meet ben.

The past two weeks have passed in an absolute blur with this new little one at home. Each day has been full of newborn and extra toddler snuggles. Benjamin Lewis arrived on March 1st weighing in at 9 pounds 2 ounces (though he’s already up to 10). His birth story is beautiful and I want to get it all down in writing before the details start drifting away from me (they already are!), but today I’m just checking in with the news that’s he’s here, he’s here!

Charlie is handling things pretty well with just some minor jealousy that mainly involves handing out sweet hugs like candy and trying out every item of Ben’s baby gear.

Ben is more alert and sweeter by the day. We love him despite his evening witching hour and his habit of waking up the moment we set him down. Today is the beginning of what I’m considering phase four of maternity leave (phase one: waiting. Phase two: arrival of Ben with my parents here. Phase three: Mike’s paternity leave. Phase four: just me and Ben) We’re sending Charlie in to daycare until summer break, so I can get to know and love on this little mush. I’m not quite ready to have a 15 month old and a two week old all to myself just yet. We’ll get there though. I’m holding the little man as I type this. He’s snoring away, one arm flung above his head and I’m thinking about joining him in a little mid afternoon nap before the big one gets home and demands dinner.

we’re expecting!

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A bit of a belated announcement, but I wanted to have this here for posterity’s sake. Our family is going to be growing by another little person February! A totally unexpected addition to the family, but now that we’ve had a few months to recover from the shock, we’re so excited!

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I have such a tiny bump in these pictures compared to today. I’ll hit 23 weeks on Tuesday and this baby is already stomping around in my belly like they own the place. Luckily, my mild morning sickness that made me want to lounge on the couch and nap all day wrapped itself up at the end of the first trimester, and it’s been smooth sailing ever since! I have a hard time wrapping my mind around being over the halfway mark already.

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Second pregnancy with a (very) little one running around is definitely a different experience than the first.  For those of you doing the math, Charlie and our second will be about 15 months apart. We’re scheduling our anatomy ultrasound this week to see if this baby is a boy or a girl. Squeee!