changed our lifestyle and opened up my world of cooking again.  Our family has been doing a lot more eating out too.  Going to a restaurant spur of the moment without having to go home and grab or make a meal for her is a blessing I hope I never take for granted.    
 This silly fun loving gal is growing up and grown out of all but straight soy and we thank God for this huge blessing!  So instead of focusing on food lately we have focused on learning to ride her brother's balance bike, taking swim lessons, and racing her brother.  
 Grow Mallie Lynn Grow!!!  Just do it slow enough for me to soak in these moments I hold so dear.  You're certainly our sunshine girl and we love you more than you'll ever know.