Thursday, October 28, 2010

Lucas Daniel

I am not sure how many people read my blog, that don't also have facebook, but to be fair to my poor fourth born, I will do a post about his birth.

Lucas Daniel came to us at 4:40am on 10/11/10 (but in all U.S. time zones, it was still 10/10/10). I was scheduled for a c-section at 9am that morning, and had been admitted the night before, but during the night I went into labor, so Lucas managed to make it out a few hours ahead of schedule.

I'll spare you all the details of delivery, as I can sum it up by saying, we both are alive and healthy, and thankful for God's goodness. Giving birth overseas included a few fears and vocabulary building, but all in all, we are thankful that everything went well.

Lucas weighed 6lbs 8oz and was 19". He seems so tiny! But, everyone keeps commenting that he has really long arms and huge hands. Perhaps he'll take after his Dupda, Andy, and be the tall one in our family.

Now Lucas is 2 weeks old, and a lot more alert and hopefully putting on some ounces.

We were able to smuggle the kids into the hospital room to see their new brother, and they were immediately

Elijah loves his little brother so much. He loves to hold him, talk to him, and read books to him.

Now that we have 4 kids, we keep getting asked, "You DO know how this happens, don't you?" (referring to babies.) But, all I can say is despite endometriosis, a pituitary tumor, and a vasectomy... God clearly wanted little Lucas to be part of our family!

Monday, October 04, 2010

Bunkbed made to Order

We've had the blessing of Nathan's parents being with us the last few weeks. They are here for the birth of Lucas and have been super helpful with the kids and around the house. Since Lucas seems content to stay inside for the time being, we were able to go enjoy Loro Parque last week. Here are Nana and Dupda with the kids watching the Killer Whale show.

We put to use Dupda's painting skills and decided to paint the boys room.

The boys have been begging for a bunk bed, and since we've decided to move Lucas's crib into the boys' room (instead of making him endure trying to sleep with a very curious 20 month old sister...), Nathan surprised me with his woodworking abilities and made a very sturdy bunk bed. Here is a glimpse of the process...

And now we have to decide if this indeed too high of a bunk bed, and if the cost of an ER visit outweighs the cost of altering the height and adding a slanted latter... But, the boys are thrilled, none the less!

Also this week, our neighbor's god children came by for an unexpected play date. Elijah had fun playing memory with them and assembling puzzles.