3 years and 13 days

This is our life now. And as hard it is to navigate without that manual everyone always talks about, we’re doing it the best way we know how: together and with so much love.

We welcomed Ellis John Henry Berry into the world on January 3rd at 2:49pm. He was 21 inches long and weighed nine pounds and 14 ounces. The kicker? Dude was three weeks early! He was born with all the hair he has in the picture above and started getting compliments left and right as soon as he was out into the real world.

He had some struggles at first: had to work to get his oxygen moving in the right direction and had to spend night number 2 in the special care nursery because of really low blood sugar. Less than 24 hours after we got home, we had to take him back to the special care nursery because his bilirubin levels were really low. Spent the night again with him looking like a glow worm all night.

He’s home now and as lovely as possible. It’s hard to believe your heart has room for another human being. You’re wrong. It does.

Big brother is acclimating the best way a three year old knows how, with requests to hold “his baby” and “wipe the poop”. I don’t know about that last one either… And he’s learning full on football practice in the living room can’t quite happen as frequently as it had in the past. He’s also very adamant and uncomfortably confident about helping hand the baby to one of us, but his helping nature is the most adorable thing ever.

Our family is complete now and my heart couldn’t be fuller.