Eliana, Tigger and Woody

I have an abundance of pictures these days! Who can resist photographing a sweet face like this?
 And sweet moments like this..

 And meeting Grandma for the first time

 It feels like so much has been put on hold in the past week or so since Miss E made her early appearance. I had been hesitating in agreeing to costumes for the boys and trick or treating since I didn’t know when the baby would come. But today was a special celebration at school for the boys, mostly Samuel and we had to rack our brains quickly to come up with an idea!

 Meet Sheriff Woody:) I woke up feeling a little stressed over coming up with a last minute costume only to look over at Z’s Toy Story pull-ups and receive a moment’s inspiration! Not a perfect copy but Samuel was happy and that’s what counts!

 He came home with loads of candy and a big smile on his face.

His buddy Fiona and her little sister Avery:) Now what to do about that Lightening McQueen costume he is requesting for trick or treating….

Oh and where’s Tigger, you ask? Tigger refused to pose for pictures today quite adamantly. Tigger has a ‘tude these days..

Maybe I can catch him for pictures tomorrow…

Pictures!

First Day Home with the princess! She was a bit jaundiced but thankfully it never got worse and she looks fantastic now!

Getting some Mugga-love:)

Soaking up Daddy attention. We call her our “Little Birdie!”

Sleeping peacefully in her old-fashioned cradle:)

Getting her first bath at home.

The boys “helped” and were very curious about the whole process!

Beautiful roses given to Miss E and I by my loving husband and her devoted daddy:) One blooming pink rose for the princess and 3 red roses to represent our little garden: Samuel, Zakkai and Eliana!
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Samuel is doing better this morning but still pretty weak. Zakkai woke up crying in the middle of the night complaining of a tummy-ache but so far is fine (Please, Lord!!). We are disinfecting like crazy and washing our hands til they are rough and dry. Hopefully this stomach bug won’t spread any farther.

Grandma, Ben’s mom, is here with us helping! It’s nice to have some reinforcements as I wasn’t quite ready to be doing the school run this week and it was setting me back in the recovery process. The boys are soaking up her attention, especially Samuel who is home today. I am thankful for her help so I can recover before it’s alllllll up to me next week….

Off to make a grocery list!

Problems!

Having terrible internet connection/blogger problems these past couple of days, hence the lack of posts!!

Miss E is 1 week old today! She is gaining weight and eating like a champ!

We would love your prayers as Samuel now has a stomach flu and we are really hoping the rest of us, esp the newest member, doesn’t get it, too! It’s so hard to see your kiddos sick:(

Hopefully, I’ll figure out what’s going on with the internet and blogger tomorrow and post pics!

Good Day

The internet is acting crazy tonight so I will be brief! We are doing well. Eliana had her first check-up today and is up to 6lbs 6oz:) So happy she is gaining weight! She is a little jaundiced still but it isn’t bad, not like it was with Zakkai and it will fade soon. She is still beautiful!!

Zakkai took a sudden interest in her since yesterday. I put her in the Moby Wrap for the first time and he wanted to “pet” her. He asked me to sit down so he could pet her hands:) Then today I was thrust into regular routine again (my mom left and B’s mom doesn’t come til Wed) so I took the boys to school and Z really wanted to show her off to his friends! He went over to a little girl and said, “Yesenia, do you want to see our sister?” It was so cute! He has had a bit of a ‘tude, too, but it’s prob because he has a cold and is still adjusting like the rest of us.

Samuel is doing well. Fascinated with his little sister:) All that preparation work we did over the past several months seem to have paid off!

I am off to catch a few nods of sleep before the little princess wakes up:) Hopefully, if the internet works again, I will have more pics tomorrow!

Bringing Home Baby

We’re Home!!
We are adjusting pretty well now. It was so fun to have my family, mugga included, come get us on Friday. Ben had slept at home Thurs night because he had to teach Friday morning before coming to get us so Eliana and I were all alone the whole night. We were ready for company and home!
Here are a few pics:)
 Zakkai “holding” Eliana for the first time:) He is only interested in her sometimes..
Samuel has taken to his 2nd big brotherhood like a duck to water! He is absolutely fascinated with every little aspect of her!

 The pictures all make her look so big but she is teeny tiny! Seeing Ben hold her gives you an idea of how little she is!

 Sleeping Sweet in her hat that Mugga knitted:)

Actually awake for a minute! We had to give her a paci a few times because she is a voracious sucker and mommy needs a break!

 Getting her dressed in her first “real” clothes! She has 1 outfit that fits at the moment and Mugga had to search far and wide to find it:)

Zakkai came down with a cold just in time to bring his sister home. Sigh. He was very emotional when they got to the hospital; just in time for mommy. He definitely is needing some mommy-love!

 Finally dressed in her one mostly-fitting outfit:) So pretty!

 In her carseat all snuggled up, ready to see her home! My mom recovered the carseat for her, which I love and appreciate!

 In the car, sleeping all the way home!

 Samuel was so excited to all be going home together in our van:)

 Zaakai was more excited to be a big helper and carry Eliana’s diaper bag

We were greeted with a very special welcome! Mugga and the boys worked hard to decorate the porch for us while daddy was at class!

It was a rough first night with Miss E, who got a little freaked out by my milk coming in (sorry~tmi!) and cried and cried and had all of us up in the middle of the night, except the boys. We all were pretty tired and grumpy all morning but our day steadily improved! We are getting the hang of things slowly and feeling good.

We are so enthralled with this little miracle and amazed by her perfectness! She is a sweet addition to our family and we are so excited to get to know her and to introduce her to family and friends!

Welcome Home, Baby Eliana!

Going Home!

We should be on our way home in about 2 hours! Of course, hospital time that could mean anything…It will be so fun to dress the dollbaby in real clothes..a.k.a. Not a hospital onsie with arms made for a baby gorilla and a diaper that should fit a teeny tiny 6 lb-er:)

We are excited to break out of this joint and see what life at home will be like as a family of 5!! Plus a Mugga:)

Pictures to come!