Posted By jayna on November 23, 2014
Introducing (finally) . . .
Apparently it takes four times as long to finish anything once you welcome the fourth child into a home. Not that I’d ever complain, since all of my free time has been spent cuddling and inhaling that intoxicatingly sweet baby smell, but whoa. Whatever the husband and I did in our past lives to bring such an initiation period upon ourselves, we’d repent in a heartbeat. All of the big kids have been sick, hacking up lungs into the wee hours of the night, and a certain three year old has decided that right now is the best time to assert his very strong will and independence.
But still. Baby. Sweet, sweet baby that is so happy and easy and lulled to sleep by the sounds of chaos all around him.
On November 12th, I thanked my lucky stars that I had vigorously cleaned the house, packed lunches, prepped school clothes and braided unruly hair before going to bed the night before. At 3am, the husband jumped out of bed when I whispered his name and nearly sprinted to the car. I will always remember him impatiently waiting at the bottom of the steps as I painfully slithered down them, stopping for a contraction, and wanting to punch him for the level of impatience. My kingdom for a childbirth experience just for men.
A mere two hours later, I had a newborn on my chest and was high on that quick, not-a-chance-to-even-think-about-drugs, get-everybody-in-here-now kind of birth. He nursed like a champ and the husband and I watched the sun rise over the mountains out the hospital windows, marveling that it was all over, just like that again.
The heavy-weight of the family so far, he came in at 9lbs 6oz and was 21 inches long . . .
And we were nearly as shocked as when MJ was born, with all that red hair, to see that he has the blondest hair and lightest features we could imagine. After Tater with his shock of dark hair and crazy eyebrows and lashes, it’s quite the change.
Babies are awesome. Four kids in the house is awesome (despite the bumpy patches). And if the past 11 days are any sort of indication, this guy is going to be all sorts of awesome.