He’s here! My sweet boy is here. After weeks of contractions and the excitement and disappointment of a trip to the hospital thinking I was in labor when I really wasn’t (you can read about that here, along with some perspective I gained through the whole experience), he really did come!
Meet Judah James:
5 Things about Judah:
- His name is Judah James and no, we don’t plan to call him “JJ.” Thanks for asking.
- Judah weighed 2 pounds more than his big sister (but came in less than half the time).
- He was born with a “tight frenulum” (tongue-tied), and so we decided to have it clipped while still at the hospital. He was back from the procedure within 10 minutes, playing with his tongue and ready to eat!
- He likes eating, sleeping, and being naked… he’s all boy!
- His first outing was at 8 days old for a family steak date on mommy & daddy’s anniversary!
5 Things about Labor & Delivery:
- I spent the first two hours of active labor (contractions I had to stop and breathe through) sitting on an exercise ball working on my computer… (There are always last minute things to do when you work for a candy shop during the Christmas season!)
- Between contractions (and about an hour before I left for the hospital), my mom managed to paint my toenails for me. (Hey, pretty toes are important!)
- I had dilated 5cm when I checked into the hospital. (woohoo! True labor this time, and contractions that were actually accomplishing something!)
- With this baby I labored about 1/2 the time, pushed for 1/3 as long, and received 1/11th of the stitches this time vs. my first.
- Was able to labor and deliver med free. Wouldn’t have been possible without the amazing strength and support of my hubby.
5 Things about Week 1:
- Judah was welcomed home by a very excited big sister. She calls him “my Judah” and loves kissing his head. (It’s been an emotional week for her with it’s fair share of adjustments, confusion, and frustrations, but she’s remained sweet and loving toward her little brother!)
- Wow, who knew how refreshing 3 straight hours of sleep could be!
- Milk came in – yay! and oww! (Breastfeeding is a miracle, albeit a rather uncomfortable one at first. It was fun explaining to Elsie that God made mommy’s body to not only grow a baby, but then to also start making “mommy’s milk” after he’s born!)
- Things that were overwhelming with 1 child come much easier this time (i.e. being home alone with a baby), but its knowing how to care for both children that is daunting now! So thankful Jon was able to be home for the week!
- Newborn snuggles… I just can’t get enough of them! I’ve decided I will never look back and regret spending too much time holding my boy, feeling his little body against mine, smelling his sweet baby smell.