This may sound like every parents but really where is the time going? I feel like my baby boy was just born and we were adjusting to the lifestyle of our family of four. I can still remember his soft, delicate newborn whimpers and a very jealous big sister. I vividly still remember my water breaking and the adrenaline rush knowing I would hold my baby boy for the first time. Call me crazy but I love giving birth to my babies. Ask me that after my first, I definitely was terrified of giving birth again. Could be the fact that I gave birth to Everly 100% natural. I went into labor with Ezekiel with the same mentality of doing it natural again but unfortunately my body didn't think so. Hours after my water broke, nothing was contracting or showing any signs of labor soo they had to give me the evil Pitocin. Hours after the Pitocin I still was set on giving birth naturally. After a few hours of going through minute apart contractions that felt like 7/8 centimeter contractions I soon found out I was only dilated at 3 and this had been going on for 5 hours. I then knew it was time to face my biggest fear of getting an epidural. Thank you Jesus, he knew my fears and he carried me through them. I didn't even feel a thing when getting the epidural...not lying I honestly didn't even feel a pinch. After the epidural, my body was able to relax and stop shivering from being freezing cold. Labor makes your body do crazy things. I then gave birth an hour and half later to a 8lb 11oz baby boy. He was perfection in my arms. He has been the perfect completion to our Grothe tribe. He will bring the brightest smile and just melt in your arms...with all his squish. His big sister is still adjusting to sharing her time, toys, and space to a baby brother but she's slowly coming around. He admires her and thinks she's just the coolest. Its been a week now of having a one year old and the emotions still keep coming. This may be a while for this mama to get a grasp on my baby not being a baby baby anymore. In the mean time I will keep rocking him a little longer, rejoice in his happy smile and soak up every minute of him.
The following 24 hours after labor is something sort of magical. Despite the awful after labor pain, I can only remember how joyful that day was. The fresh newborn smell and warm cuddles I will never forget.
Most will think this is absolutely gross but this is Zeek, 24/7 snot nose. We are still working on it. He's been through the ringer with ear and nose problems.
Balloons + Donuts for the birthday boy!
+ a little insider on his 1st birthday paper airplane shoot. Remember his airplane cake smash session that didn't go as planned. Well it was all part of the theme.
All banners, cake toppers, paper airplanes made truly by his mama and auntie TT. Who would have thought making tons and tons of paper airplanes would be so tiring.
Thank you A little Something sweet for the yummy cupcakes and Rice Krispy treats.
Thank you Auntie TT for the delicious cookies and adorable mini cake for the birthday boy!
shirt: Hope for Harlow pants: o darling handmade
+ thanks to all who showed the big ONE year old a great party!