Welcome Tristan Alexander!

It’s difficult to believe that it’s been almost 6 weeks that little Tristan Alexander has been a part of our family.  He is truly a sweet boy, and I can’t imagine life without him.  I thought it would be a nice introduction to answer a few of the frequently asked questions that we’ve received.


Q:  So what were the stats?

A:  Tristan Alexander was born on January 14, 2015 at 10:00 am.  He weighed 8 pound, 8 ounces and was 20.5 inches tall.

Q:  His name is Kristen?

A:  No, it’s Tristan – like tragic hero from the Wagnerian opera  Tristan und Isolde and Brad Pitt’s character from Legends of the Fall.  Surprisingly, I discovered that it’s on the top 100 baby names for 2015.  Who knew!?!?

Q:  How is he sleeping?

A:  For a few weeks now, he’s been waking up only once or twice.  I knock on wood and count my blessings.

Q:  How do the kids like him?

A:  Camden is over the moon.  Her 5 year old maternal instincts kicked right in, and she would stay home on maternity leave so she could feed/burp/change/cuddle/etc if she could.  She loves to make him smile and he’s already been invited to play American Girl dolls (and worn some of the clothes…)

Logan, on the other hand, has had more difficulties.  He was initially upset that someone else was usurping his role of baby.  He threw a fit when we gave Tristan a pacifier.  He wanted to drink out of a bottle.  He threw himself on the ground when we put the carseat in “his” stroller.  I’m happy to report that he’s come around a bit.  Now that Tristan is more alert and awake, Logan is having fun talking to “his baby.”  I think these two will be buddies once Tristan is a little more interested in Logan’s 2 year old games.

Q: How was the delivery?

A: Tristan arrived via scheduled C section, which was so much less stressful than going into labor.  I knew the date, I could plan to have family help, and everything went right along with Matt’s project plan.  🙂  The kids got stomach flu the day before Tristan was born, and I can’t thank my mom enough for coming up early to help me.  She did not get the easy “take care of the kids after preschool while I’m in the hospital” visit that we planned.  But everyone pitched in to help us get through those first few weeks.  It truly takes a village, and I’m so grateful for ours!!  Thank you Mom, Bev, Meghan, Denise, Joanne, Elizabeth, Joanne and Margeaux for all you did to help us out!

Q: How are you feeling?

A:  I had a scheduled C Section this time, but recovery has gone well.  I was able to do the stairs the day I got home from the hospital, and ~6 weeks in, there’s no pain on the incision any more.  I hope to be cleared to work out again this Friday (although I’ve enjoyed the excuse that I didn’t have medical clearance…  hmm. I’ll have to get my Zumba app working again.).

Q:  Who took these adorable pictures?

A: Denise Evans wowed us again with her talents.  She generously came and took newborn photos on two separate occasions (I kept having more and more ideas).  Her gift is a blessing!


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