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Capture Your Journey Link Up #27

The Top 3 Most Clicked Posts From Last Week:

1. What we are up to…

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3. The Loft #3: My Greatest Insecurity

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Anya loves to help feed her little brother. I am not sure that Liam is as thrilled with the idea as Anya is though ;)

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Sweet little 5 week old Liam Douglas♥

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I got new glasses this week! I hated the frames on my previous ones but am loving these :)

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Capture Your Journey Link Up #26

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This little guy turned one month old this week… seriously?! I put my SD card into my computer to discover that the only pictures I had on it were pictures of this little guy. I am really trying to get the hang of taking pictures of newborns, but honestly it is not an easy task. So, this weeks Capture Your Journey will be all about our little Liam Douglas, and my attempt at newborn photo shoots…

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1 Month Update

1MonthUpdateHow can Liam be a month old already? The weeks and days seem to be a blur lately. Chasing after two very active little girls, and caring for a newborn probably has attributed to how fast time seems to be going. Our little man is an eating machine. We are feeding him 4 oz bottles every two to three hours…sometimes more! He is now in 0-3 month clothes, weighs 10 lbs, and has moved to size 1 diapers.

Liam is a little cuddle bug. He loves to be held! He will fall asleep while we are holding him and then as soon as we set him down he wakes up and starts screaming. I have learned that the sound of the Vacuum makes him fall asleep, or we will use the Beco Gemini to carry him around.

Sleep? What’s that?!? Just kidding. Ruben and I have been taking turns getting up and feeding the little guy which helps immensely. He still wakes us up every two to three hours at night, but he usually goes back down after he eats. Sometimes we need to sit on the exercise ball and bounce him to sleep {Can’t vacuum at 2 in the morning ;)}.  Liam eats way more then either of our girls ever did. I thought Olivia ate a lot… this kid takes the cake. He also spits up a lot, but definitely not worse then my Anya did.

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Best moments this month: He has had his eyes open a lot more, smiling in his sleep, and the little baby sounds he makes when he is sleeping. He also got his first bath this month and LOVED it! I think Liam looks a lot like Anya did as a baby, it will be fun to see who he is going to look like as he grows.

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♥Happy 1 Month Little Guy♥



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Joy In The Journey – August 14th

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Life all of a sudden seems to be moving at warp speed. I still am amazed that my “eldest” is three… crazy! After my birth experience with Liam I have gained such a new perspective on life. It took a traumatic experience in my life to get me to stop wishing away the years. There is so much to be thankful for! We are all truly blessed if we just stop every once in a while and take the time to step back and look at everything the Lord has gifted us with. This blog is about capturing the joy in the journey and I want to continue to do that… Maybe not always capturing the moments but writing them down and remembering.

Days in our home have lately consisted of trying to teach the girls how to be nice to their brother. They like to love on him, and I love that they love him so much, but they can get a little rough. We have a pack’n’play in our living room to keep Liam in during the day. Liam loves to be held and snuggled, so wearing him in the Beco Gemini has helped me during the day to get him to sleep and free my hands.

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What have my girls been up to lately? Well, Anya and Olivia and I have been able to get outside and take advantage of these last warm summer days. Lots of sprinkler time, chalk drawing, and riding bikes. On rainy days my girls love puzzles, coloring, building with blocks, and reading together. I am almost done with the playroom and I plan on getting some pictures up of it when we are done.

Anya is going to Disney with Nana, Papa, and Uncle Josh next month by herself. I am so excited for her! She is at a great age right now for that and I know she will have a wonderful time with Nana and Papa and Uncle Josh. I will miss my little helper but I am looking forward to getting some time with my youngest two for a bit. Then, Ruben’s Mom, Dad, and two of his siblings are flying from Norway to visit us for two weeks. We are really looking forward to their visit!

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Well, that’s it for the Rabbitsauce family update. Have a great rest of your week!

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Capture Your Journey Link Up #25

The Top Three Posts from Last Weeks Link Up!

#1. July In Our Home

#2. Printable- Praying for your future husband 

#3. 12 Baby Items Every Mom Should Have

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Our Liam turned three weeks old on Sunday. It’s crazy how fast time seems to be going!

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My Uncle is visiting for the week, and this was his first time to meet and hold little Liam.

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Attempted to get a nice picture with Anya and her Great-Grandpa :)

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And then attempted to get a good one with both of them :)

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Capture Your Journey Link Up #24

The Top Three Posts From Last Weeks Capture Your Journey Link Up Were:

#1. Our Journey Today- Part 1

#2. A Phrase Christians like to use that made me angry {Day Two}

#3. Living A Simpler Life

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Baby Liam turned two weeks on Sunday :) He is such an easy baby so far. It’s a lot easier for me to adjust to having three kids then it was to having two!

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We took advantage of  the warm weather and put the sprinkler out! Anya loved it so much, and it felt great to get outside again and soak up some sun.

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This little beauty just can’t get enough of her little brother. She wants to help out so bad with him, but she isn’t really sure how to yet :)

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Capture Your Journey Link Up 23

The top 3 posts from last weeks Capture Your Journey:

#1. Unplanned Motherhood: Day 4- Marleny’s Story

#2. Modesty- Part 1

#3. Modestly Adorned Monday- Nautical Maxi Dress

It has been a whirlwind of a week {Read Liam’s birth story}. I am taking each day with much more thankfulness and joy. We are so content with our little family of five, and starting to adjust into our new “normal.” Whatever that is ;)   I have some pictures from my Grandpa’s birthday{July 19}, and my daughter Anya’s 3rd birthday {July 26} for this weeks Capture Your Journey.

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I just love how she holds her fingers up when telling people that she is three :)

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She got a brand new bike from her Great Grandpa!

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Anya helped her Great Grandpa blow out the candles on his cake.

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Olivia in her adorable Flirty Apron from her Nana

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And of course I had to put one in of our newest addition :)

 

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The Home Birth Of Liam Douglas

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It’s amazing how one traumatic experience in life can change you and your perspective on things. This is the birth story of my sweet Liam Douglas who was born at home on July 20, 2014 at 5:53 AM.

I started having contractions on Saturday that started around 12 in the morning. They were not anything that I thought strong enough to keep count of nor was I thinking that they would continue throughout the whole day, but that’s exactly what they did. I went about my day as normal, and we went over to my parents house that night to celebrate my Grandpa’s birthday. The thought of having Liam on my Grandpa’s birthday crossed my mind. How neat would that have been?!? Only missed it by a few hours ;)

Once we arrived home from my parents house, and put both the girls to bed, things started progressing. I texted my midwife that contractions were 7 min apart and lasting 48 seconds. She decided that it was probably time to head down this way. I let my parents know and my friend, Samantha, about what was going on and to come over whenever they wanted to. I think that labor truly started around 8:15 Saturday night. I did take 4 tbsp of Castor oil this time as well since the contractions were staying so consistent. I was tired. I had not slept at all the night before and I was pretty sure that I wasn’t going to sleep at all that night either.

The contractions stayed at either 4,5,or 6 min apart never getting any closer to each other but REALLY intensifying. Liam was still posterior so I had a lot of lovely back labor with him. Finally around 5:15 the contractions got stronger, closer, and I felt like pushing. This labor was by far my hardest! He was still posterior while I was pushing and finally decided to flip himself around right before he was born. Our little 8 lb. 11 oz. boy came into the world at 5:53 AM.

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It was a difficult and long labor and delivery but after giving birth at home they settled me on the couch with little Liam and all seemed well until…

I had began bleeding and losing a lot of fluid. I needed to get to the bathroom because I started to bleed quite a bit and I ended up passing out while I was on the toilet. The midwife gave me oxygen as she was checking my vitals, trying to figure out whether I was just fatigued or if it was something more serious. But after a while of trying to get me to perk up it became clear that I was going into shock, and needed an ambulance. I was in and out of consciousness and she had a difficult time finding my vitals. Many prayers were being lifted to the Lord. As soon as the paramedics came and got an IV in my arm I started coming out of it a bit.

I was taken to the nearest hospital and found out that I had many and some large blood clots (which they determined I am prone to and will get worse with each pregnancy – hence why I have had a lot of bleeding and cramping in the past after giving birth – thankful to know this now). I  went into surgery almost immediately when I arrived there for a D and C. They were concerned with my blood count. I lost 1,000 cc of blood, and ended up having a blood transfusion (2 bags of blood) on Sunday night.

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So thankful that Ruben and Liam were able to stay the night at the hospital with me. Now I am on the road to recovery, and honestly feeling so good. I need to watch my lifting and make sure that I take it easy these next few weeks. I am so thankful for my church family and the love and support that they have shown me and my family during this time, my parents for taking my girls for me so that I can get the rest that I need to start feeling better soon, and my husband for being there for me through it all. He has been such a help to me and I am so, so blessed to have him.

Ruben and I were talking about this whole situation the other night. The Lord puts us through trials like this just to show us how good we really got it. We are so blessed! You don’t realize how good you really have something until it is almost taken away from you. This was one of the scariest days of my life, and I did think at one point that this was it… I am not going to make it. BUT I am thankful. Beyond thankful that the Lord choose to spare my life that day.

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And I am ever so grateful for our newest addition to the Rabbitsauce family. He is such a gift and blessing to me and I can’t thank the Lord enough for the healthy little boy He has given to us.

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30 Weeks Pregnant With Baby #3

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34 Weeks Pregnant With Baby #3

35 Weeks Pregnant With Baby #3

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37 Weeks Pregnant With Baby #3

38 Weeks Pregnant With Baby #3

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Capture Your Journey Link Up #22

The top clicked posts from last weeks link up were:

1. Unplanned Motherhood: Day 1- Abby’s Story

2. I Am One of “Those” Moms

3. These Days

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I have been so bad at getting pictures of my girls this past week. We haven’t done too much though… we are sort of sticking close to home while we wait for our little one to arrive. The weather is cooler this week (Thank You Lord!) and it was the perfect day to get outside and let the girls run off energy!

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For some reason Olivia thought that drawing on her face was way more fun then drawing on the concrete. Thankful that it was chalk and not something more permanent ;)

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She needed to take a break from drawing and get a sip of some cold water. It’s hard work to draw!

After a short break it’s back to running, jumping, and coloring! This girl never slows down :)

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She wanted me to take a picture of her dead dandelion.

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Had to put this one in the mix from this week. I love her big eyes and sweet face. I love the little girl that Olivia is growing up to be. I pray she never loses her quirky personality :)

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