Monday, June 9, 2014

Two Months!

 At 2 months old, Hudson weighs 13.2 lbs!  He loves to smile & adores ceiling fans.  He will stare at one until some kind soul will turn it on for him.  He's not quite laughing yet, but is getting close.  He holds his head great & even stands on his own-so long as someone is holding his hands.  Not much bothers him, unless of course he is strapped in his car seat & you're not going fast.  Apparently boys are born with a need for speed... He is sleeping an average of 7 hours at night.  Hudson is such a joy!  We're often told how "lucky" we are.  We consider ourselves blessed.  God has truly given us double for our trouble in Hudson.

Hudson was not a huge fan of having to get shots at his 2 month checkup.  If the truth be told, his mom was near break down, too.  So hard to see him upset!

Thankfully, he quickly got over it.

We thank God for a healthy, happy, & growing boy!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Mother's Day 2014

This Mother's Day has been unlike any other.  Honestly, the last five have been awful.  They were painful reminders of what I once had(but lost too soon), what I yearned for in the present, and what I was beginning to doubt I would ever have in the future.  But this Mother's Day?  This year was much, much different.  It represented answered prayers, unspeakable joy, renewed hope, tears of longing for my son in heaven, and tears of gratitude for the son in my arms.

One day, I will share the story of our fertility struggles.  I've gone to write the post many times, but haven't had the courage to hit "publish".  But, for anyone reading this that is currently battling (and it is a every sense of the word) infertility, know that you are not alone.  Know that God will grant you your heart's desire.  Know that what is impossible with man, IS possible with God!  And don't let anyone tell you any different.

This Mother's Day, my dreams came true.  I held my own flesh and blood in my arms.  He is alive.  He is healthy.  And, he's completely adored.  All of that I owe to Jesus.  Thank You, Lord for this perfect gift!

Hudson is not a morning person.  He comes by that naturally.

I am so grateful to have had the last 7 weeks home with my boy:

Monday, April 21, 2014

Hudson Newborn Pics

A very special thank you to Julie Plain Photography for these priceless pictures of our miracle baby!

Friday, April 18, 2014

3 Weeks Old!

Hudson's first week in pictures!  
There's nothing more attractive than seeing your husband dote on his look alike son!

 Hudson has tons of hair!  We try out many different styles...

4 days old.  We brought daddy donuts to work this day.

We've been able to catch a few smiles on camera.

Week 2

Week 3

We waited til now to introduce the pacifier.  He wasn't too interested at first, but is starting to get the hang of it.

He's 3 weeks old already.  It's amazing how fast time is going!  We can't even remember what life was like without him.  From the very beginning he has been a great eater and sleeper(We're so thankful!).  I find it hard to get anything done around the house, but that's mostly because I don't want to put him down. :)  We are so in love!

Monday, March 31, 2014

He's Here!

Born on Thursday, March 27, 2014!  Hudson Matthew weighed 7 pounds 9 ounces, and born after a 4.5 hour labor...start to finish. He's a true gift from God!  

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Pregnancy Update

Wow!  These last few months have been the busiest yet!  My husband and I closed on our first house last November.  The previous owners are building a new one, and had been renting the house from us for 3 months.  They moved out a week sooner than expected, and the whole situation has been such a God "thing".  We had been praying and searching(and waiting!) for just the right house to cross our path.  This one meets all of our needs and our wants!  We're totally feeling God's Hand in our lives.  He has blessed us beyond belief.  Needless to say, the month of February was hectic.  It was filled with the big move, 4 baby showers(thrown by very generous family & friends), maternity pictures, and doctor appointments.  We're all settled in now, and awaiting our peanut's arrival.

I had a total of 3 separate ultrasounds throughout the pregnancy, and at each one Hudson refused to give a glimpse of his whole face.  His hand was up by his face on all occasions!  I can appreciate the fact that he knows what he likes.  :)  He is measuring "perfectly" at each appointment.  At 37ish weeks, I was dilated to 3cm and 70% effaced.  We're hoping he comes any day now.

Over the last 5 years, I had no idea if I would ever be at this place today.  This place of joy, peace, hope, and longings fulfilled.  I can't say that I was the most patient of Jesus followers this whole time, but I can say that He is faithful...even with my imperfections.  It is my prayer that if you're someone who is in the "waiting" stage of life, that this post will refresh your hope.  Jesus can make all things new!  Nothing is excluded or too far gone for Him to repair, restore, and replenish.  All the glory to God for His faithfulness and this season of abundant blessing He has us in!

Here's a picture catch up:

*Maternity Photo Credit:  Julie Plain Photography

Thank you so much for all of your prayers!  They have certainly been felt!