He loves snuggling Mommy & Daddy, making lots of grunting noises, nursing, sleeping, & being worn. He doesn't love not getting attention!
He is WELL LOVED by his big brother & sisters. Sarah Grace brings him his "paa paa" every time she sees him without it, Micaiah gives him lots of hugs & kisses, & Hannah Kate keeps him company in the car!
We've had a LOT going on & I haven't updated in awhile...sorry! Guess what?! We're having a baby!
Baby will arrive hopefully no earlier than May 13 (37 weeks) & that is the latest we can go. So, we may have a Friday the 13th baby! :)
On that note,
Names have been a big topic of discussion lately since we have a new baby to name! This week, HK: I have a friend named ____, she goes to worship with us so it's a Bible name. Me: That's not a Bible name HK: yes it is! She goes to worship with us. Me: Not everyone's name is in the Bible. HK: WHAT?! WHY didn't her mommy & daddy name her a Bible name?! Me: I don't know, but your name doesn't have to be IN the Bible to go to Heaven! HK: OH! good!
M: Is Thomas the Train in the Bible? Me: No, but the name Thomas is in the Bible. M: Oh! Okay, can I talk to him when we go to Heaven? Me: You can talk to Thomas, but not the train. Trains don't go to Heaven. M: Why NOT?!
This is a short & sweet post because I just needed to record that for our scrapbooks! :)
Papa saw the bags last night before we were done & said, "You're going to have to get bigger bags!" They were filled to the top! Each bag included: receiving blanket, candy, crackers, granola/breakfast bars, fruit cup, tissues, lotion, hand sanitizer, notepad & pen, note from us, handwritten note from someone at East Side, a baby hat, a booklet about car seat safety, information about the church, & something extra! The something extra was: a bigger blanket, toy, Wubbanub (paci), or $5 Sonic gift card. We also had enough monetary donations that we were able to purchase 2 $30 & 9 $25 gift cards to Cracker Barrel. They have a Thanksgiving menu with them & Nurse Libby & her friends will give those to whoever they think needs it the most. I am unbelievably amazed at the response to this year's project. Thank you all SO much! We are praying for each family who will receive the bags.
Delivering NICU Thanksgiving bags! We had enough of everything that we had extra blankets for the hospital, extra snacks, candy, lotion for the nurses & of course the wonderful bouncy seat donation!
I was going to post this closer to Sarah Grace's first birthday, but I am just now finding the time to make the collage & put my thoughts into words! So, Happy Babywearing Week!
On September 19th of last year, Sarah Grace was born. We were praying that she would not follow in the footsteps of her older siblings & need to go to the NICU, but she wanted to be like them! For some reason, this pregnancy & time after felt different to me. I think it was because I was so busy taking care of Hannah Kate (three years old) & Micaiah (almost two years old). I didn't have time to stop & think about things so much. I KNEW I was expecting & I was excited, but it just didn't seem quite real to me. Sarah Grace spent only four days in the NICU (the shortest of all of our NICU stays), but even during that time I remember telling Wesley, "I don't FEEL like I have a baby." I prayed about it, but I was embarrassed (I guess?) to feel that way, that I never said anything else. When we came home, I made myself stop everyday during the older kids' nap & do kangaroo care. I wanted to help the breastfeeding process & be able to enjoy this tiny baby (the biggest of all of my babies!). Out of necessity, I wore her any time we left the house & during her fussy time most evenings. I had worn our other babies some, but not this much. Our church family joked that they had never seen her outside of "her pouch." (Around six months, I was carrying her to class & someone said, "So THAT'S what she looks like!")
A few months ago, I told Wesley, "Remember how I felt like I didn't have a baby & I was so concerned about bonding with her? Funny how she's the most attached to me of all of them!" This girl LOVES her mama, & she LOVES to be worn. I am so thankful for God's blessing of this precious girl & for the way that babywearing has helped us to strengthen our bond more.
Moral of the story: Keep calm. Pray. Wear all the babies!
Here's a post I did last December about babywearing information. I need to do an updated one because I have a few more favorites since then!
This past year has completely flown! We are so blessed & thankful to have three precious children to raise & prayerfully guide to Heaven. We enjoyed a fun, spontaneous day at the pumpkin patch to celebrate Sarah Grace turning one! We will have a party for her & Micaiah sometime in the next month or so.
& Denise are joined by Jack & Becky Honeycutt to discuss how to
teach our children to love mission work. The Honeycutts have been
involved in mission work in other countries, especially India, for many
years. We hope that you will find some practical tips of ways that we can get our children involved in mission work from an early age! **Since this episode was recorded, Jack & Becky have shared with us that there is a drought/famine in India. In fact, 57 children have been brought to the
children's home at Rampachodavarm due to this. Of course, this means 57
more to feed and clothe and send to school. There is also always a need for money for medicine for the hospital
and clinic. These are things that our families can easily help purchase. Think coin jars, birthday projects, eating in once a month instead of eating out. Let your children HELP with this!
Complete Bibles - $3.00 New Testaments - 2 for
$1.00 Songbooks - $1.00 Bicycles for preachers - $100.00 (These also come with a Petromax light) Orphan support- $25.00 monthly Widow support- $10.00
monthly Milk cow for orphanages - $350.00
Pair of milk goats for widows/orphans home - $225.00