I really wish I had more opportunities to post because there's so much I want to share. So.... I'm going to rewind and go back to the other things going on with us leading up to this point!
With all we had going on, it's a wonder I even made it close to my due date. Just the fact that we survived November was a miracle! Here's a few things that month included: My baby shower, my month to host my girl's bunco group, me working a Walk to Emmaus, finishing up the house, getting moved into the house, and Thanksgiving-- all done while we were ginning! We ginned 14,610 bales, which is pretty incredible on a dry year like this, and we actually ginned more than any other gin in the county. Its hard to believe that just a few years ago we were watching the gin burn and feeling so hopeless. I'm so proud of Al- he's worked so hard. Also, finishing the house was quite a feat. We are LOVING it. After Christmas and baby my house kind of looks like Santa's sleigh had a wreck in the living room, so as soon as I get all the toys contained stay tuned for my next post for a tour of the house!
My amazing friend Erika threw me a baby shower so that we could add some pink to our lives before baby arrived! We have so many incredible friends that seem to never stop giving. Thank you everyone. We came home and were able to fill Ainsley's closet and bow rack. Have no fear--- Ainsley's head will never be naked!
At the ranch for the weekend. After the drought this past year and the creek nearly drying up we were pretty excited to catch this big catfish!
Our drama started the week before when Al rushed me to the hospital in severe pain. It turned out to be a kidney stone. I guess because I was so big and fat pregnant I couldn't pass the stone, so I got a kidney infection. All the pain and stress on my body kicked me into labor and made me start having contractions around the clock. I've often heard people debate on whether a kidney stone or childbirth is more painful. After going through it, I honestly can't tell you which is worse, I just know that at the same time definitely isn't good. Again, thanks to everyone for your prayers. After 5 days of no food, no sleep, and more pain than I've ever endured in my whole life, I finally started dialating and gave birth. (And I passed the stone!) The doctors were afraid the infection I had might have passed to Ainsley, so she went straight to NICU. We stayed at the Ronald McDonald House a few days and ended up getting to bring her home earlier than expected but then got put back in the hospital for Christmas because of her jaundice. When we weren't having to stay at the hospital we were having to go back and forth to the doctor to have her checked. And as if all of this wasn't a whirlwind enough, we brought her home from the hospital on the 25th and I went back to work on the 27th. When you're involved in agriculture this time of year is pretty unforgiving. We've joked that God gave me two Christmas babies so that I would atleast get a couple days off! All that being said, we are all doing really well now.
Tac has blown us away at how sweet and loving he is toward her. He wants to hold her, kiss on her, and watch everything. I really though he'd be jealous, but I don't think it has occurred to him that he might not be the center of attention anymore. He is pretty rough, though, and constantly wants to share his food with her. I've caught him cramming marshmallows in her mouth, giving her chips, and pouring juice on her. He also has carried her around and dumped her out of the swing. If she survives him I think we'll be doing good.
My 3 favorite people in the whole world.... all in one bath tub. I'm sure Al is loving that I'm posting this picture, but if you'd have been there, it really was a priceless scene. I am blessed.