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The blessings of having our 5th child

On March 13, 2009, our son Carter Shane Barber was born.

Me and Carter (photo by Kim)

Me and Carter (photo by Kim)

I took the week off to stay at home while my family adapted to this new way of life with Carter. Here are some of the blessings from that week:
1 – Watching the faces of my children as they hold their new baby brother in their arms.

Emmie holding Carter for the first time

Emmie holding Carter for the first time

Coleman holding Carter for the first time

Coleman holding Carter for the first time

Calvin holding Carter for the first time

Calvin holding Carter for the first time

Ellerie holding Carter for the first time

Ellerie holding Carter for the first time

2 – Having my youngest daughter look into my eyes as she held her baby brother for the first time and say, “Dank you Daddy” with complete sincerity of heart.
3 – Waking up every morning (even though I’m dog tired) and enjoying the children treat the beginning of the day as if it were Christmas morning.
4 – Driving home with my wife from the hospital and watching her in the rear view mirror as she sat next to our new baby boy and slept so peacefully she nearly felt out of her seat.
5 – Finally being able to sleep in the bed with my wife because she is comfortable enough to actually sleep in the bed again.
6 – Hearing my son Calvin, who rarely speaks, be so willing to talk to and about his new baby brother and then always giggle with glee whenever his baby makes a sound (although my wife can’t stand it when Calvin does this in response to the baby crying..so I correct him for this, but for some reason I still really love to watch him do this).
7 – Watching my son Calvin, the roughest/toughest/filthiest of the bunch, hold and kiss his baby brother.
8 – Watching my oldest two, Coleman and Emmie, hold their new baby brother and feed him a bottle and then help them burp him – and then their reaction when he actually burps.

Emmie giving Carter a bottle

Emmie giving Carter a bottle

Coleman giving Carter a bottle

Coleman giving Carter a bottle

9 – Making pancakes almost every morning.
10 – Friends and family visiting and bringing all kinds of great food.
11 – Being so well served by my parents every single day – before, during, and after the birth of this baby.

Waiting with Grannie to see the new baby

Waiting with Grannie to see the new baby

Grannie holding Carter for the first time

Grannie holding Carter for the first time

PawPaw holding Carter for the first time

PawPaw holding Carter for the first time

12 – Working so hard to feed a baby that will barely wake up and then hearing the nurse say, over the phone, that the bilirubin count has gone down!
13 – Putting Carter in the glow-worm outfit – but for only a day.
14 – Hearing my oldest son Coleman pray for his mommy and new baby brother right before he thanks God the Father for sending Jesus to die on the cross for our sins.
15 – Watching my wife be so exhausted each night she can barely hold her head up and yet continue to patiently and lovingly care for the new baby boy we have been blessed with…
16 – Realizing there are way too many blessings that have come with having our 5th child for me to possibly count.

Carter Shane Barber (photo by Kim)

Carter Shane Barber (photo by Kim)

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