Nina's mom Ana, also known as the "Abuelita" is truly a goddess of all that is motherhood. She has been staying at our house since Sunday night November 2nd. She took care of Sophia while we were in the hospital and now helps with both kids while Nina recovers. On Saturday we celebrated her birthday and her favorite present was pictures of her grandchildren. She is a devoted mother and grandmother.
Sophia headed over to Braden's house on Saturday morning for some soccer and some good hugs from her faithful friend Braden. It was good for Sophia to see that although a lot in her life is changing, many things, like good times at Braden's house are still the same.
Daniel and Lindsay came by last night with their new baby, Addy Strickland. Addy is Sophia and Olivia's cousin. This was the first time all the cousins were in the same room together. Needless to say Ana was elated to have all of her grand children under one roof.
As you can see from one of the pictures, Sophia loves to show "baby sister" how much she cares about her.
Olivia was a little Jaundiced at the hospital so she had to wear a special photosynthetic blanket for a couple days. We called her our little "glow worm." Everything is fine now.
After a few hours of delay due to Olivia's yellow coloring, we were released from the hospital Thursday afternoon around 3pm. Nina dressed Olivia in the same outfit that Sophia wore home from the hospital and wrapped her in the blanket that her dad came home from the hospital in (here's to Ana and her refusal to throw anything away). Then we packed up our hospital room, loaded Olivia into the family sedan and drove back to our now full home.
We are so thankful for the great community we have here in Williamsburg and all the wonderful visitors who have stopped by. We also want to say that we miss our "Atlanta Family" and the great people who visited us for Sophia's birth in the ATL. We hope you all can meet Olivia soon. Today, three more girls from Nina's small group came by to meet Olivia as well as two guys from my small group. Again, I have deep respect for guys who can show up with confidence in a maternity ward. Thanks to Will for the Balloons among other nice gifts and to Rob for the shakes and smoothies. Also Laurie Lee came by to share wisdom from her experience of being a mother to two. Thanks to all who came by.
Stephen was a great sport. As usual he was down for whatever and gave me some much needed man time over BBQ in the cafeteria. Here's to a man who can show up in a maternity ward! This last picture is very special for Nina. When she was in high school her small group leader had a baby and her group took a picture like this sitting on the bed with their leader and baby. Nina was very excited to see some of her girls and take the historic photo.
Olivia Gail Simone arrived on November 3rd at 8:18am. She was almost 8 pounds! Nina grows em' big. Her full head of hair was the talk of the nursing station. I think she looks like she came came from the beach in the picture where Nina is holding her. I will keep posting pictures as they come.
Sophia was quite the tricker treater. She dressed up as Curious George or "George's Feet" if you asked her (the feet were her favorite part of the costume. She had an eventful day kicked off with story time and a Halloween parade at Barnes and Nobel (it was a unique moment in my life). Then later in the evening it was tricker treating in Rolling Woods with the Lee's, Garrison's and Jess. Sophia charged into the first house not knowing that she needed to wait on the porch for the candy. It was the house with the Natty Light on the porch post.