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When she first came home

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

We were given two photo albums by Darren’s co-workers and one of those Your Baby by the Month books that’s like a calander with cool little stickies (thanks, GrammaMomma!).

As I take pictures of my new little girl I try to make mental sticky notes on “This one’s a save” or “That one is a sure print out! I’ll never forget that one!” But before I know it they’re off the camera, never finding their way to that printing station at the drug store, much less into a photo frame on the wall. Someone want to help me with that project? It’s not for lack of caring, just for my ever present weakness–low attention span. It’ll happen, the particular favorites will get collected onto a CD and I’ll get them printed out.
Before that, I’ll clean the house, do the laundry, pick it all up again, vacuum over there again, clean this, sweep that up.
Then, I’ll stand up to admire that calendar, only to realize that I never peeled one cute little sticky off to track my baby’s milestones.
Why? Because I was too busy cleaning up after the milestones.

OK. Enough on that. Here are some sweet snaps, it’s my kids.
Diederick, Carly, Koen and Abegayle. Abbie’s nearly one month old in these pictures. You know who else is there? Someone in their hearts who gives them that love you see in their eyes.
I think that’s God’s love. These kids would give anything for each other. It’s magnificent to see them together, and just to be a part of it all.

Even if I’m in my pajamas all day.

Every day I take pictures of the four sitting together, I guess because I’m still waking up to this! God’s given me four kids. And you know what? They’re OK with it. They have a wonderful way of pointing things out, and overlooking other details that I’ve always considered embarrassing.

All in all, hopefully I’m a better person for whatever tricks they’re playing on me. Thanks, God, for giving me these babies!

Abegayle’s Here

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Abegayle Joy arrived on Saturday at 1:33pm. I started laboring at 11pm Friday night and went in what felt like 10 am in the morning. I didn’t take much opportunity to glance at the clock, actually I didn’t count contractions being a steady three minutes apart before getting in the car with Darren and my mom to head for the hospital. For me it was just a night full of getting up and breathing for contractions, then eventually I left my bedroom and settled in the recliner tired of getting up. At delivery room triage they told me I was 9cm. That’s good. An eternity later my baby came out. There are details, like extra pain and length of the delivery being due to the baby still needing to turn as she descended. I remember twice, three times, maybe more someone saying that the baby was coming now, him coming then my feeling nothing for minutes on end. He’d leave and then I’d start feeling like I really really needed to poop. And then he’d be there again. Eventually that baby did come out. Yes. And that’s what I have to say about that.

Also, hospital food doesn’t suck. It’s absolutely delicious.

Baby5: Pregnancy Update

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Still pregnant here. I’m 38 weeks with Abegayle, and certainly feeling Any Day Now-ish. But haven’t I been saying that since 36 weeks? This waiting period isn’t any easier than ever it has been. I actually thought that being a Winter pregnancy the wondering and waiting wouldn’t be as big of a deal.

So. 38 Weeks.

Wednesday I had my OB/GYN appointment and was pleasantly surprised to be told that we were going to have an ultrasound. I’m not a fan of weekly ultrasounds as is common practice for some physicians, but after an unexpected face up presentation delivery for Koen I was keen to have a look at full term Abegayle.
She’s currently 19 inches long and weighing approx 6.5lbs, so just about the size of her 41wk gestation brother Diederick. Also, like Diederick, she has the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck. Her position is a first for me–she is head down, which is a blessing, but her head is facing sideways towards my right inner thigh. The doctor said it wont be quite as easy as the traditional presentation, so I may want to plan on a little help with pain. Good to know, but I think I can make it pain meds free again thru the birth.

My favorite part of Wednesday’s ultrasound was seeing that perfect spine, beautiful heart and my second daughter’s sweet face. When Dr. Tan first started looking for a profile image, Abegayle had her hand over her face–a couple minutes later she moved it as if she’d been playing a little game of peek-a-boo and we were able to see her eyes, nose and mouth. Another unique thing about Abegayle is her legs: instead of being crossed and pressed tightly against my ribs, she has the left extended straight up and the right meets up up nearly even with an elbow. Anyone ever seen something similiar? A first for me.

I’m so excited to meet Abegayle and just really hope that my next post will be pictures of her.

Faith in Things Unseen

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Me: “When do you think Abegayle’s going to come, Car?”

Carly: “I don’t know, Mommy. But I’ll ask God.
God, when is my Baby Sister going to come to Mommy?”
C (in deeper voice): “In four weeks, Dear One.”

Then to me, Carly said, “Mommy, God says you have to wait for a while.”
I asked her if she talks to God a lot like that and she replied that, “Yes, because He fixed me.”

The faith that a 3-year-old can have in things unseen, while adults struggle to find that something deeper and bigger than themselves. Carly just accepts and believes in a way that fascinates me.

And when was it that I told her there were four weeks left on her sisters gestation? Anyway, she’s right. I do (Lord willing) have a while to wait yet for that second daughter.

But, in case Abe’s early–the bags are packed, and I’m a ready to go. Right now Darren and I are just asking for a healthy baby and a safe delivery like the others. Carly says she has faith in God because he’s taken care of her–I have faith too, he does care for his dear ones.

girl names girl names girl names

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Right now the baby’s name is Abby Joy. But for me it’s so simple, a little too simple. So I still spend time with my nose in the baby name book.










Abbe, Abby, Abbie, Abigail

Joy, Joille, Jocelyn

Some couples enjoy keeping the name a secret until after their baby is born at which point others are left with saying nothing worse than, “Hmm, that’s interesting.” I, on the other hand, seem to have the need for opinions ahead of time. So. What do you think? It has to be german origin.