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The baby bean has arrived

April 6th, 2008 at 09:18 am

Well, we finally did it. The new baby Bean (Raymond, after my grandpa who died last March) arrived April 1 at 7 a.m. after only 25 hours of labor. Phew. There is a reason they call it labor and not tickle party.

We've been home from the hospital for 3 days. Everyone seems to be in good health so far. Although, mommy and daddy are exhausted. I knew it would be hard, but I didn't know it'd be quite this hard.

No sleep, constant feeding, crying. Seems like the little guy is either passed out asleep or if he is awake, screaming his lungs out. I'm hoping that's just a phase. He is after all, brand new and the world must seem a bit overwhelming.

He and I are both having a pretty bad week! (Until the week I get the hospital bill...)

Speaking of money...

Not that I can even give it much thought right now but I will have more to add to the tiki fund soon. Probably about $20 but I haven't done the math yet.

And I'll also have another $2,000 to put toward retirement savings, thanks to a check for a freelance project arriving while I was in the hospital. Since I haven't decided whether to do an IRA or a Solo 401k , I'm just going to stash the dough in savings until I have time to think about it.

So that's the news!

30 Responses to “The baby bean has arrived”

  1. 76Chick Says:

    Congrats!! Big Grin

  2. monkeymama Says:


    Oh the first week is the worst. It WILL get better. Rest up and enjoy best you can.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Congratulations!! It will all get better, just enjoy him. He'll only be this age for such a short time. If that makes sense. They change soooo fast!

  4. monkeymama Says:

    P.S. The first 3 days or so are hard on bigger babies because they are so hungry. The first one we apparently starved (milk doesn't come in for a few days?). We ended up running him to the emergency room because he was just so inconsolable. They told us to give him formula. It did work. The second one we knew better and supplemented formula right away. (Funny enough that was the baby that would NOT take a bottle when I returned to work. So if done right, it shouldn't hurt your breastfeeding options). The silver lining is that big babies tend to sleep longer between feedings. So if he was on the bigger side, that would be my guess on why he is so unhappy. & the silver lining is he will sleep better than most wee little things. My kids were 9 pounds. My SIL went through the same thing - her first was 10 pounds.

    Anyway, I obviously have no idea your situation, but since big babies run in our family so was the first thing that came to mind. They get much more happier once they get well fed. Big Grin

    Good Luck!

  5. sillyoleme Says:

    Congrats! How exciting Smile

  6. aevans1206 Says:

    Congratulations!!! Those are the most tiring, but exhilarating days. Enjoy! When he starts walking and talking is when the trouble begins. You'll wish he could go back to that innocent little babe who only cried to have his needs met Smile Trust me, I know.

  7. compulsive debtor Says:

    Congratulations! Things will get better. Raymond and you will get into a routine, and all will be well again -- at least until the teen years....

  8. Ima saver Says:

    Congratulations!! Feed that boy!!

  9. asmom Says:

    ooooh congratulations! I agree with everyone, these are the sweetest days when you don't have to really share him with the rest of the world. Enjoy!

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  11. terri77 Says:

    Congratulations on your baby boy! We were just happening to talk about this in class yesterday. My professor's wife is due the 14th. How hard the first few months are and if you just know that there is an end in sight (and yes, there is an end) it's easier to cope. At about 6 months when the baby is sleeping through the night and eating well you'll be feeling wonderful.

  12. MariRDH Says:


  13. Carolina Bound Says:

    Congratulations! Get all the rest you can WHEN you can!

  14. debtfreeme Says:

    Congratulations to you and your hubby! Best wishes!!

  15. baselle Says:

    Congratulations! Don't go crazy with the blogging; we'll understand that you have better things to do. Smile

  16. JanH Says:

    Congrats!!!! Keep him softly moving like rocking in your arms and that might help. He's used to rocking in your tummy! And snuggle him close to your heart so he can still hear your heartbeat. I think that using the same soaps, deoderant, and light perfume each time keeps him from getting confused by changing your smell. It'll get better!

  17. Blue Eyes Says:

    Congrats!! Good luck with everything!

  18. DeniseNTexas Says:

    Congratulations to you all! Yes, things will get better. Try to stay relaxed and calm and you rest when the baby does!

  19. miclason Says:

    C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !!!!
    If you can, take advantage of Aunts (biological or others) to come and take care of the little one so you can have a longer nap between feedings. If people ask what they can do to help, don't hesitate asking them to help clean or wash...especially if they've already have kids, they KNOW that's better than any other gift they can give you! Mom and sis would come by with food every day the first 2 weeks, and sis would wash the dishes and whichever bottles I had, and set them in the sterilizer...Since I didn't have a washer, Mom would take Ale's sheets and my clothes to wash them at my parent's and bring them the next day...

  20. mackybethsmommy Says:

    Congrats to you and your hubby! Don't worry the first week is the hardest and it passes very quickly. My best advice for you is to sleep when the baby sleeps. Housework will be there once you have a routine. Also take any help offered to you...it will give you more time and energy for the little man. Take care!

  21. thriftorama Says:

    Thankfully my mom is here helping out. I have no idea how we will make it when she is gone!
    Also, the hubby and I are sleeping in shifts to make nighttime feedings a little easier on us both. Still, this is a lot harder than I thought it was going to be!

  22. reginaastralis Says:


    It will be tough, but you'll have your routine down soon enough. And once you think you've figured him out, he'll do SOMETHING to change everything all sorts of up again. That's part of the fun, I swear!

  23. luxlivingfrugalis Says:

    Wonderful news!!

  24. campfrugal Says:

    Oh, he is beautiful. Doing the baby thing is tiring, but take it from me, it gets harder as they get older. At least you know where he is at - at this age. I am dialing my phone all the time trying to keep track of my three. Enjoy.

  25. scfr Says:

    How wonderful! Congratulations!

  26. cptacek Says:

    I thought that labor comes 9 months after the tickle party. Smile
    He sure is a cutie!

  27. PauletteGoddard Says:

    Get as much sleep as you can, and spend lots of time getting to know Raymond. Are you tickled that Raymond knows you already? (I loved that when my fresh-from-the-oven son, after being cleaned up and swaddled, looked at me and fell asleep to the comforting sound of my heartbeat. Cherish your moments!)

  28. Maismom Says:

    ohhhh, he is so cute! I love baby smell. Congratulations, and enjoy your motherhood.

  29. Broken Arrow Says:

    Woah! WOAH! How in the world did I miss this?

    The picture is just adorable! And yes, enjoy the new baby smell. Big Grin


    Oh, my God. He's beautiful and so pink. I enjoy the baby smell, too, until they make a stinky smell! ;P Please post more pictures. We all wish we could send clean diapers and baby bottles your way.

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