Because we watch way too much Nick Jr over here, I can't get this song out of my head.
Every day, it's "Oh, look at me, I'm ___ days old!"
So, yes, what that means is that our newbie was born last week. Finally. At 41 weeks + 5 days gestation, Dez came into this world like gangbusters. He was just over 9lbs and 22 inches long. He's got the largest hands and feet. He's so alert and reminds me of a much older person. He's flipping adorable.
I would have to tell you the whole story for it to make sense, and I will, but suffice it to say for now that things went just a leetle away from the plan in order for him to be born.
And by a leetle, I mean "almost as much as they possibly could."
But I'm happy with the outcome.
And so very, very grateful.
It's a totally different experience, coming home with a kid that you're not staring at, waiting for any sign of heart failure because it sounds sooo horrible and you don't want to miss it by accident.
Yeah. I haven't been doing that.
I also haven't been crying non-stop, paralyzed with fear about when the other shoe was going to drop.
He's passed every screening, so all those trips back to the ENT and Audiology with a newborn haven't proven necessary.
We haven't had to brave two hours of sweat-drenched freak-out (mine) due to hearing screams like I've never heard before (hers) at the Endocrinologist's office, trying to squeeze out enough blood for a CBC. No waiting for a doctor to come find an artery. No decision to be made about whether or not to stick a needle in the baby's scalp.
No geneticist, no social worker, no staying up all night trying to figure out on my own what "EI" means and how to get connected to it.
There have been "Congratulations!" instead of "I'm sorry."
I haven't lost any friends so far that I can tell.
It's quite bizarre.
Sleep deprivation? Check.
Sibling adjustment issues? Check.
Mom guilt? Check.
Icky and painful childbirth recovery symptoms? Check.
All that delightfully boring, run-of-the-mill stuff? We're going through it.
But I can't help but think of all that I missed last time.
How scared I was then as compared to how happy I'm allowed to be now.
If you've been here, you know what I mean.
If you haven't, I appreciate that you're here and learning.
Next time, I'll share some pics or something. Today was more a day of reflection.
Again, I'm grateful. For all of it.
Without the cloudy days, you don't appreciate the sunny ones nearly as much.