Happy first birthday, Miriam Joy!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It's hard for me to even put into words how amazing it has been to be your mama, sweet Miri. The tumultuous feelings of always wanting three boys, to desiring a daughter (the posts are there, for anyone who still thinks I was hoping for our 3rd son and disappointed to have a daughter), to then being overwhelmed and a bit scared to actually be expecting a daughter, all of these emotions have slowly just faded away into the beautiful normalcy of you, in our family.

Your entrance into the world was not as I imagined, but it didn't matter when I held you in my arms.
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I had no idea what beauty your face would hold, but I was captivated by it and your full head of hair.
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After playing the guessing game of when you'd arrive, it was absolutely surreal to just sit, and be, and have you with us.
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You had everyone absolutely wrapped around your tiny little fingers from the very beginning, including your doting brothers.
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I have to admit, the full head of hair threw me for a loop, and the accessories that went with it, but the rest of you? But those were just mild hiccups. I loved on you with my entire being.
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You absolutely enchanted us.
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You have the absolute face of an angel.
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And when you started to smile? It.was.over.
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I tried to take as many pictures of you as possible!
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And some months I was very successful.
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I mean, very successful.
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You slept well, ate well and had the sweetest disposition.
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You started crawling around 6 months, just like your brothers.
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We bought a new house and you were the first baby to have your own room. 393A9436

You started climbing the stairs at 7 months, also just like your brothers. 1399362_705720425231_505063183_o

And I started taking less and less pictures of you the more you moved, also just like your brothers. 393A9324

But that didn't mean they still didn't happen, sometimes. 393A9093

You started walking about a month before your birthday and have only gained confidence!
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We'll never know why we were blessed with you, but we're so grateful you're ours. 393A3278

You truly are our joy.
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17 weeks | Baby Bonus

Friday, April 11, 2014

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How far along: 17 weeks. [17w with Miri, 17w with Ezra, 17w with Isaac]


How big is baby: Baby is around 5" now and around the size of an onion.

Weight gain/loss: Well, I bit the bullet and I'm up 4 lbs. My MW would like me to gain similar to Miri due to my barely losing any weight after her, so we'll see how that goes.

Stretch marks: Miraculously none.

Sleep: Miri has slept through the night the last three nights, which is an all time record for her. I'm loving it!

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: Everything that always sounds good to me sounds good. This pregnancy has really been pretty tame compared to the cravings and aversions brought with the past pregnancies.

Movement: None. I can not wait to start feeling movement and to confirm that this baby is healthy! I will willingly say that I really need to know what this little one is to begin to bond, so very similarly to when I was pregnant with Isaac.

What I'm loving: How excited my boys are for the "new baby." I love that it isn't coerced or a topic we have to constantly bring up to them. They're just genuinely excited.

Symptoms: And here I thought my boobs didn't hurt at all with Miri, but surprisingly, I'm reading that they hurt with her late, like they've been hurting this time too.

What I'm looking forward to: Miri's dedication and birthday party this weekend!

Best moment of the week: Isaac overheard me saying to Tony, "It's a girl!" regarding my friend Erin's gender reveal and Isaac excitedly turned around, face full of happiness "You mean I was right?! It's a girl?!" He specifically and independently prayed for a girl the week that this surprise was conceived and wants a sister for Miri so badly. If for no other reason, which it's not ;), I'm hoping this little one is also a girl, so that Isaac is right!
 

16 weeks | Baby Bonus

Sunday, April 6, 2014

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How far along: 16 weeks. [16w with Miri, 16w with Ezra, 16w with Isaac


How big is baby: Baby is around 4 1/2" now and around the size of an avocado, which I'm very familiar with.

Weight gain/loss: It's funny how I've closely monitored my weight gain over the past three pregnancies, only to this time pretty much say screw it, since I was still 11 lbs up.

Stretch marks: Miraculously none.

Sleep: I've had a really hard time sleeping since we got home. I definitely need a new pillow, but additionally, we're also looking at a new mattress, as we've had ours for 8 years and prior to that it was my Mom and Stepdads for 12. 

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: Everything that always sounds good to me sounds good. This pregnancy has really been pretty tame compared to the cravings and aversions brought with the past pregnancies.

Movement: None. I can not wait to start feeling movement and to confirm that this baby is healthy! I will willingly say that I really need to know what this little one is to begin to bond, so very similarly to when I was pregnant with Isaac.

What I'm loving: This week could bring 70F to Minnesota! The kids are excited about Spring and so am I.

Symptoms: I've been very exhausted, so much for the 2nd tri energy this time.

What I'm looking forward to: My appointment on Monday and afterwards being able to schedule the anatomy scan! I tried to call and schedule it already, knowing that I'll be 20w May 2nd, but unfortunately too many people have abused the opportunity and once the ultrasound orders were in, they called to make it for 17-18w. I just want a date to look forward to! Also, shooting Miri's one year session with Gina on Thursday!

Best moment of the week: I'm going to go with waking up the boys at 11:30 to bring them home from my Mom's when we came home from Mexico and that they talked to me the whole ride home.


As you can see above, we're going with Baby Bonus! Although not as endearing as Bless, Love & Sweets, it still is positive and connotes that this baby is indeed a special add on. 

15 weeks | Baby #4

Friday, March 28, 2014

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How far along: 15 weeks. [15w with Miri, 15w with Ezra, 15w with Isaac

How big is baby: Baby is around 4" now and around the size of a big apple.

Weight gain/loss: No scale in Mexico! :)

Stretch marks: Miraculously none.

Sleep: We're sleeping in a King size bed at the resort here and it is soooo in our future! I'm loving it.

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: I'm trying to eat as best I can while here, but the selection is limited. To that extent, I'm also trying to not think about the things that I want to eat. 

Movement: None. I can't believe I thought I might be feeling flutters at 15w with Miri! Hopefully soon.

What I'm loving: Um, being in Mexico. 

Symptoms: Pretty symptom free right now. I'm dying to feel movement!

What I'm looking forward to: I miss my kids insanely crazy. I can't wait to get home to see them!

Best moment of the week: I think it will be today. I've been looking forward to shooting this wedding through every bitterly cold Minnesota day!


I'm still really struggling with trying to come up with a similar nickname to Baby Bless, Baby Love & Baby Sweets. 

14 weeks | Baby #4

Friday, March 21, 2014

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How far along: 14 weeks. [14w with Miri, 14w with Ezra, 14w with Isaac

How big is baby: Baby is just over 3 1/2 inches and comparable to a lemon. Can we talk about how I want to call this baby Baby Surprise, but all I can think about is the pottying doll? Hah!

Weight gain/loss: At 5'4" I began my pregnancy with Isaac at 137.5lbs and both Ezra and Miri at 141. Unfortunately while I gained my least amount throughout Miri's pregnancy and felt amazing, I only lost 5 lbs after she was born. Five pounds. Meaning I held onto 17 of those bad boys throughout the majority of 2013. The day that I found out I was pregnant was my first day of the Advocare 24 Day Challenge. See 2014 was a self proclaimed year that I found myself again, including establishing a healthy balance in my life and finding time to workout again. I continued on with the challenge, because I was already following the nursing or pregnant guidelines and ended up losing 6 pounds, leaving me at 11 lbs higher than my starting point with Ezra and Miri. This is my 5th pregnancy, my 4th baby in 5 years and my 2nd baby pregnancy in two years. I am well aware that my previous expectations will be wildly off base and I have no idea what to expect this time! That said, I'm happy to say that I didn't gain throughout first tri and am still sitting at 0. I am not actively trying to lose weight, but given that I am still holding onto some weight from Miri's pregnancy, both my midwife and I are totally fine with my maintaining for awhile. 

Stretch marks: Miraculously none.

Sleep: Other than having an 11 month old that doesn't sleep through the night and is cutting her first teeth, I can't complain. That's what you get with babies so close!

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: I'm still trying to eat paleo, but I just haven't been able to get as strict as I have previously. I have no issue eating gluten free, but the cheeeeeese! I just can't seem to give it up anymore, especially because I have deemed goat cheese and aged cheddar "okay," but then, before I know it, I'm branching out to pepper jack and I'm screwed. Aside from that, still have a hummus aversion and I can't get enough meat.

Movement: None. I can't believe I thought I might be feeling flutters at 15w with Miri! Hopefully soon.

What I'm loving: I'm loving how adorable Ezra is towards the "new baby." He constantly asks to say "Hi" to my belly and give kisses. Additionally, I forgot to share in my previous post how around the week of Christmas, when this baby was conceived, Isaac told me that he was praying for a baby sister. I laughingly told him that it would indeed have to be God's plan for that to happen, but didn't want to discourage his praying (it was and still is the only thing he has told us that he has prayed for on his own). When we told him that I was pregnant, the absolute pure joy on his face, is something that I want to bottle up and treasure forever. Of course he is absolutely certain that the baby is a baby sister and has already named her Olivia.

Symptoms: Well, I had a pretty typical first tri: constant nausea, absolute exhaustion, extreme irritability. I'm so glad to put it past me! I have to say that in analyzing my own symptoms, that I am leaning towards another girl. I had a migraine, which I only did with Miri. I had a sweet taste, which I only did with Miri, as I instead had the metallic taste with at least one of the boys. I have an apathy towards hummus, which only happened with Miri. The boy symptoms though are that my face is not clear, at all, and I had the best complexion with Miri (which could be to the fact that I can't seem to cut the dairy out though) and that I still love meat!

What I'm looking forward to: The snow melting. For good.

Best moment of the week: Almost a week ago, but on Sunday, Tony and I painted the rest of the main level! 
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