First off, a little change-up to the blog narrator... Danika did a fine job these past 2 years, but now that it's not just about her, mom is taking over as the blogger for the Dummer family!
Our family of 3 is now a family of 4! Last Friday morning, March 16th at 3:52 God 'graced' us with our newest little bundle, Haddie Grace Dummer! She weighed 7lbs. 14 oz. (a whole 1.1 lbs. bigger than Danika! I did carry her for 13 days longer than D, which explains the weight difference)
Everything went pretty well- I started having contractions around 6pm on Thursday afternoon and knew by about 8pm that this was the real deal... I labored at home until about 1am and then we headed to the hospital and were there about 3 hours before she arrived!
Here's a few pics of her 1st few days:
Welcome to the outside world Haddie!
Daddy giving me my first bath!
1st Meeting for the sisters
Daddy and his girls:) (love this one...gives me a tear!) He is so great with both of them...I'm definitely at a point where I could not be doing any of it without him! What an amazing husband, father, and teammate:) Can't imagine anyone else I'd rather have by my side on this crazy parenting journey through life!
Checkin' things out...
Our Family of Four:)
Happy St. Patricks Day! One day short of having 2 holiday birthdays!
Mommy and my girls:)
And how is Miss Danika adjusting you ask?!?!....Where do I begin?
Little Miss Attitude has made her arrival to our house!
Thursday I kept her home from Daycare to have one last mommy/Danika play day together before baby's arrival (little did I know it would be that night!)
We went to the children's museum and played in the water, with play dough, made crafts, read books, and all kinds of other fun things! It was a great day!
Mommy and daddy disappeared for 3 days and when we came home, we had 2 new girls- Haddie of course, and a whole new Danika!
My mom insists she wasn't spoiled while we were gone, and I finally believe her...it's just a combination of the terrible two's setting in, and the changes at our house that are making the monster child come out in her!
Some day's she's great, and other days we are so frustrated and puzzled where the attitude came from. Her greatest struggles are wanting to be held and rock with daddy, (which, if you know anything about Danika, she has always been daddy's girl, but now more than ever and she is typically NOT a snuggler!) diaper changes, naps/bedtime, and tantrums! Our 1st few days home we had way more Danika issues than Haddie! We know to just take it one day at a time and we keep telling ourselves "this too shall pass...we are not horrible parents...she will not hate us for ruining her world" Still, its hard not to feel guilty and you top it off with a bunch of crazy 'new mom' hormones and yikes, I have my moments!
So, for now we have just accepted the fact that there are going to be days and moments when she refuses everything we ask of her
And she spends most of her time like this.....
And we know there will also be lots of special moments to treasure with our special 1st born:)
As for Haddie, she is already a little more than 1 week old! She has already grown and changed in just that week! Here are a few pics:)
Haddie Grace 1 Week Old
Here's a look back at Danika at 1 week- they look more alike than I thought they did, but they definitely each have their own features too!
Danika Jolee 1 Week Old
Well, sorry it took a while to get pics up- the new life of a sleep deprived parent of 2 may definitely turn this into a biweekly blog:)
Daren, Jamie, Danika, & Haddie