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Introducing Our New Baby Boy!

I think it’s time to officially introduce you to our new baby! If you follow me on Facebook, you know that our baby boy was born just before Christmas, and if you’re not on Facebook, you’ve probably guessed as much. Here on the blog, I’ll call him BabyM until I come up with a better blog name. (I have the foresight to realize that BabyM won’t be an appropriate name forever, and nor will the other things I call him now, like Milk Man, Sweet Cheeks, or Little Guy. I’m already terrified of how quickly he will grow!)

BabyM’s birthday went well. I started having contractions at midnight, went to the hospital around 4:30 AM, and we had our healthy baby boy just after 9 AM. My labor with Cee lasted 30 hours, and although I don’t think I would do anything differently if I could, it was a marathon that included an epidural, Pitocin, and more than two hours of pushing. BabyM, on the other hand, came so fast that by the time the pain got really intense, there wasn’t time to think about an epidural. I didn’t have my heart set on anything about this labor and delivery – after wanting this baby for so long, I truly just wanted a healthy baby. Still, it was cool to have the experience of an unmedicated birth. I had fabulous support from the nurses, my OB, and my husband and mom, who were both there for BabyM’s birth.

I have to say that the last month has been pretty blissful. I say this with a bit of trepidation, because I know that bliss isn’t always the #1 word used to describe the postpartum period, at least if we’re being honest. But I feel lucky to have this baby, and I am claiming this bliss right now. I love holding BabyM, nursing him, and even, or maybe especially, changing his diaper. He’s most alert, and amazingly, calm during diaper changes. He can be a very quiet, calm little soul, but he can also turn on a dime. His cries can sound angry, arms punching the air, face red and broken into a sweat. He did cry for the better part of three hours tonight, so while I do feel incredibly happy right now, life is not all roses.

To be honest, there’s one big reason why I’ve enjoyed the postpartum period so much this time around. I’ve had incredible support. My mom stayed with us for three weeks, and then my mother-in-law came for another three. Both have been a huge help with Cee, BabyM, meals, and generally keeping things afloat. If there are mothers in your life who can fill this role, I highly recommend this approach. They are the reason why I’ve been getting enough sleep every night, why Cee has felt lots of extra love during this time, and why I’ve been able to enjoy BabyM without worrying about what’s for dinner. What a gift this has been. It will be a second adjustment period when we’re on our own, but at least now we’ve found some semi-predictable rhythms.

Cee loves her little brother, although she still mentions occasionally that she wishes he was a girl. And once, she said she wished she could be the only kid again. Tonight at bedtime, we talked about how we will handle her bedtime after grandma has gone home and I’m on my own (my husband often works nights) and BabyM is screaming. Cee’s first suggestion was that dad could just not work. So there are a few things to work through, but Cee also comes running to help with nearly every diaper change. And BabyM loves her already. His eyes get extra-alert, and he almost always turns towards her voice when she talks to him.

BabyM

I mean, seriously, the cuteness!

I’ll stop gushing now and go to bed, but I hope to write more soon. As always, I have lots of blog topics swirling in my head, including some about BabyM, but too little time to sit down at the computer. I hope to fit more writing into my day soon as we start to hit more of a stride with naps (fingers crossed!).

21 Comments
  1. Reblogged this on orientalreality and commented:
    lovely baby.

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    January 26, 2015
  2. Congrats! He’s really sweet 🙂

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    January 26, 2015
  3. expectantmummy #

    Congratulations he is beautiful x

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    January 26, 2015
  4. Yep, really cute kid 🙂
    And I’m so glad you have so much help (which you appreciate ;)).
    Hope the transition period goes well for you all 🙂

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    January 26, 2015
  5. Congratulations! He is beautiful! Go ahead and gush some more – love baby pictures! 🙂

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    January 26, 2015
  6. wtfovaries #

    Adorable!! Congratulations!!

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    January 26, 2015
  7. Welcome BabyM! He is beautiful and so glad things went smoothly. Things will work out at home. My two kids are 7 years apart so it was a big adjustment. They have this love/hate relationship. But that’s what siblings are for. Right? 😉

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    January 26, 2015
  8. b #

    Congrats.

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    January 26, 2015
  9. Emmi #

    Congratulations! So sweet. Regarding bed-time routines when you are alone with them, it can definitely be a challenge, but stay flexible and remember that with time, everything gets al lot easier. The first few months, the baby doesn’t really have a routine, and then it can be quite challenging. You just have to bring the little one with you when you put the older one to bed. Nurse him while you read a book, keep him in a sling while you do the bedtime routines etc. Maybe get some good one-to-one time with the girl while he is having a nap, and explain to her that you do that in stead of a long bedtime routine. It all gets so much easier when the little one is around 6-9 months and you can predictably put him to bed first, while the oldest one gets some bonus time with the iPad or something. So l would definitely work on getting a predictable, early bedtime for him as soon as he is able to adapt to it, typically around 6-9 months or so.
    We also have a girl and a boy, and the big sister was not too happy with the idea of a little brother initially. But from the moment he was born, she has loved him completely, and I am convinced that he is the best thing that has ever happened to her. He is the first one she runs to when she comes home in the afternoon, and she is so proud that he has just learned her name and is constantly calling for her (they are now 1 and 5).

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    January 26, 2015
  10. Tereza #

    Congratulations! He is beautiful. I wish all the best to your lovely family and especially to BabyM.
    I am about to become second time mum too, so I was anxiously awaiting to hear how you are doing. I am very curious how my second baby will be different from my first born and how we will handle everything coming. I am very much looking forward to it :-).

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    January 26, 2015
  11. shunsak3 #

    Oh! he’s so darling! Congratulations, Alice! I’m so glad you’ve been able to enjoy the time you’ve had with him. There are certainly hard things about a new baby, but I find that the hard things don’t negate the beautiful, wonderful things. There’s something almost painfully sweet about a newborn, and I’m so happy for you and your family that he got here safely!
    Sending love and good vibes your way!

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    January 26, 2015
  12. You are so right about moms! I had my mother around for 2 weeks post-delivery and it was a great help. BabyM looks dam cute.. Look forward to your upcoming posts..

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    January 26, 2015
  13. Congratulations! I so happy for you being able to enjoy this time instead of stressing and being sleep-deprived. What a beautiful little boy. I can’t wait to see how he grows and who he becomes and his interactions with Cee.

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    January 26, 2015
  14. Congrats! Gorgeous baby.

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    January 27, 2015
  15. Amanda #

    Congratulations! BabyM is adorable! We’re expecting again too, after 15 months of trying, a nine-week miscarriage and several chemical pregnancies. Our 2nd daughter is due in early June. I’m so glad that your and my wishes/prayers to become mothers for a 2nd time came true! I’m looking forward to following your experiences with two children in the coming months.

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    January 27, 2015
  16. Angel #

    Saying Congratulations and BabyM is one adorable little man.

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    January 28, 2015
  17. Congratulations!

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    February 1, 2015
  18. Elizabeth #

    You are such a lucky ducky having that support, well done xo I’m sleepless with number 3 (which is how I found your blog). I can’t wait to give the same support one day as I missed it with each baby and really feel that it should be the norm for all new mothers/families (I believe it is with some cultures). Enjoy that bliss 🙂

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    February 8, 2015
  19. HOORAY, HOORAY, HOORAY!!!!!

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    February 19, 2015

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