Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Our family of four

Our journey to Devin was a crazy, whirlwind of a ride. We were still grieving the loss of baby #1 when my social worker told me to get some pictures together for her. The very next week we received a phone call saying that we had been chosen! (this happened ONE DAY before I got the call saying that baby #1 had been born.) SO, Jay and I decided to go forward with this adoption. We knew it was a boy, and we both felt in our hearts that our next child was indeed a boy. (Baby #1 was a girl, by the way). The following week we met the birthparents. To say the meeting was awkward would be such a ridiculous understatement. But, we survived, and it was just the beginning of weeks filled with awkward encounters. I learned to wake up every morning saying "I cannot do this alone, God. You gotta help me big-time"...and He did. This experience stretched Jay and I in ways we never dreamed possible. But, because of it, I got to hear Devin's heartbeat while he was still in the womb. I got to see him just one hour after he was born, and we got to leave the hospital with our son. Having a newborn is challenging, to say the least. Daily showers are no longer a given for this momma. Heck, getting out of my pj's doesn't happen everyday. I sleep in 2 1/2 hour intervals at night (on the good nights, that is). Dev has struggled with gas, or colic, or SOMETHING that has caused him to spend hours wailing at the top of his little lungs. We are on our third formula with him, and we think the third time is the charm cuz things are improving greatly. Hallelujah! All this to say, I feel overwhelmingly blessed to have two beautiful, healthy, perfect little kidlets. God is good!
Dev and his gramma. I LOOOOVE this picture.


Lily's sassy new "do"...she couldn't be any cuter.

Lil entertaining all of us. (Devin looks like he's trying to figure her out, doesn't he!?)



Look at that face!!!!





So cute!





I had to go out and get myself a sassy "do" too. Now Lily says we match...yep, practically twins, the two of us!





36 comments:

Jodee Leader said...

Congrats on your new baby boy! He is just adorable! It looks like Lily is a fabulous big sister!

I can totally relate to this post -- I still only shower every other day and my baby is 2 1/2 years old! Life is crazy with two kids!

Daniella said...

happy to you in bold in my bloglines :) What a beautiful family of 4. I know the sleep thing is hard - I had it with Joseph and it stinks. Hopefully the newest formula will improve things. I love love love younew haircut and yes you look like twins.

redmaryjanes said...

Your family is just beautiful. The right baby came home. God knew the plan.

Missy said...

God is sooo good!!! Congratulations on your newest little family member...he is precious. I love Lily's new do and yours too : ) Such a beautiful family you have. You are blessed!

PIPO said...

Congrats to you! I am SO happy about the newest gift in your family.

Somehow, things do come to pass as they are meant to be.

I've been thinking of you and am so happy to have gotten here and found this news.

Now, my best wishes for you in finding some sleep.

John & Michelle said...

So very happy for the four of you! He is so cute! We lost a baby girl the day after she was born last May, after the BM changed her mind. I have grieved for her, but remind myself daily that God's plan is always perfect and keeping that baby girl has changed that young ladys life for the better! She is clean now and in college and taking great care of an angel! Thanks for updating us...you all make me smile!
(((HUGS)))
from Tennessee,
Michelle

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

You know how happy I am for you girly..
LOVE , LOVE ,LOVE the new hair cut...
It is sooo cute.. and looks very easy for the new mommy..
Love ALL the photos..
Tell Lily that Aunt Tim thinks she is BEAUTIFUL..
Have a great evening..
Love ya..

PandaMom said...

What a blessing you hold!!! God is so good to your family!

I do believe that you and Miss Lily DO kinda look like twins! That is priceless. ; )

Rachel said...

Congratulations on your little bundle of joy! He is just adorable. I know how overwhelmed you must feel having a newborn around. They're so little and sweet, but it can be so hard to know what they want/need.

I know we haven't met as your life has been so chaotic since we moved to Michigan, but Lily and I would love to bring over lunch one day for you and your Lily. Please email me if you're interested - rstafeil@mac.com. I know when I had my second, everything was so much easier if I had someone else around!

Rachel

Jen said...

He is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing these pics...we can't wait to meet the little man in person someday!

Busy Mama said...

Love that haircut - and cute pics of those kids!!!!

LaLa said...

God is good ALL the time!! So happy for you! He is so beautiful as is the whole family...when are you heading South!!!

Janet said...

I agree with the rest....what a BEAUTIFUL family. Devin is ADORABLE. And we already KNOW Lily is.....:-)

holly m. said...

Nikki!
I have looked forward to seeing more,more! beautiful pics of your family! Lily looks to be a wonderful big sis and Devin is so interested in her! Devin's eyelashes a gorgeous by the way! The little boys always get the long eyelashes! You four look so good together. I'm very happy for you all, Nikki! I've been missing Lil!:)

Steffie B. said...

Oh girl.....I am so happy for you. I know how busy and tired you are right now, but it is a good feeling. You are living the dream....and I couldn't be happier for you.

We'll have you over this summer....what a site we will be with all of our children....lol...and I love the new do's you and Miss Lily are sportin'.....I'll try and call again in a few weeks....I know the schedule is crazy right now and it is all I can do to keep my sanity over "When" I am going to bring my boy home.....

Hugs,
Steffie

Juliette said...

Good to read and see your beautiful family of four.
I hope the new formula is the one and that your little man feels better and allow you to get more rest!
Love the new hair dos!

Linette said...

What a great family of 4! That baby boy is as precious as they come. And you and Lily look adorable with your new sassy do's. :) When I think of your story, it reminds me that God always has a plan even in the midst of most difficult circumstances. Have a wonderful day with your two beautiful kiddos!!

RamblingMother said...

Cute cute cute. Love the big sis baby brother pic. and cute matching hair cuts.

Jewels of My Heart said...

Oh, Nikki,
Your family is so beautiful and you all look radiant! What a handsome little man you have and those peepers are tooooooooooooooo beautiful!
You all looks so happy! Love the new do's. You girls look sassy and fabulous!
As to his tummy problems. Amanda from the Starfish foster home in China gives her babies something called Gripe Water (it is some tonic water from England and it is supposed to really help!) They sell it in the U.S. too. I would try it and see if it helps your little guy.
Love you and yes, GOD IS GOOD!
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmwa!

Mr.Brian said...

Happy that things went so well this time.God had a wonderful plan for your family.
Thanks for sharing your journey.

Tiffany said...

A beautiful family of 4 you are! Congrats!!!!! So happy for you guys!!!!!

Love the new "do's"... too cute!

Paula said...

He's adorable! Congrats!!
Don't fret, this infant stage passes quickly. Its super tough at first.

mommy24treasures said...

ohhh I love your sassy cut!

I am so glad you updated, I just can't do the facebook thing and I miss hearing from you.
D is growing!! Such a handsome little guy.:)
The ways and plans of God are so awesome.

The Byrd's Nest said...

I love both of your new hairstyles....darling! Both of you!

I am so sorry about the sleep...I am praying the new formula works...I can't remember what formula it is that is supposedly easy on their tummies but I do remember it was expensive. I'll try to give some thought to it later.

Love you and big hugs!

kerri said...

Look how much Devin is growing, wow!!!
I love this post, prayers were answered,there was a plan, we are so happy for you.

Lovin' the new, sassy do, gorgeous!!

3 Peanuts said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this post...I love how you leaned on God and He held you up! I LOVE your new haircuts...so cute! I think little mR D looks like his momma! ANd don't worry...both my boys had severe colic. Will cried everyday for 5-7 hours non-stop!!!!!! it was horrible, i wanted to throw him out the window (kind of). But it only lasts a little while and it gets so much better. Wish i could come hold him so that you could sleep and shower:) Hang in there...that newborn stuff is hard but it will be over before you know it and in a way...you'll even miss it! SO happy for you!!!!!

Beth and Shayna said...

Love the matching hair do's, Shayna is so about us matching. Dev is very cute and I hope your schedule becomes more sane. Hang in there.

Mommy Spice said...

I love hearing how this all took place...so wonderfully quickly. You all look fabulous and you are quite the blessed Mamma!! Love the new do's too!!

Rhea Anne said...

Nikki.. that is a great journey. Dev is so sweet and Lily is just beautiful. You are blessed. Hope you get some rest. Take care and congratulations,

*Hey I have a friend that went through domestic adoption and things went wrong. What agency do you use? She wanted to get back on a list. Thanks for any info you can give me,

kris said...

What a beautiful family of four you are! So happy for you guys- I just can't believe how good GOD INDEED IS! Congratulations again! He is adorable... and Lily looks so cute with her new (matching) hair do!

The Things We Carried said...

Nikki, somehow I have lost you in all my blogging. so happy to catch up again!

day by day said...

Wonderful story, Nikki! God is sooo good!!

I love the last picture of you and Lily! Twins for sure. : )

love you!

Pam said...

Congratulations on your new baby boy. I so excited for you. He is beautiful. I'm sure that Lily is a great big sister.

Jonni said...

Look at you sassy do girls! I am so happy for you and your family sweetie and thanks for sharing your story. You guys looks so thrilled and I know the sleeping thing will get better.

Lily and Devin are so adorable and it all just fell into place perfectly.

Love,
Jonni

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