In case you're not on Instagram or Facebook, we had a baby GIRL last week! I went in last Tuesday night to begin the process of getting my body ready for an induction Wednesday morning. While my body may not hold amniotic fluid well toward the end of the pregnancy it does respond to induced labor REALLY well. At 7:20 Wednesday morning the doctor broke my water and by 7:43 tiny Olivia had entered this world with the sweetest little cry and ready to eat.
While labor was crazy fast, life since has been appropriately slow. Olivia and I enjoyed the beautiful simplicity of the first few days, bonding and cuddling in the hospital and getting some much needed rest.
We went home Friday afternoon and were soon reminded just how slow life with a newborn moves as it took us 5 hours to leave the hospital, pick up Eli and get home. The distance between each of our locations + New Jersey traffic + the need to stop twice to feed Olivia made for a long journey but nevertheless we made it and are so glad to be reunited as a new family of four.
As one friend so wisely said when she came to visit, newborns have a way of making us slow down and yet it's not wasted time. We have this idea in our society that if we aren't doing something, we aren't being productive. That has become a truth in modern culture, but it's a false truth. There is a lot to be said for taking moments to sit, think, reflect, read, savor, meditate, pray. They are not wasted moments. They are necessary and important.
While I look forward to getting out and about after being pinned down these last few weeks, these last few days have made me conscious of the need to slow down, let my body heal and welcome this new little bundle into our family while also assuring Eli of our equally great love for him and his new important role as Olivia's big brother.
We may be moving slow this week and we may not get very much done, but we will be establishing new routines, forming a new relationship between brother and sister, reaffirming love to our boy and introducing love to our girl, shaping identities, building trust and growing together as a family.
Those are all pretty important intangibles if you ask me.
As a card someone gave us said "...do not hurry the journey at all." So hurry we will not. Newborn at home or not, may you too not hurry your journey at all, whatever your journey may be. Happy Monday!