Feeding the Baby

#4 could not wait to hold and feed his baby brother #6. When #6 came home from the hospital #4 had a runny nose and sore throat. We made him wait to feed him.. but we let him hold him.. with a few stipulations…

  • He had to wash his hands and face
  • Put on a clean shirt
  • and wear something on his face so he wouldn't breathe on the baby.

I don't know if this photo makes you laugh as much as it makes me laugh..

But there is something about an 8 year old dressed up like a kidnapper holding his new baby brother…. He didn't seem to care about all the rules. He's so proud of his new brother you can see it in his eyes.. even with the dish towel over his face. 🙂

A Second Look.. at a First Look..

I wrote about #4 and #5 seeing their little brother for the first time HERE I realized today that I only showed the photos from my side.. and not the photos from their side.. and I know you want to see both sides of the story.. right?

Here is #4 and #5 waiting at the window between the Hospital and the NICU. I told them it would be about 15 minutes before we were ready to bring #6 around… but they waited the whole time…

See.. they really did wait..

Then the most wonderful nurse ever… brought #6 around so they could see him. While we are on the subject of nurses.. I just loved this one. I think it might be her southern accent that made me feel comforted.. or maybe there was a little something about her that reminded me of my mother. Whatever the reason she deserves something special in my book.

Nice cowlick #5!

Here's what I saw from my side of the glass… some pretty happy boys.

First Looks…

Last Friday I lost my mind.. and took these kids to the NICU to wait while I fed their baby brother #6.

I had a plan. #4 and #5 would sit in the waiting room of the NICU for an hour… watch TV and play on the laptop. Their older siblings would alternate watching them.. and then after the hour they could go downstairs and eat in the hospital cafeteria. If they were good, we would go to Target and they could spend their gift cards. It's a recipe for disaster… but I had faith it would work out. After all it had the right elements for success… TV and food.

**for those of you that have never been to a NICU.. children under 12 can not visit their siblings between November and March. Which means #4 and #5 have not seen their baby brother.

When #6's nurse heard that the boys were out in the lobby.. she arranged for them to see him. This made #4's month. He had been so upset that he couldn't see his baby brother.

#4 seeing his little brother for the first time..

#5 and #4… checking out their brother

I was pretty worried about #5. He's never thought #6 was a very good idea…

Thank you to #6's nurse that broke a few rules to make two little boys and their mother happy.