Rachel Mackenzie Hester

I have a blog on Myspace but you can't view it unless you have a Myspace account, so I decided to post here too!

Wow!! Parenthood...are there words to describe it? I am having a hard time coming up with just a few! Amazing, wonderful, rewarding, time consuming, tiring, challenging, AND SO MUCH MORE!!!!!

Rachel will be 3 months old on Wednesday and as I sit here with her in my lap sleeping, I look at her and wonder if what we have done so far is right, good, or at least halfway decent! My biggest goal in life for the past several months (while she was still in my tummy) has been to be the best mom that I know how...but sometimes I wonder if it is enough. Don't worry, I am not driving myself and everyone else crazy about it, but the thought does pop into my head occasionally. I know that my child will not, by far, be perfect, but I want to make sure that I teach her right - what God would want for her and to keep her safe. It's just amazing to me that God loved me enough to give me this precious gift to raise who depends on me for everything when somedays I wonder if I can even take care of myself! I remember the day that we brought her home from the hospital...I thought those nurses were crazy for letting me take this infant home!! As prepared as I thought I was from all of those years of babysitting and working church nurseries, I fell to pieces the first night she was TOTALLY in our care and asked Brice, "What in the world are we doing?" Of course, in his level-headed calm tone just told me that everything will be all right! And, it will be!

We have a GREAT baby! She sleeps through the night (6-8 hours) and has since she was about 7 weeks old! She only cries when she is hungry or when she is sleepy. She is good in the church nursery and smiles ALL OF THE TIME!!! We just love having her around and although I feel like she is growing WAY too fast, we are so excited about the next milestones in her life. She is so much fun and a joy to watch! She weighs probably 14 pounds by now and is eating A LOT of food! I am going to call the doctor tomorrow and see if we can start giving her cereal because 8 ounces is not satisfying her! They say no cereal until she is 4 months old, but I don't think we can wait another month!

Stay tuned for more blog posts! This is also a way for me to "talk" about stuff since I am home with an infant all day long when I am used to working in a very social setting.

Here is Rachel's first day at church!!


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