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meeting baby brother

I was a little nervous about how my big boys would react to bringing a new baby home. When we brought Griffin home Levi didn’t talk to me for about two weeks. He didn’t really want anything to do with me. Change is hard for that sweet boy. And Griffin, well, let’s just say he is a major mama’s boy and strong willed too. I wasn’t sure how that combination would play out when he realized he wasn’t the baby anymore.

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Jake was born at 11:30 at night so it wasn’t until the next day that the boys came to the hospital.

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We told Joel’s parents not to tell them if the baby was a boy or girl, so all they knew was that their baby was here. Joel met them in the hallway and waited for a few minutes so we could get the cameras ready. He said Griffin was so impatient and kept pulling his arm and saying, “I see my baby now.”

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Griffin jumped right up on the hospital bed. He was so excited.

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He was all about holding his baby. He had told me all throughout the pregnancy that he was getting a boy baby. He was right.

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Levi went straight for his daddy and wasn’t so sure about the whole hospital thing.

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He wanted to hold Jake when Joel brought him over to the couch but he stayed very close to his daddy the whole time.

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Levi finally warmed up a little and came over to my bed when we unwrapped Jake. He was checking to see if his hand was bigger than Jake’s hand.

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While Levi and Daddy were discussing who was the biggest brother, Griffin was asking me a million questions. He was so curious about everything.

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There is something so special about seeing all your babies together for the first time as your family grows. I so wish Cora could have been standing at the end of that bed meeting Jake for the first time too. But these three boys of mine…what a precious gift they are. I’ve got a big job ahead of me and I am so thankful that the Lord is going to be walking right beside me every step of the way.

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  • Valerie - So precious! Hope adjusting to life with 3 has been going smoothly. Congratulations again!ReplyCancel

    Jess Reply:

    We have definitely had our rough moments but we are doing good. Thank you!

    • Jess - We have definitely had our rough moments but we are doing good. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Freund - Jess, This is the sweetest post. Who took the photos? They captured some precious moments. I love seeing your family grow and hearing about your boy’s different personalities. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

    Jess Reply:

    Hi Kim! Joel’s brother took the photos…I guess I should have given him credit! πŸ˜‰ So thankful for how he captured the moment so well. I hope you had a wonderful time with your parents! So glad they could come and visit!!

    • Jess - Hi Kim! Joel’s brother took the photos…I guess I should have given him credit! πŸ˜‰ So thankful for how he captured the moment so well. I hope you had a wonderful time with your parents! So glad they could come and visit!!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy - Such precious pictures and memoriesReplyCancel

    Jess Reply:

    Thank you!

  • Melissa - What a beautiful post. I have been following your blog for so long now..ever since you lost your beautiful Cora. Your boys are so beautiful and are lucky to have you as their mother. I myself have a daughter and 2 sons and I love watching how my boys interact as brothers. It is truly special. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

    Jess Reply:

    Thanks so much, Melissa!

  • Nancy - What a beautiful post!! As a mother to four boys, the bond between brothers is very special and a what a precious gift you have been given to be their mother. Enjoy this time and thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

    Jess Reply:

    Four boys! You need to teach me your ways. πŸ˜‰

  • Paige Stanfield - Sooo precious! And so similar to the pictures I have when my 3rd son was born. My oldest was almost 3 1/2 and my middle son was 20 months old. My oldest had the most awed expression when we showed him his new brother, and he cried when we told him that he couldn’t take him home right away, because we had 2 more nights to stay in the hospital. My middle som just tried to pull off the clamp that was on the baby’s umbilical cord. πŸ™‚ Enjoy this precious time!ReplyCancel

    Jess Reply:

    So funny!! Sweet memories.

  • Jessica - So very sweet! You have the cutest family. This makes me think of our own family in just a couple months….our third boy will be arriving. Such special momentsReplyCancel

    Jess Reply:

    Hi Jessica! I hadn’t heard you were having your third boy too. So exciting!!

    • Jess - Hi Jessica! I hadn’t heard you were having your third boy too. So exciting!!ReplyCancel

  • Jennalee - I wish for you that Cora could be here. I’ve thought a lot about that watching Julia interact with Jamison since they were the same age. Blessed by the realness of your heart, Jess.ReplyCancel

    Jess Reply:

    Thanks, friend. I love watching other little girls Cora’s age to get a “glimpse” into what she would have been like. Your Julia is a sweetie!

    • Jess - Thanks, friend. I love watching other little girls Cora’s age to get a “glimpse” into what she would have been like. Your Julia is a sweetie!ReplyCancel

  • Lea - Yes, your 3 boys are just precious and the Lord will indeed walk with you every step of the way. And, I have a feeling that they will grow up to be fine young men striving to do God’s will with their lives. Abundant blessings to you on this incredible journey!ReplyCancel

    Jess Reply:

    Thank you, Lea!

  • Mary Ann - Oh my, Jess….those photos and your comments made tears come to my eyes. You have a beautiful family…congratulations. I too love seeing your family grow. What a joy it must be to have your children in your life. Your Cora will always be remembered and never forgotten…for the love never ends. Your boys are so precious. Thanks for sharing a bit of your life with all of us.ReplyCancel

    Jess Reply:

    Thanks for rejoicing with us!

  • Lara H. - Such beautiful pictures and what wonderful memories! I know without a doubt that Cora was there. She was watching and loving the moments you were sharing. I know that she kissed sweet Jake goodbye as he left her to be with you guys. I’ve been reading your blog since she passed and it has been so wonderful watching your family grown! Congrats!ReplyCancel

    Jess Reply:

    Thank you!

  • Mary Ann - P.S. I really love Jake’s little hat….so cute. Did you make it or was it a gift from someone else. Very nice.ReplyCancel

    Jess Reply:

    Someone makes them and donates them to the hospital. I thought it was so cute too!

    • Jess - Someone makes them and donates them to the hospital. I thought it was so cute too!ReplyCancel

  • Brandi W. - Such a sweet post! I’ve been following your blog for years! Congrats on your newest addition.ReplyCancel

    Jess Reply:

    Thanks so much!

  • Madison - This was the sweetest post! The pictures are priceless! I especially love Levi’s hand up against Jake’s. It will be interesting to see what kind of personality Jake has. With three boys, there will never be a dull moment! I have two nephews, so I kind of know.ReplyCancel

    Jess Reply:

    Levi is so sweet with Jake. And you are right, never a dull moment!

    • Jess - Levi is so sweet with Jake. And you are right, never a dull moment!ReplyCancel