Monday, March 28, 2011

Meet the newest member of the Hamlin family!

Josiah Hudson Hamlin was born on March 8, 2011 at 12:54 p.m. weighing 6 lbs. 14 oz. and measuring 19.5 in. long.  He had a bit of a rough start since he had some fluid in his lungs making it difficult to breathe.  They noticed him grunting a lot, and so they put him on oxygen to help him breathe easier.  Then he had a couple episodes of apnea, where he stopped breathing for little while, so they had to keep him in the nursery hooked up to several monitors to make sure it wasn't developing into something more serious.  He had no signs of infection and all the other tests came back normal, so he ended up being sent home with a clean bill of health.  We were very thankful that he was fine and to finally get to go home on the 14th of March.  Anna Ruth and James have been enjoying their new little brother.  They both love to hold him and kiss him.  James is learning how to be gentle and sweet, and so far, he has not seemed jealous of Josiah.  We are all excited to have another family member!  Enjoy the pics...

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

2 down, 2 to go...

Here's the latest completed smocking project--another dress for Anna Ruth.  This was by far the most complicated pattern I have tried, but it was fulfilling to finally get it done.  I really like how it turned out, and Anna Ruth keeps asking when she can wear it to church. 

close-up view of the butterflies
I am now working on a more elegant design on a pale blue dress, and I hope to be able to get that done before Tuesday.  We'll see...  I was supposed to get an outfit done for the new baby, but I ran into a problem with the size of the design, and I'm not sure I'll be able to do it.  I will not be getting that one done before he comes, but it's a 6-9 month outfit, so I have a little bit of time to get it done.  More updates to come!

Getting ready...

Things have been very busy around here with all the usual stuff along with getting ready for our new arrival.  I have been tweaking the baby's room, moving stuff around, and figuring out everything I need to have on hand.  I am very excited about this new baby, but it still has not quite set in that I will have a newborn in less than a week.  I don't think it will set in until it actually happens.  I feel about as prepared as I could be except for getting enough sleep.  Rich is super busy at work trying to get things in order before he takes 2 weeks off starting on Monday.  I am thankful for all the help I will have with my mom and mother-in-law in town, Rich being home, and a wonderful church family helping out.  I am excited to see Anna Ruth's reaction to her new brother, and hoping James will not be too jealous and whiny.  He does seem to like babies, but probably will not appreciate this one taking up so much of my time and attention.  Anyway, here are a few pictures of the nursery, which is ready and waiting to be occupied.  I changed a few things from the way it was for James, like I added ribbon to the wall art to give it a different look, and (with the help of my mother-in-law) I added more cushion and re-covered my glider rocker and ottoman.  I think it looks super cute!