Twelve days ago, on September 12th at 11.54am after a 31 hour induction process we welcomed our beautiful bundle of dark-haired cuteness into the world, Archie Terence Devine.
Weighing a chunky 8lb7oz, Archie was delivered straight on to my chest and there are no words that will ever be able to describe the instant overwhelming feeling of happiness and love I felt when that warm wriggly little human was given to me and I finally had the cuddle I’d been longing for for 9 long months.
Labour was an experience to say the least, but I’m going to dedicate a whole separate post to my labour & birth story when I’ve had a little more time to process it all and to properly sit and write it all down.
Life with a newborn has already been more than I could have ever imagined – more challenging, more tiring and above all, more amazing. Over the past 12 days I’ve experienced more emotions than I’ve ever experienced before, I’ve cried for valid reasons but also for no reasons at all, I’ve felt overwhelmed with stress but also with love, I’ve felt nothing but fear but then nothing but happiness and I’ve spent endless amount of hours staring at this tiny human wondering how on Earth we created something so perfect. This overwhelming influx of emotions new Mum’s have to deal with after giving birth is something I don’t think people talk even hardly enough about and it’s something I’m intent on writing about in a separate post.
Back to Archie, he is truly perfect. He loves his food and has already gained half a pound since birth and is taking between three and four ounces each feed! While I did try to breastfeed once my milk came in, I decided that bottle-feeding worked best for us and I feel confident and happy in my decision (despite some expected yet unsolicited opinions). Thanks to bottle feeding it’s been amazing watching him bond with his Daddy during feeds and during those gorgeous after-feed milk-drunk cuddles. We’re both learning more and more every day and there’s nothing more amazing than the feeling of him settling for us and knowing he’s in the safe arms of his Mummy or Daddy.
We’re currently living in the newborn bubble and our days consist of feeds, cuddles, naps (for both us & him!), nappy changes, outfit changes and a whole lot of staring at our beautiful little boy and asking each other how we got so lucky to have been blessed with him.
I’ve learnt that with a newborn you can’t just pop to the shops, it takes a whole lot of planning, prepping and preparing! I’ve also learnt that once you’ve had a baby that is all you can think about, which means that’s also all you can talk about. The text thread between my boyfriend and I now consists of when Archie’s bottle was made up, when he last had his last feed, how much he took and when he last had a poo! My camera roll has increased by hundreds of photos and videos of my gorgeous little boy and I’ve realised there is truly no smell in the world better than the smell of your babies head.
I have a number of blog posts I’d like to write in the near future but until then I’m going to continue enjoying living in this bubble and falling in love with my family of three ❤️
Thanks for reading,
Love, Beth xx