She Says… Brotherly Love

Please excuse the non-blogging while I thoroughly enjoy falling into the newborn abyss. The rabbit hole of diapers and nursing and snuggling this tiny little person who has joined our family.

I’m exhausted. But it couldn’t be a lovelier kind of exhausted.

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After a day and a half in the hospital, Benjamin and I were ready to bring our little guy home to meet his brother. Since Owen was at school during the week we didn’t try to pick him up early and force a hospital “meeting”. It seemed like a recipe for disaster on many levels. Instead, we opted to come home Thursday morning so we could get ourselves settled at home before picking Owen up from school to meet his little bro.

To say he was excited is an understatement. Apparently he told everyone he saw at school (teachers, students and parents alike), “MY BABY CAME OUT!”.

Almost immediately, Owen smothered Emmett with kisses (and ubiquitous daycare boogers). I tried to give some helpful tips like, “Just the top of his head and his hands and feet, maybe not right up in his face…” and “Ooh! That’s enough hugging! I think Emmett is all hugged out…” while also trying to not stifle Owen’s enthusiasm for meeting his baby brother.
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Schnitzel has been on his best guard-dog behavior as well. When I’m nursing he sits at attention at my feet, ready to protect us from intruders. And when Emmett cries, Schnitzel is usually at his side even before I am. He’s the best nanny ever.

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There was no shortage of kisses. Owen even said things like, “Hi cutie pie, why are you crying? What’s wrong, sweetie?”. He’s going to be such a sweet brother.

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After a few minutes of baby doting, the novelty wore off and Owen said, “Mommy can you put Baby Emmett down so we can play?”. Ha.

And just like that, we were a family of 4. Just doing a puzzle. Hanging out. It just felt… right.

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Whenever Emmett squeaked, Owen ran over and patted him (gently, most of the time) and wanted to pick him up. We certainly have some rules to learn about what is allowed (touching the baby’s feet and head gently) and what is not (picking up the baby by his head), but at least I know that it comes from a place of love.

I keep trying to remember that as I reprimand Owen for manhandling the baby.

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We’re adjusting to the new morning routine too. It’s hard for Owen to understand why I can come in and wake him up sometimes but not others. But he’s doing an awesome, awesome job adjusting. In fact, I’d say we all are.

And those “quiet” moments when both kids are happy and hanging out together are worth every one of the loud or frustrating ones.

Owen+Emmett July-6

On Sunday we went out to ice cream to celebrate Emmett “coming out” and Owen becoming a big brother. Ice cream makes everything better.

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Brotherly love is a powerful thing. I feel so fortunate to have two beautiful boys to share it.

17 responses to “She Says… Brotherly Love

  1. I love everything about this post: the photos, the stories, the pinkberry… but my comment is:
    Schnitzel is the Best Dog in the World.

  2. Angie All The Way

    So so lovely & happy you are all doing well and getting acquainted as a family of 4 🙂

  3. Oh the money I would pay for a husband who takes such beautiful photos!! Or even ANY photos. Congratulations – you look wonderful and everyone looks so happy. The transition to two is awesome and difficult all at the same time, but just like any other transition – it will be a distant memory some day so do continue to enjoy the ups and the downs. Lyle’s first sentence was “Tenley waking up?” – doesn’t get any better!

  4. Super super precious! Congrats!

  5. How sweet! Congratulations to you all.

  6. Sooooo sweet! What a beautiful story!! Congratulations to mom and dad – and Owen for becoming a big brother 😉
    Thank you so much for updating us on the special meeting!
    Enjoy your time as a new family of 4 🙂

  7. kate .your baby is more cuter so far than the rrooyyaall baby…………..believe me…

  8. katee when we’ll be able to see Emmett’s introduction video just like the way you did fabulously with Owen..??i’m soo waiting for that !!!

  9. @Anonymous, Unfortunately there is no video of this birth! Everything went way too fast and was way too intense. First we were in the car (with Benjamin driving), then we were registering at the hospital, and before we knew it I was doubled over and screaming and we were having a baby. The camera bag didn’t even get opened until Emmett was on my chest.

  10. Can’t wait to see all of the adventures ahead for these two!

  11. Very, very sweet. I hope Ella’s meeting and first days with her little brother go just as smoothly. Congratulations again, he is beautiful!

  12. But how many bagels and watermelons have you eaten since Emmett was born?! 🙂

  13. How sweet! I love all the photos of them together, and Owen looks like a wonderful big brother already! Also isn’t is amazing how quickly life goes back to “normal” the second time around. 🙂

  14. Congratulations! He’s just beautiful. I love the pics of Owen leaning over the bouncy seat to kiss the baby. Soooo sweet!

  15. Caroline s.

    I think the word “gentle” will be forever at your lips for the next couple years. What a sweet post, so happy to see the big brother Owen is taking things in stride. It seems so much easier when there is an age gap so that the older sibling has a chance to “get it”…
    Enjoy all of your boys!

  16. Amazing and so cute seeing these two together! Nice to hear that he’s adjusting to his baby bro… 🙂

  17. Beautiful photos! Love your idea of going out for ice cream to celebrate Emmett “coming out” and Owen’s transition to the big brother role.

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