I know, I know. I’ve been a total slacker as far as the blog goes. I’ve got a dozen blogs in my head that I’m still trying to make the time to actually get on here. I’m still trying to find my rhythm over here, to be honest, since we are now the proud parents of 4 beautiful children! I’m so sorry for those who aren’t on Facebook and haven’t already heard the news and seen the photos–Sam has arrived! Samuel Hudson Cash was born at 11:50am on Monday, March 16th, at 9 pounds and 10 ounces and 20 1/2 inches long. He has brown hair (our first baby with brown hair!) and beautiful dark blue eyes (so far), and he’s got a wonderful, easy temperament. He’s already rocking the Babywise schedule, waking up to nurse almost precisely every three hours, and going to sleep easily in between. And he loves the swing, which is also very good. (Adam and Ben both hated the swing, making it nearly impossible for me to get anything at all done when they were babies.) Thank you LORD! He’s an adorable little eating/pooping/sleeping machine. He’s a month old tomorrow, and we’re seeing glimpses of the first smiles the last few days. It’s so amazing to do this all over again. Below are a few of our favorite photos from the first few days. Sorry Ben’s not in any of these, but he was way too busy exploring the hospital room to sit still for photos! Enjoy!
So when he came out, he was understandably a little upset. Okay, he was sort of screaming his head off. But since I wasn’t high on ketamine this time (ask me to tell you the story of Benjamin’s birth sometime–I dare you), I was coherent enough to talk to him over there while they were putting me back together, and he immediately calmed down at the sound of my voice. The nurse who cleaned him up even mentioned later how amazing that was. I agreed.
Sam, meet Mom. Mom, meet Sam. I love his eyes in this one. And by the way, one of the perks of having a C-section is the luxury of being able to have your makeup on for these photos.
Claire was already an amazing big sister to her other two brothers. But wow, was this girl ready for a baby! She has been AMAZING. Every day when she comes home from school, she bypasses everyone/everything else and goes straight to Sam to hold him and kiss on him. She loves her baby brother, and she can calm him down just as quickly as Keith or I with her sweet smiles and tender talkin’.
Okay, we have an almost identical photo to this in the Benjamin files. Weird! Except Keith and I might both have just a few more lines around our eyes than in the photos three and half years ago. Besides his darker hair, we are generally pretty astounded at how much Samuel looks like Benjamin actually. The first few days, we joked that maybe we should just name him Bennigan (as in Ben-again). So yes, that makes three kids who resemble Keith and one (Adam) who actually resembles the one who bore him. That’s alright. I’ll get over it. Keith’s the better-lookin’ one anyway, in my honest opinion (that’s NOT a shout-out for compliments please). Survival of the fittest, I suppose.
And then there’s our Adam, who held my hand as I got my IV in, who asked me over and over the last few days of my pregnancy “when is that baby gonna come out?” and who held Samuel for the first time in stunned silence for several minutes, staring lovingly at him, and then sang over him a very sweet, personalized lullaby, and finally exclaimed to us, “He’s just so precious.”
Yes, he sure is, Adam. Precious he is indeed.