Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Magic Number

This little chubb-o is 3 months old

The magic number, if you ask me.
Don't misunderstand, I love having a sweet little newborn, but...
at 3 months they are suddenly so much more fun!
Smiles, coos, more interactive and interested in everyone and everything around them.
Love Love Love it.

3 might also be the magic number for our family.
Because we just might be done.
If you are mormon and reading this post I can guess your reaction (I've seen them all by now). In some ways, not surprising considering that the bare minimum for mormon families seems to be 4 kids. Then again, I keep hearing 4 is the new 6. So shouldn't 3 be the new 5? : )

What I will say is this: I know God has a plan for my family. It may not be the one I always envisioned. But I have been reminded lately that His plan is far better than my own. So I think we'll go with His. I don't claim to know what the future has in store for us (although we're pretty sure it's NOT another pregnancy). And I don't claim to know all the reasons why. Maybe raising these 3 is going to take everything we've got and more. (likely.) Maybe there's an adoption in our future. (something I think about a lot these days, ask my husband how much he loves it.) Maybe something else entirely unforseen and unclear to me at this moment.

And so for now I am enjoying the moment. Living in the now and trying not to worry so much about what the future does or does not hold for our family. Any way you look at it though I'm feeling pretty blessed. I'm in love with my family.

Yep, 3 is pretty magic.


Michele said...

"ha ha ha ha ha ha ha"
get it? just the reaction you love, right?

Faye said...

Never saw this picture of the kids - I love it!
Of course any picture with Noah in it is rare and therefore priceless :)

Randy and Tiffany said...

i loved 3 months too! and then every month after that just got better and better...I am SOOO excited to have all the babies together next month! It will be so fun!

JoAnna said...

I just love reading your blog. You are such an excellent, enjoyable writer. And guess what! Three is our magic number too. Throughout most of this pregnancy, I thought I could do it one more time and be done with four. Now, with these last few weeks of pure misery and a few more to go, I know that I can never ever ever do this again. And Dave will never ever ever let me. And I am fine with that. Three is good.

The Gatchell Crew said...

Summer this picture is ADORABLE!!! i want to just eat her cheekies right off her face!!! She's a cutie!!! And then you got a pic of Noah WOW it's cute! :):P

Lexie said...

3 is a magic number. I think the first 3 months are boot camp and then you get more payback with the smiles, coos, response, oh hallelujah! I can't believe she's already 3 months old though! She is so beautiful and adorable, just like all of your kids. Love the picture below of you, your mom and your sisters, what a gorgeous family, no wonder your kids are so cute, it's in the genes!

Sarah said...

3 months is magical, and it keeps getting just a little bit more manageable from that point on. Also, 3 kids is a big family out here! :)

Carrie Anne said...

Oh sister I feel SO THE SAME WAY! I always deep down want one more baby but I think I only want the 1st year & that is it! Do not even feel bad. I also believe that the mother knows when her family is's a special gift we are given. And seriously, your husband is gone a lot so it's no wonder it's extra hard! When I hear these moms complain about being "so overwhelmed" WITH their husbands helping all the time I just want to yell at them b/c they do not even know!!!! I have such an appreciation for the wives of doctors & military true heroes!!!! You are so awesome!

Amy Schelin said...

God does have a way of changing our "plans" and he has definitely done that with me also. I have come to trust that He knows what is best for me more than I do - and so I have accepted "3" as my number too! Maybe we should start a club! :)

robyne said...

First I wanted 8, then it was 6, then it was 4......believe me 3 was what God's plan for us was! Don't worry you & Paul will know what is best for you!! Love you and miss you and your cute family!