Today, September 9th, was the day James was set to be born (a late due date at 42 weeks, but a due date nonetheless). He was instead born 3 weeks ago today — and we are happy he was! Down below are photos of James and all of us over these past 3 weeks.So far, he has come into our family and happily changed things – our routines, our sleep patterns and even how we think of our small family – now, seemingly more ‘balanced’ with 2 kids and 2 adults. His personality is beginning to emerge, and it is clear he enjoys eating, listening to the sound of water and animals, listening to the 3 of us talk and going around in his stroller.
Our days are comprised mostly of keeping the house and things in it clean, making sure we’ve got good food to eat, keeping James’ milk supplied, feeding him, cleaning him, cleaning his bottles and making sure Jacob is occupied, happy, doing his homework, and in line.
Having a newborn is something akin to an out-of-body experience. Your physical, personal, dietary and entertainment needs have to take a back seat. Your waking time is spent focusing on that which is outside of you or yours. The whole of the day and night, for the most part, revolves and evolves around the baby. Because there is no reasoning with a newborn, the option to negotiate changes to this schedule are gone.
I don’t remember much of Jacob’s newborn phase, but Bi does. Perhaps it is best I didn’t. She’s also got a reserve of energy I don’t seem to have. For example, last night she made cream of broccoli soup and this morning when I woke up she had made banana pancakes. In as much as this example provides, I am convinced women have a larger battery pack than men.
Bi has been learning lullabies and Christmas tunes and singing them to the boys (see picture to the left).
James has changed quite a bit, given 3 weeks is not that much time.
And finally, a slide show of photos taken of James and us over the past 3 weeks: