Baby, Inspiration

On being a family.

I’ve been coming to terms with being a family of three for awhile. (O is almost one.) It took me awhile to come around to the idea that he’s not going anywhere. Don’t get me wrong, I love the little stinker. But I am quick to say I am not an instant mom. (A mom who seems to have a switch and knows how to be a mom from day zero.)  I wish I could be, but I’m not built that way.  So it took me a bit of time to (1) realize and (2) embrace the facts.

There are SO many other factors that go into this. But regardless I wanted to send a message out there to moms to say it’s OK to ease into family life. There can be lots of joy and laughter as you figure things out and move a bit slower than everything else around you.

What about you? Did you jump in and not look back? Or are you a one-foot-in-at-a-time kind of person too?

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Photo taken by Dad. This is Owen’s introduction to falafel. (He loves it.)

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Birth plan.

So it’s T minus 9 days to delivery. I know; I know. It’s my first, and so I should be thinking 9 – 19 days to delivery. But regardless, my due date is fast approaching. B & I are getting rather excited. We still don’t have a name though. But we’re OK with that.

I’ve been told different things about whether having a birth plan is a good or bad thing. I’ve been told nothing ever goes according to plan. The hospital we chose asks for birth wishes. I think this is a nice alternative. It’s a list of how you’d like your labor to go, but it’s not as rigid as a plan. It’s more so the midwife, doctor and nurses will know how you want to receive information, what kind of environment you like: Do you want music?, Do you want a loud atmosphere with lots of cheering? Or do you need silence?

All these things are really hard to predict! But we took our best guess: Yes, to music. (B’s controlling the playlist.) And we don’t want silence, but I’m pretty sure I won’t react well to a lot of loud cheering.

One thing I didn’t think of that our doula recommended is to let your team know whether or not you want delayed cord cutting. Coincidentally, I just read an interesting article on the topic.

So much to think about! But at the end of the day, we’ll have a baby boy, and that’s really all that matters to us. Did you have a birth plan? How did that work for you?

Also of interest, the science behind delivering a 13.5 pound baby. (And, no it was not a c-section.)

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This baby-to-be is one fortunate little soul.

I’m feeling rather fortunate these past couple weeks. Fortunate to have a healthy baby humming (and kicking and punching) along. And fortunate for everything we’ve had the opportunity to experience along the way so far. I know there is so much more goodness to come, but I have to take a moment to say I am so thankful for having family and friends who truly have showered us with gifts — new and gently used, advice and incredible amounts of affirmation and encouragement. I think it’s safe to say that most everything in our nursery will be from someone else. And we couldn’t be more excited to piece it all together. We are so very happy to have so many people share in our joy and express their excitement and love for this little one we haven’t even named yet!

Here are a just a few snapshots from this weekend’s shindig.

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We were thrown more of a baby party than a baby shower. Everyone was told to bring an outfit and a book and B & I had to guess who brought what. It was a fun way to incorporate a game. I was actually rather horrible at it. Blair was much better — half his guesses were spot on the first time. It was a lovely evening.

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