Isn’t he just a wudge?


We are fully in babymoon mode over here and loving it.  Gus’ delivery was much more peaceful and the recovery has been such a smooth ride compared to my last experience.


 Dave snapped this picture of me with my wonderful saintly Doctor right before the c-section.  She never put pressure on me one way or the other about how Gus should come into the world.  Dave and I ultimately made the decision to do the repeat c-section because it seemed like he was going to be another big baby like Sara, and I was not making a smidge of progress on my own which, again, was just like things were with Sara.  It turned out to be a very good thing that we did the section, though, because when my big tall guy came out, he also had a very tight true knot in his cord!

[I literally just remembered that I did my first ever novena to Our Lady Undoer of Knots in May because I was such a ball of anxiety over Gus’ impending birth and the decisions surrounding it.  Give me a sec while I process/cry/praise God for His Mercy & Our Lady for her protection.]

Whew.  I don’t really know how to follow up that realization.  I guess I’ll just share too many pictures.


 Me & Gus at around 6:30 am last Friday,


  and later that day around noon.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe siblings were a little wary of each other at first, but they’ve warmed up since then!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

My mom (Mimi, as she’s known to the McGrandkids) and sister Joanie spent a week with us and basically made SK’s year.  She is still asking for Joanie and Mimi every day.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Since Mimi and Joanie left, there’s been a lot of tv consumption, but luckily that goes well with couch cuddles which is what the big sister needs from us the most.  Poor SK came down with a weird minor stomach bug thing right after Gus came home. She’s been good for the past 3 days, so we’re hoping it’s over.  Fingers crossed! IMG_2757

When we’re not watching Daniel Tiger (new episodes appeared on Netflix just in time for our non-stop watching pleasure!) SK has been obsessed with playdough.  She’ll play with it for hours! Of course, it results in hardened flecks of playdough everywhere, especially under her finger nails (shudder) but it keeps her happy and occupied.


And Gus?  He’s generally a pretty happy dude.  He’s a big eater, and while that means nursing is going much better this time around, it also means he doesn’t let me sleep much at night.  He’s an every 2 hour on the nose nurser.  This is really random, but whenever he wakes up in the dead of night to nurse yet again, I think of this obscure I Love Lucy scene:

I think that covers everything.  I’ll try to somewhat keep up with blogging or at the very least get some of my sisters to pick up my slack. Thanks for all your prayers and good wishes, friends. It means the world to us.IMG_2745

4 thoughts on “Babymooning

  1. Ellen! You look beautiful and he is such a chunky boy, I love it! My first 3 boys ALL ate every 2 hours around the clock, and I remember how very tiring that was. Then the next three were so much easier at night, don't know what I did differently, except that we swaddled them and I introduced a bottle around 3 weeks for that last feeding before bed. So I feed the baby around 7, he gets a bath around 7:30, then gets a bottle at 8. He usually sleeps until 5. You probably don't want to introduce a bottle yet, but I had to so that I knew the baby would take one when I went back to work 🙂

  2. He's beautiful! And I totally used to wake up for middle of the night feedings with the same random song in my head every time. It usually didn't have much to do with feeding the baby though, so at least your song is on theme!

  3. What a cutie pie! And glad you had a good delivery experience- that's amazing about your novena! We're also very glad there are new episodes of Daniel Tiger on Netflix- the little song thingys were sticking in my head a little too much. 🙂 Oh, and such a great family photo!

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