It is so true. We are in heaven...
This little curled up bundle of cuteness has all of us wrapped around his itty bitty finger. It's already hard to believe he hasn't always been a part of our lives. Isn't it crazy how that happens ? One day we're all wondering who it is that is moving around in Mama's tummy, boy or girl, and the next it's as if we have always known him.
The miracle of life.
|the day before I went into labor and five days after. what a difference a week can make !!|
|hayden patrick, a few minutes old. already looking at the world around him !|
|..a few minutes after delivery...jason and baby k were sleeping at home after a LONG night waiting for hayden to arrive :)|
Mackenzie took the most amazing photos of Hayden's delivery, and she is putting together a slideshow with those. For now my phone has been the quickest way to capture his first week, and that's how we're rolling...kicked back, soaking up each moment and just relaxing with our newest addition. If there's one thing I've learned after eleven babies, it's that these first few weeks fly by. So we wipe everything off our schedule that we can, lay low, and enjoy these brief newborn memories while they last. Housecleaning can wait, photo sessions are limited, social engagements are put on hold...we have a new baby to get to know right now.
|no make up, no sleep...couldn't be happier :)|
|daddy bonding time|
|abigail and her twin|
|going home outfit|
So many have asked how Lily is adjusting to having a new baby in the house. I shared this earlier today on IG ...
Happy indifference best describes her attitude. She tolerates a picture with him and has shared a binkie bonding moment or two. But for the most part she practices not looking at him or acknowledging he is here. I'm sure she will warm up to him in the days ahead, but for now she is not too sure about this little invader...
|"some little pipsqueak hijacked my blog last week !!"|
Aside from a few days on the bili-blanket due to Hayden battling a bit of jaundice, things have gone pretty smoothly here at the Rice Ranch. Adjusting to a new baby is always a bit of a juggling act at first, and I'm sure we'll drop a few balls in the days ahead. (Responding to emails and blogging have taken a back seat to baby care, so if you have sent me a message and I haven't responded that's why !)
Sam and I were just talking this weekend about what a difference a year can make. A year ago this month I was recovering from a long drawn-out miscarriage - recovering both physically and emotionally. We were in the process of having to leave our beloved rental home of nine years unexpectedly, we were struggling financially, and for awhile I thought I was never going to feel normal again. It was a season of loss and God brought us through.
But the wonderful thing about seasons is...they are just that. We go through hard times, and it's sometimes difficult to see our way out. It's easy to think that all of life is conspiring against us through those times...but if we can just hold on to the thought that life can be hard, but God is good, we'll come through to the other side.
|"weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." psalm 30:5|
I'm so very thankful for our new little life, and so mindful of the goodness of God...
As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth....happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them ! ~Psalm 127:4-5
Happy Monday !!