Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Introducing Cooper Joseph

My best friend and sister finally delivered Baby Cooper Joseph Friday Aug. 20th. She was induced Thursday night and went through 20 hours of labor, only to have to endure an emergency C-section. Becky did a fantastic job! When he was born, he weighed 9 pounds 8 ounces and was 21 inches long. Apparently he does not want to be smaller than his cousins! We are very fortunate to have been blessed with this beautiful boy, who came into the world with his umbilical cord wrapped around his neck and a true knot in the cord. It is a miracle that mom and baby were doing wonderfully after the whole ordeal. I was very disappointed that I could not make it down to see them right after Coop was born since travelling with three newborns is not the easiest thing to do, but I did get to meet him this weekend. Isn't he so cute?!?

Happy mother with a sleeping baby:
Proud Grandma with her two grandsons:

God Bless Us

Sunday, Aug. 29th, we celebrated the baptism of the babies! The babies entered the Catholic faith during the mass at Our Lady of Lourdes in Genoa with many family members and friends present. The hot day was beautiful and the babies looked very precious as they wore the baptismal gowns made by my mom. Father David L. Ritchie, along with the congregation, enjoyed the sacrament we celebrated. Al and I could not have asked the babies to have acted any better! There was not one peep from them the entire mass!! Father even asked what I had put in their bottles because they all did so well. Everyone knows how pictures go after a ceremony like this...now picture that, times 3!!! It seemed to take forever to make sure we had the pics we wanted with each of the babies.

Aren't these outfits BEAUTIFUL!!! Thank you so much mom! You did a wonderful job making these :)

Matt lighting Addison's baptismal candle from the Easter candle:

Everyone tracing a cross on babies' foreheads:

Final Blessing:

First family picture of all 5 of us since the hospital I believe:
The Westrick side of the family including Al and I, with babies, Mike and Dani, Matt, Ben & Becky with Cooper, and my proud parents:
Four generations of beautiful women:

Four generations of handsome men:
Our family with Al's parents and grandparents:
Our family with both sets of grandparents:
Father David with us:
Lillian getting baptized:
Lilly chilling on her blanket given to her from the church. These are beautiful quilts the women of the church make for each baby that includes their name and baptismal information:
Lilly with her Godfather Dave and Godmother Becky (doesn't Becky look awesome for just having a baby 9 days ago!):
Griffin being baptized:
Sleeping after church:
Griffin with Godfather Mike and Godmother Andrea:
Addison being baptized:
Addison after church, who at this point was tired of pictures and getting very hungry:
Addison with Godfather Matt and Godmother Jody:
Cake I made for the lunch we had at our house after church. Unfortunately with all the events and desserts others brought, I forgot to bring the cake outside with the rest of the food, so we now have a lot of cake to eat!
Babies in their party clothes. (Lilly is in the light pink headband and Addy is in dark pink ;)
Three babies with cousin Cooper joining them. They were not happy about this!!

The day was fantastic and we thank everyone that joined us in celebration, and those that could not be with us, but kept us in their prayers. We also thank everyone for the wonderful gifts the babies received. They now have Bibles, personalized plates, CD of Bible songs, Jesus Loves Me bunnies, and a good start on their college fund. I am also looking forward to using the gift certificates for a photo shoot and for the babies to make picture frames with their footprints. Thanks everyone!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Look Alikes?

Everyone always asks the question..."Who do the babies look like?" When looking at the pictures, it is very EASY to see that Griffin is a spitting image of his daddy! I opened Al's baby picture and at first thought it was my baby boy. The girls are a little more difficult because they seem to be a combination of many people. In hindsight, I wish I would have taken a "mug shot" picture of the babies, similar to our hospital pictures because the hospital only took the cute photos with the babies' clothes on. The one's I took on a previous post are the closest to this pose that I think I have. Can you see the resemblances?