Thursday, June 15, 2017

On the Day You Were Born

Our sweet little "Grace" was born early in the morning. Later that afternoon, after we were able to get a little rest, her siblings all came down to the hospital to see her and hold her for the first time.

"Mom, it must smell reallllyyy good inside your tummy!"

I asked if he'd like to hold her for a few more minutes or let someone else hold her. His response: 
"I want to hold her FOREVER!"

This was actually the only time we have all been together since her birth. The five oldest left with their dad the next morning to travel to their grandfather's funeral... I wish I could have been there too. They are on their way home now though and we will all be together again tomorrow night! 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Grace upon Grace

I know it was all the prayers and extra graces from God that got me through the past nine months and this challenging pregnancy... It's so fitting that she was born on June 8th, on the traditional feast of Mary, Mediatrix of all Graces. I think we'll nickname her "Grace" here on the blog.

With her birth just two days after the death of my father-in-law, my husband's brother (Father D. Gordon) pointed out that the name we choose happens to mean Resurrection.  A friend also shared the morning prayer (Divine Office) for June 8th with us, which is also so beautifully fitting:

"I will turn their mourning into joy, 
I will console and gladden them after their sorrows."

♥ ♥ ♥

Birthday: June 8, 2017
Time: 1:56 AM
Weight: 6 pounds 15 ounces
Length: 19.5 inches

♥ ♥ ♥

Congratulations to her oldest brother, who not only was the person who told me that I was pregnant before I had even considered it a possibility - ("Mom, are you sure you aren't pregnant? This is not your usual sick... this is your pregnant sick!") - but was also the person to win the baby hunch online pool for guessing the closest (date, time, length, coloring, etc) before she was born! (Charlotte and my sister-in-law Meagan were so close to winning too!) 

I'm enjoying having another baby girl so very much! Before we were discharged from the hospital this afternoon, I had a little fun dressing her up to bring home, in her new rose covered gown, and taking a few pictures with the letter board the girls and I had started filling out before her birth (just needed a couple changes) and the cute little bunny her cousin gave her at the hospital yesterday!

My sister-in-law picked us up from the hospital and brought us home. It's so quite here at home with just the baby, while most of the family on their way to Arizona for my father-in-law's funeral and our other two little ones are staying one more night with my parents. Last night was the first time they had ever spent the night at their grandparent's home and they are enjoying the treat! Please continue to keep our family in your prayers.

I'll probably take down this picture after a little while (or update with her blog name), but wanted to share her name with all my dear visitors here at Shower of Roses. Her patron saints tie in to her pregnancy in little ways. All her siblings found out she was going to be a girl on Christmas Eve... There is also a little nod to St. Therese who I'm sure had something to do with her unlikely conception at the beginning of October. God is good!

Mary, Mediatrix of All Graces, pray for us! 
St. Thérèse of Lisieux, pray for us!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Prayer for a Happy Delivery

Mother Love Prayer BookWatercolor Rose Swaddle Blanket

One more prayer request... In addition to praying for the repose of the soul of my dear father-in-law, who passed away yesterday, could you offer an extra little prayer for me and our baby girl? I'm in labor and have been admitted to the hospital. Looks like she is on her way! ❤️🙏🏻🌹 

Mary, Mediatrix of All Graces, Ora Pro Nobis!

Instagram Update: Thank you all for the prayers! Our beautiful little girl is here! Everything went really well and she arrived at 1:56 AM this morning, June 8, 2017, weighing in at 6 pounds 15 ounces and measuring 19.5 inches. God is good!

One of my favorite captured moments from today 💕
She prefers to be held all the time, but I don't mind. #whoneedssleep #twodaysold

+ Requiescat in Pace +

In paradisum deducant te angeli,
May the angels lead you into paradise,


in tuo adventu suscipiant te martyres,
may the martyrs receive you in your coming,

et perducant te in civitatem sanctam Jerusalem.
and may they guide you into the holy city, Jerusalem.


Chorus angelorum te suscipiat,
May the chorus of angels receive you

et cum Lazaro quondam paupere
and with Lazarus once poor

aeternam habeas requiem.
may you have eternal rest

Please pray for the repose of the soul of James Patrick Gordon, Jr. I'm going to miss this amazing Irishman, inspirational father of five (a daughter, three priests, and my husband), and loving grandfather. He passed away much sooner than expected yesterday morning, June 6, 2017.

Update: There will be a wake at the funeral home 6 - 10 pm Sunday, June 11th and funeral mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Nogales, at 10 am Monday, June 12th. Please say a prayer for the safety of all those who are traveling to attend, including my husband and our five oldest children.

Eternal rest, grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Murphy Family Reunion

All of my siblings are in town this weekend for a Murphy family reunion! It's the first time all 12 of us have been together at the same time in over 13 YEARS! I figured this would be the day I'd go into labor... #murphyslaw ... but I made it and we were even able to get some family photos including a fun reenactment of one from 21 years ago! #ilovemycrazyfamily #firstbornoftwelve #sixgirlssixboys

Here is one with us all lined up by age starting with the youngest...

... and one more with husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, and all but four of the grandchildren. 

While the cameras were out we got a family picture too! Sean and our oldest son have arrived back home again after spending 2 1/2 weeks in Arizona caring for my father-in-law, who is currently suffering greatly due to rapid stage 4 cancer. I'm so sad he had to leave, but also relieved that he will be here for the birth of our little girl whenever she decides to arrive.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Pregnancy Pictures & Online Baby Pool

Happy Feast of the Visitation (OF) and the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary (EF)!

It has been so much easier to share little updates and pictures over on Instagram this pregnancy, but I wanted to go back and record some more of those memories here on the blog too.  It's hard to believe that our "baby" will turn six this year, it's been nearly three years (June 13, 2014) since our last miscarriage, and that we have been blessed with another baby to love. We are so excited to meet her whenever she decides to arrive! Thank you all for the encouragement and prayers!

May 30, 2017

Saturday was amazing and I was so relieved that the nausea and hip pain was minimal for the baby shower! 💗 Sunday I wasn't able to make it through Mass without throwing up, and then was barely able to finish the drive home with the kids due to swollen ankles and leg/hip pain, even with using cruise control as much as possible. I spent Sunday through today in bed (on call doctor's orders) due to the swelling, leg pain, contractions, severe headache, and nausea. I came very close to calling someone to take me to the hospital last night. My mom had to come pick me up to drive me to today's appointment since I was still too weak to drive myself. (Thank you so much, Mom!) I got to see our baby girl, even though she was hiding her chubby little face behind her arms and feet, and be reassured once again that everything is still going well and the contractions are making (very slow) progress! It won't be too much longer before we get to hold her and see her wearing this beautiful rose covered gown that was on our doorstep when we got back home today! 💗#36andahalfweekspregnant #ultrasound #decadeofroses #takehomeoutfit #countingthedaystojune24

May 27, 2017

My baby girls❤️ We are getting all dressed up for a baby shower this afternoon!🌹#36weekspregnant #countingthedaystojune24

May 16, 2017

"Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus." 
- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

First thing I read this morning after waking up and it was exactly what I needed to hear as I prepared to take the older kids where they needed to go now that the other drivers are gone for at least a couple weeks. (I told our 15 year old that I'm taking him to get his permit in case I need someone to drive me to the hospital!) I haven't had the best attitude with all the extra challenges and crosses lately... I am trying harder to offer it up for my father-in-law and all those who are in need of prayer. Looking forward to meeting this baby girl, but hopefully not until after her Daddy gets back home! #tiredmomma #tryingtoofferitup #almost35weekspregnant #difficultpregnancy 

I've always been considered high risk, and they have all been hard (nausea throughout the whole pregnancy, preterm labor/bedrest with a number of them, etc) and my last (three years ago) ended in yet another miscarriage, but I think I might have been better at coping when I was in my 20s and early 30s! I also didn't realize how messed up my lower back and hips were (from last year's broken tailbone) before this pregnancy. Not much that can be done about it right now, but I've been seeing a chiropractor/physical therapist each week which is helping keep me somewhat up and able to walk, at least most days. It continues to get harder as baby gets bigger and at my last ultrasound she measured 2 weeks ahead of schedule and in the 70th percentile! The bad news is that it is very likely, with the current position of my previously broken tailbone, that I will rebreak it during delivery with the "good news" being at least it could "break back to where it should be." I'm trying not to worry... 

May 1, 2017

"Love can accomplish all things. Things that are most impossible become easy where love is at work." - St. Therese 🌹❤️ 

This has been one of my most physically challenging pregnancies, but every time I get to hear her heart beating, feel her kick, or see her sweet little face, it makes it a little easier to persevere and offer it all up. Thank you all for the continued prayers! We are so grateful for this surprise baby girl of ours and I can't wait to kiss those chubby cheeks of hers NEXT MONTH! 😍😘
 #icanfinallysaynextmonth #mayday #stjosephtheworker #orapronobis #32weekspregnant #butshesmeasuringover34 #countingthedaystojune24

April 30, 2017

So glad last week is over and the sun is shining this beautiful Sunday afternoon! I spent last Sun-Tues in bed, then finished the rest of the week catching back up at work and going back and forth to town for lots of different doctors appts - some for me and some for the kids. Thankfully everyone is finally getting over this latest virus that arrived Easter Sunday! Even though I have two more doctors appts tomorrow, and a couple more later in the week, I am really excited to get another peek at our youngest baby girl tomorrow afternoon! Please say a prayer that everything still looks good! 💗 #32weeks2days #countingthedaystojune24 #55dayslefttogo #ificansurvivethatmuchlonger

March 27, 2017

They love feeling the baby kicking and later this afternoon, since Sean and the four big kids are off on a road trip for the day (spring break this week!) to watch one of my brother's golf tournaments #GoBeavs, they'll get to tag along to my appointment and hear her heart beating too! 💗 #27weekspregnant #countingthedaystojune24

Telling his baby sister "a secret" ❤️ #bigbrotherbabysister #countingthedaystojune24

March 17, 2017

Yesterday afternoon (limping along) on my way to my doctor's appointment: 100 days left to go! Seems like forever (I'll never survive 14 more weeks of this!) and so soon (I haven't done anything at all to prepare!) at the same time. #99daystogo #26weekstomorrow #countingthedaystojune24

.: Online Baby Pool :. 

My ultrasound and doctor's appointments went well yesterday. Due to the issues I'm having with my hips and lower back, and the likelihood of re-breaking my tailbone during delivery, my doctor has recommended scheduling an induction for June 17th, when I am 39 weeks pregnant, rather than waiting to see if I go to my due date on June 24th. I have never made it to my due date and have only made it to 39 weeks a few times. I'm guessing it will be sooner. After seeing my chiropractor/physical therapist today, she thinks the baby has dropped since last week and is wondering if I'll even make it to next weeks appointment. We'll see! Sean and our oldest son started the drive home today and should be back home by tomorrow night. Hopefully I can at least make it until then.

Would anyone like to try and guess when she will arrive? 

I'm not sure what it will be yet, but there will be a some sort of little prize for the winner. 

For reference, here are the past stats:

Captain: 5 days early, 10:24 am, 7 pounds 2 ounces, 20 inches

Rascal: 7 days early, 11:19 am, 7 pounds 11 ounces, 19 inches

Twinkle Toes: 10 days early, 12:55 am, 7 pounds 4 ounces, 19 1/4 inches

Chiquita: 21 days early, 9:54 pm, 7 pounds 4 ounces, 18 1/2 inches

Snuggles: 3 days early, 10:37 pm, 8 pounds 5 ounces, 20 1/2 inches (He was also due on June 24th, 10 years ago, just after I started this blog!) 

Rose: 10 days early, 11:49 pm, 8 pounds 1 ounce, 19 inches

Bud: 6 or 16 days early (depending on which due date you went with - cycle or early ultrasound), 10:02 am, 7 pounds 5 ounces, 20 inches

Prayer for a Happy Delivery to St. Elizabeth, to St. Anne, 
and to the Blessed Virgin Mary

St. Elizabeth, through the great blessing which, at the birth of thy son John, thou didst receive from God, I beseech thee to obtain for me the grace that I may be preserved from all danger, and happily bring my child into the world! Amen. 

Venerable mother, St. Anne, obtain for me, through thy ever-blessed child, the Blessed Virgin Mary, that no accident may befall me, but that my child may come safe and sound into the world. Amen.

O Mary, Mother of my Redeemer, through thy high prerogative and thy only Son, I pray thee to obtain for me the help and blessing of God, that I may happily surmount the pains of delivery, and that my child may receive the grace of holy baptism! Amen. 

- prayer from Mother Love