Our family has been so extremely generous, helpful, and supportive, and we have loved sharing in the joy of Cooper's arrival with them. The look on their faces when they hold him is something to behold. I now know the feeling of wonder as a parent when I look at his precious little face, but I try to imagine what it would feel like to see him grown up one day having children of his own. The renewal of life is an awe inspiring time for sure, and one that we are so thankful to have experienced with the love and encouragement of our parents and family members.
I am feeling great as this past week has given me some time to recoup and heal. The first few days and nights were...well, tough and at times excruciatingly painful (I had to get some stitches after delivery.). Though, on Monday morning, I woke up with a renewed sense of well being and a feeling that a breakthrough in the pain had come. Since then, each moment has gotten a bit easier for me, and I've been able to do a little more every day. I still have low energy from being anemic (and my doctor even asked me not to drive for two weeks), but that should subside as I take my iron pills. Brian has been a great Daddy to Cooper, but I can see the tiredness is really starting to hit him. He started back to work yesterday (Thursday) but is thankfully working from home for the next week to help with the transition of going back to work. On the Daddy front, Brian is still getting used to the task of changing poopy diapers, and I have seen great improvement in him with that. Cooper even gave him a little squirt last time he changed his diaper, and he dealt with it better than I thought he would. Yahoo! We are learning...
I think about my doctor and the nurses who took care of me in the hospital, and for them I am so grateful. It takes amazing people to do the job that they do. They sure made my stay and recoup time in the hospital bearable and manageable. You think you know what to expect, but you really have no idea until you get there and experience it. Even Brian was astonished at the whole birthing experience. I just couldn't have imagined what it would be like, but now having gone through it, it confirms for me the miracle of birth and the grace we have been shown by God as a result of Jesus Christ's death on the cross. We are so blessed and are given every opportunity to honor God with our lives, and with the arrival of Cooper, we pray that we will share this with him and raise him up with that in mind.
I am still working on finding a sleeping/feeding schedule that works well for Cooper, as he is a hungry little man. He weighed in at 8lbs 2oz at birth, 7obs 10oz going home, 7 lbs 13 oz on Tuesday, and 8lbs 2oz today (Friday). So he's already growing so quickly! We tried out a pediatrician that was recommended to us, and although he was very nice, we did not jive with his personality very well and went to a new doctor today. We liked him plenty and will stick with him. Cooper's personality is starting to show itself...he has a strong neck and loves to lift his head and look around, he makes the funniest faces, he's quite the wiggler (now I know what was going on in my belly...by the way, shocking that he fit in my belly), and he really only cries when he needs to be changed or when he's hungry. Happy 1 Week Birthday Cooper. We love you.
Alright, enough blah blah blah from me. Here is a link to pictures from our first week with Cooper. We look forward to every day to come and will update this site with little tidbits along the way. Much love and many blessings to you all.