Thanks Grandma

A big thank you goes to my mom (and dad) for coming to stay with us for 17 days after the baby was born.  She came in on Halloween which is was fun for the kids and stayed until the 17th.  She took care of my kids while we were in the hospital and it was nice to not have to worry about who had the kids and if they were ok.  And once we were home she took over the cleaning, cooking, laundry, diaper changing, bathing and entertainment of the older the kids.  She taught Jack how to play Sorry and must have played at least 100 games with him.  She also always managed the early risers (thank you daylight savings time) in the morning so that I could get a little more rest with Luke in the morning.  It was really lovely to have her here.  I know it was a sacrifice for my dad too who must have been so bored home alone for so long!  So thank you parentals.  We sure love you.

 

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2 weeks old

We are loving our new little Luke!  And who can believe its been two weeks already?  It’s hard to believe that just 15 days ago we didn’t even know that he was a boy or who he was.  He has fit in really well with us and in most ways, it feels like he’s been here forever.  We went to the doctor yesterday so here are his stats… 7 lbs. 13 oz. (50%), 20 3/4 in. (70%), 15 in. head (80%).  Sounds just like a Grossen baby to me!   Here are a slew of new pictures from the last 2 weeks.

Thankfully he has overcome the jaundice from the first week!  He is looking a little less yellow everyday.

We have made a few outings to Costco and Cafe Rio.  He was a good boy the whole time.  In general he is a very good boy.  He gets sad when he has a burp stuck or if he is ready to be held.  But he has some pretty calm awake times where he likes to stare at the lights or picture frames throughout the house.  He is a good eater for the most part although sometimes we have a hard time staying awake during a feeding.  And so far he has a good sleeping pattern…but who knows if it will last!

He is adored by his siblings.  They have been so cute with him.  He has an incredibly strong neck and can hold his head so well already.  Tummy time is no problem!  We are so grateful for this little guy in our home.  He has increased our love and made us even happier than before!

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Luke

Well the story of Luke’s birth is pretty simple and can be summed up as taking way too long!  Since Sophie’s labor and delivery was only 4 hours I was kinda anticipating something similar.  But Luke had different plans.  We got to the hospital at 8:30 am for our scheduled induction.  Pitocin started at 9:45 am and I had my epidural at 11.  I wasn’t feeling too much.  But since I went so quickly with Sophie once the pitocin started, I didn’t want to take any chances.  My epidural was awesome and I felt nothing for several hours.  But that could also be because nothing was happening!  Every time I was checked the nurse would say, “You are about the same maybe just a tad more effaced.”  At 2 pm, Dr. Savage came and broke my water.  I really thought that would make things start to go faster.  But that was not the case.  I was starting to worry quite a bit.  But everyone assured me that everything would be ok.  Finally when they checked my at 5:45 I had changed to 4 cm.  And everything took off after that and Luke was born at 7:43 pm after pushing through only 2 contractions.  We had the best time keeping his gender a surprise and it was a really neat experience when we all shouted “It’s a boy!” in the delivery room.  It was a unforgettable moment really.  I was just so grateful that he was healthy and finally decided to make his way out!

Since labor was much longer than I thought, we didn’t have visitors until the next morning.  And Jack and Sophie were his first visitors.  They were instantly in love.  Sophie was not even 1 % disappointed that he wasn’t a girl.  She has been loving on him ever since!

I love my time in the hospital after having a baby.  It is sort of the calm before the storm.  And having that one on one time with my baby is pretty special to me.  We, of course, had a hard time naming this boy.  But once we settled on his name, it seemed to fit him perfectly.  We sure love this little guy.

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Halloween

Halloween seems like a lifetime ago with all that has been happening around here lately.  But we did have a fun holiday.  And the weather even held out for a decent trick or treating experience.  The kids loved it this year and were experts at it.  I loved seeing their excitement and how much they loved going with their friends in the neighborhood.  Jack’s friend Ari was a Lego and the talk of the neighborhood.  So cute.  And we couldn’t pass up getting a picture of Sophie with her cute friend Audrey in their matching Cinderella costumes!  We now have way too much candy than we know what to do with!  We love this holiday with our kiddos!

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