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Levi & Jake, August 2014

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  • August 31, 2014 - 7:50 am

    Madison - Aw, both boys are SO cute! Jake is precious. I have been reading since before Cora’s passing, and I just love your family. I grew up on a farm before my parents divorced, so your posts with Joel and the boys bring back memories. I LOVE looking at your crafty/decorative projects, too!ReplyCancel

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  • September 2, 2014 - 11:09 am

    Mary Ann - Oh my….such beautiful photos of Levi and his little brothers. Levi will be a very very good big brother. What a joy they must be to you and your husband. Adorable!!ReplyCancel

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So Jake is officially one month old…actually six weeks old today. I’m sure the other two boys had several blog posts by now documenting all the excitement the first month with a baby brings. Poor Jake is going to have to be satisfied with one post summarizing the whole month because I just can’t keep up. Fourth child problems. This post is very random so lets just start here…

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Jake’s first visitors at the hospital were my sister and Joel’s brother and sister-in-law (who happened to be here from China…yay!). Since Jake was born at 11:30 at night, everyone else waited until the next day to come. But these three were hard core and waited up to greet their new nephew at 1am. Everything happened so fast that I didn’t even think to take pictures of Jake’s visitors…so these happened later…obviously.

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James and Liz cleaned our house for us while we were in the hospital. I was SO thankful. If you remember, Joel wouldn’t let me stay and clean the house. For some reason he thought I needed to get to the hospital to have the baby. Haha. The house was a mess, so it was such a great surprise to come home and find it clean. And Liz left this awesome sign to greet us. I love it.

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My in-laws watched the boys while we were in the hospital. They are pretty great! The boys were excited about their baby being born but I think they were even more excited to spend the night at Bammy and Papa’s house. I of course didn’t take a picture of them with Jake in the hospital either.

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My mom booked her flight to come see the babies ahead of time. I thought there was no way I would go more than a week ahead of my due date. I was wrong. She was so sad not to be here when Jake was born. He was born on Wednesday and she got here late Saturday night. We were so glad to see her! She spoiled the boys and I was so, so thankful for the extra help. Come back soon mom!

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I don’t know if I ever said anything on the blog, but my sister and I were due two days apart. She was due first. So she was a little mad at me when I had Jake so early and she had to wait. It was worth the wait though. Eight days after Jake was born, his cousin Lizzy arrived. My mom didn’t miss that one!

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My dad flew in for the weekend after Lizzy came too. Here they are with all the grandkids.

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This was my first attempt at a brother picture. No one looked at the camera, but they are still cute. And look how tiny Jake was!

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I won’t tell you when we finally got around to giving Jake his first bath. I’m pretty sure we gave Cora baths every night religiously. Jake, not so much. Sorry, buddy. I don’t get a shower in very often either if it makes you feel better.;)

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Everyone helped. We always have a lot of helpers around here.

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Before and after. All squeaky clean.

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This past month Jake has done a lot of sleeping. And we all watch him and talk about how cute he is.

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The boys want to hold Jake all the time. They talk about how cute he is and tell Jake that he is their best buddy. I hope the three of them are always best buddies.

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The boys are always driving their cars on Jake or bringing him toys. They take good care of their baby brother.

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Hi Jakey. Your cheeks get bigger everyday.

 

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I could hold this sweet boy all day long. Too bad their are other things to do like dishes and laundry. Such a bummer.

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And lastly, in this very long and random post, a few pics from Instagram. I am @jessmcclenahan if you want to follow along our everyday. It is pretty crazy around here with three boys but pretty awesome too. I wouldn’t change a thing!

And that was our first month with Jake.

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  • August 28, 2014 - 8:34 am

    Mary Ann - Sweetness…pure sweetness. Beautiful family….beautiful Jake!! So glad he is doing well and you look fabulous. Happy Happy Joy Joy!! Congrats mommaReplyCancel

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  • August 28, 2014 - 8:47 am

    Molly - such a sweet first month! he is beautiful! and the big brothers are too! our 4th baby is due in january and we just found out it’s a boy. he will have three big sisters. so, i am kind of soaking up all your baby boy pictures. its funny how it just feels so different with a boy on the way. take care!ReplyCancel

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  • August 28, 2014 - 9:46 am

    Mallory - Lovely. Your boys are so precious. How did you pick Jake’s name?ReplyCancel

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  • August 28, 2014 - 12:05 pm

    Lori - So precious! All your kids are just beautiful…just like their mama! Miss you and hope I get to meet Jake in person one of these days! ReplyCancel

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  • August 28, 2014 - 12:19 pm

    Natalie - Precious pictures of Jake’s first month! He is a beautiful mix of all your children!ReplyCancel

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  • August 28, 2014 - 7:53 pm

    Lea - Awe, such a little sweetheart and it’s totally understandable that you have not had time to be blogging. But, sure enjoyed seeing these pics of the first month. Blessings!ReplyCancel

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  • August 29, 2014 - 11:16 am

    Nirupama - What a precious baby boy!! Love how you meticulously documented his first few weeks. I just had my third baby a few months ago and I’m pretty sure I haven’t written anything near this cute :) ReplyCancel

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  • September 2, 2014 - 12:40 am

    Rachel James - Congratulations Jess! So excited for you and your precious growing family! Many blessings to you!ReplyCancel

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  • September 2, 2014 - 3:54 am

    leiah - I comfort myself with the bath thing, because my baby girl has eczema. The doctor and dematologist say that a bath every 4/5 days is ok. NOT every day :) Such a releif!ReplyCancel

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  • September 2, 2014 - 1:29 pm

    Roianne - Love seeing all the pictures of your boys! Such a blessing :) ReplyCancel

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I was a little nervous about how my big boys would react to bringing a new baby home. When we brought Griffin home Levi didn’t talk to me for about two weeks. He didn’t really want anything to do with me. Change is hard for that sweet boy. And Griffin, well, let’s just say he is a major mama’s boy and strong willed too. I wasn’t sure how that combination would play out when he realized he wasn’t the baby anymore.

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Jake was born at 11:30 at night so it wasn’t until the next day that the boys came to the hospital.

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We told Joel’s parents not to tell them if the baby was a boy or girl, so all they knew was that their baby was here. Joel met them in the hallway and waited for a few minutes so we could get the cameras ready. He said Griffin was so impatient and kept pulling his arm and saying, “I see my baby now.”

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Griffin jumped right up on the hospital bed. He was so excited.

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He was all about holding his baby. He had told me all throughout the pregnancy that he was getting a boy baby. He was right.

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Levi went straight for his daddy and wasn’t so sure about the whole hospital thing.

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He wanted to hold Jake when Joel brought him over to the couch but he stayed very close to his daddy the whole time.

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Levi finally warmed up a little and came over to my bed when we unwrapped Jake. He was checking to see if his hand was bigger than Jake’s hand.

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While Levi and Daddy were discussing who was the biggest brother, Griffin was asking me a million questions. He was so curious about everything.

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There is something so special about seeing all your babies together for the first time as your family grows. I so wish Cora could have been standing at the end of that bed meeting Jake for the first time too. But these three boys of mine…what a precious gift they are. I’ve got a big job ahead of me and I am so thankful that the Lord is going to be walking right beside me every step of the way.

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  • August 22, 2014 - 8:01 am

    Valerie - So precious! Hope adjusting to life with 3 has been going smoothly. Congratulations again!ReplyCancel

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  • August 22, 2014 - 9:05 am

    Kim Freund - Jess, This is the sweetest post. Who took the photos? They captured some precious moments. I love seeing your family grow and hearing about your boy’s different personalities. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

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  • August 22, 2014 - 9:37 am

    Cindy - Such precious pictures and memoriesReplyCancel

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  • August 22, 2014 - 12:54 pm

    Melissa - What a beautiful post. I have been following your blog for so long now..ever since you lost your beautiful Cora. Your boys are so beautiful and are lucky to have you as their mother. I myself have a daughter and 2 sons and I love watching how my boys interact as brothers. It is truly special. :-) ReplyCancel

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  • August 22, 2014 - 2:50 pm

    Nancy - What a beautiful post!! As a mother to four boys, the bond between brothers is very special and a what a precious gift you have been given to be their mother. Enjoy this time and thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

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  • August 23, 2014 - 8:52 am

    Paige Stanfield - Sooo precious! And so similar to the pictures I have when my 3rd son was born. My oldest was almost 3 1/2 and my middle son was 20 months old. My oldest had the most awed expression when we showed him his new brother, and he cried when we told him that he couldn’t take him home right away, because we had 2 more nights to stay in the hospital. My middle som just tried to pull off the clamp that was on the baby’s umbilical cord. :) Enjoy this precious time!ReplyCancel

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  • August 23, 2014 - 9:28 am

    Jessica - So very sweet! You have the cutest family. This makes me think of our own family in just a couple months….our third boy will be arriving. Such special momentsReplyCancel

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  • August 23, 2014 - 11:43 am

    Jennalee - I wish for you that Cora could be here. I’ve thought a lot about that watching Julia interact with Jamison since they were the same age. Blessed by the realness of your heart, Jess.ReplyCancel

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  • August 23, 2014 - 8:54 pm

    Lea - Yes, your 3 boys are just precious and the Lord will indeed walk with you every step of the way. And, I have a feeling that they will grow up to be fine young men striving to do God’s will with their lives. Abundant blessings to you on this incredible journey!ReplyCancel

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  • August 23, 2014 - 10:09 pm

    Mary Ann - Oh my, Jess….those photos and your comments made tears come to my eyes. You have a beautiful family…congratulations. I too love seeing your family grow. What a joy it must be to have your children in your life. Your Cora will always be remembered and never forgotten…for the love never ends. Your boys are so precious. Thanks for sharing a bit of your life with all of us.ReplyCancel

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  • August 24, 2014 - 10:53 pm

    Lara H. - Such beautiful pictures and what wonderful memories! I know without a doubt that Cora was there. She was watching and loving the moments you were sharing. I know that she kissed sweet Jake goodbye as he left her to be with you guys. I’ve been reading your blog since she passed and it has been so wonderful watching your family grown! Congrats!ReplyCancel

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  • August 25, 2014 - 9:08 am

    Mary Ann - P.S. I really love Jake’s little hat….so cute. Did you make it or was it a gift from someone else. Very nice.ReplyCancel

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  • August 27, 2014 - 7:36 pm

    Brandi W. - Such a sweet post! I’ve been following your blog for years! Congrats on your newest addition.ReplyCancel

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  • August 31, 2014 - 7:59 am

    Madison - This was the sweetest post! The pictures are priceless! I especially love Levi’s hand up against Jake’s. It will be interesting to see what kind of personality Jake has. With three boys, there will never be a dull moment! I have two nephews, so I kind of know.ReplyCancel

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I have so much to tell you about Jake and I am getting so far behind. I guess that is what happens when you have three kids. And what happens when you have a newborn and both of your older boys get hand, foot, and mouth (yes they did…but we won’t talk about that). Last week was all about surviving….and unfortunately not about sleeping at all. And survive we did thanks to some extra grace and patience from the Lord…and a lot of movies too. I am still working on catching up on my sleep though. I have a feeling that might not happen for awhile.

So…from where I left off in my last post

I called the hospital and told them I thought my water broke. The nurse said that I should come in but not to rush if I wanted to take a shower or something like that. So Joel took the boys over to his parents and I was trying to get things a little bit in order around the house. My house was a disaster and I was not prepared to have a baby at all. I still had 11 days, remember? Since I had already taken a shower that morning (a miracle!), I was trying to decide how much I could get done before we had to leave for the hospital when Joel came back and asked if I was ready to go. Apparently he was. He talked me into getting my bag packed and getting into the car. He thought it was more important to get to the hospital before he had to deliver the baby himself than it was to have a clean house. I assured him that wasn’t going to happen…but he still won. It wasn’t until after we got to the hospital that I realized I hadn’t even eaten anything since lunch. I was so hungry. I blamed that on Joel too because he made me rush out of the house…of course.;)

We got to the hospital about 7:15 that evening. By this time nothing had changed. I was still having contractions but they were about the same as they had been the prior few days. It turns out that my “did your water break” test came back negative. My doctor (who happened to be on call that night, praise the Lord!) came in to give me the results and I asked him if he was sending me home. I was just sure we weren’t going to have this baby that night. But he told me that I was dilated to a four and that I wasn’t going anywhere. I could hardly believe it. We actually were going to have this baby that night.

This was definitely my easiest delivery yet. After breaking my water, I got stuck at a four which always happens to me. After a lovely epidural and some pitocin to kick my body into gear it was time for baby! At 11:30 Joel announced that we had our third boy and we got to meet our sweet Jake.

Late that night as I sat with this brand new baby swaddled up in my arms, I was overwhelmed once again by how God continues to bring life to our family. Three boys! What a precious gift Jake Fisher is. I can hardly believe I get to be his mama.

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  • August 13, 2014 - 10:51 am

    Lisa - He is so beautiful…as is his mama. :-) ReplyCancel

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  • August 13, 2014 - 12:23 pm

    Meggie - Love all your amazing photographs! He is just precious!! And I’m pretty partial to 3 boys. There’s just nothing like them. =)ReplyCancel

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  • August 13, 2014 - 12:46 pm

    Becca - Awww, congratulations. What a sweet new addition to your family. Prayers for continued health and happiness…and much more sleep for Momma.ReplyCancel

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  • August 13, 2014 - 1:02 pm

    Jenni - He has your eyes!! What a sweetie, congrats to your whole family!

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  • August 13, 2014 - 1:10 pm

    Jennifer Tucker - Congrats! Beautiful baby! God bless!ReplyCancel

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  • August 13, 2014 - 1:40 pm

    chrissi - what a beautiful boy. God bless each of you.ReplyCancel

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  • August 13, 2014 - 2:08 pm

    Andrea - congrats Jess! He looks just like Joel!!ReplyCancel

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  • August 13, 2014 - 2:15 pm

    Alyssa - Love it all Jes, your heart…honesty and ya’lls story! Prayers for you guys! We welcome McCoy our 3rd last October and I know all the joy and exhaustion you are experiencing right now!ReplyCancel

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  • August 13, 2014 - 3:41 pm

    Megan - I just had our third last Sept (so mine are 5, 3 1/2 and 10 months now) and I know how tired you are, even without the older two being sick!!! Bless your heart. It is total survival mode but I pray you make it through with joy at the end of the hardest days and that you feel the Lord right beside you when you are feeling beat down!!!! All four of your kids are crazy cute! Jake Fisher (obsessed w/ the name!) is certainly no exception!! Thanks for the update!!ReplyCancel

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  • August 13, 2014 - 3:48 pm

    Tahnie - You are so blessed!ReplyCancel

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  • August 13, 2014 - 4:12 pm

    Leiah - He looks so sweet! You look amazing! I love all the creative hospital photographs. I wish you lots of sleep!!! The beginning is so hard. I thought it took me about a month to feel human again. Human not equal to being myself…that was months later, if ever.ReplyCancel

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  • August 13, 2014 - 4:50 pm

    Leah S. - Ahhhh! You’re making me want a baby, like, now! :) He is the sweetest!!ReplyCancel

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  • August 13, 2014 - 5:15 pm

    Kathy - Congratulations on your sweet baby boy! He’s just as precious and beautiful as all of your other babies were :) ReplyCancel

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  • August 13, 2014 - 5:28 pm

    Allison - Congrats again! He is beautiful! Do you happen to know where you got those blue pants with the feet on them?ReplyCancel

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  • August 13, 2014 - 5:50 pm

    Jackie - Awee Congrats! You both make beautiful babies, all 3 boys are precious :) ReplyCancel

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  • August 13, 2014 - 5:58 pm

    Melanie Martini - Oh Jess, he is so sweet! You and your precious family are a gift from God! <3ReplyCancel

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  • August 13, 2014 - 7:49 pm

    traci - I rarely to never comment but you all make the most GORGEOUS kids!!! Jake is the most handsome baby I have ever seen. Congratulations to your beautiful family!!!ReplyCancel

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  • August 13, 2014 - 8:28 pm

    Jane - He is just beautiful!!! Congratulations!! He looks just like you!!ReplyCancel

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  • August 13, 2014 - 8:45 pm

    Kelly - Oh Jess! He is soooo beautiful! I am eating up these pictures of him! The first bath picture!!! Swoon!!!

    My first labor was similar with me thinking (but being in great denial even though I was THREE days past my due date) that my water had broken and my husband convinced me to call my doctor and he said he would give me two hours before I had to come in. MUCH to my husband’s distress I was cleaning, organizing, packing my bag, asking him to cook me dinner and then us sit down and eat it . . . :) But hey, he didn’t deliver the baby in the car so it all worked out just fine.

    Happy newborn days!! KellyReplyCancel

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  • August 13, 2014 - 10:12 pm

    Amie - Awwwww! My heart is so full looking at these sweet pics of little Jake! Congrats to you all! Give everyone a big hug from us! I will continue to pray for more sleep:) wow do I remember those days:)
    Love to you all! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ReplyCancel

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  • August 14, 2014 - 12:40 pm

    Mary Ann - He is beautiful beyond belief. I can see bits and pieces of your other children and your and your husband in Jake. Definitely a gift from God. So happy for all of you. As the others said, I hope things get better and you get some sleep. You are one amazing mama.ReplyCancel

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  • August 14, 2014 - 1:34 pm

    Toni :O) - Oh Jess, he is just absolutely perfect and beyond cute!! So many adorable photos!! Such a blessing and thank you for sharing. Sorry to hear of that yucky little disease hitting your house, my son had that and it was awful so you have my sympathy. Hang in there, it truly will get easier. Your family is gorgeous!ReplyCancel

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  • August 14, 2014 - 1:47 pm

    Toni :O) - Oh Jess, the photos are so wonderful, thank you for sharing! He’s just gorgeous and beyond cute. Such a blessing. Sorry to hear about that yucky disease hitting your house, we had that with our son and it was no fun. Hang in there, it’ll get better and enjoy this precious newborn phase.ReplyCancel

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  • August 14, 2014 - 3:33 pm

    Sara Tams - I love all the gorgeous photos! :) ReplyCancel

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  • August 14, 2014 - 11:22 pm

    Paige Stanfield - Sweet, sweet baby! Enjoy this precious time!ReplyCancel

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  • August 15, 2014 - 2:03 am

    Kimberly Oyler - Jess he is so darling! I see a lot of Joel in his face and definitely think he looks so much like the boys already! what a blessing three boys is! and how lucky are they to have you as their mama.ReplyCancel

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  • August 15, 2014 - 11:23 pm

    teresa - Your baby is precious. Rejoicing with you and thanking God for the safe arrival of your little one.ReplyCancel

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  • August 16, 2014 - 10:51 am

    Allison - Love it, absolutely precious pictures! Love them all, but my favorite is the one of Joel sitting & looking at his boy; adorable! He definitely has your eyes!ReplyCancel

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  • August 16, 2014 - 11:13 pm

    Vera - You have THE most gorgeous babies. Truly. Congratulations!!ReplyCancel

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  • August 18, 2014 - 11:04 am

    Lisa - I think he looks like Griffin and his daddy! :-) ReplyCancel

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  • August 21, 2014 - 8:13 am

    Julie Sestak - Mothers of little boys are busy from “son” up til “son” down!! Enjoy-it goes way too fast!ReplyCancel

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I am coming out of my new mom coma to attempt a blog post. Where do I even begin? Thank you so much for all your kind words of congratulations. Jake is the sweetest and has been our most laid back baby yet. He is making this transition to three kids so easy on us. The big boys are having a harder time and are making the transition a little more difficult. ;)  Change is hard for everyone and I am sure it is just going to take some time for us all to figure this out. I love seeing the bonds already beginning to form between my boys…my THREE boys! All that to say, I am not sure how much I will be posting…but I am determined to get some photos of Jake posted this week…because he is just too cute not to.

So for today, let me tell you about the week Jake decided to make his surprise arrival…

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I was 38 weeks and feeling incredibly huge. I had mastered the waddle (let’s be honest…I mastered that a long time ago), felt like my body might break at any moment, and was having lots of contractions. I still figured I would end up getting induced because that just seemed to be how it usually worked out. We ate pizza with my sister and her family on that Sunday when we took the belly photo together. She was due on July 25 and I was due on July 27. We were counting down the days…only two weeks left. But that meant I still had two weeks left to get everything done before meeting this little one!

The boys were busy doing summer things. Griffin has been all about catching toads…and all about wearing his shoes on the wrong feet…and all about mamas and babies. He was showing me his mama and baby toad in the photo above. Levi had his first swimming lessons this summer. He loved it and learned so much! He is so proud that he can put his head under water now. We finished the lessons the day before Jake was born. Phew! Barely squeezed that in.

Wednesday, the day Jake was born, was a full one. We spent the morning at the library for story time before going to my sister’s house. The boys and their cousin stayed with a babysitter and Anne and I went to Wichita to have one last sister date (thanks to my sweet mom!) before the babies arrived. We ate lunch, had our toes done, went to Starbucks and then ran a few errands. We got back about five o’clock and the boys and I headed home.

Joel got home about the same time we did. We talked about our days, I opened a few baby things that had come in the mail, and then I sat down on the stairs to watch the boys play outside. And then my water broke…or at least I thought that is what happened. Little did we know we would be meeting our Jake late that same night…eleven days early. Oh my, were we surprised!

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  • August 4, 2014 - 12:47 pm

    molly - Enjoy this time. Man, does it just fly by. We welcomed our third in January. And YES, it is a big adjustment for the older boys! Now she is six months already and I can hardly believe it!ReplyCancel

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  • August 4, 2014 - 1:24 pm

    Sarah W - Aww what an exciting start to your labor story! Congratulations Jess!!ReplyCancel

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  • August 4, 2014 - 2:24 pm

    Mary Ann - And what a lovely surprise it was…I’m sure every momma would like to be able to have their 3rd baby come 2 weeks ahead of time on their own without haveing to be induced. He really is a beautiful boy. I love his name and your family must be in 7th heaven with your new baby Mac. You have a sweet family and I love your posts and pictures. I have followed your blog for several years and enjoy your sharing a little bit of your life with us bloggers friends. Enjoy the rest of the summer and life with your 3 sons!!ReplyCancel

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  • August 4, 2014 - 2:35 pm

    babykatesmom - What a sweet family Jess! Please keep posting & sharing photos, your 3 boys are adorable & the 4th Mac Baby is too cute! I only have 2 but I remember the feeling in those last few weeks, neither came early & I was induced with them both – how wonderful to have your labor start all on its own. Baby Jake was ready to meet you!
    Hang in there!
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  • August 4, 2014 - 8:26 pm

    Lea - Wow! that was quick! I’m sure you will have it figured out shortly and you all will have your routine and it will go smoothly. What a precious family! Blessings to you!ReplyCancel

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  • August 5, 2014 - 12:28 am

    Lori RAILE - Welcome to the Mama of 3 boys club!! We were so happy to hear that Jake had arrived and all was well! Wishing you luck with this time of transition. My baby boy Kaden turns one this week. My two older boys love him SO much but there were certainly challenges in the beginning. Just keep including them in his care and letting them know how special it is to have brothers! Colt and Luke tease and bicker constantly but have this amazing bond that makes my heart so happy!
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  • August 13, 2014 - 10:04 am

    meet jake » The Macs - […] So…from where I left off in my last post… […]ReplyCancel

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