In some ways, it feels like our littlest addition has been here for a while now and in other ways, he still feels so new.
We have only been home from hospital for two weeks now (coming out the day after he was born) and I’ve struggled to write this post because there’s too many things in my head that I want to make sure I capture.
I am constantly reminding myself how quick the time goes and how much I must savour our time with him so tiny, particularly as he is our last newborn. It is going to be a season of last first that I want to treasure. However, life with four small people is taking its toll and it is an effort to remember to take photos and snuggle lots and just generally spend time admiring him!
He is such a beauty though, like the others before him – he is absolutely gorgeous and I adore kissing his papery soft newborn skin and his tiny nose. We didn’t expect him to be born with so much hair – Elodie and Orla were born with lots of very dark hair but Finlay was so fair and pretty much bald (he said to his Nanny the other day ‘I was born like those old guys who have no hair!’) so we presumed our boys were going to be fair and our girls dark, but Archie appeared with a full head of dark hair like his sisters. It also seems our boys are littler, with Archie being born at 7 pounds 4, Finlay was 7 pounds 2 and our girls were 7 Pounds 9 and 10. Archie has already put on a full pound though which is reassuring!
His first couple of weeks has whizzed past with only some minor complications, we had to go to the doctors to get some antibiotics as his cord became infected. It’s day 4 of the antibiotics and he seems to be suffering with a slightly upset tummy which is making him windy but he’s generally such a contented baby and is mostly very chilled out – such a blessing for baby number 4! He sleeps really well and I’m so pleased at how well he settles in his moses basket, Mr M stays up and does the last feed with him around midnight and then he wakes generally at 3am and sometimes 5am or 6am for a feed. I always forget how tiny they are and how much they sleep, Archie has spent most of his days in a sleepy coma and only really wakes for a feed and spends some time awake and grumpy in the evening around 8/9pm. However, I know it’s early days and he seems like a dream baby at the moment but all could change!
The siblings have adjusted well to life with a new baby brother. They have been really brilliant with him in their own little ways albeit, more argumentative with each other. They were so excited to come and meet him at the hospital in the afternoon after he was born and it reassured Elodie who I think was a little worried about my stay in hospital. I love this sign that Finlay made to welcome home little Archie.
At home, they are so adoring with him – always gentle and kissing and cuddling him. There is some competition in the car where Orla and Finlay argue over who baby Archie is looking at and who gets to stroke him the most, but on the whole they are coping so well.
I am finding meeting their needs and soaking up a newborn to be challenging and feel literally split 4 ways. This is an obvious point maybe and one that comes without surprise as these were the worries I had leading up to birth but I know these first few weeks will go by in an instant and I’ll be wishing them all back. My emotions have calmed a little these last few days, as Mr M says ‘I am seeming a little more stable’ and not crying at a drop of a hat like I did for the first couple of days after his birth! But it does feels like a whirlwind of emotions here at times, either from me or the other children and it’s hard to process what everyone is requesting at any one time. We have a few more days until Mr M returns to work and we’re intent on having some quiet, calm days at home amidst some more adventure and activity led days with trips out which will be hard to do when I’m at home with all 4.
We have had lovely little visits this week from the grandparents, Nanny Dot, Auntie Liz the neighbours and Archie was introduced to his cousin who was born two weeks earlier so they’ll be lovely and close in age.
Amongst all the pressures and challenges of the first week, I am feeling so thankful to have each of these 4 little people here and home-safe. It feels like a big accomplishment that little Archie is here to add to the chaos and excitement and is all safe and snuggly. Our little family that we have created is now all complete and it’s both daunting and exciting to see what adventures life will now take us on!
Here are some photos of the first week of Archie and his first visitors.
Many thanks for the Newborn Photographs from Francesca Weeks Photography