Sunday, January 4, 2015

Family Photo Shoot

William is doing well. He looks just like his father. He sleeps for 3-4 hours at a time. Eats plenty and has gained a pound in the two weeks since he left the hospital. He likes watching his brothers and sister, and is content in the swing where he is snugly and warm. And this week at just 17 days old he showed us his first smile, at his dad of course, but it was a huge smile followed by a small smirk that melted my heart and brought tears of joy to my eyes.

We tried a family photo shoot last week but mostly I was unsuccessful. William didn't like any of the cute outfits that his Aunt Sarah sent him. But after a lot of food and rocking he finally fell asleep and I was able to capture his sweet spirit sleeping softly under our Christmas tree.

We are so blessed with all of our children. It was the perfect Christmas.

Welcome to the World William James

9 long months. This pregnancy was the longest of all my pregnancies. Waiting for my next baby boy to arrive, I can't explain the excitement and apprehension I felt. Would I be able to take care of 4 children? Is he going to be health? Will the surgery go well?

All the nerves we unnecessary. The surgery went better than expected and I am in excellent health. I really think Heavenly Father has blessed me with healing powers and made me strong. And William is beautiful. A perfect little piece of heaven sent to our family. We have already enjoyed the blessings, and the love we have for this precious little soul. He is amazing. The children love him. Christian has taken to his role as the older brother, watching over William and making sure he is cared for well. Every time he cries Christian comes calling me. Jackson loves being the oldest and holding his baby brother. He will hold him forever if I let him. Elizabeth loves to entertain William. She likes singing to him and talking to him. It is very sweet to walk into the room and see her sitting by his swing softly singing at his side.

I couldn't ask for a better baby and a more joyous Christmas gift.

William James Stoker
Born December 18th, 2014 at 7:48am
6lbs 14oz
19 3/4 inches long