Friday, June 20, 2014

Edmund's Blessing

On May 25, 2014 we were able to gather with family and friends to give Edmund a baby blessing at our church. Here are some pictures of the beautiful people we got to spend the day with!

Michael, Laura, and Family

Stephen, Amy, and Family

Garrett, April, and Edmund

The Hamon Family

More Hamon Family

Rachel, Brian, and Family

Garrett Handsome Boy Hamon
April and Edmund

To Just One of My Many Amazing Sisters!

As far as family goes, I couldn't have asked for a better one. I love each and every member of my family and feel so blessed to have so many people to turn to for help. This being said there is one member of my family in particular that I need to spotlight today. My amazing sister Rachel!  She is the most loving and giving person and I hope one day to be a mother like her. I absolutely love the way she is raising her family and I can never thank her enough for watching Edmund for me while I go to work for the past month or so while our incredible mother has been healing from surgery. She's the kind of mom that collects 400 milk jugs so that her son can build an igloo with them. And she's the kind of sister that is always there to help and uplift, no matter what hard things she might be going through. So here's a big thank you to beautiful sister Rachel!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Photo Shoot

Now I'm no photographer, these pictures aren't great, but the boy in the pictures has stolen my heart!  So here are a few pictures from our latest photo shoot.


The other day I was sitting on the couch, snuggling with Garrett and Edmund, feeling completely exhausted and it hit me... I was overwhelmed. All of this was just too much.... but not in the way you would think! I thought as I was holding back tears about how overwhelming it was to feel so much love for my little family. Then I thought of how perfect God's love is and I sat feeling consumed with overwhelming feelings of happiness and love. I am so grateful for my family and that God has entrusted me with the duty of being a mother. I couldn't ask for a better calling in life! So I will take the sleepless nights and the dirty diapers because there is no greater joy than the joy that my family brings me.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

2 Weeks of Mommy Me

Edmund Leon Hamon was born two weeks ago on March 19, 2014 at 11:50 pm and at that moment I learned what love really is. I now truly believe in love at first sight! Little Edmund weighed 8 lbs, 2 oz and he was 20 1/2 inches long. He now weighs 8 lbs and 8 oz. He is healthy and strong and he brings so much love and joy to our household. We expected to be sleep deprived and we were ready to make adjustments for this handsome little guy but there have been many unexpected twists and turns in our last two weeks of parenthood.

1. I never expected to have so much to recover from. I knew I would need to take care of a new baby but I didn't know how much I would need to take care of myself. I keep thinking I'm going to start feeling better but I am still hurting. Sitting is difficult, standing is difficult, going to the bathroom is torture. I guess that's what you get when you have a 4th degree tear, or as my nurse at the hospital was calling it a "Vaginal C-Section."  But still every bit of pain is worth it, even if it has been much more than I had ever expected.

2. I never expected to spend the first week of motherhood with my baby on the bili bed making daily trips to the hospital to get his bilirubin levels checked. It was awful not being able to hold and cuddle my baby and I can't express how happy I was when we got to send the bed back. Although it was unexpected and quite miserable I can see some good that came from it.  Because he was on the lights and I wasn't supposed to pick him up he has learned to lay content on his own at least some of the time. Which is quite convenient in the mornings when I am trying to get ready.

3. The last thing I never expected was not being able to breastfeed. Nursing was the plan and I didn't even consider bottle feeding. The first couple times went really well but after a couple days he refused to breastfeed. He was loosing a lot of weight and I was having to supplement with formula. Every feeding ended up with  both of us in tears and me feeling like a failure as a mother. So one morning I decided to go with the bottle. I knew I could go to a lactation consultant and there were more things that I could try but I only get 6 weeks before I have to go back to work and I didn't want to waste one single minute frustrated because I couldn't feed my baby. I would love to be able to nurse and I'll try again with the next baby but for me and little Edmund Leon bottles are the way to go.

We have received so much love and support from our friends and family and we are so grateful for the people in our lives. We are so blessed to have all of you in our lives and hope to be able to give back to all those who have helped us.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

37 Weeks

To be more accurate I am 37 1/2 weeks. I only have 2 weeks and 3 days left till this baby is due! We have the things that we need and just about everything is ready, we still need to pack the hospital bag but that should be done today.

In the last seven weeks I have been absolutely amazed at the generosity of my family and friends, I have been truly blessed with so many incredible people in my life! I will get around to thanking everyone personally for all the ways my life has been blessed because of the people Heavenly Father has surrounded me with but today I want to highlight my wonderful parents. Here are just 5 reasons why my parents are the best in the world:

1. They are always happy to pick up the phone and talk, even when my questions are silly or when I don't have any real reason to call at all.

2. They have completely spoiled me, I can't even begin to list all of the generous ways they have helped Garrett and I.

3. They have taught me the value of hard work. They are the hardest working people I know and it has blessed my life to have that example.

4. They have shown me how to serve others. Their example of Christ like service has been an inspiration to me, there is not a day that goes by that they aren't found serving the people around them.

5. They have shown me how a family works. Their love for each other has shown me how to build a lasting relationship and the loving way they have cared for each of their children has shown me how I want to raise my family.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

30 Weeks

I know it says 30 weeks but really I am 30 1/2 weeks which means on 9 1/2 weeks to go!  We are getting so close and I'm feeling more and more pregnant each day.  Last night he sat on my bladder and I had to get up 8 times.... that's right 8 trips to the bathroom last night!  And my hips hurt so bad that even when I was in bed I was pretty restless. With each passing day we get more and more excited.  Garrett is the best support and he's going to make such a great daddy!  I am so in love with our little family and even if it means never having a good nights rest again it is worth it!  Oh the crazy things we do for love.