The Petersen Herd

The Petersen Herd

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Pure Heaven.

"Being a mother is seeing your heart walking around outside of you." I heard that once and thought it sounded a little silly, but today it sounds just right. Not just for this little piece of pure heaven - with which I'm totally smitten already, but for the other five that were the highlight of my day as they met their new little sister.
We counted all her fingers. We examined every piece of her. They were fascinated by her someday belly button and how that works.
We counted all her toes and asked over and over why her feet were purple.
We had to rub her head and kiss her chops and examine all of her and ask a million questions. One of my favorite is when they asked what her name was, like they expected her to come with a name tag. Then Brigham asked, "Where did you get it?" I told him she came out of my tummy and he looked at me like I was nuts. Then they all had to feel my jelly belly and wonder at how something so hard and round could get so very squishy in just a few hours.
THey read all the books that she was given at the hospital and enjoyed a little playtime pushing buttons and exploring the hospital room and every one of them got their turn to hold their new little sister - including Darla who was hilarious. She kept pointing at her and squealing and when I asked if that was her baby she'd shake her head an emphatic "yes". Then she pointed at the baby and said, clear as day, "MINE".

What seemed like an overwhelming number yesterday seems just right today. What a beautiful little herd we've been given and what a huge blessing they are. Each of them is still my baby and watching them together today really cemented in my heart why Heavenly Father sent us as families - this is what it's all about!

8 comments:

Eliza said...

So beautiful Toni! I loved your birth story- sounds like you planned that one perfectly! What a great family.

Rebecca Castaneda said...

So sweet. I just love your cute, fun loving family. Makes me smile. Miss all of you.

Chesney said...

Congrats on this beautiful little girl!! Can't wait to see what you name her..

barrettandaudrey said...

Wow it all sounds so beautiful. I am so very happy. What a blessed little girl to have you as her mother. Congrats.

Patti said...

Saw a link to your blog from fb from my friend Diane Riding. Just wanted you to know I was so touched by your birth story. I am the mother of 5 children, (all born with no drugs, I might add) and know what it is like to have your family complete. My youngest is 20 now. You have a beautiful family and I am amazed you have time to blog! Enjoy your new wee one.

Little Munchkins said...

congrads sister of mine!!! She is so beautiful...I love the photo of her little piggies. I would tickle those little piggies if I were there so since I am not you will have to do it for me!! I love that cute little family f yours...they are so perfect and you cant tell they are excited...lol Cant wait to meet this little one in person. Love ya and I am so glad that she made it here safe and sound!!!

Amber said...

Congratulations Toni! She is beautiful just like her Mom!! It was a beautiful birth story indeed! Until one experiences what it is like to have to go against your body naturally taking it's course and not push until the dr arrives, it is hard to explain or understand! That is what happened with me and Raelene. And it does seem like forever!! I am thankful that everyone is healthy and doing great! I love your hair style, it is darling on you! Take care and will keep you and your family in our prayers, and thoughts! Thank you for sharing your life with us!

Mrs. Z said...

Oh. My. Goodness. She is just beautiful, as all your others were and this post totally had me tearing up. Love and miss you a ton and congrats! Your family is beautiful and I love following you from afar. Although I still wish it was closer. :-)