Hello everyone!!

Well it’s been 2-3 days (depending on when you read this!) since we got home, and we’re all doing ok!


Visions of waking up in the middle of the night every hour, on the hour, have only partially come to fruition – mostly because of Mom’s ability, well non-ability, to swaddle correctly. Lincoln is too small for the standard velcro swaddles so we’re using hospital receiving blankets in the meantime. I’ll get there yet! ; )


Otherwise, baby is acclimating well to being at home, and us to having a child to take care of. My heart is so full. I never in a million years thought a love like this exists. I miss him when he’s sleeping, the scent of him makes my heart ache, and I could stare into his eyes forever – even when they’re teary eyed. Now I know why people say they want to have 100 babies!!


It’s not all fun and games, of course, and Dr. Google and Nurse YouTube have been a Godsend to look up everything from how to sponge bathe an infant to how to soothe the hiccups, but I’m really proud of the way we’re working as a team to take care of Lincoln. Ben, as I knew he would be, is an incredible Dad.


The first night home he was on monitor watch and happened to turn on an episode of The Office, which happened to be the one where Jim and Pam had their first baby. He rewound and recorded so he could show me in the morning as it was basically the exact same experience we had just gone through 48 hours before. I laughed until I nearly exploded. Oh, love it!


We’ve been very lucky to have some delicious meals delivered to us from friends and family. I have NEVER, let me emphasize this – ever – been a person who “forgets” to eat (you know those people – Mom and little brother, I’m looking at you!) but it’s just the last thing on my mind right now. Thank goodness for ready made Maid Rites (demolished…)


And Caprese Lasagna Rolls from Mom. So delish!


This morning we went out for our first walk as a fam. Up until today I had been outdoors exactly three times since we delivered last Friday morning, so I was more than ready for some fresh air. We covered him all up then took a quick zip around the block. It’s a hot one today!


I’ve so enjoyed taking this week off to be with my family, and I know you understand, but when you run a small business it’s hard taking time away. At the same time I am cherishing every second of having a newborn – I’ll never get these moments back. ALL that being said, this Friday I have a fun (well, I think it’s fun…) survey for you to take, with a $100 VISA Gift Card Giveaway as an incentive to take it. This is a great time to refocus and make sure IGE is going in the right direction in the future, and the survey has some questions about what you like about the site, what you’d like to see more of, etc. I do hope you’ll take it! In the meantime I’m hoping to get back on a regular posting schedule sometime next week.

At any rate, sorry this post is full of random thoughts and reflections – there are just so many things that are running through my mind right now! Feels good to write again though, so thank you for reading. : ) Talk to you soon!