Saturday, February 25, 2012

February in a Nutshell

As mentioned in my previous post, my parents came to visit us for 3 weeks to help take care of Bridget and the newborn while I got adjusted to life as a mother-of-two. We didn’t do much except hang out here at the house because February is not a month I want to be going all over town with a newborn. My dad did keep Bridget occupied outside on some of the nice almost-70-degree days. He bought her a t-ball set and taught her how to use it. She had lots of fun!

I stayed inside with this little guy:

He makes the funniest faces! Not a day goes by that he doesn't make an expression that makes me laugh. He's a character.

I love these two faces together:

Daddy even got some time in with the little guy between his busy school and work schedule. I love George's relaxed face in this picture. He just had dinner!

Monday, February 20, 2012

George's Baby Blessing

On February 19, 2012, we had our precious George blessed at church. It was lovely and I am glad that both sets of grandparents could attend.

Our little family of four:

Aaron and his parents:

My parents with the grandkids:

Bridget loves poking at her little brother:

Once we got home, we took a few minutes to take some extra pictures of just George in his outfit:
It was a long day:

Friday, February 10, 2012

George's First Bath!

George had his first bath on February 8th, at 9 days old! His cord fell off about 2 days prior but I waited to bathe him so that my husband could be here for the milestone (he is currently in graduate school and working part-time, so he gets very busy sometimes). George was not too fond of his first bath, but neither was Bridget when she had her first bath.

As a side note, Bridget was in the kitchen with us during George's bath, but she was very busy with something else. Earlier in the day, my husband had finished off a container of honey roasted peanuts and had put the empty container on the kitchen counter to be rinsed and put in the recycle bin. However, Bridget got to it and spent George's bath time licking sugar off her fingers after sticking them in the container. The container was spotless.

Back to George, now safe in daddy's arms after his bath:

After George's bath, we put him in his pajamas and laid him on our bed (you'll have to excuse the sheets, or lack of... they were being washed after George spit up on them). He was so peaceful and snuggly. I especially loved his fuzzy hair.

Bridget LOVES her baby brother and gives him kisses at every chance she gets:

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Introducing George Lewis Sparrow!

Our newest addition is finally here!!! He arrived right on his due date on January 29, 2012. I picked my parents up at the airport at about 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and brought them back to the house where we ate my homemade vegetarian chili for dinner at around 6:30 p.m. Not too long after dinner, I felt like my water broke. So I called my midwife and she said to come on in. I packed my hospital bag (yes, I still hadn’t packed it, but when you don’t have much clothing to begin with it’s very easy to pack), and kissed Bridget good-bye, and my husband took me to the hospital. When getting checked out in triage, the midwife confirmed that my water had indeed broken but it was only the first membrane. She told me I was going to be staying, and that she would break the second membrane after I got settled in my room. I had no idea my water could be broken twice. So, we get settled and call my parents to let them know that I was going to be staying. The midwife told me it may be at least 8 hours before delivering because I was only 1-2 cm dilated. I sent my husband home so that he could get a good night’s rest and be more useful the next day (we live just 5 minutes from the hospital). While at the hospital, they started me on Pitocin to help things along and also antibiotics for Group B Strep. I was starting to feel the contractions so I went ahead and got the epidural so that I could get some rest. At 4 a.m., the nurse checked me again and I was only 4 cm dilated. Then at 6 a.m., she checked again and told me I was fully dilated and ready to go. I called my husband and he came back to the hospital. There were a lot of babies being born that morning so my midwife let me wait a little bit longer to let the baby move further down while she tended to some other mothers. One woman had come in to give birth to her 7th child, so the midwife thought she would definitely have her baby before me, but things for that woman weren’t moving along very quickly. So the midwife came back to see if I was ready, and I was. I pushed for 30 minutes (did not feel a thing) and there he was! A 20 inch, 9 lb. 2 oz. baby boy! We did not expect a baby that big!

All clean!

9 lbs., 2.2 oz.!

Daddy holding George for the first time

My parents and Bridget came to see me later that afternoon. Bridget wasn't too happy with me. It was the first time I had spent the night away from her. Luckily, Bridget didn't take it out on the new baby. Instead, she fell in love.

Papa getting to hold George for the first time
George is named for my dad's father, George Leon Crosson Jr. (and Lewis comes from my husband's grandfather, Lewis Otis Sparrow).

Our first 'family of four' photo.
Pointing out George's eyes, nose, ears, hair, etc.

Getting ready to go home!
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