Hello there, Dear Readers....
I've got a bit of news to share with you today! My sweet sister Grace and her hubby had this little boy today -- 5 and a half weeks early -- via c-section. Her water broke early this morning but he was breech, so they got to the hospital only to find out that they'd be having a c-section fairly early and by 9:15 or so this morning, he was here! He weighs 5 lbs 1 oz. and is the sweetest little thing you've ever seen! They just called everyone on Sunday to tell us that they'd finally decided on a name -- Benjamin Andrew -- and here he is, 3 days later!!
I'm also THRILLED to report that Baby Ben has at least one dimple in his right cheek (see mama's dimples!)!!! I was hoping for dimples! We're not sure about the left side yet, only because no one's gotten a very good look at his left side. He's been in the incubator quite a bit today and when Grace finally got to hold him, she said he was snuggled in on his left side, so the jury's still out on that one. Will keep you posted! Ha!
Perhaps Baby Ben didn't want to miss Christmas this year?? (I KNEW I should have bought that "baby's first Christmas" sleeper!) Or maybe he just knows how many January birthdays we have in our family (kind of a running joke, at this point) so he decided to bump his birthday back to December.....he's the only December birthday so far! I don't know, but whatever the reason, this sweet little boy is here and he is healthy (albeit tiny) and both he and his mama are doing really well!
If you follow me on Twitter, then you may have already seen some of these photos, but the one above is from my brother-in-law's camera. A nurse took this one, just after they pulled Benjamin out of her tummy. His daddy is holding him here, for mama to see for the first time.
My sister, Diann, and I and my parents/littlest sister all got to spend the day at the hospital alternating between staring at Baby Ben in the NICU and spending time in the room with Gracie. Chris escorted everyone back and forth between both.
I LOVE the pic above, that I snapped with my iPhone when Chris took Diann, Glory and I back to meet Ben for the first time. I love the look on Chris's face.
A few others of the sweetie pie.....(these are also iPhone pics.)
To say that I'm completely smitten with this little boy would be an understatement. And I'm so, so happy for my sister and brother-in-law. They've waited and prayed for this baby for a long time, so now that he's finally here, we're all just so aware of what a tremendous blessing he is.
They're saying at this point, that Baby Benjamin will need to stay in the NICU for about 2 weeks, depending of course on how well he does. But already he's trying to learn how to eat and seems to be doing really well. We would so appreciate your prayers that Little Man continues to grow and develop as he should, so that he can come home soon.
Obviously, we're hoping that he'll be home for Christmas, but regardless, we're so grateful that he's here and he and his mama are healthy. The best Christmas gift ever!