newborn photography | carrie krupkeI can’t believe it’s been almost 3 weeks since handsome little Elijah Alan Johnson arrived on July 29, safe and sound, weighing in at a healthy 9 pounds, 6 ounces!

What an incredible blessing and answer to prayer this little boy is! After a rough first half of the pregnancy, with many of the same symptoms as her pregnancy with Lydia, the second half was much easier. Or as easy as carrying a 9+ pound baby can be! Laura was scheduled to have a c-section on her due date, but Eli had other plans. Her contractions started the night before her due date and she had a successful VBAC!

That was our prayer all along. As he grew and grew through the pregnancy several of her doctors warned her that he would be too big for a VBAC but the Lord knew the best way for this little boy to enter the world. And he knew that the recovery would be much easier!

Cody is back to school and Laura has survived her first day home with 2 kids. She makes it look easy–I’m taking notes!

newborn family photo by carrie krupkeCarrie Krupke took some amazing photos of Laura, Cody, Lydia, and baby Eli. It makes me super excited for her to take ours! And you only get to see a corner of the nursery here, but isn’t it amazing!?

You can see more pictures from Carrie here. And if you’re in the Des Moines area, Laura and I both highly recommend Carrie for family photos!

And if I can ask you to pray for baby Cooley’s arrival this week, that would be amazing. He’s due August 20, but we are ready any time he decides to make an appearance. Nana and Granddad are on standby, waiting to come stay with Emerson and our bags are packed. What are the chances of having another baby born right on his due date? We’ll see!

39 weeks, 2 days. Emerson was born on his due date, so I have been trying to not expect this baby to be early, but when you get to the end, it’s hard not to hope!

The waiting is different than anything else you look forward to. It’s a mix of excited anticipation and anxiousness of the unknowns of labor on top of having no idea exactly when it’s going to happen. And for a planner like me, that can drive you crazy! Someone said the not knowing when prepares you for having a baby when your schedule suddenly looks very different than it did before.

Life looks different this time around than it did when we were at this place 22 months ago. Instead of going to a job 40 hours a week, I juggle a toddler, freelance assignments, and more loads of laundry than I care to count. Honestly, I don’t know which is easier/harder. Sometimes I wish I could just sit at a desk and not be on my feet picking up toys and a 25+ pound child all day, but there is the benefit of getting to rest during his afternoon nap! Every day I wake up wondering if today will be the day quickly followed asking myself if I have energy to have a baby in the next 24 hours!

I can’t decide if anticipating labor is easier or harder the second time around. We are praying for a natural delivery again. I know I can do it this time, but I also know it is hard! It’s true that you don’t really remember the pain, but I’ll be honest and say that if I think about it too long, I have brief memories of excruciating pain. That’s when I remind myself of the cuddly, squishy little baby that comes from it and I know it’s all worth it.

My labor with Emerson was long. To the tune of 20 hours. We were only in the hospital for about 6 of those hours, but I’m hoping and praying that what the midwives say is true, and that the time is cut in half! I think I can handle that…

Earlier this week I broke down and bought a few post-pregnancy tops and dresses. I hope they are nursing friendly, but I’m definitely ready to retire the elastic-waist shorts and over-size tanks!

Last weekend we had a long list of last-minute things to finish before baby. This weekend, there are still things to do, but nothing pressing. I’ve started getting daily texts from my mom asking how I’m doing. I’m so thankful my parents are ready to drive the 2 hours to Des Moines at a moment’s notice. Now we just wait. No one stays pregnant forever!

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