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It simultaneously feels like he just arrived, but also that he’s been part of our family forever.
While his birth story is not picture perfect the way I had imagined it would be, it is special because it’s his. Normally I am very open about our lives because there’s beauty in the story. Not to say that his story isn’t beautiful, but I am keeping this one to ourselves. We are both healthy and that is all that matters now.
But his tumultuous and very quick entry into this world did not rob him of his sweetness, and I thank God for that.
People ask us where the inspiration of his name came from. Emerson was the name of the pastor that baptized Caleb and also spoke in our marriage ceremony. He was a very important person to Caleb. Although he is no longer with us, we hope our Emerson exudes that peaceful and sure love that Emerson embodied. Scott, his middle name, is a family name on Caleb’s side. It took us 38 weeks to decide on a boy name, but goodness, it just fits.
Every newborn, every child is different. I have been told this many times, but it didn’t really click until I saw it in my own children. Huxley was, and still is, extremely independent. We joke that she could have raised herself. She slept through the night, rarely cried, and was a light eater. Jackson acted as if he were allergic to sleep; we were zombies for a few months after he was born because he had his days and nights mixed up and we had no idea how to adjust that sleeping pattern. He also ate us out of house and home. My body could not keep up and we transitioned him to formula just two months after he was born.
And then there is Emerson, a beautiful mixture between the two who preceded him. He sleeps well at night, waking usually only once to nurse…but this boy, he did not sleep during the day for the first two months. We think we finally have him figured out, at least for now, so that we can get the stage set just right so that he will nap a couple hours during the day. He also enjoys eating, but I think he mostly just enjoys being near me. He and Jackson are both fond of their momma, and that makes my heart happy.
It has been quite the transition to becoming a family of five. Often times it is pure chaos. From the outside looking in, I am sure it seems like we are herding wild cats…because, well, we kind of are with a 4- and 2-year-old, plus a newborn. If I had a dime every time an elderly person in a store says, “You know what causes that to happen, right?!” I would have at least a dollar.
But in all seriousness, these are a few lessons that I have learned as a parent of a growing family:
Emerson Scott, you are the most perfect addition to our family. I thank God for you, your siblings, and the differences within each of you that teach me to be a better mother and example.
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