Will passed the one month mark this past Monday and, not to sound cliche, but time really has flown by. He's doing many of the normal one-month baby things like smiling, beginning to "coo," focusing on faces/objects and picking up his head for longer periods of time. If you have not seen or met Will in person, let me tell you that this is no small baby. He has actually gained about a pound per week since our last doctor's visit. At today's one-month check-up he weighed 12 pounds, 6 ounces! We were informed that this is the average weight of a two-month old. Our boy is already topping the charts!
Having a newborn on Christmas is definitely a unique experience. First of all, you get so many more gifts and Christmas cards than you normally would. Second, everyone gives you lots of smiles, hugs and kisses, even the grumpy relatives. Third, it makes Christmas shopping a whole new experience with many difficult obstacles to overcome such as only having a one-hour window of time to do five hours of shopping or attempting to purchase all gifts at just one store so you don't have to put baby back in the car, refold the stroller, drive to a different store, park, unfold the stroller and put baby in the carriage again (you get the picture).
Our great friend Karlos, who's a magician with a camera, recently volunteered to take some professional photos of Will for use in our upcoming Christmas card / birth announcement mailings. Here are a few of our favorite photos from the huge collection he gave to us:
Please welcome William Joshua Amos to the world! Will was born on Saturday, November 26th, 2011 at 1:50am, at Beverly Hospital. At birth he weighed 9 pounds 10 ounces, and he was 23¼ inches long.
Sharon's labor began around 3:00am the day before and by 1:30pm her contractions were close enough together to know that it was time for us to head to the hospital. Sharon courageously labored through the afternoon, evening, and late into the night until, at 1:50am, Will was born!
As I write this, it's been almost two weeks since he was born and Sharon and I are so grateful to have him in our life. We've gone from being a couple to being a family. He's healthy, he's happy (90% of the time), and life is just grand so far. Sleep has definitely been interesting—it's certainly a huge adjustment for us, but we're adjusting to it well enough.
Enough words, lets get to the photographs! Below are photos from moments after his birth, all the way through to the end of his first week.
It's Thanksgiving, November 24th, 2011, and we thought you'd be in our arms by now. Alas, you find the comfort of your mother hard to let go of. Who can blame you? It's getting quite cold out these days.
Sharon and I wanted to take a bunch of photographs of the last days before Will's birth, so we went to the nearby Lynch Park on an abnormally warm November afternoon and took a lot of random shots. Here are 10 of the best ones:
Our friends Scarlette and Fred recently came by to visit and they brought their baby Amelia! It was our first time meeting her, and Sharon—8 months pregnant with Will at the time—spent a little bit of time holding (adoring) her. Look at those tiny feet!
Because we live a couple of hours away from Sharon's family, we were able to enjoy two baby showers—one in Salem, MA and another in Springfield, MA. Here are a handful of photographs from each; the first four from Sharon's family and the second four from my family: