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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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  • Lisa - He is so beautiful…as is his mama. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • 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

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

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


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

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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Tahnie - You are so blessed!ReplyCancel

  • 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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Sara Tams - I love all the gorgeous photos! 🙂ReplyCancel

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

  • 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

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

  • 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

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

  • Lisa - I think he looks like Griffin and his daddy! 🙂ReplyCancel

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

    Jess Reply:

    Haha. Love that!