After Ruby was born we spent the first hour alone with just her. We admired all of the features about her, and of course, did our comparisons to the other 2. We contacted family and friends to let them know our baby was here, she was a girl, and she was well.
My Grandma happened to be in town and knew the phone call was coming. She wasted no time getting to the hospital and was able to hold Ruby before she was even cleaned up.
My Godmother and I had been texting all morning while waiting for Ruby to arrive. Her and her daughter, Kalyn were shortly behind Grandma and were able to love her up within her first couple of hours.
Then it was time for the guests we had been waiting for..... We couldn't wait to introduce them to their new little sister. Eli and Adi had spent the morning with Grandpa and Grandma. They knew that Mommy had the baby come out, but they didn't know what the baby was.
Ruby had some little gifts for Big Brother and Big Sister. They dug right in. Little stuffed monsters personalized with 'Big Brother, Eliott' and 'Big Sister, Adilyne', a new movie, and their favorite- Gum! Grandma said they didn't put the monsters down that first day, and they cuddled up to them the couple of nights Mommy and Daddy spent at the hospital.
Papa Loren's birthday is on June 26th. Ruby Lauren was born on June 25th. Her middle name is after Papa. We made a last-minute change to her middle name when we crept up to his birthday, thinking she may make her appearance on his birthday. She couldn't hold off for one more day, but we went with his name anyways, and we love it! They have matching thick, dark hair, so it's perfect:)
My Little Loves.
I missed these 2. It was such a treat to have them come in and visit. They were in great hands, though, and had all kinds of fun. They left us on Tuesday so they could make it to Track and Field where they let everyone know that their baby was here!
The nurse gave him a special sticker, and it made him proud!
Our first photo as a family of 5!
Unfortunately, my Dad just happened to be out of state doing a little side job. He wasn't able to make it to the hospital, but my Mom made it in a few times to hold Little Ruby.
One of my favorite co-workers surprised us at the hospital with a sweet little dress for Ruby and some home-made banana bread! Her husband, Tom, loves babies. When she told him we had ours he wanted to come in right away to hold her! What a sweet surprise!
Cousins Kerri, Kahlee, and Rachel.
Sweet niece, Alivia.
My friend Sue came straight from her sons ball game to visit. She sat on the end of my bed and we had a nice chat while she snuggled Ruby up. I thank God for great friends.
Friend Julie came from the cabin to snuggle up little Ruby.
And Noah took a turn with her.
The kiddos came back the next day to check her out again. He was so proud.
She wore her appropriate shirt, and ate all the cheese out of the centers of the sandwich crackers.
She loves, loves, loves her baby sister.
Our wonderful nurse let the kids help her check over Baby Ruby. She let each of them have a turn listening to her heartbeat, then she treated them with popsicles.
There are the proud big siblings! Grins from ear-to-ear!
I love this picture!! These 2 have formed quite the bond since the baby has come. They spend lots of time together and have grown so much. I'm so proud of the way they have adjusted to having a baby in our house. It has gone much smoother than I had anticipated. They are very anxious for the baby to 'play' with them. Slowly she is becoming more interactive, and they are loving this!