Category: the kiddos

big news

In case any of you missed our big news on Facebook and Instagram I thought I would share on here and give a little more of the back story…

Gabriel and I had always originally said that we would have either 2 or 4 children (both of us were 1 of 3) but when Deacon came along and rocked our world we seriously reconsidered that plan! We finally came down to the final decision on whether or not we should be “done” in the beginning of July and considered many different factors. For me personally I had always desired some specific things and never got them, they may sound silly to you but they were just genuine desires I always had. As we were going through the process of whether or not to be “done” originally I had grand ideas that this final pregnancy could be God’s way of giving me all that I had ever wanted. I quickly came to the realization that the likelihood of this happening was very slim, because how often do I get what I want?! Hardly ever! And if I was looking to this pregnancy in that way then how would I feel when nothing was the way that I wanted it to be? Looking back on it now I feel like it was such a silly train of thought but it really did play a role in my decision making. This, among other things helped us to decide to be officially done and we even felt like we had confirmation when some friends became pregnant and we felt like it was our time to serve them.

About 3 weeks later I started to get sick. I’ve been having some digestive issues off and on the past few years so I just thought that’s what I was dealing with. When the feeling didn’t pass after a week I decided to take a pregnancy test just to rule that out! I took one in the evening and it was negative but then when I took another the next morning it was positive! Confused about the results I decided to just wait until my yearly doctor appointment the next Thursday. Shortly after I arrived at this appointment they confirmed that I was, in fact pregnant and a short ultrasound later that day told me I was already 7 weeks along!

The crazy thing about this whole thing is that we didn’t do anything different the “method” that worked for us for the last 9 years all of a sudden didn’t! When we decided we were done, we were already pregnant and when we found out that our friends were pregnant, we were only 10 days behind them! As shocked as we are about this new development we are truly excited and know for sure that this baby is a gift from God when we least expected it!

darby lowe: 2 years old

Yesterday was the birthday of my middle child and only girl, Darby Lowe. I thought I’d take this opportunity to do an update on her since her last one was at 18 months

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Since the last update Darby’s speech has really grown and improved. I can’t even count the number of words she says anymore and she is speaking easily in full sentences. I’ve become one of those annoying mamas who repeat everything that her kid says constantly because it just sounds so cute. My husband and I often look at her in disbelief with the things she is coming up with!

She follows instructions really well (when she wants to!) and we’ve been working on getting her to clean up after herself. She is into everything much more than big brother was, which has been an adjustment for me because I literally cannot leave her alone for any reason ever. Those of you following me on Instagram are probably well aware of her antics

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She still sucks her index finger, a habit which I am gently encouraging her to break.

We got her into her toddler bed a few weeks ago and sometimes it takes putting you back in there a few times but she hasn’t ever gotten out in the middle of the night (thank goodness). Although her collection of blankets and stuffed animals in her bed has increased dramatically and there is almost no room in there for her! Mama will be remedying that situation over the next couple of weeks!

englexas lifestyle blog darby 2 years old
Her newest and most frequently used word is “though”…if I tell her no she will say “but I like it though” or if I say “eat your food Darby” she’ll say “it’s hot though”.

We still can’t figure out if she is introvert (like me) or extrovert (like daddy and brother). When she’s comfortable with people she is pretty extrovert but she seems to become shy in new situations. Even last night at her birthday party, she knew everyone and was in a familiar place but she kept sucking her finger (which is her comfort) so I wondered if because all the attention was on her she was getting a little overwhelmed. Despite all that she is a really independent little girl who likes to do thing her way (already?! oh boy!)

She now knows every body part, including things like armpit and elbow.

englexas lifestyle blog darby 2 years old
Her molars are in the process of coming in right now and haven’t really been too much trouble!

She is definitely displaying signs of readiness for potty training and has even gone in the potty several times. I really think that if I could devote some time to focusing on it she would potty train pretty easily and quickly, it’s just hard to do with baby brother so it looks like it’s gonna take a little time!

She loves to draw and have books read to her, her favorite books right now are “what do you say?” and “Green Eggs and Ham”

englexas lifestyle blog darby 2 years old