Joyful, Odd Course of Events

The reason I’ve been MIA lately is because my son was born on January 5, which was two weeks before his due date. I’m actually glad he arrived early because he weighed 7 pounds and 14 ounces at birth and was 21.5 inches long. Had he waited till his due date, he most likely would have been 9 pounds or more… and I don’t think my body could’ve handled it. I’m not sharing his name here for privacy reasons, but everyone says it’s a nice manly name. 🙂

They say labor pain is the worst pain ever. Now that I have actually given birth, I am allowed to have an opinion on that, but I don’t know if I agree. It was a pretty awful pain, but it is an “organized” pain, if that makes sense. The simple fact that the pain had a purpose made it easier to get through. The weirdest part about it was sleeping between contractions and actually having dreams.

They also say that a child is a source of joy. My child was born with a disease of the intestine that was not foreseen before birth, so we were in and out of the hospital for all of January until today. To make a very long story short, the baby needs to have a colostomy bag until he is 6 months old, at which point he’ll have surgery to fix his large intestine. After that, he will be like any other kid. All of this did not diminish my joy in the knowledge that my son is actually here, that he exists, and that he is a charming little soul. But hospital stays are depressing even without the postpartum hormones, so I can’t say that the entire experience was joyful.

So that was the past month in a nutshell. What an odd course of events. If I were to imagine in 2009 what my life would look like in 2019, I certainly wouldn’t have imagined it like this (in a good way).

4 thoughts on “Joyful, Odd Course of Events

  1. Hooray! Congratulations to you Maggie, your husband, and to your son for his safe arrival. When I hadn’t seen anything from you in awhile I figured you were busy with this event and all of the things that go with it.

    Congrats again. I’m really happy for you all!

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  2. The best reason for missing some blog posts! Congratulations!

    My father was very sickly at birth and they were not sure he would survive, so he was christened very quickly. His first name was listed as “Male,” because my grandparents had not decided on a name yet. So, I shall think of your son as “Male Johnson” — though that’s probably not what you meant by it being a “manly name.” 🙂

    All my best, to the entire family.

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