Friday, December 30, 2011

Xander Douglas McEntire joins our family!

Our son, Xander Douglas, was born on Thursday, December 29th at 12:48 pm. He weighed a whopping 9 lbs 6 ounces, was 21 inches long and has a head that is 15 inches in circumference.

We got to the hospital at 5:45 am and called to let our family know around 6:30.

His birth was the most difficult mental and physical thing that I have ever done. I have never been so blessed as to be so supported as I was by my sweet hubby. He is the best delivery-room dad and support person I could ask for! 

Daddy and Xander having some face time while the nurses were checking him out. 

Xander and Auntie Janis

Chillin in his first bath!

With Dr. Medley

Me and my little man a couple hours after delivery!

Ready to meet big sister! 
Gabriella had stayed the night with my parents and they were on their way to come see Xander and let Gabriella meet him!
She kept asking to hold him  the whole time she was at the hospital and kept giving him hugs and kisses. They are going to be great buddies!

Full tummied and clean bottomed at 20 hours old. He is so sweet and snuggley. He is nursing like a champ and will lie in your arms and just look around, licking at his hands or mouth. Matt likes to call him "Tongue Boy" because his tongue is always moving. 

Leaving the hospital when Xander was 25 hours old! We were all ready to leave!!!

Daddy snuggles at home!

Gabriella came home a few hours after we got there. She was so excited to see Mommy and Daddy and Baby Nanoo and Josie. Here is Daddy with his two kiddos. So precious!!

We are so excited and blessed that our family has expanded. Xander is healthy and perfect! Gabriella is wonderful (as always). We are so thankful for our families and friends that helped and supported and encouraged us during this pregnancy and birth. It is so amazing to watch how God uses and turns all things to His glory! Matt and I are looking forward to the future that God has planned for the four of us!!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas 2011

All in all we had a great Christmas this year!

We started the morning at our house and woke Gabriella up to come see what was under the Christmas tree. She wasn't too sure about the giant Dora doll until daddy started hugging it.

Dora helped Gabriella open all her gifts. She was especially excited about getting Dora nail polish :)

Matt with his flip-flops I got him (I always find something hilariously outrageous to put in his stocking!)

He cheered up after he opened all his presents

Us girls got ready and then Matt's entire family came over to our house for breakfast and gift exchange. After that we were off to my parents house for the rest of the day (and some naps!)

Ariella got some full-bodied footie pajamas and immediately put them on over her clothes. 

Gabriella toting around the doggies that she got from Aunt Linda & Uncle Steve. When she opened the package she kissed each dog on the head. 

Opening her giant present from Gramma Sandy and Grampa Doug. It was bigger than her!

Baking a snack for Dora in her kitchen (her present from Gramma and Grampa)

Ariella was super excited for her Jonas Bros pin and bracelet set from Jonny & April. 
(She is planning on marrying Kevin Jonas)

Grampa and Gabriella playing in her pop-up tent! 

April and Ariella joining in for tent play time!

Jonathan's terrible blister from burning his foot on Friday. We kept joking about if my water would break before his blister did (sadly, neither one has yet). 

April ate a little too much sugar. She turned on Jonny with a 2lb peppermint stick

Our tree on Christmas morning. 

This Christmas was a lot different that any previous ones. We were a little apprehensive about it, but as usual, God had other plans. I was blessed to be able to spend Christmas with my sweet girlie (we were worried about baby brother arriving today), we got to see our whole families and we all had a wonderful time celebrating family and the birth of Jesus. I am SO thankful that He came to earth to love on us and to bless up with His gift of life!