Sunday, May 17, 2009

Evan Thomas Harvey is here!!

I apologize for the incredibly long time it has taken me to post about our new little angel.  Evan Thomas was born Monday, May 4th, at 2:34 AM.  He was 6 lbs, 6 oz, and a wee 18 3/4 inches long.  As I had him au natural, I'm grateful that I cook small babies!
The natural birth was an awesome experience and I am so grateful we were able to go to a birth center this time around.  Evan was born in the water, and the midwife said he swam right out.  Do I have another swimmer on my hands?  Uncle Tom is probably hoping so!
The picture above is about 10 hours postpartum.  We were discharged from the birth center after 4 hours (we were only there a total of 6.5 hours) and got to come home and rest and recover in our familiar environment.  Definitely awesome--I would recommend it to everyone!

Benjamin is loving his new baby brother, Evie.  He loves to hold and kiss him, although now that we are going on 3 weeks, I think he is starting to realize that Evan is not leaving.  It is crazy how many people (mostly grandparents) are making sure that Benjamin still feels extra loved....I think "prize" and "present" are his favorite words now and he is starting to expect a present with each visit from "his friends," as he calls everyone who comes over to the house.  It is so important for him to know that he is special, and we appreciate everyone who has made sure that he knows how much he is loved!


Mommy and her boys.  What a wonderful time in life.  Of course, after a only a few hours each day with these two I go insane, but that's part of life having little ones, right?  
A rare picture.  On his first day of life, our little guy is so alert already!  I fear that Evan will be an early bloomer---he already lifts his head as often as possible.  The first time he did it, I think on day 1, I thought it was a fluke.  Now, 17 days later, he is still lifting his head and has every day.  I am pretty sure at this rate he will be crawling at 5 months---yikes!!
About a week old.  What a cutie.
About 2 1/2 weeks old.  He was 7 lbs, 3 oz at his 2 week visit.  Gaining pretty good weight.  I sure hope so--I feel like he eats all day long!  It's ok, I like feeling needed!  :)

You may be wondering where Andrew is during all these pictures.  He is either behind the camera or I have stolen some precious moments with my boys while he was doing something else.  
He was actually laid off when Evan was 1 week old, so he has been home with us the whole time.  I can't imagine these past few weeks without him and I've been so grateful to have him home to spend time with us.  You might remember that he lost his job when I was six months pregnant with Benjamin.  I recall that being the worst and hardest month of our entire relationship (because of that and other difficult things---death in the family, taxes due, computer crashed, etc.).  It is strange, but this time around, I have to be honest and say that these past few weeks have been the best of my life.  I am so happy that we are getting to spend quality time as a family and he is getting to spend quality time with his sons.  Of course, I hope to have some income sometime soon, but for now, we are just trying to take advantage of this special time.  
I will try and post again soon....thanks for your interest in our family!