Thursday 18 June 2015
8 months, a new nephew and taking the antidepressants
Right now, I'm in a hospital snuggling my newborn nephew. He is 8lbs of pure bliss. Ahhh. I am soaking it in.
I am so excited for my sister to be a Mama, and to be an aunt for a second time. I am especially happy because I worried about her being able to have a child.
My sister and her fiancé generously invited me to be a part of her labour and delivery. It was such an honour to be able to support her throughout the process and watch everything unfold. It was especially meaningful for me because it's an experience that I may never have.
I've always had a lot of love, respect and admiration for my sister, but watching the way she has navigated this experience has really made me admire her so much more. She has gone through many difficult situations with so much grace and positivity.
I am also reminded by this experience, and as I often am as I experience motherhood, that I am so grateful to"be on the other side" and have my little Babykins waiting for me at home.
Infertility changed so much of me, and I am so glad that I've been able to heal and to experience this without the dark cloud of infertility over my head.
My sister ended up having a c-section because the baby's heart rate was decelerating significantly during her pushing. She's been recovering well, and the baby is doing well.
Tonight, the baby finally latched (on the third day). I was able to watch their breast feeding joirney unfold. Watching him finally latch was such a special moment to share in.
He's 8 months old now!
He's the sweetest little thing. Well, he's not so little- he's almost 23lbs!
Many of our friends and family have told us that he is the happiest, most smiley and giggly baby they have ever met. He loves little repetitive games and surprises. A simple "BOO!" can send him into a giggle-fest.
He started crawling the day before I left to meet my nephew. D has been sending me videos and pictures of him motoring around, leaving a path of toys in his wake. They make my heart swell.
He's a busy little guy, who wants everything to go in his mouth. He's also babbling up a storm, loves attention and food! He dislikes diaper changes and is starting to be quite a challenge to change and dress. If he had his choice, he would stay naked - probably forever.
I started taking the antidepressants about two weeks after they were prescribed. They took the full 6 weeks to take their full effect, but they have been amazing. I am so happy that I have decided to take the plunge and see doctor and take his recommendation even though it was scary for me. I just wish I did it sooner!
Life is good.