How are we already at this point, about six weeks to go and then we’ll meet our FOURTH baby!!! It’s incredible to think my body has grown and carried four little ones, such a blessing especially because prior to Maxwell we struggled for over a year to get pregnant. Zack and I took a huge leap of faith and travelled to Tanzania, Africa with Compassion International and then a couple of months later were so excited to hear our family was growing. Maxwell changed our family in so many wonderful ways. I like to think back to the mustard seed faith we had six years ago and how far it’s taken us with that one simple “yes” to traveling to Tanzania.
I have not shared about this pregnancy as much as previous pregnancies, mostly because this one includes three other little ones ~ I am definitely spending a lot of time WITH my children (verses only thinking about what life will be like post birth), so my day to day routine is quite different. For a fun trip down memory lane, here are some shared moments during my pregnancy with Maxwell, Natalie, and also Marigold.
Also, as shared before, I’ve noticed a natural decrease with wanting to keep these little people’s lives a bit more private. Staying home with them has given me a front row view of their interests, strengths and challenges, and even with all of this time with them I can feel a little bit of sadness when I think about how much they’ve grown since birth. It’s a good thing we have our memories and heart connections to hold on to, because these really are precious, hard years!
With this pregnancy I have felt the most anticipation whether our baby is a BOY or a GIRL. Zack and I have chosen to not find out with any of the pregnancies, and so this baby will either grow our tribe of girls or even out the genders ;) However, let me just confess I have had so many dreams and late-night worries about my water breaking because the pressure is real, folks — ha! Emotionally, I feel amazing! Physically, I feel absolutely super uncomfortable.
We are down to about six weeks left, and aside from installing the baby’s car seat we are ready to go! There are a few things we want to do with each of the kids rooms, like build bunk beds for Max & Natalie’s bedroom, install wall shelving in both kiddo bedrooms, and switch the gallery wall art in both rooms. Aside from that I feel as prepared as can be ;)
Newborn diapers bought, check. Nursing bras + pads washed, check. Hospital bag packing list, check. Recovery supplies for mama, check. Baby clothes, blankets, and burp cloths washed, check check and check.
I’m eager to see all four of my children together. My realistic expectations for life with four little ones include a giant stack of paper plates, the comfort of summer near for lots of outside play, and reassurance that I can do this because God will equip me.
I mean, all of my children are walking and know how to communicate, which is far more advanced than we’ve been in the past when a newborn came home ;)
Mamas of many littles — what would you suggest as we prepare for our fourth baby? I would love to hear your wisdom and nuggets of encouragement.