The next morning when the girls came to meet their long-awaited baby brother...he was just wrapping up a little procedure involving his man parts 🙂 Pace REFUSED to look at any pictures of him, she would only have the real thing. So, their first glimpse was through the glass in the nursery as he recovered.
When he finally came back to our room, they were in awe. Love-struck is a much better term for what Pace was experiencing. She asked me if she could marry him.
I'm including this because I feel the need to show at least one new, whole family shot...but the puffiness hurts me. I think Mary Aplin's face may compensates for my puffiness 🙂
Caroline, Riley, Kendall, and Watson. The two sisters who had put away all my Christmas decorations the day before and their counterparts. I've been meaning to do a post on this announcement (and will soon), but in case you notice the ring clutching Jay Paul, Kendall and Watson are ENGAGED! Getting married in July.
Caroline told us Christmas day that she and Riley are going to have a baby in July!!!!!! !!!!!! Looks like they're ready. Looks like July should be a hummdinger of a month 🙂
Poor Sarah and Tommy. I made them pose together with Jay Paul and they've only been on a handful of dates. Gotta love friends who are willing to let you make them awkward.
The view from my hospital bed.
Kendall, Grandpa, Grandma, and Aunt Alice.
Jay Paul's Great Grandmama. I'm crying.
Jeremiah's brother, Josh and his girlfriend Kady.
Chillin' in the hospital on New Year's Day.
Heading home, feeling awkward in the wheelchair, but not looking as awkward as Jeremiah who is on his knees and not severed at the knee as he looks.
Putting Jay Paul to sleep in his cradle for the first time. I think we'd all been trying to picture him there and it felt surreal to see his little body finally at home where he belonged.
Exhausted after his first doctor's visit.
Pace told Jeremiah, "Daddy, I'm going to feed and take care of Jay Paul at night so you and Mommy don't have to get up. You know, my room is upstairs with his, and it's really not safe for yall to come up and down the stairs at night-time."
Annnnd, life with a newborn begins.
One week old.
At this point he was a little over a week and had just re-gained his birth weight. I keep looking at him and wondering how in the WORLD that whole baby had been crammed between my chest and where my hands are resting??!!
Sometimes, Pace corrects me on how I take care of Jay Paul...I'm not exactly sure who the Mommy is around here.
He stays happier in Dapple's lap than anyone elses...but with the faces she makes, I'm not sure why I trust her with him 🙂 Does she look like she's always up to something to anybody else?
So you know that he does open his eyes occasionally. I want to eat him, whole.
We went to the doctor at 5 days and then two weeks. In nine days, the little man had gained a whole pound and grown an inch. Two weeks, 10 pounds 3 ounces. And a momma who is thankful her milk seems to be doing the trick so far. Wonder if the nurses think it's strange that I squeak with excitement when they tell me how much weight my baby has gained?