Our new little boy Ellery Standish H. was born on Saturday February 15th at 6:25 in the morning, weighing in at 8lbs 4ozs, 21 inches long, and the picture of health. He is now 9 days old and has so far been doing lots of great eating and sleeping, minimal yowling, and we couldn't be happier with him.
Here he is settling in at home on his first night, cozied up to the heat of the wood stove.
And here he is this morning, snoozing in the sun, which of course woke him up right after this picture so he ended up here:
He is very soft and snuggly, and still has that new baby smell.
Emmett is adjusting very well, and handling all of the new developments very cautiously, in true Emmett style. So far I think he's touched the baby twice, but at least now he will be quite near him, and likes to check on him all the time and make sure he has what he needs. He is being very helpful fetching and carrying things for his Mom who is often trapped under a nursing baby, and has also been so nice as to read books to us while Ellery is nursing. He has also fully committed himself to the world of Legos in the last couple of weeks, and so has been spending every possible waking hour obsessively building Lego machines.
So far the transition to life as a family of four has been very smooth, and somehow it feels more balanced to me to have two kids and two parents. I'm still working on why that is, but I think it has something to do with making space for each other, and understanding that no one person can have all of the attention all of the time. Of course it has only been nine days. . . and we have had my mom here the whole time to help ease the transition. So I'll have to get back to you on this idea a later on down the road. But for now we are hunkering down for the end of winter and looking forward to some sunny spring days soon!