The Macs

Monday, October 3, 2011

first week {griffin james}


Griffin will be two weeks tomorrow. Crazy how fast time goes. We already can't imagine life without him. And talk about a good baby...he is pretty much perfect. Good sleeper, good eater, and pretty laid back. A mama's dream. Here are some highlights from Griffin's first week.

{Birthday} Griffin James born September 20th at 4:13 in the afternoon.
{Day One} Spent the day hanging out in the hospital. Lots of visitors to welcome Baby Griffin. 
{Day Two} Home from the hospital. So glad to all be together. Grammy stayed the night to help.
{Day Three} Sleeping so good at night...three to four hours at a time. Auntie Anne stayed to help.
{Day Four} Official due date. So glad you are already here! Auntie Anne stayed again.
{Day Five} Backseat buddies. Off to church for the first time as a family of four!
{Day Six} First full day at home...just mama and the boys. We survived!
{Day Seven} One week old. Hanging with your brother outside. Weight check today - 8 lbs 4 oz

And of course we can't forget Levi. Here is what he has been up to since Griffin came home.



1. Checking the beans on his four wheeler. Just like daddy.
2. Sidewalk chalk on the porch.
3. Waiting anxiously for daddy to get home from work.
4. Cheeseburgers outside. Levi's request for lunch.



1. Staying up way too late thanks to Baby Brother.
2. Riding the barrel train. He could have stayed on this all. day. long.
3. So much fun at the Country Fair.
4. Watching football with Daddy and Griffin. 
A new favorite past time (and bedtime stalling technique).


We are slowly figuring out a new schedule and trying to be flexible all at the same time...because is it really possible to have a schedule with a newborn?? Thanks for all your prayers and encouragement!

52 Comments:

Blogger The Farmers said...

This makes me smile.

October 3, 2011 at 1:14 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

2 beautiful little boys--congratulations on your new blessing!

October 3, 2011 at 1:15 PM  
Blogger Holt said...

Congrats - Griffin is so sweet! Love his name as well. Enjoy your time with your sweet boys. Thanks for sharing pics with us!

October 3, 2011 at 1:16 PM  
Anonymous Laura D said...

Pure love! Levi and Griffin are such handsome little boys. Prayers for you and your family as you settle into another "new normal."

October 3, 2011 at 1:17 PM  
Blogger Selena said...

Oh, Jess, he is such a beautiful baby. And Levi looks like such a big brother... isn't it funny how "big" they seem when you bring the newborn baby home?! I couldn't believe it. :)

You look pretty, too, by the way. :) Congratulations, once again... I am always so excited to see a posting from you; it's like opening a virtual gift each time I read your postings. Enjoy the week and hopefully you are enjoying the same fall weather that we are here in Central Missouri.

May God continue to bless your sweet, sweet family.

October 3, 2011 at 1:19 PM  
Blogger Faith said...

aw sweet pic of you and your boys! great pics all around, really!

October 3, 2011 at 1:21 PM  
Blogger Cassie said...

He is just PRECIOUS, Jess! Congrats to you all!

October 3, 2011 at 1:23 PM  
Blogger Lacie and Stephen said...

I LOVE the updates on new Baby Brother, Griffin! Love his name and like others have commented before me, he looks a bit like Cora. What a beautiful family! So happy for you and can't wait until my little boy gets here!

October 3, 2011 at 1:55 PM  
Blogger This is the day! said...

So adorable!!! Griffin is precious and I love his name! Congrats!
Levi looks like a great big brother!

October 3, 2011 at 1:55 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

such sweet boys. love that last picture!

October 3, 2011 at 1:57 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

What a sweet sweet family you have Jess. Seriously, such a joy. And I love the name Griffin. It's very unique and perfect for your little boy!

Love the pictures from his first week. What an exciting time for you all.

October 3, 2011 at 2:03 PM  
Anonymous Ashlee said...

He is such a doll baby!! Congratulations!

October 3, 2011 at 2:13 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

He looks like Levi to me ~ does he to you?
PRECIOUS. Can't believe it has been 2 weeks already!!
They are adorable!

October 3, 2011 at 2:44 PM  
Blogger Anne588 said...

Precious boys! Has Levi adjusted to having a baby brother a little better by now?

October 3, 2011 at 2:52 PM  
Blogger The Mershawn's said...

That's priceless. My 2nd born was the same way:). Great sleeper & eater. And happy. Makes things so nice. Your boys are precious. Way to be a great big brother, eating cheeseburgers & staying up late Levi;)!!

October 3, 2011 at 3:05 PM  
Blogger Kelly Ford said...

Oh how beautiful :-) I'm so glad he's doing well! And trust me, i'm a BIG schedule person (i have done babywise with both of my children and loooove it) but EVEN I dont start a schedule until about a month old, for sure nothing for the first two weeks :-) Just soak em up!

October 3, 2011 at 3:14 PM  
Blogger Kimberly said...

So precious ... reminds me of my life 29 years ago ... enjoy those sweet boys :)

October 3, 2011 at 3:18 PM  
Anonymous Melanie said...

Precious pictures....Precious family!

October 3, 2011 at 6:17 PM  
Blogger SaffaKate said...

What a beautifully HANDSOME baby you are blessed with.
I love that Levi is acting like a mini farmer like his daddy and checks the beans. So sweet!

October 3, 2011 at 6:48 PM  
Blogger BriBedell said...

So, so, beautiful :)

October 3, 2011 at 6:50 PM  
Blogger { J } said...

There's nothing like the feeling of holding two of your children at the same time - one arm around each. Your heart (and lap) can't get much fuller. Glad you've finally gotten the chance to do so.

October 3, 2011 at 7:35 PM  
Blogger Heather | Cookie Mondays said...

in love! goodies coming your way soon!

October 3, 2011 at 8:11 PM  
Blogger Meggie said...

Love all the sweet pictures of your boys! We're trying to figure out a schedule too and the 1 month mark for us was today! (By the way, I'm so impressed that you were on your own with both boys on day 6... it took me a couple of weeks before I was ready for that!)

October 3, 2011 at 8:12 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

So happy to read that things are going well. The boys are adorable :) You're looking very pretty, too! Thanks for sharing pictures!

October 3, 2011 at 9:26 PM  
OpenID songskatesang said...

Praying for you, Jess! Hugs to you!

October 3, 2011 at 9:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can definitely have a schedule with a newborn. You just need to stick to it.

October 3, 2011 at 9:58 PM  
Anonymous Shawn said...

These are beautiful, exhausting, exhilarating days, Jess. What gorgeous boys you have. Thinking of you as you adjust to your new normal with one mommy and two little ones. I pray the Lord would be very close to you all.

October 3, 2011 at 10:20 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Oh, how sweet! So glad the adjustment for all f you is going well!

October 3, 2011 at 10:21 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

I just had to comment. Someone shared your blog with me today. Last July we lost our only child at the time, Preslee, in a drowning accident. This summer we also had a little boy. I just wanted to send my love, from a mom who understands many of the things you are going through. Both of your kids are adorable :)

Love,
Ashley Sullenger

October 3, 2011 at 11:19 PM  
Blogger Holli Taylor said...

So tomorrow I'm being induced...waiting for that really "real" post about the reality of becoming a big brother. Levi seems to be handling it well through picture-speak! Grif is precious.

October 4, 2011 at 12:25 AM  
Blogger Stef said...

loving the pics!! I cried when I saw the one of your husband with the boys and then the one of you with them. priceless.

October 4, 2011 at 1:12 AM  
Blogger Kristin Stegent said...

Griffin is just precious! Two really adorable little boys! :)

October 4, 2011 at 8:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jess - Sounds (and looks) like everyone is doing great! Griffin and Levi are so lucky to have you for their mommy! :-) Lisa

October 4, 2011 at 10:48 AM  
Blogger Tara Long said...

So so sweet! I really can't get over what a beautiful family you have. And what a beautiful person you are.

This makes me REALLY want #3... just working on getting hubby onboard. :)

October 4, 2011 at 12:21 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

So precious!

Love, Katie

October 4, 2011 at 5:51 PM  
Blogger Aimee said...

So cute.

October 4, 2011 at 6:02 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

So happy for you! I have 2 sweet boys, too, but they are now 11 and 9 years old. I wish you happy, peaceful days!

October 4, 2011 at 6:56 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

What a beautiful family you have! Thank you for sharing your boys' first week together with us. :) I had to laugh at the 'new bedtime stalling technique' (watching football with daddy). Let me just tell you...that will only get worse (or better, depending on your point of view). My 7 yr old son now stays up waaay too late on Saturdays to watch football with my husband. They both love it so much, I find it hard to crack the whip when bedtime comes. :) Enjoy your boys!

October 4, 2011 at 8:52 PM  
Blogger Allison said...

Loving the updates & glad you guys are adjusting well! Baby #2 will be coming home with us in about a month so I'm anxious to see how my son does also!

Griffin is a doll & I love the name!!

October 5, 2011 at 5:30 AM  
Blogger linda said...

Congratulations on your new baby boy....he is beautiful and I love his name!! Levi is just too cute for words! I hope it's ok to say this....Griffin looks so much like Cora's pictures....they both look like their daddy.

October 5, 2011 at 7:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So happy for you that your transition has been smooth and wonderful. You truly have a beautiful family!!!

October 5, 2011 at 6:31 PM  
Blogger sassy said...

wow! what a week! PLEASE tell how you did the collage at the top! (someday!)

October 5, 2011 at 7:02 PM  
Blogger The Schilling's from Cimarron said...

CONGRATS!!!!! WE are soooo excited for u all! What a sweetie! LEVI looks sooo big now!:) hope all is well with u and we miss u bunches! Take care and give all 3 boys a hug from us!:)
love u....
AMIE

October 5, 2011 at 9:43 PM  
Blogger Mindy M. Harris said...

at church on day 5?!? how do you all do that? griffin is gorgeous. both he and levi are just too cute for words. happy to hear all is going well.

October 6, 2011 at 8:58 PM  
Anonymous Nan said...

I haven't been here in months and just remembered before popping over that you were pregnant and lo and behold... a baby has just arrived! Congratulations! He is beautiful. God bless!

October 6, 2011 at 11:08 PM  
Anonymous Daddy by Default said...

These shots are amazing. What camera are you using and do you edit afterwards in software? Just wondering. -Craig

October 7, 2011 at 11:58 AM  
Blogger The Smiths said...

I wanted to just say I spent the last hour reading your blog. You are such a strong family and God knew that when He created your family. Just all the scriptures you list for encouragement. You truly are a woman or God! Congratualtions on your babies and I will keep your family in my prayers! Ashleigh Smith

October 7, 2011 at 7:37 PM  
Blogger The Smiths said...

I just got done reading your amazing story about your family! You are such a strong woman to be able to share your struggles and praises with the world. I am praying for your family. God knows you are a strong woman and I am so encouraged by you! Thank you for your posts and congratulations!
Ashleigh Smith

October 7, 2011 at 9:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've followed your blog for a couple of years now-- I had my 2nd son on Sept. 16th so now I love getting to read about someone with a baby boy the same age as mine. It's nice to see that a lot of us are going through the emotions and changes of a 2nd baby in the house. My older son is 3.5 yrs old. And, to feel normal about all of it! Keep posting and I'll keep following to compare our boys! I just hope Griffin isn't sleeping 12 hours at 6 weeks old and I'm still up every few hours! ;) ;)

October 9, 2011 at 10:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Griffin is adorable! I'm so happy for you and Joel!
ricky & kristen

October 9, 2011 at 10:45 PM  
Blogger Lexie Loo, Little Lily, and Dylan Too! said...

Sweet pictures of your boys! They are both adorable!

October 10, 2011 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger Jamie said...

I just came across your blog. You have a beautiful family. Thanks for sharing your heart.

October 10, 2011 at 8:12 PM  

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