As you can probably imagine, Vivian and I have been busy tending to our new little bundle of joy here at home. It’s been a bit of an adjustment having two little ones needing attention and getting used to the midnight feedings once again, but having two happy and healthy kids is a blessing and all we could ever want. Of course, we also have two sets of grandparents on hand to help out, which is wonderful if we ever need to get out of the house (or drop by for hamburgers and Mystery Science Theater).
On Friday night, Vivian’s parents watched Baby Aaron so the rest of us could attend Bank of the West’s annual concert at Memorial Park. This year’s lineup had four different bands that sounded like a “best of” mix-tape from the late 1990s: Blues Traveler, Sugar Ray, Uncle Kracker, and Smash Mouth. Vivian didn’t recognize any of the bands by name, but she remembered the songs as soon as they started playing. Even Hannah seemed to enjoy the show, cheering along with the crowd and clapping her bears’ paws along with everyone else to the music. Around 70,000k people braved the weather to join us at the park, and aside from a five-minute sprinkle, none of the thundershowers everyone had been predicting came to pass. A cluster of our friends came to join us at the spot we’d staked out and stuck around for the firework show at the end of the concert.
On Saturday, we partook in another one of my favorite summer traditions: Shakespeare on the Green. This year’s comedy was “The Compeat Works of Shakespeare (abridged), which played out like a long bit of sketch comedy using an amalgam of Shakespearean plays as a springboard. Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, Merchant of Venice, Macbeth, Hamlet, and light-saber duel here and there — nothing was left out. The cast even found their way into the audience and onto the scaffolding, which made for a stranger, more interactive show than usual.
This evening was also predicted to be a rainy affair, but the weather turned out to be unexpectedly gorgeous instead, which made for perfect picnicking and Shakespearean dress-up. The flutists and wandering singers were on hand as usual, and even Scott Voorhees from KFAB (but sadly no juggler). We had our gang of friends sharing a blanket with us as usual, but the sword-fighting was left to kiddos this year. Someday Hannah and Aaron will be old enough to come join us for a little dress-up. Someday.
Aaron Edward Johnson
Everybody say hello to Aaron Edward Johnson, our new little bundle of joy born at 9:08 am on June 11, weighing 6 lbs. 11 oz. and measuring 20 inches long. Mom and I couldn’t be happier with our new son, and Hannah’s going to love having a new baby brother!
Vivian and I celebrated the eve of our son’s birth with burgers down at Stella’s for one last meal. Then we headed down to the hospital bright and early Tuesday morning for a scheduled delivery by c-section. Our little guy came out of the womb with a little trouble and needed some fluid taken out of his little throat before he was presentable to mom on the operating trouble. After a couple hours of recovery, though, we were all ready to present all four grandparents with their new (first and only) grandson. Daddy got to give him his first bath in the afternoon, and then we started our parade of visitors, starting with “Uncle” Eric and Pastor Drew and then the Mathis Family at the end of the night.
The next day, I dropped by the house to check on Big Sister Hannah and made some banana pancakes with her and Grammy for breakfast. Grandma Johnson and I did some last-minute shopping at B2B before lunch. Then that afternoon, Hannah dropped by with presents and flowers for mom and toys for her little brother. We had told her all about the new addition to our family, but she still seemed somewhat in (duck-faced) shock to hold him in her arms for the first time. We got a bunch of new visitors that evening as Vivian’s entire bible study dropped by to visit. Almost all eleven ladies got to take turns holding our little boy (after getting a terribly timed blood-test).
We had a steady stream of other guests for the rest of our stay at the hospital, including Sherri, Kerri, Lexi and her little boy August, and Teresa with her four kids in tow. A professional photographer wandered by to get some classy shots of little Aaron for us that will look quite lovely hanging in my office. Vivian’s OB-GYN dropped in on Saturday to give us the all clear to pack up our little bundle of joy and head home. He still had some jaundice, so we gave him about a day’s worth of light therapy at home just to be safe. It cleared up by Sunday afternoon.
Of course, Sunday was also Father’s Day, and what better gift could a dad ask for than a new baby? We had all four grandparents over to have brats and corn on the cob for dinner, and Hannah got to spend a little extra time measuring up next to her little brother and Vivian’s baby doll, Jenny before calling it a night.
Welcome home, Aaron!
Vivian and I have just a few more days before welcoming a bouncing, new baby boy into our house. That means enjoying the freedom of a one-child house while we still have the chance! On Friday, we had Phil and Jen over fresh from their trip to Florida and Caribbean cruise, gobbling down all the bean dip they brought and watching the brilliantly terrible Sharknado afterward.
On Saturday, we made the trip downtown to walk through the Summer Arts Festival and then spend a couple hours with Hannah at Sand in the City. She enjoyed playing in the giant sandbox with daddy and making a “sand” cupcake afterward with the lady who runs the Family Fun in Omaha Facebook Page. The sculptures this year were all movie-themed and included a Godzilla who really seemed to like the Omaha skyline.
That evening, we crashed at Dennis and Kara’s for burgers and brats, and let Hannah play with their kids for a couple hours before heading home. Sunday was primarily a clean-up day getting ready for the new baby, and on Monday we brought Hannah down for one last lunchtime trip to the park. Weather has been gorgeous and cool (for June), so we had to stick with slides and swings instead of fountains this time around.
Next stop: baby!
We have only one week left before we become a family of four, and it seems like time is going by so fast! It’s summer now, and that means the fountains at Stinson Park have been turned on. That made for a fun, wet lunch break (after Hannah got to have her first Whopper) with Hannah and daddy as we went strolling through the spray on Wednesday. Of course, I brought a change of clothes so I wouldn’t go back to the office completely soaked.
Uncle Jonny came down over the weekend to spend some time with us, and on Saturday we had dinner at Grandma and Grandpa Johnson’s house with Uncle Nathan. We got to see the new Baby Robins in the backyard and get some quality family time before calling it a night. Then on Sunday, we got to welcome Pastor Drew and his family back from Uruguay, where they had been visiting for the past month or so. We got to catch up with them during potluck, which included some quince jam and cheese from Uruguay.
Hannah has only a few days left of being an Only Child, so Vivian and I have been spending quality time with her as well. We had a couple more trips with her to the park, and we also went up to Mount Calvary to get some Belly Shots of Vivian before little Wilby Johnson has to come join the outside world. Then on Wednesday, Hannah got to have her first cooking experiencing helping daddy decorate a pizza for dinner. She definitely enjoyed doing that, and the resulting pizza was good, too.