Happy Due Date!

Today, August 24th, was EH's original due date.  It's a date that has long been stuck in our minds, and for months we had recited it whenever anyone asked when the baby was due.  I thought that maybe this date would become so ingrained in my mind that it would be hard to remember/embrace his actual birth date whenever he was born, but that has not been the case.

It's hard to imagine spending the last 13 days being pregnant (not considering, of course, that we recently scheduled the c-section date of August 18th.)  I am so grateful that I never had to get to that point of waiting around for the baby to come, or for the dreaded "late baby."  EH caught us off guard with his early arrival, but we were more ready that we ever realized.

In the past 13 days I have been peed on more times that I can imagine. I have laughed, and I have cried.  I lost 15 pounds, and occasionally remembered to eat.  I took EH on his first shopping trip to Target, and DH and I took him to his first Mexican restaurant. I learned the breastfeed but also embraced the relief from the occasional bottle feeding.  I took a trip to ER and went to 4 doctor's appointments. I learned that I prefer Pamper's diapers over Huggies and Dr. Brown's bottles over Playtex.  I (we) already took hundreds of photos of him and there's no sign of that stopping anytime soon.

To say that the month of August has been emotionally exhausting for us is a severe understatement, but it's also hard to describe the level of joy and happiness that EH has brought into our lives.  There have been rough times, for sure, but then he opens those enormous grey/blue eyes of his and we just melt.

He is definitely a challenge, but we needed a challenge and a change in our lives, and we got both.

Happy due date, little EH.  Or better yet, happy 13th day birthday!!  We're so glad that you're here.


Abby said...

This is awesome. Just what I needed to read this morning.

Dear EH - you have a fantastic family.

Suzi said...

Sounds like you're in love with motherhood. Welcome to the club. :)

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