Baby Leo – aka Leo David Grundy, born on the 19th May 2017, some time after 11 o’clock in the morning, weighing 2910g or 6lb 7oz.

Currently learning to put up with constant adoration and cuddles from Lewis, unintended (I think…) physical harm from Ezra, and being referred to as the cutest baby ever by Rose.  Needless to say, he’s very loved and will never be lonely!

All my babies have been born by c-section.  It comes with it’s own struggles and certainly isn’t the easy way out.  This time around we were able to get my drug sensitivities under control, which was both good and bad.  Good because it meant I was actually more coherent during Leo’s birth, and bad because I was more aware of what was going on.  Seriously, I felt like my insides were becoming outsides!  Thank goodness for drugs is all I can say.

Although his birth was completely straightforward (I even managed a nap before getting wheeled into theatre!), Leo was actually born in the caul, which is very rare, even for c-section births.  We’ve got photos, but as I’m not much for horror movies I probably won’t be showing them on the blog.  It is pretty amazing to see, just very very bloody.  And gross.  (I could never be a nurse!)

So, little Leo is now a very important part of our family.  As with all births, it’s hard to imagine life without him, even after two months.  The old adage ‘the days are long but the years are short’ is very applicable to my life at the moment.  Life with four children is wonderful, but let’s be honest, it is very challenging.  You often hear people say how once you’ve got X number of kids, another addition goes unnoticed.  I disagree completely.  Leo’s addition to our life has pretty much turned everything on its head, and I think, if you read between the lines of that statement, what you actually hear is ‘once you’ve hit the bedraggled mother stage, adding another one doesn’t really make much difference because you’re already a hot mess anyway!’.  Another child is another child.  It is another mouth to feed, another bum to change, another person to train, and another person to love. All which entail a lot of hard work.  In saying that, what a blessing!

Happy two months baby Leo!

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