Mini Cooper 3, I know what you bring

The experience I am having pregnant the third time around is different than the first two, primarily because I have two wonderfully active boys at my heels. 

But I think of you often throughout the day, minicooper 3, wondering if God made you a boy or girl. 

I ponder names for you quietly as my day goes by, and sometimes your daddy makes comments about what he thinks about the whole thing – about how he’s excited, and if you’re a boy “I’ve got this,” and if you’re a girl “I don’t know what to expect but I’ll be excited”. And often your big brothers already run up to give my tummy a random kiss throughout the day, especially your oldest brother, Micah. Kade just copies Micah, and I try to tell him there’s a baby in there, knowing he’s far too young to understand that means sharing mommy and daddy’s attention.

You make me feel blessed and happy, and excited to see our family grow! I welcome the sleepless nights and newborn snuggles, soft skin and poopie diapers. Because I know what you bring. 

You bring a way to make our hearts grow even bigger, and our love to become deeper, and our commitment to being selfless parents more whole. God says a man whose quiver is full of children is blessed. Large families seem strange in busy cities today, however you will know what it’s like to live in a house bustling with real life, activity, sacrifice, and people who love each other.

I pray you are a confident follower of Christ, that you know who you are, and who God made you to be. I pray you’re a voracious learner, and your appetite for truth is insatiable. I hope you’re a natural pray-er, and that you grow up thinking talking with God is normal. I pray you show a gentle demonstration of God’s love to people around you, but you’re brave and deep. I pray you develop the right skills at the right time, and you acknowledge and use your gifts and talents wisely. And I pray that our family embraces your unique personality to the fullest, that you learn to have a humble heart, a good attitude, be a good steward, and laugh a lot bringing full measures of joy to those around you. Amen.

MiniCooper #3!

We are thrilled to announce God’s major blessing to us! Our 3rd baby is due in January 2017. We will be able to find out the gender in about 10 weeks, yay!

Micah actually helped me read the pregnancy test, and earlier that day he was asking me why he doesn’t have a sister yet (obviously his preference, since he’s been begging me for a sister for over half a year). He wanted to come to hear the baby’s heart beat today. He said “this is so cool” when he watched the screen. At this point, 7 weeks and 3 days, the baby is still attached to a yolk sac, and is just over 1cm from head to rump, about the size of a sweet pea. He or she won’t have mobility until about 9 weeks.

After the ultrasound Micah and I went on a lunch date to celebrate. Micah got to hold a lobster. We had fun!

Kade, who will be 2 years old in August, really doesn’t know what’s going on… and he doesn’t love when I hold other babies, so he has some sharing to learn!

We are grateful to have been able to get into an ultrasound here so quickly before the move, for accurate dating and to confirm a heartbeat. The start of another life is just so wonderful! We feel blessed, to say the least!

Depending on when MiniCooper #3 arrives, Kade will be 2 years 5 months old when this baby is born, and Micah will be 5 years 2 months old.

Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him. Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior’s hands. How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them! He will not be put to shame when he confronts his accusers at the city gates.” Psalm 127:3-5