First up, a 27 week, 3 day photo. There's no denying that bump looks like a boy. And a big strapping boy at that. (Sorry, Maggie!)
This is my oldest sibling, my brother Sean. His birthday is on Christmas Day, and we really went all out this year and let him host the party and got him such an extravagant cake. We Sweeneys are the nicest.
Sean turned 47 *cough, cough, sigh, what?* this year and I am way too young to have a brother that old. Jeepers. He also thinks he can predict baby's genders by feeling the mom's belly. He claims he's only been wrong one time, and that was when he guessed my Alexander would be an Alexandra. As for this current womb baby o' mine...he says girl. So I'm saying his wrongness tally is about to double.
Here's my side of the family.
Somewhere in there are my still-over-the-moon-in-love parents, their 6 kids, their 6 kids-in-law, and their 20 grandchildren. When we have a family party, it really is just the immediate family...no aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents...and it still is overwhelming! Good thing some of my siblings have big houses for hosting!
Here are all the littles. The oldest is 15 and the youngest is 2. They all love each other so much. It's pretty stinkin' awesome.
Each child only gets ONE gift from all the Aunts & Uncles, and they love it, and it's perfect. I highly recommend organizing your gift giving this way. Ain't nobody got time for spoiled, entitled kids.
Have you all read about Marijanna's baby boy that was born too early into Heaven? Please send a hug and prayer her way. She is doing so well, thanks be to God, because of the strong faith she and her hubby have. Gabriel John was a gift and as Maggie said as soon as she found out what had happened "Oh my gosh, now they have a Saint in their family!!!!!" Saint Gabriel John, pray for us.
Last weekend, we went down to Maryland for a quick trip to celebrate Christmas with Phil's side of the family. Lots of cousins to play with down there too! Phil's parents have 6 kids, 3 kids-in-law, and 14 grandchildren (plus 2 in Heaven). They also love playing together and are all close in age (from 11 down to 4 months).
Making chocolate lollipops...
Although at times, it gets loud and messy and louder and messier, I can't imagine having Christmas without tons of little kids around. I can literally count my blessings. I say a special prayer this time of year for anyone suffering from infertility, loneliness, or illness. May God give you peace and may you feel His love.
Well, go celebrate with your loved ones because IT'S STILL CHRISTMAS!!! Kelly has some great ideas on how to make the next 10 days or so special.