Sunday, July 29, 2012



Dang Gina, it’s been a crazy couple of weeks.  I’ve got ideas for about 20 posts bouncing around in my head.  I’m going to attempt to sort them out over the next few weeks.  Much to express.  My heart is full.  Much to share.  My camera and iPhone are ready to explode.

For starters, I had a baby.

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And he is beautiful.

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And good and easy and sweet and happy.  Dream newborn.


Smiling on Day One.

Bennett means “Blessed” which is perfect because that’s exactly how I feel about his pregnancy, birth and first 3.5 weeks of life. 


Blessed I had a healthy, albeit miserable, full term pregnancy.  Blessed I made it to the weddings.  Blessed I didn’t have a baby on an airplane.  This I am especially grateful for, since I had unforeseen Placenta accreta and had a scary emergency surgery 30 minutes after Bennett was born.  I hate to think what would have happened on a plane.  Back in the day, women without timely surgical help bled to death.  Blessed to have great doctors, an excellent (finally!) hospital and modern medicine.  Blessed I didn’t have a baby during the power outage.  Blessed I didn’t have a baby on Max’s or America’s birthdays.  (We  missed that last one by ten minutes.)  Blessed my epidural worked on both sides.  Blessed my surgery went really, really well and my recovery is going better than expected.  Blessed, despite a bout of jaundice resulting in an extended hospital stay, Bennett is 100% healthy and thriving. 

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I think my little glowworm actually liked sunning in his tanning bed.

Blessed my mom, whom I’d braced to have for only a few days, was able to stay two whole weeks during which we painted, decorated, projected and celebrated our brains out. 

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Blessed Bennett has two brothers who adore him. 

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Blessed Bennett has so far survived three weeks of brother smother, specifically Max’s 32 pound body landing directly on top of him as he slept in the pack n play his second day home.  Dangerous love. 


Blessed Max survived himself this month.  Since the day he turned two one month ago his face has worn at least one injury.  One of the worst came our first day on our own after my mom left.  My toddler supervision was lacking to say the least.  See the pictures.  Imagine the mommy guilt.


The boy wrestled with a rose bush and lost.  This, minutes after he high-centered a gate and fell three feet.

Mostly, I am incredibly blessed to be the woman surrounded by these three wild and precious boys.

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These four actually.

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My sister, who knew learning Bennett’s gender was initially hard for me, asked me if when Bennett was born, I at all wished he was a girl.  I answered confidently, “absolutely not.” 


I got over that through some very personal and beautiful experiences in February.  Does my heart still long for a girl?  Of course.  But this is what I have been blessed with, and this is exactly right for me.  I know that.  And I am happy. 

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So very happy. 


I have embraced my lucky lot as Queen of three little Princes and their King. 

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Three boys later, this joke is still slaying ‘em.

It may be a messy and destructive crown to wear.


Day 3 on our own, Max got artistic.

But it is mine.  


And I wear it with gratitude.


I’ll be back.  We have lots of catching up to do. 


Cristi said...

YAY! Congrats you guys! I wish we were close by tp give those boys a big squeeze!

Jill said...

Little Bennett is adorable. Love the name. Can't wait to meet him.

Harley King said...

blessed indeed.

Kricket said...

I'm so happy for you.

Sarah S said...

You are so blessed! Loved this post and seeing your darling three boys makes me excited for our third on the way. So glad Bennett is a good baby and that you're feeling well.

Jess said...

I'm so happy for you! And I have to say that anyone who does scout camp as pregnant as you were deserves to be blessed. :) Enjoy your sweet little newborn!

Holly said...

Congrats!! How wonderful!! I love his name!!!!!

Kevin, Jenna, Autumn, and Ella said...

Wendy, can i just say, I love you, your blog, and your boys. I wish I didn't live on the other side of the country so we could get reacquainted. Your positive outlook is a real inspiration to me. Btw, I am willing to trade you a 22-month old feisty girl for your dreamy baby boy! (kidding, sort of)

Ryan and Cheryl Harris said...

love this post and Love Bennett and love that you see all your blessings. Impressed you found time to blog.

Rachel said...

love this and love you! can't wait to meet Bennett! he is adorable.

Rob and Katie said...

I think we waited two months to see a smile from Caleb. Boys with big brothers must know they have a great life ahead of them early. We'll miss you guys next week.

Kara said...

You are so incredibly blessed, that is for sure. We love your sweet family and are so excited to meet Bennett! We'll be up soon, I promise:)

BTW, it sounds more and more like Max and Addison are long lost siblings. Trouble, trouble, trouble...but too cute to get mad at.

Kell's Belles said...

Love this! Congratulations!!! I'm glad you're recovering well and that Bennett is being a good baby :)

anna banana said...

I am blessed to have you as a friend. Such a beautiful post and I love you!

Evan's middle name is Allen. It takes three boys to use the dads name for a middle apparently.

You are so amazing, your boys are so cute.

Where did you get those best big brother shirts again? I think I need those.