Welcome Gabriel Leon Robinson!!!




Hi everybody.  Janell here.  on October 17, 2017, we welcomed a new member of our family: Baby boy Robinson.  It took us 3 days after his birth to come up with his name.  With our daughters we knew their names months before they were born.  with Gabriel it was a bit harder.  We like the name Gabriel, and Atticus from “To Kill a Mocking Bird” and Leon after Darren’s Grandfather.

Any way he weighed 5 pounds 14 ounces and was 18.5 inches long.  I had a big knot in his umbilical cord, which may explain his lower birth weight.  He was a scheduled C- section.  Darren was with me for the birth and my mom came to help me with the girls.  We were in the hospital for 3 days before going home.  It was the first time the baby was actually with us in the hospital.  The other two times, our babies were in the nicu while I recovered.

I feel like I could get up and move a lot faster after this one.  I also felt like I had more side effects, like swelling, head aches and gas pain by my collar bone.  But within a week I felt almost like my old self.

I am so happy to have a son, and that he is so healthy!  I have been nervous to have a little boy since I grew up with sisters.  So raising a boy is a little intimidating. ( I know that Darren is such an amazing dad and is so excited to have a son- it has been really cute to watch him interact with him and talk to him about all the things he will teach him as his dad ; wresting, track, camping, hiking…etc….)

I am so grateful for the little miracle that Gabriel is. After 3 miscarriages this was my last time trying before I was deciding to be grateful for the two girls I have and to move on with my life. I had alot of ultrasounds with him and during each one I was just waiting for the ultra sound technician to tell me something that was wrong but they kept telling me that he was going to be a small baby but that he looked totally healthy.

Thanks goes to my mom, my amazing husband and last but not least Leslie Knope for helping me survive the last two weeks. ;)   I am grateful but nervous to be a mom of 3 ( many people say that 3 is the “tipping point”)- you move from “man on man” defense to “zone” and mothers of three kids report being more stressed out than mothers with 4…5…6.. kids….I think researchers chalk up this phenomenon to the idea that if you have more then 3 kids you just chalk up chaos as a normal part of life and you learn as a parent to just “roll with the punches”…hahah

Eliza is my natural little mommy and loves to touch and “take care” of Gabriel. Eliza tells me at least 3-4 times a day, “mom- just make sure you take care of that baby.” She is very concerned about him and that he is happy. Lillia has taken a bit more convining to get her to warm up to Gabriel and convince her that she won’t break him- haha. They both are great big sisters and love having someone so cute and small in the house. They have been playing “babies” together none stop for the last week.



More pictures to follow.

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