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A Bundle of Myrrh

"My beloved is unto me as a bundle of myrrh." Song of Solomon 1:13

Archive for the ‘Pregnancy’ Category

38 Weeks

Saturday, January 19th, 2019

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38 Weeks. What a gift. In such a short time we will finally lay eyes on our dear new son for the first time. I’m eager for that moment but I’m also still soaking in these last days of having him on the inside. The entirety of this pregnancy has been such a blessing. All pregnancies are blessings of course. This one had so many moments of anxiety and worry for me but every week was one more miracle and gift and here we are now, at the end of the waiting, ready for the next blessing of finally holding this little one.  It has not always been pleasant, but it has truly been a joy to carry this child.

It strikes us that there will be 3 years between Josephine and this new baby. We have never experienced this age difference in our children. And while it does have some wonderful new qualities to it we will always know why it is and feel this age difference with sorrow.

This pregnancy feels very different in some ways for me and Phil. There’s almost a sense of this being a “first time.” I’ve bought more and gotten dreamy eyed over little baby shoes and swaddles more than I have in a long time. Mooney much of the time just wanting to waste the day looking online at onesies and swaddles for this baby.

I’m enjoying these final weeks. The “nesting” has kicked in and I’m obliging it as best as my old tired body will let me and I almost have that satisfied feeling that everything is as “ready” as it can be.

The bustle of nesting takes it’s toll and gives over to the necessary stillness that comes as well during these last days. The time your body requires to just sit and rest. In these moments the goodness can really sink in. The good fact that a baby will soon be in your arms and the arms of all those who have come before.

This mama says it well:

“This is such a sweet, special season, these final weeks of carrying my baby, a time for really slowing down, looking around me at what I’ve already been blessed with, and savor it all the more. There really is no need to stress about “the list” or “the mess” or anything else.

Because all that will matter in just a few short days or weeks is going to be that we’re all here. All ten of us. Together.” Keeper of the Home

I am so excited for that day when all our babies meet their brother and it will suddenly be hard to remember what our family was like without him. In my exhaustion I find joy and I give thanks for all of it, all these blessings. For the past 38 weeks of them and for the many blessings to come.

Nursery Sprucing

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

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I’m not sure what has gotten into me but for the first time in 11 years I’m “redecorating” our nursery. And I use the word “redecorating” loosely. Really I’m just giving it a bit of a fresher look and adding some new touches here and there. When we moved into the parsonage almost 3 years ago I put the nursery together with some decorations I had on hand but that was it. Now I’m ready for some change. Sorry I have no before pictures.

I started with purging the excess and out of season clothing. Cleaning up the floor and reorganizing all the stuff we store in this room to make room for baby boy’s things.


34 weeks

Wednesday, December 26th, 2018

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I’m so thankful that we have made it to this point. Officially we have only a bit over 5 weeks left before we will meet this baby. I’m looking forward to and praying that day is a happy meeting.

Not knowing if we will be given more babies I wanted to enjoy this pregnancy as best I could. Even that long and emotional first trimester. I didn’t know what to expect this time, being over 40. Everything you read leads one to believe the worst about being pregnant in this decade of life. So I’m amazed that up until now this has actually been one of my very easiest pregnancies. And I’m in awe of just how healthy our baby boy is.


The Reveal

Saturday, October 13th, 2018

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Gender Reveal parties are all the rage these days. While I was not going to have a party with 100 guests I did want to have a little fun with telling the babies about their new baby brother. As they’ve gotten older this is such exciting news for them. With Martha it was PINK Twizzlers and for Josephine I used PINK frosting inside cupcakes so I wanted to come up with another plan this time.

On the 24th we went in for a 21 week ultrasound. Thankfully everything was measuring as should be and baby was growing perfectly. He was quite wiggly but happily we were able to find out the one other thing we wanted to know.