Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Still in awe with our baby...

Our Baby at 20 weeks...
I'm sure I mentioned that back when this 20 week ultrasound was taken, that our little blessing decided to keep his/her privates private. We currently have a girl, boy, then a girl. From the moment of conception of this 6th pregnancy, I was set on having a boy to give my Stanley a little brother. It took weeks, but we came up with the names Molly Violet and Jonathan Bruce.

We began working on creating a new schoolroom for our homeschooling adventures, which moved Stanley into his big sister's top bunkbed for a few months. Now Stanley has transitioned into the old office room - our largest room upstairs. This room is intended for the new baby and either Stanley if it is a boy, or Sabrina if it's a girl. Of course, if this baby is a girl - it would mean yet another move for Stanley plus rearranging Sabrina's zone. It has been a stressful 2 months not knowing what we are going to have.

So today, I went in for my 28 week appointment. Since I have already been diagnosed with Gest. Diabetes, I didn't have to do the 1hr test, but I had plenty of other things to attend to. Top priority, convincing my doctor to get me into the ultrasound room today! He said that because of the diabetes, he would like to check the size of the baby - so he agreed.

It was a busy day, so busy - it was the first time ever that there was more than one Melissa in the two waiting rooms. But after a short wait, I got in.

We got both our feet in the door with high expectations. This picture above is our baby's foot, and of course every image was so clear and beautiful, I got all teared up. I asked the US technician if she got the same awe with everyone she sees - and she agreed. It was such a blessing to see our healthy little 28 week old baby in such detail.

And so here is the latest profile of our perfect little gift from God. I would officially like to introduce you to Jonathan Bruce. Yes, it is a boy - for certain! And I couldn't be happier and you can't wipe the smiles off our faces. My dad was the first one I called, because this little guy is named after my dad, my hero - Bruce. He says he can't wait for the day he can take him out golfing with the rest of the guys. My husband Tom, is so happy to have the hormones balanced out and the hope of raising two dirty and adventurous little boys. And of course Stanley says he's ready to paint his room blue and will officially call his new little brother "Jon."

So here's a little hello from us to the big world out there
- we're having another baby! And it's a boy!

God Bless you and yours!

Monday, May 4, 2009

What kids are worth these days

In the spirit of Mother's Day approaching... I have repeatedly seen the breakdown of the cost of raising a child, but this is the first time I have seen the rewards listed this way. Thanks mom for passing this onto me!

The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with $160,140.00 for a middle income family. Talk about price shock! That doesn't even touch college tuition. But $160,140.00 isn't so bad if you break it down.

It translates into:
* $8,896.66 a year,
* $741.38 a month,
* $171.08 a week.
* A mere $24.24 a day!
* Just over a dollar an hour.

Still, you might think the best financial advice is: don't have children if you want to be 'rich.' Actually, it is just the opposite..

What do you get for your $160,140.00?
* Naming rights. First, middle, and last!
* Glimpses of God every day.
* Giggles under the covers every night.
* More love than your heart can hold.
* Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs.
* Endless wonder over rocks, ants, clouds, and warm cookies.
* A hand to hold usually covered with jelly or chocolate.
* A partner for blowing bubbles and flying kites.
* Someone to laugh yourself silly with, no matter what the boss said or how your stocks performed that day.

For $160,140.00, you never have to grow up.
You get to:
* finger-paint,
* carve pumpkins,
* play hide-and-seek,
* catch lightning bugs,
* never stop believing in Santa Claus.

You have an excuse to:
* keep reading the Adventures of Piglet and Pooh,
* watch Saturday morning cartoons,
* go to Disney movies, and
* wish on stars.

You get to frame rainbows, hearts, and flowers under refrigerator magnets and collect spray painted noodlewreaths for Christmas, hand prints set in clay for Mother's Day, and cards with backward letters for Father's Day.

For a mere $24.24 a day, there is no greater bang for your buck.

You get to be a hero just for:
* retrieving a Frisbee off the garage roof,
* taking the training wheels off a bike,
* removing a splinter,
* filling a wading pool,
* coaxing a wad of gum out of bangs, and
* coaching a baseball team that never wins but always gets treated to ice cream regardless.

You get a front row seat in history to witness the:
* First step,
* First word
* First date,
* First time behind the wheel.

You get to be immortal. You get another branch added to your family tree, and if you're lucky, a long list of limbs in your obituary called grandchildren and great -grandchildren. You get an education in psychology, nursing, criminal justice, communications, and human sexuality that no college can match.

In the eyes of a child, you rank right up there under God. You have all the power to heal a boo-boo, scare away the monsters under the bed, patch a broken heart, police a slumber party, ground them forever, and love them without limits, so one day they will, like you, love without counting the cost.

That is quite a deal for the price!
Love & enjoy your children & grandchildren & great-grandchildren!!!!!!!
It's the best investment you'll ever make.

God Bless you and yours! Happy Mother's Day!


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