On our first trip out of the house, I stopped by a local bakery to get a dozen cookies for my OB and the dear nurses that took care of us for 9 months … and let’s be real, I snuck a cookie for myself too. In the bakery a sweet grandma saw baby girl and asked how old she was. “Two weeks old,” I said to which she replied, “I know people always say this but time really does fly. She will be proudly showing you your grand-babies before you know it.” And I know that’s true!
I know this sweet baby girl, our newest addition to our family, will be growing up before our eyes and I’m delighted to introduce you to her! Meet our sweet, little Miss Margaret Louise aka Maggie Lou!
“For it was You who created my inward parts;
You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You
because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made.
Your works are wonderful,
and I know this very well.” —Psalm 139: 13-14
Since my pregnancy with Baby J was a really difficult time for me personally, my pregnancy with M was a time of sweet redemption. I’ll share my pregnancy journey later, but let’s just say having an amazing hubby to get me endless chicken fingers and rub my feet was incredible. “He’s a keeper!” as my mama would say!
Maggie Lou her grand debut in late August, and we’ve been smitten with her ever since! She’s definitely feisty like her mama!
After Justin and I got married last Fall we knew that we wanted more kids (Lord willing) but neither of us expected to get pregnant so quickly… I mean, we got pregnant just 3 weeks after we got married! (Side note: I don’t say that lightly or without thinking either. I have many friends who have struggled for years with infertility and I know how flippant that can sound, so hear me say I know that this isn’t the story for everyone. Both Justin and I have walked through some very, very hard and dark times, so I chuckle when I think that this was just one area that God sprinkled a little grace on for us.)
So we jumped into the family thing really quickly — Justin became a step-dad to Little J and then just a few weeks later we realized that we would be parents again! There were lots and lots of feelings and hormones flying around to be sure. So many funny stories that I’m excited to share of being newlyweds and learning how to do things together with a completely hormonal pregnant wife. It made for lots of laughter… and tears by me! 🙂
We had a scare when Maggie Lou was born via C-section and had to be in the NICU for a week. It was a very trying time both physically recovering from delivery and trying to also go visit her on the NICU floor in the hospital. Let’s just say I had some MAJOR motivation to start walking and go see her! She finally got released a week after she was born and it turns out she just had some trouble “transitioning” to being a baby in the real world! Apparently, some babies have trouble adjusting, especially if they’re C-Section babies, but we’re so glad she’s home now!
Even being a second-time mom it’s far too easy to forget that this newborn season will pass: I won’t always feel trapped in my own house, we will figure out a new routine together, she will grow out of her fussy stage, my hormones will (hopefully) even out and I won’t feel on the verge of tears, and one day in the not-so-distant future I will long for these moments with a tiny, squishy newborn.
One of my best friends has frequently been reminding me during this season: “it won’t always feel like this,” which has been so helpful. That’s both a blessing and a warning: I don’t get to redo these days or this season so I need to be careful not to wish away the days.
Life with two little ones is never dull, that’s for sure! Little J has flourished being a big brother and he’s so sweet to Maggie Lou and he calls her “Mae Mae.” He loves to bring her a blanket or if he hears her crying, he will bring her a paci. It’s the cutest thing and his sweet, caring heart as a new big brother is precious to see. It’s amazing how much your toddler “grows up” once a new baby enters the scene. This face is my favorite of his! I wonder what he was thinking here…
Maggie Lou has already been such a joy to us. Her personality is already shining through: she’s completely an angel… until she’s not. This girl can go from zero to sixty in about three seconds flat, and she definitely keeps us on our toes! She has a very, very loud voice for sure. From the minute she was born, she cried the loudest I’ve EVER heard a baby cry. I kept looking at Justin with eyes like, “Is she OK?? Is that normal?” I didn’t remember Jacob crying that loudly, but it turns out she just has a big voice and lots to say! I pray that one day she would use that voice to encourage and love others well.
Watching Justin love our baby girl is about too much for my heart to handle. His tender heart is on full display and she’s definitely going to have him wrapped around her (tiny) finger.
She’s now been a part of our lives for 9 weeks, and I’m excited to share more stories and lessons we’re learning with you because of her sweet life. The first lesson I’ve been learning is the importance of my attitude…
I’m more and more convicted about how my attitude and my perspective can transform how my day goes. When I choose to dwell on the negative — Why won’t she stop screaming? Why can’t I ever sleep? Why won’t the kids nap at the same time? When am I ever going to feel like a person again — then my heart feels heavy. I am the worst version of myself. But when I can take deep breaths in the middle of a newborn crying fit and mentally take a step back, I feel like myself. I can approach it from a positive mindset and a more prayerful heart — I’m so grateful for this sweet baby in my arms. Lord thank you that my girl has a big voice, I pray she would use it to glorify you one day. I thank you for these fleeting moments with little ones, help me not to miss these important days.
“Guard your heart above all else,
for it is the source of life.” Proverbs 4:23 ESV
“All the days of the afflicted are evil,
but the cheerful of heart has a continual feast.” Proverbs 15:15 ESV
These verses remind me of the importance of my heart and how my attitude can determine the outcome of my day. I want to be a mom and a wife with a cheerful heart.
Now this grateful, prayerful heart thing doesn’t happen all the time. Or even 50/50 but I’m working on it. Realizing the importance of my attitude has definitely changed my awareness of my thought life and awareness is the first step, right? 😉
Life with two kids ages two and under means it’s ever more important to roll with the punches! Here’s to rolling with the punches with you, sisters. Thank you for journeying with me and I’m so glad you got to meet sweet Miss M!