Thursday, October 27, 2016

Pocket Knives and Apples

Somewhere along the line, the rite of passage in apple picking became being able to bring along a pocket knife. 
Matt first saw my Dad's idea to carry a knife into the orchard back when we were newlyweds. 
Matt then learned he could slice out tastes of apples bypassing the unwashed skin to give tastes to his pregnant wife when we weren't wild about consuming pesticides with growing babies. 
Then the knife proved helpful over the years with toothless babies wanting skinned apple bites or toddlers wanting tastes of half a dozen apples at a time. 
Then the year came when Harrison asked to carry his own. Matt took him aside for a safety and user lesson and the rest was history. 
Harrison had marched into that orchard responsibly carrying his pocket knife and carefully sliced apple samples, proudly cleaning his blade after each use. 
Jefferson turned the pivotal age last year and was bestowed the same knife bearing honors. 
He also proudly put his pocket knife to use and beamed with each successful slice. 
Thank goodness Wilson is not yet at the big "pocket knife" age yet.
I can only imagine that wild man with a blade, even if it is only two and half inches long. 
I pity the orchard that Wils first descends upon with his new privilege. We'll have to see a lot of responsibility levels increasing before I can think about a knife in that kid's pocket. 
But I will say, if I ever need defending and protection, an armed Wils would be one of my first calls. 
We'll see what happens next year. ;) 
In the meantime, my two big guys carving out perfect slices of apple tastes for little siblings and pregnant momma sure made me proud. 
These men are growing fast and even though we ended up losing one of the cherished knives somewhere in that orchard, we really admire the way they rise to occasion and love their proud little grins when they pull out their knives to slice into their fresh picked apple. :) 

Monday, October 24, 2016

22 Weeks with Baby Quinn

How Far Along: 22 weeks, I know I missed a week, but I was a little busy in the Bahamas! :)
Size of Baby: 11", about the size of a spaghetti squash. According to BabyCenter baby should also be close to 1lb and I'm just nervously laughing at our guy's 20oz. weight two weeks ago! 
Gender: BOY! We don't have the official name yet, but we are narrowing it down and have some close contenders ;)
Maternity Clothes:I wore my first maternity dress to our fancy dinner on board our cruise last week. It was all about comfort when you've got to be in high heels, act polite, and still eat a meal in front of strangers. 
Movement: This guy is still pretty laid back and doesn't get too active. When he does want to move around they are some pretty strong movements you can see through my shirt so I definitely agree with the ultrasound measurement of him being a bigger guy, I'm feeling it. 
Cravings: Still like my turkey sandwiches and thankful for the grille on board last week that offered 18 hours a day of endless turkey sandwiches anytime I asked :) 
Symptoms: Not really a pregnancy symptom, just a side effect. I learned firsthand all about seasickness last week and got to sport some very fashionable seaband jewelry and stay buzzed on dramamine. :p 
Best Moment of the Week: Our Babymoon was an incredible and blessed week away together as just Matt and I! We had so much fun exploring Key West and laying on tropical beaches in the Bahamas. It was incredible and we truly enjoyed every moment of this much needed time away together :) 

And because I couldn't decided which incredible beach belly shot to use I chose them both because I will never get tired of remembering the colors of blue I saw last week in that gorgeous water!

Friday, October 14, 2016

20 Weeks With Baby Quinn

 How Far Along: 20 Weeks (a week behind, as I'm 21 weeks today. But also at our 20 week ultrasound, baby boy was measuring 21 weeks, so that makes him 22 weeks now but for documenting sake will stick with the original due date and be happy if he arrives earlier ;)
Size of Baby: 10", about the length of a banana. We found out this week he weighs 14 oz. 
Gender: BOY! 
Maternity Clothes: I'm packing some maternity dresses for our baby moon trip this coming week so it will officially be the first donning of maternity clothing but I wanted to be comfy :)
Movement: Baby boy is getting stronger and gave us quite a show at the ultrasound. He kicked and flipped, waved, hid his face with his hands, stuck his tongue out, sucked his thumb, and rolled all over. He is still relatively laid back in general though and saves his best tumbling for late night hours. 
Cravings: I'm not saying my turkey sandwich and fruit days are over but I am getting to that point where I just don't have a huge appetite. I don't really get hungry so cravings are waning. 
Symptoms: No new symptoms, feeling great and enjoying getting to know this new little man. 
Best Moment of the Week: Getting to see our boy for the first time and hear that he is perfect in every way, healthy, and growing strong! We had a wonderful technician who let us look as long as we wanted and the kids all enjoyed being able to point out different bones and the hands and feet of their new brother. We then got a surprise 3d ultrasound which we've never had before and we spent another long time staring at our new baby stick his tongue out, play with his hands, and yawn. Even Madison was waving at the baby as we all soaked up the few minutes of peeking into his world. We can't wait to have him hear in another few months! 

And an extra belly picture for fun because Wils ran into the frame yelling "cheese with mommy!" and how could we resist that? :) 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

It's A...

We all walked into the midwife's office today, all six of us together.  
All of us bursting to find out whether baby Quinn was a boy or girl, the kids even more than us!
We all made our final guesses and the majority of us were completely wrong!
The ultrasound of our thriving, kicking, thumb sucking baby was unmistakingly all BOY!
We were immediately elated and in love with our newest testosterone bundle to join this crazy household!
In my excitement I came up with this awesome idea to get blue silly string and let the kids go at it for a fun gender reveal photo shoot for family and friends. 
What I did not count on was two of the cans malfunctioning leaving large blue liquid stains on white dress shirts, or the discovery of Madison's profound fear of silly string being ejected. 
The first several frames are of her bursting in tears and running away from the blue string fight as fast as she could. 
Once some of her brothers convinced her to hold an empty can that "can't spray you anymore" she clutched it tightly and stood guarded between her brothers warily for the rest of my crazy photo shoot. :)
We cannot express how blessed we feel God chose us to be the Dad and Mom for this new little man, and that He chose our family as the perfect fit for him! Being able to glimpse into his being knit in secret today was a gift for all of us and we can't wait to hold him in our arms! 
Baby Boy Clark coming February 2017! 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016


I've lovingly coined the term, three-atrical, to describe this part of life with Wils. 
The kid has been known to fall face first down on a hard store floor and lie dead still with his arms by his sides, and not in protest like you may think. But in sheer joy over something that excites him or just to elicit gasps and chuckles from bystanders. 
At least once a grocery shopping trip he will tell some innocent fellow shopper all about his day and the injustices of being three complete with not being able to ride his bike in the street yet or reach the candy in the cabinet.
 He is known to face palm while groaning, "Not again!" usually over something like having to take a bath. 
And then there's this photo shoot he directed in the apple orchard. "Mom!" he hollered, "take my picture right here!" I began walking towards him and he emphatically motioned, "No Mom! Stop right there and take it. I will smile, say cheese, be a superhero, and them say apples!" 
And he did. And I clicked away. And we ended up with this Wilson directed shoot. 
Which is one of the reasons he is three-atrical :) 

Friday, October 7, 2016

19 Weeks With Baby Quinn

How Far Along: 19 weeks (I'm a week behind, but what's new ;)
Size of Baby: 6", about the size of a large mango
Gender: We find out this week!
Maternity Clothes: Not yet, mainly thanks to tunic tops being in style, yay!
Movement: I'm feeling more and more movement and the kicks are getting stronger every day, but this little baby definitely has a calmer temperament and seems content to just cuddle up to the relaxing sounds of his crazy siblings. Baby Quinn (short for Quincy which is what my family has affectionally and officially named this baby,) will have a built in white noise machine with this family! 
Cravings: I'm gonna say turkey sandwiches and fruit but just pretend you read something different like ice cream and steak to give yourself a break from reading the same thing every week. 
Symptoms: Not too much of anything, though I did experience some of my first run-ins with real heartburn and I haven't really dealt with that before. It was after a sip of water! 
Best Moment of the Week: Matt got to feel Quinn kick for the first time this week which is always a favorite moment when Daddy gets to start connection with the new baby :)

Jefferson at 19 Weeks
Harrison at 19 Weeks