Where are your favorites spots to shop for kids stuff (nursery, clothing etc.)
I really LUV Spearmint Baby for all things baby! (They are NOT a partner, just one of my fav places to shop.) For my big kids, I LUV H&M and Target for a lot of their clothes and shoes, etc, and we also shop a lot at Abercrombie Kids. My daughter recently started LUV’ing Justice, too. For decor, I LUV Crate Kids and Target.
What’s the most challenging part of motherhood for you right now?
The most challenging part of motherhood for me RIGHT NOW is balancing my time and affection. We really enjoyed being a family of 4 and our overall dynamic. Our time always felt pretty balanced between getting one on one time with each of our kids. So my concern with adding another family member was that it would effect that dynamic, and that my big kids would feel as though they got less of my attention and time. I do my best to still spend one on one time with each of them, but my pregnancy was pretty consuming and then having a preemie and spending a lot of time in the NICU affected this as well. So, I’m constantly gut-checking… have I given each of them enough affection today? Did I let each of them know how special they are to me? I tell them each daily, “You’re my best friend.” I always want them to know that they are each special to me and nothing and no one will ever replace my love for them. I also want them to always know that while adding a sibling may take away some of their time or attention, it also adds so much love to their lives. I absolutely LUV being a sibling of 4, so I’m so happy that we decided to add another sibling to their dynamic. Life is so full with a big family, and I LUV every second of it. Honestly, if they hadn’t taken my uterus, I probably would have had another… But I’m SO grateful that God gave us these 3 angels.
What was pregnancy like for you this time around?
Where do I start?? (sigh…) I shared about our decision to have a third in this blog post
In short, we decided we were done having babies when our second was born. We had a boy and a girl and felt complete. Until, I didn’t anymore. I decided I wanted another child when my son was about 4, and we (and by “we”, I mean “he”, my husband) reversed his vasectomy so that we could try for a third. After a chemical pregnancy (I only knew I was pregnant for one day) and a miscarriage (I miscarried at about 6 weeks), we were pregnant with our rainbow baby. Then… at 19 weeks… I was diagnosed with a life-threatening condition called placenta percreta, in addition to complete placenta previa, and my life was changed forever. I shared about it here
I was not only concerned about potentially losing the baby. But I was told that I would have to have a hysterectomy whenever I delivered, (which I knew could be extremely early). So, I knew, that no matter what, this would be my last pregnancy.
Ultimately, I ended up in the hospital at about 30 weeks and had Dakota at 33 weeks. She was then in the NICU for 2 more weeks. She’s doing fantastic and my outcome was miraculous! The biggest concern with my pregnancy was my risk of hemorrhaging at delivery. I was even advised by some to write letters to my children and husband, as the risk was so high. I decided against this, as I always tried to keep my mind in the most positive place possible, but to say this journey was scary is the understatement of the century.
I’m grateful every single minute of every single day that God protected me through this journey, and that I’m here to tell about it. You can learn more about placenta previa here