Henry Clyde Curfew
January 18, 2013
8 pounds 6 ounces
21 1/2 inches
I've asked my mom many times, "how do you love more than one kid?" Her reply is always, "you grow another heart for each kid." And that is exactly how I feel. I didn't know what to expect and always thought Pearce would be my favorite, but now that Henry is here, I feel like I've grown a new heart just for him. I'm blown away with the deep love I already have for him. And how he has already added such a fullness to our little family.
This 2nd time around I feel like everything was backwards from the first. With Pearce I was so happy and calm for the pregnancy, but right after birth a huge wave of anxiety came crashing in and I slowly picked up the pieces afterward. This time around, I was plagued with major anxiety the entire pregnancy (up until about 3 days before delivery). And ever since he came out, I've had peace (for the most part.)
Henry, so far, has been a little angel - calm and sweet. After the first day in hospital we noticed he was getting pretty yellow, and tested high risk for jaundice and was complicated with ABO incompatibility. The mom in me definitely worried, and am still a little worried until we go back for a follow up check-in tomorrow. He was taken to the nursery for the remainder of the hospital stay to be under the blue lights. And we would get him only for an hour at a time for feedings. Each time we got him, we appreciated him even more. It was so sad to see him so unhappy under those lights for so long. All I wanted to do was snuggle with him.
Being in the hospital for 4+ days I think was a little hard on Pearce, too. She visited us every day, but her visits that were late at night or on days she didn't nap were extra emotional saying goodbye. My lil sister Laura was so wonderful to stay with her and keep her distracted with lots of fun activities. They celebrated Rapunzel's birthday and made funfetti cookies and brought us some to the hospital. It was so cute seeing Pearce interact with Henry. She is definitely going to be a great big and helping sister. And all of a sudden Pearce looked and acted sooo much older. I still worry a bit how this whole transition will go over, but right I'm feeling okay about it.
And here are just some random pictures from the past 4 days. :-)