Monday, November 24, 2014

Welcome Ezra

Ezra James Wilson.  Saturday, October 25, 2014. 1:17pm.  7lbs 11oz.  21.5in.

On Saturday morning, October 25th, with bags in hand, excitement overflowing, and butterflies in our stomachs, Matthew and I set out for the hospital.  Today we would welcome our second child into the world.  This was not a mad dash though since I was not in labor but yet scheduled for an induction.  My mind was prepared to be in labor for many hours; however, it all transpired so quickly that it seems a bit of a blur now.  We arrived, checked in, answered way too many questions, and then the whole process began around 8:30am.  I chose to get an Epidural, so for the duration of labor I was not in any pain.  Matt and I reminisced of our delivery with Jude and discussed our future with our new little fella.  My mom, dad, and sister arrived to wait for his arrival and we all fielded calls and texts about the progress of the labor.  At about 12:45pm the nurses concluded that the baby was ready.  With Matt by my side, two nurses coaching, and a patient doctor cheering me on, Ezra came after just after a few series of pushes.  With tears streaming down my face and laughs of inexplicable joy, I held our baby boy for the first time as Matt and I spoke words of love over him.  Ezra was already loved so much before he was born, but when he arrived he completely rocked our world.  The next few hours and days were filled with a lot more love pouring out for Ezra from all of our dear family and friends.  One of the exceptional moments of the occasion was when Matt's mother brought Jude to meet Ezra a couple hours after he was born.  The look of happiness that appeared on Jude's face as he ran into the room and exclaimed, "Hi, Mommy!" Then he gasped and said, "It's baby Ezra!  Oh, he's so sweet!"  If I could take a moment and bottle it up to keep forever, that would definitely be the winner.

As this week of Thanksgiving begins, I just want to say thank you to our heavenly Father for giving us such a precious gift.  At this time last year I was beginning to think we may not be able to have any more children, but God was faithful and blessed us beyond measure.  

Below are some of the moments we captured over the first two days with Ezra.  

 ^^^I know this is blurry, but it is also one of our first family it is definitely a keeper. :)


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Pumpkin Picking at the Patch

October would not be October without going to a pumpkin patch with our little guy to pick out a pumpkin.  We did just this on Saturday.  Our schedule has been packed full every weekend since well...honestly, I think we have lost count.  Finding a couple of hours to do something relaxing and fun with Jude was a nice treat for us all.  Jude loved every minute.  Firetruck "driving", pumpkin sitting, animal petting and feeding, donut eating, hayriding, and pumpkin picking are all the things that made this day a memorable fall event.  We captured a lot of pictures and Matt even made a video of Jude.  Take a look here on his Instagram account if you would like to see it.  Also, if you want to view past times of  pumpkin picking you can see those here and here.  If you haven't been to a pumpkin patch in a while you may want to make that a part of your fall bucket won't regret it.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Jude's 3rd Birthday Party

"Better late than never" should be my blogging motto...I mean, seriously.  I wanted to write a quick thank you to everyone for your birthday wishes to Jude and also to say how much he loved his birthday party.  He is such a precious gift to both Matt and I, and we are so grateful that he has such a wonderful support system around him.  We had a small, family birthday party for him on his birthday.  We picked a firetruck theme for the event.  He really loves all things transportation, but has a particular fascination with firetrucks.  We grilled out hamburgers and hotdogs + had way too many sweets.  But according to Jude sweets should make up the entire food pyramid. :)  If you would like to visit Jude's past birthday parties you can look here, here, here, and here.

 So he was a little frightened by our singing.  It took a few minutes to recover and blow out the candles.   Haha!