Life is very beautiful and different than a week ago. We are all loving our time with Mcree and can’t seem to get enough cuddling with him. People used to tell me that your love doesn’t split between your two kids but grows double. I didn’t quite know how that would feel but I am overwhelmed by how much I love this little guy. He has no idea how much he is loved…and that makes me smile knowing how loved he will be growing up. We savor his awake times (yes even at the wee hours of the morning). Gress can’t get enough time holding him either..and that makes me smile even bigger. Here are a few photos just a week ago…
Due to being in the OR, our delivery photos are limited but here are some first sweet moments with Mcree.
We are so happy to welcome the newest member of our family, Mcree Inman Harrell to the world. He was born Wednesday, November 17, at 4:32pm.
We ended up having to deliver him via c-section as he was breach, actually standing up in my belly. I tried EVERYTHING to get him to turn (chiropractor, acupuncture, standing on my head, and handstands in the local pool). But come to find out, he probably would have never turned anyway. We had him on his due date. I am still recovering from the pain that comes with that kind of surgery (I really had no idea how much it would hurt). Thankfully my mom is here to help me with ALL the many things I need help with (which is quite a bit). So far (in the short days I have been with Mcree) he seems to be an easy baby. He both eats and sleeps really well and loves to be cuddled. We are loving this sweet time with him and the 3 of us can’t seem to get enough of him.
More photos to come…
The day is finally here! We get to meet baby Harrell today. I am going in for a c-section at 1:30pm (since this baby decided not to turn). We could use some prayers for Rad to feel better as he came down with a pretty nasty bug yesterday and is slowly getting better. We could also use prayers that his germs to not spread to the rest of the household. We are crossing our fingers it is only a 24 hour bug or we will have to superimpose Rad into the background of the photos! 🙂 He looks better today so I am hopeful! This isn’t how I planned on delivering this baby (with a c-section) but I know God has it all in His hands. Praying I can be used as a light during this time.
Soon, we will finally find out if this baby is a girl or boy!!! More news to come!
We have been overly enjoying our family time together with reading books in bed, having family movie nights, and sharing great toddler conversations together. It seems like we have been waiting for this next member of the Harrell house to get here for a LONG time. Now that the moment is close, Rad and I both keep looking at each other in disbelief that we will have another kid. Baby Harrell has decided to remain laying sideways in my belly with no turning whatsoever. Today it seems it has run out of room as I have finally reached full waddle and uncomfortableness. People look at me in amazement that I have not had this baby. Perhaps it is the positioning that makes my belly look so odd, I don’t know. My view is a little skewed. Our midwives decided that we had to set a due date to have a c-section, in hopes that the baby would turn or that we could finally bring this child into the world. We met with an unbelievable doctor who met with us for an HOUR AND A HALF just so we could get to know each other and told us that relationships are the riches of this world. We couldn’t have asked for a more caring man and a skilled one at that (that has brought over 5,000 babies into this world). So I have finally come to grips with the fact that this baby may not come the way I planned but it will come regardless. The C-section is scheduled for Wednesday, November 17th…my due date. The doctor would have liked to deliver it this week but Rad and I wanted a few more days…. just to be us. I think Gress is the most excited to meet this new little person. He has his baby in the baby swing and will sit in front of it rocking it and giving toys to it. Oh how loving he will be.
I have been told over and over that kids are supposed to see the dentist at 3 years of age. I really had a hard time believing this knowing their teeth fall out and they get new ones. But knowing how many cavities I had and wanting Gress to KNOW great teeth hygiene, I figured it was time. Today we went to the dentist to get his teeth cleaned. I wasn’t sure what he would do but he just hopped right up in the chair, the hygienist let him play with all of her tools which including spraying water everywhere, and then he laid in the chair and got his teeth cleaned while watching one of his favorite movies, The Incredibles. Gress was so interactive with the dentist and hygienist, tickling them and telling them they were joking. It was a proud moment watching him be a big boy in that situation. I personally dislike going to the dentist and so wanted his first experience to be a great one, which it was. THANKS to the team at our dentist office. I am not proud that afterwards he wanted a BIG m&m cookie from the Publix Bakery. Of course he got it and enjoyed it the whole way through the grocery store. Yes, we will be brushing good tonight!
2 of Gress’ new favorite activities..
1) Acting like he is killing something with the sword. ALL BOY and he even dresses up in his night hat.
2) Licking the batter off the spoon while making brownies and pudding (since I don’t make this often, I must say he has NEVER done this and wow was it special). While he was licking it, he looked at me (as if he knew this was a rare moment) and said whole heartedly, “Mom, thanks a lot for letting me lick this!”
Lately it seems we have been eating out a little more. The thought of planning meals, going to the grocery store, and then coming home to make it all, and then clean up is just too much for this tired pregnant one! So we have been frequenting some of our favorite cheaper dinner places. It is great quality time to sit and just be together. I love looking across the booth at my boys and realizing that we will be asking for a table for 4 soon.
I have tried to soak up my last remaining moments of life with Gress and Rad as just the 3 of us. Although my to do list is still unchecked and our schedule seems to be getting busier rather than slowing down, I am reminded these last few days that I have to wholeheartedly trust in God to carry me through this time. I am tired, I am slower, I am less patient but that is not how I want to remember the remainder of this time. I put these two verses up on our chalkboard a few weeks ago and have been trying to constantly dwell on where God has us. Little did I know that I would really need to hear these words throughout these last weeks.
I am still trying to get this baby to turn and it may just wait until the last minute or it may decide to stay right where it is. Either way, I have to trust God has me right where he wants me and focus on that. I am tired of the appointments of poking and pushing this way and that and the weekly updates of nothing has changed. I can’t say I am 100% ready to deliver this baby (as I can’t seem to get my bags packed), and I can’t say I am ready to not have one on one time with sweet Gress. But I am ready to meet this new little person God designed. How amazing that moment will be.
But for now, I am going to savor every last moment of rest, every last moment of cuddling with my boys, and every sweet moment we are a family of 3. Gress and I found some mistletoe on the ground today and I held it up over his head and gave him a kiss. He then told me he liked the “kissletoe!” He also prayed last night for dragons and cows udders. I love this kid. So grateful to have him on this journey!