Ben and I are excited to announce that our son, Diesel West, was born October 14, 2015 at 7:52 p.m. He weighed 8 pounds, 3.7 ounces, and was 20.5 inches long! He was born two weeks early, and completely healthy.
We are so excited to have Diesel with us, and I never knew how much I could truly love a little person as much as I do! Ben and I — not being huge baby people — have been completely shocked by how much we love being parents. Who knew? We were also completely shocked by how cute Diesel was right away, too. It just always seemed like babies always looked a little funky fresh out the oven. 😉
I’m incredibly thankful and praise God for how He so sweetly and lovingly answered our prayers throughout this entire pregnancy. I was horridly afraid of the entire “labor and delivery” process, and surprisingly getting the IV was the worst part of the entire deal. (I hate needles!)
Adjusting to life with a newborn at home hasn’t been as crazy as I originally imagined either. Diesel is a sleepy, little guy. I wake him up twice in the middle of the night to feed him, and then he goes happily back to sleep as long as he’s swaddled like a little burrito.
In this early stage, he has steel blue eyes and medium brown hair. His skin and hair are velvety soft. He has long fingers and toes, cute little feet and long, skinny legs. His ears poke out of his little hats. He gets cuter and cuter each day!
Every morning, he is wide-eyed and cooing, waiting for me to get up and change his diaper. He doesn’t cry. He just takes everything in, and stares intently at my face. He doesn’t particularly enjoy the cold chill of the diaper wipes, or getting his clothes changed (I guess he’s cold-natured like Ben).
Right now, he eats every 2-3 hours for about 10-15 minutes. He sleeps most of the day, but will wake up intermittently for at most an hour. This kid will sleep through any amount of noise — the roaring of my hairdryer, the noisy vacuum, some powerful thunder, and even this obnoxious off-tune train that is very close to our house!
Currently, we go through about 3-5 outfits a day until I eventually just give up and let him hang out in his diaper with a blanket. We’ve discovered that Huggies just doesn’t absorb or hold really anything this little guy puts in there so we’re going to try Pampers next! I’ve also recently had some trouble with spit-up, and it is testing my patience to hold Diesel in an “upright” position for at least 20 minutes so that gravity is on our side. It is super difficult to get him to straighten out his back to even sit him up or burp him — he prefers to curl up in a little ball (which is the cutest thing ever…until he spits up, ha).
Diesel’s favorite place to be is on his daddy’s or my chest, lying on his tummy. He is super cuddly and makes little squeaky cooing noises as he exhales. When he’s awake, he often furrows his brow, and just stares at you like he’s just deeply perplexed with how weird we look. It’s adorable. If you lightly tickle his cheek, he gives you this precious smirk. When he wakes up from his naps, he likes to dramatically stretch his entire body, arch his back, raise his arms above his head and let out this intense grunting sound. He really enjoys his stretches!
Life is so fun having him around, and I love this little family that we are now. Can’t wait to document his little quirks and tricks as he grows older. Diesel West, you are such a blessing and we love you so much!