He’s here. Our son.
So, no, that’s not some new years resolution mumbo jumbo for a post title up there. Im actually referring to the arrival of our brand new little boy…Who,with great love and laughter- laughter evoked by his very specific chosen Continue reading
Note: yes, yes, I’ll give you a chance to get back up on your chair- I’m actually publishing a post. I know, it’s been a while. And it’s not just the first for the year, but the first in a very long time. And I’m so glad. Feels good. And because of this, I wanted to catch you up a bit. So much has already happened, but pls allow me to just wormhole a bit back before we get to the real juicy bits. Like let’s role back to 29 December…when I actually wrote this draft post:
I can’t believe it’s all coming to an end…this chapter in our lives…
The baby making chapter…like how did it get to the end so fast? It was only the other day Mike and I agreed that we’d like to start expanding our adventure team ( the irony in how our adventures actually went a notch down because of the expansion is not lost me, by the way )..and here we are..at the cusp of the end of it all…the baby that will never be in my belly again(?)…
The last time I’ll Continue reading
So it’s no secret that we love travelling…Mike and I have both travelled before we met each other, and decided once married that we will have a big adventure at least once a year from then on – alternating between a foreign and African country each time. And once the kids came along – three years later- we wanted to continue living out those adventures. Essentially just adding them to our adventure team, as such.
Of course, reality struck and it did slow down just a wee bit when the kids actually came, in that we said that the birth of our kids was adventurous enough for us for that year. But after that, it was fair game, and it never did stop us from travelling WITH kids! And I’ve got to say, we have utterly enjoyed the experience! To the point where Mike has actually said that he’s Continue reading
OK, fine…So, yes…we’re doing it! Round four and we’re finding out if it’s a girl or boy…I know we shared with you that it was still up in the air at the beginning of the week, but in a follow-up to my last post about this baba’s gender and where I was on it all, we decided we’re doing it…
I want to say the kids pressured us into it…but not really. I mean, they were the initial reason for us even thinking to ask the technician to write down the gender for us. But I think it was more that Mike cracked a bit – even though he totally denies that! 🙂 And then I kind of got swept up also in the excitement of it all. Seriously, our kids are SO contagious with the excitement!
And then even so, even with me being on board with it, and saying yes to it all again…you wouldn’t believe how Continue reading
So in the last post, I shared just how excited our whole home was for baby girl started making some rumblings…keeping us all on our toes as to whether she was coming that day or not. And all about how nadly we were actually caught with our pants down this time, as she was coming MUCH earlier than the others. (37 weeks), but also how it was all just working out for us beautifully. SO much faith, laughing at ourselves and enjoying the unfolding…if you haven’t read that post yet, first go catch up over there, then come back here! 😉
Warning, this is a super long post…with lots of photographs! It’s the story about our third child, our little Rainbow Baby’s coming into our world, and how her arrival touched us in ways beyond what we were prepared for. I suspect I will not accurately be able to ever convey those emotions in words to another..No canvas broad or bright enough to contain it. Nor do I think those words even exist…To tell how it shook me to my core, and filled me up…expanded me in ways that only love could as it pours all of itself into your soul. But here’s her birth story anyway. And is more for me to remember all the details than anything else…but I hope you enjoy it too!X
Sunday night, into Monday’s light…
Yeah, so sleep came easily that Sunday night…but as things go, when it’s all dark, and comfy, and you’re feeling good…it’s the trifactor of stars aligning in the birthing world: you’re essentially ripe for Continue reading
If there has ever been a question we’ve been asked the most about this pregnancy – aside from, “are you SURE it’s not twins?”, it would have to be, are you going to find about the gender with this one? And I get it, we have three girls..somehow everyone assumes that we must somehow on some level be HOPING for a boy… So they assume that we must be on edge about finding out. And also with us, you never know how we will roll – because we’ve done the waiting till birth (Parker-Grace), finding out as soon as possible (Morgan-Lee) because Dad just couldn’t take the suspense, and we’ve also done the whole gender reveal (Yuriko-Mae). So we’ve done the full gamut of “gender experiences” as such.
And I’ve got to say the best for me was waiting till birth. There is nothing like it. Nothing. And what was more, was that the midwife left it up to me to find out the gender, she immediately passed Parker to me to discover it for myself. And I was actually Continue reading
I seemed to have shocked a few people.
Not on purpose,mind you – that’s never been my style, really. But by choosing to openly share (which is my usual style) our decision to not test for Down Syndrome with our fourth baby, at my ripe age of almost 40, I inadvertently seemed to have ruffled up some societal feathers.
Feathers, which honestly I don’t think should even be featuring on any ruffling scale anyway. But there I was, nonetheless, face to face with expressions of disbelief mixed in with a touch of judging. Thing is, there seems to be a Continue reading
To our sweet little flower, our Yuriko-Mae
For those observing, it was easy to tell how much tighter I held you. How much closer I kept you…and how deeply I truly breathed you in…In fact, from the split second of your arrival, the visible range of emotions that you sent your father and me on, was noticeable to all around.
As with all our babies, you exploded my heart and tapped into it’s endless capacity to love. But more than that, I felt that all my emotions and mental faculties seemed to Continue reading
To our littlest one who came with the thunder, shook me to my core, then sent your father and myself through the rush of pure exhilaration and joy, and then plunged us into the sweetest surrender of overwhelming love…
I can never forget the magic you spun around every one of us day, in those first few short moments of your life. It was like your love came crashing over us, as only the most powerful force in this life could…And now 12 months later, that very magic that you wove, continues to spin in every fibre of this family.
Your smile is so bright, only perfectly complemented by the Continue reading
Picture with me, if you will, how I look down to try and find my toes…but my burgeoning tummy makes the view of my toes a bit harder to find.
Now, had I actually been pregnant (again), that sentence up there might be the start to a very cute preggo diary insert, and fun announcement…Buuut, as we all know, that was months ago for me….monthssssssssss ago. And yet here I am, sooo not preggy, but still with a slightly obscured view of my toes. Ok, fine, maybe Im a bit dramatic in the description…its not exactly preggo-esque, but it’s certainly not flat (far from it!)…In fact, its no longer even Continue reading