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Owen Henry
Born at 10:34am on May 22, 2013
Weighing 3.7kg (8 lbs 4 oz) and 53cm (20.75 inches) in Length 

Owen Henry

Born at 10:34am on May 22, 2013

Weighing 3.7kg (8 lbs 4 oz) and 53cm (20.75 inches) in Length 

Walking the neighbourhood. 
I’m still pregnant and anxiously awaiting the arrival of this baby boy. Surely, today has to be the day?  

Walking the neighbourhood. 

I’m still pregnant and anxiously awaiting the arrival of this baby boy. Surely, today has to be the day?  

40 weeks + 2 Days

Waiting, waiting, waiting.

With each little twinge, I wonder is this it? And then my stomach fills up with butterflies. I’m nervous. I’m excited. I’m ready. I’m ready?

I keep remembering back to Eva’s birth — the pain, the relief, the instant bond, the love — and I can’t wait. Finally I feel ready for this change and ready to hold my baby boy in my arms. 

Anticipation

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Dear Baby Boy,

We’re all excited to final meet you. As each day passes, the anticipation grows. Your big sister, Eva, is eagerly awaiting your arrival. She talks to you daily. She tells you stories, gives you tours of the house, and constantly shushes everyone, telling them that “the baby is sleeping.”

And although we still haven’t settled on a name, the hospital bag is packed and we are ready. I can’t wait to hold you in my arms. I can’t wait to bring you home and into our lives. 

Love, Mummy

38 Weeks.

In many ways this pregnancy is much like the one I had with Eva — relatively easy apart from the occasional periods of exhaustion. But the thing no one seems to tell you about your second pregnancy, is that you don’t have the same amount of time to obsess.

Apart from occasionally checking the weekly updates on my Baby Center app, I didn’t pick up one single pregnancy/birthing related book. This wasn’t because I felt like I already “know it all”, but rather I just didn’t have the time. 

I only just finished packing my hospital bag a couple of days ago. With Eva, it was packed up and ready to go at 35 weeks. I’ve slowly taken my time buying new maternity singlets, bras and pyjamas along with tiny baby onesies, newborn nappies and other unmentionables. 

Second time around, I’m terrified of giving birth again. I had hoped by now I would be at peace with the prospect of going into labour, but I can’t help but feel anxious. The problem is I now know the pain. Drug free — I still remember it. And I guess watching episodes of One Born Every Minute isn’t helping to alleviate my fears.

Since my due date is still 8 days away, I going to try to take whatever time left to try to relax. I’m off to my prenatal yoga class in the morning, maybe I’ll find a little confidence that I have the ability to do it again. Otherwise, I can only hope for a quick and uncomplicated birth and try to stay focused on meeting my baby boy.  

34 Weeks

I’m still struggling to believe that I’m almost full term. But as reality is starting to settle in, I’m beginning to get really excited. I often wonder what he will look like, and the differences and similarities between him and his sister.

I joke that since I had such a hard time with Eva’s dairy intolerance and nap schedule, that if Eva is my “easy” baby, I’m in for a rough year ahead! And I might as well say, see you in 12 months time! Of course, second time around I have a list of things that I would do differently, but in the end, I know that I’ll just have to follow his cues and hope for the best.

And while I have a little more time to get things organised—wash tiny baby clothes and pack my hospital bag—I can’t help but to feel time is catching up on me quickly. And I still have so much to do!

I guess his impending arrival has been playing on my mind as I’ve had a number of labour dreams recently. I had been worried about his breech position, but thankfully he has been turned — head down but not engaged according to my doctor.

Eva is starting to get actually excited. This morning, she shouted her standard introduction into my belly button: “I’m Eva. I have lots of toys — Buzz, Woody, Jessie, and Bullseye!” 

I asked her if the baby could play with her toys: “Ummm … maybe Jessie.” (which I took as a compliment since Jessie is one of her favourites).

I am starting to believe that Eva will appreciate having a baby brother; I am just not sure she is going to let him have many toys to play with.

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Dear Baby Boy,

Your mummy, big sister and I are anxiously and somewhat impatiently waiting to meet you. Your big sister will spontaneously give mummy’s belly a hug and tell you “I love you, baby”. And you seem to be trying to kick your way out of your mummy’s belly, so I guess you are excited to meet us too. 

You are going to grow up in such in a different world that I did.

When I was a little boy, my daddy called me son. He was very proud of his boys, your uncle Joey and me. He took us to play baseball in the summer, soccer in the fall, and basketball in the winter. And the Super Bowl was as good as any holiday. Fajitas, tamales guacamole were home-cooking. We drove all day and all night to get to the beach. We had squirrels and blue jays and just before sundown, you would hear the whippoorwill sing.

I already call you mate. You might play cricket in the summer and Aussie Rules in the fall. And we will look forward to the Grand Final and beating the Poms in the Ashes. We’ll occasionally cook up a juicy kangaroo steak dry-rubbed with bush spices (much to your mother’s dismay!), and we will never be more than an hour from some of the best beaches in the world. Noisy lorikeets will wake us up every morning, and even in the city, you will hear the cackle of the kookaburra

But, one thing has not changed: I am so proud of you.

Love,

Daddy

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Milestones: 28 weeks, the third trimester

Gender: Boy! 

Name: We are still not set on a name and for now lovingly refer to you as “baby boy”. Somehow nothing we have come up with so far really seems to stick. I guess we will have just have to wait to meet you and see what fits best.

Cravings: Pop corn, nectarines, salted chocolate ice-cream

Highlights: Tiny kicks, folding tiny newborn clothes

Lowlights: Braxton Hicks contractions

A Little Inspiration for the Baby Boy

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While the baby boy will be inheriting furniture from Eva — the Cot and a chest of drawers — I’ve been busy hunting done some new accessories to make a little space just for him. 

Resources: Leander Cot, Oliver Jeffers’ Print, Little Hip Squeaks Braided Ikat Print Blanket, Old Wire Basket, Blabla Kids’ Wooly Sheep, Blabla Cat Rattle, Alimrose Monkey Squeaker, Robin and Mould Pillow, Wesley Bird Print, DwellStudio Felt Garland, Urban Outfitters Zigzag Rug

24 Weeks (this picture was taken a week ago)
This pregnancy is flying by. And while I intended (intend to?) track and record my process with regular updates, instead they have become more sporadic. 
Since my last update I have finally started prenatal yoga. And despite almost passing out — literally when I stood up too quickly — I’ve been enjoying these classes. It’s the one time in my busy week that I take the time out to really focus on my pregnancy and preparing my body to give birth. As much as it’s easier for me to be in denial about giving birth, the issue I have is that I’ve experienced giving birth naturally — I know the pain. There is no denying the pain. 
Some women view natural birth as a beautiful experience, one that they embrace. But at this point, I fear it. Knowing what I know, I fear the pain. However, being as stubborn as I am, I am determined again to have a drug-free labour — one that I believe is best for my body and my baby. 
Despite my fear of labour, I can’t wait to hold my baby in my arms. I often daydream — I wonder if he will look like his sister, I wonder about his characteristics and temperament and I wonder about how our lives will change. completely. again. 
Slowly I’ve been collecting little baby boy clothes, imagining that soon there will be a little body to fill them.
And very slowly Eva is warming to the idea that there will be a new baby in this house.  Tonight I couldn’t help but smile as Eva explained that she is a big sister and that she has a baby brother. She then gave my tummy first hugs, then kisses, and finally big splurting raspberries (which she called farts).
Poor little guy; his big sister is already teasing him. But at least she is thinking about him.

24 Weeks (this picture was taken a week ago)

This pregnancy is flying by. And while I intended (intend to?) track and record my process with regular updates, instead they have become more sporadic. 

Since my last update I have finally started prenatal yoga. And despite almost passing out — literally when I stood up too quickly — I’ve been enjoying these classes. It’s the one time in my busy week that I take the time out to really focus on my pregnancy and preparing my body to give birth. As much as it’s easier for me to be in denial about giving birth, the issue I have is that I’ve experienced giving birth naturally — I know the pain. There is no denying the pain. 

Some women view natural birth as a beautiful experience, one that they embrace. But at this point, I fear it. Knowing what I know, I fear the pain. However, being as stubborn as I am, I am determined again to have a drug-free labour — one that I believe is best for my body and my baby. 

Despite my fear of labour, I can’t wait to hold my baby in my arms. I often daydream — I wonder if he will look like his sister, I wonder about his characteristics and temperament and I wonder about how our lives will change. completely. again. 

Slowly I’ve been collecting little baby boy clothes, imagining that soon there will be a little body to fill them.

And very slowly Eva is warming to the idea that there will be a new baby in this house.  Tonight I couldn’t help but smile as Eva explained that she is a big sister and that she has a baby brother. She then gave my tummy first hugs, then kisses, and finally big splurting raspberries (which she called farts).

Poor little guy; his big sister is already teasing him. But at least she is thinking about him.

Here I am on the last day of 2012 — 21 weeks pregnant.
I’m feeling much heavier and “fatter” at this point than what I did with Eva. A combination of the Summer heat and chasing after an active two-and-a-half year old has left me feeling exhausted on most days. I’m trying to take care of myself and rest more, but Eva often has other ideas! 
Poor second child. By this stage with Eva I had already started pregnancy yoga and was well read on various birthing plans. In fact if it weren’t for the exhaustion, growing belly and little baby kicks I wouldn’t know I was pregnant! 
Although since we found out we’re having a boy, it has begun to make it all seem real. I’ve been excitedly buying tiny baby clothes and imagining tiny newborn snuggles. We have been busy trying to agree on a name. Boys’ names are hard! We have a few ideas, but nothing seems to have “clicked”. Any ideas? 
After we got back from Melbourne we have been doing a massive cleaning — going room to room decluttering and reorganising. We’re also in the process of planning Eva’s “big girl” room as we will be converting her toddler bed back into the cot for the baby. It’s crazy to imagine that soon we’ll have a three-year-old daughter and a newborn son — I’ll be a mother of two!
Along with decluttering, I pulled out six large storage boxes of Eva’s baby clothes. Yet I was only able to fill a single box with “gender neutral” clothes for our baby boy, which now means I have a lot of clothes to sell. Eva has some beautiful dresses and lovely quality pieces, so it’s a little depressing to let them go. But since Johnny and I are certain that we only want to have two children, it would be silly of me to keep them all. I’ll post more about it once I work out the logistics — but so far I’ve photographed over 90 pieces!
As as you can image my indecisive mind is a little crazy trying to stay organised, make lots of decisions and at the same time it keeps reminding me to relax. Thankfully, I’m starting pregnancy yoga classes tonight Saturday morning!

Here I am on the last day of 2012 — 21 weeks pregnant.

I’m feeling much heavier and “fatter” at this point than what I did with Eva. A combination of the Summer heat and chasing after an active two-and-a-half year old has left me feeling exhausted on most days. I’m trying to take care of myself and rest more, but Eva often has other ideas! 

Poor second child. By this stage with Eva I had already started pregnancy yoga and was well read on various birthing plans. In fact if it weren’t for the exhaustion, growing belly and little baby kicks I wouldn’t know I was pregnant! 

Although since we found out we’re having a boy, it has begun to make it all seem real. I’ve been excitedly buying tiny baby clothes and imagining tiny newborn snuggles. We have been busy trying to agree on a name. Boys’ names are hard! We have a few ideas, but nothing seems to have “clicked”. Any ideas? 

After we got back from Melbourne we have been doing a massive cleaning — going room to room decluttering and reorganising. We’re also in the process of planning Eva’s “big girl” room as we will be converting her toddler bed back into the cot for the baby. It’s crazy to imagine that soon we’ll have a three-year-old daughter and a newborn son — I’ll be a mother of two!

Along with decluttering, I pulled out six large storage boxes of Eva’s baby clothes. Yet I was only able to fill a single box with “gender neutral” clothes for our baby boy, which now means I have a lot of clothes to sell. Eva has some beautiful dresses and lovely quality pieces, so it’s a little depressing to let them go. But since Johnny and I are certain that we only want to have two children, it would be silly of me to keep them all. I’ll post more about it once I work out the logistics — but so far I’ve photographed over 90 pieces!

As as you can image my indecisive mind is a little crazy trying to stay organised, make lots of decisions and at the same time it keeps reminding me to relax. Thankfully, I’m starting pregnancy yoga classes tonight Saturday morning!

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