Archive for July, 2009

Glorious Slumber

July 31, 2009

It’s a miracle!!  This morning I woke up to a cooing baby on the monitor.  It was still dark outside, but something was different.  I felt rested.  I laid there pondering the time, figuring it to be 2am which would have meant 4 hours of uninterrupted sleep, easily 2 hours more than normal.  When I finally rolled over to glance at the clock, I nearly lost it.  5am!!  Seven hours of glorious slumber.  This was a happy morning in our house.  Given that he’s just shy of a month old, we’re pretty sure it was a fluke, but we’ll take what we can get.

Glorious Slumber

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Like Father, Like Son

July 31, 2009

Screaming

Becoming Parents

July 18, 2009

This past week was the first week that Dan and I were completely on our own in taking care of Aiden.  No nurses, no parents, just us.  The good news is that we all made it out alive, but perhaps needless to say, it was a trying, tiring week.  It turns out that we know very little about taking care of a newborn and we spent most of week just winging it.  I believe this email I sent to one of my girlfriends at some point in the week best sums up our initial feelings on becoming parents:

“…it feels really good having a baby, although it makes me realize that I have very little baby experience.  When he’s asleep, it’s great, but when he’s awake, I’m like what do I do with you now?!?  He’s a pretty simple creature at this point so Dan and I both are constantly wondering if we’re doing things right.  I imagine this feeling will never go away to some degree.  My mom and dad stayed with me all last week which was nice but made it hard to get into any routine or sit down and have a moment to myself.  Dan worked part time so he could stay home with me this week and I’m glad we did it that way because I would have been overwhelmed here by myself not even two weeks in.  Yesterday was the first day we flew solo and things are going pretty well although we’ve wondered more than once what the hell we were thinking ;)  For the most part, these thoughts are an exception to the rule though as Aiden is a sweetheart a majority of the time.  His face and noises melt my heart.  I could just watch him sleep for hours.  It parallels my belief that children are like dogs to a large degree…this is the I just brought home a new puppy that pees and poops all over the house and howls at night when he is confined in his cage phase.  Based on every puppy experience I’ve had, I trust the joy will only increase from here.”

Aiden’s 1st Week

July 12, 2009

Boy what a week!  Since I had to have a c-section we had to spend the first 3 days of Aiden’s life in the hospital.  This was an emotional three days for me as a lot was going on around me and I could barely get out of bed.  Due to my immobility, Aiden and I spent most of our first moments together getting the hang of breastfeeding.  As one of my biggest pre-baby concerns, I am happy to say that it’s been going really well.  Turns out that both Aiden and I are naturals; he likes to eat and I make good stuff.  Yay!  At his first pediatrician appointment on July 8th he was only 4 ounces below his birth weight (6 lbs 12 ozs) which I was told was really good for only being a week old.

Since I was pretty much just a milk factory for the first few days (and nights), I got the pleasure of watching Dan perfect the art of the diaper change in the hospital.  I will never forget watching him take his first lesson from the nurse and then trying it out for himself.  It was really funny stuff, but he took it like a champ. 

We came home from the hospital around noon on July 4th.  We were really excited to introduce Aiden to the dogs.  They were extremely interested in the little man and snuck in quite a few sniffs and kisses.  Shortly after arriving home, my mom and dad came over.  My mom stayed over and my dad took off work that first full week home to help us out given my post-surgery condition.  It was awesome having them here and quite honestly I’m not sure I would have made it through the week without them. 

Probably my favorite part of the week came on July 10th when Aiden’s cord fell out and we got to give him his first real bath.  Needless to say he was not a happy camper, but we’re hoping he learns to like it.  He smelled delicious just in time for Grandma Bear and Rick to stop in from Lakeland, FL for a visit.

Family Beginnings

July 4, 2009
Aiden Christopher Louche was born on Wednesday July 1, 2009 at 5:03 pm.  He weighed 7 lbs 0.7 oz and was 19 ¾ inches long.  He had ten fingers, ten toes, brown hair, and breech baby frog legs.  And just like that, two became three and Dan and I have a family.  Crazy, crazy stuff…

Aiden - July 1