Monday, June 26, 2017

Painted Petals Life Planner & More

Last month I entered a few of Jen Mackintosh's planner giveaways over at Instagram...  

I had been meaning to order a new planner (I've always used The Catholic Daily Planner in the past along with TAN's Saints Calendar & 16-Month Planner - the 2018 version can be pre-ordered here!) but I had been stalling on ordering one this year - considering less expensive options like this one and opting to purchase things for our new baby instead of books and planners for myself. 

I was so excited when I got the message from Jen that I had actually won the giveaway!

The package was on the front porch when the baby and I arrived home from the hospital and I finally had a chance to open it this afternoon. The planner is gorgeous and Jen's giveaway package came with so many lovely accessories! Such a treat!

It ended up being perfect timing since apparently the Erin Condren LifePlanner begins today!

Thank you so much, Jen! I'm really looking forward to using my new planner this year!

Visit Wildflowers & Marbles for Jen's Review of the 2017-2018 Erin Condren Life Planner

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Due Date Daybook

I am thankful... 
We made it! Happy due date, little one! P.S. Don't let this picture fool you... It took running the vacuum cleaner to get her to calm down long enough for a few pictures of her awake! She still prefers Mama to hold her nearly 24/7. 💕

I am thinking...
We need to figure out how we are going to get this cute little baby baptized! Usually one of my husband's brothers comes out to baptize our babies in the Extraordinary Form. However, with the recent death and funeral of my father-in-law, none of them will be able to take any more time away from their parishes. I wish I was up to traveling... It looks like our best and quickest option might be one of the priests coming to town for the Sacred Liturgy Conference in a couple weeks.

Outside my window...
it is HOT! The baby and I have been spending the day inside, but the rest of the kids headed over to my brother and sister-in-law's home to swim with their cousins after going to confession this afternoon. It got up to around 107 degrees today, and will still be in the 100s tomorrow with thunderstorms too, but should drop back down on Monday.

Learning all the time...
With all the pregnancy challenges, the school year didn't go quite as I originally envisioned for our youngest two students who still need a lot of one-on-one time with mom... We will pick up where we left off soon. In the meantime we've had a couple little review lessons while updating the letter board.


Celebrating the liturgical year...

O God, Who hast made this day worthy of honor by the birth of blessed John: grant to Thy people the grace of spiritual joys, and direct the minds of all the faithful into the way of eternal salvation. 

There is so much to celebrate today! It's the solemnity of the nativity of St. John the Baptist, it's the day I was due (once again) to deliver a sweet baby (so glad she is already safely here in my arms), and it's also the birthday of one of my dearest friends. Happy birthday, Charlotte! I haven't been able to get down to the post office to mail your gift, but here is a little peek! Wish I could deliver it in person, but it will be on its way soon.

Mother Most Amiable from Sleightholm Folk Art

From the kitchen...
With help from the older girls, I was somehow able to pull together a baseball themed party, including (a very simple) dinner for twenty-five, this past Wednesday as we celebrated a 10th birthday. I didn't plan to have that many people over, it just sort of happened at the last minute, but the birthday boy had a ball. I'm hoping to have a chance to share the pictures soon! #whatnottodo #twoweekspostpartum

I am working...
We had a really great day last Tuesday and we even managed to get down to the office to catch up on some billing and other paperwork...  It had me thinking (for half a day) that I might be able to keep up with everything after all! She didn't stay in her car seat for long, but was content while being worn in the Moby wrap while I worked. She made up for it that night though and I was a mess when I saw the pediatrician the next morning for her two week check-up. He was happy to see her weight climbing back up (6 lbs 8 oz) but concerned about me as I sat there in tears. He wanted to know if I needed him to intervene and make sure I'm getting the rest I need to recover, especially with all the stress from this past month. Who should he talk to? Umm... That would be me. I'm the one who always seems to set unrealistic goals and expectations for myself, including the birthday party later that day! This upcoming week I'll be working from home again resting as much as possible.


I am creating...
thank you notes for all the thoughtful and generous gifts our baby girl has been given.

I am going...
to buy a baby bath soon. In the meantime she is still so tiny that she fits in our little bathroom sink!


I am hoping...
Facebook and Instagram keep blocking all the links to my blog posts, deleting any posts or pictures that include the url, whether they were posted by me or shared by someone else... I spent some time updating the blog settings and making a few changes, hoping that would solve the problem. We'll see!

I am praying...
for the soul of my dear father-in-law. Maybe it is because I wasn't able to go to his funeral, but it just doesn't seem real to me that he is gone... He will be missed so very much!

Pondering these words…
from St. Rose of Lima:

"If only mortals would learn how great it is to possess divine grace, how beautiful, how noble, how precious. How many riches it hides within itself, how many joys and delights! No one would complain about his cross or about troubles that may happen to him, if he would come to know the scales on which they are weighed when they are distributed to men."

I am listening…
to My Kind of Girl from Michael Buble's Nobody But Me CD.  Our oldest son sent me the link to the song after I sent him a couple pictures of his brand new baby sister while they were down in Arizona.

She looks
Like an angel looks 
Baby I’m hooked After just one look
And my mind’s
In a kind of whirl 
Cause to my mind 
She’s my kind of girl

Around the house...
A NEW BABY! My husband and I are still kind of in shock that we have another little one.  It was such a hard pregnancy and recovery is going to take a little while, but we are so grateful for this unexpected blessing. We truly thought our 5 year old would be our last, especially after miscarrying again 3 years ago, but God had this beautiful little surprise in store for us!

One of my favorite things...
I had a moses basket with our last two babies that I loved and used all the time so I knew I really wanted another one for this baby. This basket from Plum+Sparrow was a splurge for sure, but my husband let me order it for Mother's Day and I love it! We also ordered a sheepskin baby blanket to line the inside. It fits perfectly and looks so cozy!

This week's plans...
The baby and I will continue spending as much time as possible at home recovering and enjoying this special time together. The rest of the kids will be volunteering (older kids) and attending (younger kids) another week of golf camp!

A little peek at my day...

Friday, June 23, 2017

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

J for dearest Jesus

With His heart afire:

Love divine surpassing


All men could desire. 

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Father's Day

Happy Father's Day, Sean! We love you! 

I can't resist taking pictures of her while she's sleeping and sharing a few of them 💚
 {We dressed her up in one of her oldest sister's preemie sized outfits from nearly 14 years ago!} #fathersday2017 #11daysold #6lbssomething #sotinyandcute #countingthedaystojune24

Late each night, from about 9 or 10 until 12 or 1, she is wide awake... 
Just like when she was still inside the womb! 👶🏻💚

Friday, June 16, 2017

One Week

From Instagram - June 16, 2017

Getting her all dolled up to see her daddy and older siblings again! 
Wake up, little one, they are almost home! 💛 

Baby girls are so much fun to dress up. I saved one box of favorite newborn baby clothes from our older three girls, and we were given some cute new outfits too! I bought this yellow sleeper to take to the hospital for our fourth, not knowing if she was a girl or a boy.


After an emotional and challenging first week post-partum, I was so very grateful to have our family all together again! 

Instagram Recap & Other Special Moments

June 9th • Day 2

On their way out of town, after sending the five and seven year old to Grandpa & Grandma's house for a couple nights, Daddy and the five big kids stopped to say bye and see the baby one more time! 

One of the nurses (they were all amazing!) actually offered to drive me home after her shift, once the baby and I were both discharged on the 10th, but my sister-in-law volunteered.  Our new little one was also given a darling bunny from her cousin and Uncle Brian came to visit too, bringing along my prescription for me so I wouldn't need to pick it up! 

These three pictures were actually from the day she was born, but I didn't include them in my last post. My midwife (pictured on the left - she delivered our first six but was out of town for the birth of number seven) came to see us, even though I saw a doctor/specialist for this pregnancy. Great Aunt Bridget also stopped by to meet her newest niece. 

June 10th • Day 3

Grandpa and Grandma stopped by with our other little ones to say hello after the baby and I got back home, then they kept Rose & Bud at their home for one more night.

June 11th • Day 4

Grandpa & Grandma brought home our other little ones and stayed for a short visit. Uncle Scott and Uncle Paul stopped by to meet the baby too. 

She wasn't quite sure what to think of Uncle Scott! ;) 

Instagram: Between outfits, but we wanted to make sure and pray the holy rosary right at 7:00 PM tonight, for the soul of their grandfather, even though we couldn't be at his wake down in Arizona with the rest of the family. 🌹🙏🏻❤️ #babysfirstrosary #prayersforgrandpa #requiescatinpace

June 12th • Day 5

Instagram: Processing payroll with my new little helper... So glad that I was able to get set up to work part-time from home, instead of always at the office, especially since I never got around to training a temporary replacement for once baby arrived. 💕#workingfromhome #corporatesecretaryandbookkeeper

June 13th • Day 6

Instagram: This morning I did the best I could to hide my exhaustion with my first shower since being discharged from the hospital and some makeup... Didn't last long though, since I was in tears once again shortly after making the drive and arriving at the pediatrician's with my three little ones. Baby's bilirubin levels were high enough to require a trip back to the hospital for additional blood work (thankfully the numbers came back a little lower and we didn't need to be admitted) and her weight has continued to drop despite having plenty of milk and nursing 27-29 times every 24 hours... (Haven't slept more than an hour at a time since her birth...) She is now weighing just 6 lbs 1 oz. She's so tiny! The goal for the rest of today is to get her back into some filtered sunlight and to try my best to rest and reduce my stress levels in the hopes of a better milk supply. We head back to the pediatrician's tomorrow. Say a prayer that her weight starts to climb back up!

June 14th • Day 7

Instagram: Soaking up some sunshine ☀️ 
#fightingjaundice #filteredsunlight #mosesbasket #bigsisterlittlesister


Instagram: It started out hard, but today ended up being such a better day than yesterday. Thank you all so very much for the prayers, encouragement and support! ❤️ I met with a lactation consultant for an hour and a half and we have a plan to help with all the nursing challenges. Baby's jaundice is continuing to improve, she weighed 6 lbs 2 oz (up an ounce from yesterday, then up another ounce after nursing), and we won't need to go back until her 2 week check up next Wednesday. SUCH a relief! My dad stopped by around lunch time and caught up all our dishes from the week, I got a heavenly little nap, and then my mom came over to watch the other two while baby and I went to the appointments. I'm not very good at asking for or accepting help, but my mom keeps insisting (despite her own busy schedule - there always seems to be at least one of us 12 kids that needs something!) and I really don't know how I would have survived without it the past month - before I delivered (taking kids to baseball games and practices and me to appointments when I was unable to drive myself, co-hosting a gorgeous baby shower and gifting us with the infant car seat needed to bring baby home), during labor (she drove me to the hospital since Sean was working in the forest and out of cell range when it was time to go - so glad he made it for the delivery and that she got to be there for the birth too), and now post-partum (watching the little ones until the day after I was discharged and then again today, catching up laundry and feeding them dinner which will make this evening so much easier). After getting a flat tire repaired today, Sean and the older kids will begin the long drive back tomorrow and will arrive late Friday night. After spending just 12 of the past 42 days all together I am so looking forward to having everyone home again!

June 15th • Day 8

Instagram: Little luxuries like hot showers, naps, and not needing to leave the house have quickly moved towards the top of my list of favorites lately, right after snuggling this sweet baby of course. ❤️ After getting rid of nearly all the baby gear last summer, we didn't plan to replace very much of it this time around. How hard could it be to live without a swing/crib/etc with so many extra sets of hands around all the time?! With most of them out of town this past week, this little soft and soothing removable napper which came as part of the new Pack 'n Play we were given has been so incredibly helpful especially when it comes to finally getting to shower! Thank you, Charlotte and family! 😘