Monday, April 28, 2008

A little update

One of Cole's favorite things to do is place Luke's little teddy bear rattle in Luke's hand or by his head so that it looks like he's snuggling with it. We all love our little Luke so much. He's a very easy baby and very sweet.

Cole gave his first talk in Primary last Sunday about their theme, "I can follow the prophet." He did a great job and wasn't nervous at all. When we pulled up to the church that day, he said he was so excited to give his talk. I hope he always feels that way about public speaking.

In case anyone didn't know, Clay has decided to go to USC starting in the fall. We'll be moving to LA sometime this summer. We'll know more once we find housing.

Another bit of great news is that my sister Emily is expecting. She is 25, has been married for 6 years, and this will be her 5th baby! When the baby is born in December, she will have a 5 year old, 4 year old, 3 year old, 1 year old, and a newborn! She is utterly amazing!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Twin Cousins

"It's baby day, it's baby day!
Hip hip hooray!
Let's throw some confetti!"

This is the little song that Cole thought up on Saturday and sang on the way to the hospital, and down the halls of the hospital, all the way up to the labor and delivery unit. But let me start from the beginning...

Last Friday my sister Amanda was admitted to the hospital to be induced since she was 4 days overdue and her blood pressure was quite high. Labor progressed very slowly for her and by Saturday morning she was still waiting and waiting for some action. Meanwhile, I woke up that morning wondering what time I should go to the hospital to visit her, when I had a couple of really strong contractions. They started coming every two minutes so we called the doctor and headed down to the hospital, not as visitors for my sister, but to be admitted.

A lot of my family was already there, and Clay's parents came too. It was so much fun and so unexpected since I wasn't due for 11 more days. After being at the hospital for just a half hour or so, I was wheeled in to the O.R. I was given a spinal block and about 20 minutes later, our baby was born.

Luke Anthony was born at 10:44 am on April 5th. He weighed 8 lbs, 15 oz. and was 22 in. long. He has dark hair and eyes, and a little stork bite on his forehead. (In the first picture, he is the baby on the right.) After a little time in the nursery, Clay brought him into our room that we would be sharing with my sister once she delivered. The room was perfect; very large with two beds for the mommies, and two beds for the daddies.

My sister had her baby, Connor James, at 7:00 that evening. She joined us a couple hours later. The party in room no. 434 could finally begin. It was wonderful getting to share a room and this whole experience with her. And it was great that our family could visit us both at the same time.

Amanda and I were discharged on Monday. Life with Luke has been wonderful! I cannot put into words how much I love him. He completely has my heart! Clay and Cole think he's pretty great too. Clay is soooo wonderful! He is the greatest support and help and I don't know what I would do without him. Cole is a great helper too. He love's to sing to Luke and hold him and give kisses and rub his face against his. I love my 3 boys so much!

On Tuesday, our sister-in-law Sara, had her baby girl, Calla Jane. Clay noted that at only 3 days old, our baby was not the youngest on either side of the family. Congratulations to Sara and Thayne!