Sunday, September 27, 2009

CAID-1 week young

{It's funny. He doesn't seem that "roly-poly" to me. But then I look at the pictures and it always surprises me. Maybe it's because I spend most of my time appx. 6 inches away from his face.}

{His sweet little acorn hat knit by his aunt amber. This was actually Jack's that I pulled out. I just love it for our little fall baby!}

{pure sweetness}



"May you be blessed with a child
who is full of grace and merriment,
and endowed with the countenance
of its lovely mother."

-J. Karon

{I don't know about that last part; we think he's going to look like his daddy}

happenings these days...


{Lots of Lovin' & Interest in little Caiden}

{first day HOME with the 3 boys}
:though John was just downstairs working; my mother-n-law took the boys during the first couple of days we were home from the hospital:

{that CIRCLE MOBILE I made}
:so I put it all together just in time...and realized it was a bit off balance. grrr. so it is hanging in the bay window awaiting its demise! though it's a perfect spot for it right now. Caiden loves looking up at it during his wakeful time. pictures of finished mobile to come:


With a new baby, comes lots & lots of extras. Along side the diapers, through the night feedings, spit-up, lots of little loads of laundry come the reminder that when there is a need, the Lord uses the people in our lives to step in and fill the gap. And having a baby around these parts is always a reminder of that. These are just a few snapshots of our special provisions---gifts of love that nourish the soul, spirit and body. THANK YOU everyone, whether a meal, flowers, yummy food, special gift for Caiden or just a phone call. We are very blessed.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Our "terrific bundle of potentialities."

born 9.19.09 @ 8:34 p.m.
8 lbs. 14 oz.
20 in.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

"We're On Our Way...the Mission of the Day"

I'm posting in between contractions.

This one, is for certain - different.

I had to be induced with the first two pregnancy's, so this should be interesting! I am still at home, enjoying the beautiful and sunny fall day from the couch this moment, waiting for the next contraction-while the world stops for a moment-then to write it down on my little piece of paper-all the while watching the clock for the 5-min. apart timing so we can head out!

It's funny. I have thought about and worried about this pregnancy the least of any of the other ones. Perhaps it is due to the somewhat familiarity of having "been there and done that." But, when it comes down to it, it is upon us, and is really out of my control. What wonderful things, like this, that come into our life as we sail along, to remind us that we have a wonderful Heavenly Father to rely on in times of need. This day, no doubt, will be a moment by moment reminder of that for me. And then, Lord willing, holding our little miracle will bring it all to fruition.

Hopefully, there will be good news soon!!!

Thursday, September 10, 2009


Well, Hello there, little blog.
And my fellow bloggers.
It's been awhile, huh!
A loooooong while!

But here I am...still incubating this baby awaiting any day for his arrival.
Last night, we thought it was it. For about an hour, I was feeling the beginning of contractions---which of course resulted in nothing more than some ugly braxton hicks. But that, thankfully, means things are a-moving along! The dr. says I'm 2cm/50% effaced---for the record, so we'll see! It would have been cool for a Neiner to be born on 9.9.09. Oh well.

I really cannot believe the time has come.
When I think about it, it has slipped by me so quickly. Maybe that is because this is the 3rd and even though you try hard to absorb every special moment, life is just plain busier with two other children running around. I remember in the beginning of this pregnancy, I would literally feel like I would forget that I was pregnant, of course, until my nausea convinced me otherwise! Then I started showing and thought, Oh yeah, that's why nothing fits me the right way anymore. Then the end which has resulted in a complete house refurbishing---so it seems.

The boys are now in their desired bunk beds. The bunk was John's from growing up---which he fondly shared with his younger brother. So many stories have overflowed from painting and putting that thing together. In which I know our boys will share their own memories---one's we will probably not even find out about until they are in their 20's and know they are safe to finally share with mom and dad! Drew seems so grown up all of a sudden. Taking on a new kind of brotherhood with Jack. And Jack seems so little in his "big-boy bed" which the comforter almost completely swallows him. But he burrows down in it and loves it so much. So far, the 3 nights they have slept in their bunks, there have been no falling outs! However, the first night, after about 2 min of closing the door, we heard little Jack calling, "DREEEEW, DREEEEEW, DREEEEEW..." So John went in and there was Jack with his noggin hanging off the edge of his bed looking up trying to get Drew's attention. Drew was probably talking just as much, he just knows the importance of keeping it under wraps so mom & dad won't hear. Jack has a lot to learn!

The baby will be in the nursery--which is the room we just moved Jack out of. With Jack's arrival we were able to completely decorate it with a new scheme since Drew had grown with the room he started out in. So brown & green & cream was Jack's room. Since this one is also a boy, we didn't need to completely redo the scheme and we certainly didn't want to paint the walls just for the sake of decor. But I felt the desire to make it unique for this baby. So I have added some color in the form of decorations. Here is the new color scheme:

a circle mobile
almost finished.

the inspiration for the colors.

I picked up this little bookshelf on the side of the road because Jack's board books were overflowing beyond control. Then I had this idea for the baby's room to paint and decorate a scene inside the shelf to play in. I painted it and used Martha Stewart paper for the images. Then decoupaged the whole thing with mod podge.

Didn't really for-see GI Joe's in this...but you know, anything goes with a little imagination!

This is not a memory-in-the-making video or anything.
I would just like you to hear my 5 year-old's ability for endless chatter & make-up-your-own vocabulary...

WELL, I still have a nice long post I'd like to get in before the baby arrives. Once I get everything situated and photographed, hopefully I will. And it just dawned on me. I started this blog just before I had Jack---nearly 3 years ago! WOW! {click HERE to see what I pretty much look like now! Maybe I'll surprise with a current photo...but no promises!} :)

p.s. OK, I just looked at the preggy picture up close and I am DEFINITELY bigger right now than I was at one month left with Jack! So don't worry...I am b.i.g.