We took Bean home on Thursday, and thankfully, my mom stuck around for a couple extra days to help us adjust. She was a big help in keeping Bean busy and letting Steve & I catch up on sleep! Our first full day at home marked my birthday, but really it was just another day. Steve & Bean surprised me with roses! We didn't do any big celebration on Friday; but my dad, sister Sara, sister Amber + fam all came on Saturday to meet Bean.
(Sara approved of Sprout's name and loved cuddling her even more.)
(Sprout getting passed down the line. Big Sister Bean got first dibs!)
(With family visiting, it got chaotic inside. Luckily, the weather was just right for some sprinkler fun with cousins outside!)
(Sprinkler fun was followed by chalk bodies. You can't tell in the photo, but Bean all those chalk bodies were hers and they were named "again" & "again-again" & "again-again-again". Haha)
(Ahm & Abo and all their granddaughters who were in present.)
Everyone left except my parents on Saturday night. They stayed so that they could go to church with us to have Sprout dedicated on Father's day! Yes, we were those crazy parents who took their 5 day old to church.
(We'll blame the sleep deprivation on Steve's closed eyes. Look how tiny Sprout is! Even though having it done on Father's day didn't matter to Steve, I pushed to have her dedicated on that day so that she'd be with same group of babies that were all born around the same time.)
(Sprout on her dedication day -- No, she didn't wear the ears at church, but I did think about it!)
My mom went back home with my dad, leaving Steve & I alone with the kids for the next week. Things went fairly well. Steve had a long list of projects he wanted to accomplish. He quickly learned that wasn't going to happen and pretty much buddied up to Bean for the week.)
(Cuddles in bed! Bean loved us all laying together. Even now, she'll get on our bed and tell Steve and I to lay down with her. If we are lucky, we can catch a few extra minutes of closed eyes while Bean thinks we are playing.)
My mom came back on the following Sunday and brought back reinforcements -- Gabbie! I don't remember why the weekend was rough, but I do remember my mom walking in and my breaking down crying. Haha, oh those crazy hormones. Bean wasn't getting enough attention from us, and Gabbie was just what she needed.)
(Bean wanted to be with Gabbie constantly.)
(Frick & Frack wearing their "matching jammies".)
(My mom & I took the three girls to the zoo one day while they were here -- okay, really, I needed to go and get my wedding ring checked for its warranty. It just so happens that the jewelry store and the zoo are 5 min apart. Win-win!)
(Pony Ride! Bean loved it!)
(Question - Can you push a stroller with a 7 year old and a 2.5 year old? Answer - No.)
(Riding the carousel! That girl on the outside had me nervous. She was riding alone and had issues like: couldn't get on the horse & when she did, her shoes fell off. Sheesh.)
(Feeding the giraffe some lettuce -- Bean loved it this time! Maybe it was the fact that we were at eye level with the giraffe and it's long tongue couldn't get through the fence.)
(Brushing the goats! Bean wasn't traumatized by the poop this time, either. She's growing up!)
(All 3 napped on the way home!)
I feared a huge fall out when Ahm & Gabbie had to leave. But Bean was actually okay with their departure. She talks about Gabbie constantly and just says, "play Gabbie in a few weeks". I guess that means I have to do some cousin planning for Bean! Steve went back to work while my mom was still here. His work is pretty crazy this month and he had to work a Saturday - leaving me at home for the first time with 2 kids for an extended amount of time. It was a success!
(Sprout got a little too comfortable in daddy's arms -- if you know what I mean!)
(I'm learning that bribery is great motivation. A sucker and new play-doh toy eased the pain of Gabbie's departure.)
(We went to our friends' house for 4th of July. We let Bean do her first sparkler, and she got a minor burn from trying to touch it after it burnt. She still had fun, though!)
(A shockingly good photo!)
This past weekend, Steve's family was able to come visit and meet Sprout! I sucked at taking photos and came out with only 2 from the whole weekend. His parents arrived on Friday and stayed until Monday night - giving me some extra help while Steve was at work! Scott, Ashley, & Tyson came up for Friday night & Saturday and gave Bean some extra attention and a new toy -- a sprinkler!
Our weekend was filled with lots of yummy food on the grill thanks to Doug & getting to sleep in thanks to Trisha! She would wake up with Bean and allow us to catch some extra sleep in the morning. It may not seem like much, but it was a huge help for us! They also helped Steve get some maintenance items checked off his list -- washing/waxing our car and scraping/painting some trim on the back of the house.
(While the others worked, I played with Bean outside with her new "Frozen" sprinkler from Scott & Ashley! She is timid to do it on her own, but loved being held as I ran around it, getting us both wet.)
(Bean wanted to be outside and paint, too. So I gave her a cup of water & a brush. She loved it.)