Thursday, June 2, 2011

First month

Henry is a month old... and we are looking forward to when he gets on a regular schedule. He enjoys being held as a remedy for his tears but when he is hungry no amount of soothing will comfort him. Maggie enjoys singing to him and giving him kisses and hugs, so much so that we have to regulate her affection. If he cries too long, she is quick to remind us that Henry is crying. The best is when they are both crying and screaming, I don't think we could have handled that a year ago but now it just seems comical.

The second child is a lot more enjoyable because we are less stressed and more relaxed. We both find ourselves laughing more at things that should be upsetting. Although, Maggie did drop Henry on his head from the couch and Sara was extremely worried, but he bounced back without anything more than a small bump.

Despite feeling slightly more experienced, we often feel exhausted and wonder what we are getting into. I don't know how anyone has more than one child.  Certainly after the first you know about the difficulties. But we ignored ours fears and dismissed logic and just did what seemed right.

“Who of us is mature enough for offspring before offspring themselves arrive? The value of marriage is not that adults produce children, but that children produce adults.” Peter De Vries


  1. Sounds like you're experiencing parenthood in the trenches! Glad Henry is surviving his big sister just fine. And I LOVE that quote! Absolutely true. You never know what you can handle until you do it. You never know what it's like to have children until you do. :)

  2. Seriously, right?

    I said something to my sister in law a little bit ago about "the baby we'll have during law school" and she said, "I'm feeling anxiety for you!" I laughed (because I don't YET feel the anxiety of it (probably because I'm not pregnant with that baby yet), but know that it will be stressful when it happens!). Seriously how do we keep doing it? Because, as you said, it feels right :).

    It's such a relief when the baby isn't quite so fragile anymore. I was sure Raymond was going to break of one of Ginny's fingers any day. Somehow that hasn't happened (yet).

  3. I LOVE that quote! It makes me laugh. He is adorable!!! I can't wait to see him this weekend! It's about time we get to see you guys :)

  4. And just so you know 3 kids means more exhaustion. But, I still love it. I am a bit of a crazy though...

    Love that quote. Love you guys. I got to snuggle Henry today. I loved every minute of it.

  5. I think you're doing a great job! It was so fun to see you and to hold Henry this week. You have a very adorable family. That includes you too Stanford!