Luke Weston has arrived…

(I thought I had changed the name of my blog, but for some reason, it did not save.  Thanks, Lizz, for noticing!)

Luke Weston arrived on January 21, 2010.  (I plan to post pictures, but for some reason, photobucket is not working right now.  Most of you are probably on Facebook, anyway.)

My c-section went well.  I actually was contracting quite regularly the morning of my surgery.  I am not a huge fan of a scheduled birth, so it was cool for me to know that Luke was ready to come into this world.

Chloe’s birth had a few minor complications, so I was a little nervous going into this birth.  Prayers were answered, though, because it went much better.  Luke did get stuck, so they had to use forceps to get him out (which I did not even know happened in c-sections).  They kept saying, “His head is just so round”….but they finally got him out.  It was about the longest 45 seconds of my life, though, when I could tell something was not right.  He is totally fine, though, so it ended up being no big deal.

Birth stats: 7 lbs. 11 oz….20 inches long…head 14” (I think?)…born at 12:13 pm.

So far, Luke is amazing!  He is a dream baby!!  He sleeps well.  He eats well.  I prayed a lot for grace for this baby, because I needed it.  God is so faithful.  So far, in Luke’s first 6 days, he has made the transition to life outside the womb very nicely.  He sometimes goes a full 3 hours at night without waking up (can I get an, “AMEN!”).  I know that my confidence level, as well as my arsenal of tricks, definitely helps.  I do not freak out when he seems “off schedule”, and crying does not stress me out like it once did.  However, Luke is naturally just easy.  So, though experience helps, he is great.  I know it has only been a week, so I do not want to speak too soon.  However, even a week of an easy baby, is a huge help for me.  I am tired, but I am not totally exhausted.

Caleb and Chloe are both adjusting to him so well.  It helps they can finally have my attention.  Now that I am not pregnant, I can actually play with them again!  YAY!
Chloe loves to comfort Luke.  When he cries, she always says, “It’s ok, baby.  It’s ok,” in a very sweet voice.  When he was sleeping in his Moses basket, she read him a story.  So cute!
Caleb likes to hold Luke and just touch him, in general.  He feels very cool being the older brother!
Both kids enjoy playing with all of his baby equipment (car seat, bouncy chair, etc).  They put Chloe’s dolls in everything!

I think I can safely say we all love having Luke around!  He is so adorable!  He does not look like my other kids, so it will be interesting to see what he looks like as he grows!

And I always think its funny how big the other kids seem once you have a newborn.  Chloe and Caleb look HUGE!  Luke is so teeny, and I just love his skinny arms and legs!  I wish he would stay a newborn forever, because I love the little tiny baby stage!

With my third baby, I was a little nervous that Luke would not get the same love and attention that the other two got.  I was SO wrong.  My friends and family have completely blown me away with their love and generosity.  I have been so thankful for friends and family bringing meals, giving presents for all (its so sweet when people bring stuff for Caleb and Chloe…I have never really thought to do that!), and for loving my little boy!

The biggest gift I received was from my parents.  They are SO amazing, as I may have mentioned.  My car is big but only holds 5 people.  Obviously, we have a family of 5, but there are times when other people ride in our car.  Buying a car was not really an option for us.  Well, long story short, my dad came to the hospital on Saturday and told Brett, “I am giving my daughter a car, and I only brought you beef jerky.  Shows you how much I love you.” (I thought that was funny).   Say WHAT???!!!!
I knew they eventually were going to give me their Toyota Sequoia, but I thought it was not going to be for awhile.  (We “traded” them Brett’s truck, which, funny enough had been theirs to start with.  We have traded cars when I got married because Brett could not fit in my car.  I say “traded” because they definitely got the bad end of that deal).
The only problem is that I cannot drive (or operate heavy machinery, darn) for 2 weeks, so I am unable to actually enjoy the car!  I probably will cut that no-drive time short, because I feel so homebound.  I can RIDE, but it feels really silly to ask Brett to drive me places.  Even tomorrow, I had to plan Luke’s doctor’s appointment for when Brett could take me.  Feels so 1950s (and very spoiled, now that I think about it).

Well, this is getting long!  I just want to publicly thank my amazing friends who are bringing meals.  We have such an outpouring of love, and I could not be more grateful!!  God is so good to us. And each day, I realize more and more how gracious He is!!

Last Update Before Baby #3

Look! I have a new look!  My colors were so drab that I wanted to spruce things up a bit.
Plus, as of tomorrow, I will not longer just have the C’s, so C&C Baby Factory no longer describes our family.
We can hardly wait to welcome sweet baby Luke into our family, so I thought it would be fitting to change it here!

To say we can hardly wait is an understatement.  On a physical level, I am more than uncomfortable in this pregnancy.  I have gained about 55 pounds, which is burdensome to carry around.  And Luke is really low, so the pressure on my butt and legs is excruciating.  Sleeping comfortably is a distant memory.  Going to the bathroom 342 times a day (that is not quite literal but almost) is getting old.  Shall I go on?  I am miserable.

BUT, I take joy that I have carried full term.  For many, my annoyances would be a welcome change from the complications involved in their pregnancies.  Though I have done my fair share of complaining (and one day when the child bearing years are far gone, I want to have a memory of what it was really like….not just what years of faded memories choose to remember).

Emotionally, mentally, and all other “ally’s”, WE ARE SO FLIPPIN’ EXCITED TO MEET OUR BOY!!!!!

Caleb refers to him as “Baby Luke, I mean, Big Boy Luke”.  I have a feeling Caleb will be slightly disappointed when he sees how slow (in kid years) that Luke grows and that he is unable to play with him straight from the womb.  However, Caleb has declared a few times, “Once Luke gets here, I want to stop growing and stay a kid forever!!!!!”  It is very endearing that this declaration cannot take place until Brother arrives!!
Caleb has already decided his roles are going to be to help change diapers and to put Luke in his bed.  He also has decided that now that he is big, he will be able to stay up later than Luke.  (I love what is important to children).

Chloe’s world might be pretty rocked.  She is a snuggler and loves to be held 95% of the time (ironically, except in parking lots, where she’d prefer to walk independently).  I think one part of her is going to LOVE having a real life baby to hold and love.  But there will be a part of her that will not like competing for Mommy’s affection.
Though it may be hard, she is such a baby person (real and fake) that I think she will enjoy being a little mama!

Even though all of my children have brought me great joy and delight, I am most excited about this baby phase.  With Caleb, I was too idealistic (expectations that were quickly diminished….for the good, though!) and nervous to enjoy it to the fullest.  With Chloe, she came so fast after Caleb that I did not have a ton of time to breathe.
But, this time, I am more relaxed and have older kids….to where I really think I will enjoy it way more.  I think Brett feels the same!
I am sad for it to make me truly realize how quickly my children are growing.  Seeing Caleb and Chloe become these little, independent people is fascinating and wonderful….but so painful.

I am also happy for Luke’s birth to just get it over with.  I pray a lot because I keep getting really nervous.  I think knowing when it is going to happen makes for extra nerves because it is so exact.  I do not like that.  Also, my kids have been CRAZY lately.  I think its partly knowing a new baby is coming and that life is going to change mixed with being home A LOT because I am too uncomfortable and big to go many places.  It’s hard for me to load and unload them constantly.  So, unfortunately, I have just stayed home a lot.  Also, consistent discipline has been lacking because of my tiredness.  The combination has been ugly….as they have been fighting so much.  And just acting crazy, in general.

As much as we are anticipating Luke’s arrival, life has still been hilarious around here.  I am loving the “kids say the darndest things” stage!

Here are some conversations recently:
Caleb: “Mommy, why am I white?”
Me: “Because God made you that way.”
Caleb: “Oh why? I want to be black.”

Driving in the car today…
Caleb: “Do you know what day I like the most is?”
Me: “Which one?”
Caleb: “Christmas Day”

My kids do this thing (often) that I have no idea where they got it from.  They will put their arms inside their sleeves and say, “I lost my arm in China.”  They will not pull their arms out until we call China to see where they are.

Well, next time you hear from me, I will have a new baby!!!!!!!!  (Please pray for an uneventful delivery!)

2009 Williams Family Scrapbook

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