Sunday, September 8, 2013

Introducing Harold "Harry" Fulton Boucher!

It's a boy!  Our sweet baby, Harold "Harry" Fulton Boucher came into the world on Wednesday, August 14, at 2:13 p.m.  He tipped the scales at 8 lbs. 7 oz. (our "smallest" baby yet!) and measured 21 inches long.

Here's my amazing OBGYN, Dr. Steinauer.  He's a great, Catholic, NFP-only OBGYN trained in the Creighton Model.  He's been with us through it all.  Before Philip snapped this shot, Dr. Steinauer traced the cross on Harold's forehead and said, "God bless you, Harold."  I teared up then, and I'm tearing up now just thinking about it! 
All snuggled up.  The poor guy got a little bruised making his way into the world!
So happy Harold is here!  So, where did we get the name Harold Fulton?  We wanted to stick with our old school naming trend.  We liked Harold because we thought it was a good, strong, masculine name, and it's also a saint's name. We chose the middle name Fulton after one my personal heroes, Archbishop Fulton Sheen.  I'm calling him Harold more than Harry lately, but I seem to go back and forth.  I guess we have a tendency to do that with all of the kids--Jane/Janie, Walter/Walt, and Harold/Harry.
Jane and Walt wanted to know where my big tummy went.
Dr. Jane, giving Harold a little exam 
Sweet sibling love 
Learning how to hold a baby.  She was only 15-months-old when Walt was born, so she doesn't have much practice! 
The Three Musketeers!  Walt had very limited interest in Harold during the hospital visit.
Both kids picked out presents for "Baby" weeks before our due date.  Walt picked out a Percy Pillow Pet.  Percy is an engine from Thomas and Friends, which just so happens to be Walt's favorite show.  Nevermind that the Percy Pillow Pet is on Walt's bed as I type this...  
Jane thought that "Baby" was a girl, so she selected this pink Fisher Price seahorse that plays music and has a glowing belly.  We have since exchanged it for the blue one! 
Singing "Happy Birthday" to Harold and celebrating with some cake
Giving Harold yet another exam 
She really couldn't get enough of him!
Our first attempt at a picture as a family of 5.  We'll keep working on it...
Isn't he just so sweet and snuggly and perfect?!   
The hospital provided a "celebratory dinner," so we decided to declare that evening our little date night in the hospital. 
Cheers to Harold!  He wanted to join us table side. 
Sweet squeezable cheeks 
Aw!  The little puppy on the baby toosh!
Heading home with Harold
We put Harold in the same going home outfit that Walt wore, and I put their pictures side by side.  They're definitely brothers!  Can you tell who is who?  (Walt's on the left, and Harold's on the right.)

Harold will be a month old on Saturday.  How is that possible?!  We have been pretty busy.  I'll give more detailed updates in upcoming posts.  I keep telling everyone who asks that this has been our easiest, most peaceful transition yet.  Breastfeeding is off to a great start (more on that later), and Harold is a great eater & sleeper.  Jane and Walt love the little guy, and they've adjusted really well.  Miss Jane started preschool a week after Harold was born, so it's been nice to have a little time with just me and the boys two mornings a week.  Jane loves preschool, and she wishes she could go everyday.  Monty loves Harold because I usually nurse on the couch, so he takes advantage of those opportunities to snuggle.  Philip went back to work after a week at home.  The days at home with three kiddos under four have been long and tiring, but oh so very joyful!  I have much, much more to write, but I need to go spend some time with my amazing husband who has been such a big support and cheerleader this past year.  I can honestly say that we've never been happier!  A big thank you for all of your prayers for our family throughout this past year.  Our miracle baby is here, and we love him to pieces!  Thanks for looking out for us, St. Thérèse!     

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