Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sunday, August 10

 Sitting in church.
 With Paul on the porch after church.  This was Zack's last Sunday with us before he went back to Kansas, so we took some family pictures.
 Paul and I with Jackson, our 8th baby.  I think we look pretty good for everything we went through this past summer, and for having virtually no sleep for 2 weeks.
 Our entire family.  This picture is amazing.  How did our family get so big?
 My eight children.  Wow.  It is sometimes unreal to me that I have children that are now adults....and children that are still babies.
 All the kids with Courtney and Joseph.  I love these two kids and thank God for blessing my children and our family with them.

 Those of us who still live at home, although technically Zack doesn't live at home anymore.
 Oh he reminds me of his brother Paul.  Paul went through a no smiling phase in pictures too.
 Sweet Emma with the poison ivy on her face.
Who knows what goes through this kid's head?  We'd probably all be scared if we knew!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sleeping and Bathing

 All my babies have slept like this when they were new, with their fist up near their mouths.  So cute.
 Jackson is the third baby of mine to sleep in this bassinet.  Ben, Emma and now Jackson. 

 So tiny.  Jackson was 9 pounds 3 ounces at birth.  He weighed the exact same as Ellie did, and he  and Ellie are right smack in the middle- 3 babies were smaller than they were and 3 babies were bigger. 

 Even though he was a 9 pound baby, he didn't look like it.  He looked tiny, and he was my shortest baby at 20.5 inches long.  He carried most of his weight in his middle and had skinny legs.
 His first real bath. 

 It was so exciting and Paul had lots of helpers.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Jackson at One Week

Such a sweet looking baby.  However, he is proving to be a hard, high needs baby.  He is having a hard time digesting the formula.  Whenever he eats, it results in crying for at least an hour after.
It seems he just gets settled down from one bottle that it is time for the next bottle.
You can imagine how tiring this is.  Sleep for more than an hour (sometimes two) is very rare, for Jackson and me.
Anna and Ellie have both helped out during the day and at night, but I am still exhausted, trying to recover from surgery and take care of a newborn.  This was easier when I was 20 years younger.
I have forgotten yet again how tired a new baby can make everyone in the house, especially Mom.

But we are still head over heels in love with him!

Monday, November 10, 2014

First few days at Home

 Nana and Poppy
 3 generations
 Emma's big sister present
 What could it be.....a baby doll

 Who's more excited?

 Oldest and youngest