Thursday, July 30, 2009


The other day I sat on the loveseat, nursing my baby girl.

My 4-year old son asked, "What's G. doing?"

"She's eating," I replied.

"Oh, she just eats milk, right?" he asked.


***Long, long pause and thoughtful expression...***

"Where's her cup?"

I love the minds of little ones!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Attention Toni :O) !!

Here's a call out to Toni, who correctly predicted a SMALL baby for me in my Baby Guessing Contest. Congrats! Toni guessed 6 lb 6 oz and little G weighed in at 5 lb 8 1/2 oz.

Unfortunately, Toni, your name isn't clickable so I haven't been able to contact you yet. If you could leave a comment here or send me a quick email, I'd much appreciate it. That way I can get your gas card sent out to you!


Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Peace and Craziness...

Since my little girl arrived on June 12th, she's spent a great portion of her time looking like this...

And my two older children have found some innovative ways to amuse themselves while I care for their new sister!

What was that? You're not supposed to let children play with bags???

Ah, well.

They have fun and I get to enjoy sunny mornings like this one...

Life is good when you're parenting miracles...

Friday, July 3, 2009

Lessons Learned

Three weeks ago today, I gave birth to our third child, our second little girl. Little Baby G is doing beautifully. She was up to 5 lb 12 oz at her two-week check-up (four ounces above her birth weight) and she's one happy, easy little baby. She's got her mama's big blue eyes and long, thin fingers. Actually, she has a lot of her mama's features. Our other little girl is kind of a "Daddy clone" so this has been fun for me!

When G. was born, she had a little difficulty clearing the fluid from her lungs. As a result, she was taken to the NICU and given some supplemental oxygen. She was also fed via IV fluids which meant that, rather than commencing nursing, I had to commence pumping. Oh, and she had some jaundice issues. Severe enough that she had to come home with a bili-blanket.

But you know what?

After the wild ride we went on following C's extremely premature birth, this didn't faze me. I really wasn't worried about the O2 because I knew how minimal it was. I became an expert pumper the last time around so that came naturally to me. Jaundice shmaundice. You think a little blue light is going to send me over the edge? I'm made of sterner stuff. :)

But as I sat in the NICU by G's bedside and saw the tubes and monitors, it did take me back a bit. And it made me realize how terrified I would have been by even these "minor" problems had this been my first birth. Or had I never encountered any complications or challenges in the past.

But I've had those experiences. I've learned those lessons. And I was able to count my blessings even as I faced "imperfect" birth circumstances.

God has never given me more than I can handle. And this time He had me well-prepared for the little bumps in the road...