Thursday, November 4, 2010

Messages of Love


Someday soon I'll blog about his birth and the days following. We've already had some ups and downs. Things have been more stressful than I had anticipated and I've had some breakdowns. B has been completely wonderful and my parents have been there with the needed support.

I'll get more into that soon. What I really want to say is thank you. After a particularly rough night I logged into facebook and then into blogger and checked over 100 messages of love and support.

Andrea wrote this and I think it just about sums it all up. "I am so, so happy for the three of you, and for your parents. I'm sure there are two grandma's who are madly in love. : )

There are also a lot of blogging ladies in love too, and when I stop to think about how much love is being sent out to this newest entrant of life, from all over the world, well it just blows me away. I don't think anyone could have come into this world with more love, tripping over love, for him."

There, I'm crying again.


When we got back home on Tuesday we checked the mail and found this!

Alex, our nephew, was given an assignment at school. He had to write a letter that included the date, greeting, message and closing salutation (not shown).

This is definitely going in the baby book, can it be any sweeter? It's just another testament to how lucky we are.

Thank you all for being my support system. We are so very blessed.


Baby boy, you are already a part of so many people's lives.

May you always know how very loved you are.


  1. Congratulations on the arrival of your new baby! Blessings to all of you! xox (Visiting from Rural Revival)

  2. Gonna be okay sweetie... it gets better and the stress will be forgotten. I have to throw in 2 cents though... don't ignore the baby blues. Postpartum depression is very real, and can be really awful, though it does end. If it gets rough, talk to your doc right away. LOTS AND LOTS of women go through that and you are not alone (I sure did)... it WILL get better. I double-secret-probation-extra-promise. xoxo

  3. Thanks Mimi, I was having a super hard time with the whole breastfeeding thing. I expected that I might not get anything on the cancer side but wasnt anticipating problems with the other side. I was really worried about Peanuts well being. the whole breastfeeding is way harder than I expected.

  4. You are going to do just fine my friend. And Ryder is so cute. As my Grandma Pringle would say, "He is as cute as a bug's ear." Grandma didn't always make sense but the sentiment was clear.

  5. Awww, Hugs! It's hard figuring out how to care for a little one at first and you feel like it all falls to you. Breastfeeding is the hardest job I ever had and the most rewarding. I hope it goes more smoothly and there is great support with La Leche League and Lactation consultants. Hugs!

  6. {hugs} This brings back so many memories of the PPD I had with my first. It is rough. But it will all be okay. One thing I learned was that I knew more than I gave myself credit for. But those hormones do wacky things to you...and if you're bF'ing it adds a whole new dimension of anxiety when you're soley responsible for your babies nutrition. I had a hard time for a month with Q. Hang in there, after the first few weeks things start getting easier. Get lots of naps, and take a vitamin B complex. You can do this!

  7. A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for.
    Author Unknown

    Diaper backward spells repaid. Think about it.
    Marshall McLuhan

    Enjoy today with Ryder and don't forget to nap when he does! Hugs from Kansas

  8. What a sweet little face. I bet his toes are so cute too(baby feet are my favorite thing)!

    Hang in there with the ups and downs, the downs will become less and less, this is all natural. You have taken on such an important job but the best one you will ever have and I am sure you are up for it. Just get rest when you can and Hug Peanut, and kiss those toes... :-) Sending lots of Love!

  9. Oh my gosh, he has the sweetest little face! Hope you are planning on posting lots of pics. He has a few virtual grandmas out here who are probably almost as excited as his real grandmas!

  10. Oh my gosh! Can you tell I haven't been blogging lately? I didn't know you delivered already!!! Where did the time go? He is BEAUTIFUL!!!! Congrats! I can't wait to watch him grow!

  11. Sending our love to you! You are all in my prayers. luvuallbye

  12. Just take it one day at a time. If you need anything at all, please don't hesitate to ask!
    Thinking of you...

    great info regarding BF'ing.

  13. Congratulations on your new little family, you guys are definitely loved and i know your little man will always be showered with tons of life for the rest of his life :) I'm not a mom but i know that it does get stressful, but at the end of the day, looking at your blessing makes it all worth while. Take care and enjoy being a new mom! :)

  14. Ok I'm crying too. What beautiful messages. And I adore the name Ryder. It's perfect. He's such a beautiful baby, and you are all so loved. I don't even know you but I feel like we're old friends. I know I'd be insanely emotional too. Your hormones have been through so much these past 9 months. Much love and can't wait to hear Peanut's birth story!

  15. That letter from your nephew is the cutest thing ever. It makes me want to cry it's so sweet. I hope today is a better day for you. You guys are in my prayers. Jenn and I want to visit soon. We can't wait to meet peanut.

  16. Precious... and seriously email, call or text me if you need to!! We can't have breakdowns! (Well, I mean ya can... just not any fun...)

    Sending you love,

  17. Your physical body has just done a marvelous work! Now, take some time to rest!

    That letter is soooo cute!

  18. Would it help you to hear that I had a really hard time adjusting after my first baby was born? Everything just seemed so, so hard to deal with and it was such a drastic life change. If you need someone to talk to or vent to, email me any time!

  19. Congratulations!! He's so precious and insanely cute! I'm feeling for ya...those first couple of weeks are both amazing and down right hard. I hope you're sleeping every chance you get too. Being well rested makes things a little easier to deal with.
    I can't wait to read about his birth story and I'm praying for you and your sweet little baby B (I see a lot of his daddy in him!)
    ☺ Celeste

  20. Everyone has ups and downs so please be very patient with yourself and don't forget your body went through an enormous traumatic experience no matter how happy it made you. Your emotions are out of whack too as your body re-adjusts to non-preg status. I'm sure you know all this already but it doesn't hurt to hear again that this time is joyous, yes, but also a very difficult adjustment for all. Just take it one minute at a time and please get all the rest you can. That saying that when baby sleeps, mom should sleep is a good one.

    And yes, breast feeding isn't always the breeze some people claim. Another place that you just have to be patient and do the best you can. It will all work out.


  21. Oh sweetie there is no "how to" guide for those first few weeks. It really is trying on so many levels. You are physically spent...the body's going through all kinds of stuff on every end and then the sweet little babe...needs every thing you can possible give. It's overwhelming! I remember feeling like our life was over. Thankfully after the initial adjustment things do figure themselves out and it becomes your new life as you know it.

    I know beyond a shadow of a doubt you are gonna be awesome and that little peanut is just going to bless everyone's socks off. He already is. I could just eat him up:)

    **Oh and if the stress is with breastfeeding I can't relate. I opted out. Lots of guilt associated with it, but I knew it wasn't for me. To each his own. That's the first thing you figure out right away. You have to do what is right for YOUR family:) Happy night sweet friend.

  22. Nothing prepares you for the realities of having a baby. The joys or the challenges! All you have to think about right now is taking care of that precious boy and taking care of yourself, so that you'll be strong for him. And know that B is there to help you every step of the way. It's natural to feel a bit overwhelmed and foggy right now. It doesn't last forever. Promise!

  23. You are in my thoughts and prayers ...

    Peanut is absolutely gorgeous. You all look amazing!

    Hang in there my girl!

  24. Congratulations!! He is absolutely beautiful. Ugh the first weeks are HARD. Breastfeeding is such a huge learning process for mama and baby, that and all the rest :) Whatever you do - try to get out of the house every day xxx

  25. What a beautiful little face he has - so many congratulations! I remember sheer panic when I had to look after this new life, but it does get easier. Don't be too harsh with yourself, you will evolve in your understanding of him, day by day. xx

  26. I feel like I could look at his face forever! He is just so beautiful. hang in there, momma. I remember those stressful first days/weeks. Your emotions are up and down like never before in your life, and with less sleep it becomes overwhelming. Add to that, your body is trying to heal itself all the while produce food for another human being who may or may not want to latch on! I'm saying a prayer for you!

  27. Hey, I just saw your comment above. Breastfeeding is so wonderful and if it can be worked out, it's so awesome, but good Lord there is zero shame in formula!!! GOD BLESS FORMULA!!!!

  28. Yes, you are so very, very blessed. But, it is your loving, generous heart that draws everyone to you.

  29. I know you have already received a lot of encouragement and stuff...I hope a little more is okay! I thought the transition from no babies to one baby was the hardest! I was very excited about having a baby, and even worked as a babysitter (full-time) for a couple of years before I had her. I watched babies from 3 months old all the way to kids who were six years old. But at the end of the day, I got to go home, shower, watch TV, stay up late...DO MY OWN THING. I had no idea what it was like to be a parent! You can't know until you do it. And it is a hard job. I had a hard time breastfeeding, too, and all of the books and nurse nazis say,"If you do it right, it doesn't hurt!" (read that in a very annoying sing-song voice) It's just not true. It hurt so badly, and I was doing it right, and it just took time before I toughened up, if you know what I mean. I cried in the shower almost every time I was in there. I felt so overwhelmed and like I didn't have a clue what I was doing! We made it through, though, and not that I don't still struggle all the time with parenting (there are always new issues popping up! ha!) but...I look back on those first days and think,"I should have smelled that sweet head more!" :) They are precious days, even though they are so difficult a lot of the time. I'm glad you have such a strong support crew! I hope things get better on the nursing front, but if they don't isn't it amazing and wonderful that there is formula?!
    B looks so comfortable in that first picture, like he was made for this. I remember my husband being that way...he just always seemed to know what to do with our first. He would coo and talk to her, and play silly games with her even when she was super tiny! I was jealous in a way, because I didn't feel as comfy. I grew into it a bit. I hope that you are definitely able to communicate to someone or more than one someone when things are tough, and about your feelings. :) It helps so much to be able to get them out!
    And I don't think I ever said this, but I really love your blog these days, the background and all.

  30. Oh, I remember those first days. And I know you know it is all soooo worth it. Here is one thing to keep in mind: you know how much you love him now and how full your heart feels-- it's a drop in the bucket. Love grows and grows and grows!

  31. He is beautiful. It will be rough for a while but you will make it through. Don't be to hard on yourself and take it easy. I said these words the whole time that Caden was little...this to shall pass.


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