Saturday, January 31, 2009

MILs last day

My Mother in Law was such a huge help to us over the last 2 weeks. She flew into town on January 18th, quickly recovered from jet lag, was treated to a delicious German meal at our favorite restaurant and all of a sudden became the sole care provider for Luke - I went into labor on January 20th. Hannah Claire Davis was born on the 21st of January and for 3 straight days, Luke hung out with his grandma, while seeing his daddy a glimpse at a time. Not only did my MIL take care of Luke and become his favorite playmate, but she cleaned our house, did our laundry and constantly kept the kitchen clean. Now that Hannah is 10 days old and I have been home with her for a week now, I am feeling great - it is amazing the difference between your first child and your second, you aren't as overwhelmed and almost everything seems like old hat. We've been doing a lot of things with Hannah that we did with Luke (as far as feeding and sleeping) and we are so much more laid back (I didn't say completely laid back, do you not know me at all? I'm just saying I don't feel the stress this time around.) Anyways, my point is, now that we have gotten through the first week plus of Hannah's life, I do believe that my MIL gave us one of the best gifts we could have received, she took care of whatever our other child needed and took care of our house so it is easy for me to slide right back into the groove of things and not feel totally taken over by housework and kiddie demands. Dinah, thank you so much for making the trip out here to help out Brian and I. It meant a lot to us that Luke could stay at home with family while we went to the hospital to have Hannah. I am so glad that you got to have such quality time with Luke and with your new granddaughter.
Here are pictures from Grandma's last day in Germany - Brian took her to Regensburg to see the Old Stone Bridge, the St. Peter's Cathedral and historic downtown. The kids and I stayed home and that is why there is only 1 picture from their trip, yes, 1. Can you believe it? ;)

9 days old...

She makes this face quite often and it cracks me up - she cuts her eyes back and forth like she thinks you are up to no good. 
What's this? Another pair of leg warmers? Yes, it is and I ordered more.  :)

Luke and Grandma talking to Hannah
Luke is really great with her - always fairly gentle and never mean (yet!)
Poor Hannah - doesn't anyone see that her head is just too heavy to put back by herself?  She's looking a little old man-ish here.  :) 

Friday, January 30, 2009


We took MIL to the Hall of Liberation in Kelheim on Thursday.  I know she came out here to help out with Luke when the baby was born, but I have been feeling great and was feeling bad that she didn't really see much of Germany at all before I went into labor.  Kelheim was one of the first places we explored close to home once we arrived here so we decided to take her there.  For a refresher on Kelheim - click here!  It was COLD out but it was still so neat to see the hall and I think Dinah enjoyed the views of Regensburg from the tower as well.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

My babies!

More pictures...come on now, are you surprised?  :)  

Things are going well and we are actually getting decent sleep.  I hope it keeps happening!  

Saturday, January 24, 2009

More pictures

Here are some more pictures from the past 2 days.  Hannah is modeling a couple of the bibs that I've made (what a cute model!) and she has been wearing baby leg warmers - aren't they the cutest little invention?  And of course I have to include some pictures of big brother!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Our little girl is here!

Hannah Claire was born at 4:15am Central European Time on January 21, 2009.  She is SO CUTE (biased, I know...).  She weighed 3535 grams (7 lbs 12 ounces) and is 52 cm long (just under 21 inches).  All the doctors told me I was going to have a JUMBO child, about 9 pounds, and they were wrong!   We just got home from the hospital today and we'll see how Hannah's first night at home is.  Enjoy the pictures!  I'll post a "baby story" soon.