For the first 2 weeks in June I split my time between Tanner at the hospital and the kids at home. Tanner spent the 2 weeks hooked up to lots of machines
and a good chunk of time looking like this:
Between pumping sessions and trips to the hospital we managed to make some homemade popsicles. Naturally, TJ needed his floaties for the little 4' inflatable pool we set up.
The kids did come visit Tanner in the hospital. The day before he was scheduled to come home the nurses let us sneak all of them in to hold him without any wires.
Here they all are together at home for the first time.
The Saturday after my mom left James was working at Imagine and I tried to venture out to do something fun with the kids. We went to the Botanical Gardens and it started to rain right after we got there. By the time we made it back to the car it was pouring. Once we got home they played in the rain for a while. It wasn't quite what we had planned, but it worked out well.
Here's a little family time.
TJ was being the dutiful big brother and pushing him in the swing.
We invested in a bubble machine (we were trying to find anything relatively inexpensive to do to make life around home more fun). They loved it for about a day or two.
Tanner got lots of cuddles from everyone. And he doesn't seem to mind the uncomfortable looking position.
James just climbed up the tree to cut off a few branches.
He's growing and looking less like a freakish newborn every day. Hooray!
The girls built a temple out of the blocks. They begged me to take a picture and send it to the Friend magazine. They still ask me every month if their picture is going to be in the magazine.
June was a long, hard month. Trying to balance the older kids with the baby wasn't easy. They were bored from being stuck at home and I was exhausted. But, we managed to survive.