everyone’s new pastime 

There is something about holding a sleeping baby. The sudden urge to fall asleep oneself is very strong. Especially if you are already a bit sleep deprived. Norah and Lillian have also started snoozing with their sister.  It’s a pretty awesome way to spend some time.

Leeland on the other hand has a different option. After holding her for a while the other day he said, ” I’m done Mom, it’s just taking too long for her to wake up.”


The Blessing of Family

If you would have asked us who was watching our kids while we were at the hospital our response was: we have lots of options but no idea who.   The fun/hard thing about going into labor naturally is that you can’t plan when it’s going to happen. Chris an I would often start to say if it happens on this day or at this time so and so can watch them. But then we would have more questions wth answers we couldn’t figure out.  So we just didn’t figure it out.  It was hard not to have a concrete plan but honestly we could have figured out a better plan than God orchestrated last week. 

My water broke on Thursday night at about 7:00 pm. Earlier in the day Grandma and Grandpa Maloney texted that they were back from the cabin and could come stay overnight with the kids if we went into labor. So one piece of our puzzle was figured out. Grandma and Grandpa were going to be our “night shift team” . They slept at our house and gave our kids the ability to sleep in their own beds and have some normal in their schedule. 

The second God timing blessing was having Amelia on the weekend. We started contacting different family members to help us cover the “day shift”. The Rupp’s had just finished school and offered to watch the kids on Friday, Aunt Heidi took Saturday, and Keith and Laura took Sunday.  Our kids went swimming, played at parks, were fed , watched movies, played with, read to, loved on, shuttled around the city and well taken care of! 

This made Chris and I super relaxed about the care of our children.  My mama heart was filled to overflowing as I was truest blessed by the loving care our children received.  God has blessed us with a loving and supportive family that came along side us and help us transition smoothly from being a family of 5 to a family of 6!


34 weeks TODAY


Today I am officially 34 weeks pregnant. We are approaching the finishing line of this pregnancy with great speed! Spring always seems to be a busy time around here with outside projects, mowing, gardening and wrapping up the school year.  In the midst of all this new life happening in nature around us. This little miracle is also growing and getting ready to meet us all.

On Monday of this week we had an ultrasound to check on how big baby was (due to the whole gestational diabetes thing!) I have never had an ultrasound this late in the pregnancy and it was a whole new experience. We still didn’t find out the gender. It will be a good surprise and reward to find out after that whole labor ordeal.

During the ultrasound they measured baby and checked fluid levels. We saw feet, head, belly, and then the tech said, “Wow, your baby has lots of hair!” Hair was one thing that I never considered seeing in an ultrasound.  So much fun. I came from a very bald baby family and so having all my newborns adorned with lots of hair is kind of fun.  We also got to see the baby do practice breathing. At this point the baby is getting ready to breath on the outside and starting to practice all those important processes on the inside.  We saw the heart beat and heard the heart beat at a steady 140. What a great sound. The tech tried to get a good 3D shot of the babies face but our little one had it’s little fists right around it’s face.

This week Lillian and I also had a baby dream on the same night. I dreamed that I was delivering the baby in a foreign country while helping another young mom deliver her baby.  It made me thankful for our modern hospitals and wonderful birthing suits here in Sioux Falls. Lillian then woke up and told me her dream. She said that we went to the hospital and didn’t tell her. When she did get to come up to the hospital the baby was already talking to her. Oh fun.

As the weekly countdown quickly turns into days… I am thankful for this new life and the responsibility that comes with it.

Funny Kid Quotes, Kids

Leeland & Baby

Leeland has been super involved in this pregnancy.  I have never had this old of child, or this verbal, while being pregnant before and boy does that make a difference.  It also helps his interest that his head is the exact height of my ever growing belly. Daily Leeland does the following things:

  • Come up and kiss my belly
  • Hug my belly and then try to wrestle the baby from the outside.
  • Say “Hi Baby” in a very big voice. (The baby will either know Leeland well or maybe be a bit afraid of him.
  • Declare that the baby is a boy and talk in great lengths about how he wants and needs a brother. He needs another “worker” in his room for clean up. That he already has two sisters. That dad doesn’t count because he isn’t little. Yes, Leeland has thought this one out. (For the record we don’t know the gender and won’t find out until the baby is here)
  • Asking if the baby is hungry when I take my vitimins and supplements
  • Ask if the baby is coming out
  • Ask why it is taking so long

The other day he was sitting on my lap and he started naming different parts of my body: eyes, forehead, hands, fingers, ears, mouth, baby (stomach), and yes, when he looked at my breasts he simply said, “Feeders! Right mom these are the feeders for the baby?” Oh the joy of a three year old knowing lots and lots of things. Breast feeding should be filled with lots of fun stories.