He's here, he's here!
We just returned from Chicago, where we celebrated the arrival and baptism of Nathaniel Augustine, our newest nephew. What a little peanut! He has some of the biggest, most beautiful eyes I've ever seen on a newborn, and his facial expressions are to die for. The minute we walked in the door, Audrey suddenly looked monstrous in comparison to her less-than-one-month-old cousin. She though he was pretty interesting for awhile, but soon she had many other things to think about. Thankfully there were lots of arms to hold her so I could spend some quality time holding Baby Nathaniel!
The boys stayed with my parents in MN for the weekend so that we could insure a quieter visit to the brand-new family of three. While I nearly broke Grandma's heart when she found out they wouldn't be there, I think it worked out for the best.
The Baptism was officiated by a dear, sweet, long-winded, retired Irish priest. He didn't just follow the Baptismal rite, he took it upon himself to catechize the lot of us on Christian theology and salvation history. And through it all, Nathaniel made not a peep! Future theologian do we have?
Other than the baptism itself, the womenfolk rarely left the house. We had so much to talk about (and so many hungry babies...) that we spent most of the weekend at the dining room table catching up. Glenn led the men on a tour of parts of downtown Chicago, and they also managed to smoke cigars on the beach... cold as it was. While they were gone, we did make a trip to a tasty cake shop down the street from their house, Nathaniel in the Moby and Audrey in a borrowed stroller. If you live in the Chicago area, check it out! It was delicious.
Monica looked absolutely amazing for having just had a baby three weeks ago, even though she was soldiering through some tough sleepless nights. Glenn has taken to fatherhood like a fish to water, even volunteering to change diapers!! (I know, what???) That little boy himself is as cute as a button, and gosh are we excited to finally have cousins on both sides of the family!