Wednesday, March 28, 2007
(But not to worry, even with the appearance/title of my blog changing you can still expect the same quality programming...hehe.)
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
SO, instead I got caught up on laundry (we have tons of that around here!) and finished a really good book, "Letters to Malcolm, Chiefly on Prayer" by CS Lewis. (Kevin enjoyed the movie and cuddled with Kaitlyn the whole time, which was so cute.) Not sure what I'll read next. I finally gave up on "Desiring God" by John Piper because I just couldn't get into it. I figure life's too short to read books you're not wanting to read! (Oh and in Kevin's defense, lest you think he only rents movies he wants to see, he also rented us "Akeelah and the Bee" which I've been wanting to see since it came out.)
Anyway, that is my random blog for the day! (I hope your cold gets better soon David! :) )
Monday, March 26, 2007
I was a little nervous about how things would go. But God never ceases to be faithful, gracious and full of mercy! Today went WONDERFULLY! For one thing, Kaitlyn sleeps during the time that the kids and I are getting up, which is GREAT because this is really when the bulk of my day's work has to be done--making the beds/baths/lotion/clothes/breakfast/unloading and loading the dishwasher. To be honest, it didn't really feel like my workload increased all that much. Another big worry I had was that I would just feel so tired, due to the fact that I'm not getting a full night's sleep anymore. But God apparently is getting me through that too because I DID feel like I had energy today, and Kaitlyn is only waking up a couple times a night now to nurse.
Every time we've added a child to our family, I have worried that I wouldn't be able to do it, and have half-jokingly asked Kevin "What have I gotten myself into?" I think God must just shake his head and wonder why I have such a hard time trusting Him with the immense blessings He's given me.
Having Kaitlyn has been a huge reminder to me that a child is a gift from God. Each of our children has been placed in our arms by the Lord. I think of that term "family planning" and I know without a doubt that God has planned our family and will continue to do so. I'm so grateful for my kids and for the strength and grace God gives us to carry out the plans He has for us!
(Here are a couple of pictures taken in the first days home with Kaitlyn. The one with me in the green shirt cracks me up because this is what it's like any time the poor baby needs to eat, all the kids want to be near her. It's rather unfortunate because it looks like Biniam is reaching for my, uh, shirt--I have no clue what he was doing! I like the second picture of just me and little Katie Jane, because I think it is indicative of how I'm feeling these days--sleepy but happy. :) )
(Oh and I'll continue with my labor/delivery story soon. I'm slightly bitter because I did the whole next installment, complete with pictures, and Blogger trashed it! Grrrrrrr! But soon. I promise. :) )
Friday, March 23, 2007
We had our court hearing at 8:30 a.m. this morning at the courthouse here in Santa Maria (now how many children can say their adoption was finalized at the same courthouse that the infamous Michael Jackson trial was held at? Hehe). We arrived to a huge crowd of people waiting outside the courtroom. Apparently everyone goes inside, and the judge calls each group up individually to hear their case. We were all packed in there like sardines.
The bailiff (this was SO out of Judge Judy!) then told everyone to remain seated as the judge, fully wearing the robe and everything, walked out and took his seat, and announced that court was in session! This was very exciting. Then the judge made the announcement that the adoption cases would be saved until the end (they're confidential so the room has to be empty when each one is heard.) WHAT?! How on earth were we supposed to keep an infant, a 3 year old, and two 2 year olds happy and quiet during all of these cases?!
Fortunately a man (presumably a lawyer who knew the ropes) sitting in front of us said we could wait out in the hall and they'd call us in when it was our turn. So we did that and were finally called back in. (I was a bit bummed I wouldn't get to hear all of the cases, as I find these things interesting.)
Now it was VERY exciting because we got to sit up at the table. Then we had to be sworn in! We had to stand and hold up our right hand and repeat after the clerk (I'm telling you this made my day). The judge asked some questions and then pronounced that it was in the childrens' best interest to be placed with us, and pronounced them our sons! (Sadly, no slam of the gavel). Then we went up to have our picture taken with the judge. Anna and Biniam were terrified of him.
So that was our day in court. We even got to see the bailiff boot someone out of the courtroom--a 20 month old boy (from Guatemala), for screaming and crying. (That last picture is of us with the judge!)
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Needless to say I've been "busy"--apparently newborns nurse rather frequently and wake up multiple times at night! :) I am just plain exhausted but so head-over-heels in love with little Katie Jane! I am seriously in awe of the fact that God formed her so perfectly inside of me, she is just too precious! (Actually a major reason I haven't been blogging is Kevin's been working from home, therefore using the computer for 9 hours a day.)
It's really strange giving birth because you go from having been pregnant (for 9 months!) to not being pregnant and having a baby. I was so anxious to not be pregnant anymore, but now I feel a weird sort of loss not being pregnant--like it's a little sad. I miss feeling Kaitlyn moving inside of me, etc. Rather strange. Giving birth and having a newborn also make me want to do this about ten more times, which I know is insane because (in addition to being utterly exhausted right now) just two weeks ago I had completely sworn off the whole having children naturally thing--pregnancy is hard work! But there's something really magical about the whole thing once you deliver that wrinkly, cuddly little baby.
Anyway I'm wanting to blog/post pictures of the whole labor/delivery/hospital experience, of the kids meeting their new baby sister (sooooooo priceless), and of this sweet onesie I bought for Kaitlyn several weeks ago (as a means of induction into the crazy Heldt family), so stay tuned and don't give up on this sleepy blogger!
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Maybe I'm crying wolf again, maybe not. Kev got home from work about 20 minutes ago. My parents are on their way and will retrieve the three littlest Heldts from the hospital and bring them back here.
More soon. Kids are loaded in the car and Biniam is having a meltdown. Go labor!