Loving this thought today: “To all mothers in every circumstance, including those who struggle—and all will—I say, ‘Be peaceful. Believe in God and yourself. You are doing better than you think you are.’” —Jeffrey R. Holland. Photo by @alishashawphotography.
We monogram everything in the south isn’t that the saying? Customize your leotard next time you order. We do nice big monograms. The worst thing in my opinion is paying for a monogram and getting something tiny 😉
Noah getting in on the #mickey90 with his cute Baby Mickey hoodie. I bought this hoodie last year when I was pregnant and thought it would be ages before he would fit into it but it has passed so quickly and he is wearing it already!! 🙈
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This was the conversation we have been waiting to have the last 5 1/2 months. He told us both to sit down. He finally told us how he feels about moving half way across the country with a family he doesn’t really know. To a completely different culture, society, rules, food, clothing, school, and family structure. He misses his friends. His freedom (cell phone, PlayStation, rules). He misses his mom and sisters. He misses home cooking. But then he cried. He said he doesn’t want to go back. He is not ready. After months of praying and crying and arguing with him, Jason and I were at a loss. I reached out to friends, family, and other foster moms. Technically we aren’t fostering but it’s a parallel situation. He then apologized. And gave us both a hug. And told us he doesn’t like to talk about his feelings, and that angry Sean wasn’t who he really was. Sometimes when we have traumatic or rough childhoods we build a tough exterior. It’s easier to be pessimistic and angry than to be vulnerable. We expect things to always go wrong. I know this all too well. We also tend to subconsciously sabotage a good thing because we don’t feel like we deserve it. As in most cases with teenagers they push us and push us to see if we break. To test the commitment of our love. If they are able to almost wreck it first then it’s less of a disappointment. Because then, it was their idea. We were at that breaking point. It was affecting our family. The happiness in our household. And then our prayers were answered. We do not have any obligation to keep Sean with us. We are doing it because we are hoping to make a difference in the rest of his life. We solely support him financially, emotionally, and physically. But we also love him. And thinking about sending him home brought a sinking feeling in our hearts. So for now, things are back on track. The last few days have been some of the best yet. We know that it’s going to be full of ups and downs. As with any teenager. But me and Ginger Dad are going to love him like he is our own. And he really does know that now. Without a shadow of a doubt. Xoxo, @heathercrock ❤️ #adoption#family#love
This type of Sunday mood has been a long time coming! Yesterday was #worldprematurityday and though I had tons to say... between diapers, feedings, baby noises (that I hop up every time I hear because I think something is wrong) and cries - I didn’t get to. A premature baby is one born before 37 weeks as 37-40 weeks is considered full term.
I’ll never forget the moment on 10/9/2018 my doctor told Ben and I we’d be meeting our girls “tonight.” The first thing I thought was “No! It’s too early! They’re only 32 weeks!” Knowing way to much my mind raced with possible issues my daughters could have due to being born premature. Still, delivering them that night was the best medical decision for both their health and mine.
Our Sunday mood for the 5 weeks our girls were in the hospital prior to coming home this week looked very different than what you see here. It was spent in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) holding and feeding the girls while watching EKG screens and monitors, changes in their heart rate and pulse ox, beeps and bells.. and navigating their wires. Because of my profession I knew what to expect delivering our girls 8 weeks early but I didn’t know the emotional toll being a NICU parent would take. There were moments of guilt, anxiety and frustration but ultimately we underwent a journey of triumph, self-reflection and fortification of our faith. It became a period of marital bonding and the all to hard practice of “Letting Go and Letting God.”
We were blessed to deliver three little girls 8 weeks early with no health concerns or complications. We were blessed to deliver in an amazing hospital with one of the best NICUs in the country. We’ll always be parents of preemies and share a special bond with NICU parents we meet.
So today I enjoy the blessing of THIS Sunday mood while appreciating all it took to get here. To the parents of preemies who have experienced joys, fear, guilt, loss, victory and more and those born premature.. I celebrate you today❤️ #NICU#preemie#postpartum#prematurebaby#triplets#thecartertriplets#sundaymood#nursepractitioner#babies#momofmultiples
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