Monday, May 28, 2012

Friday, May 25, 2012

Life with 2 kids

A few days ago, I was able to pass a sleeping Amelia off to Mike so I could take a shower. Or dry my hair? Um, I don't remember now. But there was something I needed to do and Baby Sister was not making it easy. When I finished, I came across the following scene... IMG_1124-1

And I thought to myself, "Yep. That pretty much sums it up."

I spent so many months thinking about how tough a transition this would be for Will, that I neglected to consider the changes that would be coming our way as well. IMG_1182 IMG_1187

 Even though Will has yet to complain (and I'm sure the fact that Mike is still home has helped), I feel a lot of guilt about how this will continue to impact him.

For now, I seize any and every opportunity to have just a moment alone with him. Like, the chance to make brownies on a rainy afternoon... IMG_1205 He told me he needed his 'cooking hat.'

And on a couple of occasions when fresh air was needed by all, we went to our park.
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Earlier this week, when I begged Mike to get Will out of the house, he surprised me by offering to take him to see the dinosaurs in DC. They were gone for hours, which was perfect for Amelia and me, but most importantly, perfect for Will. IMG_1290

As for the newest member of our family, I think she is settling in quite nicely. IMG_1112

 Amelia spends most of her days awake, just taking little naps here and there. No complaints, though.  She sleeps quite well at night. IMG_1136

She loves to be held. Mostly by me. IMG_1159
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I think she's happy to be part of our family. IMG_1334 IMG_1177

And how could she not be with this guy as her big brother? IMG_1378 IMG_1382
Wedge sandles. Super hero cape. Perfect.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A Birth Story

A week ago yesterday, I awoke early on a rainy Monday, surprised that I had managed to sleep at all. I washed my hair, perfected my blow dry/flat iron routine, and put on some mascara. I needed to look my best for the very important pictures that would be taken later that day.

Will can sense movement, even while fast asleep a floor above. He soon joined me downstairs and I watched him eat breakfast (no food or drink allowed for me - torture!), soaking in my last moments with him alone. I noticed his nose was still running as it had been the day before. Since I really needed to know if it was a cold or allergies, as one would delay his meeting with Baby Sister, I called the doctor's office as soon as they opened. I pulled the old I'm-having-a-baby-today-and-need-my-son-seen-as-soon-as-possible card and, once there, Mike pulled the old my-wife-is-having-a-baby-today-and-we-really-don't-have-long-to-wait card. Works every time.  It was just allergies, thank goodness.

At 10:30, we kissed Will goodbye and left to have his baby sister. IMG_0800

We checked in and waited...

and waited.

I was finally brought back at 2:30 to be prepped. By 3:02, Amelia was here. IMG_0818

From the other side of the curtain, I listened to the numerous comments on her size and massive amounts of hair, and anxiously waited for her to be brought to me. IMG_0826

She's perfection. IMG_0828 IMG_0831

After another check-up in the recovery room, Amelia was finally given to me for some cuddles. I feel like I haven't put her down since. Mostly because she won't let me, but that's OK.
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At 10 that night, she had her first bath. IMG_0869

And the following morning we eagerly waited for the Big Brother to visit. IMG_0894

Gifts for the baby! Amelia gave Will a doctor kit, which Grandma was especially happy about since she was forced to endure countless physicals during the rest of her stay. IMG_0915

Mike: Will, Do you want to hold the baby?
Will: No, I drink my juice. IMG_0965
Will also told me to put the baby back in my tummy.

Our third day in the hospital... IMG_1030 IMG_0994-1 IMG_1003-1

Finally, preparing to go home...
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We are settling in and trying to find our new normal, whatever that is. Mike has been here with us (thank goodness). I'm not quite sure what we're going to do without him. IMG_1082

Will has been handling it all quite beautifully, really. He loves to kiss her, touch her, and wants to hold her. He likes to know where she is at all times and has yet to complain about all the holding and feeding she requires. IMG_1097

Amelia Jane is simply adorable. We love her. IMG_1095

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Hello, Baby

She's here!

Amelia Jane joined our family on Monday, May 14th at 3:02 pm. She weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces and is 21 inches long. IMG_1026

And, yes, we think she's quite wonderful. IMG_1015-1 IMG_0854 IMG_0909

More to come!