A year ago today we found out that I miscarried a baby. Tonight, I'm holding my newborn son. I have a lot to be thankful for. The Lord was good then; the Lord is good now.
On Christmas Eve, I thank Him for my son...but I thank Him most of all for His Son.

O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death's dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.


Happy Birthday Kate!

Yesterday was Kate's 5th Birthday! I can't believe she is actually 5!!! She is a joy and a blessing to us. We went to California Pizza Kitchen to celebrate. It's her favorite place to go. She's only been 3 times in her life (3rd, 4th and 5th Birthdays) but she loves it! Rick also took her to the movies and she was thrilled. Just the 2 of them went and she got all dressed up for their date. I can't believe that 5 years ago she was a little baby just like Jack and now she can read and write.
Time certainly does go by fast and I'm thankful for every minute I've had with her and I look forward to the rest of the time the Lord will give us.


Ten Days

Jack has been with us for 10 days now. If you had been with us during those 10 days, here's what you would have heard.

Claire: Mommy, where's the girl?
Me: What do you mean?
Claire: I said I wanted a boy AND a girl

Kate: He (Jack) cries like a girl

(After explaining nursing to Kate)
Kate: So, you're sorta like a cow?

I've noticed a difference between girls and boys as well. When Jack cries, Kate and Claire run to him and try to pacify him. Henry runs to me and says "baby's crying." In other words...make him stop. Or a few days ago, he told Jack, "Stop crying baby."

Also, I think Kate is officially in love with baby Jack because I keep finding these notes all over our house:


Christmas Play

Tonight was the children's Christmas play at church. Kate was Mary and Claire was a shepherd.

Aunt Emma and Henry loved the play...
Big Jack....not so much.


John "Jack" Richard Hutchinson

He's here!

John "Jack" Richard
7 lbs 11 oz
20 1/4 inches long
3:49 pm

My original due date was 12/20/09...induction date was 12/15/09 but little boy decided to come early (I already LOVE him for that one!) The labor was really super easy (again...thanks baby boy.)
It was fun not knowing what we were having although I must say, it wasn't the first thing I was even thinking about when he was born. I was just so thankful to have a new baby that the gender thing wasn't even registering. I am excited that Henry will have a little buddy now. Kate and Claire are so good with each other and now I pray the same for Henry and Jack.

Kate has been the one who has been so excited about the baby coming but it seems that Claire is the one obsessed with him now. When I told them it was a boy, Kate looked a little disappointed that it wasn't a girl (although she likes him now.)
Claire had the BEST look on her face and said, "I WAS RIGHT!!!" ALL day Wednesday I heard from Claire, "Can I hold him? Can I hold him? Is it my turn?" Seriously...all day. One time when it was her turn to hold him, she looked up at me and said, "Mommy, I'll share my new little baby with you." It was so funny.
Henry, could care less.
One more thought: I do NOT recommend waiting until after delivery to name your child...I'm going to have to start working on the next one's name now if it took 10+ months with this one.

Here he is...with guess who :)


And I'm not even a doctor....

During all the excitement with new baby, little (now quite big) Henry, hurt his elbow.  I could tell it really hurt bad because He would cry any time we moved him.  He would not lift his arm or use it for anything.  I immediately remembered the one thing Kate reminds me of at least once a month when she says, "Remember when daddy pulled my arm."  This was an event that occurred when she was about 2 1/2 years old.  We were playing and she got hurt.  It turns out the problem was nursemaid's elbow.

With Kate, we had xrays and a visit to the "specialist" (translate into 2 copays).  This time, I turned to Google.  This website gives an excellent walk-through for fixing this problem.  I tried it on Henry, and 2 seconds later, he was fine.


Happy Birthday Henry!

Henry's 2nd Birthday is today! I wanted to show you a little difference between girls and boys or first born and 3rd born. This picture was taken on Kate's 2nd Birthday. This was the first attempt:
Now onto Henry. We attempted this picture about 50 times. Here's what we got:

Happy Birthday buddy!