10 Things I Love About Babies

Friday, November 28, 2008

There are so many things that I will miss about having a new baby around the house:

1. Meeting them for the first time after waiting so long, identifying which parts look like who and the memories it brings back of previous children.

2. The way they smell so good and feel so soft.

3. The way they arch their backs when you pick them.

4. When they start to smile and coo.

5. The funny faces they make while they sleep and the teeny tiny pout they have just before they start to cry that breaks your heart.

6.Their little feet and little hands and little everything.

7. When they fall asleep on your chest.

8. Looking down at their beautiful face as you rock them.

9.They way they suck on nothing at all in their sleep.

10. Being amazed each and every day at the wonderment of a perfect being so fresh from heaven and the humility it brings.

For all of these reasons and many more I wish that I could go on having new babies forever. Of course this is not a reality and no matter how many I had, they would keep on growing, despite my desperate plea for them to stop. I wish I could pause this time for even just a little longer. But some how knowing this time passes so quickly helps me appreciate it more. It is too easy to take something for granted that you think will always be there.

An Unexpected Treasure

Thursday, November 27, 2008

As is the case with most people, I usually don't like pictures of myself, especially while pregnant. Therefore I didn't have any pictures taken of me while pregnant, with any of our children. I always think other women look so beautiful when they are expecting, but that is the last thing I feel. As most of you will already know, I do not enjoy being pregnant and yet, when I no longer am, I miss it. I know, it is crazy! I am pretty sure that Nya is our last baby and the thought that I won't ever be pregnant again is both fantastic and sad at the same time. Now, in hindsight, I wish I had taken some pictures. I would love, years later, to see myself that way again and remember. And as a daughter I would loved to have seen pictures of my mom while she was expecting. The other day I was downloading the pictures from Noelle's camera onto the computer and I found one! Normally I erase all pictures of me that she takes, as they are pretty candid, but thanks to Noelle and her love of photography, I have one not so bad picture of myself while expecting my baby. I love that I will be able to look back at this picture and remember one of the most challenging, most rewarding, most magical times of my life. Thank you Noelle!

Going Private

We have taken our family blog private. I have never been one to really worry about privacy. But the other day as I googled our family blog a new result came up along with the usual results. I recognized my words, so I clicked on the link. Someone has taken one of my entries and posted it on another website under their identity, but with a link to my blog. Very strange. Since I do write about personal things and post a lot of pictures of our family, I thought that it would be best to keep our blog private from now on. I was hesitant to do this because I love finding people and I love being found. I enjoy blogging and seeing what others are up to through their blogs. I hope that this does not discourage friends and family from reading. If you aren't able to access our site please leave a comment and I will gladly send you an invitation. Happy blogging!

1 Month Old

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Nya is 1 month old today and I can't believe how fast it has gone. Darren and I both feel like we have just breezed through this last month. We have had much help from family and friends and I have been able to take it easy and just enjoy my baby. We all love Nya so much and are enjoying having her here with us. She is such a good natured baby. She makes it very easy to enjoy the newborn stage. She eats every 4 hours. At night she eats at 8 p.m., goes to sleep around 10:30 p.m., wakes around 3 a.m., eats, goes back to bed and doesn't eat again until 8 a.m, since the very first day she was born. She is so sweet and so mild. She is just the greatest baby and we feel so blessed to have her!

Halloween 2008

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Halloween was very low key this year as we just had our new baby. My mom helped out with getting the costumes together. Darren and Grandpa McCullough took the kids out trick or treating. I stayed home and rested . Darren even purchased a few fireworks to set off afterwards. Noelle wanted to dress up as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, but I left it too late and by the time my mom took her out shopping the Dorothy costumes were all gone, so she happily settled for being a ladybug. Bergen was given a snake costume from a friend at school, which he was more than happy to be. Emma was a butterfly. When I asked Tate what he wanted to be for Halloween, suggesting maybe a dog, I thought that would be something easy for my mom to find as she shopped, he said that he wanted to be an elephant. Why, out of everything that he could be did he think of an elephant, I don't know. Since he had thought of that all by himself though, I wanted to do my best to make that happen. And my mom did it, the night before Halloween she found an elephant costume and I must say I think that Tate turned out to be quite a cute elephant. The kids thought that Nya should be able to dress up was well, even though she was staying home. So we wrapped her up in her pink blanket and put some pipe cleaners through her hat and she was a little pink caterpillar. Everyone had a fun evening and I am grateful for all the help from loved ones who made it happen.