Helen and I welcomed Ethan into the world on January 27th. After a few hours of labor and few minutes of crazy scream pushing, Ethan took his first breath of air. Yes, I know it’s been about 10 months. It’s been really busy with lots of changes to everything in the past few months. I have been writing this post since January!
As second time parents, the past few months has been equally emotional as the first time around, but it is definitely not in the same way as it was with Evelyn. The sharp edge of the anxiety and frustration has been tempered by our experience and lessons learned with Evelyn. We know (mostly) what to expect and how to deal/cope with the new changes with regards to welcoming a newborn. Not in the sense of us reading about and understanding what it’s like from a book, but really experiencing the process and dealing with things that no one can really write about or describe. That being said, it doesn’t mean that we were totally prepared and ready for the new arrival either. While every baby is different with their own little quirks and preferences, small variations were expected and accounted for. What really caught us off guard was the logistics of handling two kids. If you think handling one was hard, two is definitely not just twice the amount of work! Sure, individually, the amount of work is the same, but handling them both, or having their schedules and personalities collide, you end up doing SO much more work and getting a lot less sleep.
Here are a couple more thoughts and insights that we gathered over the past few months:
- The second is just as special as the first
- Boy or Girl, when you first pick them up and they look at you, it made no difference, you are done
- Boys spray…
- The first few months felt like a year… (So by my count, I feel like we have aged like 3 years since he was born)
- We thought that we couldn’t get any more tired than we did last time … we were wrong
- The fact that this post didn’t come out until ten months later is telling…
- We have forgotten a lot of things:
- The weird sounds that babies make
- How small they are, I thought Evelyn grew another two inches after we got back from the hospital cause we got accustomed to carrying a small little one for the two days we were gone
- Oh, the poop… the endless supply of poop…
- We are a little bit sad for Evelyn that it’s not just her any more
- She doesn’t mind…
Here are some pictures we have accumulated since then.
More pictures below! Enjoy!