A Peek Into the Past Two Weeks

Well, it’s absolutely been an eventful 2 weeks! If you missed out on the news, child Micah was born June 20 — my most convenient and fastest birth! So lots of prayers were responded to with his birth and I’m so grateful!

The shift from 5 kids to 6 kids and my healing have actually both gone incredibly well. In reality, aside from being more exhausted than normal (which is really anticipated for having a newborn plus an infant and a young child — and 3 teenagers!), I’m feeling near totally recuperated!

Jesse left about 5 hours after Micah was born since Silas had a long-awaited baseball competition in Destin, FL. He took D and Kaitlynn with him, too. So it was simply me, Kathrynne, Kierstyn, and Micah here for the very first 5 days.

Kathrynne did such a terrific task balancing looking after me, Kierstyn, and Micah — and running errands/manning your home, too!

She is absolutely in love with her little bro and continuously wishes to hold him and aid with him and make certain he’s all right!

Headed house from the health center!

It’s quite insane to have a newborn and have your earliest child driving you house from the health center!

Meanwhile in Florida, D enjoyed the water! We missed him a lot back house and FaceTimed numerous times a day to get to speak to him and see his smile and hear his laugh. Jesse stated he was a dream child on the journey however (which I’m not amazed by!) He never ever got up during the night and never ever wept as soon as the whole journey. Truly, he is the most convenient and sweetest kid ever!

Right after we got house from the health center.

One of the very best parts of having older kids and littles at the very same time is just how much the older ones delight in the kids. They were SO thrilled for Micah to be born and I’m delighted that I have the ability to nurse him, since I may not get to hold him much otherwise!

D viewing among the lots of baseball video games in FL. Silas’ group wound up making it to the semi-finals — out of 24 groups!

Kathrynne returned to deal with Friday, so I flew solo with these 2… and it went quite well total!

But we were so pleased for Jesse, Silas, Kaitlynn, and D to make it back early Saturday early morning. Well, Micah wasn’t rather sure what he believed! 😉

I was particularly pleased for this young boy to be house. Oh how I missed him!!

If you keep in mind with Kierstyn, I had a truly, truly tough time with nursing/low supply — primarily due to the reality that she truly had problem with latching/sucking from the start. After weeks and weeks of effort and attempting all the important things, we wound up requiring to supplement. I had totally ready myself that would most likely hold true once again this time, however Micah has actually been nursing like a champ… therefore I’ve had method more supply. In reality, I’ve had the ability to pump additional and freeze some every day — something I’ve never ever had the ability to do prior to!!

“How are you doing?” Someone near me asked me truthfully a couple of days back. And my sincere response was: “Really well, but I feel like I’m treading water and definitely haven’t found my groove with 6 kids yet.”

Having 3 littles implies somebody constantly requires their diaper altered, somebody constantly requires to be fed or nursed (or requires a treat), and somebody constantly wishes to be held.

And then you include 3 teenagers who require to be driven locations, likewise require to be fed (gratefully, they are excellent at taking care of themselves!), and who require great deals of conversations/encouragement… and well, our days are complete and we’re still discovering a rhythm here.

BUT, yes, my days may be complete, however my heart is fuller.

This life is a present — all of it.

I browse and see a lot charm. So much happiness. So much goodness.

I enjoy the laughter as our kids engage with each other. I see the compassion and gentleness as the older ones enjoy on the more youthful ones. I see Kierstyn being a little mother to Micah. I see D knowing and growing and bringing a lot sunlight to our lives.

I see God’s arrangement for me every day. He provides me pockets of time every day to charge. He provides me sleep when I require it most. He multiplies my energy when I’m tired.

I get to tangibly experience His loyalty as He provides me precisely what I require to do what He’s called me to each day.

Each day is a present and I wouldn’t trade this season for anything. We’ll ultimately discover our groove. For now, I’m simply taking one hour at a time and looking for to trust God’s loyalty to provide me what I require for that hour… and He is constantly loyal! ❤️

I was feeling so great one week postpartum that I’ve begun to leave your home a bit every day — which has actually been truly helpful for my psychological health!

Every time when I get D out of the bath, he keeps me and simply snuggles with me like this for a minimum of a couple of minutes. It’s the sweetest!

Happy 15th birthday, Kaitlynn! You are among the most imaginative, quick-witted, thoughtful individuals I understand. Your sarcasm and sass keeps us in stitches and on our toes. You likewise assist keep all of us notified on all the most recent news on practically whatever culturally — I have no concept how you maintain however I’m so delighted you do so I don’t need to!

We’ve seen a lot maturity in you this previous year as you’ve browsed some tight spots, stood alone, made God-honoring options in the face of peer pressure, and gotten up truly early nearly every early morning in order to make the 40-minute drive to ice skating practice/lessons prior to school.

I’ve enjoyed viewing you and Kathrynne end up being such buddies this year and I’ve likewise enjoyed all of the dates we’ve had together — even if you’ve sort of quit on me ever having excellent tastes in clothing and shoes.

It was unique to have at Micah’s birth today — and the photos you took of right as he was born are ones I will value permanently!

You have actually done so much this previous year to aid with Kierstyn and D and your enjoyment over having another little bro to enjoy and put into was such an aid to me on the difficult pregnancy days.

God has huge things in shop for your future! Keep looking for Him and being so deliberate in how you live your life, who you surround yourself with, and the choices you make. We are basing on the sidelines cheering you on as you continue to step more detailed and more detailed to the adult years!

We enjoy you, Kaitlynn!


A news media journalist always on the go, I've been published in major publications including VICE, The Atlantic, and TIME.

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