I just got some of our hospital pictures off my mom's camera. I found a few I really liked that we didn't have, so I decided to post them (because you can never have too many pictures of a cute baby...)
Technically, Asher's first bath was in the hospital, right after he was born:
He quite enjoyed having Daddy scrub his hair.
Asher's first bath at home, though, was on Friday night.
His cord is still on, so we couldn't do a real bath--just a clothie/water rinse off. I braced myself for a lot of crying--that's what Reed's first bath consisted of.
But, although he looked a little disconcerted, Asher remained content throughout the experience.
Even when his plug happened to fall out.
And afterward, he just chilled awake for a while.
And, on a completely unrelated note, Asher and I went in for a little lactation consulting today and the nurse did a weight check on Asher. This little piglet now weighs 7 lbs., 9 oz, is 19 1/2 inches (doctor's office must have been off?), and has a head circumference of 14 1/2 inches. That means he's gained 10 ounces since his two-day check-up. Seeing Asher gain 10 ounces in 6 days--especially after the Reed weight-gain saga--warms my heart :)
We've had our pumpkins sitting on Reed's table for a few weeks, and yesterday, we decided it was about time we carved them. Reed was a little squeamish about touching the "guts"--he wouldn't even reach his hand inside the pumpkin, but instead daintily poked the stuff in the bowl:
He did think it was really funny to look at the stuff inside the pumpkins:
He also really enjoyed coloring on his pumpkin. After Reed finished coloring, Daddy cut out Reed's pumpkin face.
Reed's colored pumpkin:
And he was really pumped to put our pumpkin family outside. His favorite pumpkin is Asher's, mainly because it has a pluggie. We've since been outside several times to visit our pumpkins.
Reed is very proud of his pumpkin, too. He even gave it a kiss.
So this next part of the post should probably go first, because it definitely happened first chronologically. But this is how the pictures uploaded, so I'm going to go with it...
A few weeks ago, Ryan and I decided we really wanted to get our pumpkins from a pumpkin patch. So we went to Staheli Family Farms, home of the Corn Maze! Kayla came with us.
Staheli Farms is in St. George, so Reed and I came down to stg with Ryan one day when he worked there. We knew we needed to go early-ish because we wanted to get home to Cedar before it was way too far past Reed's bedtime. The consequence? It was ridiculously hot outside. Let me illustrate:
Kayla and I normally don't look so sweaty. Or red-skinned. (I think.)
At the farm, we went to a petting zoo, played in a sandbox full of dried corn, rode a tire swing shaped like a horse, and went to the corn maze.
We might look like we are having fun, but I'm not going to lie--it was not really fun past the first five minutes. It was SO hot and humid, and Buddy was mad that we wouldn't let him walk (after Reed fell on the uneven ground about five times in one minute, Ryan decided to carry him).
After the corn maze, we headed to the pumpkin patch. Thankfully, it had cooled down by then and didn't feel that bad outside anymore. We all picked our pumpkins and were on our way.
And though Asher didn't participate in either of these activities, I decided his pumpkin outfit deserved some blog time:
There are a few stories about this outfit. First, I realize you can't really see it well--that's because Reed really, really wanted to take a picture of his brother, so Ryan let Reed aim the camera. This is what we got. Second, the day I found out I was pregnant, we went shopping for baby's first outfit. No, we didn't know the gender :) We found this pumpkin outfit and decided it would be perfect for a Halloween baby!
The boys spent the day watching football/cuddling/playing. My favorite part? Their matching socks:
I also found the setup for the sock picture to be quite enjoyable. Ryan is holding Reed's arm to make sure he doesn't do anything to Asher. Reed is holding a truck in one hand and petting Asher's head with the other hand. And Asher? He's just oblivious.
Today, Asher had his two-day follow-up appointment with the doctor. In celebration of the occasion, he wore his first outfit that wasn't jammies:
It also happened to be an outfit I made. I'm kind of proud of it.
We also got two-day stats:
Weight: 6 lbs. 15 oz. (20th percentile)
Height: 20 in. (54th percentile)
Head Circumference: 14 in. (39th percentile)
Here are a few things we've done the past few days:
Asher wore duckie jammies. Reed also wore duckie jammies on day two. They look pretty similar, we think.
Grandma and Asher did a lot of cuddling. Grandma and Reed did a lot of playing.
The boys had a brother bun change, during which Asher tried to latch on to Reed's face. (In case you are wondering what a brother bun change is, it is when you and your brother get your diapers changed while laying next to each other.)
Reed decided that Asher's car seat was his new Wii-playing seat.
Daddy and Asher chilled together on the couch. They also watched a football game together.
After kind of a long night--during which I remembered how often newborns wake up to eat and how long it takes them to finish eating because they keep falling asleep--I woke up to this cuteness:
Apparently, when Reed woke up he asked Grandma, "See Baby Asher minute?" Of course Grandma agreed. Reed had a list of items he needed to bring (Grandma assumed he was taking them out to play with): his pillow, his two favorite blankies, baa, bunny, and domo. When Reed and Grandma got to Baby Asher's bed, Reed started throwing all of his stuff in for Asher. Keep in mind that his blankies and his pillow are basically his most prized possessions and that baa and bunny are ranked second and third on the favorite stuffed animal list--they rank only after Elmo. They then left to play, but came back in a few minutes when Reed decided that Asher needed a few pieces of the puzzle Reed was playing with, too.
And just look how cute our little family of four is:
(getting ready to leave the hospital)
Thanks to everyone for all the well wishes and congratulations! We appreciate all of your support. We are excited to be home. So far (so for all 28 hours of his life), Asher is a really sweet baby. He is very chill and patient, which is amazing. Hopefully he stays that way :) Reed loves his little brother and thinks he is in charge of either holding Asher or deciding who gets to hold Asher. I am doing great. My recovery has been easier than with Reed and I feel quite good, all things considered. When my doctor came to check on me today, he mentioned that since my labor was so fast and I "coped with the pain so well" (haha--ask Ryan's eardrums about that one), we can kind of assume that all future labors will be faster and just as "easy"--so I might not even want an epidural. While I am grateful for an extremely fast labor (apparently I was only in "active labor" for about an hour and a half), I can assure you that I never plan on having a natural labor again. Hopefully I can work that out. Anyway, we are all doing well and we love our new little guy!
Asher Ryan Hambly was born at 8:05 am. He is 7 lbs 4 oz and 19 inches long. He is happy and healthy, he is eating as I type this. Meg wanted an epidural but the hospital had some logistical issues(the anesthesiologist didn't have his phone on) and she didn't get it. She was a champ and pushed through without it. Dr Heath broke her water around 7:30 and she had some very intense contraction for a short time. She only required one really good, really loud push and Asher was out.
Mother and baby are both doing well. Below are pictures if you didn't already scroll down and see them. Thanks for all your well wishing, love and support.
6:12 am Ryan wakes from his nap/night's sleep. Meg tells him that they have increased the pitocin to 12 ml/something (a lot more than before). The nurse checked Meg around 5 and she was at a 4 plus. Meg has really felt the contractions this time. She is very uncomfortable and unable to sleep. Tia went home and we have a new nurse that we haven't met yet. Hopefully they will let Meggie get the sweet goodness of an epidural soon.
See this cute boy? The one with spaghetti sauce everywhere? Yesterday, right after he finished his lunch (and was covered in spaghetti sauce, as seen below), said, "Cuggle, Mommy?" (cuggle=cuddle.) And then he gave me a gigantic cheese.
It's hard to ever turn down a Reed request for a cuddle, because they don't come often...but I did manage to postpone our cuddle long enough for him to take a quick bath.
Can you believe he's going to be a big brother tomorrow?