Welcome Marc Xavier: At the end of September 2017, we welcomed our second child and first son into our family! (21 photos) #birthannouncement #birth
Welcome Marc Xavier
Hi Everyone, at the end of September just 5 days shy of his early October due date, our son, Marc Xavier, decided he wanted to come out early! Here he is! The following photos are from the last, almost 2 weeks that he’s been out. I have been taking SO many photos of him, I guess I am practicing my “newborn” photography which is so different from food photography but I love it.
When Marc first came out and I saw him, I thought he looked like me because his hair seemed brown. For the first couple days he kept his eyes closed. Then 8 hours after his birth they gave him a bath and his hair looked a little lighter. Every day, the hair on his head is getting lighter. He seemed to have dark grey eyes at first but I think they are going to be brown, right now they are like a slate-brown and they are bold and expressive when he’s alert and looking around.
A Big Baby and A Pelvic Split
Marc was born a big baby at 8 pounds 7 ounces (Margo was 7 pounds 4 ounces). My pelvis actually split during childbirth and I am recovering from that injury. This was discovered within a week of giving birth, I was in so much pain, I called my OBGYN and they had me come in and I had an exam and an x-ray where it was found that my pelvis was split in the front where it’s connected by cartilage. It feels like a bone is broken (I’ve had a broken foot and wrist before and that was exactly the kind of pain…along with the post childbirth pain) I have to have physical therapy and wear a brace for an undetermined amount of time – until it’s healed which could be months. I couldn’t walk at all without assistance for days after I gave birth. I have to use a cane but everyday I feel a little bit stronger and less dependent on the cane.
I hope that I can recover fully and get my strength back because there are so many things I would like to do. This injury is forcing me to just take it slow and live in the moment. Even though I got this injury as a result of the childbirth, I really feel like it’s a small price to pay for a healthy baby and I am SO grateful for him and my family. My thoughts are just on getting better so I can be there for my family, my mind is already past the injury and I am staying positive.
Thank Goodness for Parents
For the first week after Marc was born, my parents stayed with us and thank goodness they did! I had to go to the OBGYN and go to 2 pediatrician appointments and needed help for that and they helped with bringing Margo to school and entertaining her while she was adjusting to the new baby. My mom cooked dinner several nights and it really helped as we adjusted to our new life with Marc and as a family of four.
Marc is the first grandson on both Eric and my side of the family which is neat. On my side of the family, there are a lot of girls, so it’s just a change to have a boy in the family.
Marc is a really mellow baby (so far!) he eats well and sleeps well. My daughter, my first born, prepared me well for anything.
Marc makes all those cute newborn sounds like grunts, squeaks and yawns.
Marc is already settling into a sleep, eating pattern/schedule which is great.
Special thanks to Linda, Eric’s mom, for making us dinner and lunch for me the other day and she’s also “babysitting” one of our dogs to help us out.
Marc is really strong, already is tries to hold up his head and look around. He’s not perfectly steady yet but he keeps trying. I was surprised to see him holding up his head within days of being born, every day it gets a little easier for him. He’s still little though so I always support his head of course.
The one thing Marc doesn’t like is getting his diaper changed. I got a wipe warmer and that helped immensely at diaper changing time.
It’s been so fun dressing Marc in different outfits each day and I have been taking so many photos!
Marc is such a “cuddle bug” and it’s so fun to hold him and like any baby, he loves being held. I just want to hold him all day long. I will be holding him and forget what I am supposed to be doing all the time because I just want to sit there and hold him!
Those newborn baby hands and toes are just precious!
It was really important to me to make sure that I got pictures of Marc with all of his grandparents. I am just one of those people that loves to document everything and this baby is no exception 🙂
I also had photos taken of him in the hospital when he was just a couple days old but I haven’t gotten the photos yet, looking forward to it!
Thank you for reading and following along! I look forward to sharing Marc’s birth story and more baby-related content here on the blog.
I didn’t start this blog until several months after my daughter was born (in 2014) and I really feel now that I’ve had Marc and am sharing about him, that I should also remember and share about her baby-related memories, just to preserve them and also be equal to both kiddos 😉 Everytime, I look at Marc, I remember something about Margo too, so it’s making me remember so many cherished memories with her. I am beyond grateful that he’s here now and we can just love him.
Best Wishes, ~Sara xo