There's some new stuff here....I have been adding posts that I previous only recorded in my journal in a effort to fill in some blank spots from the past six months...I intend to try to keep up with this little man's comings and goings - if that is possible! Enjoy...

Monday, August 31, 2009

Sunday, August 30, 2009

15 Days

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Friday, August 28, 2009

New Pics....

I have added some new pics from Silas's Birthday to his story on Sunbeambaby that I just received from my doula, Loree, who also happens to be a stellar photographer. There is an amazing shot of Adam cutting the cord...it's a little graphic and may not be for the fainthearted, but i LOVE it and think it is fantastic! Check it out!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Day Eleven

Silas continues to be the most adorable little man around. He just gets cuter and chubbier by the day. He loves to be held and his favorite place to take a snooze is on the chest of any willing, baby loving soul. Everything he does is precious: he toots, it's precious, he burps, it's precious, he poops, grunts, breathes, blinks or pops one of those gassy smiles, and it's precious. He will now hold onto my finger as he nurses and his eyes connect with mine when our faces are close. HE is incredible. I have had many comments about him looking like my Dad, which I can also see. He is a gorgeous baby. I can brag that I have pretty newborns...naturally, being so late and chubby and huge. I guess that is the bonus of giving birth to a little guy who is in the 97% for weight, 90%f or height but only the 55% for head circumference. Good boy....small head = less stitches for Mommy (but his shoulders still got 'stuck' on the way out) I guess it's a new Momma's job to be overflowing with pride at her accomplishment and creation, so thanks for reading this and indulging me. If I were to be entirely truthful, I would tell you that having a newborn and a smart, vivacious two year old is actually kicking my ass and there is no way I could do this without Adam's full time help. I shudder at how quickly the time is flying by! I just hope I am up to speed and all of the exciting changes that WIllow is going through have settled down a bit by the time he goes back to work. I am so grateful for the freezer full of food and the treats and visits from friends and family. It has been wonderful. Tonight I am laying in bed, its only 6 pm and I am feeling so wiped. I haven't been napping at all past day 3 and I certainly haven't been sleeping. I remind myself that in many cultures, women were to spend 40 days after childbirth resting and recuperating and he entire community would pitch in to help. So even though it is very difficult for a busy-body like myself to slow down, I gotta do it...and listen to this body of mine. After all, I did just put it through one of the most rigourous 9 month marathon sessions that it will ever do...and with a platinum finish o boot! Little man, you are so gorgeous. I feel like a true prize winning Mama!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Echo Dale

Silas enjoyed snoozing during his first visit to Echo Dale. Actually, he basically slept the entire time while Adam and Willow played in the sand and water, Mom rested and we all picnic-ed.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

8 Days Old

Over a week has passed now and Silas has easily worked his way into his own special niche in our family. We are adjusting to the daytime routine and doing quite well I'd say. I even stepped out for half and hour yesterday, leaving both 'babies' with Adam. I am definitely learning to 'take advantage' of Adam being at home (in a good way, of course) It is really going to be my only opportunity for some me time as well as recovery time. I know I am on the mend and feeling better each day. Next week I will start to head outside more, when Adam and Willow are going to the park. I got a new sling to haul this guy around in, which is nice because I am sure that he will be practically living in it for the next 6 months. I do wan to take advantage of the last days/weeks of summer weather as we move into a (hopefully) warm fall.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

7 Days Old

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Day Five

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Sweet Silas

Time only moves in one direction and that is so apparent to me right now. I can't believe that is has already been four days since you made your grand appearance into this world. Everything has been a whirlwind since! I am making sure to have long periods of calm in between the hectic-ness. Of course, nursing dictates this also, which I am grateful for. Laying in bed with you, listening to breath, your little grunts and snorts, smelling your delicious scent. And staring into your beautiful face and now your eyes. Yesterday you became quite a bit more alert, and I realized that I hadn't really studied the color of your eyes. They are a dark, slate blue, greyish even, with a dark edge around them....more like mine than your Dad's watery-blue eyes. I love to watch your cute body unfurl and stretch. For the first couple of days you were still curled up tight, just how you were for the past 9 months inside me....watching you stretch your legs, wave your arms, spreading your fingers wide as you feel the open space that surrounds you....it's simply mesmerizing. The cutest is when you stretch your spine, from bum to neck...it just looks like is feels sooo good! I get the feeling that you are as happy to be out as I am to hold you and see you.

So much busy-ness in the past days. Blood tests, getting your name finalized ( I really Love your name) a quick trip to the library (your first 'outing' aside from the hospital)...along with visits form Grandma and friends, and last night a BBQ with friends. I wasn't sure if that would be too much for you, at three days old, but you seemed perfectly ok with it. You slept snuggly on a chair for a couple of hours while 1/2 dozen toddlers (including your sister) screamed and played not three feet away from you. Born into the bustle of our little family seems to suit you just fine. And now our family seems so much 'more'. We are so happy and grateful that Adam is going to be with us for at least four weeks...he and Willow spend lots of time together while Silas and I figure each other out.

Last night my milk came in...it had started the day before and then in the middle of the night it was pretty full force. You stayed up eating, burping, grunting, gulping, adjusting to your new tummy for 3 or 4 hours. I was soooo tired, but that is okay - learning how to eat is the most important thing for your to do right now. I love feeding you, hearing you slurp and gulp hungrily. Seeing you root for your milk...it is so amazing to be able to feed you...it's like a physical extension of loving you.

So, sweet Silas, lets see what this day old for us. Four days old! Wow! Little man, you have us completely enchanted already...I think a nice sit in our quiet back yard...and a little trip to our friend's baby shop to buy a new sling to carry you around in will be the exciting activities of the day. I feel like you and me are almost ready to emerge out into the world.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Day Three

This is a precious video of Silas waking up on his third day in the world and Willow being a very curious and gentle big sister.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Name Game

Well, our first night and first days with the newest member of the family have been sweet, cozy and not too terribly tiring, which is great. I figure I better start getting my birth story down before the big day three hormone crash - which I did actually get down on Sunbeambaby. I have not had a moment to sit at my computer at all, so I have been journaling...yes re-visiting the non-typed, handwritten word format....I love it. (So, now that thing are settled in a bit I can finally type out some of these first impressions.) This is the first 36 ours with our new little man. Still no name as of yet, which is a little strange and nerve wracking, for Adam especially - I am so occupied with everything 'Mummy' that my brain can't seem to compute on the 'real world' stuff. But now the pressure is on...we need to have it figured out by tomorrow morning when we head back to the hospital for his blood tests and paperwork. Maybe because I have these thoughts about this being our 'last' baby, choosing a name seems that much more important or monumental. Maybe because it is a boy's name it seems that much more foreign or difficult for me to wrap my head around. Or maybe I just have such a shortage of 'quiet moments' where I get to spend actual brainpower concentrating or thinking about on thing that I just haven't been able to contemplate it deeply. But now it is time to decide...I amen we can't go on just calling him 'baby brother', especially when Willow is asking, "What is that name?" I do have a favorite name that I have been thinking about for a long time....

So, we have decided on a name...Silas Adam Greaves....Hooray! Welcome home little Silas!

Day One

So many firsts...it is just amazing. I float gently through these first precious rituals with our new man.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

We're Home!

We are so pleased to announce the arrival of our beautiful son, Silas Adam Greaves. Born on the morning of August 15th at 6:04 am, weighing 9lbs 13.5 oz.