Saturday, October 25, 2008
Also, Andrew had jaundice. He seemed fine when we lift the hospital and at his three day check-up. However, Kimball and I took him in for a weight check and my Dr. said he wanted a bilirubin test done right away. His level was 19 and they broght lights out to our house within hours. He stayed under them for two days. I hated putting the mask over his eyes when I knew that he was awake. His level went down to 11 and we could take him off the lights. Three days later and three heel pricks later, his count went back to 14. We put him in the sun, and the Dr. said that he was okay. You can see a bit of yellow in his eyes, but it's almost gone now.
Kimball put Andrew on the floor for a "Sun Bath" and Benson didn't want to be far away in case Andrew needed his binky put back in. He pressed himself right up to the resting baby and watched attentivly for the binks to fall out. Since the baby was sleeping and didn't need it, Kimball took the binky away but Benson stayed anyway. Signs of an older supportive brother we hope.
Just another day at the Electric Beach for Andrew... The eye patches that they gave us (pictured) were bad at staying over his eyes so Kimball made an eye patch out of black cloth that stayed much better. We had to move the phototherapy bed off the floor and onto the vanity in the bathroom because we caught Benson inside the bed multiple times.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Benson meets his new baby brother...hmmm, that's what was in mom's tummy.
This is our little family of 'three- turned four' going home together. It was a little stressful leaving the hospital because we didn't have a name and we couldn't get the carseat to fit him right. We were all so glad to be home and I was really glad to have Benson back- I had really missed him. When Kimball put the baby in the car, he made the mistake of placing Benson's "Ni Ni" over the baby. Oops. Benson started to whimper, "Ni Ni, Ni Ni" as he pointed to his blanket. I thought, "oh great, Benson is already going to think that this kid is taking over". As soon as we gave Benson his blanket back, things were great and the whole way home, if the baby's binky fell out Benson would make sure that we knew by saying, "uh oh, baby. uh-oh, baby"
Benson loves to hold Andrew- not for very long, but he comes to me with his arms outstretched and we let him hold him whenever he wants to unless he's eating.
Benson is really good at giving Andrew his binky
We were just a bit tired on the third day...
I can't believe that I have two kids!!?? I love it!
This is Benson giving loves. He used to hug and kiss my tummy when we would tell him to give brother loves, and now he kisses his head. It is so sweet. This is probably the best thing about having a new baby in our home.
At Sunday dinner many weeks before Andrew was born Grandma promised that the first grandchild born with a dimple chin gets their college paid for. When Darryl, Louise & Carlie came to the hospital, Kimball met them at the elevator and asked, "Mom, are you prepared to pay for college tuition?" Grandma had forgotten she promised that. Let that be a lesson to you parents out there, be careful what you promise your kids, they have a better memory than you!
It's so fun to see physical attributes passed on from one generation to the next. Kimball's parents are the greatest support to us. During my pregnancy Louise hand crocheted a special blanket for Andrew- we're talking 100+ hours on this beautiful blanket. They have been so wonderful to us and especially to Benson. They too, spoil Benson. They spoil us with so much, the greatest being their love and involvement in our lives.
Aunt Carlie came home from her mission the day before Benson was born and honestly it seems like yesterday. She was so excited to come to the hospital and meet the baby. She took tons of really great pictures for us since we were a little pre-occupied. She came on Sunday and again on Monday after a class. That time she got the baby all to herself. They've already bonded. Carlie is such a great Aunt. She is sooo busy, but always makes time for her family.
I was so glad that my dad was in town. Just moments after the delivery, my dad, Jenn, and Laura came into my room. I was so excited for them to see/meet my newborn. During the last couple of weeks of my pregnancy my dad teased me, "When are you going to have that baby, Erica?", which is ironic because earlier in my pregnancy he teased me with, "should you be doing that?- you're going to go into labor. Sit down. Put yourself on bedrest, etc." My dad also came up to the hospital a second time later on Sunday evening to bring me some of the sticky buns that I had missed out on earlier that morning. My dad is such a great gradpa. He is surprisingly so mellow with the grandkids and loves them to pieces. Benson LOVES his "Bompa" and gets so excited when he sees him. He loves to be chased by Grandpa, and Grandpa loves to spoil.
Grandma Jones was a literal life saver throughout my pregnancy, delivery, and the recovery. She was so helpful with Benson and made us her famous pork chops and her chicken noodle soup so that Kimball and I wouldn't have to worry about cooking when we came home. My mom feels a surge of relief now that Andrew is here safely and she can now answer my phone calls with a 'hello' instead of 'Are you in labor? Where are you?" My mom has great intuition too. The night before I went into labor my mom told me to, "sleep with my clothes on". Thanks mom for everything!!
Laura was a big help when Andrew was born. She helped with Benson and visited me in the hospital. The day after we came home from the hospital, Laura and Luke came over to visit. It was then that I realized that I didn't even have a picture of her with Andrew yet. I am so grateful to have a sister that is so close- close to where I live, and as a close friend. She has been so sensitive and kind through my pregnancy- she even vaccumed and cleaned my car for me just before the baby came. She is one of my best friends and I hope that her Luke and my Benson will also be close friends. Laura also helped by taking all of my maternity clothes off of my hands...we're all hoping that means something exciting is coming within the next year or so (:
Here's a video clip of Evan making Benson laugh. Evan was hitting a volleyball so hard that it would bounce off the ceiling. Uh, since Kimball and I don't do that at home, it was new to Benson and he LOVED it.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
My little sister Jenn came home from Utah State for the weekend hoping that she would get to meet her new nephew. Jennifer is such a good aunt. We love that she is away at school, yet we hate that she is away at school. We wish we could see more of her. Andrew is the twelth grandchild on my side, yet Jennifer was still excited to have another nephew.
Benson loves to put shoes on. He MUST be our kid. He says "shoos" so cute and will hand me his shoes to put on. On the changing table, when you say "shoes" he lifts his feet up in the air. He helps dad choose which shoes to wear, and will locate the match in the closet. He frequents our closet rummaging for a new pair to try on. He tries to put them on while he is standing and it has been great for his balance. My heels are tricky, Andrew's shoes are too small, but daddy's shoes are just right!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I knew that I loved the baby I carried, but it is amazing the depth and strength of the love that I feel for Andrew already. I just can't get enough of him. It brings so much joy and fulfillment for us to see Benson hold him and kiss him. We feel immensely blessed to welcome another child.