Pretty much since Christmas, right?  Yup.  We announced the pregnancy to all our family and friends around Christmas.  And I am glad we didn’t wait a day longer because I began to feel nauseous on Christmas Eve.  I laugh now because I told people that week that I was just a little nauseous and was hoping that I would stay feeling that way and it wouldn’t get any worse.  Ha.  God was probably laughing too.

Fast forward to a week later (around New Years) and I was a slave to the toilet bowl, eating just to survive, and not enjoying life very much.  It was the same with Shiloh’s pregnancy.  It was the same with Capri’s.  Round 3 has been in full force for over a month now, and let me tell you, its hard.  I wish I could just take a leave of absence from life in general when I am sick like this.  But I can’t.  My girls are champs… most days I can only muster enough energy to take care of their basic needs.  I’ll lay on the floor while they play and climb on me and that takes care of play time.

Brandon has been amazing.  He has had to take over my job as mommy and then on top of that, help take care of me.  I know its not easy for him, but it has made the days somewhat bearable for us all.  Thank God for good husbands and daddy’s.  Brandon and I were just talking last night that even though I have unusually hard first trimesters, our babies seem to be unusually easy.  Its a nice trade-off.

If you are a mom, you are likely thinking of all the cures for morning sickness.  Well let me tell ya.  I am immune to them.  I have done it all and nothing helps.  Meds, foods, bands, popsicles, ginger, crackers, pshhh, child’s play and no match for it.  I have heard all the advice and yet it still doesn’t keep me from throwing up multiple times a day.  Time, endurance, and patience are my cures.  Life has paused in a way… I am just trying to get through these weeks and I hold on to the hope that with both my previous pregnancies, I felt remarkably better around week 12/13.  Today is the beginning of the 12th week for me… so c’mon baby!  I am ready to get my life back!

For those of you who have had hyperemesis gravidarum, you know how hard it is, and I high five you.  There is no promise that exists for expecting mothers that it will be easy.  But its worth it.  Totally worth it.

February 10, 2014 - 5:52 pm

Kyra Faulkner - awww, new to your blog, but loving your beautiful perspective already. Thank goodness for sweet husbands! and easy babies once they get here

March 4, 2014 - 9:49 am

Katie - I’m reading this a little while after you posted, so am hoping the last several weeks have been better as far as the nausea I goes!!!! Your perspective is the sweetest…no, it is not always the easiest, but is ALWAYS worth it!!! Much love Mama and congrats on Baby #3!!

Three is a wonderful number

After Shiloh was born, we knew we wanted to wait a while before having a 2nd baby.  It was perfect timing for us.  Then after Capri was born, we knew that we didn’t want to wait very long before having a 3rd baby.   So once again, this is perfect timing for us.  We are excited to announce that Baby #3 will be arriving in August.

Shiloh is excited to say the least, and Capri was just excited that we gave her a balloon and let her sit by herself in a chair.

We already know Shiloh makes a wonderful big sister… but we have a feeling Capri will be a great big sister also.

January 11, 2014 - 9:23 am

Emily - Oh my word to the cuteness! What perfect photos, congrats!

January 31, 2014 - 5:06 pm

whitney - hey there! i found your blog thru casey’s link-up. my husband and i live overseas in cambodia (and have some great friends working for ywam thailand!) and are expecting our first baby next month. i loved reading your posts about missions as a family – definitely encouraging, as we’ll be starting on that wild journey ourselves. and congrats on your addition!

Advent 2013

The tradition continues…

Every year we come up with 24 family activities that we can do, one a day, until Christmas Day.  This year we hung them up in tiny buckets.  We didn’t take photos of each day’s activity as well as most years, but here are some of the fun we’ve been up to as we countdown to Wednesday.

Capri’s 1st Birthday Party

Sweet Capri turned 1 on Thanksgiving this year.  We gathered the following Saturday to celebrate her birthday, eat yummy food, watch her attempt to eat a cake, and have tons of fun with family and friends.  She is quite the little lady, and we are blessed by her each day.

Little Ekstrom Conversations

Conversation 1.
Shiloh:  (Pointing at a Burger King)  Mommy is that where we get coffee?
Mommy:  No, that is where people get food.
Shiloh:  Do we get food there?
Mommy:  No, we really don’t eat fast food.
(long pause)
Shiloh:  Oh… yea… we eat slower food.

Conversation 2.
Shiloh:  Daddy, I have a surprise for you!
Daddy:  Oh really?  What is it?
Shiloh:  Nothing.

Conversation 3.
Shiloh:  Mommy!  Look at me!  I am on my tippy toes.  Just like when we saw Sarah and Kody, and they were on their tippy toes.  And the littles too.  They were diarreahs.
Mommy:  Um, did you mean ballerinas?
Shiloh:  Oh, yea, ballerinas.

Conversation 4.
Shiloh:  We can’t eat sunflower seeds.  Daddy can.  Only men can eat sunflower seeds.
(thinking for a second)
Shiloh:  Ah, the joys of being me.

Conversation 5.
Shiloh: Look Mom, I swept the leaves!
(she only swept about a square foot of our porch)
Mommy:  Hmm… well there is still a lot more to do, you better keep sweeping.
Shiloh:  No, I think I am done today.  I’ll do the rest tomorrow.



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December 2, 2013 - 7:21 pm

Audrey Causey - hahaha I can totally see her saying all of this now! So adorable. I miss her.