We have a new baby! Fourteen weeks ago we became proud parents to a lovely (endlessly hungry) little boy. He is particularly special as there were times when we doubted if another baby would ever be possible. We became pregnant with Little B so quickly, but this little man was another story. For well over a year we were actively trying and spending a small fortune on ovulation sticks and pregnancy tests. As my 40th birthday loomed, I desperately tried to accept that we may never be able to give Little B a brother or sister.
I cried so many tears for this little boy before he was even conceived, and to have him here now means the absolute world.
His older sister is just as in love with him as we are, which is a relief as she’d maintained throughout my pregnancy that she wanted a girl, and that if the baby was a boy she would be sending him back. There was also mention of putting him in the bin on his first night at home. That all seems to have passed now, which may be due in no small part to the number of gifts she has received from well-wishers since her brother was born…. Clearly having a new baby has some perks for older siblings!
She was also quick to accept that we would not be going with her choice of name. To be honest, he really didn’t look like a ‘Little Lord Jesus’ when he was born, so we chose our own name and compromised with her, allowing her to call him Little Lord W in private.
There is no lovelier feeling than seeing Little B talking and trying to play with her new brother. As much as I want him to stay as a newborn for as long as possible, I can’t wait to see how their relationship grows in the next few months as he becomes more interactive.
Life as a family of four has so far proved to be pretty exhausting and it doesn’t look like it’s going to get easier any time soon. It’s clear that things are going to be busy for a while, the house is going to remain an ungodly mess for the forseeable future, and all cups of tea are going to be lukewarm for at least the next three years. But in all honesty, I wouldn’t have it any other way.