Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Isaac [one month]

Isaac, one month old and you already certainly found your place in our home.
You are the baby brother to three very proud older brothers. Each has their own relationship that they are forming with you.

Christian is the least outwardly vocal or physical about his love for you...but every evening at bedtime he asks to hold you when he gets tucked in. He talks to you and then gives you back. Noah will tell you about 50 "secrets" everyday. He will get REALLY close to your ear, not even in a whisper, but mouthing words in your ear. I've asked him what he tells you, and its often just information he thinks you need to know..ie...about his stuffed animals and toys. Jonah is the biggest surprise as far as how he connects with you. I thought by his personality he would be very jealous and have issues with you getting attention. Oh no...he is the your #1 fan, he checks on you constantly, pets your head with the side of his cheek, gives you MANY kisses on the top of your head, and asks "where Isaac?" if you are not within his vision. We all love you VERY much.

You don't have a lot of activity...you get held alot! If not held you are usually in your vibrating chair (minus the vibration as Jonah will not leave it alone and runs down the battery!) or laying on a blanket on the couch. We've tried the swing a couple times, but its just 'alright' for now. You are quite cuddly, and there is nothing like a snuggly little newborn laying on your chest...one of my most favorite things!

3 days old ------ 3 weeks old

A few of my favorites over the first month of you!

[10 days]

[2 weeks]

[3 weeks]

[4 weeks]

You breastfeed every 2.5-3.5 hours pretty much around the clock. 
You have smiled at me (4 weeks) ...several times, but not all the time just yet. 
Just switched over to size 1 diapers, and you wear a combo of NB/0-3 mo clothes. 
You are not a fan of sleeping by yourself. At night, we switched from attempting the pack n' play to laying you in the vibrating reclining baby seat. You will sleep, but not always restful at night...and usually I or sometimes Daddy will sit with you in the reclining chair just so we can all sleep. I have hope that you'll get it figure out :)
You love being held, you still tuck your legs up so you're a little ball like you were in utero.
You take a pacifier over half the time when you are just fussy and not hungry, the other half...you get real mad about the idea of a plastic device in your mouth!
You do NOT like your diaper or outfit changed...oh my goodness, you'd think that was the worst part of life!
You like your baths, and will stay alert and awake for quite awhile after it.
You have beautiful blue eyes and light brown hair, and you now weigh 10 lb 8 oz. 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Isaac [first week]

Welcome to the world...and now we get to bring you home!

First Bath

Sometimes I share you with Daddy ;)

{one week old}

Oh Isaac we love you!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Isaac Jesse

Isaac Jesse Hershberger
arrived Saturday, January 7, 2017
8 lbs 6 oz --- 19 1/2 in long
5:47 am

Friday around noon, I started having regular contractions. I have had many many many contractions this pregnancy. So, this wasn't anything too new or exciting. Around 3, they became stronger and stayed that way. By about 5:30, we decided to take the boys over to Mom and Dad's. We got some things around, and they still stayed regular and uncomfortable.

We got to the hospital around 7:30 or so. My dear friend Kellie met us there and had a room all picked out for us :) She has been there for the other three boys...and agreed to hang with me one more time! I told her I have been telling the baby to behave :)

After she checked me, I sat up, and my water broke. I was dilated to 4, but he was SUPER high still. They broke a fore bag around 9:00, I was a 6 by 10:00. Then he had times of 'misbehaving' with his heart rate...but not bad enough that we couldn't start some pitocin (as he was still VERY VERY high). So at 11:00 started pitocin, and by 11:23 I had gotten the epidural. Those pitocin contractions are no joke. My friend Crystal came in on her night off, just to receive that baby...as I had been changing and in the past it goes pretty quickly when I'm complete.
 Well...not this little man. I was complete by 2:00, but his head was still WAY to high. I pushed for a about 30 minutes, but his heart rate was not having it, and he wasn't coming down. So we took a break, I changed positions ALL over the place (yes, even with the epidural)...and after an hour and a half, he came down enough and equally as important his head turned to the right position as well! I started pushing at 5:40 and he was delivered at 5:47...as a tight fit! But he came....oh what a happy happy moment!

So much joy and relief. I couldn't believe he actual came, and he was healthy! Mama loves you so much Isaac.

Ben hung in there with me :) With Isaac's heart rate not always cooperating and it taking much longer than the other boys..he was equally as relieved to see him on the outside!

He ate well right away, and was very alert for a long time! We called to tell some very important big brothers that they could come see their new baby whenever they were ready. Mom and Dad brought them up by late morning. 
It doesn't seem real that all FOUR of these precious boys belong to us!
We are so blessed by each one.

Isaac Jesse, I am so glad you came when you did. You are just perfect. 
Happy BIRTHday sweetheart!!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Our Year [2016]

(Only a couple months behind!!!)


The highlights from this year: 
(links are provided throughout if you care to click on them to see more pictures)

In February, we celebrated my Mom's 60th birthday both with extended family/friends and with our immediate family. Both were fun and memorable!

In March, Noah and I joined my cousin and her two kids for a trip to Iowa It was a fun short getaway visiting my college roommate and her family. It was also special to have some one on one time with Noah.

In April, my parents gifted all of us to a very special trip to Mexico! It was in honor of their 40th wedding anniversary coming up in August. The boys will still ask at least every other week if we can go back to Mexico. 

In May, I had an extra special Mother's Day. That was the day I found out we would be adding another baby to the family! I am a very blessed mama. 

In June, we took a family vacation. This was a trip I was really looking forward to. We had picked a spot based off of availability of VRBO places in pretty spots that were affordable. We chose Elk Rapids, MI...and it was a very good choice. That is another vacation, the boys talk about frequently! Many special memories.

In July, we went to the Birky reunion in MN. Christian also got his tonsils removed. It was amazing how quickly he felt better and could breathe! Ben started working on some house projects...both our bathrooms getting completely redone, and he took off our current deck. (That has yet to be finished...hopefully next spring!)

In August, school resumed with Christian in 1st grade, Noah in preschool (2 mornings a week) and Ben teaching high school Spanish (I still work in LDR just prn). We also found out that we were adding not just a baby...but another baby brother! The excitement has grown as my belly does too!

 In November, Ben and I were able to have a weekend away prior to adding another member to our family. We went to Kansas City, and just enjoyed some non-parenting quiet moments :) 

December 1st was Ben's deadline he gave me that the bathrooms would be complete...which is glorious! Both the main bathroom and master bathroom turned out really nice. There ended up being a few other projects added to "just" redoing the bathrooms. All in which have been loved! (New carpet, new paint in a couple bedrooms, closets redone, new doors throughout the upstairs) He is very handy..but I think our "projects" in our own home are coming to an end (it is increasingly difficult the more children in the house!). 

And these three boys are a huge highlight to our lives::

Loves school, very social, enjoys learning (asks many questions!) and reading. He also loves to hear stories; personal ones from his Daddy and Grandpa and Bible stories. He has enjoyed playing soccer on a team this year, and likes to play outside most anytime he can. Summer is his favorite time of year as he can wear shorts, flip flops, and go SWIMMING! He is strong willed, a thinker, and sensitive. 

Loves books, coloring, puzzles, activity books, Magnets, and Legos building. He is quite the character...in action and in how he talks. He is "shy" and will tell us that, much more reserved in public. He enjoys preschool, and retains ALOT of knowledge. He loves sea animals, all of them, but most of all whales. He is compassionate, funny (without trying), and a good helper for Daddy's projects.

Loves animals, action, books, trucks/tractors and doing anything he sees his big brothers doing. He is so ornery, and has the face to go with it. Its hard to stay frustrated with him, when he follows up his actions with hugs, kisses and his eyes that can melt your heart. His vocabulary is ever growing, and he can communicate very well. He says "me" before everything pertaining to himself, which is sometimes quite hilarious. He is full of spunk, sass, and makes us laugh alot.

We are very blessed. Thankful for what 2016 brought, and definitely looking forward to what is in store for 2017!

(almost 37 weeks)

Enjoying break

We had a good break from school...

Reading books ::
Christian & Jace ------- Grandpa & Noah

 Playing in the dirt pile with cousins ::
Jace, Noah, Christian, Maddox, Kade

Playing with new Christmas presents

Going on walks to checkout the bridge process (they are getting close to finishing...finally.)
On the way back, Ben hauled all three boys!

 Playing games with family ::
lots and lots of laughing.

And there was even time for some snuggling.
"Me sitting on the baby. He likes it." -Jonah