Friday, November 07, 2008

Halloween and TWO Birthdays

We had an exciting Halloween weekend, for a few reasons. Our baby has finally arrived (as most of you probably already know. We are horrible about timely blogging!)

#1 I went into labor ON my actual due date, Halloween. It was probably the ONLY day I wasn't expecting to go into labor, since they tell you almost no one delivers on their due date. As a result, my Halloween costume went to waste.


#2 Harrison Byron Williams was born on November 1st at 6:52 AM. This could not have been more perfect, as his birthday is now sandwiched between two major holidays (Halloween and MY birthday) and I'm pretty sure those three days will be an ongoing party at our house every year!!

This is Harrison day one! The hat is covering some funky head action (due to three hours of pushing) which has now all resolved itself, WHEW! He weighed 8 lbs 12 oz (hence the need for so much pushing on my part) and was 21 inches long. He'd already grown another half inch by his five day check-up with the pediatrician, and Byron could not be prouder that he is in the 95th percentile for length. I myself am shocked at this - what child of mine could possibly end up being tall? How exciting!


#3 I spent my birthday in the hospital. Everyone said it should have been the happiest birthday of my life. Am I horrible if I disagree? I will definitely concede that it is the best birthday present I've ever gotten, but as for spending my birthday confined to a bed and begging for more pain medication, I'll pass on that next year. And, I prefer to look a little more upbeat (and attractive) in my birthday pictures. (Although, for our first "family picture" it is pretty exciting!!)




We already have TONS of pictures of Harrison (as we have instantaneously morphed into disgustingly proud parents - I'm positive he is the smartest, strongest little baby ever born!) We'll try to limit how many we post here, but we'll add a link to an album if you want to see more. We'll just point out a few more of his best features for your viewing enjoyment.


This is Harrison about to leave the hospital. (Note the rosy glow to his skin and his robust cry...)






I think he was happier about leaving once he realized we would be going with him.



Harrison's most distinctive feature (besides his darling mouth and chin, courtesy of Byron) is his BRIGHT blond hair. All of the nurses and doctors were commenting that they NEVER see babies with that color of hair.



Pictures don't really do his hair justice, because it is SO light that he ends up looking bald from the flash. He even has white eyelashes and eyebrows! But he has SO much blond hair, especially in the back. (When I told my sister Renee how white his hair was, she laughed and asked if he was an albino. I laughed politely, but then I secretly had to ask the pediatrician if that was the case. And no, he is not an albino.)

We are trying to enjoy his gorgeous hair while it lasts, because we have the sneaking suspicion it is starting to turn a little strawberry blond...
He can already hold his own head up! Seriously, the kid is only 10 days old.




He already has QUITE a winning smile. I swear I can be objective, but he is possibly the cutest baby ever.






But he's not all laughs, he has a serious, reflective side. (Thanks for the shirt, Lisa!)


Last but not least, I must give a special thanks to my mother, who was present at the delivery and spent the first week at home with us. She was a life-saver, and Harrison loves his Granny Tanny, as we affectionately call her. She got him to straighten out his days from his nights, she bleached and cleaned my apartment from top to bottom and basically kept Byron and I sane during those first few days. We LOVE Granny Tanny!!



Byron and I realized that we have taken tons of pictures of him holding the baby and not many of me. Then we remembered that 8 or 9 hours of the day that I'm holding Harrison, he's nursing. So be thankful that we are modest people and choose not to post (or even take!) those pictures.
We'll try to post again soon, but little Harry B (as my dad calls him) is keeping us pretty busy!

28 comments:

Matt "Hacksaw" Harrison said...

He's a cutie, but does he talk at outrageous volume levels? Until he does he won't quite have grown into that first name.

Karina & John Calderwood said...

Congrats! You are NOT biased. He is VERY cute. I love his hair!!! From the pics that I saw of you, Kim, you look AMAZING. I looked like TRASH for 6 weeks. SO BEAUTIFUL. Great job you guys!

Jodie said...

Congrats to you and Byron! What a sweet little guy. 3 hrs of pushing- that happened to me the first time, too. NO fun! I'm glad you guys are all healthy and happy! We can't wait to meet him!

Mrs. Merrell said...

Awesome! Oh, he is so dang cute. You must be so proud. Brian and I sat here gushing over the pictures like a couple of old women. We love the blond hair and the serious/reflective look. Congratulations to you both! We can't wait to see Harry;)

Maxine said...

Congratulations, guys! Little Harry B. is adorable, and that blond hair is SO cute! Happy parenting!

Sparhawk said...

Love, love, love baby Harrison! I can't wait to see all of the fun pics you post in the future. His blonde hair is amazing...truly a Cali boy! So glad everyone is healthly and happy!

Rachel said...

I LOVE HIM! He is so stinking cute! Umm he's huge I never would have guessed that you would have that big of a baby, big babies ROCK! I have to agree with the nurses I have never seen a baby with that color of hair and lets be honest I proably see as many newborns as the Dr.'s in CA do, I live in HAPPY VALLEY people! I am so excited for you and so sad for Lincoln he may just have gotten booted as cutest little boy! I hope everthing went well and was as *magical* as you thought it would be.

Jen Rose said...

Congratulations!! He is so stinkin cute! I can't wait to meet him! I can't believe his hair. I am loving it! I hear you are coming for Thanksgiving.... so excited! Love you guys!

Carmen said...

FINALLY!!! I am so glad you blogged about the big event. He is gorgeous and I want to see as many pictures as you can put up. I am so excited to meet Harrison in Vegas in just a few weeks! Congratulations over and over again! Love you all!

Justin and Jessica said...

Yep! I stalk your blog. :) Harrison is adorable. His hair is AWESOME! And that sleepy smile picture is classic!!! Seriously, hold him as much as you can. They grow so quickly. CONGRATS!!

D-dawg said...

Congratulations!! WOw, he is so cute. Kim, you look good! I can't believe you've showered and your hair is all done and stuff! You are amazing! It is so fun to see your mom there too. How fun for you guys. Keep posting pictures- we love them!

Miss Molly said...

CONGRATULATIONS! I can't believe you are a mommy. It's just crazy. I love his blonde hair.

Renee said...

Congratulations!!! I am SO happy for you guys and so glad to see a post with all of the pictures and (a few) details!! We need to chat so I can get the full story! But I am soooo excited!! Little Harrison is seriously the cutest thing ever!! I love that he's a little toe head...I never would have expected that from the two of you. And...you are way too cute to be a mom of a newborn!! You look like the happy aunt with your glossy hair and I-sleep-all-day smile. How do you do it?? I don't even look that good and I DO sleep all day!

THE BENTLEYS said...

HE is BEUTIFUL!!! that hair is soooo stinking cute. i could just die!!! that was so fun to read i can tell you are proud parents he is one lucky little guy! can't wait to talk...in due time of course:) keep up the milking {day and night} and don't worry it gets easier:) love you!

Kami said...

He's so cute!! But even cuter in person! You seriously look so good Kim, I can't believe you just gave birth, Renee is totally right about how you look like the attractive aunt, not the mom! Congratulations!!!

Derek and Becca Theurer said...

You guys are such a cute family. I still can't believe that you and Byron and that cute baby all belong together. We think Harrison looks just like Byron. Congratulations.

We're glad that the little guy is not albino...not that there's anything wrong with that.

angie said...

Oh! he is adorable Kim! I am so happy for you guys! What a cutie!

Conni said...

Welcome to the "we have a son" club! It's an awesome thing to be a part of.
Congrats! We are so happy and excited for your cute little family. Give him five east coast kisses for us.

Adamson Family said...

Wow! I'm so happy for you and a little bit jealous I still have forever (12weeks) to wait for our little peanut to arrive. His blonde hair is adorable. I like the Granny Tanny cute. Gwen keeps trying to come up with something "cool" but so far we are sticking with Grandma A! Congrats! I liked the Halloween picture too.

Lorie said...

He is adorable! I can't believe his hair. I don't think I've ever seen a newborn with hair that light, and where in the world did it come from? Congrats guys!!!

Jay and Marisa said...

Congratulations!! Your little Harrison is gorgeous! And just like everyone else has said, I love his blond hair too!! And his adorable personality. He already looks incredibly intelligent! Enjoy your little bundle of joy :)

Rebecca said...

Kim, he is sooo cute. And what a great name :) i wish i could see him in person before he loses his sweet blonde hair!

Brooke said...

i tagged you. yes you.

lj said...

Arrrgh! Brooke tagged you first. Sorry, I already wrote the post, so consider yourself double tagged.

Also, I wanted to let you know that I am astonished and amazed that you were able to blog so soon after the big event. You are doing great!

lisa

Christine said...

Hey! - I saw a link to your blog on Brian and Ali's page so I thought I'd check it out! Just wanted to say Congrats! He's adorable! hope you are both doing well!

Matt "Hacksaw" Harrison said...

Check this out. you know how you had that thing on your blog that showed how big the baby was getting? You should see if they have one for kids that show how big they should be, then you could chart/check Harrison's progress on you blog. This is a great idea.

Jennica said...

Congrats to you both!! Harrison is a little doll... That hair is amazing! Good work you two in creating one good lookin little boy. :) PS I love the name "Granny Tanny". Adorable!

Shad and Brittany said...

Congrats KIM!! He is totally beautiful. I love the blonde hair too!