A LOT has happened since the last update.
– Greg and I graduated from seminary with our Masters of Divinity.
– We have moved from Associates at our campus ministry to Executive Director (Greg) and Director of Spiritual Formation (Alaina).
– My favorite update: we welcomed a baby boy into our family!
I’m going to try really hard to keep our blog updated with different baby updates and thoughts as we figure out this whole parenting thing. Not necessarily because people want to read it, but to look back on one day. Hopefully it can be somewhat entertaining though. :)
We found out we were pregnant at the beginning of November 2014 and the tests were confirmed at the end of the month at my doctor’s appointment and we were told the due date would be July 12, 2015. Words cannot explain how thrilled we were! We told our families at Thanksgiving (8 weeks), but gave them strict instructions that they were not to tell anyone until we reached 12 weeks (end of December/beginning of January) to avoid the heartbreaking conversations in case of miscarriage.
Fortunately, we did not have to endure that hardship and we announced to the world on New Years Day! The pregnancy as a whole was smooth sailing. I had some nausea in the beginning, but nothing terrible. I became uncomfortable and frustrated at not being able to move quite as much toward the end, but the knowledge that our kid was the result kept me in relatively good spirits!
I’ll spare you the intricate details of his birth, but the short story is that labor began at 4:45am and he was born at 4:39pm! Our little guy, Owen Elliott Harrison, was 7 pounds 0.4 ounces and 21 inches long – long and lean! The pretty awesome thing is that Owen was born ON his due date – July 12! Fun fact: only 4% of children are born on their due date. This kid is going to be awesome.
Typically, infants lose about 10% (8-12 ounces) of their birth weight by the time they reach their first pediatrician appointment a few days after they are born. Our guy GAINED 8 ounces, making him 7 pounds 8 ounces! Any concerns I had about him not getting enough to eat were calmed by that point.
The past 2 weeks have certainly been challenging. Overall, Owen and I have developed somewhat of a nightly routine with feedings and diaper changings, but the poor guy seems to have terrible gas so the past few nights have been rough. Greg and I are quite literally taking each day one minute at a time, trying to figure out this whole parenting thing. As tough as it has been so far, it is all worth it when those blue eyes study our faces or he finds comfort when we hold him.