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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

When Little Miss Met Sweet Pea πŸ’—A story of sisters. A story of love. πŸ’• Since about the year that Little Miss turned two years old, she has begged for a #sister . And for the 3 years leading up to being #pregnant with the boys, that request was made Every.Single.Day. No joke, no exaggeration. She begged every gosh darn day. Through failed attempts at pregnancy, and two painful #miscarriages , we endured the rentless requests of our innocent, unassuming preschooler. She was determined to convince us that she needed a sister. When we were finally pregnant with #twin boys, and we shared the news with her, she cried hysterically for a week because they were both boys. Of course, over the years she has grown to love and adore them, and also to fight with them incessantly as only loving and adoring #siblings shouldπŸ€ͺ. And I have always told her that she had been given #brothers so that they would have the energy to be able keep up with her. That a sister might not have had that same level of energy that she required in a sibling. (I know it’s a simplified, sexist, and ignorant explanation...but it was made with good intention and it served its purpose). And with her strong personality, I don’t know if she would’ve been as close to a sister nearer her age as she always thought she would be. I’ve always guessed they would have fought like cats and dogs. 🀷🏼‍♀️ Of course, who really knows?! But when you aren’t in charge of making those decisions, you grasp at straws to help your little ones understand why they cannot simply “have a sister”. Of course, we had also told her at times that @Walmart was out of stock on sisters the day we got her her brothers! πŸ€ͺ It was a plausible enough explanation!🀷🏼‍♀️ more in comments... #blogpost #baby #family #momlife #babyhasarrived #lovemykids #lovemyfamily #momof4 #momofgirls #momofboys #parenthood


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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

We did a little #maternityshoot to celebrate and mark the end of the #pregnancy the other day. πŸ˜ŠπŸ’— These three kiddles are the absolute light of my life. They make everything worthwhile and fill my heart with incredible joy. πŸ’— They complete me. It’s hard to imagine what life is going to be like going forward. But we are all excited and anxious about our #sweetbabygirl joining us in two days. Just two short days! It’s amazing and scary to think about it. There are sooo many facets to adding a new baby to this mix. Questions in my head pop up by the minute. How will I manage #4kids ? How do I care for a #baby again since it’s been so long? Will the others feel left out and neglected? How can I manage to give each of my precious babies enough attention in the wake of the demands of caring for a #newborn ? How can I bring this #girlie into the mix as seamlessly as possible? How will the kids handle being separated from me for the duration of my hospital stay? I’ve never been away from them for more than 24 hours...and that was literally like twice. How will I be able to manage all of the care my little #specialneeds Miracle Man requires alongside the needs of a newborn? How will I manage my #chronicillnesses with all the sleepless nights ahead? Will my #depression and #anxiety flare up or will I experience #postpartumdepression again like I did with the boys? What damage will I do to these little loves, these sweet, innocent hearts that ARE my heart? Naturally, many of us have fears and anxieties...especially leading up to and during major life changes. I know I’m not alone. And I know that I will figure it all out. If nothing else, I’m a survivor. I’m a warrior. I have been through more major challenges in my lifetime than most. I’ve fought through it all. This is no different. And I will work incredibly hard to make sure that all of my children feel loved, supported, and special. I cannot wait to meet this #newgift and find out who she is. Of course, I hope she will be easy going and NOT high maintenance like each of the other 3 are, πŸ€ͺ but whoever she is, she will be loved and adored and she will be a very special member of our family. πŸ’— #blogpost


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Saturday, January 6, 2018

A little thank you shout out to my friend @holliboydwhite and her business, Burden Lake Market. She stopped over the other day with a few goodies for me...It turns out I won the Junkovers magazine from her recent giveaway!!! But she also gifted me one of her handcrafted lip balms (made by her hubby) and a bar of handcrafted soap that her sister-in-law makes. And can I just tell you that the lip balm is amazing!? My lips are so incredibly dry right now from all of this frigid weather we’ve had the past month and the resulting heating!! We have a wood stove that heats our whole main floor, and I love it. But it’s wicked challenging to keep enough moisture in the air. So between the dry heat, my #gestationaldiabetes and the #pregnancy I am struggling to stay ahead of my dry skin and lips. So naturally, when Holli brought me her business’s wares, I immediately tried out the balm and I LOVE it!!! No... I love, Love, LOVE it!!! ❤️πŸ’•πŸ’—It goes on super smoothly, lasts quite a while, and has a fantastic scent! It’s very high quality stuff!! I haven’t opened up the soap yet, but I think I’m going to bring it to the hospital on Thursday when I go to deliver this #sweetbabygirl so I will be giving it a try then. I’m running out if space here, so I will put more details about Holli’s business in the comments...but you should definitely check out the amazing products she and her family make and sell!! I, for one, have been won over!! And I’m a tough cookie to sell to!! πŸ€ͺπŸ™„ #blogpost #buylocal #crafts #localbusiness #localproducts #upstateny #averillpark #chronicandpregnant #babycomingsoon #dryskin #chronicillness #spoonie #spoonieproblems #preggers #pregnantlife #pregnancyproblems


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