It's Tim's birthday today and it's going to be a pretty fun weekend! I'm taking him out tonight, thanks mom for babysitting, he's also going to a poker night, golfing with his brothers, and we're having a family party for him...... geez. His birthday is as big of a deal as Davids! He deserves it, he is such a great husband and father...I love you tim!
I just came home from my doctors appt. This was the first time I've taken David in a while. 2 suckers, 3 rolos, and 1 pack of sweet tarts and he was an angel!!! I am all about bribing. He watched intensely as they just measured and listened to the baby! I was very proud and feel like I'll be able to take him to the rest of these appts. They begin weekly next Wed so everyone will know him by name :) Mackenzie is great.... 5lbs and 18 inches. I've now gained 21 lbs.
Leaving the doctors today, I had an overwhelming sense of joy! Last Sept, a week after David turned 1, we miscarried identical twins. I found out at 12 weeks that the babies just didn't separate and grow correctly...just wasn't meant to be. We had to wait 6 months before trying again so my health could be monitored. We amazingly got pregnant again in March with Mackenzie! However, there was a fraternal twin this time that was lost at 6 weeks. The baby just didn't develop. Luckily, Mackenzie made it! So, our journey for our second child has been overwhelming to say the least. We have lost 3 babies essentially in the past year. Twins run in my family so that is why its happened twice. Our faith has been stretched and strengthened, but God continues to remind us he is more than enough for us. I say all this to because there is not a day that goes by that I don't realize how precious this baby is, and life in general. A verse that has kept me going is Psalm 126:5, Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. There has been many tears this past year. My heart goes out to those who have suffered miscarriage, infertility, or the loss of a child. Raising a family is a hard road, but one I am so blessed to be traveling.


NotQuiteaBride said...

Oh Jen-I had no idea. I'm so sorry for your losses, but I'm so inspired by (but not surprised by) your amazing attitude. You are such an incredible woman of God, and I'm so glad you are able to see the good in the difficult times. Yay for MacKenzie! I can't wait to hear more about her over the next few weeks!

And also-a huge bravo for bribing. I wouldn't get through my days without it! :)

Brandon and Jamie said...

great word. I love your ending quote. you should be a writer. love you!

Rachel said...

You have had quite the journey. I am so sorry for your losses...I know how hard that is! Praise God for David and your little girl on the way! Oh, and Psalm 40:5 (you have it on your sidebar) is one of my favorites!

Ashley said...

Wow, Jen. What an amazing story. I had no idea, either. I'm sorry you had to go through all that, but yes, now you do have pure joy. I'm so happy for you.

Tell Tim happy birthday from us!

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