Amelia {month 8}


Dear Amelia,

This month has been SO much fun! You are true to your name- you are a joy to our lives and our family. You are on. the. move! You are rolling, army crawling, grabbing, and trying to put everything possible in your mouth.

You have great giggles and smiles even though most people, outside your family , get your serious study face.  You are a people watcher but really still love your mama!

Here are eight things that I will remember about you at this age:

  1.  You are starting to mimic us in sounds.
  2.  You figured out how to stick out your tongue and was so pleased
  3. One night you fit the whole end of a round rattle in your mouth. It was awesome.
  4. You don’t sleep through the night but one time you slept 5 hours and boy was I happy!
  5. You use your little arms and body crawl to where you want to go.
  6. You like to put your mouth on everything including: cords, napkins, books, and everything in eyesight.
  7. You love your car seat. You are calm and happy in the car. It is a beautiful thing since you are the 4th child and in the car a lot.
  8. You are a strong and smart little girl! You give each of your toys so much attention. You play with them all equally!


Love you my beautiful girl! You are my joy and my buddy! and totally worth all of the lack of sleep:)




Amelia {Month 7}

Dear Amelia,

You are a couple weeks into being 7 months old now! The holidays were busy and then you got a little sick.  The above picture is you and me in the same little outfit. This outfit was given to me from my Grandma Mary. It was fun to dress you in it too. Boy is 7 months old is a super fun age.  Although your pictures don’t always show your smiles you are a very happy baby.

You are not crawling yet but you can get to where you want to go by just moving on your stomach in a circle, or rolling around.  You love to chew on anything.  I have never had a baby that loves that as much as you. These are the things that I have already found you chewing on: phone cords, paper, paper tags, toys of all kinds, school supplies,  and markers. Oh boy is our world going to change when you can crawl.

You are starting to like the peek-a-boo game but if we do it too loud instead of laughing you sometimes cry.  Sometimes at rest time the girls have you in their room and you roll around and play. They like having special Amelia time.

You had a great 1st Christmas and let lots of people hold you. Your thumb helped you sooth most times and being walked around is still your favorite.

These are 7 things I  will always remember at this age

  1. The love of for your THUMB
  2. Chewing on EVERYTHING
  3. Still very much a Mommy’s girl
  4. Going crazy in your Jumper
  5. Pooping out all the time this month: at the library, in the jumper, in the carseat. Wow so many diapers.
  6. Your big blue eyes watching everything
  7. Your fun noises and how you are trying to mimic others sounds!

We love you little Amelia and love watching you grow!




Amelia {Month 6}

Dear Amelia,
You are 6 months old today! Half a year!!! It seems short and long at the same time. It’s a good thing that you have thumbs because you love them SO much and would be lost without them! Everyone comments on how well you suck your thumb. Your fingers are constant source of entertainment. Your toes are not bad either. Such good things to suck.  We have also officially had to buckle you in when you are in the bouncer, otherwise you would bounce out.
This last month you celebrated Thanksgiving and went to your first wedding, went to see your cousins in Albert Lea and hung out with 70 plus kids at a foster kid camp!You are a trooper.
Movement is your next mission in life. You love to be on your tummy and push your self up on your elbows and hands. You roll and pivot and roll again. Crawling is coming we all feel it!
Your sleep is still crazy inconsistent and your mom and dad are usually tired but we love you so it’s all good!
Love you lots,



Amelia {Month 5}


Dear Amelia,

We have been focusing on gratitude in our house this a lot this year.  I saw this quote and really felt that it defines my days of raising kids and caring for a newborn. Much of a baby’s first few months of life can be described as: common, routine, and ordinary. However, with having a grateful heart and God’s help I can turn these days into: days with thanksgivings, joy and filled with blessing.


This month has been another month of huge growth and new opportunities:

  • Amelia is moving LOTS. Not only does she roll over  but she can move around in little circles on her tummy.
  • at her last Dr. visit she weighted 13 pounds 4 ounces, and was 24 inches in length.
  • sleeping was kind of rough this last month. I don’t know if she was trying to grow more but she was up like every two hours on some nights. grrr….
  • She loves her fingers and thumb. She at times can have some from each hand in her mouth.
  • Amelia went on a date with Chris and I on his birthday. She was a rock star and slept while during the first half of the night. Thank you sweetie!
  • Amelia came with me to my foster care day camp, a bridal shower for my friend, and our harvest festival at our church. At this point it is still a little easier to bring her with!

We have been blessed by little Amelia in our house for the last 5 months!  This morning is school I wrote about Amelia in my gratitude journal.

I am thankful for cute snuggles with Amelia, happy morning wake-ups, new noises, grabbing hands, gummy smiles, oh so much drool, playful moments of content play & the gift of having a baby in the house again! Love you Amelia


Amelia {month 4}

Dear Amelia,

You are 4 months old today! You have been a busy little girl growing so big this past month.  Your biggest and accomplishment this month has been learning to how to roll over.  One night she was laying on her mat and and it looked liked she was trying to roll over.  We all watched and sure enough she did it on the first try.  After that there was no stopping her.

Her other favorite thing she did, that has also helped her out a lot, is that she learned to suck her thumb.  The first few months of life we tried to use a pacifier but she never really took to it. And who can blame you .. when you got a great thumb right on your hand and one the other.

The kids have loved how interactive Amelia has been lately. They like to make her smile and and try to make her giggle.

Other favorites:

  • Kicking while looking at her mobile
  • smiling
  • Making sounds
  • sitting in her bumbo in the middle of the table
  • sucking on 1, 2, or as many fingers that she can get in her mouth
  • Swinging in her swing
  • Always moving… being held… while we stand up and walk around!

Amelia is definitely like our other kids where she is active … she wants to be by us.. on us… and in the mix.  We love watching as everyday she  is showing us more and more of her personality.

Love lots,



Amelia {Month 3}

Dear Amelia,

My beautiful summer baby! I can’t believe it is September and you are already 3 months old.

This last month you went to your first Fair and week long vacation! You did pretty well in the car rides and were often walked and soothed by your aunts and uncles.

You smile now. Mommy gets the most smiles but you generously smile to your siblings, daddy and others. You work so hard to make sounds. Some “ahhs” and “ohhs” but I’m sure more are coming. You are on the verge of giggling and man is that going to be fun.

Recently you have liked facing out while I wear you in the moby wrap. You think moving in tandem with Mom is the best. You also like the bouncer and floor mat for a good 10-20 minutes most time.

The mobile continues to be a favorite. You love to kick and stretch! I often think of baby’s days that are just full of little bursts of things. They are a small portion where Mom, eating and sleeping is still then majority.

Speaking of sleeping you have been doing some awesome long couple hour naps in the morning! This homeschool mama is hopeful that this will align with our homeschool day. Sleeping is varied. You sometime wake up every 2-3 hours or go longer . It just all depends.

We love you SO much Amelia Joy!!




Amelia {Month 2}

Dear Amelia,
You are already two months old. This summer has really flown by!
You started to smile at about 6 weeks old and make that "ahhh" sound. You are tracking things with your eyes and being more focused as different people hold you.

There has been lots of little girls born at church so you will have endless playmates in the future.

In July we started venturing out more. We took our first trip to the cabin. You did great only having to stop once during the six hour trip. You are by far the best car seat baby we have had yet!

We have also gone to:

  • The spray park
  • Plays in the park
  • Grandma Wilken's house
  • Church
  • Mops bible study
  • And countless other play dates

You have your sleepy days and your fussy days. On your fussy days we walk around with you and bounce you trying to make you feel better. Although if you were sleepy all the time or quite it would be easy to put you down. This way we always are staying connected😉

Bath times are turning into a favorite activity. You seem to like your baths. You smile and kick and almost giggled the other day. I see lots of trips to the Luverne pool in your future!

We love you so much Amelia Joy!


PS. At your 2 month appointment you weighed 11 lbs 4 oz and was 22 inches in length. The girl can eat😊


Amelia’s Birth Story- Part 2

We left off our story at arriving to the birthing floor and after they checked me they quickly confirmed that my water had broke. (Read Part 1 here) I was admitted and we were on our way. The floor in general was a bit under staffed and 5 women all went into labor within an hour.  They started to call in their on call nurses and the floor became a pretty busy place in the middle of the night.

God’s blessing #4- My labor nurse named Candise.

My labor nurse drove in to work from about an hour away and did my exam at about 11. I told her my birth plan of going natural and she said that ,” you’ve got the right nurse for a natural birth.” After they check me and I was only dialated to two a two and my contractions were only about 15-20 minutes apart.  They did a fetal heart check and everything looked good.

We decided to start walking the hallways to get this labor going. I really felt pretty good at this point and we walked almost 2 miles on that unit.

We went back into our room at about 1:00. They checked me and I was slowly progressing and was at 3. They started me on a slow drip with some pictosin to help progress labor. Then I got to go and sit in the tub.

Since there was no rest for the weary this night , Chris took a brief nap on the couch. I was breathing through some stronger contractions. At around 3:00 am I was starting to get louder in my contractions and Candise came to check on me. I told her I needed to get out of the tub and was getting pretty uncomfortable.

We had told them that I go pretty fast and so they thought this was showtime. Bless their hearts! They had gotten everything ready and woke up the doctor checked me and I was only between a 5 and a 6.

Deflating…… everyone left…. and I thought, “wow I’m tired!!!” Now the room was empty again except for Candise , Chris and me.

Candise helped me get into different positions using: the excercise ball, this inflatable peanut ball, leaning up against the bed and sitting on the toilet. She was amazing and encouraging! At this point I was still able to breath through contractions and focus on my job at hand.

The hours between 3:00 and 5:00 were really a blur. I tried different positions and up until this point was doing this think all natural.  I think they checked me again sometime inbetween and thought I had another sac of water that was slowing down labor. I was still only dialated to a 7 or 8 at this point.  I was really exhausted and feeling the pain of labor. I had almost been up for 24 hours and I was done.  During these contractions I started to not be able to focus the pain and my body was locking up and tense.

I asked if I could have some drip IV and they also gave me a fast acting shot.  She asked me if I was feeling like pushing and I said no, but was feeling tons of pain. I was rolled over on my side and felt some relief fast. I was able to breath some though the contractions and not give up. This must have been shortly before 5:00 am. I remember looking up at the clock thinking , “!ive been up for 24 hours … I’m done… this baby is never coming. ”

I was pretty non coherent  at this point.  At this time Candise could tell I was close even though I couldn’t. She asked to check me and said th magical words, ” we are there!” And ” Marisa if you roll over on your back you are going to have this baby!” Everyone came back in th room ! The doctor checked me again and I was at a 10 at 5:15am. I pushed two time and Amelia was born st 5:16 am. Two pushes!!!

God’s blessing #5- The labor felt long but the pushing was short.

I was almost in shock by how fast she came out! They announced it was a girl, chris cut the cord and she was flopped on my chest.

She was beautiful and perfect ! She was 7 pounds 4 ounces and 20.5 inches long of pure JOY!

I was kind of in shock that she was so little, especially since everyone was so concerned about how big this baby was suppose to be.  She came out perfectly formed and so beautiful!

God’s Blessing #6: No stitches needed! Woot woot!

For any mama out there you know that this blessing is a game changer. You can push out a little person and still feel like a normal human. The placenta delivered about 5-7 minutes later. Then I got to nurse Amelia, close my eyes a bit and soak in the newness of this little life.

We called the Grandparents and our own kiddos. Then we were moved later that morning around 7 to the post pardum unit.  We had officially been awake for over 24 hours and I believe we got a chance to sleep before guest started to arrive.  Though we were tired we were anxious to introduce this little sweetie to friends and family.   Later that afternoon I was having a lot of blood clotting and we couldn’t figure out why.

God’s Blessing #7: Being in the hospital with staff that are amazing!!

My nurses and Doctors were amazing. They were so supportive and helpful and finally figured out around 6:00 that I had part of the placenta that was still attached in my uterus.  After that was extracted the bleeding stopped almost immediately as well as the clotting.  After that event I can say that it was smooth sailing.

I can fully and wholeheartedly say that the miracle of birth is something to behold.  I am thankful for the hand of God present before, during, and after Amelia’s birth.  AMEN


Amelia’s Birth Story- Part 1


I’ve tried to write down each of the kids birth story shortly after they are born. Reason being that mommy brain sets in, life marches on and God’s mercy in forgetting some of the pain does happen.

But for as much pain is involved in that delivery room something within me is sad when it is all over. Because those few precious minutes between being pregnant and having a newborn life put on your chest is  like witnessing a miracle. A miracle that only God could create and orchestrate.

If you are not one for birth stories I can tell you the short version: Mom made it and there was a beautiful baby born in the end. If you want to read the long version here is Amelia’s birth story just the way that God had planned

On Thursday June 1st, 2017 we had a pretty normal day. The previous day I went to my 38 week and 5 day check up and hadn’t really progressed that much and didn’t feel any closer.  On Thursday I went to my mops bible study in the morning. I left with lots of friends hoping they wouldn’t see me next week because I would be in the hospital or home with a baby.  We left did some errands and home for the remainder of the day.  When Chris got home from work that night  I told him I was a little nauseous but thought it was also just hunger. He agreed and made a yummy supper for us all. During supper he looked at me and said,” are we going to the hospital tonight? Are we doing this? ” my response was a total no. He then proceeded to fill up his glass of wine a bit more full.  After supper I left the table to go and sit in the rocking chair and suddenly

My water broke at 7 pm.

God blessing #1: Chris was home when I went into labor. 

My water has only really broke with Norah’s labor. It’s not a lot of water but enough to know that I didn’t just lose my bladder control but that something else is in motion here.Plans began to be put in motion.

God’s blessing #2: His perfect timing.

Grandma and Grandpa Maloney were called to come and stay at our house with the kids. Chris’ parents had just got back from the cabin and text that morning about being home and being able to watch the kids if we go to the hospital.

Chris’ adrenaline kids in and did all the random things outside he needed to finish, I finish packing my back and the kids were excited/ start to cry.

Grandma and Grandpa arrive and we start to settle down kids. Leeland is sad because he didn’t realize that he has to stay here instead of go to the hospital with us. Norah is sad too and Chris chats with her out in the porch about the baby.

God’s blessing # 3:  Putting our kids to bed before we leave.

Before Leeland was born and Amelia we got to put our kids to bed and have a normal goodnight. We prayed and calmed fears, gave hugs and kisses and said goodnight.

I started having small contractions maybe 15-20 minutes apart.  And we left for the hospital.  We arrived shortly after 10:00 pm.

We entered through the ER and were brought up to the labor and delivery floor. When we checked in they said they would do an exam to see if my water did break and if I would be staying here tonight. Chris’ response was , “She’s staying!” I don’t really do that thing were we go to the hospital and it’s a false alarm. When we go to the hospital we know that this baby is going to come!


Amelia {month 1}

Dear Amelia Joy,

Today you are one month old. I have said I don’t really know where June went this year . But then I just look down at you and know it was spent snuggling, caring and watching you grow. 

You are a summer baby. You have wore newborn onesies, bare feet and light blankets wherever you go. 

You have met so many friends and family! Your siblings still fight over who’s turn it is to hold you.  Everyone loves your name. People comment on your hair, and clear skin and how little you still are.

You have traveled to the berry patch, bible study, the spray park, play dates, church, Fairmont, the doctors and many more places in the van.  

You are my fourth baby and I have been enjoying this month so much.  


Your Mama