Tuesday, June 28, 2011

New Baby is here!

William Edwin Gresham was born at 11:42 p.m. June 24, 2011. He weighed 6 pounds 5 ounces and was 19 inches long. His birth was rather eventful and rushed, but we'll get into that in another post. First I want to share a few pictures we've taken over the past few days.

Shortly after he was born

Me and my sisters, Sara and Mary Alice

Sweet William

Ready to go home!

The best picture we could get of our new family

William in the same outfit little Cole wore home from the hospital, made by his great-great aunt Patsy

We're still trying to figure William out and get acquainted. The twins have been good so far (especially since I think they're both getting more teeth and are a little whiny). I'll update more soon...just wanted to get some pictures out there.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Father's Day and Thoughts about New Baby

For Father's Day this year, we celebrated with my dad (we were in Monroeville for a wedding) and my entire family. And my father-in-law celebrated with my kids. :)

I got Cole a little gift this year, but I haven't given it to him yet so I can't tell y'all about it quite yet! His birthday is also this week (Wednesday), so I've decided to give him both of his gifts on that day.

For a while yesterday, we thought we would meet New Baby, but unfortunately that didn't happen. I think he's enjoying teasing us.

As his birth day nears, I am simultaneously excited and nervous. I had a fantastic labor and delivery with the twins (not including the week I spent in the hospital before they were born!). I am a little worried that this time around won't be as easy. I know I have no control over it, so I try not to dwell on it too much. But since I'm pretty much constantly having contractions (most of them don't hurt...they're just uncomfortable), it's hard to think about anything else.

I went to the doctor today, and he guessed that I wouldn't make it to my due date (July 11). I'm not sure if I was glad to hear that or if it will just make the wait seem that much longer. While in the hospital before having the twins, I remember thinking I would surely be pregnant, miserable, and in a hospital bed for the rest of my life. Now I'm thinking that I will be 37 weeks pregnant and having contractions all day every day for the rest of my life. (When I'm thinking more clearly I know this isn't true, but it certainly seems like it is lately.)

The plan for now is to sit tight at home until I am positive labor has started. Cole is terrified we will have this baby at home or on the side of the road. Clearly he doesn't trust me. :)

In more exciting, and non-baby related, news, I got an iPhone today! It's so pretty! Cole got it for me for our anniversary which is Saturday. Until now I'd had a "dumb" phone (a regular flip phone), but now I'm technologically caught up. I'm working on getting a case for it before I hurt it. It's definitely the best anniversary present he's gotten me during our six years of marriage.

So, that's me in a nutshell. I really, really hope I will be posting about New Baby's arrival very soon.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

A fun afternoon

One afternoon Cole and Ellen were playing together in the playroom and laughing hysterically. I pulled out the camera so I could catch it all.

The quality isn't the best...I was just snapping to capture the moment. I just love their expressions and the way they climb all over each other. One of my favorite parts of having twins is watching them together. Their relationship is fascinating.

This used to be typical of playtime for them, but these days they are busy pulling up on the couch, the table, and the baby gate. It's almost as if they aren't content just being on the floor any more. Ellen sometimes pulls up and can't figure out how to get down. So she'll just stand there until she gets tired, and then she whines for me to help her. It's pretty funny. She is so cautious while trying something new (I think she gets this from her Aunt Mary Alice!).

Cole enjoys pulling up on the couch lately, but he's so fearless that he will let go and then crash to the floor. He has a nice bruise above his left eye from a fall he took that landed him on one of the many toys littering the playroom floor. Even though he falls (and sometimes it seems to really hurt!), it doesn't stop him from trying something new and/or crazy. Perhaps that's just the difference between boys and girls? Who knows?

Playtime is quite fun and entertaining these days, even though New Baby is starting to slow me down a good bit. I still try to interact with the twins as much as possible, but it's rapidly becoming harder. I guess that just means that it's time for New Baby to come on and meet us! (Ok, maybe not for a few more weeks...my house is a disaster area; but it won't be long.)

Monday, June 6, 2011

Swinging with Dad

In April Cole's mom got us two swings for the big tree in our front yard. I took some pictures of Cole and Ellen's first swinging experience. It was really cute.

Cole getting strapped in

Cole and Cole

Ellen getting strapped in

Cole and Ellen

Cole and Ellen




Cole and Cole

The twins had a great time swinging, and Cole and I loved watching them. They are so funny lately.