Keenan has definitely turned out to be the protector brother!! Our first evening home our pastor’s wife was holding Shand-Renee when she started fussing a little… This is the conversation:
K: “You know, the baby is fussing, and the when the baby fusses she wants her mama, so you should give her to my mama”
Maria: “Yes, but she’ll be ok… I’ll just hold the baby till your mom can get her. You know, I’m a mama too!”
K: “Yes, but you aren’t her mama, so I think you should give her to my mom.”
Me: “Its fine sweetie. Maria knows how to hold a baby, she is a mommy too, and I’ll get Shand in a minute”
K: – to Maria “OK, but you need to be careful not to drop her”
I was dying laughing inside and a little apologetic to our poor visitors, who apparently are not to be trusted with this precious life!! 🙂
Keenan is the official pacifier holder in the car… a job he takes very seriously… he won’t even eat while he holds it in. He is very attentive!! I hadn’t planned on pacifiers… they never gave us one in the hospital, and I didn’t have any in the house… after a week of bleeding and cracked nipples and a baby that wanted to nurse constantly, I sent Bryan to the store the next morning to buy ourselves some pacifiers (dummies – for my Aussie readers!)
A couple days into being home I sent Bryan to the store (yet again – poor guy!) to buy me some pads. He called incredibly confused from the feminine aisle… WHAT TO GET! I tried to describe to him what I needed… He comes home from the store with THIS: Costco size (56 of them!) bag of Serenity pads for leaking bladders!!! LOL My mother in law and I were about rolling on the floor laughing at the poor man!!
I have been amazed at the grace God has given me for patience for the boys. After their 3 day stint at the grandparents watching too much TV, coupled with me being gone, then bringing home a baby, and being sick for the first week and half… they were incredibly wily and inattentive and loud and unfocused…
I was really able to drop life and plug in as many precious moments with them in between all my junk and feeding / diapering the baby. God has been so so SO good… I am overwhelmed at the strength He has doled out and the love He has poured into me for my little family. Here are a few more pics. Her first bath… kind of. Her belly button thingy came off, but there was still stuff there, so I didn’t want to submerge her. This is the first time I’ve ever had to notice that stuff!! They were always in the hospital before!!
This is a totally unposed picture… the boys each had a comb and were grooming their little sister!! It was the funniest thing to me!! Isn’t this next picture just exactly what you’d imagine life could be like… if only I had more sleep and time… Aah… to live to sleep and eat!
Can you believe it? 2 weeks old already!! Here is Thaddeus cooing to her and loving on her…
That is NOT gas!! This girl is such a little social bug… she is so cute and loves to look around at us.