Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Welcome to the world, Sweet Baby Boy

It was early Sunday morning, when I woke up. Again.  It had been happening for the past two weeks..waking up, wondering if this would be the night/time we would grab our bags and head to the hospital, to meet the newest member of the family. All of those "other" nights, things would slowly fade away, after keeping me awake for 2-ish hours. This time, I knew within two minutes..it was different. This was IT! I quickly woke up Graham and told him he had better hurry..the way I was feeling, I didn't think we would have a whole lot of time to spare. At least I knew I didn't want to wait any longer than I had to, to get the car  ride over with.  It felt like he took extra long to get out of bed and ready to walk out the door. 

We got to the hospital around 2:30 - hardly 20 minutes after I woke up. The nurse got us to a room, and went to get my files...the computers were down. I felt so.much.back.pain and did not know how I would survive another how many hours, which I would be doing, if it were anything like Kendens' birth. She came back to assess things. I remember hearing 2 cm....and feeling like crying. Do NOT tell me that after all of the false labor I had, I was only at 2...and please don't tell me to go home. She went out, and I told my amazing husband/support, there is no. way. they will get me out of the hospital.

Things happened quickly, and just two hours after arriving at the hospital, at 4:32 a.m, August the 10th, 

Hudson Joseph

made his appearance, making us a family of 4, weighing 8lbs 8oz and was 19 3/4" long.   
Overwhelming Relief, Joy and Happiness, flooded my soul. At long last, the sweet bebe was born. 
Healthy and beautiful..oh-so-beautiful. 


There is nothing like meeting a brand new life.. getting to know the little person that grew inside for 9 whole months. So tiny, yet so perfect. 
Also, the dear husband of mine... he is amazing! Such a wonderful support and coach. 
I could not go through what I did, without him beside me. Love him So so much!






We were so privileged to have mom here. She was with us a week and a half before little Hudson was born. Bonding with Kenden, and keeping me from going insane, while we waited. 
Such a beautiful lady...I am so blessed to have her as my mother, and Grandma, for our sweet boys.




 I was so excited to see how Kenden would respond to a new little person in the house. 
He loves the little brother...but it's not always easy sharing mommy and daddy. 
We still have a bit of work to do with attitudes, etc... but in the meantime.. I look at these pictures over and over.. I cannot believe that I get to be mama to these two precious boys. 
Melt. My. Heart.










love those tiny little toes.








Thank-you, Jesus, for this precious gift You have sent to us to teach and train and love. 
He is so perfect, and our hearts are full of love and gratitude.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A little catch-up..and a night away

What would go through your mind, if you would get a phone call at 9:30 on a Friday morning..from your husband.. asking you to come pick him up from work...cause there was a "little accident". 
Ookaay. Like, what kind of little accident? Are you going to be ok? Do you just need to come home for a little rest...or are we talking "take me to the ER"? His reply.. "6 big sheets of glass just fell on me. Please just come get me. We will figure out what to do then. ."
 I try to stay calm.. get the little Mr. up after he just went to sleep...think about what I might need if we end up spending several hours (or the day) in the hospital. 
I kept remembering the time that he told me how dangerous he was learning glass could be. Like, if it falls, it can easily cut off your limbs...or.....well, we won't go there. Let's just say it's dangerous. 
But....if he's calling me, wanting me to come get him, it can't be toooo extreme of an injury. Can it, now?

It's a long story..one that I started posting about earlier, but never had the time (or rather the energy, when I would have had the time) to finish. Thus, the reason this post has to have catch-up. 
You see, it kind of makes a big difference as to how I feel about the rest of the post. 
We ended up just spending a few hours in ER. After getting an x-ray, we learned that he fractured his right scapula (shoulder blade)... that there would be 6-12 weeks of recovery.

He then told me his boss told him he should have been on the floor in pieces. 
What is an 8 month pregnant wife supposed to reply to that? You go from being so extremely grateful, to crying buckets of tears, thinking of everything that could have...or "should have" been. Of what I would have done... it makes you sick. Then it makes you so happy... so so happy that you think all of the aches and pains of pregnancy really are nothing after all. That you can handle it. Even if what he can do is very limited, and it means that you need to pick up the slack.. do those things that he had been doing for me, just cause I felt like I was getting so big and clumsy. You know.. I could do them after all. 
Things like cleaning the offices in town. Something I had kind of given up on helping him with for now.. partly cause of how I felt..partly because of the small, active son of ours, who loves to get into everything. 

It makes you think of life in a whole new way. What really is important?  It's so easy to wish for more.. to think that we reaally need certain things... then we can be happy. That to have fun, we need to go on a week-long vacation to ____________ . 
No. Really, there are some of the happiest moments, in the "normal day living" that we just don't think about... cause we are looking for "more". (I'm not here to say that vacations aren't good and fun. They are good. and it's great when you can make them happen...it just shouldn't take a vacation to "make your life happy. I don't know..can't seem to say what I'm thinking so I'll leave it at that. ) 
I have always loved when he came home from work...but now, it feels even better. I am always soo grateful that  he is home, safe and sound again.

Okay.. I feel like I'm just on a rant now. Things were kind of rough, especially the first few weeks, but we are grateful. Grateful that we could go through them together. And we are so ever thankful that our bodies are made the way they are, and that they can heal as quickly as they do. It's been 31/2 weeks now, and he is definitely doing better, although he still does get sore, tired, and has some nasty cramping in his arm.

Before all of this happened, we had been planning to go away for a night, before the baby comes. 
"this" sort of threw a wrench in the plans. I thought it was something we would just have to give up..although I must admit I was disappointed, but it wasn't the end of the world. I still had him with me.
Last Thursday night he came and asked me if I thought it would work to get away... we would be a little ways away from the hospital, am I too miserable, etc..etc... NO. I'm not to miserable for that!! Yes, I want to go, but...how? Never fear... this guy right here... he'll figure out a way. 


I love him soo much. Uhh.. he's handsome.


This here is the place he found.. delightful little (private) cabins out in the beautiful creation. 



The property was on Swan Lake


Such a beautiful, relaxing, peaceful evening. I love lakes..water. There is something so refreshing about it.


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The Sauna...and Hot Tub. Welll...we didn't use them this time, for obvious reasons...but maybe another time, after sweet bebe, makes his/her appearance. 


38 1/2 weeks.


I simply love being married to this guy! I could have written a post a mile long on how amazing he is.. about all the things he did for me, when he was hurting so bad (like scrubbing my kitchen floor...cause I.just.can't.stand.dirty.floors) but we will save space for now I guess... This is already getting rather lengthy, I suppose. 


Sparkling Cider..and THE most amazing chocolate mousse. Yes, he really is super man. He makes such yum and delish treats. 


Thank you, Jesus for bring us together. And thank you for allowing him to stay here with me for a while longer. I am so, ever grateful!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Finally Settled.

 Yes, we are feeling settled. And is it ever a wonderful feeling!?! We were mostly done unpacking for a few days now...but last night we sorted through a few "leftover" things, and hauled out the last box. I still have a picture to hang and I sign to move...the baby room is not yet complete..I'm kind of thinking I will wait to finish decorating in there until the littlest member of the family makes his/her appearance.

Anyway, for now, things are where they will be for a while, and I feel like I can relax a little, and work on some of those projects that are calling my name before sweet bebe arrives. Time is really flying by, and it will be here before we know it. 

Why don't we start out with a few of this little Charmer that knows just how to melt mama's heart. 


Wanna kiss, anyone? 


Mmm...that quinoa salad is just soo good..and that spoon too fun to let sit. Yes, I think I will just go ahead and enjoy some before it actually makes it to the table. 


He's such a great helper already!


Welcome to our home..it's tiny, it's not perfect..but it's cozy, and everything has a place, and we are happy. So happy to be settled in.



















Like I said...we are still waiting for the "perfect thing" for a few places, but I don't mind...So glad we don't have to be perfect, or have everything perfect. 


 







I guess that's it for now. No outside pictures...but that will happen later. I hope, anyway. :) I'm trying to learn not to make any rash promises, that I might not be able to keep. 

I hope you enjoyed the little peek into our home and lives. Please, please feel free to come visit us!
 The coffee will be ready in just a few minutes. 

Blessings on your night....

Monday, June 09, 2014

Family..

It's so precious! 

Yesterday we spent the day (well, most of it, anyway) at home, since the little Mr. is still getting over his little bout with chickenpox. It was actually quite lovely and relaxing just to sit back, enjoy together time, and spend time worshiping and singing...just us. At home. Even though things aren't in perfect order around here, we are very, very happy to be moved in. The big day was a week ago, Saturday. It was long, it was tiring, but it was oh-so-good. I will never be able to explain how wonderful it was to sleep in our own bed again..! Ok..I guess I'm a little off the subject here. Couldn't help myself...just got a little carried away. More on the big move, and our house in another post, on another day. Once things are a little more picture worthy. :)

Back to family. :) We were at the park for a little while in the afternoon, and little man loved every.single.minute.  I'll let these pictures tell you just how much. 


 This one..yes, it melts me. I am so thankful my son has such a wonderful daddy.
 In the last week it seems, Kenden has become much more attached to Graham. Something I love to watch. He has always been such a mama's baby, Graham had to make him stay on his lap sometimes...just so he could actually hold him (and give my arms a break). But that's changing. Now.. he's wanting daddy. Makes my heart swell with joy to watch them build a relationship with each other, that I hope and pray only gets stronger with time. 


This is quite possibly my favourite picture of the two of them. Ever. 




After only a few times going down the slide with daddy, he's already ready to try it "solo". How can it be that my baby is that old already, anyway? 


I seem to have a hard time picking my favourites. So..all of the "favourites" just get dumped on here. :)
Such handsome men, if I may say so myself. 


Later in the evening, we decided to go outside and see if we could snap a few pictures. Well...we were out there maybe 5 minutes when rain started pouring down on us.  Oh well...at least we got a few. 
Maybe more on another day? 



Then..it was to the couch for some quality snuggle time. 




I just have to learn to soak this in while I have it. Time..it's so precious, and it seems to slip away so fast. Almost without notice. Our family is soon to change again...which we are all extremely excited about. But these days, they are precious too. Time with my little boy..it will always be different, once he has to share..once I have to divide my time between two babies. 
I will always hold this darling child dear to my heart. Not saying I won't love the next as much as I love him...but sometimes I wonder if the feelings are different, after you've had your firstborn? I don't know..but I do  know that I'm so grateful for this boy...the one that gave me a new title. "Mama".