Our little guy...

We had an incredible experience this week, we welcomed baby number two. 
Easton Bernell Hawkins
was born on April 20, 2011 at 12:02 am. 

Our experience was a very precious one.  Mindy let us be in the delivery room when he was born and it really was incredible! 
Welcome little one!!!
 Both Mindy and Easton did great and are doing well.  The hospital staff was wonderful to us and as soon as they had cleaned him off a little they brought him right to me for some skin to skin time.
(keep in mind it was the middle of the night when he was born.  I don't love this pic of me. :D)  It was so special to have those first tender moments with him to snuggle and bond. 
 After things were cleaned up they got us our own room and weighed and measured him.  I said as soon as he was out that he was smaller then Madi.  The scale confirmed it when he came in at 6 lbs. 5 oz.  (Madi was 6 lbs. 9 oz.)  He is an inch longer then she was though.  He measured 19".
 With Easton I decide that I wasn't going to nurse him since Madi preferred the bottle and it ended up being a little frustrating for her.  Here he is, enjoying his first meal.
 His daddy sure does love him.  It is amazing how quick the love comes.
 Derrick helped give him his first bath Wednesday morning.
 All clean!  I love his fuzzy little head!
 Nice and toasty warm...
 Madi slept with her mouth open like this too.  I think they get that from their dad. :D
 Grandma and Grandpa (Derrick's parents) were so sweet to take Madi for us while we were in the hospital.  Derrick went and got her so she could meet her new brother.  She was so sweet to him.  She was so gentle and quiet.  She would say "baby sleeps" and sign sleep as she watched him.  When he cried she would say "baby sad" with the most concerned look as she signed it.
 She was ready to take him home though.  She held him for a little while and enjoyed pointing at his features and naming each one.
 Daddy with our most loved little ones.  We will see how Madi does with sharing her daddy.  She even pushes me away and he was mine first! :D
 Mindy with our sweet Easton...
 While Madi was there we brought her in to see Mindy.  We are so very grateful to her and will love her always! 
 Madi really liked the crib.  She wanted us to change her bum in it after she saw Derrick change Easton.  After we told her she was too big, she spent the rest of her time pushing it around.
 We had some special visitors last night, Uncle Chris and Aunt Annie.  Annie, we didn't a picture of you with him :(
 I just love this little guy.  He already knows I'm his mommy.  When he is awake and I talk he looks around for me.  He knows my voice already.  The nurses would come check his stats and he would cry and as soon as they would give him back and I laid him on my chest he would immediately stop. 
 I really can't get enough of him!
 We were able to spend some time with some of his birth grandparents.  We already knew them so it was great to see them again.  This is his Grandma Tammy.
 And here he is all ready to go home.  The hospital staff was awesome and we had a wonderful experience but I must say that I am glad to be home.  It will be so nice to sleep in my bed tonight.
 We stopped at Grandma and Grandpa's to pick up Madi.  I sure did miss her!  She is such an angel and so full of personality.  She is going to be a great big sister and such a good little helper for me.
 She is lovin' her little brother and wants to see him and be by him every second.
 My two perfect miracles...
We are so blessed to be the parents of Madi and Easton and are so thankful to know Mindy and have her as part of our family.  We love her so very much and will always have a special place in our hearts for her. 
We are grateful for our family and the love, prayers and support they give to us.  Thank you mom and dad for all you do and especially for taking Madi.  She adores you guys!


  1. How blessed you are, Melissa!!!
    I am so happy for you.
    Congrats on Baby Easton. What an absolute doll.
    Keep smiling and enjoy every moment.

  2. Wow Mel!!!! I'm so happy he is here safe and sound and in your arms. Amazing, thank you for sharing. You're such a amazing mom and your babes are so blessed to have you. Love you!!!

  3. He is so stinkin' cute!!!!!!!! I love the picture of you with him early in the morning. It's a true mama photo! We're always up in the middle of the night with them! What a blessing! We can't wait till the blessing/sealing!!

  4. He is SOOOO Precious!!! Love his hair. I think the best parts of motherhood come from watching my children interact with one another. It is quite a joy! I'm sure you know just what I mean now!! This starts a whole new journey! CONGRATS! Wish I was there to hold him!

  5. Seriously Melissa he is ADORABLE!!! Reading about how much he loves you and stops crying the second you held him gives me the chills. SO Awesome!!! Babies are such a blessing and I am so so happy for your whole family. Congrats!! Can't wait to see him.

  6. He is so beautiful. Makes me want to have another one! Boys and girls are so different. I'm so glad you get to experience both!! Have fun!

  7. That is so awesome and he is so cute. He totally reminds me of Madi as a baby - how time flies! Congrats you totally deserve all the blessing you receive!

  8. i have been waiting for this post for weeks now!!! He is very Handsome! You guys are so blessed! Congratulations!