Monday, August 3, 2009

Life is good.




I can't get enough of this kid.

8 comments:

  1. I want him.
    He is going to seem so HUGE here in 11 days.
    Love you!

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  2. I agree. But I feel that way about the whole Hooper/Nameth clan. :)

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  3. I love him and I love you too!

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  4. You make such cute babies... can't wait to see the new one!!

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  5. Ali,
    I know exactly how you are feeling this week. You are probably feeling like it's the end of a wonderful thing. Just you and your boy hanging out by yourselves. Laine was 20 months old when I had Jackson and I felt like the end of the world was coming when it came time to go to the hospital. I was angry with myself for wanting another baby. I thought I'd ruined everything and that Laine would hate me. We spent every minute of every day together doing fun stuff just the 2 of us. Jackson had to stay in the NICU for the 1st 4 days of life. He had what one of the docs referred to as "wimpy white boy syndrome". NOthing really wrong with him, just didn't want to take big enough breaths to oxygenate his very large body. I'm a nurse at the local children's hospital. I used to be quite judgemental of parents that didn't stay with their sick kids 24/7. All of a sudden, I completely figured that part out. Here I was with a baby in NICU and a beautiful boy at home missing his mama. Such heartache and such torn feelings. Just another lesson from God to teach me humility and empathy. Believe me, it worked. Coming home with the baby was difficult, too. Laine loved seeing baby at the hospital, but when we walked in the door and he figured out Jackson was here to stay, he didn't like it one bit. He actually made me cry. I think one of the sweetest moments I've ever experienced as a mother happened next (and you know there have been numerous sweet moments). As I was crying, I told Laine that I just wanted him to love Jackson as much as I do and let him know that I still loved him with all my heart, too. That sweet boy climbed into my lap, wiped my tears away, kissed me, then Jackson and got down. Ever since then, they've been the biggest buddies. It is so fun to watch them play together. Jackson is almost as big as he is and they actually wrestle. It's awesome. I know they will grow up to be great buddies and I'm so glad they are this close in age.
    Okay, small section of my life history all to say...don't be hard on yourself. Expect there to be some moment that Henry will rebel against new baby. I know you enough through this blog to know you are teaching him how to love and he will do just that. Can't wait to hear all about the new non-maternal things that happen with your growing family. I've mentioned before and I'll say it again...you are in my prayers for a safe healthy delivery, baby and integration into a new normal. God bless you.
    Carla

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  6. Did I mention I'm expecting #3 in February? Talk about upsetting the apple cart. I know enough now that I can love another as much as the others. But how am I going to hold them all with only 2 arms???

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  7. He looks so much like you in those pictures! I love it!

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  8. We love you Henry! And in regards to Carla's post it was just what the Dr ordered. We have a 2 year old< Ava, and are expecting #2 the day before Ali is due. I feel so bad for Ava and am chersihing our moments together I nkow and hope they will be great friends:)

    Jackie

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