April 21, 2008

Two Weeks Old

Braden was two weeks old yesterday. I can't believe how fast time has gone. I wish we could go back to April 7th and do it all over again. We've been having so much fun and enjoying Braden very much. Ben and I just look at him all the time and laugh about every funny face he makes. He really is a joy and we couldn't be more crazy about him! We went to the doctor yesterday to weigh Braden and make sure he was back to his birth weight, which was 7lbs, 9oz. He weighed in at a whopping 8lbs, 6oz! I could not believe it! I knew he was eating well, but not that well! Here are a couple new pictures of our little heffer!

April 18, 2008

Visitors and Trip to the Mall

Braden has had a very eventful week. On Monday we went to the airport to pick up his Aunt Becky (aka Sisis). This was their first meeting and they grew fond of each other quickly. It was so fun having my sister in town. She was able to wrestle Braden away from Ben every now and then and get some one on one time. We especially liked handing him off to her early in the morning while we got a little more sleep! :) On Tuesday Braden had the pleasure of taking his first trip to the mall and Chickfila! On Wednesday my parents came up to see Braden and Sisis. It was fun to all be together for a short time. We were sad to have to take her to the airport this morning. Thanks for flying down to see us, Aunt Becky!

April 11, 2008

Bath Time

Ben gave Braden his first "at home" bath this morning before we went to the doctor. I can't say he "enjoyed" it, but I'm sure he was glad to be all clean!

First Few Days of Firsts

Braden has experienced many firsts over the past couple of days:
  • 1st car ride
  • 1st night at home

  • 1st stroll around the neighborhood

  • 1st long distance pee squirt

  • 1st bath at home

  • 1st doctor's appointment

Elizabeth and I had no idea how much joy this little boy would bring us. We really are experiencing the kindness of God. The verse at the top of our blog reads "The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy." - Psalm 126:3. Well, He has and we are! Enjoy the pics.

Nine Months! (retropost)

Here's our nine month picture. It's a little late, but we were leaving for the hospital.

April 9, 2008

We're Home!

More details and pictures will be forthcoming...enjoy these in the meantime:

April 7, 2008

Meet Braden Michael Blanton

Hey Everyone, Thanks for checking on Ben & Elizabeth. They aren't able to get internet at the hospital so this is Emilee Stanley updating on their behalf.

If you haven't heard Braden Micheal Blanton arrived at 2:46 pm. He was 7 lbs 9 oz & 21 inches long. He has a head full of dark hair. And since I'm not biased I'll be the first to say he is ADORABLE!!!

Elizabeth is doing great. She had a super easy (well, easy as they can be) delivery. She's worn out but recovering well. Here are a few pictures from tonight. I'm sure they will post more as soon as they get their connection working. Thanks for caring for them.

There And Back Again

Well, we thought Sunday was the day. Elizabeth had been up all night and was having regular contractions. We called the doctor on call and ended up going in to the hospital to be triaged. They monitored Elizabeth for an hour and ended up sending us home. Apparently, she had just not progressed enough. Although disappointed, we enjoyed hearing Braden's heartbeat for an hour straight. That being said, we are thinking today is the day!

April 4, 2008

Knoxville Shower

Excited about the food table!Emily, Amy, Allyson and baby London Claire, Mackenzie, Leslie and Suzanne
Gabby, Holly and Meg
Alison, Johanna, Amy, Pearl and Natalie
Giving Mom a very funny look!
The pregnant girls: Johanna, Meg, me and Amy
My Care Group girls!
Thank you so much to everyone who hosted, helped with and came to our many baby showers! Ben and I have just been overwhelmed by our friends and family's generosity. Braden is already extremely spoiled and he's not even out of the womb yet! However, we're hoping he'll be here any day now! We can hardly wait to see him!