Thursday, May 19, 2011

Just a Difference

I was told that the second child is usually the exact opposite of the first. The reason for this is unknown (at least to me). It could be a way to get attention; maybe for sheer competition; or, possibly just because God likes to see us parents struggle to keep up with each child's individual demands. Whatever the cause, I have already noticed it's truth.

When it comes to eating:
Camdon is demanding; he's always been that way. When he is hungry, he must eat right that second or else you have a serious melt down on your hands. Its not pretty.
Kye is lazy. He'll eat for a few seconds, look around, snack a bit more, grunt, go in for thirds...and fourths...and even fifths. I struggle to keep him interested long enough to get full.

When it comes to sleeping:
Camdon is But, in the beginning Cody and I dealt with a lot of ear piercing screams.
Kye doesn't cry, but he grunts and wiggles and squirms louder than any person I have ever heard. You might wonder how wiggles and squirms could be loud, but trust me his are.

When it comes to looks:
Camdon was born with pale skin and white hair.
Kye is tan with dark hair.

And, this is all noticeable in just 3 weeks. I wonder how the next 18 years will be...

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Kyler Roy Hopkinson

He's here. Kye was born on April 25, 2011, at 12:49 p.m. at St. Marks Hospital. He weighed in at 7 lbs 9 oz and was 19.5 inches long. He has long brown hair which was a surprise to us because his older brother was born with such white hair. But, everything went well and we are so glad to have him in our family.

Bringing Kye into the world was a very different experience than when Camdon came to us. Camdon's birth was such a stressful and dramatic experience. It was full of such difficult and kind of scary moments, that I had built up in my mind another huge ordeal. I don't know if it was just because I had built it up so much in my mind, or what, but I was pleasantly surprised at the simplicity of it all this time around.

As with Camdon, Hanna was scheduled for an early morning induction. So, on Easter afternoon we took Cam to his Aunt's house so that he could spend the next few days hangin with his cousins and we could make sure Hanna and the baby had a little time to recover and adjust.

The next morning we got the early morning call and headed to the hospital. We got there at about 7:15 and checked in and from there we did a lot of waiting. Hanna was already at a 6 by the time we got there so things went pretty quick. Kye was quicker than the hospital staff for sure. Doctor broke the water at 9:07 and Kye was "knocking at the door" by 11. Of course we waited till 12:20 or so before the doctor decided to show up. He and the nurse had to take a lunch break or something. So, there's Hanna at a 10 literally sitting on the kids head waiting for like an hour and a half just for the doctor to show up.

I was a kind of a nervous wreck, pacing around because the only other time I have experienced child birth, as soon as Hanna was at a 10, like 5 nurses rushed in and she started pushing, and she was exhausted and pushed for like an hour and a half. This time we sat around and twittled our thumbs while everyone ate lunch. Then they casually come in and 2 contractions later there is another little human in our family. It was quite nice actually that it wasn't so stressful this time around.

Hanna and baby were healthy, happy, and quickly on their way to recovery. We had a lot of love and support from friends and family and thank you all for your love and prayers. We are so blessed to have such beautiful and happy boys. We couldn't be happier.