Saturday, June 5, 2010

My Children

We are all doing so very well.

Claire is a little ball of snuggliness. I can't get over having her in the room with us. At this point in Landon's life I think we'd only seen him twice and he was fighting so hard to breathe that he still had never cried or opened his eyes.

Claire has done a bit of both. Her eyes are currently a deep blue and her copious amount of hair (at least for my family!) is dark brown with maybe a hint of red.

Landon met his sister yesterday.

He spent the first five minutes asking me why I was in bed and then attempting to order me out of it. He also told me to put some clothes on. After I explained that this was my special bed and I was wearing my special hospital outfit he thought maybe it was okay, though he still didn't want to come sit with me. Instead, JP called him over to the couch and asked if he wanted to help hold baby Claire. Landon was very excited about that idea.

After holding his sister and seeing her tiny toes and fingers and laughing at the noises she made, he decided he'd come sit with me on the magical moving bed after all. We went up and down a few times and then I got both of my babies together for a picture.

And one of our whole family.

The necklace I'm wearing was my baby gift to myself. I was surprised to find that I wanted a "mommy" necklace as I usually don't like that style of jewelry and hate hearts or any other cutesy things, but I found this one at the noisy cricket etsy shop and I love it. It is exactly what I didn't know I really wanted.

We've had several visitors - great-grandparents, a great-aunt, and my parents, and more are on their way. I've walked around and washed my face, an act that felt as luxurious as any spa treatment I've ever had. Everything is really, really good. In fact, as I look at JP holding our baby girl and await Landon's second visit to our room, I'm really not sure how things could be better.


  1. You look amazing. You're family is so beautiful- so happy and smiley! Enjoy this wonderful time in your life. Newborns are such a joy! (they have to be to make up for the late night feedings). so happy for you.

    Seriously, you look so amazing for just having a C-section. I was so gross and sweaty and greasy after mine so we never got a great picture but you are still glowing!

    And I LOVE the necklace!

  2. I am so so so happy for y'all! I hope the c-section went well and the more you move around, the better you will feel and the quicker your recovery will be! Landon is so precious holding his baby sister and I'm sure he's going to be a great big brother! Congratulations from the McGoverns!

  3. I'm so so so happy for you all. I've loved reading your blog and thank you for sharing all of this.

    Claire and Landon are beautiful, as are both of their parents.

  4. Awww I cry. Again. You guys are gorgeous! Congrats!

  5. LOVE this. What a beautiful family. I forgot about Landon's time in the NICU. What a blessing to have a sweet healthy girl this time!

    Congratulations again.

  6. Amanda in Austin6/5/10, 2:43 PM

    Beautiful! I am so glad this birth is a healing experience for you! Congratulations on becoming a family of four!

  7. BiologistMomofThree6/5/10, 3:11 PM

    What a splendid family! You all look so happy :)

    I'm envious of your sweet new little person, (no more for me-3 is enough!). I truly loved that new baby stage, even with all of the challenges. The baby 'dreams' (what could they possibly be dreaming about at this point?!), the little groans and other noises, the unbelievably tiny hands and feet that literally grow every day; all amazing beyond words.

    Thank you so much for continuing to share your life with all of your internet friends. I really enjoy reading your insights and musings about life and motherhood.

    All the best to the LL family of four!

  8. What a beautiful family moment!!! Best wished to all of you! Seriously are looking WAY too good for just having a baby! You make the rest of us look bad! Ha! Hope the coming weeks are just as joyous!! Love the pictures and your mommy necklace! Enjoy Claire...she is a keeper!!!!

    Patty from TX

  9. Claire is so beautiful. I love the picture of Landon holding her, his expression is priceless. You look amazing- nobody should look that good after a c-section! Congrats!

  10. oh my gosh. could you guys be any cuter? I don't think so. LOVE these pictures, they are so sweet.
    Many more congrats to you!

  11. So precious - the little one (love the name!), Landon holding her, and you (it should be criminal to look that good after a c-section - I shudder when I think of how I must've looked a day after it). Many, many congratulations from a long time reader!


  12. LL...what a wonderful family pic! Claire just 'fits!'

  13. So beautiful! Hope you heal quickly so you can enjoy the bliss with both of your babies.

  14. Seriously, you look amazing and I love the beautiful family pictures. Love the name Claire. And really, seeing such a gorgeous little baby is making me feel desperate for another newborn even though it can't happen for me for a while. Enjoy every second of this summer as a mama of two!

  15. Love the name. Love the necklace. Love the family. :)

  16. Congratulations and God's blessings to all 4 of you!!! She's beautiful ... of course! :)
    I'm happy for you.
    : )

  17. Claire is precious and Landon is going to be such a great big brother. I cannot believe how great you look after giving birth. You make it look too easy.

  18. Ooh, how precious! What a beautiful family!