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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

ethan gabriel

our newest little miracle is here!! ethan gabriel arrived may 7th via c-section. much to all of our suprise not only was he a boy (everyone thought we were having a girl) he was breech just like his big brother asher. he was 8 lbs 12 oz and 21 inches long. the nurses all laughed as my first comment was "oh look how little he is" and they responded in wonder "little?? he's huge!". i guess it's all in your perspective. he was my sweet, adorable, little boy.

he was immediately loved by his siblings. one of my favorite things has always been to watch our youngest child with the newest little baby. each one of them has been completely infatuated instantaneously with their newest little sibling. eli was no different. he was glued to the nursery window as the nurses took care of little ethan. he was given the choice several times to see the baby or mama to which he always responded - "baby!!" and you know, i wouldn't have it any other way. it's amazing to see your children instantly bond with each other and instantly love each other.

he is a wonderfully content child who seems like he has always been part of our family. of course we have four children. it's the most natural thing in the world. and despite what most people expect he has actually brought a sweet sense of peace to our house. yes, he and i are up several times at night. yes, we have four little people moving in four directions and only two of us. yes, the big kids fight over who gets to hold him next or who has held him the longest. but i am now back at home full time. pete is back to a more normal schedule. mia is done with school. we get to sit around all day and watch baby ethan. look at his sweet little fingers and toes. kiss his oh, so kissable little head. smell that wonderful baby smell. we can play games together while he naps. he snuggles in as i wear him against my chest and we go out and enjoy the beautiful days that are becoming more common.

we have been blessed by amazing family and friends who have brought us dinner, helped me around the house and with the big kids as i recover from my surgery, and blessed us with diapers and other necessities. i will be honest and tell you that this c-section has been the hardest to recover from. i am more sore, move more slowly, and had forgotten how much pulling and tugging gets done to me to deliver a breech child. yet, even as i acknowledge that i would like to be moving more, doing more, picking up the big kids, taking care of my house; i try to focus on the blessings in all of it. blessed to have another wonderful, amazing little miracle. blessed to have those amazing family and friends. blessed to be able to be home with my sweet little ones. blessed to have such a wonderful husband who steps in and does so much without ever being asked. blessed to be able to stop, sit down and snuggle with which ever child needs a little extra loving from mom. blessed to be living in such a time as this.

so welcome my sweet little ethan. you are a blessing to our family and we are so glad you are here.
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gianna said...

He's beautiful! And thanks for being real about your recovery! Love you guys very much!

The Maines Family Blog said...

Congrats on your beautiful sweet little boy! Soooo happy for your family!

Shauna said...

He is sooooo cute! Looks like Africa did not harm him at all! :)