Kathryn December 30th, 2011
Our little family grew by one yesterday afternoon with the birth of Blake Ammon, and knowing that life will never be the same again, the past 48 hours have been a very emotional and exciting whirlwind!
For those who may be interested in the details, Blake was born at 3.16pm on December 29, weighing 3.12kg (6lb 14oz) and measuring 49cm long. In response to medical advice, I was induced almost 3 weeks early (which I wasn’t really complaining about!) and went into the hospital on Wednesday night. After 2 sets of gels, they broke my waters at about 12.45 Thursday afternoon and 2 1/2 hours later Blake was born. Knowing I have a wonderful husband, and not wanting to be away from home longer than I had to, I opted to stay just 1 night in hospital and I came home this morning just after 11am.
Holding your little one for the first time is of course very precious, and as Mum I was privileged to have the first, hour long, cuddle with Blake. Dallin and I have welcomed a baby into our lives before, when Josh was born, but what is totally different this time, is introducing and watching Josh welcome Blake into our family, it is truly amazing the instant love that he has for his little brother.
Yesterday when he came into the hospital to meet Blake, he didn’t want to hold him. He was more than happy to look, give a kiss to and talk about Blake but was generally more interested in running around the room, playing with the curtains, and his new car! But today we have had some of the first of what I’m sure will be many precious moments, my favourite of which came at bed time!
With Joshy’s bed time routine we tuck him into bed and sing him a song before we kiss him good night and leave him to sleep. Tonight I suggested that Blake lay next to him while we sing, which he quite happy to do… We sung the song and Josh lay there the whole time watching and smiling at Blake – it was beautiful! The only problem came when the song was finished and I went to pick Blake up…. Josh started crying and insisting that he wanted us to lay Blake down next to him again… he really didn’t want him to leave! We explained that Blake needed to go to his bed and so Josh came with us to put Blake down before returning to his own bed to sleep. It amazes me how at 2 years old he seems to know how precious and special a little baby is – and seems to love him so much already! I love my boys and am excited (if not slightly nervous) to watch them grow together and become friends and play mates!
We are all excited about the new adventure of becoming a family of 4 and are looking forward to the days, weeks, months and years of growth ahead!