Friday, August 30, 2013

Israel and Edith- First Impressions

I read a blog recently that talked about how the best thing you can give your child is a sibling, because it will teach them about sharing, enhance their development, and give them a lifelong companion. I am one of five kids in my family, and Will has two siblings. We knew that we wanted several kids and imagined that our kids would be best buddies.

In the days leading up to Edith's birth, Will and I had nervous anticipation for Israel's reaction to his new sister. We hoped he would transition well, but had low expectations because Israel is a sympathetic crier, hasn't had to share much, and doesn't like babies. We did not think that Israel would be one of those kids who lovingly kissed his baby sister (he only gives kisses to his toys right now- not even to us. Not kidding!).

When Israel first met his sister, he was not impressed. He was mad that I was occupied, and proceeded to cry real tears when his sister made any noises. He would get really mad when I was holding her, and would reach for me whenever I couldn't hold him. It really broke our hearts because we couldn't really explain to him what was going on. Everytime Edith made noises, we would talk to Israel about it even though we are not sure what all Israel understands! We would tell him that its okay when sister cries, and that she is okay.

The first week after we came home, Israel was constantly entertained by visitors and grandmas who made sure he was spoiled. He slowly became indifferent to Edith, after an initial period of jealousy. Now, he doesn't really care when Edith makes noises (although he still cries when she does occasionally). We try to meet Israel's needs quickly, and there are times when I have to choose which crying baby to console first. I typically go with Israel because his cries are much more difficult to hear and Edith will learn to adapt!

FYI this is very posed. Israel is standing on his own, but he is death gripping Edith's chair. He can't stand without support just yet.

It is certainly an adjustment for me to go from one baby to two. Israel is 22 months old, but is still very dependent. Because he is not walking or crawling, I have to carry him and his sister up and down the stairs a lot- and that has been hard on me physically. I am really stretched thin sometimes, and Israel has watched more television than I'm proud to admit. I think we all have Elmo memorized.

Edith is very sweet and loves watching Israel. I really look forward to what their relationship will look like in the coming months and years when they can interact together. I know that having kids 2 years apart will be a blessing in the future! I'm really thankful for the two incredible blessings that are my children. Having a second child has only increased our love for both Israel and Edith. We feel so blessed to have such precious kids.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Edith's Newborn Photos

My sister is a great photographer! She takes pictures in the Marion/Hendersonville/Asheville, NC area. She took my maternity photos and made a special, less-than-24hour trip to come down to take Edith's newborn pictures.

I love these pictures so much! I especially love that my sister took them. What a gift to us! Thanks Sarah!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Edith Meets Family

On Friday the 16th, Will's parents ("GaGa" and "Pop") came down to spend some time with Israel and Edith. Will's dad had not been able to see Edith for very long on Tuesday night because he had to drive home for work the next day. They came, brought toys for Israel and spent some time loving on our kids.

That night, my sister Sarah came in town. She came down from North Carolina just two weeks before to help take care of me while my husband was out of town for school, and it meant so much to me that she was willing to make the drive again so soon! She took several photos for us that I will share soon of our family and of Edith.

Saturday morning, my dad, brothers, and sister-in-law were able to come down and spend a few hours with us. It was really fun having my siblings (minus one sister) together! We enjoyed the afternoon and Israel especially enjoyed all the attention from his aunts and uncles. It was really good for him.

I'm really thankful to have a family that loves our kids so much! It is a blessing.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Edith- The Hospital

To read about Edith's birth story and our first day at the hospital, click here.

The second day of our hospital experience (Wednesday), we woke up and were greeted by our friend Cindy, who owns a local coffee shop, when she delivered us hot, fresh coffee (mine was decaf and SO delicious!). Java Jolt coffee is the best in town, and it was a treat to have it right as we got ready for the day. Dr. Young, who delivered Edith, came by to visit us.

We were really, really tired but I took a shower and tried to look presentable because we knew people would be coming by that day. I bought some new pajamas for the hospital and I was glad that I did- it was so nice to have something fresh to wear!

Our moms brought Israel by after his morning nap around 10 am. He immediately reached for me, but when he saw that I was holding a baby under the blanket in my lap, he was really mad. He made his feelings known that he already wasn't a fan of his sister! We took a few pictures, and his apathetic face pretty much explains his mood.

Will's mom headed home after lunch. It is so nice that our moms get along so well!

We had a stream of visitors during the early afternoon. It was nice to show off our girl, but I was really tired and a little out of it because of pain meds!

We were switched from our labor/delivery room to a regular (but huge!) room in another part of the hospital in the afternoon. We had a fantastic nurse all day that day! She checked on us often and made sure we were comfortable.

That night, our small group came by to meet Edith. In the last year, we went from Israel being the only baby to having 4 kids in our group! It was fun sharing the details with our friends.

Will went home to tuck Israel in and to give him a bath. We knew Israel needed some time with Will because he was all out of his routine. Will headed home and my mom came to stay with me for an hour, so she could get some Edith snuggles and keep me company.

Thursday was a very quiet day, my mom was the only visitor (Israel was in school), and we rested a lot. We ended up being discharged around 5:00 and we were ready to be home. I was definitely enjoying the quiet of the hospital, but we knew our son needed us.

Our first night at home was as good as we could have hoped. Edith is a great sleeper and had to be woken to eat every few hours! We were still really tired, and Will had to go to work Friday morning. All in all, it was a good experience and we had a great first few days with Edith.
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