Boy, Oh Boy!

Nektarios Evangelos

March 25, 2011

7 lbs. 11 oz.

Well, our little angel couldn’t wait until his scheduled appointment and so on March 25 at 2:15 in the morning I began having contractions and at 6:39 a.m. Nektarios was born. We are so blessed to have this beautiful healthy little boy in our family and are humbled for him to have entered our lives on such a special day.

Of course, it wasn’t hard to name him. With the love and history of St. Nektarios in our family and the celebration of the Annunciation (Evangelismos) on the day of his birth, everything just felt right.

The boys are amazed and won’t stop telling me how cool babies are and how much they love him. It melts my heart to watch them all together. Thank you Lord, for your blessings.

Thank you for the kind emails many of you have sent, your prayers are so appreciated.

Troparion to St. Nektarios

The offspring of Selyvria and the guardian of Aegina, the true friend of virtue who didst appear in the last years,

O Nektarios, we faithful honor thee as a godly servant of Christ, for thou pourest forth healings of every kind for those who piously cry out: Glory to Christ Who hath glorified thee.
Glory to Him who made thee wondrous.
Glory to Him Who worketh healings for all through thee.

Sibling Kits & Classes

Last weekend I took the boys to the hospital for the Sibling Class. They had such a great time! They watched a funny little video about babies and being a big brother or sister. The instructor let them pick out a baby doll or stuffed animal and then showed them how to properly hold a baby and how they could help Mommy change and swaddle them.

Then they got to choose from oodles of stickers and markers and confetti to make a card for the new baby’s bassinet.

Ace made two. The first one he cut into the shape of a goat. The second one, he glued his picture and wrote a longer note, reminding the baby of the benefit of being a boy and playing with GI Joes.

Lucky, who is now rooting for a girl for the first time since the beginning of my pregnancy, glued his picture and gave me very detailed instructions on what to write on the card. He wanted to remind the baby how much fun he and Ace are and how much the baby is going to love them. :)

I finally put together sibling kits for them too. I made little tags that say “Biggest Brother and Big Brother” and filled them with goodies to keep them busy while they are waiting for their new brother or sister. Luckily, my mom is flying in this week and will keep them busy. They love their Yiayia!

I filled them with things like mini coloring/activity books, crayons, a lollipop, coin purses with change for the vending machines, bubbles (they’ll be outside feeding the ducks while they wait), flashlights, big brother books, a big brother t-shirt and their cameras. I love the idea of them taking photos of their idea of how the day played out. I’m going to develop them and put them in little albums for their keepsake boxes.

I found these old-fashioned coin purses. I picked them up from a boutique near my house for two bucks each. Of course, I got them in their favorite colors.

I also found some fun Lego kits at TJ Maxx for $4.99. The boys will go home to spend a special night alone with Baba and I figured this will give them something fun to do together. So…now all we’re doing is waiting anxiously for the big day to arrive! I’m so excited!

Ready or Not!

It’s almost time for our wee one to make its entrance! I wanted to post updates on my pregnancy more often but, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, I haven’t had the time to post as often as I usually do.

I’ve been busy savoring time at home with Ace and Lucky and working on a couple of projects I hope will be finished by the time Sprout arrives.

We never find out the gender of the baby, entirely because I love surprises and it doesn’t really matter to me what it is. I pray for healthy children and that’s it. I’d love a girl as much as I’d love another little boy to fill our house with more love and laughter. I know some members of our family are hoping for a girl and others are praying hard for another boy but no one will know for sure for about five more weeks! I told DH if it wasn’t wrong to gamble, we’d be able to pay off the delivery by taking everyone’s bets! 😉

Thank God, I’ve had a very easy pregnancy again overall and am just now beginning to feel “ready”. I’ve been swelling and aching and all the other uncomfortable things that come along in the final stretch of pregnancy. Part of me can’t wait to hold the baby in my arms at last and another part of me is trying to enjoy the kicks and wiggles from inside my tummy. What a beautiful and miraculous thing pregnancy is. I think God made the ninth month as uncomfortable as it is because otherwise we might want to stay pregnant forever to feel that little miracle grow and live inside of us.

I love that there are always a couple of years in between babies in our family. It gives me time to spend with each of them individually and by the time the next baby comes I am ready to change diapers again and smell the precious scent of baby wash and Dreft detergent. :) I don’t mind having sleepless nights again and I try to take advantage of nursing in the wee morning hours by spending precious quiet time bonding with the new babe.

The boys are very excited to meet their new sibling and are already volunteering to help with whatever they can think of. Though no one has offered to assist in diaper changing yet…

The nursery is ready and I’m hoping to pull the bins of baby clothes down from the attic this week to begin washing and filling the drawers with tiny socks and onesies. I love how fresh and alive the house begins to feel when anticipating a new baby.

I love to read these prayers every morning and have kept my icon of Panagia Elevtherotria nearby at all times…soon she’ll be on the table next to my bedside at the hospital! I can hardly wait!


incredible. amazing. miraculous.

it’s incredible how one moment you’re not even thinking about babies and the next you can’t stop.

it’s sheer bliss to catch yourself humming lullabies and hugging teeny tiny socks.

it’s amazing how quickly you can love someone you’ve never met.

it’s fascinating to imagine a tiny little person living inside your tummy.

it’s a miracle knowing that every day that little person is preparing for it’s entry into the world.

it’s so exciting to think about the moment when you finally meet your newborn babe.

it’s wonderful being a mama-to-be.


Coming this Spring!

by way of official announcement,

baby no. 03 is on it’s way.