And she was here…..

Last weekend my Grandma came to visit.. with my uncle. She is only the 2nd person in my family that has had a chance to meet Asher.. so I was super excited to show him off! Plus spend time with this wonderful lady I get to call grandma!

Although we had tons of stuff planned we ended up hanging out most of the time she was here due to an ambulance ride and ER visit with levi. She was a great sport and helped and encouraged us!

Here is a brief photo journal of her weekend here with us…

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love you

jessi

 

What if….

Lately I have been asked a bunch..”hows Lydia adjusting to Asher?’ the simple answer is ‘she is doing fine.’ Our family is large..(according to todays standards.) We had 5 children in 7 years, one right after another. Why do we have so many children? Is it healthy for us? Do we make enough money? You will regret it… the comments could go on and on. But as of this past week, as I look around my little brood of humans.. I see something.. something different. baby #5

What if.

Yes I long to hold my little baby after 9 long months, Yes I love they way they smell, Yes watching them grow makes me giddy. But is that why we have them? Maybe. But what if that #2, #5, #9th child isn’t about you at all?

What if … its for them. The other humans (littles) in your home?
So the questions HOW is lydia… here are a few snap shots of the last 8 weeks.

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Lydia pulled the wipe pkg out and stood on it could she could not see ‘aaa’

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asking to hold him for the first time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our family is a reflection of love that grows.. grows within my heart as a mother but in the hearts of our other children. Our boys often say.. “when God blesses us with another baby..” Having each one is directly in part to the Fact God wanted the current kent kids to have another sibling. As I see Lydia (who’s first word is “aaaa’ -the simple sound of Aa) and her delight and excitment each morning when she runs room to room hollering “aaaaa” in search of her friend. Her brother. No where in her is jealously or hurt feelings.

Then I see today where Judah and Levi both took special time with her because they wanted to… loving on her showing her she is special.

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What if she was born for them..

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them needing each other

them wanting each other

God loving them enough.

What if its NOTHING about us.. but all about God’s plan?

What if?!?!

~Jessica

 

 

Our Gummy Bear has arrived!

Asher Quinn

Blessed- Abundantly  {with} Number 5

            Our little number 5’s birth story is not what we envisioned nor what we hoped, but we serve a God that is bigger than our hopes and dreams!

On Saturday morning at 5:00am I had a contraction.. got up went to the bathroom and realized today would be our little guys birthday. Upon going back to bed it got worse and within 20 minutes I had showered and woken Joel up. At 6:15 we headed out the door with contractions 7-10 minutes apart. Arriving at the hospital we were set up and ready for the adventure. By 9:00 they were 3-5 minutes apart with the urge to push. All was going great.

So grateful for a dear friend and her support during my delivery!

So grateful for a dear friend and her support during my delivery!

Nothing was stumbling our plan for a 4th VBAC. Then suddenly at around 11, Little man’s heart rate dipped between the 90’s – 110. This concerned the Doctor but not enough to stop VBAC-ing. After I dilated to a 9.5 and was being urged to push, things didn’t feel right. His heart rate was not raising and had been low to long. So the Doctor suggested we get an epidural to ease my pain some, and also monitor baby’s heart rate a little better. During the process of placing the epidural I had this gut feeling something was ‘not right’. I wasn’t sure what, but something was not right. I kept saying it over and over. The doctors and nurses were trying to figure out what that meant since I was having a hard time explaining it. But I just knew something ‘wasn’t right’. Someone mentioned a c-section. And if you know me and how I have fought to have a VBAC for 4 babies and to go natural this is huge.

By this point I had a few options…baby would take the easy road of the epidural and come right out, or that his heart rate would never rise and I would have to do a c-section…. Since I felt it was more than the heart rate (but never really sure what why or what)… I looked over at Joel –who was sitting on the couch really nervous looking- I ended up jumping out of bed and saying I think we need to do a c-section. I electively chose to do one. Something I never thought I would do. So calmly they prepped me, all the while I was crying hoping I made the right choice. Joel reassured me that I had…many, many, many times.

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Suited up and sent to the OR….. with an amazing team of nurses, midwifes, students, and doctors ready for the arrival of our #5. Within minutes my support arrived and he held my hand and prayed the whole time. As soon as I was opened up the doctored stated.. “Jessica you were right with your gut feeling.. the cord is wrapped sooo tightly around his neck.” Lots of pulling shaking and even use of the vacuum, our little big guy arrived.

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At 1:16pm on January 24th our 8 lbs 7 oz & 21 inches long baby boy entered the world!! After a quick look and picture he was whisked away and I was taken to recovery. My temperature was too low (92 degrees). After what seemed like hours (but really was only a few minutes) we were taken to a room and I got to hold and nurse our boy!! Love at first sight!

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Later I found out from the doctor that the cord was soo tight it could have been bad. They only see situations like that (so tight) about 2 times a year. So it was a blessing that I went with my gut. Again just proof we serve a God who loves us enough to speak even though we don’t know the outcome or the reason OR if it’s in our plan. As I look back over the last few days, I have a huge peace about everything that happened.. Not my will Lord but yours be done!

Welcome to our family sweet Asher (blessed abundantly) Quinn (number 5)!!

seeing my #5 for the first time!

seeing our #5 for the first time!

will post soon pictures of the kids meeting Asher… it was soo fun!

~Jessica

Dating the littles….

A few months backed Joel and I decided that it was important for me to ‘date’ each of our children before our newest little arrives in Jan. For many reasons we went this route..

  1. for the next MANY months i will be toting an infant (who will likely be nursing)
  2. they need to having special one-on-one with mom
  3. seeing me non-stressed doing fun things with just them.. I mean who doesn’t want that?!
  4. giving them quality time..something we ALL crave no matter the age..

We originally planned to do the 3 older ones one right after another.. then we got sick and life happened.. so it ended up being a few weeks between each one.. BUT finally Sunday Judah and I completed the dates.

First up was Levi… as with all our dates we let the child pick what to do and then we talk about it… It is pretty much free rain on food but the activity is normally free or relatively cheap.. So Levi choose

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Freddys for dinner and Toysrus to look for a gift to bring to baby brother when he comes to visit..(isn’t this the sweetest thing EVER!?!)

we found this adorable brown patting-ton bear with a  green hat .. it was soo cute and HE was so proud!

we found this adorable brown patting-ton bear with a green hat .. it was soo cute and HE was so proud!

Then Selah and I went on a modified date.. I had errands to run and she wanted to join .. so we combined it as her date:)

a bit of rain calls for poke a dot rain boots DUH! :)

a bit of rain calls for poke a dot rain boots DUH! 🙂

pizza at sams:)

pizza at sams:)

Judah ended up being last due to the yuckies that arrived the night he and I were to go out … He wanted to go the arcade (at walmart… we really don’t get out much:) then Crackle barrel to eat…

I taught him how to play the game.. something i was shocked he didn't know who to do..but i guess when we go we are busy with all the eating we never showed him.. he did really good!

I taught him how to play the game.. something i was shocked he didn’t know who to do..but i guess when we go we are busy with all the eating we never showed him.. he did really good!

Then Fruitty Tutti for dessert!

Then Fruitty Tutti for dessert!

These are some of my favorite times with my kids.. spending time chatting and doing things they love is so much fun. it cost maybe $20 a date but a lifetime of memories.. Judah kept saying.. this is my favorite night mom.. i love date nights. Selah now thinks anytime we are alone in the car together its a date. Showing my kids they are special and IMPORTANT to me and getting into their head is something i want to grow… setting time away now when they are little and making it a priority will only allow us their parents to speak into thier life when they are older because we have set up traditions and time for us to ‘hang out or chat!” love this journey with my littles!:)

SOOO do you date or do something special with your kids??

~jessica

First day of 2015

Well it has been a few months since Ive written my favorite post… first day firsts… BUT here is to a new YEAR:) and doing it monthly again! 🙂

Here is a peek into the first day of 2015 with the kent family!

fire, rose bowl parade and my family

fire, rose bowl parade and my family

my oldest 3 and baby doll

my oldest 3 and baby doll

lunch:) with aunt leah

lunch:) with aunt leah

getting all dressed up to go...... (OH wait we must all wear our FSU gear!!)

getting all dressed up to go…… (OH wait we must all wear our FSU gear!!)

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TARGET

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all for $10.00 love the 70% off

all for $10.00 love the 70% off

ooh how i love this child!

ooh how i love this child!

smile that kills!

smile that kills!

simply beautiful

simply beautiful

the man who continues to blow me away..

the man who continues to blow me away..

the girls...

the girls…

picking out our newest family members!

picking out our newest family members!

Introducing "chief" (because of chief Osceola)  & Filbert  (because 'f' is for fish and filbert:)

Introducing “chief” (because of chief Osceola)
& Filbert (because ‘f’ is for fish and filbert:)

loving this whole experience!

loving this whole experience!

OH baby its game time!

OH baby its game time!

a little 1/2 time fun!

a little 1/2 time fun!

Welcoming the new year with a sparkle and fun!

Welcoming the new year with a sparkle and fun!

We already know this year will be wonderful.. we will be welcoming a little bundle of Blue, (any day now).. SO how can 2015 be bad??!

Happy new years everyone!!
~Jessica