We’re home with Parker

We came home Saturday, and it was great to leave the hospital. They’re very nice people, but it’s not an ideal place to sleep or try to establish routine.

Welcome to the world, Thumper!

Megan and Parker - heading home.

Of course many people have heard us talk about Brenna and her reaction to seeing Megan hold other babies. For those of you who don’t know,the phrase “collapses to the ground like a puppet and cries” is occasionally tossed around. Occasionally there’s a “Mommy, NO!” in there. It’s equal parts amusing and heart-breaking. But most importantly it was going to be a problem once Parker was born. We did what we could: we talked to Brenna about the baby in mommy’s belly; we said how Brenna was going to be a big sister; we asked if she was happy about these things and her answer was always, “mmm hmm!” or “yes!” Nonetheless, at 21/22 months, how much of what we were saying was really getting through? Kids also agree that being a firetruck would be awesome. Anyway, the worry was there, but the joke was always, “She says she’s ok with it. This’ll be easy!”

So when we came home, for better or worse, I wanted to record the moment. Bear in mind that Brenna was asleep when we got home, and Megan brought her out of her room from her nap. So Brenna took a nap an only child and woke up a sister!

She was a little confused, and still is a little bit fragile emotionally, but I believe she’s handled it extremely well. She shows great care for Parker, and wants to share her toys and diapers with her. We have to make sure Brenna doesn’t pile up a bunch of stuff in the bassinet! When Parker cries Brenna is often right there to peek at her and say “Uh oh!” It’s sweet. I’m very proud of her.

So now we’re home. Parker is a little jaundiced but nothing major. In the afternoon the sun shines into the front of the house and we lay her in it. The Doctor has said this should be all the treatment she needs.

Thank you to everyone for the well wishes, to mom for 4 days worth of dinners, and here’s wishing everyone a very happy Halloween!!

Brenna's costume. Look at that face!

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4 Comments

  1. JBB said,

    October 31, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Such a beautiful family! Babies! Yay!

    What can I do for you guys?

  2. Brooks Sloan said,

    October 31, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    I love this post!! I have the happy for you all ❤ and for US!! A new baby!!! xoxox

  3. barry lide said,

    October 31, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    HAD GREAT TIME TONIGHT WITH TRICK OR TREATING WITH BRENNA–SO DID PAPA. SHE LOOKED SO CUTE AND SEEMED TO ENJOY THE NITE.. SWEET ANGEL GIRL-ALWAYS A THANK YOU TO EVERYONE–GOOD JOB MAMA AND DADDY.

  4. barry lide said,

    November 1, 2011 at 10:21 am

    That is the sweetest video of your girls. What a great family memory for you to share with them when they are older. xoxo Nannie


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