As you can see, we had a little trouble coming up with a name to follow Lucas Danger. However, after much thought, research and zero input from friends and family we have one!
Baby A has a middle name of ...
and his first name is...
So you put it all together and we announce to you...
Axel "Adventure" Anderson
Born February 9, 2009 at 7:41am
I'm sure you are curious why we chose Axel and what it means...
1. We like it!
2. We loved that it is unique
3. It's a tough name...a little tough for a newborn but just think when he's two!
4. It's Scandinavian meaning Father of Peace; Reward from God
5. The German meaning is "Source of Life"
Here's Grandma A's reaction to the name of little Triple A....which says "Seriously?!?!" without saying a word! We were not surprised and expect to have a few more similar reactions.
"Danger" produced some great reactions too! :)
Grandma A getting to know little Axel.
Lucas brought his brother a present to the hospital and low and behold, Axel had one for him too! Lucas was excited about the present but was a little unsure about the baby brother.
"I don't want a baby brother."
Oh boy, what is it?
More Legos! A fighter jet, helicopter and prop plane! Have you ever built a Lego airplane in a hospital room with a 3 year old? Not highly recommended but we made it happen.
After a hour or so, Lucas decided his baby brother wasn't too bad and wanted to hold him...such a big brother!
Half of a smile, this is hard work!
We were released after 48 hours and we were all excited to go home. We got dressed in real clothes and even opened our eyes for the big occasion.
Already to go! This boy has one heck of a sucking reflex...nursing has been a breeze so far. However, it means he's addicted to his hands which scratch his face and eyes if not hidden. The pacifier was a big hit but luckily he doesn't need it all the time.
Nothing like some cute after baby photos of Mommy...good thing Axel & Daddy are there to distract. :)
We came home right before Lucas' nap. He was very excited to see us but again wanted very little to do with this new brother thing. I can tell he's confused and not really sure about his place in this world anymore. That's understandable for sure so right before nap, I laid down with him to talk. Most of the discussion was about how much I love him and how proud of him I am. The other part was from Lucas, "I want you to put him back in your belly"..."I don't want a little brother"...and then my most favorite reoccurring one..."How did he get in your belly?"...I told him daddy helped me when he was super small like a little seed and now he's way to big to go back in. That seemed to settle it, for now at least.
After nap, Lucas had a new attitude and really wanted to be more involved. He became The Photographer and found his place in this new baby/big brother world.
Here Daddy gets in some football talk with Axel.
The hands were free...yahooooo...I can finally suck on them again or at least try!
Big long fingers like Mommy.
Here he is...our photographer taking his new job very seriously. (I know there will be some proud blogger/photographers out there...Erin? Amy? Susie?...and all you others) :0)
I could not resist these tiny toes!
I'll update more details with how things went in the hospital at a later date. To sum it up...Quick and All Natural! I had my wonderful husband and a great midwife, both who helped make Axel's birth an amazing experience! Thank you Mike, I love you so much!
Grandma Anderson...your timing was perfect and we are so happy you are here helping us. Thank you so much for taking such great care of Lucas! We really are so thankful you are here and appreciate all the little things you do and are doing. :)