It was a cloudy Tuesday in November, but our day couldn't have been brighter as Jacob Francis Griep greeted us for the first time with a hearty cry. He had 10 perfect fingers & toes and the creamiest skin I'd ever seen! He was incredibly beautiful (if I do say so myself)! Not only was I thrilled to finally meet our baby boy (who was a week overdue), but I was equally ecstatic to no longer be pregnant! (I will openly admit that pregnancy does not become me - insert apology to my husband and family for my erratic behavior the past 9 months). Thankfully labor and delivery went quickly and smoothly giving me nothing more to complain about once the little 8 pound bundle was set into my arms.
From day one Jake has been very aware of his surroundings. He is constantly looking around with his big brown eyes absorbing everything that is taking place around him. He also likes to eat often and then cat nap afterwards, so we've been calling him a 'snack and napper'. One of my favorite moments from the day Jake was born was watching my husband, Andy, hold Jake for the first time. He was beaming from ear to ear! I enjoyed watching him handle Jake like an old pro now that he is a seasoned dad.
I was a tad nervous about how big brother, Will, was going to handle our newest addition. But my fears were immediately dashed the moment Will climbed right up next to Jake and gave him a kiss. He was fascinated with his new baby brother! The entire first visit he kept walking over and peeking at Jake, it was so sweet! And since then he has been a fantastic big brother and excellent helper to his mama.
Jake's middle name, Francis, has extra special meaning to me. He shares the same middle name with his Grandpa Brian and Great-Grandpa Ivan. My dad, Brian (pictured below), is well known in our family for his kindness and love for animals. Not only do animals seem to gravitate toward him, but he has also been know to (on several occasions) stop his motor grader in the middle of a road to move a little salamander out of harms way. Thus gaining him the nickname St. Francis (patron saint of animals) and therefore sealing the deal on Jacob's middle name.
After a good rest at the hospital we were happy to head home and settle back into life. In the short amount of time that he's been here, we've already learned so much about Jake. He loves bath time, but hates getting dressed afterwards. He is very strong and holds his head up to look around constantly (looking out the window is his favorite). He enjoys tummy time and tons of snuggles. And he gives the most smiles to his big brother, Will (I have a feeling they are going to be good buds). I can't help but feel incredibly lucky to be the Mama of yet another handsome and sweet baby boy.
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