Friday, June 1, 2012

It's been 4 months since I posted last! I've been busy! A lot can happen in 4 months... Sophia is 4 months old and is the world's happiest baby. She smiles all the time and loves the attention of her siblings. She is rolling from belly to back, has great neck control, and 'talks' constantly. I am just soaking in this sweet stage and trying not to be sad that she is growing up so fast. She has been sleeping through the night for a couple of months now...such a good girl! When we get home from vacation she will officially be moved to the crib in the bedroom with her littlest big sisters. Maggie is changing a lot too. Saying more words every day and becoming more and more independent. She is definitely our family 'clown'! Molly is a big helper and such a sweet girl. I love getting the alone with her. :). Evelyn is, as always, a joy and a hard worker. She is really enjoying our summer break. Emma is growing into a young lady right before my eyes. It's so nice to have someone who is able to help out with bigger jobs. Nathan just turned 10! What!?!? Not sure how the last 10 years sped by so fast, but they sure have. So thankful to have been chosen to be the Mama of such a sweet young man. I'm beginning to anticipate all the changes that will take place in our home over the next few years...scary, but exciting! :) In other news...we are just finishing a week of vacation at a lake house in Tennessee! It has been relaxing, refreshing, and so much fun! I can't even explain how much I love having my husband around all day. The kids have been great and have so enjoyed swimming, fishing, bubbles, movies, and games. My parents, siblings, niece, nephew, and cousins are here with us and it's been a great time for all the grown-ups too. Tomorrow we will load us the vehicles and while everyone else heads home Brett & I are taking the kids and heading to Indybforna couple days (just for fun:) then to Chicago area for 5 days. Brett will be in a conference from Tuesday-Thursday while the kids and I get to hang out with some of our dearest friends! On Friday we will take the kids into the city for some sight-seeing (that's right, 6 kids in Chicago...yes, we are crazy!!!:). We will drive home that night. I have a feeling that I will be very ready to be home again by then. But I am so thankful that we are able to join Brett for this trip...we love to travel and really don't like it when he is away. Anyway, that was wordy and maybe too much info, but I'm listening to country music (my fav:) and feeling chatty so there you have it. I'll try to post more often. It will be much easier now with the IPAD!!!! that Brett & my parents gave me for my birthday!!!! ;)

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Emma Grace is 8!!!

Today is Emma's 8th Birthday. Wow...the time has flown by! I just can't believe it's been 8 years since I held my first daughter for the very first time. What a gift she has been to me. Emma has challenged me in ways that no one else can, she has touched my heart in places only she can, and she has brought me to tears more times than I can count with her own tears, sweet words, or prayers. She is feisty, fun, loving, ornery, compassionate, funny, sweet, and incredibly tenderhearted. She loves all things 'animal' and especially loves baby animals. Littlest Pet Shop toys must have been created with Emma in mind...she LOVES them! :) Emma is a little prayer warrior. She makes me very proud!

Today started with Upward basketball games followed by our traditional Chocolate Chip Pancake breakfast then presents. This afternoon we went ice-skating (no, I didn't skate - I sat at the window holding the baby and watched though:) which is one of Emma's very favorite things to do! In fact, Nona & Poppy gave her 8 weeks of ice-skating lessons for her birthday present! Emma's friend MacKenzie went ice-skating with us and is spending the night tonight. They are currently watching a movie before bed. It's been a fun day of celebrating Emma by doing the things she loves to do!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, EMMA GRACE! You make your mama's heart happy. I love you to pieces!!!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Sophia Bliss Curry

Baby Sophia has arrived! Sophia Bliss was born into her Daddy's hands at 6:51pm on Saturday, January 21st 2012 surrounded by loved ones!

Labor started at 2:16am and was off and on all day.
I had my usual 'labor crowd' here at the house all day entertaining me, taking care of me, and encouraging me...I am so blessed to have so many people that love me and want to be a part of my children's lives...starting the moment they are born. :)

Late in the afternoon (maybe 4:30ish?) my contractions gained momentum and got closer together and by 6ish I was ready to be done. I only had about 5 total pushing contractions before Sophia was delivered - AWESOME!

She weighed 6'7 and was 18 3/4 inches long. Almost 2 lbs less than Maggie! She seems so tiny to me. Since Saturday we have been showered with gifts, meals, visits, and encouragement from many friends and family. I just can't say enough about how blessed I am to have such an amazing family as well as so many wonderful friends who truly live out Christ's love by caring for those around them...namely me. None of my children should ever be able to question whether or not they are loved. :)

What a great week it has been loving on our new sweet baby girl. And so far she is so easy. Sophia is already sleeping for 3-4 hour stretches at night in her bassinet and allowing me to rest well. Her siblings adore her! Maggie loves her although she has seemed to be a little ticked at Brett & has been a little bit better so maybe she's getting over it. :) We are just so excited about God's plans for our family!

In other news...on Monday we bought our very first Suburban! I say first because I seriously doubt it will be our last. :) It is currently having new tires installed and being inspected...we are hoping to be able to pick it up sometime this weekend. Exciting!

I've been meaning to post this blog all week and just couldn't seem to put sweet Sophie down long enough to come down to my computer. This morning I realized that it had to be done today because tomorrow is Emma's 8th Birthday and I will want to post all about her! So stay tuned for more tomorrow!!!

P.S. - Sorry for the weird layout...I am still learning all the ins and outs of blogging...well, actually working a computer in general. I'm not very tech savvy. :)