Calling down the sun

Dear Critter,

I blinked, and you are nearly two weeks old now. We are so grateful to have you join our family. You may never know the impact you have had on us already. You are a beautiful infant, and you won our hearts immediately with your snuggles and involuntary smiles. This experience with you has been a joy so far.

After two weeks of prodromal labor, you decided to come all in a rush a week ago last Monday. I could almost sense you laughing, as your trickster namesake would. My labor started in earnest (finally!) mid-afternoon, and your dad and I left our little log house for the drive down to the hospital in Denver with what we thought was plenty of time to spare — expecting to meet you in the middle of the night or the early hours of Tuesday morning. But you were excited to be earthside. During the 45 minute drive to the hospital, my contractions sped up rapidly, and when we arrived in the delivery room, you were born two minutes later. The emergency doctor didn’t even have time to put on an apron before your arrival — instead a nurse held it up and half wrapped it around her. You would have thought the whole experience quite funny.

Your grandmother was in town to help out with your sister during your arrival, and the two of them came to meet you Tuesday morning. Watching them meet you put tears in everyone’s eyes. You are already fast friends with your big sister, who dotes over you, and holds your hand in the car on the way to school each morning. Your favorite way to self-soothe is to touch your cheeks, and the other day as your eyes began to focus, you reached out and touched my cheek. Your arrival has brought our family closer together. Your dad is really appreciating being here to help take care of you, and I have been able to see you two form a wonderful bond, in addition to seeing his bond with your sister grow stronger. You truly are our lightbringer, together with your big sister you bring so much joy to our family.

You are eating and sleeping well, and love to stare at the world as it comes into your view. You regained your birthweight in just one week, and you are growing so quickly now. You are strong and happy, an “easy” baby. You are a snuggler — preferring to sleep on my chest than anywhere else. In the hospital, we started calling you “Scootch” for no particular reason, I suppose, but it seems to fit you, and you may have a new nickname. I’m sure I’ll be apologizing for it when you’re twelve.

Thank you for joining us. We’re all so happy you’re here.

I love you,

mama

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Connor Raven

born September 26, 2016

7 lbs, 21 inches long

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