Sunday, August 30, 2009

Gilbert's Homecoming

In my usual fashion, I took (or coerced Olivia into taking) over 200 pictures this last visit to Vaughans'. I realized tonight I didn't have time to put ALL the good pictures up, but I knew I would have people baying for blood (specifically, the Alaska Aunt in Dillingham), if I didn't post pictures of this.

So here he is, Gilbert Harley Cotten the Beautiful.

There was a little bit of excitement when he pulled in the driveway, with his mother and father in tow. And once he came inside, there was even more excitement.

Lily looks so happy to see him.

Elliott realizes the gravity of the situation more.

Lily's first snuggle with Gilbert.

Gentle pats!

Orianna gets a turn to hold him! It's wonderful being the Really Big Sister.

Lily smiling again.

I love this picture. Can you find Gilbert in this picture of sisterly and cousinly devotion?

Orianna holding him again, flanked by the other girls.

Okay, they were pretty much all the same picture, but they were all too cute to be cut.

Lily grinning again, while she holds Gilbert!

The newly expanded Cotten family, in their first (albiet unposed) family portrait.

"Let's touch Gilbert!"

Orianna was rather glad that Mommy was back. The girls were both excellent for all the aunties and grandparents watching them, but there's nothing like having parents!

Bet, snuggling her girls. Before this week, she'd never been away from them overnight, except for her brief hospital stay with Lily.

Isn't he intelligent looking? Dad swears he said "Grandpa" already.

More group holding.

Then Orianna holds him again!

Olivia gets a turn.

Orianna moving in for a kiss.

He's so perfect!

After all the excitement, Orianna fell asleep while Justin was reading to her!

There's lots more pictures coming, but now I need to go to bed. That three-hour Sunday nap just wasn't enough!


the Provident Woman said...

How cute!

Just wanted to let you know that I'm having a giveaway on my blog through Sept. 4.

Cecil and Amy said...

Baby Gilbert is so cute! I've been waiting on a daily basis for the pictures that I was sure would appear! Thanks again for not disappointing us! Does he have a nickname? Gilbert seems like such a B I G name for such a little guy!

Evan and Clover and Co. said...

I find, Amy, that it helps to call him gil-BEAR in the French fashion! (Thanks, Nina!) So that's my nickname for him, anyway! :-)