two weeks with Benjamin

Our mighty Benjamin August joined us on December 31st, 2017 at 2:31 pm. Our sweet boy shocked us all when he weighed in at 11 lb 4 oz and 22 1/4 inches long and a head full of hair.  He was born at home surrounded by the best birth team a mama could ask for. I will share his birth story when I find the right words along with the most beautiful birth video. I am so grateful to have images and video of such a beautiful, empowering, and hard day.

I still can not believe that just two weeks ago Benjamin was inside me kicking and stretching away. Now he is here and we are a family of four. We are exhausted but our cup overflows with gratitude and awe. Oliver has been incredible with his little brother, well, after he got over the shock and realized that mama was not putting him back in the tummy. He is such an amazing big brother wanting to touch him, hug him, and whispering “I love you Benjamin.”  It’s almost like Oliver grew 100 sizes overnight when we had Benjamin. Everyone said he would seem bigger when Benjamin arrived but you don’t realize how your first baby is no longer a baby until you see how big they are in comparison to a newborn.

Now it hasn’t all been rainbows and unicorns. I have shed many tears as we have struggled with breastfeeding and anxiety over “how will I handle two humans when my husband goes back to work.” The days have been slow around here as we fall into our place as a family of 4!

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