It’s been just over a week since Kale Michael Ellery Krahl was born. His birth was an unbelievably intense experience that tested the strength of myself, Kris and Kale. Every day, every second since Kale joined us has been absolutely incredible. I just don’t know how to describe it - it’s love times infinity. The walls of our house are just bursting.
I’ve kept blogs in the past. One while I travelled through Peru during my MA research and another that tracked the last few months of my pregnancy. I want this blog to be MORE than either of those. I want it to track all the special moments and the difficult moments and the days that go by too fast and even the one’s that seem like they’ll never end. It’s already been a week and Kale has started to show us his personality.
Here’s what I can tell you so far. Kale is super laid back. The longest we’ve heard him cry is about 3 minutes. Not a fan of being cold, he doesn’t enjoy diaper changes or baths - moments where he’s naked. He likes to pee when his diaper is off. He’s peed on me twice, Kris once and the midwife twice (although she’s much better than us at catching the pee in a diaper). He likes to eat and then he likes to sleep. Everyone gives us that “knowing look” - ‘ah, new parents - sleep deprived and stressed out.’ It’s true - I only sleep for two hours at a time because I have to get up and feed him, but I get up and feed him and then he goes back to sleep. We’ve spent all week waiting for some kind of explosion - for Kale to demonstrate every stereotype we’ve heard about new babies. But so far - nothing. It’s true. We have the perfect baby.
Yesterday he met his great grandparents, great aunt and second cousin from Kris’s side of the family. They all took turns holding him, talking to him and waiting for him to open his eyes. He was so content, sleeping the entire time. He is so loved.
We smuggled him out of there to get home in time so that we could stand in our bedroom - the very spot he was born one week ago - and sang him happy birthday. I may have turned 30 yesterday, but the real birthday was his.