Can you tell that we are excited about kindergarten? I say we because not only has Reanne been waiting for this day for "forever," but so have all the rest of us. The only person who was somewhat less then thrilled was Sierra who was a bit jealous. She is so used to being Reanne's shadow that I'm sure that in her mind she was going to kindergarten today as well. Needless to say, Sierra came home with us and Reanne stayed for her two hours. When I went to pick her up she insisted on riding the bus home. This was one of the things she was looking forward to the most, so we found the bus line and I left. When Reanne came back home and told us how awesome her day was, Sierra only had one thing to say. "I hate you." I should say that this is NOT a typical Sierra comment, which really goes to show how jealous she was. Reanne was understanding and only rubbed it in her face a little that she wasn't 5 yet, or potty-trained yet, or smart enough yet. I think all has been forgiven however, because they are playing hide and seek together and laughing as I write this.
Grant has been a very good baby so far. We had a couple nights where he was confused and thought it was day time, but other then that he has been a little angel. The girls love him and both of them want to hold him and touch him all the time. I thought Sierra would be a bit more jealous but she seems to have accepted this new little addition to our family and treats him very well. Reanne is also a great "babysitter" and will hold Grant's hand on the floor and talk to him while I do mom things like the dishes or make lunches. It's amazing how quickly a baby makes their place into your family.
We are so glad to have Jess home for his two weeks of leave. He arrived on Friday the 15th. The girls have been making preparations for weeks making sure that he had lots of surprises waiting for him. Everything we did were their ideas from the sign on the front door, to the presents, to the cake. The surprise they worked the hardest on was the many hearts made out of all their artwork over the last month or so and then taped all over the wall above the bed. Reanne said that would help dad think about how much we loved him every time he went to bed. They really are very sweet aren't they.
It only took about an hour before they were used to dad being home again and back to all the normal dad activities. They are in heaven and so is Jess. I only wish I could keep him here for good. Oh well. We will take what we can get.
Although I tried my best to wait until Jess got back on his leave, baby Grant was not as willing. In the early morning of August 12th he started giving me the signs and by 8:30 am he was born. He weighed 8 lb 2 oz and was 21 inches long. I was surprised at the big jump since my girls were both 6 pounders. It was a pretty easy delivery and the recovery so far has been great. I feel a million times better then what I was feeling just a week ago still being pregnant. I love having my body back!
Grant is so far the sweetest little guy ever. He snorts when he gets too upset which I find adorable. He is also really strong. He can already squeeze your finger until it hurts. The girls are in love already. I was a bit worried about Sierra being jealous but so far she seems to be taking everything in stride. Reanne is of course always wanting to touch his "sweet head" and hold him. They are very sweet and gentle with him.
I do have to say a big thank you to so many people who helped me during this whole process. From those who helped watch the kids while I was in the hospital to people who brought them food to those who stopped by afterwards to see if I needed any help. And a special thank you to Katie Mount who took me to the hospital and stayed with me so I wouldn't have to be alone while Grant was born. Thank you to everyone. I am so lucky to have such good friends and neighbors.