Saturday, January 25, 2014

A family of 4!

Carter is 2 weeks old (as of yesterday)! We are making the transition to a family of 4 and doing well. We've been blessed with wonderful support from family and friends that have helped make it a smooth process. Cooper is doing well and is so proud of his lil' brother. Carter is a sweet lil' baby so far. We had his 2 week appt yesterday and he is now 8lb 11oz (he was 8.1 at birth)! We are staying close to home with the weather being so cold and right in the middle of flu season. We are functioning on lil' sleep and taking naps when we can. Carter is consistently eating every 3 hrs during the day and 4/4.5 at night. Here are picts from our 1st two weeks with Carter here! Enjoy!
getting ready to leave the hospital
 time to head home
 almost time to leave
 in his car seat for the first time
 welcome home!!!
 our sweet neighbors ready to meet Carter! Thankfully it was a beautiful day when we came home so we were able to stand outside for some fresh air for a lil' bit!
 enough picts - ready to rest!
 sweet neighbors!
 adjusting to life at home!
 Lucy checking out this new lil' guy
 wanting to hold his lil' brother
 nap time
 nap time on mommy!
 my 3 favorite boys!
 nap time in the swing
 Nana & Pop Pop's 4 grandchildren - 1st photo of all 4 of them together! 
 sweet Ashley holding her new cousin! 
 Ian holding Carter for the first time
 checking on his lil brother
 Brent & Chi visiting and meeting Carter
 Carter loves holding his hands like this - love it! 
 a visit from the Tate's! Elena and Olivia did a great job loving on Carter and playing with Cooper
 not happy!
 Our 1st walk - believe it or not we did have a day of 60+ weather (don't let it fool you - the next day the high was only 28! So we covered lil' Carter up and went for a stroll - and by stroll I mean one street over to let Cooper see our friends house that was getting a new roof :) fresh air did us all good! 
 ready to roll!
 passed out
 ready to go momma!
 and our 1st bath at 13 days old! 
 he did great - didn't seem to mind at all!

 daddy cleaning off his back
 help from big brother
 ready to get warm again

 please put clothes on me!  

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Carter has arrived!!!

Carter has arrived! We are officially a family of 4! God is good! 
I started having contractions around 2:30pm Thursday afternoon....mild and about 30-45 min apart. By 5:30pm they were about 20min apart. We enjoyed one last yummy dinner as a family of 3 and prepared for a long night. We put Cooper to bed around 8 and by this point contractions were about 10-15 min apart. My parents came over to stay with Cooper and by 10pm contractions had moved to every 5 min. We called the doctors office and told them we were going to head that way soon. Phil & I left our house about 10:15 and in the car contractions were about 3-4 min apart! We arrived at the hospital around 11pm and were admitted. When the nurse checked me I was 6 cm! Needless to say I labored at home longer than I realized.We called both our mom's and told them to head this way. Thankfully it was the middle of the night and there wasn't much traffic because it all happened pretty quick! I got an epidural at midnight and was about 7.5cm at this point. By 12:30 I had progressed to 8cm and was 100%. At 12:55 my water broke and at 1:10 I was at 10cm. We waited briefly for Dr. Pitcher to arrive so I could start pushing. I started pushing at 1:37 and he arrived at 1:51!!! Everything went very smooth and quick! Both our mom's were in the waiting room anxious to meet their newest grandson. Cooper came the next morning to meet his lil brother! 
A few fun lil facts - My birthday is Aug 10th, Cooper's is Oct 10th and Carter's is Jan 10th! Both boys were 9 days early and now have the same initials! We are overjoyed and our hearts are full! 
Thank you to all our sweet family and friends who have poured out prayers, love, support and encouraging words as we welcome Carter!  

Carter Reece Hankinson
8lbs 1oz, 19.5" long
January 10, 2014  

our lil family of 4
 our first photo together with Carter - proud parents!
 us with our wonderful doc! Dr. Pitcher! 
 us with our sweet labor and delivery nurse - Joy 
(who happens to live in our neighborhood and we know several mutual friends) 
Nana & Mimi meeting Carter
 our newest lil' love! 
 Big Brother Cooper coming in to meet Carter for the first time
 seeing Carter for the first time! Pure joy!
 loving this moment!
 Cooper was so very proud!
 my two boys!!! ahhh! 
 with my sweet boy/big brother - still hard to believe! 
 holding his lil' brother
 Mimi & Papa T with two of their grandsons! 
Nana & Pop Pop with their newest addition
 big hug for baby Carter
 proud grandparents 
 couldn't resist his lil' foot sticking out of the blanket
 so happy! 
 loving skin to skin time
 sleepy time
 many of you have asked if Carter looks like Cooper did - here ya go!