The semi-chaos of the early weeks of bringing a new baby home has resolved itself into somewhat of a discernible routine. Loose, I grant you, but present, which is a great leap forward and a comfort, as we found ourselves tiring at Week 6 from lack of sleep. We always feel that Week 6 is the half-way mark for new-babyhood. Week 12 is where the light at the end of the tunnel becomes dazzling sunshine, perhaps with a view of snow-capped mountain peaks, but Week 6 is still firmly ‘pick-axe over shoulder, trudging through the night towards a pin-prick of light that wavers alarmingly from time to time. Occasionally you glance over at your fellow trudger (in my case, husband Rob) and by the light of a pale and guttering candle, see the lines of exhaustion etched into a face grimy from being at the coal face of parenthood.’ So we are well and truly through Week 6, and these photos show some of the daily/weekly events and visitors who have cheered us on and encouraged us in our weariness. Don’t get me wrong, we do love our children, but the ‘new baby’ part seems to be more tiring each time. And no, I don’t think having three babies in under four years and two international moves had ANY part to play!
It is with thanks and in a certain amount of awe that we welcome our newest addition – Benjamin Sydney. Born oh-so-quickly, but safely and with no complications, on Saturday 5 January 2o13.
This is what trying to get a photo of all five of us looks like!
We are giving thanks to our Heavenly Father for Benjamin’s safe arrival and for the fact that his big brother and sister ADORE him.
(The fact that this post is only just going up 13 weeks after Benjamin’s arrival is a lesson in how long it takes us to do things now that we have three children!)