Category Archives: Birth

A Little Announcement …

Announcing Baby 4 | Faith and Composition

It’s been quiet here the past couple weeks, and for good reason! I have hardly been able to muster the energy to keep my family fed and sane, let alone make time for additional activities. Truth be told … I have been exhausted!

The reason is a good one, indeed! We’re expecting baby number 4!

I made the announcement public on Instagram recently, so if you follow me there, you may have already heard. But I wanted to share the good news here too; I wanted to share our joy with you and give you a little glimpse at a quick photo shoot we arranged to tell friends and family.

Announcing Baby 4 | Faith and Composition

Truth be told, I know having four children is going to be challenging. I know the demands on my husband and I are going to multiply, and I know this new little life will stretch us and mold us in ways yet unseen. Every time you add a child to your family, there is a learning phase, a season of growing and stretching as the baby fills spaces in your heart you barely knew existed. I know it will be the same with this one. I know there will be long nights and early mornings; there will likely be a few tears as we all adjust to the new normal, and I suspect I will have moments where I feel small and insignificant, times when the endless diapers and round-the-clock feedings are hard and the sacrifices feel a bit unseen. That’s often part of motherhood during these fleeting little years.

But I also realize how immensely blessed we are to be welcoming another little baby into our family. Truth be told, we weren’t planning, and yet God knew. In some ways I can’t believe it, and in other ways it feels undeniably natural, like this is the family God has intended for us all along.

Announcing Baby 4 | Faith and Composition

Please pray for us during these next months as we prepare to welcome this new little baby into our family. We have a lot of changes coming up, in addition to the demands of part-time homeschooling, the logistics of running a household, the requirements of three kids seven and under, and the plans I have for this little space. Juggling it all could prove to be quite the challenge, and yet more importantly, I want to ensure that I am slowing down a bit to savor this season of preparation.

Announcing Baby 4 | Faith and Composition

Thank you for your continued support here! Your readership and your comments always encourage me and buoy my heart. I look forward to sharing more with you as we journey towards becoming a family of 6!

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Art Print GIVEAWAY and Welcoming Baby C!

 

An Art Print GIVEAWAY with Faith and Composition

This giveaway is now closed. The winner as selected by Random.org is Jamy Smith. Congratulations Jamy! Please e mail me at shalene(at)shaleneroberts(dot)com with your address, so I can get the print shipped out to you!

On Thursday, July 17, my brother and sister-in-law welcomed their first child into the family. We couldn’t be more excited for them, and I can hardly wait to meet little baby C! I’ll be taking his newborn photos soon, and I’ll share a few pictures from the session later, if they’ll let me.

In the meantime, I designed a nursery art print to adorn the little guy’s room. And now, I’m thrilled to share one with you! The 8×10 art print is the perfect way to deck a little boy’s nursery or the walls of a playroom. The tone-on-tone design features a hand-drawn deer, with a scripture from Jeremiah 1:5. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.”

An Art Print GIVEAWAY with Faith and Composition

The gallery-quality Giclée print is available for purchase from Society6 in a variety of sizes. It is printed on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100-percent cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper. The piece is also available as a stretched canvas.

And because I appreciate each of you so much, I’m giving one print away to a lucky reader! Hang it in your son’s room or a nature-themed little girl’s room, or frame it and gift it to an expectant friend or new mom. Wherever it hangs, the art piece will be a visual reminder of the goodness of God! Entering is easy!

An Art Print GIVEAWAY with Faith and Composition

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2) Leave a comment telling me you subscribe!

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Each separate entry requires a separate comment telling me what you did, so be sure to come back here and leave a separate comment for each entry. The lucky winner will be selected from the comments via Random.org.

Good luck, friends! 

This contest will close at midnight on Sunday, July 27. The winner will be announced on Monday, July 28. Please note that the giveaway art print was printed by Miller’s, not Society 6. The giveaway print is printed on high-quality Fuji Pearl paper with a linen texture. The Society 6 prints are printed on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100-percent cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper.

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To My Daughter on Your First Birthday {and our Water Birth Story}

Celebrating a first birthday and a little bit about our water birth story | Faith and Composition
You were due January 3; our surprise baby number three and the manifestation of God’s goodness. The week before your due date, your daddy, brother and sister were down with the flu, and I stormed heaven begging for you to stay nestled inside just long enough for the family to regain their wellness.

They ever-so-slowly recovered, and your due date came and went with nary an indication that you might arrive soon. Your brother had been induced 12 days post-date, your sister was induced a day early, so I didn’t know what to expect with you. We’d planned a water birth, and I longed to have you naturally, to experience the physical and emotional intensity of childbirth without medical intervention. Yet, I’d been down this road enough to know that labor (and its host of potential unforeseen factors) is a means to an end. And in the end, all I really wanted was a healthy baby swaddled snugly in my arms.

At 3:15 am on January 6, I awoke and realized my water had broken. It wasn’t much, but it was enough that labor needed to follow. Right there I begged the Lord for contractions, pleaded with Him to let labor start on its own. I’d had a similar amniotic leak with your sister, which had necessitated an induction. The thought of another induction for the same reason broke my heart. I lay down, and felt the first contraction at 3:41. Praying, I waited. Five minutes later, another tightening grip wrapped around my back and into my abdomen. Your sister woke coughing; I soothed her, then woke your daddy.

Celebrating a first birthday and a little bit about our water birth story | Faith and Composition
I wanted to labor at home as long as possible, so I drew a bath and sank into the water. It soothed and ever-so-slightly lessened the intensity of the contractions. By this time your daddy was wide awake, packing the remainder of my bag and alerting the neighbor to come watch your brother and sister.

By 4:45, just an hour after they’d started, the contractions were 4 minutes apart, lasting for a minute and were increasing with intensity. I called the midwife, and she told me to head to the hospital. Your daddy escorted me out of the tub, and in a few minutes we were in the car. The contractions were coming on strong, and I was shivering with chills.

With the hazard lights on, we sped through the inky, quiet blackness of early morning. At the hospital, I crawled out of the truck and sank into a wheelchair.

Celebrating a first birthday and a little bit about our water birth story | Faith and Composition
By 5:15 am, just minutes after arriving, we were in our room, the midwife was en route, and I was dilated to a 7. Forsaking my resolve to have you naturally, I cried out for an epidural. The nurse (that saint of a woman) smiled gently and told me they had to complete my lab work first.

“Let’s get you into the bath for now,” she urged. Looking back, I’m certain she knew that you would be greeting us long before I would ever have the chance to receive any pain relief. And once I’d slipped into that tub, nothing could have pulled me from it.

I sank into the water, and with your daddy and the nurse at each side, I gripped their hands and gasped through the excruciating pain of progressive labor. At 6:01 am, just 35 minutes later, you were born.

Celebrating a first birthday and a little bit about our water birth story | Faith and Composition
The midwife (who rushed in not a minute before you greeted us) laid your 8 pound, 13-ounce body on my tummy. You had a full head of dark hair, and you looked just like your siblings. They clamped the cord and began to rub you dry, but your skin was tinged blue, your breathing labored. My heart sank … Your sister had spent a few hours in NICU due to extra fluid in the lungs, and now it seemed that you too might have the same complication.

Shortly after delivery, they gently informed us that they would like to observe you in NICU. I watched them wheel your tiny body out, and my heart leapt out of my chest and followed along behind you. I will never know HOW the heart has the ability for such instantaneous, exponential growth, but I know that the miracle occurs with every child.

They wheeled us into our postpartum room, and within 40 minutes you were back where you belonged … bundled tightly and nestled in the crook of my arm. In all, your labor and delivery was a record total two hours and 25 minutes, a stark contrast to the 27 hours I spent laboring with your brother. You came in a frenzied hurry once you were ready to greet us, and I had the incredible opportunity of bringing you forth while immersed in water without any medical intervention.

Celebrating a first birthday and a little bit about our water birth story | Faith and CompositionCelebrating a first birthday and a little bit about our water birth story | Faith and Composition
That was a year ago today. You’re now taking timid first steps and you have squeals of laughter that echo through our home. Your first year has brought us immeasurable joy, and our family is rich and full with you in our midst. As we celebrate your first birthday, my heart overflows. Happy birthday, darling girl! We love you!

If you are interested in a water birth or have specific questions pertaining to it, please comment below, and I’ll do my best to answer your questions!

My Water Birth Story {A Guest Post at FWMB}

My water birth experience | Faith and Composition
Greetings friends! Today I’m guest posting over at Fort Worth Moms Blog about the water birth experience I had with number 3. If you’re even remotely curious about a water birth or perhaps considering one yourself, hop on over there! They’d be thrilled to have you on their site, and I’d love to share my story with you. Also be sure to check back in later this week, since I have my first giveaway coming your way from the lovely ladies at Edit, a Kansas City-based lifestyle boutique! I think you’ll love it!

Have a blessed Monday!