Introducing Lexi to Parker was something that we had given a lot of thought to. Even though she was born the night before, we wanted to make sure that Parker’s schedule stayed as consistent as possible so we didn’t bring him to the hospital to meet her until after his school let out for the day.
As he walked in the door, he was both hesitant and eager. I think part of it was disbelief that she was really here. He kept looking at my belly and then looking at her as if trying to imagine that I really had been carrying a real live baby all of this time.
It was very sweet how he approached her very cautiously and then asked permission to touch her.
While he was there, she had a dirty diaper and much to Parker’s dismay, she started to cry. This, he was not so sure of and he officially declared her “somewhat noisy.”
But of course, she settled down really quickly and he wanted to finally hold her.
After spending about 15 minutes in the room (half of it snuggling in bed with me), he was eager to head home with his Nana and bake her a birthday cake. He received a cake baking kit for Christmas that he had been saving just for this very occasion.
We checked out of the hospital first thing the next morning (after a very kind night nurse kept Lexi almost the entire night) and when we arrived at the house, Parker was bouncing eagerly by the back door, ready to show his new sister around the house. We spent the day getting adjusted at home and trying to make Parker feel as included as possible. Of course, we also spent a lot of time staring at our new baby.
After dinner, it was time for Lexi’s birthday celebration with Parker’s homemade cake.
He was really proud of all of his hard work.
And naturally, he insisted that he eat both his slice as well as his sister’s.
After the birthday cake, we all settled down and got ready to spend our first night at home as a family of four. What an incredible, crazy and beautiful feeling.