Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thursday, November 05, 2009

~once upon a time i slept 8 hrs straight~

I have come out of the daze of those first few weeks of motherhood! Nash is asleep right now, alone, in his bassinette, something he HATED doing those first weeks when I thot I would never sleep again nor ever shower or brush my teeth, much less wash my hair. Praise God he's out of that newborn state of eating every 2 hours! (24 hrs in a day, divided by 2, equals 12 feedings!)

In one week exactly I return to work and that will bring about a new transition that I'm not looking forward to. But hey, I survived 12 hours of labor, 40 minutes of pushing, and those awful baby blues! I can do anything! One thing I've learned is to respect mommies more. Not that I didn't beforehand, but oh boy, it ain't just changing diapers let me tell you.

I have many good memories of the last 10weeks, as well as bad memories. But the good surpass the bad! I told Nash today that he's way more fun now than when he was a newborn. He smiled. Something he's been doing for a couple of weeks now and which melts my heart! When I wake up to feed him at 3am (his only night feeding by the way, yay!), and I'm stumbling across the house towards his hungry whimper to change his pee-pee diaper before I nurse, I really wish during those moments that MEN (a.k.a. my husband) could also nurse babies! But when I enter his room and I see him smiling at me, happy that I bring the early breakfast, there's no better feeling in the world! The next best feeling is when I put him back down 20 minutes later and I crawl back into my bed and I know I can sleep 3 more hours until the sun rises! He squirms around in his crib cuz he knows I laid him down, but oh joy, I've labeled those "sleepy noises", and he soothes himself back to sleep.

*interruption of the program*: my husband just came in the living room, saw me blogging, his jaw dropped and almost dropped his coffee, too.

One thing I've learned from being a new mom, is about God's love. I knew God would teach me something (MORE than ONE thing definitely) in this process, but one word keeps coming back to me: sacrifice. I don't like sacrifice. I used to think I was *sacrificial* in my living. But oh no. I wasn't. Several nights Rob would bring the crying baby to me, hungry, and I was so utterly exhausted from sleep deprivation that I would just stay in my bed crying thinking I had just laid down 20 mins before to try to sleep! Rob would say, "Ines, he's hungry! He's alive because of you!" My flesh did not want to get up. Can you believe me? I couldn't! I had these "romantic" thots of how fun, calm, and non-stressful it would be to nurse a child in the midst of recuperating from delivery and all that jazz, but it was nothing like I imagined. It was sacrificial. And many nights it broke me down and I fell apart at how hard it was. What Rob said resonated in my heart, "he's alive because of you".

I'm so glad God doesn't tire like I do and doesn't stress like I do!
Like a mother, I can come to him when....
I'm hungry, and HE will feed me.
I'm thirsty, and HE will give me living water.
I'm sad, and HE will hold me tight in His chest and rock me.
I'm crying, and HE wipes away my tears and consoles me.
I'm poopy, yes, pooped in my diaper (made a mess in my life), and will wipe me clean!
I'm happy, HE rejoices over me with singing!

What a wonderful Savior! What a wonderful Maker! What extravagant Love!

Nash just woke up from his nap.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Monday, August 24, 2009

"Money, Sex and Power" Series: Sex III - Sexual Immorality

"Money, Sex and Power" Series: Sex III - Sexual Immorality from Rob McBryde on Vimeo.

This is a portion of the message from the August 2nd, 2009 service at Fellowship North. Harold Nash preached about Sexual Immorality from a man's perspective and then invited Ines McBryde to share from a woman's perspective.

You can download the entire message (MP3) from the church website at the address below...

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

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Thursday, June 04, 2009

Has it been that long really?...

So many things have changed since the last time I wrote on my blog! 6 months ago I didn't have a 2 pound baby around 14 inches long growing in my belly. I used to be able to lift my laundry basket full of clothes and I wasn't falling asleep at around 8pm in utter exhaustion. But as I sit here looking at Rob's size 9.5 tennis shoes sitting on the carpet, next to a pair of newborn baby tennis shoes with the tags still on, I have no thoughts of those horrible contractions everyone keeps talking about, which I fear so much. SO! I am a mom, although I haven't given birth, this child moves in me, has a 4-chambered heart according to the ultrasound, can open his eyelids, respond to my voice and Rob's, he burps, hiccups, jumps, does somersaults, kicks me and makes me run to the pee-pee room quickly...

This little boy whom I've never seen is named Robert Nash McBryde. Robert after his daddy. Nash after a couple (Harold and Dena Nash) whom we love and respect. Rob likes to say that he named him "after his daddy, and then after a godly man [Harold]". Haha! The McBryde last name apparently will continue on since he is the last/next male to carry on the name. If we were in Nicaragua, he would also have his mommy's maiden name added to his birth certificate, passport, ID's, and any other government document. So in my mind, he's Robert Nash McBryde Velasquez. hehe! Funny thots. This all sounds so weird! :-)

ANY-ways! August 31, give or take a few days, is coming up real soon. One of several reasons why I waited to have children was the labor pains and the videos in Biology I saw in highschool. But last week in my 1st childbirthing class I realized the inevitable....this baby is coming out, you can't put him back, whether you're ready or not! When we took the hospital tour of *the delivery bed* and I saw those stirrups... I hyperventilated a bit and had mild contractions. HA! People tell me, "Ines, you're strong! don't worry about it!" and I'm thinking...."Are you KIDDING me??!" I'm a woos (sp?) for pain. I can do a lot of *unsafe* things like travel to countries with travel alerts and eat camel meat, but a big head coming out of....well, your body like that, seems *impossible* to me.... BUT, "women have been doing this for AGES!" others tell me...."and they even go back and do it AGAIN! you forget the pain." I want to tell those women: I'll put you on speaker when I'm screaming at the hospital. :-)

It's normal to feel hesitant of unknown territory. Be compassionate with the first-timer. :-) I'm going to bed and keep growing this baby a little more...

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