21 Days

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Our boy is 3 weeks old today.  I can’t believe it! Right now he is snoozing in his swing, so I thought I would post some new photos below- taken yesterday.

He is really developing quite the personality.  It is so cute to see his little facial expressions – his pouts and smiles melt your heart! We are still having good nights and bad nights.  The “bad nights” usually only give me about 2 or 3 hours sleep…the “good nights” 6 or 7! Breastfeeding is still challenging, but we are doing okay.  He has a big appetite and seems to really be growing.  We don’t have to go back to the pediatrician until he’s 2 months old – which we’re happy about.  She predicts he’ll be about 13 pounds at that point.

We are trying to finalize our decision on vaccines, which is so tough.  We have a list of the ones we are not going to do, and ones we are considering.  Our “no” list seems to be larger than our “yes” list.  I can’t imagine putting some of that stuff in him.  The ingredients honestly give me the chills.  And, if I’m being honest, I DO worry about the link between vaccinating and autism.  I know the general population will say there is NO link….but I’ve heard many people swear that after a vaccine, their child was never the same.  It’s scary.  Karli and I both refuse the flu vaccine each year because we strongly believe that it does more harm than good.  The vaccine debate can get as heated as a conversation about circumcision….I know people feel very strongly one way or the other.  Ultimately, everyone has to make the best decision for THEIR family.  All these choices you have to make as Moms are tough though!

We had a pretty nice, relaxing weekend.  We had friends over Friday night and went out for Mexican, then came back to the condo and played trivia and laughed till we cried.  We had brunch with K’s dad and brothers yesterday and they got to meet their nephew for the first time.  Her youngest brother (who is 11) kept saying “I can’t believe he was inside you, and now he’s out…and alive….it’s pretty crazy…” It really IS mind-blowing to think about it.  They were so cute though.  Also, we had one of our friends from our natural birthing class come over to meet Lach yesterday evening.  She brought us Cuban food from her husbands restaurant- yum!  She is 36 weeks pregnant and planning a homebirth with our MW as well.  It was so great to tell her the birth story and encourage her.  She is so excited for her own birth and I know she’ll do great!

Totally switching gears, K and I watched The L W.ord last night online.  What are your thoughts on the season premiere??

And….Photos (he likes to flare his nostrils!):

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20 thoughts on “21 Days

  1. He’s so beautiful, girls! Loved the flared nostrils….

    Re: L Word – I’m hoping they can make the “Jenny’s dead” storyline work in flashbacks. I’m really going to miss the series!

    Ainsley

  2. sounds like you’re really having a life — amidst the challenges and sleeplessness, it’s super that you’re going out and folks are coming over, and in general you are becoming a family…such love to you three.

  3. He is just so gorgeous – I love seeing new pics! Re: the vaccines – I bet it is really difficult to make a decision, we have no idea what we’re going do either. There’s just so much info out there one way or the other, and like you said you can only do what feels right for your family.

  4. First off, we are IN LOVE with you little man. We want him to meet our little girl once she’s here, lol. He’s beautiful. The L word premiere, not bad. They spun so many potential situations, endings, beginnings. Typical L Word fashion, no? Glad to hear that things are going so well 🙂

  5. he is such a beautiful baby!!!

    and as far as the l word is concerned, i’m sad that it’s only 6 shows this season! i want it to be longer and i’m kinda sad that it’s coming to an end.

  6. Long Time Lurker- Congrats on the arrival of the little one. He is BEAUTIFUL! Where did you watch the L Word on line – my wife and I have little twins at home, and missed the season premiere! Any tips would be appreciated!

  7. The photos are just too cute! He’s an adorable little guy.

    If you feel like sharing, I’d love to learn more about which vaccines you are refusing. We’re just starting to look into vaccines and are confused because there are just so many!

  8. He is so beautiful guys. We did SOME of the vaccines and refused some of the others. We also did a delayed approach with the ones we decided to do. Good luck as I know it isn’t easy.

  9. How could he be any more perfect?!? I’m so happy for your gorgeous family.

    For vaccination research, I really liked “Vaccinations: A Thoughtful Parent’s Guide: How to Make Safe, Sensible Decisions about the Risks, Benefits, and Alternatives” by Aviva Jill Romm

  10. Just wanted to say – I found your blog just yesterday and have read every entry – i couldn’t stop myself! He is just so precious really – you two are the luckiest mommies in the world! Congrats on your new family! – Crystal

  11. Yeah, depending on the company, it’s hard to bring it up, but we decided to not vaccinate our son. The only one we did was the meningitis one because we felt that it was the most dangerous disease. We did worry about him getting the Whooping Cough before age one because that can be deadly before their lungs are developed enough. He didn’t get it though. Good luck. It is really hard to make some of the parenting decisions. We also decided not to circumcise him. My family is more naturally-oriented so I have never been vaccinated and neither have my 7 brothers and sisters, or any of my 28 nieces and nephews. Yeah, big family and no Autism, no big illnesses or ill effects from getting the diseases such as measles and chicken pox etc.

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