When I look at these photographs, tears come to my eyes. Being a mom of three can be a struggle at times, but the blessings definitely outweigh those hard times. I am also reminded of how great His plan is for each of us is. When Landon and I got married, we "planned" to wait a couple years to start trying to get pregnant. Well, God had something greater for us and her name was Brooke. Even on birth control, I became pregnant with her soon after our wedding. That day wasn't full of excitement for Landon and I. We sat on our couch crying, wondering how we were going to be parents. It took a few days for us, but we started to get excited about our little "bean". We also weren't prepared for the horrible pregnancy I was about to encounter. During my pregnancies I suffer from hyperemesis gravidarum. I spent several times in the emergency room, and a couple overnight stays in the hospital getting fluids during this pregnancy. God was so good to us and kept Brooke perfectly healthy. She is such a blessing to us with her sweet spirit and loving heart.
We knew we didn't want Brooke to be an only child, but our plan was to have only two children close together. We tried for almost 8 months, which I know isn't that long compared to many of you, but it seemed like an eternity to us! We were overjoyed when we found out we were expecting again. Those next couple weeks were a trial for us as I was extremely sick, and was in the emergency room for a LOT of bleeding. I went to Tulsa for HCG tests every other day, since there was no other way to tell if the pregnancy was still viable. At 8 weeks, we waited in the ultrasound room just praying that the baby was alive. Not only did we see one babies heartbeat, we saw TWO. God had blessed us greatly, and again we saw that our plans are not always HIS plans. Our family was about to go from three to five! Countless emergency room visits, hospital stays, trips to the cancer treatment center for nutrients, many precious prayers and twenty weeks of bed rest later we met our beautiful twin girls Lily & Lauren. They were born at 36 1/2 weeks and never saw the NICU. Wow, His goodness, love and strength are so amazing.
Brooke is almost five, and the twins will be three in June! I can't believe how fast the time has gone by. I sometimes questioned if we would have another baby in the future. Over the last six months, I had a peace in my heart that we would not be having any more children. I was a little sad, but after potty training the girls and selling every baby item we had in our home I knew that I was ready to focus on the girls and our future together.
Did I mention that our plans are not always HIS plans???
Rewind to April Fools Day. I have been having some problems physically (to spare the details) since the twins were born. Even though I didn't think it was possible, I had an overwhelming feeling to take a pregnancy test. I packed the kids up in the car and headed to wal-mart. Yep. You guessed it. It was positive.
Is my husband going to believe me, it's April Fools???
What are we going to do?
We just sold EVERYTHING baby!
What is everyone going to think about us???
Sigh. Sadly, those were the first thoughts that came to mind. I called Landon (i wish i had that conversation recorded) and he brought home more tests. Yep, no false positives. It took a few hours to get over the shock. It was a comfort to know that God wouldn't give us anything we couldn't handle, and this was no surprise to Him! Children are blessings, and I know He is going to give us everything we need to take care of this little one. We saw the doctor a few days later and our little baby was 6 weeks old! He or she will be here right before Thanksgiving! Believe it or not, Landon is hoping for another girl! We will be equally excited either way, although I would love to experience that mother/son relationship!
|The girls are all of course, expecting a little sister and love talking about the baby!|
Thanks to medication, I am feeling a lot better than my other pregnancies. I have gotten to see our little baby 3 times already, and it never gets old. Seeing his/her little heart beating is the most amazing miracle. We have had amazing family and friends encourage us along the way. I'm so thankful for His blessings, and that His plan that is greater than anything I could ever imagine.
|Our sweet baby at 10 weeks - may be a soccer player - look at that kick!|
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a FUTURE and a HOPE."