Saturday, January 31, 2009
Any difficulties in being away from my family were eased by this new little addition:
We all had a little hospital celebration complete with presents, a cheesecake, candles (with special permission granted to David), and good singing. That's just the kind of sister I have - the kind that would make my birthday very special despite having a brand-new baby!
Friday, January 30, 2009
[Also of note: No one needs to have a picture of themselves at 41 1/2 weeks pregnant hanging on their in-laws refrigerator for months and months.]
Baby Bella weighed in at 1/16th of an ounce over Elijah's birth weight.
Joe was amazing during labor and delivery - no passing out, no annoying comments. I have never seen a Dad so excited about his baby.
Ab had a great nurse-midwife and two fabulous nurses helping her.
I pretty much wanted to steal this baby after I saw her. Really. Not wanting to be inappropriately greedy, I kept trying to wait to ask if I could hold her. Then I got her and didn't want to give her back to Joe. (*Several people want to steal this baby...Connie....)
All four grandparents drove up to meet the first female grandchild. Everyone did a good job sharing Baby Bella, which was obviously difficult.
Bella received her first dozen roses from Aunt Lizzie.
We praise the Lord for an uncomplicated pregnancy & delivery and for a healthy little girl. Abigail was absolutely amazing (an unplanned, unmedicated birth - what?!?!?!) and Joe was a fabulous helper to her.
If you would like to see a picture of the placenta, just let me know.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Taking stock of the old toy collection: Helping Momma cook:
When Eric arrived, he got right to work building a big fort for Elijah.
We were all able to enjoy the maze Daddy created. Elijah kept saying "Ort! Ort!"
While our food finished cooking, we moved upstairs to start opening presents. Elijah was able to open presents at his own pace, which made for a much happier Tooskie. He really enjoyed bringing the presents to us, one at a time, and then helping everyone open their gift.
MawMaw & PawPaw gave Elijah this great animal train. It's a Melissa & Doug toy; I love all their stuff!
Sausage balls were a big hit with the boys. We ate the whole bowl!
We gave Elijah this little vacuum which goes Pop!Pop!Pop! He likes to push it around the house with his lawnmower (which also goes Pop!Pop!Pop!).
Sticky buns! These took all day to make, but were delicious!
Our downstairs post-Christmas feast & fort-building:
More fort adventures:
Elijah got to stay up late for our family Christmas so we could take him to Opryland Hotel. The lights and decorations were, as always, amazing. We let Elijah walk and lead the way - he loved being around all the people, seeing the lights, and watching the waterfalls.
Now I know why Moms get so excited about Christmas. It was SO MUCH FUN to make special foods, give each other little gifts, and have time for just the three of us to hang out. And I'm glad to have savored this Christmas with three...for, Lord willing, Christmas 2009 will be a Christmas with four!
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
He'll take our key rings, walk over to the door, and try to insert a key into the lock or the doorknob. It is fun to watch him and to think that he learned all that simply by observation.
Not quite sure why Elijah is wearing only a diaper and shoes...I do remember thinking it was cute.