A Week Late but Worth the Wait – Introducing Munchkin

It’s official we are a family of FIVE! I can’t believe it even as I write it. I have THREE boys, Yikes! It looks like I will remain the queen of this castle and I’m just fine with that. ;)

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Munchkin came into this world a week past his due date but his labor was exactly what I had thought it would be, FAST and FURIOUS! Contractions woke me up about 3am and after 45 minutes of them I knew this was the real deal (I had a lot of false labor in the weeks leading up so I wanted to be sure.) We arrived at the hospital at 5am and by 7am I pushed twice and he was out. All in all a four hour labor from start to finish.

Now don’t get me wrong it was by no means as smooth sailing as it sounds. Frankly it was pretty chaotic and painful. I know people think, “Four hours, that’s great!”, but I say give me a bit more time for my mind to catch up with where my body is going. After the baby came out my brain was still in transition and it took awhile for me to downshift and sort out what had just happened. After all is said and done I am glad it is over and I can start getting to know this little person whom I’ve been waiting to meet for nine months.

Munchkin Stats 2

One of the things I was curious about was how the two older boys would react to another little brother. My fears quickly dissolved when they came to visit in the hospital. Little Man couldn’t wait to hold his newest little brother and Punkin was obsessed with hugging the baby. Both of them got very concerned during the diaper change when Munchkin started crying and Punkin even asked, “Hurts?” in his cute two year old language. If anything I know I will have to keep a close eye on Munchkin getting TOO much love from his big brothers.

They were enthralled with how small Munchkin was.

They were enthralled with how small Munchkin was.

Little Man couldn't wait to hold him but quickly got nervous with how wiggly babies are and handed him back.

Little Man couldn’t wait to hold him but quickly got nervous with how wiggly babies are and handed him back.

I think Punkin asked to hug him about five times. Looks like he's already in love.

I think Punkin asked to hug him about five times. Looks like he’s already in love.

Thank you all for all the love, support and prayers we’ve received throughout this pregnancy and birth. John and I feel so blessed to have such an amazing community of friends and family we know we can count on.

 

 

 

Seven reasons I fail to write

Oh how can I count the many ways I have wanted to write a post and yet something always gets in the way.

I feel like writing but decide a nap is the better choice
I feel like writing but then the toddler gets up from his nap
I feel like writing but I have laundry, dishes, dinner to prep, or calls to make
I feel like writing but my snuggly boys want mommy to cuddle them on the couch while they watch Disney Planes for the 20th time
I feel like writing but the boys want breakfast, lunch or snacks
I feel like writing but I’d rather spend time with my husband at the end of the night (my husband and chocolate chip cookies that is ;)
and right now I feel like writing but my toddler is begging for another Thomas episode.

So in the end I realize my need or desire to be creative, which is what writing is for me, comes last on the priority list. But this is nothing new to moms, right? We tend to put others needs before our own, sometimes to the point of where it’s unhealthy. As I sit and chew on this thought I am reminded that this is exactly what Christ did for mankind…for me.

And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Philippians 2:8

He was the perfect example of unselfish love. He never whined about not getting some “time off” to do His own thing. He never lost his patience with his kids or husband. A selfish word was never uttered from his mouth.

Yet I am human and although I want to be more like Jesus I know that I fail miserably. But this role of mother is not to be taken lightly. It is an opportunity. An opportunity for God to show me my failings and remind me all over again that I am NOT enough, but HE IS. I will never find the perfect balance of wife, mother and being an individual person with needs this side of heaven. I don’t think I am supposed to. I think the roles we take on are all to point us to a Creator who is so much greater than we are. Who can use those roles to exemplify His love for us. Showing me how badly I need Him, everyday, every hour, every minute.

So I will shut down the laptop and go and cuddle these tiny souls I have been entrusted with and decide that right now their needs trump mine. And that’s ok. Because one day they won’t want to be cuddled. One day when I clean the house it will stay clean. One day I will get the peace and quiet to write books and books. But for now I will settle for short intermittent blog posts.

Hormones SUCK and other fun pregnancy truths

Is it possible? Am I really only four weeks out from my due date with this baby? It still amazes me how time flies and yet it still feels like I have been pregnant forever! I am not gonna lie this has been a tough pregnancy. Medically speaking it’s been fine. No major complications, back […]

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Calling LOS ANGELES Cat Owners! Get Paid for Trying a New Cat Litter

I have an AWESOME opportunity for any LA cat owners. I worked with this group before on a focus group and it was a blast! Plus the extra cash didn’t hurt any either. Here’s the thing, I want to be up front that I am being compensated for each candidate I send to Nancy for […]

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What I Learned at ShiftCon: Research, the Importance of Organic, & Brands I Can Trust

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For those that follow me on my Facebook, Twitter or Instagram you will have noticed my plethora of pictures from the ShiftCon Conference I attended recently. ShiftCon was the very first international social media conference focusing on wellness, health, and the environment. I decided to attend last Spring when I began changing our food habits to […]

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Saying Goodbye to the Prospect of a Girl

My collection of girl dresses that I wore as a baby

While out with my two boys and my prominent belly bump I always get asked, “So is this one a girl?” Of course I have to answer, “Nope. Another boy!” Their faces show pity and disappointment for me, or the generic “Aww, how fun three brothers.” Either way I’m never mad. I know some women […]

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Healthy Drinks and Snacks for Back to School plus GIVEAWAY!

Y Water

I have to be honest although I crave feeding my kids healthy foods sometimes I just need the convenience of grabbing something off the shelf. Thankfully I have found some great options that provide not just convenience but healthy ingredients. Y Water A local LA based company Y Water thinks differently: In with the vitamins, […]

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From Miscarriage and Infertility to a Surprise Pregnancy: How Cutting Out Processed Foods Healed Me From the Inside Out

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It’s been awhile since I’ve written a personal post and believe me I’ve had good reason. We found out we were expecting our third baby at the end of May and to say it caught us by surprise is a bit of an understatement. My first son took three years to conceive and during that […]

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Los Angeles MOMS… Get paid to sample an excellent New Dishwashing Machine Detergent

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I have another AWESOME opportunity for any LA moms out there. I worked with this group on their last focus group and it was a blast! Plus the extra cash didn’t hurt any either. Here’s the thing, I want to be up front that I am being compensated for each candidate I send to Nancy […]

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Knott’s Berry Farm celebrates Camp Snoopy turning 30 with three new rides!

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I recall taking Little Man to Knott’s Berry Farm when he turned two and it was such fun. His favorite part by far was Camp Snoopy since it was made just for someone his size. It’s hard to believe that Camp Snoopy is celebrating 30 years since the place still looks so well run and […]

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