As it turned out, Jon and I enjoyed some take-out - just the two of us!! - Friday evening on the 5th after the big kids were gone, and by midnight that night we knew Dylan was on his way. What timing!
I really missed Lauren on her birthday, but it was wonderful to spend it celebrating Dylan's arrival. And it helped to know that Gramma and Grampa were loving on Lauren in our absence, as evidenced by the big smiles and stack of new board games with which she came home. (Cupcake Race, anyone?) She was elated to have a new baby brother for her birthday, and it will be fun to celebrate them together in the years to come.
Many have asked how Dylan compared to the others, so here are each Spark Plug's arrival stats:
Tyler: 9lbs., 8oz., 20.75"
Kyle: 8lbs., 10oz., 20"
Lauren: 8lbs., 13oz., 20"
Dylan: 8lbs., 10oz., 20.5"
And here are some fun sibling look-alike pictures:
Kyle, top, 1 week old; Lauren, bottom, 1 week old
Lauren, top, approximately 3 weeks; Dylan, bottom, 4 weeks
It's fun to see how similar or different each of the Spark Plugs is from his siblings. Dylan is a good blend of the older three's looks and personality (or hospitality, as Tyler keeps saying), but he is definitely his own person with his own likes and dislikes.
I'm grateful that Dylan usually sleeps well at night. He's never really had his days and nights mixed up, and even though he's on the fussy side, it's almost always easy to figure out what he needs, and he calms down quickly most of the time. He loves being held but is content to be put down if I need to.
Dylan's arrival has been a great blessing to our entire family. The older three love to dote on him and are super willing to help me with anything I need. I'm often asked, "How do you do it with four?" I reply, "I don't know how I would it without four; I need all the help I can get!"