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Honestly? There are so many quotes – so many – from the last few days. But, my sleep deprived brain and happy heart are keeping them close. I’ll share them soon.
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Our sweet Gianna Therese is home and I’m pretty sure she has us all smitten. The kids have given her one million kisses and asked the same amount in questions. The questions are endless. No really. Last night, Scott and I finally cut them off at question #42. Curiosity. It abounds.
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The birth story. It will come, that I promise. I was smart enough several months ago to hire a birth photographer and the beauty of that decision has been greater than I ever dreamed. I’ll be sharing sneak peeks in the next few days and all of them shortly after that. For now, know that Scott was an absolute rock star in the labor and delivery room. By the grace of God I was able to deliver Gianna via VBAC and without any medication or pitocin. It was easily the most spiritually intense few hours of my life. And, an experience like that needs to be reflected upon, pondered and prayed about before sharing it with the world. Rest assured, if you gave me prayer intentions I offered them up – happily – and I thank each of you for your prayers. They carried me through.
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I have no idea how much I’ll be blogging the next few weeks. It will likely be sporadic and at 3am. So, look forward to those ramblings. Just be patient with me. You might get lucky and get a few posts in a row. It all depends on how night owlish our sweet G will be. Until then, I am so overwhelmed by your sweet comments and messages about our newest addition. In all those months of pregnancy I never dreamed it would be this deliciously awesome. I’m not sure if that’s life perspective, my upcoming 40th birthday, the number of children I have or the lack of sleep I’m surviving on. Whatever it is, I’ll take it.
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Sisters are amazing. Just look at these photos. It appears Gianna has groupies. And the best praying kind, I might add. If you look closely in that bottom photo, you’ll see that Gianna is sporting a second-class relic of St. Therese on her nursery blanket. We got to borrow it for a few moments and I think it suits her, don’t you?
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That’s life. When we arrived home on Thursday, I just had to laugh. The housecleaner was just finishing up (thank you God for that amazing timing!) and the plumber was fixing leaky toilets. Welcome to reality. Scott dropped Gianna and I off at home, dashed to get Luke from school and when he returned home, we just sat in silence while Gianna and Luke napped. It was glorious. Chaos ensued shortly thereafter when the bigs got home from school, but for that few hours it sure felt peaceful. We’re also realizing that the littlest Whitaker is quite the bargaining chip. “You can hold Gianna, just as soon as you “finish your homework/take out the trash/do your chores/empty the dishwasher”. I think we might keep her.
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A few parting photos of our time in the hospital. This won’t be the last of them, of that I’m sure.
More takers, probably less babies, over at Jen’s.