Well, it looks like Cooper is following in his brother's footsteps, at least with some things. After basically 36 hours of screaming, we took him to the doctor this morning and he was diagnosed with reflux. Luckily, we knew the signs/symptoms from Josiah's bout with reflux, so we got Cooper to the doctor much faster. With poor Josiah, we figured he was just a fussy baby and tried many things before actually taking him to the doctor. As soon as Cooper started not sleeping, arching his back, and screaming in pain, I knew we were in for it. Anyway, with some meds and sleeping upright, we will hopefully be taking care of this soon! I just feel so bad for the little guy...
Here are some pictures from his first bath at home. A happier time...well, he looks mad in these pictures, but I promise, he liked it :)
We think these boys look alike...besides the hair color. Look at those cheeks!
Josiah is constantly wanting to kiss & hold Cooper. Sometimes his "c's" come out as "s" sounds, so Cooper is "Baby Sooper" around here. He's only 10 days old and already has a nickname - Baby Super!
Friday was "Cow Appreciation Day" at Chick-Fil-A. If you dressed up as a cow, you got a free meal! Andy & I took Josiah on a special Mommy/Daddy/Josiah date and, of course, dressed him up. We did not have time to prepare costumes for ourselves, but he got a free kids meal!
Cooper is a week old! We are settling into our family of four. Of course, we've had lots of help from both sets of grandparents (they're amazing) and we're very grateful. So far, Josiah has been great with his little brother. He just wants to kiss him all the time and he gets very upset when Cooper cries.
Here are some pictures from when Josiah met Cooper for the first time and when we were leaving the hospital. We don't really have a picture of all 4 of us yet, but we'll get one soon!
So, I posted yesterday about this little guy not coming anytime soon, and he decided to make his grand entrance today!
COOPER SIMEON WOOD born 7.2.09 4:49 pm 8 lbs 14 oz 21 and 1/2 inches
Labor was smooth and calm. I woke up with contractions about 6:30 am, we got to the hospital at noon, got the epidural at about 3:15 ish and he was here at 4:49 pm!
**note: I didn't edit any of the pictures, so you'll get better ones later...
He immediately let us know that he has strong lungs. We think he looks a lot like Josiah when he was first born, except he has a little bit of dark hair!!
Our good friend Emily is a labor & delivery nurse and was working today, so she got to be our nurse! We are now very close...heehee. Also, one of my favorite docs from the practice was on call, so it was a great situation.
We're all doing well and thrilled that he is here!
"Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me..." Psalm 139:16
Well friends...it's official. I am the most pregnant I have ever been! Josiah was born 10 days early, which would have been 4 days ago for this baby boy, so I've never been 39 weeks prego until now! I wish I could say I've had a good attitude about it, but alas, that has not been the case. I'm going to blame the doctors :) SEVEN weeks ago, they told me I needed to rest more and take it easy...that this baby was going to be early. I quote one doctor, "I'm not a betting man, but if I were in Vegas, I'd say you won't make it to your due date and this baby is going to be big." Silly me...I know this whole thing is a big guessing game and babies come when they're ready, but I believed the doctors and thought for sure we were going to have another June baby! I've been walking 3-5 miles a day, gardening, scrubbing the house, drinking red wine, eating spicy food...this little guy is just content as can be and doesn't seem to want to come out!
I was super-discouraged last week. I don't know why...I was acting like I was entitled to have an early baby. Ahhh, being confronted with your own sin is so much fun. Part of it was selfishness - I want to meet him and see what he's like and be done carrying around this bowling ball! Part of it was pride - we had told everyone what the doctors said and I made Andy stay home from a trip and now we looked foolish. The Lord has been teaching me so much over the past month about how HE is the only source of joy and comfort. I wish I didn't have to learn this over and over. I wish it wasn't so painful to learn. But, I am learning and my heart is changing.
So...we're just waiting. My due date is July 7th. We'll induce around July 17th if he hasn't arrived yet. I'm setting my sights on the 17th and figure anything before that will be a bonus!
Having this "waiting" time has meant that we've gotten to do some fun things with Josiah and really enjoy him before he has to share our attention. This past weekend we went to the USA Baseball game at the Durham Bulls Stadium with our good friends Jim & Emily. They were playing the Canadian national team. Yes, I ran all around the stadium, up & down stairs, to & from the car in 95 degree heat...nothing happened :)
Josiah had been to one baseball game before and as soon as he heard we were going, he grabbed his baseball bat and did not let it go the whole time!
He was mesmerized by the Durham Bulls mascot, but never wanted to get any closer than 5 feet...
Jim & Emily
Cheering on the USA!
If you think about it, please pray for us as we wait...that we would enjoy this time we are given and not try to control everything!
Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, "The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him." The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him.
- Lamentations 3:21-25