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This sweet babe is one week old! I’ll keep this short since I already gushed about how great he is yesterday. Today, he’s decided to be awake more than asleep. Definitely some big changes happening in his world. 

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We’re one week in with four babes. Aside from a little sleep deprivation, I’d say we’re doing pretty well. 

As you know, the plan was for G4 to make his debut this past Monday morning. I had a nervous feeling from the beginning of last week that he wouldn’t hold out until then. At the very least, I was hoping to make it to my last prenatal appointment Thursday afternoon. Wednesday went as usual, Coen spent the day at Linda’s, Addie went to school, Beckett and I went to therapy then did our afternoon pick ups. I caught up with a friend over dinner and came home by 8:30 to read Addie a story and get her in bed. Nothing unusual, no real contractions, asleep by 10. 

I woke up at 12:30 and as I was trying to fall back asleep, I felt like I was having small contractions. I waited for about a half hour before waking Jimmy up and calling my mom to come stay with the kids. By the time we got to the hospital, contractions were steady, about 5 minutes apart. We were seen by the on call doctor who was pretty amazing! She admitted us and monitored my progress until my doctor started her shift just before 8am. The nurse we requested happened to be on, too, so we had her from about 6:30 on. So while we didn’t make it to induction day, the stars actually did align and things went pretty perfectly. Holden Luke came screaming into the world April 21st at 9:06 am weighing 8 pounds, 1 ounce and 20 1/2 inches. We stayed an extra night in the hospital so he could get a little more practice feeding, and also to enjoy one extra night in a quiet, deluxe suite! Seriously, the room we were in was huge with gorgeous views! 

Addie came to meet him in the hospital but Coen and Beckett waited until we got home Saturday to meet their new little brother. I was worried Coen would be jealous, but he’s actually very sweet to him. 

We are seriously so blessed to be parents of these four incredible children. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for each of them.

Backing up to the last picture of the bump…38 weeks


Holden’s debut


His first visitor (aside from gramps)


Meeting Addie 


Hospital snuggles


Heading home


Crazy sibling time

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G4 Countdown

Less than 2 weeks to G4! We’ve spent the last couple weekends at home being very productive! Baby clothes are washed and folded. He got a new outfit to wear home from the hospital but beyond that, I don’t anticipate buying this brother new clothes. Ever. Not exaggerating, he has 50 short-sleeved onesies size 0-3 months. It’s quite ridiculous! The pack and play is set up on our room. Crib has been converted from Beckett’s toddler bed, though I doubt he’ll sleep there for months. Bouncy chairs are all put together and activity mats have been pulled out of the closet and washed. Thanks to Nana and Poppy, we can safely bring him home in a new infant car seat. We’re ready with one pack of newborn diapers (holding off on buying more until we know how big this boy will be). So, though we’re still hoping he hangs out until April 25, we’re feeling pretty prepared now. The name list was whittled down but then last night, I completely changed it. Still a work-in-progress, but we’re a little closer than before. 

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Two weekends ago, we made our last trip to EDH as a family of 5. The kids enjoyed a community egg hunt (more like a stampede lasting all of 1 minute) at Town Center with our darling cousin Haylee. Addie had a tough time warming up to the concept then literally at the last minute, decided she wanted eggs. We got 4. It was chaos! But then we got to play with Haylee for the rest of the day and had a dance party until 10 pm so it was all worth it!

   
    
    
 

Then this past weekend, we had even more Easter fun starting with dying eggs on Saturday. We strategically planned it for Coen’s nap time. Jimmy was helping my parents move. I wasn’t ambitious enough to let him join in on the mess this year. Next year we’ll make Auntie come home from Florida to supervise! 

Easter morning, the kids all woke up way too early to start a day full of fun. They dove into their baskets full of goodies before heading over to the Donahoes for a lovely brunch and egg hunt with some of our favorite friends. We finished the day with a delicious family dinner.

   
 
   
   
   
 
  
The weather was perfect Sunday but Monday we had nearly a foot of snow! Thank goodness it’s spring break on no kids had to be anywhere. Beckett’s been sick-ish all week so we’ve spent a lot of time hanging out at home. I’m looking forward to things being back to normal next week. I’ll have time for errands and baby prep. Three weeks to go!!

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