Way to go Annette Boatright for finding this onesie for our little Wilkie. :)
Simon, you are 7 months old! The last two months have been filled with new and exciting things in your world. You have two teeth popping through, but they are taking their sweet time. Which makes you very sad at times! Your budding sense of humor is a riot. I think you’re like Daddy…it is hard to make you laugh, you don’t think just anything is funny. But when you do laugh it is our favorite thing! The whole family gathers around to watch. :) However, you think Elliott is absolutely hilarious. You always laugh for him!
You recognize your name and your brothers’ names. When we call Trevor or Elliott you look for them, and you have a huge beaming smile when they enter the room! This warms my heart. I love that the three of you love each other so much already.
You surprised us by crawling way earlier than we thought you would! All of a sudden one night you were determined to get the iPhone and pulled yourself along on the floor to get to it! Just like a little sea lion. :) Now you’re all over the place. My favorite is when I’m taking a shower and come out to find you in our closet. Hahaha! Boy do you love cords and electronics though! You can always manage to find those in the room. You’re giving me a run for my money at childproofing since I haven’t done it in 4 years!
You like all kinds of foods and you’re easily soothed when fussy if I just put a bunch of cheerios or fruit puffs in front of you. Watching you use your chubby little fingers to grasp each tiny one and find its way into your mouth (or at least in the vicinity of your mouth) is amazing. I could spend an hour just watching you do that! :)
My favorite thing is your joy is still very much alive. Even when you’re crying in your crib, you manage a huge smile behind the tears when I come in to get you. Your joy is contagious and I pray often that no one ever steals your joy from you.
I love you Peanut Wilkie Zielke, Eyeball Smart, Simon Isaiah! You are a joy and a blessing!
“you whom I have upheld since your birth,
and have carried since you were born.
Even to your old age and gray hairs
I am he, I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
Isaiah 46: 3-4
While Peanut Wilkie Zielke and Eyeball Smart still get said every once in a while, we now lovingly refer to this precious boy as
Simon Isaiah Zielke
8 lbs and 7 oz
19 and 1/2 inches
Born 12.15.2010 at 8:05 a.m.
”…you who I have upheld since you were conceived, and have carried since your birth. Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” Isaiah 46: 3-4
(Isn’t the Peanut ornament absolutely perfect?! My friend Abbi brought that to him at the hospital and I love it!)
While I will spare all the male readers much detail, lets just say my body has been getting ready to spit Simon out since the week of Thanksgiving and quickly progressing each week since then! After a lot of discomfort and one embarrassing trip to the hospital only to be sent home, I started to think he wasn’t going to come early after all and that I would make it to my Christmas Day due date.
Then Tuesday night (well, Wednesday morning the 15th) I woke up around 2:30 to an intense contraction. I walked around to see if they died down at all, but when I started to cry through them, Michael and I headed to the hospital. We got all checked in and situated by 5:00 a.m. and by 7:30 a.m. I had super intense feeling to push! The Doctor was in doing a C-Section, so they had to call back the Doctor that just changed shifts, he changed back into his scrubs, and was back just in time! Three pushes and Simon was out! I remember Michael saying, “He’s here!” And I looked down and couldn’t believe it! Never had my labors been that fast!
I was immediately in love. My third son was here, and he fills my heart with much joy!
My mom has been here from San Antonio since last Saturday and we are so thankful for all her help. We are also thankful for all of you who have visited, called, brought meals, and prayed for us. We love you!
I will put more pictures up soon, I just wanted to get a quick post up sooner than later. :)
My sister in law Emily hosted a sweet little party for Peanut Wilkie Zielke and me with my close friends. It was such a great time! There was lots of laughter and love there- I’m so thankful for all these women! We’ve been through so much together- in some cases our entire lives (Stacy!) and I loved celebrating the next milestone with them. (We missed you though Sarah, Michelle, Katie, Jessica, and Lisa!)
Emily had everyone write what they like about me as a mom, and then passed them out randomly and I had to guess who wrote what- it was so much fun and I was so blessed! I will cherish those little blue cards for years to come!! :)
Emily had everything so cute- even peanuts as vase fillers in honor of Peanut Wilkie Zielke, she’s so creative! And I’m posting a lot of pictures because my friends LOVED her house and decorations- they want to copy it, haha! So here you go! :)
Thank you Emily, I’m so blessed to have you as a sister!!
Dear Trevor, Elliott, and Peanut Wilkie Zielke or “Eyeball Smart”,
I love you more than life. I’m proud of you, and I’ll always be rooting for you. I’m honored to be your mom. Never forget that.
I’m praying for you regularly to be men of integrity, and Godly leaders of the next generation. These are some things that I often pray and desire for you to grasp in our beloved, but fleeting time together in our home.
Love for God and His Word
Deuteronomy 6:4-7; 11:18-19; 31:12-13
4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
18 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
6 Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
2 Timothy 3:14-15
14But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
I want to tell you about my faith on a regular basis. I want to tell you about God and how much He loves you and show you how to study His word. I know that it is a personal decision that only you can make, but I want to equip you with the tools necessary to make your faith your own and choose Christ. I hope my life example is/will continue to be one that embodies what a personal relationship with God looks like through times of blessing and through times of trial and tribulation.
I promise to recognize that you were each created very uniquely. I am praying for God to help me to realize each of your natural bent and unique inner design and direction so I can encourage you in the way God has specifically gifted you.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
I know you will be exposed to SO much in the world we live in. Materialism, greed, self-indulgence, pride, injustice. Grace and humility are few and far between, but I pray you will learn to choose humility and extend grace in all situations from an early age. It comes so unnaturally to us, but when you do this I promise you that is where you will find true joy and peace in your life.
What is desirable in a man is his kindness.
If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
Speak kindly. Our tongues can bring death or bring life. Sometimes you’ll need to overlook little offenses made in ignorance or insults made in the heat of an argument. God will help you know when you need to bite your tongue and pray instead, and also when you need to stand up and speak. But always do so in truth and in love.
Excellence and Integrity
1 Corinitians 9:24
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.
Live life with excellence. Easier said than done, I know! Do things wholeheartedly- loving Christ, your wife and your children. It is hard and it is tiresome, but relationships are what matter for they are eternal. Things are temporary. Invest in the eternal. Always choose righteous living, even when and where no one else may be looking- for God is! He blesses integrity. When you make wise choices, you will be free from the burden of sin and double standards. You are leaders of your families- choose to be a man of integrity for your wife and for your children.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Do not give up! Life is hard, but life on earth is so very temporary. If I have learned anything in my journey it is this: Do not live by circumstance., but instead live by the promise of what is to come! Life will let you down, but Jesus won’t. In all of my days, Jesus has never left me. Sometimes I dance with Him, sometimes He has to carry me. Do not give up doing what is right, for you will reap eternal blessing! Don’t do things for the praise of men, but do it because it is what God has called you to and He is blessed by your sacrifice of obedience!
I am so thankful for each of your precious lives. I’m thankful that I get to nurture you and with God’s help equip you to become exactly the man God has created you to be. I love you!
We proudly announce Baby Boy #THREE, or “Peanut Wilkie Zielke”
Even over the course of just a few days, God has brought me on an emotional journey I really wasn’t ready for! First off, let me say how thankful I am for a healthy baby. We know we are so blessed to have three children of our own, and have never experienced the loss of a baby. What I am about to share with you in NO way is making light of what many families go through when it comes to conceiving and bearing children. We know we are extremely blessed, and we are incredibly thankful for each one of our boys’ lives.
Whenever I pictured my life in the future, for some reason I always assumed I’d have lots of sons and at least one daughter. :) I consider myself pretty girly, and coming from a house of all sisters I really only knew all things girl! I had always hoped for boys since I never had a brother, but I guess in the back of my mind I just thought I’d of course have a girl, too.
After having Trevor and Elliott, I still thought I’d have more children. Oddly though, with this pregnancy I’ve felt a real sense of closure the entire time that I haven’t experienced before. I feel like our family is complete- which I know can only be God because I always told people I’d have hundreds of babies! :)
So when that ultrasound technician said, “It’s a boy!” It kind of came as a shock to my soul.
Not because I was sad I was having a son- I love him more than my life already- but because it hit me that I’m not going to have a daughter.
That night was a very hard night for me. And I’m hesitant to share this with you- I feel very vulnerable-because I don’t want it to be misinterpreted. I love Trevor, Elliott, and Peanut Wilkie Zielke and would not trade them for anything. I’m trying to make peace with the fact that God’s plan for my life is MUCH different than my plan for my life. I know that being a mom of three sons is His best for me, and where would I want to be than other in the center of His will??? The emotional process of all this realization is what has been difficult for me.
Since we found out, I have prayed two things very consistently. 1) That God would help me to trust Him and His plan for my family and 2) That God would fill the void that only He can fill in my heart that longs for a daughter.
God has done SO much in me even in these few short days. He has used so many people to encourage me, whether it be people closest to me, strangers in passing, or my own sons! I’ve felt the embrace of my heavenly Father in a mighty way, and I know He is saying, “Jenni, seriously….would I do anything less than my best?!” Here are some of His sweet kisses:
-my dear friend Erika wrote, “a boy! i have always thought that raising a man of God, a head of a family, is such an amazing responsibility. God must think so much of you as a mother to give you three fathers/husbands/men to raise! and i mean that! :) i know you would have loved some pink and ruffles in your house, but truly jenni, i think it is an honor to be given 3 sons!”
-my close friend Sarah reminded me of our mutual family friends, The Frees. Lauren Free married Mark, who is from a family of four boys! Sarah does Lauren’s mom’s hair and she shared with me how MaryAnn always raves about her in-laws. Mark and his brothers are incredibly respectful, Godly men, who adore their mom. :) AND she now has a fantastic daughter in law in Lauren! I seriously felt my heart leap for joy when Sarah told me all this- I honestly then had a new future “picture” in my head- it was me, incredibly proud of all my grown boys.
-Sarah (again…what would I do without her?) took me out to dinner one night and told me that we are going to make a pact and start our own special memories and traditions as best friends in place of what we’d do with our daughters. So we will go shopping, have lunch dates, and get pedicures all the way to age 90 and beyond. :)
-since we’ve found out I’ve seen SO many families with all boys. (Ironic, right? :) ) I asked one mom today how it has been having boys, and she just went on and on about how great it has been. She’s loved it! And she’s girly too! :) She came from a house full of girls to having a her own house full of boys, just like me!
-and finally, the sweetest thing God could have done for me happened last night. I was sitting at the kitchen table and Trevor was walking toward me, talking. At that moment, I felt little Peanut Wilkie Zielke wiggle inside of me. I said, “Trevor, Peanut Wilkie Zielke is kicking- he likes your voice!” And Trevor yelled into the living room, “Elliott come here! Our brother is kicking!” Leave it to God to use my young son to enlarge my heart and flood it with His love. At that moment, I fully embraced the new and improved picture of my life. My three sons. Whom I love more than my life itself. I am your mom.
So if someone else says anything to me to the gist of, “Ohhh, I’m sorry. If it was a girl you’d have the perfect family!” you WILL feel your face sliced apart as my mother bear claws come ripping down on it. I am delighted, honored, proud, and blessed to have these three boys as the children God has chosen for me.
“For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.” Deuteronomy 7:6
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9
All three of my children in one picture…hard to believe, right? I don’t think it still has really hit me.
Although, seeing my third child up on the video screen during my ultrasound this morning, and hearing my husband tell our boys that little white fuzz they were looking at was their sibling, made it sink in a little bit more.
I guess I never really feel “with child” in the beginning. It just feels like I have the 24 hour flu all 7 days of the week. I mean seriously, you aren’t showing, you just look fat. You just want to sleep all the time. And, if you’re like me you might need to carry a bucket with you as you chase your energetic little boys around.
I have made some observations though, and I’m using them to help me stay positive and keep looking towards the light at the end of the tunnel!
1. Being early pregnant at the end of the spring is much better than in the middle of winter. With the boys, I suffered through the sickness in the dead of winter, when you already feel gloomy and depressed. This time, getting out in the sun and fresh air definitely helps! Plus my mindset is so much better- how can you not feel good when school is letting out and all the summer festivities are about to begin?
2. It pays to have a great husband. Michael has done dishes, vacuumed, played and wrestled with stir-crazy boys, and let me sleep in. He is wonderful. When he gets home from work no questions are asked as I meander up to my bed to watch TV on DVD (or TV online) while he takes over duty the rest of the evening. He just knows the protocol of a sick, pregnant wife and doesn’t confusingly ask, “Did you seriously just watch all 10 seasons of FRIENDS this week???”
3. No matter if its your 1st child or your 3rd child, nothing is as amazing as seeing and hearing your baby’s heartbeat. God never ceases to amaze me. It truly is the miracle of life. There is a fabulous creation inside of my body made by the hands of the Great Creator Himself. I am forever grateful for this incredible blessing and I’m filled with joy to be this little person’s mom. -What “morning” sickness??? :)