Thursday, January 22, 2009
We are so happy to have Lincoln here with us. He was born on Tuesday, January 20th at 9:40 am. Lincoln is 9 pounds, 9 ounces and 21.5 inches long. He has blue eyes for now... I hope they'll stay that way! He doesn't look much like our other babies. Both Mercedes and Cooper had a TON of very dark hair, big round eyes, and of course Lincoln outweighs them both by 2 pounds. Lincoln has lighter hair, and with his receding hairline he looks a lot like an old man. Rather than red, splotchy skin, he's a beautiful peach. So far he seems to be a pretty serious kid, more interested in sleeping than in what's going on around him. Maybe when he finally gets a full tummy he'll be a little less cranky and more interested in socializing.
The hospital, doctors and nurses were all wonderful. This has been our best experience. We decided to stay in and area of the hospital called "The Nesting Place", rather than having Lincoln stay in the nursery. It was wonderful to have him in my room the entire time. I was able to nurse him within 3 hours of his birth and didn't have to worry about nurses giving him formula and sugar water. It made a huge difference, and so far he's a great nurser. (The other kids never really caught on to nursing after being "force" bottle fed in the hospital.) Brent deserves a gold medal in the supportive husband department. He stayed with me the whole time, sleeping a bit here and there in an old "nasty" chair.
So now we're all home together and things are going well. Cooper and Mercedes would each like to hold the baby non-stop. We weren't sure how Coop would react, but so far he's thrilled to have his very own baby. Of course my mom has been a lifesaver and we're so grateful to have her here taking care of us.