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Third Night

The third night at home with Logan has come and gone. So far he is sleeping better than I am. Last night he only woke up at 2AM and 6AM. Unfortunately, I only slept an hour between those times. Part of the problem is he is a noisy baby. Not noisy in a fussy sense, but he makes some weird noises that my daughter did not. First, he occasionally snorts (or does something that sounds like a snort) when he is breathing. We ask the people at the hospital about this and they said it was normal. It occurs randomly, so it tends to startle someone who is trying to fall asleep. I am still getting used to it. Second, he squeaks. Apparently this is a family thing. My mom said I did the same thing. She said a woman heard me at the hospital and said I sounded like a mouse.

Noisy Logan wasn’t the only issue though. I got worked up because I had to go back to work today. Honestly, I was so stressed out last night about not getting enough sleep and being tired at work that I didn’t get enough sleep and will be tired at work. How’s that for irony? I remember the exhaustion we experienced with Grace. Our bed time was around 8:30 or 9:00 PM when our daughter was a newborn. You had to go to bed that early to assure you got a decent sleep between the feedings and changings. Even though my wife breast feeds (which makes me pretty useless come feeding time), I still wake up when the baby cries. With Grace I eventually got to a point where I would sleep through entire feedings, which isn’t a fact I am necessarily proud of, but it happened. I remember one morning I was excited because I thought Grace had slept through the night. Apparently the only person that slept through the night was me.

Hopefully this won’t make me sound horrible. I am a lucky man. Jennifer wants me to sleep because she knows I have to go to work the next morning, but I am not so sure this is the best way to handle things this time around. When Grace was our only kid, I knew Jennifer could just stay in bed and sleep while I got up and went to work, and she did. Grace slept fairly well as a newborn, so it worked. Having two kids makes this situation trickier. Grace is going to wake up between 7 and 8 AM no matter what Logan does the night before. We are going to have to get into a new rhythm this time around, because we need to make sure both of us are getting the rest we need. The trick will be finding the balance so that neither one of us is constantly exhausted.

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Pictures of Logan

I’ve finally got around to posting some pictures of Logan. The last few days have been crazy, as you can imagine. The story of the birth will be forthcoming. I find typing up events like this helps me move the details into my long term memory. So it is likely to be long and sappy. For now, here are the pictures:

Logan is awake!Shhh…

Just so everyone knows, we are home now and both Jennifer and Logan are doing great. Grace is being sweeter then I could have ever imagined. She loves to rub Logan’s head and say, “Shhh…” It is so adorable. I have tears in my eyes every time she does it.

Logan is a great newborn so far. Last night he woke up about every two hours to eat (we’re breastfeeding), and went back to sleep as soon as he was done. We are very fortunate.

The fact that we have TWO children is just starting to sink in, and it is nowhere near as scary as I thought it would be. Mostly, it just feels me with joy.

Welcome to the world, Logan!

Hello everyone.  I am typing this message from a public computer in a library, because last night around 1:30 AM, my wife’s water broke.  Logan was born this morning at 4:34 AM, weighted 7 lbs 11.5 oz and was 19 1/4 in long.  Both mother and baby are doing great.  I’ll post pictures of the baby and more details when I have more time.  Just wanted to make this annoucement to the world.  MY SON IS HERE!!! 

Grace and the Swing

It is hard to believe my little girl will be two in just over a month. This weekend we were at my brother’s house and she hopped on a REAL swing for the first time. She saw another girl swinging and she just had to try it. When I first put her in the seat, she really didn’t get how tightly she needed to hold on to the chains, but daddy was there to catch her and help her get the hang of it. I started to push her slowly, and she giggled with delight. She had such a good time. I was worried about her letting go, but I managed to gather enough courage to go grab the camera and take this picture.

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Priceless.

She is such a character. That expression you see is something she has done for months when she sees the camera pointed at her. She is such a hyper, happy ball of energy. There are really no words to express the joy this little one brings to mine and Jennifer’s life.