And now I have a son

17 Nov

Roman August Clark Laparra

November 8, 2014
8 lbs 10 oz
19 1/4″ long
9 hours of labor

Wow. I don’t even know what to say.

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I really struggled to get excited during my whole pregnancy about having a boy. I had no idea what to expect and I am used to girls. I am so glad I have a little boy. Oh my goodness. I can’t describe the feeling.

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I want to take him with me everywhere. I miss him when I’m not holding him. He is such a snuggler and he loves to eat. He’s had no trouble putting on weight! It’s really nice to have a baby that makes nursing easier!

Now he is one week old!

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We are all obsessed with him. Solace and Belle love him and have accepted him much more readily than I could have hoped. Especially Belle. I thought she would loathe another baby in the house, but it turns out, she is sweeter with him than even Solace!

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We have liked the name Roman since we got married. It was just about the only boy name we agreed on, besides his middle names, however. We have loved them for a very long time. August is Nick’s dad’s middle name and Clark is my dad’s middle name. We wanted to honor our dads but with a twist. :)

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We have been having so much fun with him. Now don’t misunderstand me, 3 kids under 3 years old is hard. Oh my goodness. I really don’t know how we will survive after my mom leaves! I’m trying really hard not think about it.

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I still can’t believe I have a son!

Happy Halloween 2014!

5 Nov

Hello favorite holiday. If only I wasn’t 39 weeks pregnant and I could really join into the festivities of this day! That’s ok. I lived through my children as much as I could. :) We went to Legendary Donuts for a treat. Actually, this was the first time I’ve ever taken the girls to get donuts! Can you tell they loved it?

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Afterward, we headed to our local library and met up with the Sheets’ to watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” Then we did a craft and walked around the library to “trick or treat” for goodies.

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We dressed Solace up as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and Belle went as a princess. She always thinks she’s a princess. We took them around to some of friend’s houses to trick or treat and they loved it.

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Nick and I got home too late with the girls so there was no one to hand out candy to anymore, but we ate ice cream and watched The Nightmare Before Christmas before bed. Incidentally, I learned that Nick has never seen this movie. Guys, I watch this movie every year. I’m not sure how he has missed out every year! Oh well. Happy Halloween!

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Baby shower for baby boy!

5 Nov

You’ve never had a baby shower like mine. It was rad. Girls AND GUYS. Married and single. How much more awesome can you get? There was nothing “awkward” or “cutesy.” We didn’t play cheesy games and Nick got to open all the gifts since I loathe with every part of me opening gifts in a big crowd. We talked about vasectomies and sex and babies and Jesus. Dinner and dessert were amazing. Nick and I felt so loved. Thank you to everyone that came and thank you Kirby and Lisa for putting it together for us!

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Josh thinks he has a “baby” bump too.

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These last ones went from “selfies with Becky” to “selfies with Becky’s belly” lol

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The Haunted Theatre

29 Oct

A couple of weekends ago, the girls, Dan, and I attended the Tacoma City Ballet’s “The Haunted Theatre.” It was so fun! Paige (our roomie) had originally bought the tickets for us all to go together and then she got scheduled at work and couldn’t go! Big bummer.

The Ballet apparently does this every year for Halloween and I am so glad they do. It’s kid-friendly, cheap, and only an hour-long!  All the kids are supposed to dress in their Halloween costumes too! When you first arrive, you have to check in and then wait in the waiting room for your haunted tour which ends with them seating you for the performance.  All the kids are encouraged to sit on the ground in the front for a good view of the ballet. These pics look horrible but believe me, this is exactly what it looked like in there. Crazy lighting!

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This is the only good picture I got with the girls. Go figure. I want you all to know I also wore heels for this. HEELS. Becky doesn’t wear heels. After the show, they invite all the kids out to dance with them. It was so cute to watch my girls dancing! Then Solace got mixed up and couldn’t find me after all the kids sat back down so she was just standing out on the stage with the performers waving and saying “Mama? Mama?” until finally she saw me and came running. Pretty sure she peed her pants while up there because it got all over me when I picked her up. Proof:

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Poor girl. But you can tell who she is? :) I decided Belle is from the Victorian era. I have no imagination left this year.

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10.26 :: It always seems to be the perfect Favorite Day

27 Oct

Every year I get asked, “why in the world is TODAY your favorite day?” or “You can have a favorite day? For whatever reason?” Yes, I have a favorite day and have celebrated it for the past 8 years! This is so exciting to me.

I’m not sure what made me start. Why did I need a favorite day? How did I choose this one? It just seemed…perfect. The perfect fall day. And October is the best month of the year, everyone knows that. It all fell into place and I started to celebrate it faithfully every year. It’s almost like Christmas, that’s how much I anticipate it. I also have an amazing husband who goes way out of his way to make it special every year.

All week-long it has been raining. But not this day! It was sunny and gorgeous. I, of course, picked out adorable outfits for the girls. They actually didn’t look like ragamuffins.

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We had our church gathering in the morning. Jeff and Jayne spoke together about prayer and man was it good. I finished my book club book (Alice I Have Been) during nap and then we carved pumpkins! Well, the girls colored on their pumpkins. I don’t think they need to use knives yet :)

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We hung outside with the girls before dinner. You could definitely tell they hadn’t gotten to play outside in a while. They were just loving it.

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Hello baby boy. Please come out. 

Dan came over to watch the girls while Nick and I went out for dinner. We ended up at Art House Cafe. Neither of us had ever had their dinner so we thought we’d try it out! My burger was super yum.

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Because we are old, we were home by 7:50pm. We ate ice cream topped with chocolate sauce and Oreos while we watched Catching Fire on Netflix (full disclosure: this was our second night trying to get through this movie and we still didn’t make it. Why are we old now??) My last view of this perfect day was:

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Yes. I love it. I can’t wait til next year!!! Tell me some of you are finally going to pick out a favorite day??

Autumn

18 Oct

No, we haven’t been so busy these past couple months that I have barely blogged. It’s not that, for sure. It’s just…life. Pregnancy. Family. Babies. Friends. I don’t do very well when I’m pregnant. I don’t like it and it sure doesn’t like me. Unfortunately that means other things get put on a back burner and almost forgotten about. My precious blog is one of those things.

But now, it’s my favorite time of year. My favorite month of the year. Soon to be my favorite day of the year. Not to mention this baby boy is due in 3 weeks. Here’s a peek inside our lives the last few months up until just two days ago.

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She looks like a little wood nymph.

Solace and Belle’s baptism

16 Sep

Welcome my husband, Nick! I asked him to guest post on my blog because he’s good with words and I love him :)

On September 2—two week ago and on my birthday—our friend, Eddie Koh, baptized Solace and Belle during our weekly missional community gathering. Some of our closest friends were present for this special occasion. We live in close community with these friends and they have committed to help us raise our children to follow and know Jesus. It was such a God-glorifying and Spirit-filled time for my family.

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I know some of you are thinking that I’ve lost it. “Wait, weren’t you raised in a baptist home?” Yes, I was. And I’m incredibly grateful for my upbringing. So, why did we baptize our girls? Well, I could bore you with a 5000 word essay on why we now believe paedobaptism (infant baptism) to be historical, biblical, and good. I did, in fact, begin writing out all that took place in this transition and erased it because I knew it was going to be too long and Becky asked me to keep it short. Besides, the resources I will share with you state their case way better than I can at this point (just being honest).

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We do not believe that Solace and Belle’s baptism was salvific. We do believe, however, that Solace and Belle—since the moment they were born—have the same covenant status that Becky and I have. The same covenant that was given to Abraham (Genesis 15:1-6; 17:1-8) that applies to all of God’s people (Jews and Gentiles) past, present, and future. Our kiddos are part of the New Covenant, by God’s grace! Such good news. In 1 Corinthians 7:1, the Apostle Paul states that the children of believing parents are holy. We truly believe this. We won’t raise our children as pagans until they put their faith in Jesus. We will raise them as Christian children fully trusting Jesus that he will draw them to himself at an appointed time. Our God is their God. Our faith is their faith. Our Church family is their Church family. Again, such good news!

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If you’re interested, here are some resources that we found helpful on our journey toward becoming paedobaptists:

BOOK: To a Thousand Generations: Infant Baptism — Covenant Mercy to the Children of God by Doug Wilson
ARTICLE: Rethinking Baptism by Michael Horton
BOOKLET: Why Do We Baptize Infants? by Bryan Chapell
SERMON AUDIO: Infant Baptism by R.C. Sproul
ARTICLE: Why I Changed My Mind About Infant Baptism by Liam Goligher

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Rejoice with us! May Jesus bless and protect our little ones. They are his. And we are grateful that he has entrusted them to us in this life. 
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