He's Here!!!

After 41 1/2 weeks of pregnancy and over two full days of labor, our baby boy finally decided to make his arrival into this world! Sweet little Gavin Arsen was born on October 28th at 11:34 AM,  8 pounds 7 ounces and 20 inches long.
Since I'm almost three weeks late posting this, I've gotten to know this little bundle of sweetness pretty well, and it is safe to say he is a complete JOY! We all know I wouldn't trade my love Grayson for anything in the entire world, but he was not an easy baby. At all. Like, can't even explain how not easy he was. This one? He eats, he sleeps, he poops, and he has long stretches of awake time where he is just as happy as he can possibly be. He doesn't really fuss or cry at all, unless he has a diaper that needs to be changed or is hungry, and even then he just has the sweetest little whimper you've ever heard, that he will immediately stop the second his needs have been met.
The first couple of weeks he had his nights and days confused, like I suppose most newborns do, so mama wasn't getting much sleep. He would sleep for an hour or two, wake up to eat....and then just stay awake. From like two until five or so, or longer....it was crazy. I was tired. But I mean, at least he was happy while he was awake! Also, Grayson got sick when Gavin was three DAYS old, and we had to keep them completely and totally separated, which was not easy. At all. I cried and cried because I couldn't take care of Grayson, which was awful. And then....Gavin caught a little touch of what Grayson had. Which was TERRIFYING. We had to take them both to the children's hospital for chest x-rays when Gavin was a week old. A newborn should never, ever get sick, it is so so scary! But, thankfully, Grayson is totally better now and Gavin is just a little congested, which the doctor said tends to last for a long time in newborns since they have no way of clearing themselves out.

Other than that craziness, things have been pretty amazing! Seriously, Gavin is just the best, sweetest little baby in the world, and Grayson really does love him so much. We've had a few growing pains with Grayson adjusting, but honestly it hasn't been bad at all. He adores the baby, he's just been acting out here and there, I'm assuming for attention, even though he's still smothered with it.

Gavin has been the best addition to our family, and I feel so incredibly blessed to have him here. My boys (all three of them, daddy included) are just the cutest things ever, and seeing the three of them together makes my heart want to burst into a million pieces. The snuggly newborn phase is so, so amazing, and it's crazy how fast he's growing already!

I plan on coming back soon (ish) to share my birth story, which is a complete 180 from my experience with Grayson and was one of the most intense, most painful, most amazing, most WORTH IT experiences of my entire life. Can't wait to share it with everyone!