This past friday morning at 9:24am our precious baby GIRL Emerson Brooke came into the world!
It was quite a shock to both her daddy and myself, as the idea of having a girl seemed far fetched. I was bawling on the operating table, unable to contain my emotion. I don’t think it even really hit home until I put on her first bow…which I had to ask for help with! I’ve been a mother to boys…monster truck loving, dirt wearing, gun slinging boys, and I have loved every minute of it! Now I have a girl and the world is starting to look a whole lot different…my Pinterest boards are definitely taking on a “sparklier” look!
Since we came home on Sunday, it’s been up and down with how the boys are reacting to this new little being actually staying in the family. Their first reaction was one of “no” in Cohen’s words and shy and uninterested for Liam. But as the week has gone by, they are warming up quite nicely to her….Emmy “buying” them a super cool Marble Run toy set I’m sure has helped sweeten the deal. Now they are always giving “Sissy” kisses on the head and mimicking all the squeaky sounds she makes. Oh, they for sure still have their trying and testing moments, I’m sure causing Jerad to wish he was back at work, but we both understand they are still trying to figure out what life looks like now with baby sister.
Liam took a picture of himself holding his new baby sister to preschool on tuesday for Show and Tell. He got up in front of the class and this is what came out of his ever surprising mouth, “Guys, I have a serious problem. I have a new baby sister. Her name is Emerson Brooke Hill and she is a princess I will protect with my knife sword.” Pure and precious love from a 3 year old boy.
Now life consists of Jerad wrestling all household responsibilities, working from home, loving the boys and new baby, and making sure I stay on the couch. Which is becoming harder and harder to do as my recovery has been going so well. Seriously, this C-section was a piece of cake! So as my Pinterest boards grow (couch time will do that) and my crafty mind starts to explode I some what impatiently await the complete healing of the hole in my abdomen. But I am enjoying the excuse to just cuddle my new baby GIRL all day long!
I know there is so much I want to say, explain, share and brainstorm in this blog post, but honestly I’m tired. Imagine that.
A of couple years ago, I bought this berry wreath on clearance I believe at Target. My front door needed a little flair and I had not yet stumbled across all the beautifully crafted wreaths on Pinterest. So, there it hung…and hung…and hung, until a couple days ago a large branch fell off it as we were playing with some of the neighborhood kids out front. Much to my amusement, one of the young girls said to me, “Well, it has been up there for A LONG time.” Ok, point taken. I needed a new wreath.
As it is my final month of pregnancy with little Hill blessing number 3, I’ve been feeling crafty and “nesty.” So I scrolled Pinterest, looking for inspiration and headed down to the craft store determined to make a new one.
Mind you, I haven’t quite reached the time in my life where seasonal decorating takes priority, (crazy how having small kids can do that to you) so I was looking to make another “forever wreath” to grace my front door for the next couple years, or at least until it started to fall apart.
After gathering all my supplies, the boys mercifully napping quietly in their rooms, I got crafty. Here is the finished product!!!
I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, and I used enough hot glue that it should last me awhile!
On a completely random side note, I know I haven’t been posting much lately. This pregnancy is kicking my butt!! By the time I’m done entertaining the littles and keeping up on the house, I usually end up sleeping right along with the boys or zoning out in front of the tv with the hubby. But I promise that I will try to post a little bit more, and as soon as baby #3 pops out on NOVEMBER 8th, I’m sure I will have TONS of new pictures and stories to share!!!
This “mommy thing” is hard work. I have a degree in Early Childhood Development, but as soon as my first born squeezed his way into this world, I forgot everything…seriously, everything. The slate was wiped clean and I felt like I was left wisdom-less to face the world of Mommy Battles on my own. And I’m not just talking about the battle between your screaming baby at 2am and your blood shot eyes that are threatening to close, or your toddler who decided to “help” by cleaning up his own poop, I’m talking about the battle between Mommies. It’s the “Oh, your child still gets up at night? MY child started sleeping through the night at (insert age)” or “You feed your child Mcdonald’s? My child only eats organic food straight from our own home grown garden.”
You know the conversations. Whether you knew it or not, you’ve been on both sides of the battle field, and I have been apart of more than I’d like to admit.
I’ve read a lot of blog posts, Facebook comments and heard many fellow moms talk recently about the desire, no, the DESPERATE NEED to connect and be real with other moms who are in the same boat as themselves. I strongly agree, in fact I’ve already blogged about it HERE but I felt like it needed repeating, if just for my own sake. It’s hard enough keeping our tired unwashed heads above water without feeling like we should be walking on it. That’s Christ’s job.
So, I thought I’d “keep it real” by posting some good old fashion mommy confessions…
1. I rarely, if ever give my children vitamins
2. Instead of gathering and drying everyone off, I’ve peed in a pool
3. My boys have had frozen chicken nuggets 3 meals in a row
4. There are days I don’t brush my teeth…Coffee & gum works wonders
5. While potting training, instead of washing the poo filled undies, I throw them out
6. I have left Target on more than one occasion and have no idea how much I spent.
7. I have continued scrolling Facebook even as my boys are beating the tar out of each other.
8. I’ve never made my own baby food
9. Goldfish crackers and chocolate granola bars make great dinners
10. I’ve spanked out of anger
11. I didn’t say anything as my child continually licked water off the park playground
12. I nap. A lot.
13. One vaginal birth was enough for me. I loved my C-section, and I haven’t heard any complaints from either child.
14. I’ve be very prideful when I win the “my baby weighed this much” battle
15. I’ve probably forgotten your birthday
16. While running errands I think bribery in the form of candy or Hotwheels is totally acceptable
17. I’ve passed gas and blamed it on my son
18. We watch a lot of TV
19. While cuddling with my boys, everything else can wait (even the forgotten boiling pot of pasta)
20. I have played the Mommy Battle game, both winning and loosing and I am truly sorry
Here’s to ending the battles and instead lending a helping hand, a fresh cup of strong coffee and a friendly compassionate and GENUINE smile to your fellow Mommy whose just trying to make sure her kids turn out “ok” too.
I realized that it had been quite awhile since I’ve posted anything on here. Life has gotten busy and hectic and honestly I’ve gotten a little lazy along with it….any extra minutes I have to myself have been spent sleeping or staring aimlessly at the TV.
So I thought it was time for an update.
WE ARE PREGNANT! Baby #3 is due the first week of November and after 5 months of morning sickness and fatigue, I’m finally starting to feeling like myself again. Even started a few nesting projects, all that were photo documented with the best intentions of posting on the blog…they’re not going to make it.
We are still working on the potty training with Liam, now with the added deadline of preschool starting in August. That has been a great motivator though as he is really excited to be going! We stopped with the sticker charts and M&M treats every time he went though as that was not working, and instead whenever he has an accident, he helps to clean it up. I think the idea of cleaning up his own fecal matter off the floor grosses him out as much as it does me, and he is now doing great!
Oh and he is talking up a storm….seriously, the things that come out of this kids mouth never ceases to amaze me!
For example: While we were heading into the Yogurt Mill for a much needed treat, he found a small toy hiding in the bushes. It was obvious it had been there for awhile and I told him to put it in his pocket for later. He followed up with, “No, Mommy. This is someone else’s toy and they could be looking for it!” Shame on me. We gave it to the Yogurt Mill worker for safe keeping in case someone did come looking for it. It was a moment I will never forget….he showed true kindness and compassion.
Cohen is now full on walking and trying as hard as he can to keep up with brother. His personality is really starting to shine and let me tell you, this kid has some spunk. But for every wrestling match he starts or stink face look, he is full of cuddles and kisses! Everyday there is a new word and a new discovery! Cohen is currently obsessed with bananas, Curious George and his much loved Raccoonie blanket.
The picture is his “cheese” face! Being a photographers son, he knows the drill!
The hubby has been busy as ever managing multiply businesses and working hard to support our growing family! So proud of that man and all that he has accomplished! But he still makes time for us crazies!
Although it’s been a crazy summer so far, we are having a blast and enjoying every moment as a family of four before baby arrives! I know life will only get crazier as my due date approaches, but I’m going to try harder to post on here more….if nothing else then to just get all these special moments and thoughts down somewhere where I won’t forget them!