Wednesday, January 4, 2012

And now we are five...

Driving home from the hospital is when it hit me... when it really hit me... we are now a family of FIVE.  It sounds so grown up, so huge, so very... complete.  In all of the fog & upheaval of the past several weeks, this has been the one constant... the clear & overwhelming sense of completeness that number holds.  Last little one is here now... the one we had been waiting for to make our tribe whole.

Soren Martin arrived via c-section on Sunday December 11th at 6:29am,  9 lbs 2 oz & 21 inches

 As with most things having to do with parenting, his delivery went nothing like how I had envisioned...this being my last baby I held on to the idea of trying a more natural approach.  Well, as natural as one can be at a hospital, that is!  As it often does, life had other plans.  During labor I developed a fever of 102 & it quickly became clear that little one would be much better off making a speedy exit.  We made the decision to go ahead with a c-section... I wish it had gone differently, but having him here healthy & happy was the ultimate goal.  My recovery has been much slower than I would like, but each day is a little better. 

Quinn got to come visit during our 5 day hospital stay.

Hello Gima!

There are some things I remember so well about having a newborn...
... the magic warmth of having him sleep on my chest
... the unique & wonderful smell of freshly washed baby-head
... how easy it is to sit & just watch him... marveling at all that is possible for a new little soul

And other things I had forgotten...
... the zombie state that sets in after weeks on end of only 2 hour stretches of sleep
... cracked nipples
... the way they sometimes breathe in little bits & spurts, with long pauses that make a Mama's heart stop for a moment

Going home finally!

We are slowly settling into a routine... the big brothers are taking their job very seriously.  They are so excited to teach him everything... how to ride a scooter, how to color, how to make Mom's head pop off... they are a bit disappointed that all he does now is eat, sleep & poop.  But I swear Soren flashes a big smile when he hears the voice of his big brother Remy. 

Little one is waking up... more pix coming soon!


Ann said...

He's beautiful! Congratulations! What a gorgeous family. : )

AJ said...

Congratulations to the whole family! Soren is beautiful and big brothers look so happy. Sweet wishes to you all!


Denette said...

So sweet! CONGRATULATIONS! Beautiful photos... hope you are getting enough rest!

Sharon said...

He's gorgeous, Katie. I'm so happy for you and William. And I love the name. We send you lots of love and wishes for more sleep soon. We can't wait to meet him.

Sharon, George, and Jess

Gretchen said...

Congratulations! What a sweet face. I love being able to catch up via web as you have your hands full. Take care.

Jackie said...

What a sweet family you are!! I am so, so happy for all of you! The pictures are adorable! Congratulations and best wishes for a beautiful and loving life ahead! Enjoy!


Lisa Reynolds said...

So beautiful. Your family is perfect. Mazel Tov!

Jake Johnson said...

Awesome! I'm glad he is here and happy and can't wait to meat him

larajanepark said...

Congratulations Katie and William!! Soren is handsome and such a lucky little brother to have Remy and Quinn to watch out for him and love him to pieces. xoxoxo
much luck and loves to you all.

Bob said...

Big Congrats to you all KT!! What a sweet little boy to add to the other two cuties you have. Family of five ain't so bad either. Much love! ~Bob