A Day of Firsts

Congratulations to my sister-in-law and her husband—Stephanie and Jason—on the birth of their daughter, Brooklyn Faith! This is their first child, and the first granddaughter born to the Moody clan. She arrived at 8:48am this morning, weighing 7 lbs 14 oz. Her middle name is a tribute to Mom Moody—very special.BrooklynBurroughBrooklynwithDaddy

For the first time Stephen is an uncle and I am an aunt! And now Silas and Cooper finally have a first cousin! We are excited Brooklyn is here after going 9 days past her due date. Hopefully our little girl will be here very soon to play with Brooklyn.

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Life on Hold

It’s a waiting game now until Baby Sister arrives. I’ve been crossing off the calendar days, and tomorrow is June! I’m 38 weeks and 2.5 cm dilated, but not many contractions yet. I know it’s not true, but I feel as though life is at a standstill until Baby comes. There’s not much I can do and not much I feel like doing.

The nursery is painted, but there are a few places that still need to be touched up before we can move the furniture back in. Girl clothes are hanging in the closet and laying the drawers, and we have a whole basket of teeny tiny diapers ready. I love the headbands we’ve gotten, and I’ve packed several to take to the hospital with us. Most of my bag is packed, and I’ve even packed things for the boys in case they need to spend a couple nights at a friend’s house on short notice.

My prayer has been that God will give me the grace to see these days of waiting as valuable in light of eternity. I don’t want to waste these days I have with with my three men while we wait to become a family of five. I want to love them well.

Silas is growing into a capable big brother who can help Cooper and me, as well as keep us spinning with his questions about life. He told me a while back, “Mom, I REALLY love my daddy.” When I asked him why, he said, “Because he has black hair, and that makes him cool.”

Cooper’s vocabulary has exploded, and I’ve been loving getting to know his little personality these past few months. One day I told Cooper he was too cute, and he told me, “I not too cute. I just rowdy towdy!”

The conversations the boys have with each other are the best ever. I love to hear them discuss life and play.

Silas: “Coop, do you like the yellow ball the most?”
Cooper: “Yes.”
Silas: “Well, I like the green one.”
Cooper: “I like yellow ball.”
Silas: “That’s because you were born to like yellow.”

Mom and Dad Moody come for a week this Friday. We’re excited to have them and hope Baby Sister comes very soon so she can be with them!

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A Rocking Chair Face Lift

As a newlywed couple, Stephen and I were given this hand-me-down glider rocker back in Indiana. It has served us well for the past almost 9 years, but I’ve been wanting to re-do it for a while now. The old rocker finally got its complete make-over.

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After:May4003May4004

I love it! Stephen spray painted it cream over the weekend, and I bought the mustard yellow cushion from Walmart. The cushion is really meant for an outdoor patio chair, but it fits well enough. I wasn’t feeling up to sewing my own cushion cover.

For now, the rocker lives in the family room, and I can’t wait to rock Baby Girl in it!

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It’s Raining Pink

One more month today! This baby girl has been given three baby showers. That’s pretty incredible since she’s our third child, but I’m thankful for the love of friends that’s been showered on us.

My first two showers were surprises. One was given by my playgroup from the Goodyear MOMS Club. I’m glad I found this club almost three years ago as it’s helped me build friends with other moms in my stage of life, informed me about programs for families with young children, and taught me about my community. I’d recommend MOMS club to stay-at-home moms if there is one in your area. It’s an international organization, so there are chapters all over the world.May2002

My Wednesday playgroup put together a little shower for me at the park with streamers, pink cupcakes, fruit salad, gifts, and my first-ever diaper cake. What a sweet gesture! I was having a crabby, selfish morning, and almost cancelled on them, but they made my day! God used these kind friends to remind me that His grace is lavish.May2003

The second shower was a total shock since I was fully expecting a birthday party for some friends. My church had been planning a shower on May 9th, but some generous friends—Rachel and Sylvia—hosted a surprise shower too! I was speechless when everyone yelled surprise. It took a while for my brain to process what was happening.May2006 The best part was that Stephen had acted so totally natural about the birthday party idea that I didn’t suspect a thing! Rachel did a beautiful job with the decorations/favors and invitations. She was inspired by my nursery colors of aqua, coral and yellow. May2007Seeing all the baby girl outfits made Baby Girl seem more real to me. I could imagine dressing her in all the cute new clothes.May2004May2005

Finally, my third shower was this past Saturday. The sweet ladies at church put on a little brunch for me and gave Baby Girl even more gear and a brand new car seat. The seat we used for the boys was a hand-me-down, and since it had expired, a new one was in order. I’m excited to get it installed in the car and see how we can squeeze three babies into the back of our Rendezvous.May2001

Last night we checked the mail while on our way to get some paint for the nursery. My sister-in-law sent a package full of frilly, girly, flowery headbands and outfits (which I adore!). But since Stephen hasn’t seen all my shower gifts, watching me open that package was a rude awakening for him that he’s going to have a baby girl. I think he needs some time to adjust to all this of these accessories and lace!May3001

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Mommy’s Day

My two little mailmen delivered cards to me this morning. Silas chose a Superman card for me (because, as you know, I love all things Superman). He drew a picture of me and a ninja climbing into a city. I’m glad Silas has recognized my superpowers. Cooper’s card, on the other hand, had some cute little ducklings on the front and scribbles inside. May1001

They went shopping last night with Stephen so they could get me some toys for “Mudder’s Day.” Daddy was very helpful in steering them towards some beautiful flowers instead.May1003

Being a mommy is one of God’s gifts of grace. I treasure these two little boys and their sister who will be joining us soon.May1002

 

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First Stitches

It happened! We got our first stitches last night.

Stephen and Cooper were at home while Silas and I attended Kids4Truth at church. Cooper ran head long into our padded ottoman and still managed to score a gash above his right eyebrow. It bled a lot, but once Stephen cleaned it up and gave Coop a bandaid, Cooper was totally happy.April6005

Since I had both car seats with me at church, Stephen called, and Silas and I came home to help take Cooper to the urgent care. We tried Goodnight Pediatrics for the first time. It’s an urgent care that specializes in pediatric care.April6002

They saw Cooper right away and determined that he needed stitches. Since I’m from a family of all girls, I’ve never had stitches or seen them done, so it was an education for me. The worst part was the needle they used to numb his eyebrow. Poor little dude was crying lots of tears, but he was very brave. He looked at me with his big teary eyes and said, “All done now?”April6001

Thankfully, the little man laid so still as the doctor gave him four stitches. I couldn’t believe this was the same child that, back in February, refused to even stand on the scale at the doctor’s office. He’s grown up a lot in the past few months.April7001

After the ordeal was over, we drove to Culver’s for some frozen custard where our friends, the Horkavys, joined us. I’m sure there are more stitches in our future, but thankfully our first incident was minor.April6004

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Recently…

I bought the boys a new swimming pool and set it up in the back yard. They’ve been swimming and soaking their clothes when playing outside.April4001April4002I love having a patch of grass and a finished yard. Just today some friends came over and helped Stephen set up the sand box again. The boys played for hours!April4006April4007

The nursery is progressing slowly. I’m planning aqua, yellow, and coral for the colors. So far, I’ve purchased aqua curtains, a coral rug, and a yellow cushion for the rocking chair. The other day I began taping the baseboard in hopes that the walls will be painted soon. I need to pick out a shade of aqua that complements the curtains. The nursery drawers and closet are filling up with hand-me-down clothes and gender neutral things I have from the boys.April4003

Silas completed his Kids4Truth catechism book which means he’s learned a total of 60 catechism answers. He’s so excited to get his “golden pin” award!April5001April4005

Cooper has learned to pedal his tricycle and is saying so much these days. I love having conversations with him. At dinner the baby was kicking me, and Cooper leaned down to my belly and said loudly, “Baby Sister, stop kicking Mommy!”April4004

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Comings and Goings

After returning home from Portland, Stephen left on a business trip to Atlanta, Georgia for a few days. He was gone for 4 days and 3 nights, and we managed to stay alive in his absence. Go us!April2010

Of course we missed Stephen and couldn’t wait for his return, but I was surprised that I wasn’t really scared at night and that somehow I mustered the energy to take care of the boys 24/7 all by myself. I don’t know how single parents manage to raise children without a spouse, but it must be very tiring. I was exhausted!April2009

Stephen’s brother and sister drove down to Atlanta from upstate South Carolina to spend a few hours with him. They had a great time catching up with each other. It had been nearly two years since Stephen had seen his brother Tim.April2008

The next week, my dear friend Rebekah came for a short visit during her spring break from teaching online for a classical school. She was on her way home from California, and instead of a layover of a couple hours, she chose a layover of a couple days so she could be with us!April2001

Rebekah and I always have so much to talk about, which is a lot more fun in person than over the phone. Though it was warm, we walked through the Japanese Friendship Garden—a small spot of green in the desert. April2002April2003Silas and Cooper loved feeding the koi fish. April2004April2005After a picnic in the park, we cooled off with handmade ice cream sandwiches from Slickables on Mill Ave in Tempe. Yum!April2006 April2007That night I took Rebekah to one of our favorite restaurants, the Arrogant Butcher. So glad she could visit!

This past weekend was busy with food prep for our church’s Easter potluck dinner. Sunday morning definitely did not go as planned! April3003April3005Stephen ended up taking Silas to church while Cooper and I made a visit to the urgent care. Cooper had poked his eye with something Saturday night, and kept crying, rubbing his eye, and refusing to open it. Thankfully, no serious damage was done, and his eye is doing well. But what a stressful morning!April3004

Cooper and I missed the Easter service, but we made it in time for the meal. I didn’t get pictures of us with Stephen, but here are some of the Easter pics we took outside church while Stephen was cleaning up.April3001April3002

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Escape to Portland

My man and I took a babymoon last month. Babymoon=honeymoon trip without kids before Baby is born (just in case you’re not familiar with the term). We visited Portland for the first time!April1013

We stayed downtown in the Hotel deLuxe, which was not only charming, but convenient as it allowed us to walk most places or ride the public transit to explore the city. April1001Portland was sunny for three of our five days we were there. It surprised us each time we looked up and saw snowy Mount Hood in the distance. What a breath-taking backdrop for the entire city!

Portland is known for its diverse and unique foodie culture. Stephen and I were thrilled to indulge our little mouths with Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches, Lebanese lamb and hummus, salted caramel ice cream, and Jewish deli pastrami—just to name a few dishes. We were adventurous and tried a mexican hot chocolate donut and a creme brulee donut from Blue Star Donuts.

Besides eating well, we walked downtown and along the Willamette River, where the whole city seemed to be exercising. April1005April1006There seemed to be a coffee shop on every corner, so we were well caffeinated. The aerial tram offered a new perspective on the city, and we learned why rain coats are necessary for Portland’s rainy days. April1011During one of those rainy days we browsed books at Powell’s bookstore—a store the size of a city block. April1012We walked the Pearl District, Nob Hill, and Pioneer Courthouse Square. April1009April1008April1003At the Saturday farmer’s market we found some cheeses and salami that made our hearts go pitter-pat.April1010

On our last day we drove the scenic route along the Columbia River and saw some gorgeous waterfalls. April1014April1016We ended up at Multnomah Falls. The waterfall was over 600 feet tall with two cascades and a bridge spanning the river just above the second falls. April1017At the base sat a quaint stone restaurant where we ate lunch before heading back to the city.

Of course we missed our little men, but they were very well taken care of by gracious friends. Stephen and I loved our couple’s getaway and the time we had to invest in our marriage before we become a family of five.April1018

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My Birthday Babies

Tuesday, St. Patrick’s Day, was my 32nd birthday. We spend a quiet day at home recovering from our trip. March3001Stephen and I just got back from a couple’s getaway in Portland, Oregon, while the boys were graciously taken care of by friends.March2009March2003

Silas desperately wanted to buy me a birthday cake and kept asking questions throughout the day like, “Why is it your birthday?” He made me a beautiful card with a picture of me in a princess suit and Batman next to me. Inside, he copied my letters to write out “Happy Birthday Mom.”March2002March4001March2005

It was sweet to open my cards and presents from family, and what a special time it was to be reunited with my boys and enjoy Stephen’s day off.March2004

Since this is my first birthday with a huge baby bump, I thought I’d get some pictures. (Full disclosure: the only reason I did my hair and make-up was to take these pictures.) March2006March2007Baby Girl is 27 weeks along, and we are now officially in the 6th month and 3rd trimester. Birthdays with these cabbage heads are the best!March2001March3002

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