Happy New Year & The Reason for the Silence…

Happy 2015! I hope this finds you enjoying the season of fresh starts, goal-setting, and dreaming for the year to come. I’m a big fan of January for all of those reasons.

You may have noticed that things have been a little quiet around here lately. That’s because December brought me to weeks 36-39 of pregnancy, followed by the flu for our whole family, followed by…

The birth of this little guy:

Sweet little Luke joined our family in the wee hours of Christmas Eve morning.

Why yes, this is my second Christmas baby. PSA: don’t ever say your only childbirth preference is not to have a kid on Christmas.

Sigh. Trying to remember these words of wisdom.

We celebrated big brother’s third birthday on December 23rd , went to bed, woke up close to midnight with contractions, and welcomed Luke around 4am.

It was my longest labor—four and a half hours, don’t hate me—and the longest I’ve ever carried a baby—39 weeks.

Other fun details include: my husband and I watched You Tube videos of animated French monks singing Frère Jacques during early labor. Really, you haven’t lived until you watch a pregnant lady snort-laugh through a contraction.

After about an hour of laboring at the hospital, I was all “shouldn’t I have a kid by now?” (having only spent about 30 minutes at the hospital before delivering my other two babies).

And everyone should have a friend like my friend Jess, who brought leftovers of her Swedish smorgasbord Christmas Eve dinner to my hospital bed.  Such a treat.

Now we’re adjusting to being a family of five and I’m trying to rest, enjoy the slower pace, and dial down my expectations of myself over the next few months.

The last one is hard for me. I want to do all the projects, set all the goals, pursue all the dreams. But I’m in a season of very limited time and energy.

So I’m focusing on the basics: eat, sleep, feed the kids, love them and Hubs well, trust Jesus. I literally have a to-do list that consists only of those things.

And I’m trying to hold all the goals and dreams with an open hand, trusting that they’ll still be there when I get some margin back.

So things here at ASH will be quieter for a while as I rest and find a new rhythm to life. I do love this little online home and I’ll be back to more regular posting as soon as I’m able!

Also: Thank you for all of your well wishes and prayers surrounding the birth of our little guy! I’m always surprised and blessed by the real community that can be found online. 

In the meantime, I’m taking all the advice you may have for a new mom of 3! 🙂



About Jenn

Jenn is a mommy of three and wife to her best friend. She enjoys good books, dinner guests, elevenses, and proper apostrophe use.

  • Congratulations! Thrilled for you and your family:) My best advice for a mom of three? Revel in it. Every last lovely, terrifying, exhausting, wonderful bit of it!

    • Thanks so much, Kimberly! I was just thinking about what you said about 3 being big enough to feel like a party–it does ;).

  • Congrats! Little Luke is adorable (and also on our short list for boy names for our little due in a couple weeks :))

    Hoping for a great transition for your family…so exciting!

    • Where have I been that I didn’t know you were pregnant?! So, so happy for you and your fam, Allie!

  • Christy Staats

    Love you! Can’t wait to meet him! 🙂

  • What a darling picture. He’s beautiful.
    I think you have your goals well-stated, I’m with you on so many of them. XO

    • Thanks so much, friend. And let’s hold each other accountable to not adding more to those goals, ok?? 🙂

  • I was hoping you might pop in with a birth announcement 🙂 Congratulations! He’s just lovely. As a fellow Mom of 3, I’d say your to-do list looks just about right. Wishing you all the best (and as much rest as is feasible) in the New Year 🙂

    • Oh, thanks so much, Rachel! Yes, trying to get all the rest that is feasible now ;). If you think of any more mom-of-3 tips, send them my way! 🙂

  • Christy Isinger

    Congratulations! He’s really beautiful! I have a Luke and a Christmas baby too, but he was born on the 28th so you’ve got me beat by miles. Just remember theres three of them and one of you, you’re always going to be outnumbered and that’s why you have no time. I have to tell that to myself almost everyday!

    • Thank you! So fun that there’s another Christmas Luke out there! Yes, the reality of being outnumbered has defnitely hit us…but it’s nice that the littlest one is immobile for now. I was just telling someone the other day that so far, three kids feels just like two except that I’m exhausted and nursing all the time ;).

  • 真是时光荏苒!

  • ginny

    “So I’m focusing on the basics: eat, sleep, feed the kids, love them and Hubs well, trust Jesus. I literally have a to-do list that consists only of those things.” I needed to read this, thank you! <3

  • 受教了!呵呵!