Rory Gerard was born July 24, 2013 at 7:53pm. As I predicted, this labor and delivery was nothing like my other two; however, Rory is just as healthy and perfect as Jack and Charlotte. I labored for 15 hours, had two different epidurals, and pushed one time; it was a long and painful labor, but a very easy delivery. Overall, the emotions were the same. Having a baby never gets old. No matter how many times I’ve done it, or will do it, delivery is the coolest, most amazing thing I’ve ever experienced in my life and nothing can ever top it. I absolutely love it. Of course, it’s easy to say that a month afterwards.
Rory is a month old today and already so much bigger than when he was born. It’s crazy how fast his first few weeks of life have gone. Having three kids in less than three years is what I expected and kind of crazy at first. Sorry it has taken me so long to update all of you! I’ve been spoiled though. My grandma came to visit for five weeks to do what great-grandmas do best, love and hold a new baby. It has made bringing Rory home even smoother. She was here to hold him, feed him a bottle, and spoil him with love and attention all day. It was nice being able to keep Jack and Charlotte on their regular schedules while my grandma helped care for Rory.
I think this made their transition a lot easier, too. So far, we haven’t had any jealousy issues. I’m pretty sure they already think he’s been apart of our family as long as they both have. Of course now we’re all very sleep deprived and on no sort of schedule, but the transition from two kids to three has been seamless. In fact, I think this has been the easiest adjustment to bringing home a baby I’ve ever had. I feel so much more confident this time around. I’m not worrying about every little thing like I did when Jack and Charlotte were born. Rory also nurses MUCH better than the other two ever did. I’ve said before that I didn’t really care for nursing, but I love it now. I find it to be much easier than pumping and bottle-feeding and I really want to nurse little Rory all day long. He’s such a sweet baby and I finally understand what women mean when they say it’s such a great bonding experience.
This picture was taken when Rory was 10 days old and I have to say, he looks just like Jack at that age. Jack is already saying, “we need to teach Rory to play baseball!” Charlotte thinks Rory is her baby and the coolest ‘toy’ she’s ever had. She mimics all of my moves with her own baby doll and even holds an empty pumping bottle to her bellybutton yelling, “MILK!!!” while I pump. It’s fun to see how girls can be so nurturing from such an early age. Overall, Mike and I feel extremely blessed to have another wonderful little miracle join our family. I promise for more regular updates to come.[Featured Image Courtesy of Mimi Brann]