Burglars, bad-guys, and solicitors, beware! Our neighborhood watch captain, Liam, is on duty. He’s got a sharp eye for shenanigans. Or, perhaps he’s just being nosy and monitoring what all the neighborhood kids are doing. Either way, Liam does it in style. Don’t worry, he uses the baby’s boppy pillow to make sure he’s comfortable during his shift.
How I love pictures of newborns! Thank goodness we had already booked a photographer in advance, since Fox arrived early. Alissa from Little Dreamers Photography came to our house to do a newborn photo session, and the pictures turned out magical! Think I am joking? Just take a peek. Looking at these pictures just makes my heart expand.
Considering we were exhausted and slightly sweaty (you gotta keep the house toasty for newborn pics), our pictures came out amazing. Poor Fox! He had a giant hematoma on his head that will always be in his newborn pictures for the rest of his life, but that’s exactly how he looked. So despite his giant bump, I am so glad that we will always have these to treasure. I also think that it’s neat that both boys were 6 days old when we had their pictures taken. Just a little symmetry there (as if having two July boys with birthdays 3 days apart born in the same hospital room, wasn’t symmetry enough).
Jude’s 6th birthday was 3 days after Fox was born, and only a day after we came home from the hospital. So, needless to say, this wasn’t the most planned out celebration. Poor Joe! We got home from the hospital, and he had to go birthday present shopping, because we hadn’t picked out anything yet.
It was a very low-key birthday. Joe took Jude to the Jumpy Place that afternoon for some bounce house fun, and then they went to GameStop to pick out video games. Later we had family over for cake and pizza. It actually was a hard day for Jude, as the day went on. He wasn’t much in the mood for celebrating or having all that attention on him. I think he was still adjusting to all the big changes in our family life. He was in a negative mood that day, but it all ended well and at the end of the night he was excited about his gifts.
Liam absolutely loves this little baby. When we picked Liam and Jude on our way home from the hospital, Liam kept sniffing my arms and I thought “I must smell like hospital to him.” Then, his little tail wagging a million miles and hour and he tried to jump into the back seat of the car. I realized, I didn’t smell like hospital, I smelled like BABY and Liam wanted to meet that baby.
Liam wants to be with Fox all the time. He goes into our room to check on Fox in the pack and play. We even find Liam standing on his hind legs to look into the bassinet so he can see Fox better. If I am nursing Fox, Liam is at my feet or sitting next to me. If Fox cries, Liam makes sure that we know. He’s almost as effective as a baby monitor. The other night, I couldn’t hear Fox crying because I was in the kitchen by the running dishwasher, but Liam took off running towards the room, which made me go check.
Liam is also very protective of Fox. He doesn’t like it if Jude is playing too rough near Fox and he makes it known. His eagle eyes monitor anyone that holds his baby. It’s really quite sweet how much Liam has bonded with the baby. We were joking that Fox as been assimilated into Liam’s “pack.” Here’s a picture of Joe’s cousin, Jason holding Fox, and you can see that the dachshund babysitter is never far away.
So, today is Fox’s due date. It strange to realize that I have a baby that is 12 days old and that the picture of me in the grey shirt is my last picture of this pregnancy. Even though I complain, in jest, that this baby should have waited another week or two, I am so glad that he’s here and he’s healthy. Besides, look what we’ve been enjoying these past 12 days.
Jude is absolutely smitten with his little brother. It was magical to watch him meet the Fox for the first time. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I thought perhaps trepidation, curiosity, or even avoidance. But, Jude just looked at him and wanted to hold him. It’s definitely been an adjustment adding a new family member, but I am so excited that Jude has a little brother to love and protect.
Fox Lucas was born on July 4th. Talk about fireworks we weren’t expecting. He came into the world quickly and ready to steal our hearts.He was the first 4th of July baby born at the hospital that day.
6 lbs and 18.75 inches of pure baby love. He’s smaller than his big brother was, and came earlier than his big brother did. We are home now and everyone is doing well. Here are the pictures of his first three days of life and all the family and friends who came to visit and love on him.
My goodness, the baby is almost “fully cooked.” Which also means that my feet are starting to swell. No more closed-toe shoes for me. My little toe-sausages don’t fit. My feet are in a sad state…they desperately need a pedi. My toenail polish looks abysmal, which is why I wore flats to work today, but they were just a little too snug.
The doctor said that I am 4 cm dilated and 70% effaced. She said the baby is in a favorable position for delivery. So, now we just wait.