Our Family

Our Family

Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Since the last update....

two weeks of swimming lessons at the beach * cuddles for baby * two happy girls (Shiana and Ashlyn) passed stage 12 and 4 * some sleepless nights * sister Kirilee didn't do them * some good nights * flying visit from Grandpa and Grandma VanderHeide * lots of cuddles for Lucas - boy, we all love this boy! * more sleepless nights - does this boy know that 1-2 hourly nightly feeds does NOT equal happy mummy? * Daddy's birthday - family over at night * Lucas' first smile - what a cutey! * school shopping done * some 4hr stretches at night even did a 5hr one! * Lucas' first fishing trip with us - caught 2 skippy at the town jetty * lost the sleep thing again at night * sigh *  chips/fries in the park * only woke up twice in the night!* what will tomorrow bring...mmmm?*

This is disjointed just like my baby brain at the moment... do you get the general idea?  We had a wonderful holiday, and we are adjusting to a newborn in the house, this little man Lucas who we love so much, even when he keeps his Mum awake at night.  Tomorrow is back to school and that means all those extra hands are gone - they have been so wonderful in occupying, soothing and settling Lucas.  What will I do without them?

I know what I need to do - make the most of these moments, even when all our dear boy wants is mummy cuddles.  I know they go so fast...I know, I know!

Cuddling in Ashlyn's bed!

aaww - don't you just love baby hands?

Cute Lucas in blue!

More cuddles

Daddy loves his son!

This boy just loves his capsule!

Okay this face is not a reflection of his love for his Grandma - it was just a bad time of the day and his dear Grandma was doing her best to provide some comfort

chatting to Grandpa

Loving my bath - not sure who is having the best time - Lucas or Grandpa and Grandma?

More kisses and cuddles!

We love this boy!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Some thoughts on our beautiful son..

What follows are some of the thoughts I wrote down a few hours after Lucas was born.  These are sentiments I never want to lose or forget, even through the sleepless nights...

What an overwhelming sense of relief and utter thankfulness.  Beside me sleeps our son, Lucas Joel - all 10lb 10 oz of him!  What a feeling, after such a "long" and stressful pregnancy.  So many times of feeling loss, so many times of wondering whether we would ever get to hold another baby of ours in our arms...and then this utter blessing.  So undeserved, and yet so graciously given to us by our Heavenly Father.  And then to find out that Lucas had a true knot in his cord.  Another miracle.  A knot in the cord is very serious, and yet God made sure that this knot did not tighten and that Lucas received all the oxygen and nutrients that he needed!
He is so beautiful and I am so utterly thankful.  Thankful, too, that my doctor decided it was okay to induce him 10 days early.  Imagine his size if he went to full term, and imagine what could have happened had his cord tightened had he been in the womb longer! God had everything under his control. And now it is over.  the dread of labour is gone and we have a beautiful gift.  I know he is ours and yet it feels a little unreal - he is really our son - a son - a boy!  Wow!
I am so relieved.  So utterly relieved to be done this pregnancy and labour.  So, so thankful to God for such an overwhelmingly wonderful gift.   What an powerful feeling of love for this beautiful boy...

And on Sunday we were allowed to present our son for baptism.  Lucas could receive the sign of God's covenant promises to him.  God has promised to be a faithful Father to our little boy... and we pray that our son may live up to this promise and that as he grows he may come to know and love his Lord and Saviour and live his life for Him!

Here are some photos of our gorgeous man in his baptism attire (and I changed our header on this blog to a photo of our whole family after his baptism):