Saturday, November 15, 2014

One Month

I’m always amazed at how quickly these little ones change. Hayva Joy is a month old and has the cheeks to prove it! She is full of smiles these days…those wide, amazing open mouth grins! Jancsi especially likes to get in her face to try to eek one out of her. It is precious to watch. “Baby Hayva you’re so cute! Do you know that I love you Hayva?” Yesterday morning in an attempt to keep his little sister warm, he placed his most coveted mug of hot coco beside her little chair “to warm her up Mommy!”. Love his heart he has for his girls.

We are falling into our new rhythm and flow as a family of five. Hayva has easily joined into the craziness of our daily life and just seems happy to be here and be a part of it all. =) The past two days she has happily bounced around as we’ve drove through the fields in the old ranch truck as we’ve helped Sebron feed cows.

This week has been busy as I’ve had errands and outings everyday by myself with all three. I have to say it’s been very smooth other then when the littlest gets hungry and all screaming breaks lose. The most exhausting part of it all is getting everyone in and out of car seats at every stop. I did have a moment at Walmart when I had the older two looking at me as I tried to figure out where I was going to put all the children AND all the groceries…. Then there was trying to go to the bathroom. In a Walmart stall. With one strapped to my chest and two trying to touch everything and look at people through the opening under the dividing walls. My stall was the only one in the full restroom with endless conversation.
“Guys please don’t touch that.”
“Mommy are you peeing?”
“Mommy does that potty flush by itself?”
“PLEASE don’t touch anything!”
“Wow that was loud flush!”…..
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Night times are still long with so many up times. Hayva will normally do a good 3-4 hour stretch when she first goes down, then she’s up every 1.5-2 hours wanting to nurse. I change her diaper all night long. For a child who went 48 hours in the hospital without pooping when she was born (they wouldn’t let me go home till she went), she has certainly been making up for it. She easily goes through 5-6 poopy diapers a night. None of the other kids got even close to that. It’s wild.
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I simply love watching Laughter and Jancsi interact with Hayva. I love listening to the little conversations they have. Jancsi telling her his stories and laying his pirate sword across her “to make her happy”. Laughter likes to quietly hunch down beside her. She’ll just stare with a cute little smile on her face. I can’t wait to see them grow up together. She loves to show everyone her “baby.”
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We are all so thankful for a healthy little one. We are so in love and can’t imagine life without our sweet Hayva Joy! 

Monday, November 10, 2014


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This woman. I am blessed to be able to call her my mother-in-law. I feel like she needs a vacation every time she leaves our house. She works the entire time she is here. How many times she kept the two older kids so I could take the baby to different appointments and run errands? I don’t even know. She bought groceries, made dinners, cleaned… there is just no end to it. She put up with us- we are not a quiet family…and we wake up kind of early. She took everything in stride, sleepless nights, long days, everything. She took over the upstairs at night. Answering any cries for water, bathroom runs, bad dreams and just needing midnight snuggles. It allowed me to turn off the monitor and just focus on Hayva and sleep. She even put up with our barking dog at night. She blessed us immensely the entire visit.

She wasn’t even supposed to get here until October 17th or 18th. She called the weekend before and said she just felt she needed to come early. She couldn’t explain it, just felt the Lord leading her. She got here on the 12th and Hayva was born the 15th. God is so good!

This woman can do anything. She can fix a broken dryer, rock a crying newborn to sleep, paint, and just about anything.
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To say our children love their Meme is an understatement.  They adore her and wake up asking where she is. She jumps on the trampoline with them and even makes eating our vegetables fun! We never left Walmart without fruit snacks and squeezers in hand!
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I had the privilege to watch through the window one day when Meme and the kids were on the trampoline. Their little faces were a glow with smiles and I could hear the giggles through the window. I am beyond blessed to have a Mother-in-law who truly loves our kids and pours love and life into them. That is the greatest gift of all.

Thank you. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Hayva's Birth Story

My sweet baby is two weeks old today and already 9lbs and has grown an inch! How does it always surprise me how fast they grow?! We’ve been soaking up the newborn snuggles around here and enjoying our last few days with Sebron’s Mom. I always take forever posting the birth story and wanted to get it down while it’s fresh in my mind.

I wasn’t due until October 23rd but started having contractions about four weeks out. I did this with Laughter so I wasn’t getting to excited.

The morning of the 15th I woke up with hard contractions that I was having to focus through. They were consistent for about 2 hours at 10 minutes apart. They calmed down around breakfast which was disappointing but I just felt off. I already had a doctor’s appointment for later that morning so Sebron went to work, and Meme kept the kids. (Did I mention she wasn’t even supposed to get here until later in the week but called that previous weekend saying she just felt she needed to come a bit earlier. Thank you Lord!)
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My incredible Doctor who has fought with us to have TWO sucessful VBACs! 
I wasn’t feeling good by the time I got to my appointment and was still having contractions. After checking me and finding I was at a 3 and given my contractions I was having, my doctor excitedly announced I was having the baby today! He was so sure of it he told me not to leave town (he knew it took me an hour to get there) and to walk around for an hour of two. He also went as far as to schedule my post partum appointment.

I called Sebron and told him the news but said I didn’t want to walk around town all day hoping something might happen. What if it didn’t? I’d rather come home and walk around with the kids and that way if things did start happening he and I could go together.
Proud Daddy.
We decided he would talk to his mom while I walked around Target for a bit. Target is usually one of my favorite happy places to walk since it’s over an hour to the closest one. It’s a special treat! As I walked though through all the bright happy displays of baby items and Fall decorations I felt more and more sick and my contractions got harder and were a steady 4-5 minutes apart.
Meeting their sister for the first time...there were lots of "she's so cute" and tons of kisses. I will always treasure that moment. 
I was terrified of the thought of my water braking there in the store so I left and sat in the car. =) I called Sebron again and gave him my update. He made the call to come to me. So while I sat in the car crying at the thought of leaving the kids for the next few days, Sebron, Meme and the kids drove up to the hospital to meet me. They arrived with Chic fil A and we headed to a park nearby to have lunch. It was about 1:30 or so at this point. I really felt off and out of sorts but the contractions weren’t as hard. We had lunch and then Meme treated us to ice cream at an old ice cream parlor down town. Jancsi was in his element and Laughter was having a blast getting bites from everyone’s cones.

The plan was for Meme and the kids to head home and Sebron and I to keep walking. But something told me to go get checked in at the hospital. I wanted to get that taken care of before things got really painful. We could always walk the halls later.

So, close to 3:30pm we were checked in and placed in a room for ‘observation.’ As soon as I put on my gown my water broke. I guess I was done being observed at that point cause this baby was coming!

Things started happening pretty fast at that point. My contractions got super intense and were every 2 minutes apart, some back to back with no break. I totally went for the epidural and of course the guy was in a c-section and wouldn’t be available for another 45 minutes. We got through that horrible eternity and once the guy arrived with the juice from heaven I was at a 7! I’ve never progressed that quickly and Sebron was more excited then I was! It seemed like no time after the meds kicked in I was complete and ready to go!
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My girls. 
Right after I got the epidural the shift change happened and our nurses changed. Who walks in but the same nurse who delivered Laughter! I felt like I was seeing an old friend and hugs were given out all around. Our baby nurse comes in and low and behold she was with us last time as well! More hugs! I love how the Lord cares about little details like that. It was something my Mom and I had been praying for- that some of our wonderful nurses from last time would be on duty this second time around.

As soon as I was ready, they told me not to push till they brought the doctor in. They kept telling me she (baby) was coming fast. Part of me wanted to believe them, but part of me was thinking back to Laughter’s delivery where we pushed for 3 hours.

My doctor came in, and three contractions later, Hayva was in my arms. I could not believe it! The whole labor and delivery was so fast and smooth and my recovery has been so fast I could not be more thankful.

While we were in the hospital at least 5 of our nurses from Laughter’s birth stopped in to see us and welcome our newest addition. After Lulu’s birth experience, I’d written the nurses a thank you note for fighting so hard with us and attached a picture of our family. They still have it hanging up in their nurses room and begged for a new one. The other nurses that were working would hear who we were and several remarked “Are y’all the ones in the picture? Wow!” Needless to say, Sebron and I felt famous and loved. I am beyond thankful to my friend for pointing me to my doctor and this hospital. So so thankful!

Later that night we headed off to what would be our room for our stay. It was pretty late at that point but I couldn’t sleep a wink that night. I just wanted to hold her and soak her up. Hayva slept for 5 hours straight and I was thinking wow we got a sleeper! However that was short lived- true to Jessup form, as soon as we got home she fell into the typical up every 1.5-2 hours that all our babies have done. She even pulled an all nighter.

Now two weeks in, I feel like we are all getting into a new rhythm. Thankful.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Behind the Name [Hayva Joy]

Hayva (pronounced: Hay-va) Breath of life.

Her middle name, Joy, is after my baby sister.

This year has been so big for us as a family. We’ve grown together and been through some sticky stuff. With Sebron’s back injury and me going to work for him, moving twice, a job change, all being pregnant, we found ourselves going to the Lord like never before. 
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Breathe on me breath of God. The words to a worship song from my growing up years often rang across my mind and in my prayers. Sebron and I would often pray with each other when we would find ourselves exhausted and worn out. “Lord help us to speak life into one another. Into our children. Help us to choose joy in the difficult moments.”  It’s been our anthem this year: speak life.

The Lord was giving life to our family- I longed for the day our sweet baby would be in my arms. They bring with them such hope and joy.

Sebron and I were actually out on a date night when we heard the name Hayva for the first time. It struck both of us and later that night I googled it just for fun. Breath of life. Sebron and I just looked at each other. It didn’t take very long for us to know this was her name. 

Hayva is a Hebrew name, originally spelled Hava. (We changed the spelling in an attempt to make it easier for people to pronounce.)

Like I said before, Joy is for my baby sister. One of my dearest friends. We of course had our rocky points growing up- I was always jealous of her big feet. I was stuck in tiny shoe sizes and Joy was wearing nines by the time she was 9. And then of course she grew into her feet and became a gorgeous, tall model and I was, well, short. We got past our differences though (so thankful! =)) and she is one of my go to girls. She is a fireball for her Lord and Savior and has such a strong passion for children and hurting people. It’s true she is beautiful on the outside, but her heart is even more gorgeous. I pray one day our little Hayva Joy will follow in her Auntie’s footsteps and seek first the Kingdom and not be afraid to get her hands dirty for our Lord.

We are so incredibly thankful our little girly is here! 

Sunday, October 19, 2014


Miss Hayva Joy! She's here! 
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October 15th, 2014
7:27 PM
8.1lbs 20in

She was eight days early and has us completely smitten! We are blessed. We are thankful. We are so thankful. Loving my party of five!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Crazy Walmart Lady

I was totally that Mom today. Let me start at the beginning…

My poor son since starting potty training has refused to poop in the potty. Down right refused. It wasn’t a big deal when we first started because I knew it would happen. He was still wearing diapers at night and would wait to go until then. Well a few days of this he refused to poop in his diapers as well. I thought well he’s always been a regular kid, he’ll eventually go. Four days later- nothing. Screaming and crying because his bottom hurt. We finally got him to go but then he went another three days… I have never talked about poop so much in my life as I have to my 3-year-old in the past month. He has gotten to the point where he is horribly constipated and it hurts so he just refuses. We have been to a doctor and have a game plan but it’s going to take a few days to get everything out of his system.

Anyway, back to today… I had a doctor’s appointment so me and the kids drive the hour down there and sit in the room for an hour because they are running behind. This puts us right at lunch time and both kids are antsy and complaining of being hungry. We finally finish up there and grab some lunch before heading the hour back… this has us right at nap time. But now we are at Walmart to do our big weekly shop. I’m exhausted and the kids are worn out from the long morning turned afternoon.

As soon as we get in Walmart Jancsi starts fussing because his bottom is hurting. I ask him if he’ll go potty. “No.” So we keep shopping. He continues to moan and groan saying “my bottom is hurting” not to quietly.

Laughter starts yelling loudly and I tell her several times we don’t do that in Walmart. She continues so she gets a small swat on the leg. You would have thought I’d bit her. The screams and tears that came out of my child were horrendous. She has just started this thing of throwing herself down on the floor when something doesn’t go her way and she will lie there screaming having a full blown out tantrum as long as you let her. We have never allowed this so I am really at a loss as to where this is coming from. My sweet girl starts throwing herself around in her seat in the shopping cart kicking and screaming as she hits the apple juice.

Jancsi keeps crying and moaning “mommy my bottom hurts.” I try reasoning with him over sister’s screams but he says he wont go potty. Laughter gets another talking to but continues to scream ridiculously. I’m half way through my list so I figure I’ll just plow through. They screamed and cried the entire rest of the trip.

I have never experienced anything so embarrassing and humbling. I found myself completely at a loss of how to parent in that moment with the stares from the other shoppers. I wanted to tell all of them “this has never happened before! My kids are good kids!” I knew they were all looking at my big belly thinking why in the world is that crazy lady reproducing AGAIN! I seriously wanted to grab my screaming children and never show my face again.

The check out line was long and then when it was finally my turn, true to Walmart fashion, the lady had to restock the bags on the little wheel thing…. She must have done them one at a time. I seriously could have rung up everyone’s groceries in the time it took her to put the bags on. Then if that wasn’t enough, their card reader wasn’t working and we had to go through everything twice and put the numbers in by hand. Nightmare.

Laughter screamed and made a show until we were out of the store and Jancsi’s bottom was miraculously healed as well. After all the groceries were loaded in the car and kids in their seats, I crawled into the driver’s seat and just sat there.

Here just this morning I was thinking I’ve got this whole parenting thing down and can totally handle a third. Oh how the mighty have fallen. I’m so thankful the Lord sees our shortcomings and doesn’t turn His back on us. He is always there for me to cry out to for help, strength and grace.

Lord give me wisdom as I navigate these waters and parent these Arrows you have blessed us with.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Laughter Grace (18 Months)

My littlest is growing up before my eyes these days and before I know it she wont be my baby any longer. I seriously love this age of exploring and discovery.

Laughter has totally taken to this whole independent thing and refuses to stay with me these days when on her own feet. She takes off in every opposite direction then the one I want her to go. She laughs and picks up speed when she sees us chasing her. Most of my time at church is spent running after her and bringing her back from the parking lot.

She has no fear and wants to ride horses and climb the fences where the bulls are. She is all over the playground when we go and tares down the biggest slides. I caught her yesterday climbing through a downstairs window that was open without a screen.

She tickles us as she rambles on all day to us in her babbled speech completely assured that we understand everything she is saying. She has few words at this age: dog, horse, cow, moo, Dada, baby, yeah, uh-oh, thank you, Amos (our dog), to name a few.

She totally understands more then I give her credit for and I can’t sneak anything passed her. She’s a fantastic eater right now and really isn’t all that picky. She’ll try everything at least once.

Jancsi is her rock star and idol as he goes about his antics. She follows him around with pure awe written all over her face. I love it. They fight and play and tease and several times a day I’ll walk in to find them piled in a heap together giggling. She likes to snuggle with him when they’re watching a movie. She lay herself across his legs and is perfectly content.
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Hot kids. Where is Fall?
Laughter Grace is my itty bitty thing and still weighs in at just over 20lbs. She is in 9-12 month clothes and size 4 diapers. She is such an incredibly snuggler and likes nothing better then to climb up in our laps, tuck her little self into your shoulder and suck her thumb.

We lay on the bed together this afternoon- just the two of us. She kept pushing her head up against mine, as close as she could get. Thumb in her mouth and the other little hand fingering mine. “You know girly, it’s not going to be just us soon. There’s gonna be another little lady in this house.” “Yeah.” “You’re going to be such a great big sister.” “Yeah.” I let myself imagine us, years from now, curled up on the bed sharing life together and girl talk. Lord let us always have open communication. Let her always know how much I care and feel open to share what’s on her heart.
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Tractor time with Daddy!
Bed time is super easy and after prayers we just lie her down and I don’t hear a peep until morning. So thankful.

Laughter brings so much joy to our family and I cannot imagine life without her little self. Happy 18 months big girl!