He has arrived!
Three weeks ago our little boy, E.J. entered into the world.
He is beautiful, adorable and I would even go as far as saying that he is pure perfection!
E.J. kept us waiting. On my due date there were no signs of any twinges and to be honest I felt quite disappointed. I was ready to meet my little man and I wanted to get things moving.
A day short of being two weeks overdue, I began having cramps at 1 am, however, after a few hours the pains stopped and I thought it must have been a false alarm. I was booked into hospital to be induced later on that day, so after being delayed a couple of times, I made my way down to the delivery suite. Once I was examined, I was told that labour had indeed started and I was asked if I would like my waters broken to move things along. So that's what we did. After a fairly comfortable labour (thanks to an epidural) and twelve hours later, E.J. was placed in our arms. It was an emotional and proud moment for all of us that I do not think we will ever forget.
It was important for us that the girls were able to meet E.J. as soon as possible, so they came to visit us in the hospital. The girls appeared to take to their little brother straight away. They all gave him a cuddle and I don't think they stopped cooing over him. It was certainly a relief that the girls were happy with him and that they wanted to be involved. One adoptive & birth mother who I know through Twitter gave me the idea to buy the girls each a present from E.J. to help build the bond. I thought this was a lovely idea and my girls certainly love receiving presents. It didn't cost the earth, the gifts were personal and something they could each play with.
Once home, it was lovely to introduce family and friends to our bundle of joy. People have been so kind in their gifts, help and support. I don't know how we would have got through the last three weeks without the help of our parents, other family members and friends.
I think the biggest shock to our system would have to be the lack of sleep. It appears that every time you close your eyes and begin to drift off that E.J. wakes up demanding to be fed! To say it's painfully tiring is an understatement! To help me get through the long nights I have recorded some of my favourite shows, bought some chocolate biscuits and turned it into a bit of 'me' time. I am also finding it hard to juggle E.J.'s feeds with meeting the girls' needs and everyday activities, especially as we are not yet in a routine, so I am constantly second guessing when he is going to wake up.
Another big shock that is about to hit me is the SIX WEEK HOLIDAYS! On the one hand I am looking forward to lazy mornings and not having to make three packed lunches each morning. However, on the other hand, I am nervous about needing to entertain three children and care for a newborn all at the same time. We have some fun things planned and a family holiday to look forward to. I can recall feeling apprehensive last year and the holidays flew by and we all survived. So I am sure we will survive the coming holidays.