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from home: sweet morning with abbey

Let’s be honest, nights with a newborn are rough and exhausting.

It is a trying thing to put a sweetly sleeping little baby to rest in the bassinet, walk around to your side of the bed, lay down, close your eyes, experience that moment when your body just shudders with joy to release and get rest . . . only to hear the little voice of a crying Abigail Ruth inform you that, “no, its not bedtime Mama and Daddy”.

I think parents have short memories when it comes to things like that, because the moments I remember are the moments just hanging out with my two little girls and enjoying the morning.

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There is more to be said about the day – but it is late and almost time for me to feed little Abbey a bottle of mom milk.

(note: any of the photos below will enlarge by clicking on them)

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To the photos!



This next photos is an absolute miracle. While pregnant, Beth was always burning hot, therefore we kept the house at a nippy 58 degrees.  Thank God for babies being born, thermostats being raised, and my wife’s internal thermostat returning to normal.







For this next one, can you say ‘milk drunk’?


Does anybody believe this woman just birthed a child? She is ridiculous!



From that last photo, you can see that Abbey has lost a little weight since we brought her home (which is normal for newborns who are being breastfed).

She is also a bit yellow which, as we learned at the doctor today, means that Abbey is jaundiced (also not abnormal for a breastfed newborn).

While normal, that doesn’t mean it is good.  Nor is it necessarily bad.  It just needs to get better.

The doctor gave us some interesting homework – which I will post about tomorrow in the A.M.

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Until then, please pray for Abbey to eat a lot, pee a lot, poop a lot, and for her skin tone to even out.

Also, pray for Beth’s dad – he is still sedated and has a long and difficult way to go in attempting to recover from his heart attack and accompanying complications.

  1. February 23, 2009 at 8:40 am

    She is beautiful! We understand and sympathize on the “we’re finally in bed and she’s asleep…nope, she isn’t” feelings. The good news and bad news is the same: it will be over SO soon. Enjoy her newbornness…it goes so quickly!!

    Do you have to put her in a glow worm thing to get the bilirubin count down?


  2. Susan McElroy
    February 23, 2009 at 10:56 am

    She is beautiful and you look great. Congratulations! I am so in love with babies these days. Enjoy every minute. (Ally’s Mom)

  3. Becky Wilson
    February 23, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Beautiful, sweet family!

    Don’t worry about the jaundice, both my daughter and one of my granddaughters were jaundiced. 36 years ago they kept the baby in the hospital under lights. 12 years ago, they sent them home with instructions to take off their clothes and put them in the sunlight coming through the window. There was only one window where the sun came in really good, and I remember moving little Ashlynn about every hour to keep her in that small block of sunlight. Abbey will be fine, I’m sure. Can’t wait to see you guys in person.

  1. February 23, 2009 at 2:21 am

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