It’s times like these-big family transitions-where I clearly can see just how truly blessed I am (we are). Whether it be in the quiet of the night when its just me and Levi, or in the middle of a busy day when receiving a text offering help, it is apparent that God has put just the right people in our lives and I am truly grateful for everyone!
God has blessed us with the opportunity to be a part of an amazing church community, GENESIS. I am blessed to know many fellow moms who have encouraged me, loved me, and have offered to help out (both before and after Levi’s arrival). The girls are often surrounded by wonderful volunteers on any given Sunday for Sunday school who love them to pieces. We have also been blessed by many volunteers who have taken time out of their busy schedules to make us yummy meals so I can focus on taking care of Levi and the girls. We have met many lifelong and special friends at GENESIS and are truly grateful for them.
We are also blessed with an amazing family. While we were at the hospital I didn’t worry for a minute about the girls, knowing full well that they were being cared for by their Nonna and that they got to play with their cousin Bridget. A big thank you also goes to Papa, Auntie Laura, Uncle Nick, Grandma, and Grampa who also got to spend time with them when Levi arrived. The girls spent pretty much ALL day at Nonna and Papa’s house. Not to mention the fact that my Mom doesn’t bat an eye when I bring laundry with me when we visit. A nd just the other day we went to the mall so my mom could buy Levi clothes (and so she could treat the girls with soft serve). We have a wonderful and generous family who are happy to help. This includes family near and far. Boy are we blessed.
Finally, I can’t write a post about being blessed without talking about my girls and my husband. Abigail has been a huge help. She often gets “stuck” having to get things for me. Sometimes she asks why, but other times she just helps out without saying a word. Sarah isn’t as willing to help, but she loves holding her brother and saying how cute he is. Having a new baby in the family is easily the hardest on Lily. She is especially unhappy when she finds me feeding Levi when she gets up from her nap. But, overall, I think she is handling things rather well.
Labor and delivery affected me this time around more than it did the three times before. Once I got home I was not content to sit and relax (I know, bad idea). I ended up making dinner my first night home-not because I had to, but because I wanted to. It wasn’t anything strenuous, but after I settled down for the night I noticed my feet, ankles, and calves were quite swollen. After a call to the Doctor I learned I would have to really take it easy. Jonathan quickly took over. He did tons of cleaning, feeding the girls, and even took on the big task of doing 6 loads of laundry at the laundromat twice!). Whenever I told him I needed to take a break or take it easy he completely understood and took over. And, just like with our other former babies Jonathan gets up in the middle of the night whenever Levi wakes. He’s actually been the first to notice when he wakes. Jonathan will pick Levi up, hold him for a bit, and then gently let me know its time for a feeding. He goes right back to bed after that, but just being up with me for those first few minutes just means so much to me.
Actually, here is the “finally”. God has blessed us greatly. Without Him I would have no content for this post. He has blessed us with our great family, friends, and church. Without Him my life would be filled with worry and anxiety with each addition to our family. Because I know God I also know hope and peace. He provided us with four children so He will make a way for us to be able to take care of them. Don’t get me wrong, I do not live a perfect life completely free of stress, anxiety, and worry, but I do have a Heavenly Father I can look to and trust with every aspect of my life.