Saturday, May 24, 2008

BIG Announcement. . .

Many of you readers are already aware, but Baby Willbanks #4 is on the way!!! We knew we wanted another child, and although we didn't think the Lord would bless us with him/her THIS fast, we are SO THANKFUL that He has!! His plans are the best! My due date is January 15---just a little over a month away from Riley's FIRST birthday! : )  Hayley will be almost 4 1/2, Jack will turn 3 on Jan. 23, and little Riley gets to be a big sister at 13 months old!! I would never have mapped it out like this, but thankfully I am not in charge and the Lord knows what is best for our growing family! We are so excited about this new addition and can't wait to find out if it is a boy or a girl. We ARE finding out this time---yay!! I'm only 6 weeks at this point, so it's very early, but my sonogram last week looked great and things are right on track. 

So that's our latest news. We are just amazed that almost 4 years ago we were told we might not be able to have any more children after Hayley because of Tra going through chemotherapy. So to have THREE more in this short span of time is just an EXTRA huge blessing. 
I can't believe Riley will be 6 months old week after next! Where has this time gone?? She is such a little doll and we are all in love with her over here. The other day Jack was playing with her on the floor and she was "talking" and smiling at him and Jack said, "Mama, Ri-Tay's tute!" (Riley Kate's cute)  It is so sweet to see how God made Jack AND Hayley with such big hearts for babies. There has never been an ounce of jealousy over her and they actually get really annoyed that she takes so many naps during the day! This morning Hayley announced, "I hear Riley!"  She and Jack took off to her room, and by the time I got there all 3 of them were in her crib! I know I will have my days of exhaustion, insanity and tears, but it's all worth it. What a joy and an honor to be Hayley's, Jack's, Riley's and ????'s MAMA!!  As you seasoned moms will attest, all of us "rookie" moms are going to blink and these little babies are going to be teenagers. Oh Lord, help us all to enjoy every crazy moment with these little ones you have entrusted to our care. Thank you for such PRECIOUS gifts!!! 

21 comments:

Chesley said...

I teared up when I read about Tra's chemo and the possibility of no more little Treitcher's! That time seems so long ago but so vivid in my memory. I just about lost it but I am SO happy the Lord is blessing you again with another sweet baby! I can't wait to meet him or her. I am looking forward to getting to come and visit at the hospital this time since last time I couldn't. Love you much sweet friend!!!

Jennifer said...

all I can say is wow. Hope you are feeling good!

Amanda said...

Congratulations again!! So exciting!! So happy for your family!

angela said...

This is so great! The Lord just keeps pouring His blessings over you guys! What wonderful news! Every announcement of a new baby is as special as the first! We are so excited for you guys!

Courtney said...

I loved our midnight conversation about Baby #4! I love you, I'm challenged by your faith, and I am always in your corner! I certainly believe firmly in the blessing this addition will be to your other children and your whole family! We are so excited for all of you!

Rachel said...

congratulations!!!!! how fun and exciting!!

daughteroftheking said...

Congratulations!! So excited for your sweet family!!

Kelly Vaughn said...

This is wonderful news. I had heard sweet rumors about this but I was hoping you would confirm it with your perspective on this blog..and you did!! It is crazy insane and will require every ounce of energy ..emotionally, physically and spiritually...and it is rewarding elating deeply satisfying...delightful and the best way to go to bed...completely spent!!! May the blessings flow in abundance! Rejoicing with you!!

Ross said...

Go cousin! Wow! That's so exciting! Congratulations! I love y'all a ton and I'm glad to hear that that "y'all" just keeps growing!! =)

Leilanni said...

Yay!!! I am so excited for your sweet family! And the "big annc." pics are pricless :-) Congrats!!

Giggi said...

Congratulations!!! Yes, before you know it your baby will be turning into a senior! It flies by! God bless you & all all your sweet babies!

Kristin Cook said...

WOO-HOO!!! You have such a sweet family and it's going to get even sweeter :)

Kara Alexander said...

What a cute way to arrange this blog post with pictures of your kiddos looking surprised! How clever. I hope you're feeling well. Love ya!

Julia said...

Miracle of miracles...so thankful God has in His wisdom blessed your sweet family with three (and now 4!) precious little ones! We love you so much & are so thankful for you all - I can't wait for baby Russell #3 and Baby Willbanks #4 to meet! Love you!

CNS said...

That is so awesome! We are excited for your family.

Candice S.

Phillips Family said...

Oh, wow! I can't wait to read about life with four! Congratulations!

Thompson crew said...

I was at Disney World w/ Jennifer Shaw last week & her Mom told her the news. Congrats!!

Kendra said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE those cute little expressions on their faces!! What a fun bunch you have and will continue to have. And I'm sure there will be lots of grace for the crazy days to come. Blessings and congratulations!

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Laura said...

Congrats!! How blessed you are! I enjoy catching up on your blog.

Shelley said...

Congrats! I am so excited for you. I know all about the overwhelmed feelings that bring you to tears. Lainey and Emiley are just 14 months apart. It is hard, but GREAT all at the same time. (I can say that now that they are 5 and 6.) Keep us updated on how you are doing!