Mary Grace turned 1 week old today, so of course, this became an occasion for photos.
While pink is not my favorite color, I'll have to admit that it is fun to dress up my little girls in pink and pastels.
"One of these children doesn't look like the others..." but I promise you that Hannah DOES belong! Looks like she remains the only fair-skinned, blond-haired, blue-eyed kid among the bunch. Funny how genetics works.
Big bro and big sis enjoying a moment with Mary Grace.
Yesterday evening I took the older 3 kids for a walk to the playground while John stayed home as Mary Grace slept. When we returned, John met us outside and we began chatting with our neighbors. We didn't notice Sarah run into the house, but John saw her walking back outside holding what he thought was a doll. Next thing I know, John says, "Oh!" and begins running up the driveway. Sarah had scooped Mary Grace up out of her cradle and carried her outside to be with us. Thankfully Mary Grace is just fine...but her parents are still recovering from near heart failure.
You may remember when we found out the sex of this baby, Christopher was sorely disappointed. He was determined that this baby was going to be a boy and had a hard time getting over the fact that he was going to have yet another sister. I am happy to report that since Mary Grace has come home, Christopher has said things like, "Mommy, I think Mary Grace is beautiful," and "I want Mary Grace to be in our family forever."
The protective older brother holding his littlest sister.
Since we were on a roll and the kids were so willing, I thought I'd see how Hannah would do with 'holding' Mary Grace. When I asked her, she immediately climbed up onto the couch and laid down on the pillow, so I laid Mary Grace down next to her. You see the results...
Of all 3 kids, Hannah has been the most enraptured and curious by Mary Grace's presence. Whenever I get her up from a long nap and bring her out into the family room or kitchen, Hannah's face lights up and she says, "Ah baby! Ah baby!" She'll then come closer and speak in a soft, high pitched voice, "Hi baby...aahhhh, baby!" It's very sweet to see.
So while our adjustment to being a family of 6 has been a bit of a circus at times, it has also been filled with many sweet and endearing moments.