• Baby Boy

    One Month Later*

    Has it really been a month since I last posted? Somehow we are already halfway through April and my (not-so) little man will be 7 weeks old tomorrow. Holy toot. A lot has happened in the last few weeks. I’ve often thought about writing, but things have just been so busy. Days will go by before I have a chance to turn on my computer, and even then it seems like I only have enough time to answer a few emails or look up a recipe before I’m needed elsewhere. Tomorrow Hank will be seven weeks old. It has been a wonderful, crazy, exhausting seven weeks but he really is…

  • Baby Boy,  Complaining about something*

    Hank’s Shoulder*

    You guys, I need to vent. If you read through Hank’s birth story (and survived my “cliff hanger” endings… ha) you’ll know that he and I had a few complications during delivery that resulted with him being born with a fractured clavicle. Right after his birth we were told it should heal completely, but that he would need x-rays and a follow-up with the hospital pediatrician (who is not our doctor) and an orthopedic surgeon. We were also instructed to keep his arm pinned to his clothing to restrict mobility to allow his shoulder to heal. The x-rays were done at our hospital in Pretty City, and we kept his…

  • Baby Boy,  Le Bebe*,  My thoughts*

    Life With Two*

    Shortly after Peeah gave birth to my handsome nephew three years ago, I asked her how she was managing. For some reason, her response found a tiny shelf in my mind and has stayed put. After telling me everything was good, her answer to my question was simple. She chuckled and said: “Life is busy with two.” I knew that life would get a little more complicated with two kids, but I didn’t understand or appreciate what she really meant until now. I’m pretty sure that the Hubster and I have been blessed with two of the most amazing kids out there. Ruby is smart, funny, and kind and she…

  • Baby Boy

    Handsome Hank: A Birth Story* (Part 5)

    After Hank was born, we learned a little about what had happened during his delivery, but it wasn’t until the next day that I got the full picture. Immediately after he was born and weighed, Olivia told us that she was concerned that Hank’s shoulder had fractured during the delivery. She wanted to have it looked at, but in the meantime, Hank was given to me to hold. After taking a minute to let out that first initial cry, he hollered non-stop for the next 40 minutes. As I held him on my chest, Olivia noticed that he was having a little difficulty with his breathing–it sounded like his breath…

  • Baby Boy

    Handsome Hank: A Birth Story* (Part 4)

    Olivia arrived around 11:15am, just as Anna and the nurses were helping me back into the bed. I asked again about the epidural, and Olivia told me that I needed to have some blood work done before it could be started. She assured me that if the anesthesiologist arrived before the results were back they could try and get things started anyway. To help me in the interim, she also brought me a tank of laughing gas to help me cope with the contractions until the epidural kicked in. Olivia went to work trying to start an IV when the Hubster made it back to our room. She tried to…