We could not be more excited to finally meet our little man!! He is now two weeks old, but as you can guess we have just had brief 10 minute windows to get things done in between eating, pooping, and sleeping (Brooks doing those things that is), so this post has been a work in progress.
Brooks Joseph VanOss was born on Thursday, January 3rd at 9:16am. He is our 7 pound, 9 ounce gift from God!
A little bit of his birth story — He kept us waiting as he decided to come 4 days after his due date. Looking back, he just needed those four days to grow and be ready for the world, but they were long days of anxiously waiting. I started feeling pain early on the morning of January 2nd, but it wasn’t until Tim got home from work that evening that we started timing contractions (I wasn’t even sure they were real contractions and was afraid it might just be false labor). Our wonderful doula Kelley came over and helped us labor at home until around 12:30 in the morning when we headed to the hospital. Overall, labor was about 16 hours and Kelley, Tim, and I were a good team– I could not have done it without them.* We finally welcomed Brooks with tears and smiles as the light was starting to fill the labor and delivery room on Thursday morning:
The first few days were somewhat of a blur as there was not much sleep involved and the 3 of us were all just getting to know each other as a new family. Brooks had his days and nights completely swapped and insisted on eating all night and sleeping a lot of the day for the first four days of his life.
We have already had many moments of joy, confusion, exhaustion, and laughter with Brooks. We love how every day he opens his eyes a little bigger and seems to take a little more in. Some of our favorite moments are when he is wide awake and we just stare at each other. There have also been explosions of poop and unexpected sprays of pee in unexpected places in the middle of the night. (sorry Brooks, you peed on your face at one point and we couldn’t help laughing).
My mom came and stayed with us for the first week and half and spoiled us by cooking and cleaning and letting us get some extra naps in here and there. We are thankful for some milder January days in Chicago so that we can take short walks in our neighborhood. Is it too soon to look forward to spring?
We have taken a couple hundred pictures of our boy already and I am trying my best not to photobomb the internet.With that said, we hope to keep this blog filled with recent pictures! We also have a couple short videos up on youtube if you feel so inclined to check them out here and here.
*note on natural childbirth – I wanted to do it and I’m really glad I did it, but there were a good 4 or 5 hours when I would have told you the opposite. I wouldn’t attempt it without a good support team!