and baby makes three

If you’ve been following along with the All Aboard Wheat Harvest harvest blog updates, you’ll know that we’re home. Something that is unheard of for this time of year. The last time I was home in July was in 1989…Jamie was 4 and Jenna just a little more than a year. The weirdest part of the whole deal was thinking about how much work it took to get ready to go and then only being away for like 42 days. But, God had a different plan for us.

In November, when Jamie announced to us she was expecting, I immediately counted the months and was so disappointed when I realized that baby #3 was going to be born while we were somewhere in the middle of a wheat field. We SHOULD be in Colorado at that time. Maybe I can get a few days away and come home to help. Little did I know, God’s plan had us coming home at just the right time! We cut as many acres as we could and with the last few days of being away the anxiety started to set in. I was concerned about making it home on time. Baby was due July 17…we didn’t leave Chadron until July 19th. But God had every single, little detail perfectly orchestrated to allow us to be home at the exact moment.

Back to the land of corn and soybeans.

“Play with us Gramma!”

Just look at the height of that corn! I’m certain it’s the heat and HIGH humidity that grows corn like that. It’s so humid here, you can hardly breath. It’s like breathing a cloud!

Just look at that belly!

An Eastern Nebraska sunset…minus the combine.

Jamie had a doctor’s appointment on July 18. He said she didn’t look at all like she was ready to go into labor so when she told me that, it made things a little easier knowing we would, in fact, be home for the arrival. She made it to her NEXT appointment on Monday, July 24th. The kids spent the night with me in the trailer house so Curt just took her to Omaha. She had started some contractions throughout the night so knew something was happening. She called after the appointment to let us know they were going to do a stress test to make sure all was okay. The call following that test was to let me know she was progressing perfectly and she was just going to stay in Omaha – walk the malls or something to get labor to happen a bit faster (if she could). She ended up staying in Omaha all day and late in the afternoon, headed to the hospital. We were packed and ready to go (me and the kids) but the text we got about 7:00 said she wasn’t moving along very fast. So, we opted to just stick around the house for the night. I was certain she’d have the baby that night but just not sure how long it was going to take.

At 10:30, Jamie Facetimed me and Jim to let us know Ben Joseph had been born at 9:58 and she could tell he was a bigger baby than the other two. The nurses don’t weigh the babies and take vitals as soon after birth as they used to. Jamie said they leave the baby alone with mom for at least an hour before they do all that. So we waited to hear…9 lbs 1 oz and 22″ long. Ben came charging out like a linebacker breaking his collarbone on the way out.

(Photo credit – Taylor Josoff Photography)

(Photo credit – Taylor Josoff Photography)

(Photo credit – Taylor Josoff Photography)

Meeting their brother for the very first time.

(Photo credit – Taylor Josoff Photography)

(Photo credit – Taylor Josoff Photography)

(Photo credit – Taylor Josoff Photography)

(Photo credit – Taylor Josoff Photography)

(Photo credit – Taylor Josoff Photography)

(Photo credit – Taylor Josoff Photography)

(Photo credit – Taylor Josoff Photography) ย Hey Ben…this is your Gaw. I think we’re gonna get along just fine!

This is where Nora instructed her mama to “put that baby in my hand”!

Sistas!

I literally clicked her in her car seat, walked to the driver’s side and turned around. She didn’t even make it out of the parking spot! It was a pretty big day for a little girl.

I’ve spent the last two days playing gramma with Eli and Nora. I know they’re anxious for mom’s return (later tonight) but in the meantime, I’m going to soak up all these special moments as long as I can. I won’t get to have much time with Ben until we return in October but being here for the time I have been has definitely been a blessing – one I would have never thought possible the day we left home last month.

The plan now is to leave tomorrow with the trailer house and head for Chester, Montana. We are going to work for a farmer there who has so graciously offered something for us to do during the month of August. We will be doing the wheat harvest but using his equipment. I’m hoping to get to drive a combine and Jim will drive truck. If I DO drive combine – it’s not one that I’m used to…it will be a Gleaner. I don’t know that I’ve even sat in the seat of a Gleaner combine before. ๐Ÿ™‚ So the adventures of the 2017 wheat harvest continue…

15 comments on “and baby makes three

  1. Margaret Smith says:

    Wonderful news! Happy for your whole family. Congratulations! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Bill Jam says:

    Congrats! You are indeed blessed!
    Bill

  3. Jan Edgecombe says:

    Always enjoy your adventures. Good luck with your Montana harvest. Glen used to have a couple Gleaner combines that were older. Beautiful family!

  4. Brian Dalgarno says:

    Beautiful family. I’m glad that you were able to be there and to share in the experience and hold your new grandson.

  5. Norm Rotruck says:

    Congratulations, gramma! Always enjoy your posts. God is good ALL the time!

  6. Lyndell & Judy Wood says:

    Congratulations on new grandson. Safe journey west and God’s blessing on all.

  7. Tom Stegmeier says:

    Congrats Gramma & Grampa z !! Ben Joseph has a good strong & gentle ring to it .Love the pictures that Taylor has taken, Glad you’ve got work up in Montana ,If this heat wave continues it will be the hottest year on record for Calgary & area .we’re talk’n +36c or better next week .if we don’t get any rain in the next two weeks .it mise well not rain at all & have a early small yielding harvest, Wheat that was seeded May 5th is all ready turning and it’s the end of July not a good sign ! Have safe trip to Montana.

    • Nebraska Wheatie says:

      Always good to hear from you, Tom! Thank you for taking the time to write your notes! Praying for rain for you and your land, as well.

  8. mom says:

    Tracy and Jim..Congratulations on Baby Ben…what a nice surprise while I was in K.C. ( your Aunt
    Shirley) turned on her computer and we read your page…the pictures >>Taylor <<< took are darling..Ben is my Great #3..what a blessing….be safe ….mom……

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