I am not sure they will ever realize how lucky they are to have eachother as brothers, playmates, and friends. Never one without the other.

Today a good friend came by for a playdate.  The boys had fun and played in the dirt while the girls chit-chatted.  Typical right? Everyone deserves a friend. We are blessed to have some pretty awesome ones!


a movie I love

I love this story by Jane Austen, titled Persuasion. I haven't read the book, but the 2007 film adaptation starrinng Sally Hawkins and Rupert Penry-Jones has made me fall in love with the characters and plot.  This book is definitely going on my "when I have time to-read" list.


Harper's one week photos

Harper was one week old when these photos were taken. I was afraid they wouldn't turn out, but they look perfect! I'm excited to get them printed and put in our home. 

Harper is such a precious baby.  She sleeps through the night, only waking up to nurse- then falling quickly back to sleep. The boys NEVER did that. They were always up at night for months- leaving me a zombie during the day. But not Harper girl. She must like her beauty sleep too. I'm counting my blessings.

We have had Jed's mom here to help us all last week. Today she went home! She was such a great help- I don't know what I'm going to do without her.  She cooked, cleaned, and played with the boys all day long. From 5:30am to 8:00 at night. Makes me wish I had someone here to help me all the time. Any volunteers? ha.
The boys are taking to Harper a lot more! Robbie is giving her kisses and loves petting her hair to feel how soft it is.  We're trying to teach lil Jed that Harper is his baby sister. He always smiles at her. He even held her a few times.

I'm so excited to be a mom of three. I know it will be hard, but it's going to be so much fun watching these cuties grow up together. I can't wait for what the future holds. Well, I can and I gladly will- but I'm happy that we're all together enjoying this journey called life!


5 generations

5 generations of women are all alive and kickin'! What a blessing! Great Great Grandma Taylor holding baby Harper for the first time.


The lovely details

Did I really have to make the picture that big? Yes, why yes I did.

Okay- so here I'm going to hash out the birth story. I'm a detail person...

Saturday Sep 1st I had had it. My patience was thinning faster than my cervix was. I asked hubby to give me a priesthood blessing. No, I didn't ask him to bless me to go into labor, but just that I would be comforted and patient during the wait of the last week or two of pregnancy. Hubby knew I have been preparing for a natural birth, so I guess he felt guided to bless me as well that I would have a natural birth. I thought that was kind of odd, him being so specific in the blessing.  But I had faith that I could do it. Now just the wait... tick tock tick tock


our sweet little family has grown!

I'm not posting the birth story quite yet, but I did want to show you some pictures of the big day with some more details.

I delivered Harper with no pain medication or epidural... so I spent a lot of time laboring beside the bed on a birthing ball. I used a lot of other positions too, but hubby only grabbed a picture of this one: (thank goodness!)

I've never given birth this way before. So when it was over and she was born, I really couldn't believe it! By far the hardest thing I've ever done. But the best!

It so sweet seeing hubby with Harper girl. He is so sweet and kind to her. I can't wait to see how they interact as time passes on. I wonder if she'll be a daddy's girl?
They already get along pretty well!

We went home from the hospital yesterday and have loved being a family of 5!

Today I took care of the kids by myself while hubby was at work- and it wasn't too bad. Hopefully most days go like today. :)  The boys enjoy being around Harper. Jeddie gives kisses to her. Robbie normally won't come near her- but he did stroke her hair once today.

My sweet mother-in-law is flying in tonight to spend time with all of us this week. We are excited to have her visit and know that she'll love meeting Harper and catching up with the boys!


Harper has come

I am so in love with this little girl that has joined our family.
She was born yesterday at 1:24pm. She is 7lbs 8oz at 19 1/2in.
We made our doctor sweat! I will let you know how later, in the birth story blog post. Everything went absolutely perfect and I wouldn't have changed a thing.


A good week to have a baby

Last April our rose bush bloomed. It was so beautiful and I hoped it would last all summer. But sadly, the summer drought pinched off all the blooms and left us with a colorless rose bush. 

But aha! The September weather and rain has brought back the beautiful blooms.
Just in time for Harper's birth.  Even the roses are welcoming her to her new home! We can't wait to hold her in our arms. This is a good week to have a baby!


just a bunch of pictures

We've been busy relaxing getting ready for the baby.  Haha. Busy relaxing.  First of all- not much relaxing to be done with two toddlers. Second of all- I guess we have been pretty busy. Hubby has been working overtime.  I've been scrubbing floors and walls, and I even did a bridal shoot a few days ago.  And look! My mom has been busy too: 

She made this little pillowcase dress for Harper. She made it out of a bed-skirt and sheet.  Ha! I love how creative she is.  I can't wait to see Harper dressed in all of her cute clothes.

Her due date is a whopping 8 days away.  8.

What frustrates me is that I have false labor, for hours, sometimes days. I'm dilating and effacing... but at an extremely slow rate. Basically 1 cm a week. She might get here by Christmas at this rate. LOL  But for the record, I am dilated to a 2. and I'm 70% effaced. Or I was last Wednesday anyway.

Call me crazy but this pregnancy I've been preparing for as much as a natural birth as possible. No pitocin, no epidural, and limited fluids through an IV (so I can walk around). I've even arranged to have wireless monitors so that Harper's condition can still be monitored while I move around.  I plan on going in to the hospital when my contractions are 3-4 minutes apart. 

That being said- I will in know way feel "a failure" if it doesn't work out how I want. Whether that means I end up getting an epidural, pitocin, or if I even end up with a C-section (heaven forbid).  She's still the same Harper when she gets here!

And I hope she gets here soon.