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Mike and I have been married for 10 years now, and luckily we still like each other! We've been together for over 15 years and we've spent it traveling, backpacking, climbing, skiing, triathloning, marathoning, sailing, eating, and going on as many adventures as possible. We now have two beautiful boys, Sam & Charlie, and we couldn't be more excited about seeing a whole new world through their eyes in the years to come!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Some Babies Are Just Hard

Sam came into the world via c-section after I prepped for months to deliver him unmedicated and with as little medical intervention as possible (but still in a hospital because I wasn't brave enough to try a home birth). At the time (and for many months afterwards) the c-section was devastating to me because I was so set on the natural birth.

Everyone says "healthy baby, healthy mom" is the goal. Well, while I appreciated the fact that we finally had our baby and he was happy and healthy, I was completely miserable for probably close to 6 months. Looking back on it now, I can obviously see that I had some postpartum depression, and should probably have had some help with that, but when I was in it I didn't recognize it as that.

The depression combined with the fact that he didn't sleep for more than 2-3 hours for most of his first year, and the extremely painful breastfeeding experience (which I overcame and didn't quit thanks to many words of encouragement from great friends, YAY), made it the most difficult time of my life. In addition, I thought I was crazy because all the other moms I'd spoken with seemed to think their baby was the best thing in the world and that it was the happiest time of their lives'.

I definitely realize and appreciate that many people have babies and birth experiences MUCH harder than Sam, and my hat is off to you for making it through though difficult times successfully. For me though, my experience really did rock my world.

Luckily, my 2nd baby is an easy baby, and now I know what all those other moms were talking about!!! The experience with Charlie has been almost nothing but pleasurable (I say almost because there were a couple VERY painful physical experiences the first week after having him, which all of you who've had babies know what I'm talking about). I truly have enjoyed the entire first month with him though. He has slept for a couple 5 hour periods already (miracle!!), and the breastfeeding has been a cinch this time! It's so much fun to be able to appreciate his cute little personality (which Sam also had, but I was too out of it to really appreciate).

I'm not exactly sure why I'm dumping all this out on the internet right now. I guess it's a combination of my world revolving around a baby, and wanting other moms out there with hard babies who might be feeling how I felt with Sam to know that they aren't crazy or alone in those feelings.

Now, for the good part, pics:

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


Baby Blommer #2 has arrived, and it's a boy!! We'd like to welcome Charlie Eric into the world! Charlie was born May 28th! This big boy weighed in at 9lbs, 3ozs, and was 21.5 inches long.

I was so happy that I was able to deliver him without a c-section (had a c-section with Sam)!! After a long, 48+ hour labor (contractions started on the 26th at 7:00am at 10 mins apart), he came into the world happy and healthy!! My goal was to go un-medicated, and I had prepared for a long time to do this, but after the long labor, and having contractions that were 1 min apart and 2 mins long consistently for hours and still being only dilated to 1 cm, I threw in the towel, and got the epidural. I have absolutely NO regrets about this because I know I couldn't have made it though extra 12 hours with the 1 min apart contractions, and it was such an amazing experience to enjoy and watch him come into the world (not saying it wouldn't have been amazing to go un-medicated too though, and for those of you who have done it, you are my ultimate heroes!).

Anyway, we couldn't be happier with our little Charlie and our family of four! Now we just have to figure out how to survive again with no sleep!

Here are some pics. The one with two babies in it is a pic of Charlie and Sam side by side, both in their 2nd day of life on the same cushion in the same hospital. Can you tell who is who? Crazy how similar they look, right?