November 22, 2013

Best Decision I Ever Made...

The other night I was holding James.  He was cooing at me, smiling with his whole face and bringing tears to my eyes, as he usually does at this level of cuteness. I am just in awe of this little man.  So in love.

If you've been a long time reader of this Hot Mess Express you know that after we had Kendall we were all "one and done" in the baby making department.  Not because of anything else other than the fact that we felt comfortable and complete as a family of three.  And then something hit me right around Kendall's 2nd birthday and I got The Fever.  We decided to have another baby.

The best decision I ever made.

Hold up, before you go getting all, "I can't believe she just said that!  What about Kendall?", let me explain.  When we got pregnant it wasn't really a decision, per se.  We were hot on the heels of our honeymoon and threw caution and birth control to the wind and BAM! we were pregnant.  We didn't give it much thought, just kinda said, "if it happens, it happens" and, well, 9 months later this beautiful girl made me a mama.
But James?  His conception was thought about and talked about and "timed" and was something we really knew we wanted to do before doing it.  If you know Jimmy and I we are very impulsive and don't usually give things too much thought which can sometimes be good, sometimes be bad.  So the fact that we talked and thought for months before was the longest we had ever contemplated anything.  And for good reason too, growing and raising a tiny human is no easy task and not one you do just because your fellow bloggers are doing it.

I posted a picture of us, as a family, on Instagram recently and one of the comments I got was, "I'm so glad you guys decided to have another baby." and it hit me, so am I.

He's just what this family needed.  I'm so thankful that we took the time to make our decision but at the same time, now that he's here, I'm wondering why we ever doubted adding another member to our family.  He makes us complete.  He makes us smile and he's made me see a whole, new side of Kendall that I never knew existed.  It's amazing.
He makes our family complete and our lives better.  I will forever love what adding him to our family has done for us, as a family.  He's the best decision I ever made.


31 comments:

  1. I love him. And I love you. And I'm glad I have you to turn to for advice on this whole family expansion thing.

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  2. "this Hot Mess Express"

    Truer words have never been spoken.

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  3. So sweet!! And that must be such a nice and warm-fuzzy feeling too :) Very happy for your family!!!

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  4. And then you go and make my ovaries explode....

    He is seriously so handsome! And I know exactly the feeling you are feeling- my 2nd (and last) daughter, Brooklyn completed our family. Love this post! And your cute little family!

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  5. I feel the same way about adding Emilie to our family. After I had James, the question everyone asked was "when are you having another one?" I knew that I would no when I was ready and now in so glad that we waited 4 years. Yes, sometimes its hard going back to the baby stage but I wouldn't have it any other way. She really has completed our family.

    and... You have the cutest kids! x

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  6. Awww, love this:) So happy about your family of four!

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  7. You guys make the most beautiful children :) Seriously 2 of the cutest children I have ever seen!!

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  8. We felt the same way. We felt complete with our daughter(now 2) but wanted to give her a sibling. We struggled with the fact that "we aren't trying to get pregnant because we don't feel complete". We always did, however, see ourselves as a family of 4 and now that I'm pregnant, I can't wait for her to get here and see our older daughter with her. I don't doubt we made the right decision to try to get pregnant. We did the "if it happens, it happens" thing this time around. We weren't real sure if we would even get pregnant since it took 2.5 years with my other daughter. This time- 8 months. I guess it was meant to be :)

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  9. This is THE sweetest. So heartwarming and full of love. Happy weekend, Shannon!

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  10. You honestly have one of the most beautiful families I've ever seen. James is going to be a heartbreaker, that is for sure!

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  11. What a beautiful post! James is so beautiful and so is your family!

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  12. Love this post! I thought I was "one and done" also, but recently the Fever has struck. I really want another baby, but we'll see how it goes!

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  13. This is so sweet and makes me feel better about having another. I just get so worried about how it would effect Hayden and our relationship with him. So silly, but true!

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  14. there really is something about plotting and planning for a baby. I've seen so many of my friends easily get pregnant while i was over here in my pity lonely corner party of 1 trying for crue. now that he's here i can not imagine anything else really. i agree. definitely the best decision i ever made. right along with picking isaiah for a baby daddy ;)

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  15. We are a "one and done" family as well but who knows what can happen a couple years down the road. Looking at photos, it's perfectly clear that James has completed your family.

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  16. I know who made that comment! I wonder if anyone regrets having another. We tried for 1 more and got 2 but we wanted 3 total anyways. One of my besties has a lot of twins in her family and she is honestly scared she would end up having 2 more and they wouldn't financially be able to do 2 more. I warn everyone that 1 more could be 2. I'm the planner/preparer before we got pregnant with C I wanted us to be financially stable enough to deal with medical bills if something happened or our child had special needs.

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  17. Beautiful post. And that picture of him at the end is to die for! What a handsome little fellow.

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  18. 100% agree!! I'm so glad we went for a second. Little boys are just so sweet!! And now onto our third...!!! I know you're done but I'm not!

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  19. So glad to hear that this was a great decision for you and your family! You guys are too cute!

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  20. Awww - this is so sweet. Your family looks perfect.

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  21. You guys are such a cute fam. I've been one and done myself...but who knows...the right man might make me change my mind :)

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  22. This make such sense sweet mama, and those are THEE most beautiful photos of your little family x

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  23. Oh geeze...now I am sitting here thinking maybe I should have another too.

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