I’m sure everyone has read the Van Family blog, and already knows that Kelsey is finally here! If not, SHE’S HERE! WOO HOO! For those who haven’t read the blog (seriously, is there anyone who doesn’t read it too?), she was born on Monday, November 27th, 2006 at 5:55 p.m. She weighed 7 lbs. 9 oz. and was 20 inches long. She has a LOT of dark hair, probably more than any of our other kids. Oh, and she’s adorable! Mom has already posted a million pictures, so I won’t bore you with more, but here’s one she doesn’t have. This is Jon in the operating room right after Kelsey was born. [photopress:Kelsey_Elizabeth_Gee_005.jpg,full,centered]We got to come home from the hospital today, and we have really enjoyed being home. Jon just remarked to me that babies look cuter when they are at home. I think it’s just because they can wear their own clothes and not the nondescript, scratchy hospital clothes. Jon is running to the store to get something really quick, so I thought I would just post and let everyone know how we are doing.The kids are all doing wonderfully! They really like Kelsey. Adam was the first to really see her, and at the beginning, he was not sure what to think of her. He actually kind of hid from her! By the second time he saw her though, he had decided he was okay. The first time Robbie saw Kelsey, he walked by her, stopped and looked, and then plopped down to watch TV. That’s pretty typical Robbie. He really actually likes her though. He’s just sneaky about it. After dinner tonight, Robbie disappeared, and I went into my room to find him lying on the bed staring at Kelsey in her bassinet. She was awake, and they were just looking at each other! It was cute. Of course, the most overtly excited is Emily. I think she may be more excited than everyone else combined. I’m going to have to watch and make sure she doesn’t smother Kelsey with “love” and “help.” Here’s an adorable picture of her and Kelsey. [photopress:Kelsey_Elizabeth_Gee_016.jpg,full,centered]As for me, I am doing fine. My sweet husband is taking excellent care of me. And by excellent care, I mean he glares at me any time I move! He just knows how stubborn I am, and he wants me to get better. He is such an amazing husband and father. We are extremely lucky to have him! So, all you moms out there, don’t worry. I am in good hands! That’s about it! I’ll post a few more pictures at a later time when we are not so tired! We love you all and appreciate everything that you have done for us! Thanks a bunch!
For some reason, I feel as if I should write on the blog before tomorrow. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m worried I’ll NEVER have time again. Maybe I just want to mark the occasion. Maybe I’m just compulsive and feel the need to make sure everything is taken care of. Who knows? I’m probably just crazy!For those of you who don’t know, we will be welcoming our fourth child tomorrow morning at about 11:30. Frankly, it feels a little unreal. First of all, where in the world did the last nine months go? Secondly, FOUR KIDS?!? Are you kidding me? What kind of crazy person has four kids? It’s a little overwhelming. The three I have are already beating me. Sometimes literally (ahem, Adam!). I just can’t believe that we will have a new little person to love and take care of by this time tomorrow.But, as unreal as it is, I am uber excited. (Yes, Jennie, I stole your word and so now it’s not cool anymore!) I love having little babies. I am already dreading her getting old and not being a baby anymore. After all, Robbie was once a little baby, and now he treats me to long “conversations” about Star Wars. When did he move past Blues Clues and Thomas the Tank Engine? I am so excited to meet this little person who right now is with Heavenly Father. Wow, that is amazing. I can’t believe that I am entrusted with such a pure little soul. I think, perhaps, the thing I am most excited for is to see my not-so-little-anymore family grow. The kids are so excited to meet their new sister. Tonight, all three prayed that she would be healthy and strong. Emily is practically bouncing off the walls looking forward to meeting her. I think she’s going to be a good big sister! So, nothing earth shattering. We are just excited to welcome our new little baby! I hope she knows how lucky we feel to be getting another sweet baby. And I hope she knows how lucky she is to have so many people who are so excited for her to be here and who already love her! We’ll post pictures and stuff in the next couple of days! Love you all!
The kids have started to sound a little sniffly, so I have been worried that they are getting sick. Last night, Jon went up to check on them before we went to bed, and then called me to come up and look at Emily. He said he thought she might be sick. This is what I saw when I got upstairs:[photopress:100_4686.jpg,full,centered]So, for any of you who have been around Emily this week, I hope for your sakes this is not contagious. If you do happen to get it, please accept our deepest apologies. Love you all!
Just wanted to post some more pictures of our adventures here in San Diego! Downtown San Diego is awesome! There’s nothing like this place back in DFW. There’s just so much that it has to offer. But, I digress. Back to the pictures! Here you go:[photopress:Picture_024.jpg,thumb,centered]This picture is from the parking lot at a mall right across the freeway from the temple. I thought it was an awesome image with the bright moon behind it. Beautiful![photopress:Picture_027.jpg,thumb,centered]This is Aub relaxing up on the roof. The weather here is terrific. We were just enjoying the nice cool breeze from the ocean.[photopress:Picture_034.jpg,thumb,centered]This is for my kids. This is the USS Midway. It’s amazing that jets can take off and land on such a small platform. This thing is ginormous![photopress:Picture_038.jpg,thumb,centered]This is primarily for Adam. Look…I’m happy![photopress:Picture_039.jpg,thumb,centered]I think Aub is getting used to this relaxing thing!Lastly, here is a nice view from the bench we were just sitting at. I really like the trees here too. I couldn’t shut up about it! Just ask Aub! It was nice to take a walk and just sit there to relax! Cool breeze…water to look at…amazing company![photopress:Picture_040.jpg,thumb,centered]Sorry to put so much on here. Hopefully you are all doing well. Thanks again to all of our family who are watching our children. We really miss the kids!Love you all! Jon and Aubrey
Hey all! I figured out how to upload pictures from my camera to the laptop, so I thought I would post a few of our pictures from San Diego thus far. First of all, I promised my kids that I would show them a picture of the ocean (or bay) from our window. I am just totally fascinated by it. I spend a lot of time just standing watching ships come and go. This morning one of the giant navy ships from Coronado island left, and that was cool to watch. Anyway, this is our view: [photopress:View_from_window.jpg,full,centered]We also got to go to the San Diego Temple this morning. It is absolutely beautiful! Jon and I were just amazed. When we walked into the celestial room, I actually started crying. Okay, I know I’m pregnant, but it was really pretty! Anyway, here’s a few outside pictures of the temple. [photopress:Aubrey_San_Diego_Temple.jpg,full,centered][photopress:Jon_San_Diego_Temple.jpg,full,centered][photopress:Jon_and_Aubrey_San_Diego_Temple.jpg,full,centered]Anyway, we are having a fabulous time. I miss my kids a lot, but I’m sure they’re having too much fun to miss us! Jon ia actually at class, so I think I’m off to take a nap. Woo hoo! Love you all!
At this very moment, I am sitting in a hotel room in San Diego. If I walk to the window, I can look out over the ocean and the San Diego Bay. It is absolutely beautiful! Oh, and did I mention that there are no kids here? It is very strange! The kids have been making me crazy, and I REALLY have needed a vacation before the baby comes. Then, oddly enough, I had to leave my kids this afternoon. And I was really sad. Jon and I just kept talking about how cool our kids are and how much we love them. But, I am so excited to be here. I think I may just lay in bed for four days! It is going to be so wonderful. Plus, I get to be with Jon! Fabulous! Anyway, thank you to all our family for watching all of our kids. You will never know how much we appreciate it and how much we needed this right now. Then again, maybe you do! We love you all!
So, Mom asked me today what we are naming our new little baby. Since Jon and I have not decided yet, I thought I would poll the kids. Emily (who changes her mind every other day) said we should name her Anna. Adam was pretty sure we should name her Adam. (He still doesn’t quite get that it’s a girl!) My favorite was Robbie though. At first he didn’t have an answer. Then he informed me that we should name her Boba Fett. When I informed him that was a boy’s name, he said we should name her Princess Leia instead. Oh my, I worry about that child!