I cannot believe this is our last week of school. This year has gone by so fast! The end of a school year is always bitter sweet for me. On the one hand I am usually ready for a break, but it is also a reminder of just how fast the time with my children is going by. I will have a 5th grader, 3rd grader, and kindergartener next year!
I am very much a task oriented type of person. Getting so caught up in what "needs" to get done around the house. And as many of you know with a family of 8, there is a lot that needs to be done! But more often than not I find myself getting too caught up in how the house looks, and having everything in its perfect place, that I end up getting irritated with my family or I miss those precious opportunities that will not always be here.
So, with Gods help I have been trying hard to slow down and not stress so much about the little things and to relax and just be.
Today we used puffy paint to decorate shirts. Fun and messy! It was a little hard for my 2 and 3 year old. The paint would come out so fast! I was getting a little bit like "Ok, that's so nice-now give me the paint!" The kids could not wait for them to dry so they could wear them! We found the paint at Wal Mart and used shirts we had at home.
This book is changing my life and the way I view my relationship with God. There is so much more of Him that is available to us than we could ever imagine. The depth of love and intimacy that we can experience with Him while we are still on this earth. Reading this book makes me so hungry for Him! It's a book I will be reading over and over.
I had a sort of melt down on Monday night (March 25th) You know the I-am-going-to-be-pregnant-forever-I-can't-take-the-waiting-and-stress-of-when-how-she-is-going-to-be-born type of meltdown:)
Well, that next morning early (around 1:50) I was awoken by contractions. I thought Yes! The Lord has heard my prayers. (Or maybe He is sick of my complaining?) I tried to get back to sleep but could not so I started timing them. They were regular and about 10 minutes apart. They were not too painful but since this baby girl was breech and the birthing center 45 minutes away we did not want to wait. I called my midwife and told her we were coming in and we called our friend Megan to come stay with the kids. It was snowing on our way up. Weird for this time of year. We got to the hospital around 5:00am When we got there they hooked me up to monitors. I was only about 3 cm dilated but they admitted me and scheduled a c -section for that morning at 7:30. They checked me once more but Kaylie was stil in the breach position. Being prepped was a little unnerving. I have had 5 vaginal births and this was just totally different. The staff were all so kind and did a wonderful job of talking us through what to expect. Kaylie Jean was born at 8:24am She weighed 6lb 7oz and was 20 in long(our smallest so far!) She came out crying and peeing! I could not see her but I could hear some of the nurses laughing. I was like what are they laughing at. Poor little Kaylies legs were sticking straight up in the air by her head. It took a couple days for her to be able to bend them and keep them down, bless her heart. This birthing center practices kangaroo care even with c-sections so I was able to hold her and nurse her right away. Which was awesome.
My recovery in the hospital was obviously much different from a vaginal birth. Wow!I felt pretty rough the first couple days. Anyone who has had one knows. My husband and I watched a Duck Dynasty marathon one night and it was a bad idea. Laughing hurt SO bad.
We were able to go home on Friday. Yay! I could not wait to get back to my kiddos at home!
The support from family and friends has been amazing! My husbands parents came down so he could stay at the hospital with me and after my husband went back to work my parents came down. It was so nice! Our church family also brought meals for almost 2 weeks. We are so grateful, and so thankful for our sweet baby girl! God is good! Thank you to everyone who was praying for me and Kaylie!
Look at the hat they put on her! Baby hats are bigger in the South I guess:-)