One Week Today

filed under: I Am Mommy on June 7, 2013

A week ago today I was being wheeled into a sterile operating room for my fifth C-section.

My husband was there with me, holding my hand, as the talented and professional team of doctors and nurses prepared me for surgery.

I was emotional and nervous… more so than any other time.  I think it was a combination of stress and anticipation, as we had chosen not to find out the sex of the baby prior to the birth.

Baby Olivia


I was shocked to find out she was a girl.  I had somehow convinced myself it was a boy, and literally had to check and double check to make sure that she was in fact a sweet little princess!  We had no girl names, not even one!  You all offered up some great suggestions on Facebook and Instagram… and we ended up choosing Olivia.  The name is derived from Olive, and Biblically the olive branch is a symbol of peace.  It seems to fit her perfectly!

In addition to having a baby our family is going through some other big changes.

On July 1st of this year we are scheduled to close on a new home!  Having a family of seven changes things, one of the biggest being the sheer amount of space that you occupy!  And as soon as we found out we were pregnant we started looking for a new home, so it has been a long journey.


 Our new home… sitting on 15 acres!

And like all those who have gone before us know, it hasnt been an easy process.  We scoured the internet and looked at houses and thought about making offers and ended up being shocked by the changes in the market.  One house that we looked at sold for $90k over the suggested price!  Suddenly it was no longer a buyers market… the inventory was low and the demand high.  There are lots of multiple offer situations and very little opportunity for relaxed and well thought out decision making.  That in itself was a huge stress for me and hubby!

My husband and I were addicted to the realty sites.  We got updates and scoured new and old listings daily.  One day, I happened upon a new listing that seemed promising.  We looked at the pictures and the stats and decided that it was definitely something we wanted to see, and with the current state of things we knew we needed to act fast.  We went to see the house.

We walked in.  We looked around.  We walked upstairs and down.  We went outside.

We knew.  This was our house.  We decided right then and there that we wanted to make an offer.  So on a dreary Saturday afternoon, we made it official.

I was so stressed about that because dealing with multiple offers was not something I was comfortable with.  So after we submitted our offer the sellers Realtor sent an email out to everyone who had visited the property letting them know there was an offer on the table.   They wanted to generate as much interest as possible to get the best offer possible on their property.

By Monday there were no other offers.  Not one.  It was just us.

I cannot thank the Lord enough because based on the current market conditions, the price of the home, and all the circumstances involved, it should not have worked that way.  But for some reason, everything was falling into place… every detail being positively addressed and every action moving us closer to being in our dream home.  I believe with my whole heart that God wants us there, and I am so thankful He does!

We are now in the process of putting our house on the market.

Trying to take care of a newborn and pack boxes and de-clutter and stage a small house with seven people living in it is no easy task!  I am shocked at the amount of “stuff” we have and how easy it would be to part with it.  We need so little.  Why on earth do we have so much?  Hopefully I will learn to be more minimal in the new house.

The last three months have been a roller coaster.  With Chad’s heart issues and not being able to find a house forever and then all of a sudden finding a home and then baby being born and trying to homeschool and prepare our current home for sale has been quite stressful.

To top things off, I am having a really hard time recovering from my C-section.  A day after the surgery I was doing beautifully… feeling amazing… having little to no pain.  I got to go home on Sunday even though the surgery was just on Friday!  But then, I got a cold.  One of those colds with a violent cough that shakes your whole body.  Well, this is NOT a good combination when trying to heal from major surgery.  I ended up pulling one of my abdominal muscles.  I am not kidding when I say that every cough is excruciating.  I cant lift anything (including my sweet Eddie, and its killing both of us!) or vacuum or help with packing like I want to.

My poor husband has taken on so much, I cant help but be worried about him a lot of the time.  Him still being in AFib is a constant concern.  We are actually seeking a brand new treatment and we find out tomorrow how that will work.  I promise to report back if there is any improvement!

Baby Olivia

Baby Olivia has been such a blessing.  Since Eddie was a colicky baby (one of the hardest posts I have ever written), I had serious concerns that she would be as well.  But she is far from it!  From the moment she was born she latched on like a PRO and has been a nursing champ ever since.  She sleeps for long periods of time and the only time we hear her cry is when she gets her diaper changed!

Her brothers and sister adore her and fight over who gets to hold her.  Heck, mom and dad fight over who gets to hold her too!

Baby Olivia

While the day to day tasks seem overwhelming, the big picture is so hopeful.  We feel blessed and thankful!  Thank you for all your prayers and well wishes!

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  • Debbie Hein says:

    Congratulations on all the good things happening in your life right now. I hope that this new home is everything you want it to be. It certainly seems that there was some kind of divine intervention! I hope that you take care of yourself and don’t cause yourself any more “damage” with your c section. I guess since this was number 5 you must be a pro. Again, wishing you and yours tons of happiness.

  • The Italian Dish says:

    First, congratulations on that adorable baby girl! She looks just like a little china doll. And second, I cannot believe all the things you juggle along with blogging! I don’t know how in the world you do it all. Get your rest and take care of yourself!

  • Christy says:

    Awe…..she is Heaven on earth! Congrats on all your Blessings!

  • Mari says:

    Congratulations!! Olivia is adorable! God bless you and your beautiful family.

  • Amy K says:

    She is absolutely beautiful!
    I’m so sorry to hear about your slow recovery, and will continue to lift you and your family up in prayer.
    Congratulations on the new home! Such exciting new things going on for your family. I’m sure it’s hard not to help with packing and such, but you need to take care of you and heal. God will provide.

  • Karen says:

    Congratulations on you new baby girl. Olivia is beautiful. You sure have a lot on your plate right now. Prayers for your whole family. I don’t know how you do it all. We too moved just this last March. I had surgery on Jan 3rd and was unable to help with a lot of the packing. It is so hard to not pitch in. Your new home looks wonderful and I pray it will be filled with many happy memories. Our home isn’t quite ready yet, just a few more weeks and we will be able to move in. Glad to hear Olivia is healthy. The best to you and your family.

  • Sue {munchkin munchies} says:

    Your home looks like a dream come true, with 15 acres to boot:) You sure DO have a lot going on, but just remember who’s in control and hang on, dear Amanda! Your little Olivia is PRECIOUS!

  • Rosanne says:

    She’s beautiful and I’m so glad that you are willing to let the Lord guide you in your life.

  • Elizabeth says:

    Congratulations. She is adorable. With my last c-section my doctor gave me a belly band, and it was amazing. Really helped the recovery. See maybe if you can get your hands on one. Enjoy her, and take care of yourself

  • Jennifer says:

    Such a beautiful baby! And a lovely home! You are blessed!

  • Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen says:

    Congratulations to you and your family Amanda! Life is not without its struggles, but having a pretty little baby to hold seems to make those struggles less important, doesn’t it?

    The house looks beautiful as well!

  • Sarah says:

    She’s just gorgeous!! I love her name- it’s my middle name! Feel free to send her my way any day! 😉

  • Margee says:

    Congratulations & God bless you and you new cutie-pie! Good luck with your new home too!

  • Lyndsay Renée says:

    You are such a sweetheart Amanda, I am glad everything is falling into place for you, easy does it, right!
    All of your children are beautiful, I wish the best for Chad’s new treatment and your new house is wonderful! ( that exact same thing happened to my daughter as your house story, some things are meant to be) Continue to be blessed xox

  • Paula says:

    Olivia is as beautiful as her name. Congratulations on her safe arrival and congratulations on finding what looks like the perfect home for your growing family. The kids will love all the acreage to run and play around in. Best wishes for good health to all of you and for much happiness in your new home.

  • Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen says:

    Congratulations on all the wonderful happenings with your family. Olivia is beautiful just like her Momma!

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen says:

    15 acres?! I need to move, we are like sardines out here, there’s about 5 feet between homes and if you’re lucky a slab of grass you call a “yard”. But seriously, I’m so happy for you, enjoy your new home with your newly expanded family!

    • Amanda says:

      But you have AMAZING weather!!!! 🙂

  • Marie alice says:

    I discover your blog from France. Your girl is very beautiful and you are very talented!
    Excuse me for my poor english!

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