Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Kids, Gym Class and Motorcycle Rides

Our THREE kids!
I had taken Blake's outfit off after dinner because he got really messy. Natalie took off hers too, sat in this chair with him and said, "Mom, can you take a picture of us? We're so cute!"

My mom came back for a few days this week. She was such a HUGE help... with the kids, the baby, meals, laundry, cleaning, letting me sleep, and just hanging out with us. Thank you so much Mom, we love you and appreciate all you did for us!! You're the best!!
Natalie had her last gym class last week. It was special that Grandma was here to see her in action. Gotta love the Minnie Mouse underwear! :)
It wasn't snowing at all when we arrived and 45 minutes later, it was pouring!!

Making Thank You cards for all the meals we've been getting these past couple weeks. We're so blessed! Thank you everyone! Happy Grandma

Chris and Michelle are moving up to western PA and are home en route so we got to see them and the Yoders on Saturday.
Another happy Grandma :) Grandpa, Adam, Allie and Bethany checking out Evan.
Coloring CousinsAunt Bethany with Evan
Chris brought his motorcycle with him from NC. Fortunately, it was a sunny (although chilly) day to take it for a ride. Bill ready to go!
Brian getting dressed for the wind in Chris' gear.
Brian loved riding... it'd been a long time!

Chris took Bethany for a ride as well. They said I get one when we go visit them after they get settled. I've never been on a motorcycle so I'm looking forward to it! Aunt Michelle... as with most newborns, Evan is well loved and definitely "well-held" :)
They boy cousins: Blake and Adam
Our lil' buddy... So glad he's part of our family! :)

Monday, February 16, 2009

Ten Days

Evan has been with us for 10 days now! He is a great baby so far and seems to change a little bit each day. Natalie and Blake love him and are eager to help--and eager for my attention although they're getting better. :) My mom was here all week and is coming back for a few days this week too. We've really appreciated the help!--Thanks so much Mom! Making a Thank You card for our neighbor that watched the kids the morning we went into the hospital.

Blake enjoying his meals!!

Big sister Natalie And Big brother BlakeShe climbed into his lap saying she wanted him to hold her like a baby. She stayed there for a long time and he just completely ignored her--you can see he's trying to watch the TV. It was pretty cute.
Every day he opens his eyes more and more.Valentine Jello Cups...yummy!

Going for a ride Grandma bought Natalie a baby doll that cries and laughs and sleeps. You have to put the bottle or pacifier in it's mouth to make it stop crying and go to sleep. She loves taking care of it and takes it with her wherever she goes. What a good mommy.

Not sure what this expression means... ??

Setting up for Valentine's Day
The kids loved opening all their cards and eating candy at breakfast.
Just like with Natalie and Blake, I don't have milk to nurse Evan. I knew that it would probably happen again and you'd think that I'd be over all the emotions and sadness about it with this being the third time, but it's still really hard for me to not be able to provide for my baby. I know that Brian and my mom and others enjoy getting to feed him so I'm trying to look at all the positives... I'll be okay, I guess I'm just still a little hormonal... :)

Natalie taking a nap on our bed one day... some things never change. :)Grandma's delicious Italian Cream Cake
Brian bought me roses for Valentine's Day. So beautiful.
He also bought this ring and gave it to me in the hospital after Evan was born. Kinda hard to see but it's three rings connected with each of the kid's names on it. I love it! Thank you honey!
First sponge bath at home-he loved it. We have yet to take a good one of all 5 of us... here's 4!

Until next time...