Monday, May 16, 2011

And Then There Was Four...

The days leading up to my scheduled induction were spent in a flurry of activity.   They were spent doing all the last minute things to try to prepare, and be ready to welcome a new little addition to our family.  Since this was all close to Mother's day, I spent alot of time thinking about my role as a mother. 

As as child, I was the girl who loved kids. Any chance I got, I was doting over a baby or entertaining a child. I loved babysitting, and just making kids smile.  I always knew that one day I would want to have children.  I am just thankful that I have been blessed with this opportunity.

I FINALLY got these pictures framed, and hung them up in my dining room. It is now the first thing I see when I come down the stairs each morning.  Although they are 2 years old, and now need an additional picture...they are some of my favorite images of my kids.  Seeing them everyday the past 2 weeks leading up to the birth of my 4th child has really helped me appreciate the blessing I have of being their mother. 

I have been trusted by my Heavenly Father to love, care for, and guide these children to hopefully someday return to their Father in heaven.  Such a lofty task, but thankful for the burden.  I may not be perfect in all I do, but I am trying.  I am trying to be the mother that He would want me to be.  I just hope that I can help my kids reach their full potential, and have some fun along the way.

Thursday night came, and the 3 little tikes went across the street to Auntie Nancy's (have I mentioned how much I LOVE living next to my sister!).  Our induction was scheduled for 3am so we didn't want to have to wake anyone when we left.  Everything went just as planned and was uneventful.  It was slow going, but totally normal for someone who wasn't really in labor when I arrived.  I got my epidural early on, so the day was spent taking naps, hanging out talking, and just waiting for the little guy to arrive.  When he was finally ready, the doctor was called.  The doctor came about 15 minutes later and was there for all of 5 minutes when our little babe made his debut into the world surrounded by his Daddy, Auntie Nancy, Auntie Cathy, and his Grandma Duke.  I swear if all of my deliveries were this easy I would have a million kids. 

Introducing
Grayson Charles
May 13th, 2011
4:20pm
7lbs 14oz
19 3/4 inches
Birth is such an amazing thing.  I still can't get over the emotion that swirls as you watch your child come into the world.  In a blink of an eye, I went from a mother of 3 to a mother of 4.  I lay there with tears in my eyes as the most beautiful thing was put into my arms.  I spent the next few days at the hospital taking in this pure gift from heaven.  I love the little moments that I get to have one on one with my babies while I am there.  For just those 2 days he is all that matters.  I get a little pampering from the nurses, but I also get to bond with my baby.  On Sunday, my honey came and picked me up...and now I get to share him with the rest of the family.
He may have been born on Friday the 13th...and some may say that is UN-LUCKY....but to me I was/am the LUCKIEST person on earth!

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Frolicking Night Owl said...

Congrats! What a sweetie and awesome "just born" photo!

Suzanne said...

Congratulations!!! He is so stinkin' cute!!! I hope I can meet him soon, it makes me think of when your little Thomas was a newborn and he got to come to my house when I hosted Bunko :) You make such cute babies.

Shannon& said...

Oh I was hoping that you had a picture of the baby up! Grayson is such a cute name. What a sweet little guy. I am so glad that things went smoothly.

Shannon said...

That last comment was from me...sorry wrong account was logged in. didn't want you to think I was some crazy blog stranger stocking you! (smile)

Amy said...

Congrats Crystal! We were talking about you at rehearsal last week, people were wondering if you'd had the baby yet and I had seen on Facebook that you were scheduled for the next day. He's a cutie!

tammy said...

Don't worry about that Friday the 13th stuff. Taylor was born on a Fri. the 13th too and it was one of the best days of my life.

So happy for you!

Patrice said...

I also had a Friday the 13th birth, and she is a real blessing in my life! Congratulations!

Crazymamaof6 said...

Ohhhhh he's darling. Love his name too. Congrats

Chad, Mindy and girls said...

Congratulations!! He is absolutely beautiful!! Glad to hear everything went smoothly too :)

Rosalyn Ellsworth said...

He is PERFECT! I am sooo happy for you and your family, Crystal! =)

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