Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from the Pierces!

Family pictures are rough with so many kids so this is the best we could do! This is the night that Santa comes to my parents' house to visit all 50 Larkins that come to celebrate. It's a great time! Unfortunately Mary would not go near Santa until he was walking out the door, when she decided a high five was appropriate. So, we have no pictures of Mary and Santa but Luke didn't seem too bothered by Santa.

Mary and Luke had a great time with their cousins, Kate, Will and Hudson! Mary loved playing with all of the big kids and following them around as if she was as big as them. The kids all loved baby Luke!

This picture completely captures Mary's feelings for Will... she was obsessed with him! She would yell his name all day long and be SO excited every time she saw him. Of the three cousins, he was the least interested in her.... of course.

Don't mind Luke's crossed eyes... he's only three weeks old. :)

For some reason Mary was NOT into this picture with the cousins... as you can see from the first picture. But, we had a little talk and I told her she could sit by baby Luke and she was a little more compliant. The second picture is right after Papa made his cow sound... which she obviously gets very excited about... every time he does it!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

off to Florida

We're off to Florida this morning... and we can't wait to get there! Mary has been there for the past four days (my mom took her down with her when she left) and we have missed her. We're so excited to see her again... and get to the 70 degree weather! Mary has had a wonderful time at Mimi and Papa's-- thank you so much, mom and dad! I think she really misses "her baby" though. She has been wonderful with him so far, caring for him and playing with him. As you can see below, the dress up days have already begun.

Yes, that is a big necklace around his neck!

Monday, December 6, 2010

at the hospital

We are now home with our little guy and having a fun time being a family of four. But, here are a few pictures from the hospital. Mimi and Mary with Luke... Mary has continued to kiss Luke about every 5 minutes. She is really into him!

Grandma (Danny's mom) with baby Luke.

Here is Mary and one of her best friends, Lily. Lily, her mom and dad came to visit us. Mary and Lily were all over the place.... they both brought their "babies" and got blankets from the nurses so they could be swaddled like baby Luke. Here they are in the chair eating ice... and kissing.

Headed home.

And, lastly, here is an upclose picture of his cute little face. He has been wonderful these first four days of his life. He seems to be a content little guy, which I'm hoping stays throughout his baby-hood. :)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Luke Has Arrived!

Well, Luke Daniel has finally made his appearance, at 2:02pm today (December 2, 6 days after his due date). Lisa's contractions actually started early Tuesday morning, so we're grateful he is finally here. One major prayer request was that Lisa would have a successful VBAC, and the Lord was gracious to us!

Luke weighed in at a hefty 9lbs 2oz, and measures 20-3/4 inches long. Here is the very first picture taken of him, a few minutes after his birth.

The three of us after a long couple days.

Here is our first family picture! Mary was excited to see the baby- but she has absolutely no idea this baby is about to join her at home. Still, it was cute to see her kiss him (and poke his eye).

About an hour ago, Luke started sucking his thumb and hooking his nose with his index finger. Super cute.

I'm really proud of Lisa, who did such an amazing job through what turned out to be a very difficult couple days. We are both so thankful to the Lord, who has now blessed us with two wonderful, healthy children. The Lord is good.