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We’re a few days short of Eli’s first month. The last 30 days have been a mix of excitement, exhaustion, confusion and brief moments of peace. The first week was all excitement. We rode the adrenaline of bringing home a new family member. Everything was new. The baby, the diapers, the clothes, the swaddling, the changing, the feeding, the not sleeping. Now we’ve settled into a bit more of a routine. Maybe routine isn’t the right word. Something closer to an understanding. And every day that understanding gets just a tiny bit stronger. We’ve read the books and gotten plenty of advice, but we’re taking a day at a time, learning what works for us and what works for him as we go. And that seems to be working pretty well. There are moments when we feel like we’re going backwards and have no idea what we’re doing. But then there are moments when he quiets down or looks at us a certain way and we realize we’re doing alright. And would you look at that. We’re parents.
Now most important, a few pics of Eli at one month.
We’ve been in our home for a little more than two months now. And I think we’ve officially completed all major projects. I have a few trees to plant this week and have to figure out how to put blinds up in the master bedroom, but other than that we’re done. My brother-in-law has been asking for pictures since we moved in, and I’ve been holding them hostage to get him up here. But I’ll throw in the towel and share them now. Thank you to everyone that helped us in the work…especially Grandpa Ash and our amazing contractor now known only as “Uncle Dave.”
Side by side comparisons: OLD —> NEW
Welcome to the family, Eli.
You came a little early. We were expecting you on November 3rd, and betting on Halloween, but you came calling last Friday while your mom was finishing up her day at work. After the most exhausting and exciting night of our lives, you poked your head out at 7:30am Saturday morning. You looked a bit like me when I came into the world 30 years ago, but your mom thinks you have her mouth.
We’ve been with you for over a week now. You watched the Yankees win a Pennant behind CC Sabathia, Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera. You watched the NY Giants lose terribly two weekends in a row. For the record, we did NOT name you after Eli Manning! You’ve met 6 grandparents, 3 uncles, 4 aunts, and 3 cousins. You met your older brother Russert, and he already licked your face. He’s a bit confused by the noise you make at 3am, but seems to really like you. Last night you celebrated your grandmother’s birthday, wearing a pumpkin costume for your first Halloween.
We’re looking at you on the sofa right now. You’re sleeping on your mom’s belly and Russert is sleeping on my toes. We feel pretty lucky to have you and can’t wait for what’s to come.