Up All Night // Beckham’s First Check-Up

Our first night home with baby #4.  I think Landon and I both felt like “first time” parents.  It was definitely a very hilarious night and I thought I was going to “bust a stitch” laughing at ourselves.  I get pretty loopy on narcotics, so I stuck with tylenol/ibuprofin for my recovery process after surgery.  I don’t know if it would have made a difference now that I think about it, because I have pretty much lost my mind. 🙂 Just a few funnies from the first night…

Sponge Bath // We decided Beckham needed a sponge bath.  We get him all settled into the baby bath, and Landon asks for a baby washcloth.  What?!?  You need those for babies….pretty sure I didn’t buy any of those this time around.  We used wipes since that was the softest towel we had on hand.  Then he asked for a baby towel.  Oh…yeah…I’m not sure where one is right now, and if I find one it is going to be pink.  Sorry Beckham.

Not so silent night // We were both so exhausted and ready to head into bed.  Beckham has been eating on a 2 1/2 – 3 hour schedule pretty regularly.   So that night, he decided to wake up every 30 minutes.  Like he was starvin’ marvin’.  Where’s the newborn nursery?!? I fell asleep sitting up in bed with all the lights on.  I woke up to Landon standing at the end of the bed and he said in all seriousness….”We have a newborn. What are we going to do?” Then we busted out hysterically laughing.  How easily you forget about those first few weeks (thanks to sleep deprivation).  We “woke up” in a huge fog.  At least we were laughing instead of crying.  🙂  How can you do anything but smile at that sweet, sleepy face?

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This morning was Beckham’s first Doctor’s Appointment.  I also forgot how crazy it was getting feedings timed just right in order to be somewhere on time.  It was also 18 degrees outside when we were getting ready.  I threw on some leggings and a new shirt which I “thought” was long enough, if you know what I mean.  It was borderline. I frantically searched through drawers filled with maternity pants.  Not going to happen.  I was probably that person people write about on “what not to wear blogs”.  ha ha ha.

I was so proud of myself for remembering my diaper bag.  I just knew Beckham would poop when we got there.  Right before the doctor came in, he had a major stinky diaper.  I grabbed my wipes case and diaper…opened the wipes case and I hadn’t filled it!  lol.  I had to go and ask Katie (the nurse, thankfully a friend from church!) for wipes, and some vaseline/gauze for a diaper change.  Yep.  Several funnies were brought up while we were talking with his Doctor. I was bringing up the whooping cough vaccine, when he thought I was talking about a Whoopee cushion.  Landon’s response…”yes she has a whoopee cushion in her bag, but no baby wipes”. Who knew going for a check up could be so much fun. I’m currently planted on the couch trying to recover from all the giggling.

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Everything looked great at his check up.  We love his Doctor and his staff!  We have been blessed with such great people in every area of our lives!  I’m thankful for all those that invest in our children’s lives!

We’ve got some great memories…if I don’t blog about them, I will forget them (like everything else)!  🙂

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Beckham Andrew

Beckham Andrew
photography by John Barnett Photography

We met our sweet son Beckham Andrew Friday, November 22nd at 7:37 a.m.  He is perfect.  We are in love.  I am smitten.

We arrived to the hospital at 5:45 a.m. on a very cold Oklahoma morning.  I slept maybe an hour over the course of the night…I was pretty anxious about the surgery.  Before they took me back, our Doctor came in and prayed with us. I felt God’s comfort immediately.  I went into the surgery room at 7 a.m. and my sweet Doctor held me while I got my spinal, and made sure I was as comfortable and warm as possible.  Landon came into the room around 7:30, and I was so relieved to have my best friend by my side.  He held my hand, wiped my tears, and at 7:37 Beckham was born.  When then lifted him above the curtain, my heart melted.  All the long months, all the hard days, all the times I felt like I was physically at the end of myself…every minute was worth it when I saw his sweet face.  He was 7 pounds 7 ounces, and 20 inches long!  He looks just like big sister Brooke!

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We are so thankful to God for such a beautiful blessing!  He has blessed us with four beautiful children.  Our lives are not easy, but He is teaching us so much throughout our journey as parents.  I’m thankful for the prayers and support from family, friends and our church family throughout the last couple months as well!  I have been so overwhelmed by the love and encouragement that has been poured upon our family.  I had so many texts/calls/emails/posts with verses, prayers, encouragement and congratulations last week.  My heart is so full, and I am so thankful!

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Our time in the hospital was so sweet.  It was such a different experience after having the twins…we had to share holding Beckham.  The hardest part for us was being away from the girls.  My parents were amazing and brought them up to the hospital twice a day to see us.   They are in love with their little brother just like I knew they would be.  It’s so good to be back home together as a family!  Recovery is going a little harder than my first section with the girls.  I am trying to take it as easy as possible, and let people help and do things for me.

Our first night home was kind of a disaster…but it was something to laugh about and most definitely something I will write about soon!! 🙂

Baby Bump Update – 39 Weeks

Well, we made it to 39 weeks!!!  This is the farthest (and most uncomfortable) I have been in my history of pregnancies!  Brooke was born at 38.5, and the twins were born at 36.5 weeks.  I’m so thankful that he is still baking, and that I can enjoy his movements the next couple days…his little cheeks will be nice and chubby when I kiss them on FRIDAY!!!!

photo credit // Sara Eaton Photography
photo credit // Sara Eaton Photography

Baby Beckham – Approximately 7.25 lb and 20 inches

Stretch marks – Yeppers.

Memory Loss – Horrible.  I have to use icloud to “call” my phone at least once a day.  I also was prescribed a sleeping aid to help my insomnia.  Medicine has strange effects on me, so I have only been taking half a pill to get some rest this week.  I really should take it while I am lying in bed, but last night I took it and then decided to pluck my eyebrows.  Because I have really bad eyesight (and the effects of the medicine), I leaned up to get a closer look and BAM.  Don’t tell Landon.

Favorite moment this week – Sunday was our six year anniversary….my favorite moment was waking up on Sunday realizing I was going to have a baby with my best friend THIS WEEK!!!  We have been anticipating this moment for so long!

Movement – Still crazy (which I am trying to savor these last few days)…when I talk to him and ask him questions, he always responds the most when I ask him if he looks like Brooke.  I wish I had it on video, but then again, no one wants to see my bare belly.

Favorite Comment – “Girl, you have got the pregnant waddle BIG time.”  I really do…I’m having some severe back pain, and i’m not embarrassed one bit about my waddle 🙂
“You look like you are ready to POP!”  I’m sure I do…but it’s nothing compared to those last few weeks with the twins!

Not so Favorite Comments“Oh it’s just your fourth kid, it doesn’t matter.”  I have gotten this one a lot…referring to things that are important to me…not my favorite thing for people to say.
“You do know how babies are made, right?”  Not. Funny.

Food cravings – Not much.  I haven’t had much of an appetite this week…I think it’s the lack of room in my belly right now.  I am down to eating about 12 small snacks a day.  

Maternity Clothes– I of course still have to wear maternity pants, but I’ve given up on my two shirts. I got bored.  So I’ve been wearing fleeces and t-shirts that are almost too short.

Have you started to show yet – Beckham definitely sticks “out” more than the girls did.  People always tell me I don’t look that far along while talking to me…then I turn to the side, and they say “Oh…..I see it now!“.  LOVE IT!

Gender– Still a boy – I hope so because if not, she will be wearing the cutest boy clothes I have ever seen.  🙂

Belly Button in or out-  Oh boy, I don’t know if it will ever return to normal.  

Sister Sayings
“Beckham, COME OUT NOW!  Please, come out!!”  -repeated/sung throughout Target by Lily
“Beckham is trying to come out of there.” -Lily as she points to my bellybutton (she is really excited)

(me) Why are you sitting on your baby?
“Because that’s how Beckham is going to come out” – Lauren.  WHO TOLD HER THAT?!?

“Does your bellybutton hurt – it looks like a boo-boo.  Yikes. ” -Brooke

Six Years of Wedded Bliss & Our Weekend

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Anniversary “recap”

Day 1 // We got married.  It was a beautiful day for the middle of November here in Oklahoma.  Yesterday the weather was exactly like it was 6 years ago….sunny, warm and beautiful….but even better because we spent it with three little girls.

Year 1 // We celebrated our first year of marriage with our sweet little “honeymoon” baby.  

Year 2 // We found out on this day that there were TWO heartbeats…we would be expecting twins the following June.  Pretty sure that’s all we talked about our entire dinner at the Melting Pot.  

Year 3 // The twins were born in June, and this was our first date since their birth…it’s amazing how fast five months will fly by with two newborn babies.  We went to P.F. Changs, then ate Wendy’s frostys in the car for dessert.  And it was perfect.

Year 4 // Texas Road House then a selfie on our back porch. Our dates are never extravagant.  We are just happy to eat in peace.  

Year 5 //  We went to Branson for a weekend getaway, but came home early because we were “lost” without our children.  What can I say…we are major homebodies.  

Year 6 // We went to Osaka and Buy Buy Baby.  We talked about how slow the last year has gone for us in the midst of everything that has happened, but how GOOD God has been to us.  I’ll take slow over fast any day!

We celebrated our anniversary earlier in the week, knowing this was our last weekend with the girls before we all meet Beckham.  We really wanted to do something special with the girls, but we were slightly limited with how I was feeling.  We took them to Texas Roadhouse to fill up on rolls and peanuts, then we headed to Target to raid the dollar section. They picked out items for a special “Hospital Survival Kit” to give them some activities to do when they visit the hospital.  We went home and our split a bag of M&M’s for dessert.  It was simple, but memorable!

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Sunday was our official anniversary – I flew solo in the morning as usual, and we “splurged” and went to McAllister’s for lunch!  Do you know they have $.99 kids meals now for dine-in?  What an awesome deal.  I took a nap with the girls, then Landon took them out to enjoy the beautiful weather while I cleaned the house.  We spent our evening with our small group at church.  As always, it was such a blessing – I’m so thankful for the friendships from our group and the excitement they share in welcoming Beckham this week!  I have been so amazed by the prayers and encouragement they have brought to our family!!!  It was the perfect weekend!

We are looking forward to a very exciting week!  I can’t believe we are finally going to meet our sweet little boy this week!

 

Banana Pudding Poke Cake

Happy Saturday!  We had plans to “sleep in” our last Saturday before baby….I’ve been to Wal-Mart already and Landon is working in his office. It’s 6:45. Who can sleep when there is so much to do?!?  I’m waiting for the girls to wake up, so I thought I would share this recipe.  I was asked to bring dessert to a friends house last night, and I wanted to make something I haven’t made before.  I had some extra batter from a cupcake order, so I used it to make this delicious banana poke cake!  I’m not a huge cake fan, but I LOVE banana pudding, and this was the perfect blend of flavors!

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Banana Pudding Poke Cake
Recipe from The Country Cook

Ingredients:
1 box yellow cake mix (i used a homemade vanilla cake)
ingredients to make the cake (eggs, oil, water)
2 (3.4 oz.) packages of instant (not cooke and serve) banana pudding
4 cups milk
1 tub Cool Whip, Thawed
20 vanilla wafers, crushed
Bananas/Wafers for decorating (optional)

Instructions:
Prepare the cake mix according to the package for a 9×13 cake.  Allow the cake to cool for a few minutes after removing from the oven.  Grab a wooden spoon handle, or something similar to poke holes all the way to the bottom of the cake.

In a bowl, whisk together the pudding and the milk.  Stir until all the lumps are gone.  Allow the pudding to sit for about 2 minutes until it is slightly thickened, but easily pourable. Pour over the cake, making sure to get into the holes as much as possible.  Spread the pudding on the cake using a spoon to gently push the pudding into the holes.

Put the cake in the fridge to set and cool.  Once the cake has cooled, spread the cool whip on top.  Top with crushed wafers.  I saved this step until right before serving so the topping would stay crunchy!

ENJOY and have a wonderful weekend!

Family Photos and Priceless Memories

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My beautiful and talented friend Sara took some family photos of us this last weekend.  If you live locally, I would highly recommend her as a photographer.  She is VERY talented, and great with kids.  I’m so thankful for these memories.  These photos are so special to me for so many reasons…

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Landon and I are getting ready to celebrate six years together on Sunday.  Six years…four children…lots of laughs…many tears.  This last year has been trying for our family in so many ways.  Physically, financially, emotionally and spiritually.  When we found out we were expecting again, we were both in utter shock.  With my history of very difficult pregnancies, and three girls under the age four, I honestly didn’t know how I was going to make it through 40 weeks of pregnancy.  I was excited, but very nervous at what the rest of the year would hold for us.  As always, God has proven his faithfulness to our family.  He has provided everything that we have needed.  He led us to a new church family that has encouraged our spiritual growth in an amazing way.  He has given us a support system that has helped care for our children in times of need, share our excitement in expecting a little one, as well as encourage us as parents.  He led us to a small group, where in a very short time we already feel like they are family to us.  He helped me through each day….even when I didn’t think I could take care of my children….much less myself.  He reminded me over, and over again….that HE IS GOOD.

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I’m so thankful for each precious blessing that He has given to us.  We have three beautiful girls, and a sweet baby boy we are looking forward to meeting next week.  Like I have said before, I never anticipated the love these girls would have for someone they have never seen.  They are truly excited about meeting their little brother.

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I have a truly amazing husband who has seen my best…and my worst.  He has loved me in sickness…and in health.  He has been such an example to me spiritually….I’m so thankful for God’s goodness in giving me such an amazing and Godly husband.

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Our family is about to change one last time…adding our sweet little Beckham.  Every hardship through these last 9 months have been completely worth it already.  I know that I will easily forget how hard it was physically as soon as I see his face as I have in the past.  Something I will not forget, is how much I have learned about God through this year.  About His love, grace, forgiveness and goodness to our family.

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I am convinced that every time I look at these photos, I will remember how much God has blessed us through trials, the anticipation of meeting another precious little one, and the overwhelming love and excitement of three beautiful little girls.

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// all photos taken by Sara Eaton Photography //

A Few Fall Photos & Crock Pot Beef Sandwiches

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I can’t believe it is already November!  We have throughly been enjoying lots of family time.  I did manage to get a few photos of the girls at the park one day.  It seems like fall in Oklahoma lasts only for a couple weeks!

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I wanted to share this crock pot recipe.  The flavors were amazing, and our home smelled like the Melting Pot ALL day long.  It was wonderful.  The crock pot, freezer meals and pizza rolls have been lifesavers for me these last few weeks.

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Here’s a great recipe for Crock Pot Roast Beef Sandwiches.  The Pot Roast was on sale at target, so I snatched one up, and found this recipe over at How Sweet Eats.  I am not huge fan of red meat, but I loved the flavor of this dish!  Next time, I think I will use a raspberry beer, but it is definitely going to be regular recipe over here.  I served it on toasted french bread with these Mashed Potato Waffles. I froze the leftovers to use on baked potatoes and nachos!  Hope you enjoy!

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar & Garlic Pulled Pot Roast Sandwiches
Recipe from How Sweet Eats

Ingredients:
4 pound beef pot roast
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon smoked paprika (i only had regular paprika on hand)
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/3 cup brown sugar
8-10 ounces beer
2 heads of roasted garlic (I used regular minced garlic)
Your favorite buns or rolls for serving

Instructions:
Sprinkle the pot roast with the salt, pepper, paprika and onion powder, minced garlic (if not roasting) and place in the crockpot.  Cover the top with the brown sugar, add the beer, and cook on low for 8 hours.  Go here to see her instructions on roasting the garlic (you will add that in at the end of the 8 hours).

At the end of the cooking time, shred the beef.  It will be so tender, you will only need a fork or tongs to pull it apart.  Remove any fat. If using the roasted garlic, add this now, then cover and cook for an additional 30 minutes to incorporate all the flavors and liquid.

ENJOY!!!