Meet the Phoebe

24 April 2014

If you've donated any of your life's precious time to reading even one paragraph of this here blog you'll know that I don't specialize in glass-half-fulling it. Ever. So please no (hmm I just stared at that "no" for a looooooong time before realizing I really meant now ... j/k know) .. ahem so please know that for me to say the meet and greet actually went surprisingly swimmingly ... means that it went REALLY well in Patton land.

Tickle me shocked.


complete with high pitched, "it's SO cute!!" and all. 

Simon and I were a little bit burned when the older two met Theo. Our high hopes for harmony were dashed and Simon left a little bit frazzled (... down the elevator with the double jogger and two tantrum happy toddlers into the parking garage to realize .... NO KEYS ... not that we're holding onto that precious memory or anything) so we set our expectations super low for the introduction to baby #4.


Which was dumb. Theo was the happiest little Phoebe excavator and didn't have a single cold shoulder to toss my way. Julia wanted to make sure that when I return home I'll be bringing Phoebe with me and Sebastian wants to hold her in .3 second increments ... and I'll take it. I'll take it all.

someone give that baby's parents a swaddling lesson ... because "roll of paper towels" does not a comfy looking baby make.

I know this is grainy and gross but ... it's not your blog. I'm throwing it up.

And other happs to note:
+ the kids thought her belly button cord clip was a piece of Easter candy and wondered when they could eat it ...
+ Julia had a lot of questions about the second baby in my "still pretty huge" tummy
+ Sebastian assumes any and all hospital staff that enter the room is a doctor and addresses them as such.
+ Simon is a saint for taking such great care of the kids. There should be an entire section of greeting cards bigger than the birthday section solely dedicated to dads that take over for moms for an extended period of time. It's not easy and I know that. He even wore pink for the first visit in honor of "it's a girl" and gush gush ... he's the best of all the rest. 
+ Here's a video of the kids meeting Phoebe. Sort of. The phone's memory ran out -- so it's cut pretty short.

BUT!! Lest you think that rainbows and unicorns are running rampant in my recovery room for all to covet and envy ...


this scary haircrow knows the fun has just begun.

But let me enjoy the babymoon in all its glory before I head home in the morning.

And so many thank yous to all of you for all of your sweet comments and well wishes. Simon said, "I'm floored by the social media engagement Phoebe has brought in ..." and so am I. You are all far too kind. Much love to you and yours. And that's not the Percocet talking. I swear't. 

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ps! It never occurred to me that Anika might be tough to decipher pronunciation until some people asked. Oops. I know, dumb Grace strikes again. It's just like Monica ... but no M. On-ick-uh. I hope that makes sense. If not ... maybe I'll record a Sebastian pronunciation to clear up any lingering confusion. 

70 comments:

  1. Congratulations, so happy for you!!

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  2. That video is cute! Congrats on getting another girl :) p.s. your blog is my favorite.

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  3. Love all the pictures! So cute!

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  4. That's the most adorable video of an adorable family. So very happy for you all! (and I love love the name.)

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  5. You may not glass half-full it, but I'm crying! I swear I'm not pregnant. Blog claps for Simon! That is so sweet he wore pink.

    And I kind of love that last photo of rainbows and sunshine and hilarious faces. You may not have been chuckling, but it LOOKS like you were and thinking, "Yep, this is my life. And I love it."

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  6. Eek! I love it all! Watched the video & it just melted my heart. You have the perfect gentle yet engaged and interested voice ever. Loved it all. And now I'm curious about what was in the bag.

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  7. She's beautiful, Grace! I love the kids' reactions to her! Will be praying for y'all as you head home and re-adjust!

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  8. Aww...babies meeting babies makes my heart melt. Doesn't Theo look huge now?! Whenever my kids have met their siblings it's been full of happiness and glee followed by overwhelmed emotional meltdowns sometime later. But I'm chalking that up to meltdowns of happy emotion! I bet Julia is on cloud nine to have a sister!

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  10. Awh, the video was so precious! Congrats Grace and big hugs to your growing fam! I just want to scoop up and give smooches to all your adorable kiddos! :)

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  11. "She's really born" :) :) So lovely.

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  12. oh my gosh, made the husband pause the tv so i could watch the vid and cried and asked if we could have four blond babies!! (he said no, ha!) too cute. congrats you all!

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  13. That picture of Theo looking at the baby is the cutest! Congrats to all, and I can't wait until Phoebe is contributing her share of crazy shenanigans to the blog. Or, for ongoing Julia commentary on her sister, because I'm guessing that's going to be pretty fab as well. :)

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  14. That video is just the best! I love your blog and sweet family! Congrats on the new baby!

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  15. Congratulations! Phoebe is so precious, and the pics of the kids meeting her are the sweetest!! I am also dyinngggggg to know what Phoebe's nickname is going to be for all. Bash. Fee-oh. Pheeb? Bee? Pheebs? eebs?

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  16. Congratulations! She's a pretty baby. Scary haircrow.....I'm dying. Your family is adorable. Theo meeting baby, so cute. Now to watch the video.

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  17. I love everything about this post. So many congratulations to you. Four is such a wonderful number to have. Crazy and hectic and exhausting and wonderful.

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  18. Ooooohh, I lovelovelove! The video is the sweetest. Makes me wish Lukas had a clue that he is getting a sister in tminus 9 weeks. Phoebe is an angel! Enjoy the rest of your "hospitalcation" :)

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  19. Welcome to my life Phoebe Anika.

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  20. Oh my goodness! So happy for you guys. Simon wearing pink for the occassion, so sweet! Hope to run into you guys when you feel brave enough to venture to Wichita with all 4 little ones.

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  21. The video is far too short! Sooo sweet!!! One of my favorite parts of working L&D is witnessing siblings meeting for the first time.

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  22. Amazing. Your blog give me major baby fever... you make some pretty perfect ones!

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  23. Congratulations, that is just the sweetest! I can't wait until we're doing that again! (not that I want labour again.. haha.. not.. ha.)

    Seriously congratulations!!

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  24. this is so precious. oh my goodness. Congratulations!! I really could just watch your kids for days and never be sad -- they are so cute. I give you props because I could never have two kids under 2 let alone 4 under 5... CONGRATULATIONS!

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  25. After the split second the baby is born, my second favorite part of having a baby is sibling/baby introduction. I love your pics, messy hair and all. Its all so wonderfully chaotic and beautiful at the same time. You and Simon are truly blessed....and so are those precious babies. Congratulations!!!! Heaps of JOY being sent your way via Wichita!!

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  26. Congrats on your beautiful new addition!

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  27. Congratulations!!! Your pregnancy went by so fast (for me, anyway!). I can't believe you have a new little one already. God bless your adorable family. :)

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  28. Comgtatations. Thanks for sharing!!

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  29. Congrats Pattons!! Love every paragraph and grainy photo ;)

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  30. Ah, those are the best moments. I wish I could relive them all,over and over again, since having more babies might not be in the cards for me anymore... Congratulations again! You have beautiful children!

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  31. Such a precious little one! Congratulations! I hope you are doing well, and thanks for sharing (and I like the Swedishness of her middle name)!

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  32. Darling! Congratulations to you all.

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  33. So thrilled for you and your family. I love the pic of you holding all four! Can't wait to read the story of her arrival. Congratulations again!

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  34. Why does Theo all of a sudden look like he's about to start high school? And the picture of Julia seriously checking out her baby sister? Be still my heart! And Simon is totally DA MAN for bringing the kids up to bond with the baby. There were five of us and trust me, our happy reunions occurred in our living room at home. Mom's Hospital-cation was sans other chil'rens.

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  35. Do you get the drugs? If so, how do you not get all swollen? When I had my daughter I had a double dose pitocin AND epidural, and I was swollen like a whale. Like I looked more pregnant in my face after having her than I did while I was actually pregnant. SUCH A LET DOWN. But babies, man they're worth it.

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  36. YAY!!!! Congrats all around! I love Julia's face. Girl knows what's up! Look at the way she's holding Phoebe! She's a natural.

    I love reading your blog. It's the best. We only have one child and are longing for more but it just isn't happening. I love to look at your big family!!

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  37. Congratulations! She is gorgeous! I love that you showed both sides of how the meet and greet went! These pictures are amazing!

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  38. I'm just so so happy for your little (not so little anymore, I guess) family. Welcoming a new baby is so special. Congratulations to everyone! (And I said it already, but I'll say it again--I LOVE the name Phoebe!)

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  39. So many warm fuzzies... Congratulations! :D

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  40. Congrats Pattons and welcome to the world sweet little angel! I love "Anika", so pretty!

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  41. Congratulations on your new little bundle! She is so precious (as are your other kiddos)! I have just recently started following your blog and I'm hooked!

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  42. Many many congratulations!
    That video was pretty darn adorable ;)

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  43. haha... this was a great post. and high five for the phonetical spelling... i mean, i knew what it was... but as someone who's child gets called everything other than what we thought was the obvious pronounciation, it's nice to have company.

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  44. Congratulations! Phoebe is adorable! I just had baby #4 a couple weeks ago and can so relate to the reactions from the rest of the children and chuckled especially at the "It's SO cute!" reaction. I had to actually correct 2 out of my 3 children that baby Lilia was not a HE. And the kisses are endless. This kid is the most loved of all by the siblings so far. And I was also asked when the baby still in my tummy was coming right after I had the baby. Kids - the way their minds work is priceless :). Happy recovering!

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  45. Congratulations, again! Beautiful family. I know the days in the hospital away from the kids can be hard, but sometimes I guiltily found some enjoyment in the fact that I had people taking care of me for a change. :) Happy babymoon!!

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  46. Congratulations! She is lovely, and your family is so beautiful! Enjoy babymoon!

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  47. Isn't it fun to know you have such a large invisible support group cheering you on! I love the picture of Julia in the hospital bed......seems to be pondering the day when she might be a mommy.

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  48. I just snorfed my Advocare Spark and cackled aloud for like 5 minutes at "haircrow" - seriously, that might be one of my favorite coinages of yours to date. Many, many, many congrats. <3

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  49. Congratulations! I loved the video, but I was so distracted by actually hearing your voice! Weird, I know. Rest up (if possible?) and enjoy Phoebe!

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  50. So glad it went well!!! That video was fantastic. And probably because I'm a stalker and it's like so huh. That's what Grace's voice sounds like. I was not disappointed.

    You really deserve a pat on the back or a million of them. You take all this in stride. All these babies.

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  51. I love her...she is perfection. I can't wait to see and hear more. <3

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  52. Well, Julia's a little self-esteem upper, isn't she. (She always makes me laugh anyway.)

    Congratulations!

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  53. Congratulations! It's so fun to hear about your adventures as a family of six! I remember reading about Theo's "meet the sibs" experience right before my second was born and it helped me to realize that not every "meet the sib" experience is a picture perfect photo op. It really took the pressure off of me because up until that point, I was feeling like I needed to hire a professional photographer to document the meeting of my two kids.

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  54. Picture of Julia in the hospital bed, the best! When my then 5 yr. old son saw me change my daughter's diaper at the hospital he responded "what did they DO to her wiener"??!! He was horrified when he saw the belly button clip and no boy parts where he thought they should be. Scarred for life, I tell you.

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  55. agh the video is too sweet! and the last picture, a crack up! Always keeping it real in the best way possible Grace! xo

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  56. I am late to the party but congratulations on the arrival of Phoebe! And I love her name.

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  57. So sweet!
    I'm currently team Anika (or Annika) for our baby coming in October :)

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  58. So happy for your sweet family. Congrats, campers.

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  59. Welcome to the four little kids club!! It's fun...once you get passed that first year:)

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  60. Mazel Tov! Phoebe is darling! Wow, 4 little ones and they are all beautiful. I like the meltdown pix at the end because I am sure every adult wishes that they could let loose with abandon like that now and then. haha
    Best of luck to you and look forward to reading more. :)

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  61. So precious! I love the video, just wish it was longer :)

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  62. Congrats congrats congrats! Your family is so beautiful I wish I could come babysit. xo best wishes for the coming weeks!

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  63. My oldest is Annika, same pronunciation, and we have to do the "Monica minus M" thing constantly. My husband and I have Swedish heritage so we just assume it would be obvious. We were wrong! Congrats to you! Thank you for your sharing your wonderful family through your wonderful blog.

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