Two weeks ago Nebraska had some of the coldest weather on record as our family braced for the Polar Vortex. Fifteen years ago, Anthony and I picked out the names of the two baby girls we were going to have; Emily and McKenzie. Ten years ago, we wrote down all the names of our kiddos on the back of a Denny’s napkin. Jan 29, 7 lbs 8 oz, 20 inches. What do these things have in common? On January 29th, during the onset of the polar vortex, we welcomed our precious McKenzie Faith. She completes our family. 💕
We have had wonderful experiences being pregnant and giving birth, but this last one was everything I wanted. Even for my older age (can’t believe they label me “geriatric” just because I’m 38 😄 ). I felt like I was in my 20’s again and only had slight heartburn at the very end. Ourmidwivess, Heather Ramesey and Rachel Rice, were wonderful. Not only for the actual birth itself, but about two weeks before she arrived, when I found myself in tears. She is our last, and I am very content with that (although…if someone ever dropped a baby off on our doorstep or called and said take my baby we wouldn’t hesitate to jump at the chance to raise another one… just being honest!) but for the past 16 years, almost half of my life I’ve been pregnant and nursing my babies.
It’s slightly scary moving into this new phase of life. And I’m sure when she is closer to two and we stop nursing I’ll again have a moment or two of letting this phase go. 💕 Friends have been so important, especially my older and wiser girl friends who have biblical encouragement and great relationships with their children so I can “see” the excitement and look with great expectations at the new adventures awaiting our family. Many of our friends comment about our quiver not yet being full.