10.30.09: The birth of our baby boy
Our baby boy is here!
John William Rousmaniere was born at 3 a.m. on Wednesday, October 21st, 2009. “Jack” came into the world swimming, in a water birth at the North Shore Birth Center that was everything I had hoped it would be. He arrived at the very peak of the Orionid meteor shower, as the skies lit up in a sparkling display of shooting stars.
“Exquisite” doesn’t even begin to describe him—all 10 pounds, 6 ounces, 22 inches of him. When the pediatrician came to check him, she looked up after her examination and announced: “Congratulations – you’ve just given birth to a perfectly healthy 2-month-old.”
“Jack” is named for a long, proud tradition of strong men named John on all sides of our family: Will’s father, great-grandfather, and great-uncle; Will’s Uncle Jonathan; my grandfather, great-uncles on both sides of my family, and my brother. His middle name is, of course, after his beautiful father, as well as my great grandfather.
Thanks to my mother’s and Will’s help, I’ve been able to spend this past week just snuggling up with our baby. I’m so grateful to my mother and Will for the gift of this time to recuperate from childbirth and bond with Jack. I can hardly take my eyes off of him, I am so utterly head over heels in love. (To think that I had worried that I wouldn’t love another little boy the way I love Charlie.) For at least this one week, everything else has been put on hold, and it feels like time has simply stood still as I just sit and hold our boy, drinking him in while the rest of the world goes on around us.
In that vein, I am going to keep this blog entry short, but will be back next week with a blog about Jack’s birth. In the meantime, thank you to everyone for the well-wishes, support, flowers, gifts, food, phone calls, e-mails, and Facebook notes--it all means more than we can say. We are truly blessed.
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