well, nicholas has been home now for 4 days and he is doing SO WELL. Thank you all for praying for us and checking in on us!
Addy and John Michael are also adjusting quite well. Its been especially nice that Johnny has been home for a few days. He's been showering them with so much love and attention that they're gonna wish we had a baby every week! Not to mention all the attention they got while we were in the hospital. Johnny's parents, John & Ruth, took AWESOME care of them while we were gone that I'm not even sure they missed us! They went to Auntie Shannon's house once and the Barkers took them to the zoo too. Thanks so much everyone for all your help!
Leaving the hospital
Eager Addy running out to greet her newest baby brother!
If you don't laugh out loud at this picture you are being too nice. Her hair alone makes me cry.
I was the most worried about John Michael's adjustment to Nicholas' arrival but he is handling it like a champ. He loves to "hold" him and kiss him all over.
But this face reminds me not to forget his mischevious streak!
First ride in the car seat.
First family picture.... and let me tell you how absolutely humbling it is to post this picture. Johnny & I both keep cracking up at how..... large I look! I keep telling myself that its just a bad angle... but then reality kicks in and I realize that I probably was just really big.
Holding the baby.
Tonight I took an herb bath, compliments of Elizabeth, and Nicholas took one too! This goes against a lot of medical advice since it includes submerging the umbilical "stump" in water... but I figured it was worth a try since Elizabeth has such excellent results. Other than smelling like garlic (which I'm sure Johnny's going to love sleeping next to me!) I can already tell a difference in the healing process - and Nicholas loved it! He was a little confused at first but was completely relaxed in the water and even fell asleep!
We went to church this morning too. I probably would've chosen to stay home and rest but Johnny really wanted us all to go and be part of our church family to share in our joy that Nicholas and I are both well and at home. I didn't regret going at all. It was so encouraging to see and hear from all the people who have been faithfully praying for us. Thank you all!
Now, off to bed. Sleep while the baby sleeps, right? And since he doesn't like sleeping from about 2 am - 5 am I'm going to get some sleep in while I can. :)
Newborn pictures soon, here's a sneak peak to whet your appetite!