Tuesday, May 19, 2015

40 Weeks - The Last "Belly Shot"

I started this post last week and forgot to finish it, but wanted to document the final "Belly shot" even if LilyMae is already two weeks old! At least the picture was taken on the official 40 week mark :)
How Far Along: 40 Weeks - born May 6 at 39 weeks
Size of Baby: 7 lbs 2 oz. and 20.5 inches long
Gender: Girl- Elizabeth Mae
Maternity Clothes: None! Yay! Back to my regular clothes and summertime sundresses and sandals :)
Movement: This little lady does not stay still long! She loves tummy time and is already holding her head up to look around.
Schedule: LilyMae is such a good baby! She nurses every two hours during the day and gives me a 5 hour stretch then a four hour stretch at night! 
Best Moment of the Week: Celebrating our precious LilyMae arriving to our family! We have longed to meet her and can hardly believe she's finally here! Thank you everyone for your prayers and celebration along with us!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

To Know Her By Name

We had over four and half months of knowing a little girl was growing our family. Twenty weeks of anticipating pink and bows, pearls and lace. One-hundred and forty days of trying to imagine a little girl in this mix of boys.
And then suddenly here she was. After 45 minutes of contractions we headed to the hospital. After two hours of waiting through IV antibiotics we grew more excited. After my water broke she was in my arms in seconds and suddenly, she was here.
This tiny little girl I couldn't picture before was laying on my chest and I was looking into her eyes and I was in love. We had those 20 weeks to pick her name and I just couldn't. I longed to know her by name but I couldn't picture her face.
But on May 6, at 3:05 AM, there I was staring into those dark eyes and running my fingers through her thick black hair and it was like I've always known her. This beautiful baby was my Lily, my Elizabeth Mae and I knew her by name.
And just like that the 4 1/2 months of wondering and waiting melted away. The little girl I couldn't imagine before had so entrapped my heart now I couldn't imagine life without her. 
Happy Birthday to our little princess,
Elizabeth Mae Clark. 
We love you!

Monday, May 4, 2015

39 Weeks

How Far Along: 39 Weeks
Size of Baby: About 7 lbs and 20 inches long
Gender: Girl!
Maternity Clothes: A mix of anything comfy, loose, or airy, with a style that just says, "hopefully only a few more days of dressing this belly!"
Movement: She's balled up tight and out of room but somehow finds ways to completely stretch out defying all spacial odds of my abdominal cavity.  
Cravings: It's fitting that pregnancy websites estimate a 39 week baby being about the size of a mini watermelon. But a mini watermelon would only hold my cravings over for let's say, an afternoon ;) 
Symptoms: My goal was to get to May. All through the end up April contractions were picking up and getting more intense making us wonder if the midwives were indeed correct about not making it to May without a baby. But now May has come and nothing, nada, zero signs of anything. Even the contractions have slowed down. But she's definitely worth the wait and it will make finally seeing her beautiful face even more sweeter.
Best Moment of the Week: There were several little moments that just made her finally being here more real. We planted our garden and Matt mentioned that the vegetable seeds we were sowing would one day be processed into baby food for her and that was an exciting thought. We also got her bassinet set up in our room and baby bottles washed and ready. At my midwife appointment last week she sounded great, is growing great, and I was dilated 3-4 and completely effaced. So there's proof that she'll be making her debut soon, and until then we eagerly anticipate our little lady!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Meyer-Man

For the most part, Wils speaks fluent "what's he saying?"
It's a perfect combination of Chinese, Yiddish, and toddler. He's a lingual artist.
The very few English words he chooses to use are providing us a glimpse into his personality while at the same time making things like, planning his birthday party, a slight challenge when we can't just ask him what he wants.
He can clearly say all done, bath, diaper, fruit snacks, blue (his security blanket), please, night-night, Veggie Tales, and Spider Man (pronounced, Meyer-Man).
So using deductive reasoning and crossing out bed time or fruit snack party themes, we quickly landed on his all time favorite hero, Spider Man.
I'm not entirely sure where his infatuation with Spider Man came from, perhaps the catchy 1960's cartoon theme song he has memorized and sings at record volumes?
Or maybe it's from his early life's start in spider consumption leading to a unique bond with the arachnid hero?
At any rate, since he speaks the masked man's name clearly, sings the theme song, and flips out when he sees Spider Man toys in the Target toy section, the party theme was a no-brainer.
Another no-brainer was handing off the survival and success of said theme to my sister who can plan, design, create, and construct incredible parties out of nowhere.
My party planning mind stops at cupcakes and balloons, yet she created the Marvel Universe overnight and gave the birthday boy and his big brothers the time of their lives.
After balloons and cheetohs, presents and bubbles, my sweet toothed Spider Man got to dig into his cupcakes. Since he was sick last year and totally skipped the traditional first birthday cake smash, this was about as classic as you could get.
He thoroughly consumed any trace of icing before methodically massaging the remaining chocolate cake into his legs and hair. 
At the end of the day spent celebrating all things Wils I'd say he was pretty happy we chose "Meyer-Man" too, instead of bed time or fruit snacks :)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

38 Weeks

How Far Along: 38 Weeks
Size of Baby: 6 1/2lbs and 19 1/2 inches long
Gender: Girl!
Maternity Clothes: Clothes are about the same, but let's talk about the real highlight here, shoes- it's flip flop season people and breaking out all the sandals and open toed shoes has been pure therapy. So it's still a tad chilly most days, but I'm in denial and my freshly pinked and pedicured toes look happy in a pair of flip flops. It's what my baby girl would want ;)
Movement: About all she can do is stretch out every now and then, warping my abdomen into unnatural shapes. She gets hiccups a lot and loves finding comfy spots on top of my inner anatomy. 
Cravings: I bought myself a watermelon a few days ago...it's almost all gone. I feel no guilt over this.
Symptoms: Sleep is a thing of the past but that's ok because it's giving me lots of training for me and little lady's one on one time during the nights. I'm also contracting more as things gear up.
Best Moment of the Week: Honestly, just spending the weekend getting last minute stuff done as our family of five. We ran errands, got Jefferson some jeans he needed, Matt and I even got a quick dinner date which was very needed. We have her car seat out and ready to go (which I have to say is the most adorable pink polka dotted infant seat ever!). Now I should probably go pack a hospital bag :)
Harrison at 38 Weeks - was already a few days old :)
Jefferson at 38 Weeks- was born right at 38 weeks
Wilson at 38 Weeks-since he waited until his due date to show up

Friday, April 24, 2015

A Place For You

My little girl's room is ready. It's soft and light and feminine. Everything in it was handmade, re-purposed, refinished, or gifted in love by family and friends.
It's a room full of thoughts, blessings, prayers, love, and joy all for her and it couldn't be a more special place for me to walk into and soak in the meaning of the things around the room.
Friends and family have spent hours searching, creating, or making some things. I spent hours covered in paint or glue, sewing and drilling, and hunting and searching for the items to make it perfect.
All for this tiny little girl I've never met, I've never seen face to face yet love so fiercely and long for so deeply I spend countless amounts of time preparing for.
And it's when I'm silent in her room I've prepared, my momma heart connects to my Father's heart in an understanding so raw and real.
He's preparing a place for me.
He's gone to prepare a place...for me. I've never seen Him face to face, I fail pitifully and sin miserably yet my Father spends time preparing the perfect place for me. Just like my unconditional love for my daughter, my Father leaves no detail to spare as He crafts and creates perfection...for me.
My little girl's four small walls are prepared in the most loving way my being can know how. But to ponder in my heart the love being poured into the places He is preparing for us, leaves me breathless.
I'm counting down days to bring her home to this room prepared for her. And I'm anticipating the days ahead of discipling her beautiful young heart towards her Father and His preparation for us!

 "In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also."
John 14:2-3 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

37 Weeks

How Far Along: 37 Weeks
Size of Baby: 6lbs and 19 inches long
Gender: Girl!
Maternity Clothes: Because she has dropped I've actually been able to wear some of my regular shirts again, but of course, paired with my beloved maxi skirts.
Movement: She gets pretty active after I've been active and really starts squirming when I'm drinking ice water, but I guess I would be too if ice was going down my back.
Cravings: So my in-laws brought watermelon for Wilson's party, but let's just be honest, it was just their guise to bless my craving socks off and I'm pretty sure I consumed my weight in it!
Symptoms: Contractions are starting to make an irregular appearance in my day...and night. Nothing to time, nothing to stop me, but things are starting to train for the big day. I had my appointment today and little lady is looking beautiful and the midwife is still predicting an early arrival.
Best Moment of the Week: I got to go with all my sisters to get pedicures (Above is a belly shot of the cousins after their momma's toes were painted). It's been a fun tradition in the past that Matt treats me to the pampering before baby arrives, but this was the first time I got to go with my sisters and it was awesome. I celebrated my baby girl by getting my toes all bright pink for her arrival!