bairn blog: a tale of three henleys

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11:28am Tuesday, 3rd March 2009

Well, Felix has been here for a week now, and it seems like he's never been anywhere else! He is a really lovely baby - very calm and alert in his waking moments, but also likes to sleep a lot, only waking twice in the night for some food. I'm finding it a lot easier this time round - it all started so wonderfully which helps.

Felix's birth was, for want of a better word, Wonderful! I've never trusted women who claim to use this word when describing giving birth, but now I must class myself as one of them! As soon as he was born (in the hospital's birthing pool - exactly as planned) after an 8 hour labour, the pain had gone - no discomfort, no horrific memories, just bliss! I was left in the pool to cuddle him for about 40 minutes and really it felt like 10 seconds because I felt so happy. Cole cut the cord (well done Dr. Squeemish) and had a cuddle before we were moved upstairs to the maternity ward. We were allowed home later that day, after Cole and big brother Gethin came in to get us.

Gethin has been really loving towards his little brother, and has just stopped referring to Felix has "baby Sister"! He has a lot of love to give and will hug and kiss Felix (sometimes a little too enthusiastically) and soothe him if he gets restless! It's very cute and reassuring for us to know he loves his little brother - he has even said that he is Happy cos Felix is here! Sweet!

So after a week of getting to know our newest Henley, I'm on my own with him at home just now - Mum was up for the last week but went home (amid a flurry of tears and hugs) last night. (must say a huge THANKYOU to Mum for being a top mummy - washing, drying, playing with G, hoovering, wiping, nappy changing, taxi-ing and all the rest, especially her unswerving support and comfort over the last week! see you in 5 weeks time!). Felix is happily slumbering away in the chair after some mammouth feeding. Just gotta wait for him to wake up now so I can play with him and look in his beautiful big blue eyes....

Thankyou everyone for your lovely cards and pressies - I can't wait for you all to meet him!