Saturday, December 31, 2011

home

We've been home now as a family of 5 for over a week and a half now and I am just now finding time to blog! Life is just plain busy with 3 little boys! It is totally manageable, but it leaves very little time for me to do the things that I enjoy...like blogging! It seems like I'm always feeding, bathing, changing, or playing with someone OR cleaning something! Thank goodness for all the new toys in the house that have kept the boys so happy and occupied!

My mom has been here and my Dad, Sister, and Brother too. And then there was Christmas and Nolan's birthday, so those things have added to the craziness. Even though our house has been full it has been so nice to have the extra help! When my mom leaves tomorrow and then when Mark goes back to work on Wednesday we'll get to see what life is really like! But for now I am taking advantage of all the extra hands and especially the extra love and attention for the boys!

We are absolutely loving our new little guy! Here is a video of when we brought him home from the hospital last Monday:
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The end of the clip is such a true picture of life with boys! Ha!

Nolan is great at holding "baby Brooks" as he calls him.
We got this Christmas hat from the hospital and Nolan thought it was so cute! Not really my style, but anything Christmas is Nolan's style for sure! He wanted "the new baby" to wear it when they took a picture together!

He holds Brooks so carefully.

Brooks has been a pretty chill baby. We barely hear him make a peep. He just eats, sleeps, poops, and watches the world around him.

Here he is having his first bath. The boys wanted to help and thought that he needed bath toys. So they shook little rattles in front of his face as we washed him.

Love his dark hair! Wish it would stay that way so at least one of them would look like me, but chances are...it will be blonde in just a matter of time! Good thing their Daddy is so cute, I really don't mind that they all look just like him!

All three boys have used this adorable alligator towel for their first baths.

The boys both try to play with Brooks and like to show him things. Nolan can't wait for the day that Brooks will start batting at things and grabbing things. He keeps trying!

And look who has FINALLY accepted the fact that this baby is not going away! Heath will now hold Brooks and kiss him and laugh at the funny head bobbing he does!

He always looks around for where Brooks is. And only occasionally asks us to put him down! Ha!

He loves the button on the papasan seat that makes it vibrate and play music. He is quick to turn it on and off for his little brother.

I snapped a few of these pics one day in hopes of getting a good one for our New Years/Birth Announcement cards. But Brooks was hungry and rooting around and would not lay still. But I still think they turned out pretty cute. He is a big boy, but his arms and legs are still pretty scrawny. He is super long and solid through the middle.

I can't get enough of his sweet profile! He has the cutest little ears.

And he still pretty much looks just like Heath did when he was born!

Here he is in his crib for the first time. So little in this big bed! He makes Heath look like a giant now!

One last picture of our little cutie! He is very alert and has the most peaceful little look when he is awake! He is a complete God send in the midst of our fast paced and loud family! Nothing about him was planned but everything about him has been perfect!

Friday, December 30, 2011

My FOUR year old...

How can it be that I have a FOUR year old little boy?

Four years ago Mark and I were just starting this
whole family thing...
and now today,
1, 460 days later we have 3 handsome little guys, a house full of hustle and bustle, and more love than we could have ever imagined!

And it all started with this guy...
Nolan Bradley Jansen

This boy who has the BEST heart. He's sensitive, creative, imaginative, funny, silly, stubborn, cautious, and oh so smart!

He is such a great big brother. He is thoughtful and helpful.

He has the cutest laugh! His big blue eyes light up any room and his toothy smile is absolutely adorable!

He loves animals and loves to sing!

Lately, he is our "bottomless pit", with mini pancakes and fruit being his favorite foods!

He goes to preschool 4 mornings a week and attends Awana on Wednesday nights.

He enjoys reading and rough housing with his Daddy.

He soaks up any one-on-one time ANYONE wants to give him! Come along side him and play and he will talk your ear off! This is his happy place for sure!

But, most importantly...he's OURS! How did we get so blessed!

Today we are spending his day doing some of his favorite things and we are having so much fun! He has smiled ear to ear all day long!

Here is a little video we shot of him last night before bed...Nolan Bradley age 4!
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N.B.J. we just love you so much! You were made perfect in God's image and we could not imagine life without you. We can't wait to see what year 4 has in store for you!

Xo xO XO
Mommy & Daddy


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

{loved ones}

We were spoiled with love and support by our friends and family during our stay at the hospital!
I made little treats for Brooks' first visitors to announce his name...3 Musketeers bars for my THIRD boy! And I truly hope our boys will be the best of friends as they grow older!

Mark's whole family and our niece and nephews all came to hang out in the waiting room anxiously anticipating the arrival of the 7th Jansen grandbaby!
They stayed busy with Uncle Brad's ipad and...

ran around in the hallways and listened for a new baby's cry through the door!

Finally, Mark came out to let everyone know that Brooks was born healthy and strong!
We surprised everyone there with his name! (Although, my Dad, sister, and best friend Jill had all figured out the name from our clues along the way!)

Uncle Wesley and Brooks Wesley

My mom was so happy to have made it in time for Brooks' birth!

Opa and Oma are happy to add the 6th straight boy to the mix!

And Payton is thrilled to still be the ONLY girl! She is such a sweet big cousin!

Later in the evening some of our best friends also stopped by to meet the big guy!
The Leensvaarts came to visit us straight from being discharged from Sky Ridge Hospital after giving birth to their son Jack Dempsey just 2 days earlier.

It is so neat that our 2 boys have birthdays so close together! Rick and Mark grew up together and so will our boys! We hope that they will be the best of friends just like their Dad's have been throughout the years.

Best Buds

James & Lindsay stopped by too! The 3 Amigos will be complete in early March! We can't wait to meet their little man so soon!

We sure had a busy room!
Nolan had fun playing playdough with his Grandmas!

Cara & Wes dropped Chipotle off for us for dinner so that we could have a break from the delicious hospital food!

Our second day at the hospital was much quieter...
just the boys and the grandparents. Nolan and Opa had fun with Doctor gloves, they put them on, blew them up, and drew on them. Anything to keep busy and entertained in a confined space!

Since we've been home we have been spoiled by calls, cards, gifts, texts, emails, Facebook messages, and even more visitors. Thank you to everyone who has already loved on our little Brooksie.

He is just the sweetest thing...if you haven't met him...
you need to...he's the best!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

He's here! He's FINALLY here!

Brooks Wesley Jansen
Born December 17, 2011
12:05 p.m.

"From the fullness of His grace we have received one blessing after another."
John 1:16

8 pounds 7 ounces
21 inches


Friday, December 16th was my due date. And Brooks seemed to be quite content right where he was, warm and toasty inside of me! I had my 40 week appointment with my nurse practitioner midwife, Diana, and she said I was 5 cm. dilated and basically ready to go! I had been having lots of contractions, but nothing regular. So she said we could head right over to the hospital and induce me, I was that ready. But I wanted to be able to have 1 last night with my boys, pack my bags, and hopefully wait for my mom who was flying in the next morning. So we scheduled an induction for early the next morning. Diana then told me that she wouldn't be surprised if I ended up in full labor that night on my own. So I went home and got crackin' packing up a few things.

I snuggled with my boys and gave them LOTS of kisses! It's always a weird feeling for me thinking about completely changing the dynamics of our family by adding a new member. I just felt like I wanted to be sure to tell the boys just how much I love them and that I will always have enough room in my heart to love them fully and for exactly who God created them to be! We watched Curious George's Christmas as a family, put the boys to bed, and then Mark got us take out from Panera and we rented a movie. It was such a nice night!

We woke up early, showered, put the boys in the car to go to Oma & Opa's house, and headed to the hospital. It is a strange feeling, waking up and knowing you are going to have a baby that day! I didn't have that with my other 2 pregnancies and it was so nice to be fully prepared. We hugged and kissed the boys goodbye and off we went.

We checked into the hospital and I was already 8 cm. dilated and having contractions every 10 minutes! They broke my water, gave me a little pitocin, the contractions became 5 minutes apart, and I got my beloved epidural.

The whole family headed over to the hospital and my Mom made it in on time! Everyone was ready for this baby to be born! It took a while for the epidural to start working so I was fully feeling each contraction. It kicked it right about when I was ready to start pushing! But by then, it was almost too strong and I couldn't feel any urge to push. But after about 40 minutes of pushing my BIG boy decided it was FINALLY time to come on out!

We couldn't believe just how big he was! But I guess this was the longest I had been pregnant so I should have known he would be even bigger than my boys were! (Who I thought were big at 8 lbs. and 7 lbs. 9 oz.- 1 and 2 weeks early.)

It really was an easy pregnancy and delivery. My doctor has told me that I am made for birthing babies! I don't swell, I don't get stretch marks, and I have fast births. Ha! Too bad, I won't be doing this EVER again! Our family is complete at 5 and I am meant to be the mom of BOYS! I wouldn't want it any other way!

As soon as Brooks was cleaned up and checked over Mark went out to the waiting room to announce the name of our new boy! Everyone thought his name was going to be Connor. We had given them the clue that his name had an O in it and that it didn't end with an N. They also counted 6 nail holes in the wall of his nursery. So they were shocked when we told them it was Brooks! And his middle name is Wesley after his Uncle Wes. Each of the boys is named after one of their 3 uncles. A pretty cool way to honor the amazing men that they have to look up to in life!

Mark got Nolan and Heath and brought them into the room to be the first ones to meet little Brooks!
They both smiled shyly at their new brother and were happy to see me!

It was a special moment for our new family of FIVE!

Brooks is just perfect! He has LONG fingers, feet, and toes!

He is a SOLID dude, but doesn't really have any rolls on him!

Mark was, as always, my calm and solid encourager during the delivery.

He is such a great Dad!

After introducing the boys, the rest of our family came in to meet Brooks- more on that in a future post. It was wonderful to be surrounded by so much love!


The boys went back to Oma's house for a nap but came back to the hospital later in the day. I made them special gift bags with a book, puzzle, playdough, and little toy in them to keep them busy while they were at the hospital. When Nolan opened up his new Cars 2 Double Decker Bus he said, "This is just what I was wishing for!" It was a BIG hit and they LOVED having something that was all about them!

Nolan and Heath have both had their moments of being emotional or crabby since Brooks was born. But overall, they are both doing a fabulous job with all of the changes that have happened in just a few short days. They were able to sleep at home since my Mom is in town so that was a nice way to keep things consistent for them.

We hunkered down and settled into life at the hospital for 2 days. It was nice to be able to send him to the nursery at night so we could get some uninterrupted sleep.

Brooks ate, slept and pooped well!

We think he looks JUST like Heath! He has dark hair...for now!

We had the perfect balance of rest and visitors while there.

Nolan enjoyed watching his new brother and checking out all his little parts.

He always says, "He's so cute." and "I love him." Too bad he also keeps calling him "Jack". Our good friends just had a baby named Jack 2 days before Brooks was born so Nolan keeps calling him the wrong name. Ha!

Nolan also wanted me to be in the hospital bed the whole time. He said, "Mommy, if the nurse comes back in you better get back in the bed!"

And he like pushing the bed's buttons and making Dr. glove creations with Opa as well. They spent a lot of time running the halls and eating kitchenette snacks. Heath really was not that into Brooks while at the hospital. He just wanted his Mommy! But slowly his affection has grown for his new bro, which is just about the sweetest thing. I'll blog more on that as well in the coming days.

The second night Mark went home to play with the boys and help my mom out. So Brooks and I had some major cuddle time and did what he does best...SLEEP!

the view from our hospital room

On Monday morning I woke up bright and early anxious to head home and start our new life together! The weather made quite the change from when we checked in to when we checked out of the hospital. It was almost 60 degrees over the weekend, but Monday morning ushered in snow and 20 degree temperatures! Crazy Colorado!

Mark came back just in time to go with Brooks to his circumcision. I was also treated to a massage from the hospital. A nice new perk they added in the past 2 years since I had Heath.

After we got all of that and all of the paperwork taken care of, we were finally ready to head home!

We could not have had a better experience at Littleton Hospital. I absolutely adore my midwife. And we loved all of our nurses. Brooks and I had wonderful care. But as we walked out those doors Mark and I both said to each other, "We are so glad to never have to come back again!" Ha!

We are just completely confident that God has formed our family and completed it with this new and perfect addition of Brooks! We love him so much already and we are enjoying figuring out life at home now!

I'm going to try my best to keep the updates coming...I can't believe it took me 5 days just to blog that he was born! But hey, that's kind of a true picture of life with 3 children, ages 4 and under! And add to that family staying with us and Christmas fun and we are pretty much busy, busy, busy!

Good thing Brooks seems to be a very content and easy going baby! He just takes it all in and watches the crazy world around him, barely making a peep! We didn't plan on this little miracle, he fought his way into this world and made us fall in love with him, and now we are left just amazed at God's perfect plan! We couldn't imagine our life without him!

"Before I was born the Lord called me; from my birth He has made mention of my name."
Isaiah 49:1