The summer is going to be gone before I know it. Time really is flying by. Ezra’s getting bigger, Micah is definitely getting older. Life is good.
Here are some recent pictures of the boys:
Here are some recent pictures of my sons. They’re getting bigger every day!
A group of moms from our church meet every Thursday at various parks throughout the city. Each mom chooses a park near them and each week everyone travels to a different park with their kids to hang out. They call it “Meet Me at My Park.” Today the moms all met up at one of our local parks, Welles Park in Lincoln Square. Because it was nearby, I decided to swing by with my camera to grab a few shots of the kiddos. I took my time getting to the park, meandering and taking pictures of things along the way.
Here are some of the shots from the day:
Ezra likes sitting in his bumbo seat. And Micah can’t stand to leave him alone for even a few moments.
Here are few shots from a couple days ago:
I had no idea that Schaumburg, a suburb of Chicago, had a minor league baseball team. Some friends of ours invited us to spend the afternoon with them at a game on Sunday, and so we went. It was a beautiful day. Here are a few shots:
My mom came up to stay with us this week and meet Ezra.
My cousin’s family was in Chicago for the weekend and stopped on by to meet Ezra.
Ezra was born at 1:33 AM on Sunday, March 23. Due to Sarah’s smooth delivery and lack of any complications, we were able to go home the next day. We decided to come home after Micah, Ezra’s 18 month old brother, had gone to bed. We wanted Micah to meet Ezra for the first time after a good night’s sleep. Sarah and I were so blessed and thankful to have her mom in town to watch Micah. She had arrived the week prior to Ezra’s birth because we really had no idea when he might decide to enter into this world.
So we came home to Grandma, ready and waiting to meet her new Grandson, and Micah sleeping soundly in bed.
This morning, when Micah woke up I let him know I was home. This was the first time that he had experienced any real length of time without both mommy and daddy. He seemed pleased to see me, but not really phased. After Mommy fed Ezra in the bedroom, we prepared for Micah to meet Ezra for the first time. I changed Micah into his “Little Big guy” outfit to match Ezra’s “Mommy’s little man” shirt.
I let Micah know what we were doing, albeit very poorly. I told him he was going to go see his “big brother.” Way to confuse the kid, dad! Sheesh… I blame it on the fact that his shirt says “little big guy” on it.
Sarah was waiting in the next room with baby Ezra. We had no idea how Micah would react to his new brother. We assumed he would react poorly, but that was really not the case at all. He seemed quite excited to meet his new brother. His reaction was very cute! (And once again I say that Micah is going to meet his “big brother” — but I eventually catch myself).
The birth of our second son all started with a little castor oil. With the suggestion of her midwife and with a burning desire to see our second son as soon as possible, Sarah mixed some castor oil into some chocolate milk and hoped for the best.
It was a desperate moment to kickstart her contractions. Facebook pleas from women who had tried this method before her cried out, “Oh no! NO! Don’t do it!”
But it worked. The contractions started out subtlety. But just a few hours later and we were rapidly running out the door, with Sarah having strong contractions only a couple minutes apart. We were in such a rush I even forgot my coat. After swerving Chicago’s pothole filled roads to the hospital we made it to our destination at about 12:30 AM. The midwife arrived soon after us and told us that we would be having this baby very soon.
After rushing to set up the tools and equipment needed for the delivery, Sarah’s water was broken. Ten minutes, a handful of contractions, three pushes, and a few moans later Ezra Yuuto Seaman entered healthily into this world. (For those who don’t know, my wife is one strong woman. And I’m a proud husband.)
The birth process is amazing. For those who haven’t experienced or witnessed it, it might sound gross or super intense. And it kind of is those things. But, it also is truly awesome – it is a miracle.
I will spare you the “family only” pictures from the birth, but here are some of my favorite pictures from the delivery and the hours following:
My second son was born today at 1:33 AM. He was 7.0 lbs and 20 inches long.