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Just a few . . .

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Allison helped me take some newborn photos when Benjamin was a week old.  I haven't gotten to all of them yet, but here are a couple of my favorites:


My friend made Benji the cutest little outfit for his pictures.  She is way talented, and I love this little hat!

After we were all done, I handed the camera to Allison, gave her a few quick instructions, and she got this picture of me.  Not half bad.  :)


Good news!

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So, a week ago, this happened:




Born after an induction and just 2.5 hours of labor, Benjamin has stolen our hearts.  It really is amazing to me that I can fall in love with another baby just the way I did with my first.  Love is always multiplied, never divided.

Little Benji is super loved.  I worry a bit that he might grow up thinking the world revolves around him, because there are so many siblings ready and eager to cater to his every whim.








He's perfect -- 7 lbs 12 ounces at birth, took to nursing like a champ, and is up every two or three hours at night just like every other Bartholomew baby.  But he also came with the sweetest, calmest personality.  Ten babies and not a fussy one among them.  I think I'm super blessed.




We're calling him our little "Squish," even though my husband objects to the name.  I figure he's only going to be this little and squishy for a month, so the nickname won't stick anyway.


Cami keeps saying, "Oh, he's so cute! …

One a Day, Week Twenty-Seven

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Nine Birth Stories

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With my baby due to be born very soon, I spent some time on a sleepless night remembering some of my other births.  With nine children, there have been a lot of similarities -- I have very quick labors, don't progress much until my water is broken for me (it's never broken on its own), don't push for long, often tear, and usually recover very quickly.  But there have also been a few small differences -- I've had five scheduled inductions, seven epidurals, one with no pain medication by choice, and two longer-for-me labors (Joey and Katie, though at 8 and 6 hours, neither was particularly long by most standards).
Just for fun, I thought I'd try to gather all my birth stories into one post.  First the stats:
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Lillian
4 days late, 4 hours of active labor, born at 11:53, 7 lbs 10 oz, 20"

Joseph
6 days early, 8 hours of labor, born at 4:19 a.m., 7 lbs 4 oz, 19"

Michael
2.5 weeks early, ~ 5 hours, born at 6:59 p.m.  …

One a Day, Weeks Twenty-Five and Twenty-Six

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Nine Days to Go

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before my probably induction date!  I'm so beyond ready to have a baby at this point.  I'm uncomfortable, waking up with contractions at night and having more during the day.  I'm carrying so high, my uterus is pushing into my rib cage and my back pain continues on and off all day long.  There's just not a lot of room left, and I'm anxious for this pregnancy to be O.V.E.R.  Oh, and meet our baby, of course.
Overall, though, I'm trying to be extra patient and grateful that for the most part, this pregnancy has been pretty easy.  I'm still amazed that my morning sickness was almost non-existent thanks to Diclegis, and it gives me hope that my seven daughters might be able to avoid three months of misery when they have children.  And I've been able to be very active and healthy physically throughout, from running a 10K at 20 weeks to continuing to exercise 5-6 days a week.  I'm still walking 2-3 miles several times every week, so I have hopes that boun…