Wednesday, April 30, 2014


Magnolia Grace James
Born April 25, 2014
8lbs, 7oz, 20 inches long

On Friday, we welcomed our sweet little Magnolia to the world. It was a long and difficult pregnancy, and a long and difficult labor, but I can honestly say that she is worth every second. So far she is an incredibly laid-back gal who eats and sleeps like a champ. And she has hair?! We were all expecting her to take after her brother, but no..we have a huge head of thick, brown hair. 

Her Papa named her long ago, during our first year of marriage when we lived in a little seaside town called "Magnolia". We both loved the sound of the name, the flowers of the Magnolia tree (that just so happened to be in bloom when she was born!) and the fact that it reminds us of our first year of marriage. When we found out we were pregnant, Brian immediately started calling her by this name (before we even knew she was a she!) and we never looked back. Her middle name is after my great grandmother whom I have very fond memories of. We think she suits her name just perfectly.

Levi LOVES his sister and is constantly doting on her. He helps with burping, diaper changes, baths and is always asking to hold and cuddle her. I'm so thankful that he has transitioned so well so far and it such a sweet big brother. 

While Miss Magnolia came through labor beautifully and perfectly, I did not. During delivery I injured my sciatic nerve (and a few other less major nerves) leaving my lower right leg and foot numb and lifeless. I'm still in the midst of finding out more about what life is going to look like in the near future, but for now I'm relegated to a walker or a foot brace and cane. Every day tasks including showering, getting dressed, going up and down stairs, and taking care of my children is a big undertaking. We are currently staying with my parents who have a house with less stairs and more people around to help.  Brian was just approved for at least 4 weeks family medical leave to be home to take care of me and the kids. Recovery could be weeks, months or even up to a year. From what I've learned, it's hard to know with damaged nerves. 

There have certainly been times in the past week when I've felt completely overwhelmed but for the most part, I'm feeling optimistic and thankful for the amount of support I have from my family and friends. Thank you in advance for your prayers for a speedy recovery. 

Now for the good stuff...a few more pictures of my beautiful girl, her adoring Papa and brother and proud Mama. :)


  1. So happy for your sweet little family and praying!!!

  2. Congratulations Kerry! She's absolutely beautiful! I'm so sorry you had such a rough delivery and I hope things are getting a little bit easier for you!

  3. I am sorry, but it has been awhile since I have dropped by, and when I saw today's post, I had to run back through until I got to this one. Congratulations on your sweet bundle! What a beautiful name! I am so sorry to hear about your leg nerves. I do not have sciatic nerve damage exactly, but I do have neurological issues that damaged some of the nerves in my leg. It took me a few years to find the doctor who could treat it, but once I did, I began taking medicine and as long as I stay on them, I am SO much better. All of my problems started when I became pregnant with my fifth child, and I also had a young child (as well as three others I was homeschooling, including an autistic child.) I am telling you this only to say I do know how it feels to be unable to walk and take care of a newborn and a young child the way you want to. It was a most difficult time in my life. I am so glad you have such a great family and that you are able to get some of the support you need. I will be praying for a full and quick recovery, and if there is anything I can do from a distance, please let me know. I am come to love your little family via this blog.

    1. Hi Phyllis! Thanks for your note. I really appreciate your kind words and encouragement! You are right, it isn't easy caring for little ones with damaged nerves, but we are doing well considering. I am blessed with lots of help, but I definitely have those days when I get very discouraged. Thanks for checking in...I hope you are well, too! xo Kerrie