Welcome Home Party

September 11, 2012

[omg I am baby wearing for the first time and can’t believe I have two hands again!!]

When we got home at noon yesterday, my family had a celebration planned!

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Maze took a nap in his crib while we unpacked all of our hospital stuff [Loved the swaddleme for the afternoon, but he hated it for the evening – broke out in seconds! We ended up going back to the muslin blanket for the night.]

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Matt made me an awesome lunch! I lied – the hospital food was not good at all compared to this!!

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Later on there was snacking [loving My Brest Friend!]

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Burping

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Tons of grandparent oogling [note Dad’s shirt!]

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We had a champagne toast to celebrate. Note the little baby foot on the bottle : )

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The table was set for dinner – thank you to OpenSky for the lovely flowers!

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My mom made a hot chicken salad casserole, dad made a caprese salad from our garden tomatoes and Karen made quinoa with raisins and almonds. Delicious!

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And for dessert, there was pie my mom bought at the farmer’s market. I had two slices!

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Last night was a bit rough. We had a hard time with the swaddling and adjusting to our new space. I think I had anxiety without the nurses there to check on us and didn’t fall asleep until 3am after multiple nursing sessions because I kept looking at him to see if he was alright.

Luckily I was able to give Maze off to my mom this morning, enjoy some breakfast and get back in bed for a bit.

A quick bowl of yogurt with fruit salad, oats, granola and sunbutter.

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This little stinker hasn’t really slept all afternoon but now he’s asleep in the Boba wrap. It kind of feels like being pregnant again!

Matt wrote a post on BERF (the first of a few) on his thoughts on the whole labor and fatherhood experience if you’d like to check it out.

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  I can’t say goodbye without pausing to remember 9/11/2001

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1 Jennifer September 11, 2012 at 7:33 am

He’s just so sweet!! I love the looks on the grandparents faces…you can just see the love. New babies are awesome!!

BTW, I love Karen’s shirt. Any idea where she got it? :)

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2 Spice Chicken September 11, 2012 at 8:27 am

I second the shirt comment. Your mother and mother-in-law are seriously stylin’ ladies.

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3 Karen September 11, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Banana Republic, three years ago!

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4 Allie September 11, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Love your style, Karen! Kathy is lucky to have a MIL like you!

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5 Krissy @ Shiawase Life September 11, 2012 at 7:34 am

Welcome back home! Must be nice to be back in familiar surroundings and loved ones, too! :)

P.S.
Karen looks amazing!

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6 Laurie September 11, 2012 at 7:38 am

Love the picture of the grandparents looking lovingly at him! And the last shot where it looks like he is shooting right back at you!

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7 Khushboo Thadani September 11, 2012 at 7:39 am

LOVE that pic of Mazen in the crib..just puts into perspective how tiny he is!

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8 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles September 11, 2012 at 7:40 am

You’ll find your groove and before you know it, it will feel like second nature! :) …..We have had a couple of tough nights but the good ones are FAR outweighing the ‘off’ nights.
So glad that you are surrounded by all that love!

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9 Laura September 11, 2012 at 7:46 am

What’s baby wearing? Using a carrier?

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10 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table September 11, 2012 at 7:48 am

What a cute little KERF jumper!!! Congrats on bringing such a beautiful little on home. How lucky you are to have your family there for support, too!

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11 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats September 11, 2012 at 7:51 am

Haha I’m glad you have two hands! And I’m sure it’s scary to be home without the nurses, but you know what you’re doing! He’s in the best hands!

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12 Molly @ RDexposed September 11, 2012 at 7:54 am

He is so tiny in that crib!!
And I’d like some of dad’s caprese salad! YUM

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13 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat September 11, 2012 at 7:56 am

Maze looks SO teeny-tiny in the crib! Beautiful photos – congrats to your new family. :)

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14 Shana September 11, 2012 at 7:57 am

He looks like a little bean all cuddled up in that crib! So cute!

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15 Kristi September 11, 2012 at 7:57 am

We’re thinking we may feel overwhelmed with overnight visitors (my parents) first day out of the hospital but y’all look like you’re having fun! And enjoying the help I’m sure!

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16 Areej September 11, 2012 at 8:01 am

Motherhood suits you Kath! It takes about 2 weeks to get into the swing of things and to find your new balance as a family of 3. Good luck and enjoy all the help you’re getting, that is truly priceless!

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17 Becca September 11, 2012 at 8:02 am

Kath, I hope that you also share the story behind Mazen’s name too. I love hearing name stories.

(Sincere congratulations, by the way! I was away when the BERFday finally happened but I am very happy that your bundle of joy arrived safely). You look wonderfully happy!

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18 KathEats September 11, 2012 at 8:10 am

Coming to Berf tomorrow!

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19 Christine September 11, 2012 at 8:04 am

I’m sure it will just take some time for you both to get into a routine. So nice to have your parents there to help out, take advantage while you can. I hope you get some much needed rest!

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20 Claire September 11, 2012 at 8:06 am

Congrats again on your beautiful little boy! It makes me miss those sleepy newborn days (now that I’m constantly running after my walking, crawling 9 month old!).
“This little stinker hasn’t really slept all afternoon but now he’s asleep in the Boba wrap. It kind of feels like being pregnant again!” – I’m sure you read this in the baby books, but in the beginning most newborns will sleep the best/longest (or will ONLY sleep, like my daughter, ha!) while they are being held – imagine, after nine months all nice and snug in the womb, they are used to being warm and held tightly while listening to your heartbeat! Wraps are awesome for this, and since my little girl would only sleep ON either her dad or me for the first several weeks, I spent most nights in the recliner, snoozing with her on my chest, and then we moved on to co-sleeping with an Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper, which I loved.
If your little guy can break out of the SwaddleMe, check out the Miracle Blanket!

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21 Kelly@Runmarun September 11, 2012 at 8:10 am

He is precious! I’m so happy you are home. I’m assuming that food is starting to be more enjoyable again? I loved that once I gave birth, I was able to eat more and that it no longer felt like a task I had to get through. I’m glad your family is near to help you as you work to find your groove. It sounds like you are adjusting extremely well! Thanks for sharing!

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22 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh September 11, 2012 at 8:13 am

What great parents you guys have to come together and help out and make such great food for you guys! Look how wee he is in that crib! Enjoy it while he’s this tiny, they grow so quickly!

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23 Amanda September 11, 2012 at 8:17 am

Congratulations on Mazen! I gave birth to our second son, Willl, onAug 30th (almost your due date) and you had Mazen on the day I was scheduled for my repeat csection. For months, all I thought of was Sept 7th. What a surprise to us when our dr saw us after a growth ultrasound and told my husband and I we were having the baby THAT DAY due to low fluids! Sweet little ones within about a week of each other! The first few weeks are “survival mode”. My advice (which i am SURE you’ve heard already) nap, appreciate food being prepared, and snuggle & hold Maze as much as you can!

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24 Liz @ Tip Top Shape September 11, 2012 at 8:21 am

Again — Maze is so freaking adorable!!

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25 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count September 11, 2012 at 8:23 am

Just too cute! Glad everyone is starting to settle in, even if it’s still a bit bumpy.

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26 Holly P. @ A Year in Wichita September 11, 2012 at 8:25 am

Oh, dear. Maze is SO CUTE! It almost makes me want to have a baby, too. Almost. But when I eventually do, I hope to document on my blog half as well as you have. I know you have opened yourself up to a lot of opinions and criticism, but I sure have enjoyed reading about your journey. It was honest, respectful, and so informative. Huge congrats on your new addition and thanks again for sharing with us!

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27 wesley @ the way home September 11, 2012 at 8:27 am

Haha he looks like a little politician in that last picture! Pointin’ his gun and winkin’ at me.

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28 Spice Chicken September 11, 2012 at 8:28 am

The crib photo makes it easy to see how tiny Mazen is! It’s funny that such a small person has a huge impact.

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29 Amanda Hollenbaugh September 11, 2012 at 8:31 am

Everyone’s making me all emotional with this 9/11 business. I think mostly because I’ve been so busy it took reading someone else’s post to realize what the day was. Like, worst American ever :’(

On the plus side, Mazen is SOOO stinkin’ cute! So cute! He looks so tiny in his crib!…Pft, he looks tiny anyway lol My nephew in a 13 months now. It feels like we were just in the hospital waiting for his arrival a couple of months ago. He’s so big now compared to then :(

Definitely take full advantage of the grandparents being around so you can rest…so you can spend more “quality” time with Maze vs. zombie mom time ;)

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30 Alison September 11, 2012 at 8:32 am

Reading this reminds me of our first night at home….so so awful. Scary, exhausting and wild. I remember thinking our bedrooms/house looked like we had just endured the battle of Yorktown and I was just happy to see the sun rise because that signaled we had survived! Dramatic yes…but completely accurate. :) Nights 2, 3, 4 and onward were SO much better! Good luck!

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31 Sara T. September 11, 2012 at 8:50 am

sounds about right to me…but ours lasted more than the first few nights! :/

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32 Julia September 11, 2012 at 8:35 am

He is so precious and you look lovely! Aren’t the first baby feeding and burping sessions amazing?

Our first night home was by far the most trying, and then it got better and better and better :) For now, relax (ha!) as much as possible, enjoy your champagne, and eat your pie! Mamas need all the strength they can get!

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33 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio September 11, 2012 at 8:38 am

It’s fun reading about your experience. It’s wonderful to have y’alls parents around!

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34 Heidi September 11, 2012 at 8:48 am

I laughed out loud when I saw the picture with all the grandparents, it is so awesome! My parents have changed so much since they have become grandparents. It is a really neat thing to watch.

I really appreciated having my mom stay with us after my first was born, because I had no idea what we were doing and was so paranoid.

You guys look wonderful, and Mazen is adorable!! :)

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35 Sara T. September 11, 2012 at 8:49 am

If he keeps breaking out of the Swaddle Me, go to BRU and get a Miracle blanket. My daughter got out of the Swaddle Me’s all the time. The Miracle blanket is amazing and they really can’t get out! It’s around $25, but so worth it! We swaddled my daughter up until about 5 months with the Miracle blanket!

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36 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 11, 2012 at 8:53 am

I love the oogling grandparent photo – so adorable. I’m sure it’s so nice to have them around so you can try and get some extra rest. Is Matt back at the bakery or is he able to stay home and spend some extra time with you adjusting and getting rest?

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37 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles September 11, 2012 at 8:53 am

Having a baby is quite an adjustment. I remember feeling a little out of sorts…I am a routine kind of gal and until I figured out my new routine, I was a little lost. My body, lack of sleep, and this new huge responsibility of my newborn son was quite overwhelming! Take your time…take each day at a time…you are so fortunate to have so many good people around you to help…good support is key! Enjoy!

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38 shel@barefootgirlinthekitchen September 11, 2012 at 8:54 am

He looks so tiny in his big crib!!! such a sweetie!

I remember when I was nursing one of my kids and at first he was so tiny , he just rested on my belly.. then one morning when I went to nurse, his little feet went beyond my belly ( baby growth spurt ) and I was so sad that he grew so fast:(

That pic of Karen & Mazen should be framed :)

I can’t wait to hear the story behind his name!

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39 Mary September 11, 2012 at 8:57 am

He’s so tiny!

When you get the chance, it would be interesting to know what you think of the different styles of nursing tops, which you prefer and why. Am starting to wonder if I should start getting some, and advice would be good!

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40 Bekah September 11, 2012 at 9:00 am

Congratulations! One little piece of advice–don’t give up on SwaddleMe or on anything that doesn’t work the first time. What makes that kiddo scream bloody murder one day will inexplicably be his favorite thing the next. This was true for us for the swing, the SwaddleMe, and the bouncer, as well as a lot of soothing techniques. Speaking of the latter, bouncing on the exercise ball is the miracle du jour. Enjoy it all and bless you for accepting grandparents’ help…I was so stupidly bad at that the first week.

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41 Anne P September 11, 2012 at 9:01 am

Oh gosh that first picture – he looks SO TINY in his big crib! Can’t wait to see him grow. :)

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42 Ester September 11, 2012 at 9:05 am

Oh, you look SO moved in the fourth pic…So sweet!

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43 Paige @ Healthy Hits the Spot September 11, 2012 at 9:06 am

What a cute picture while Maze is in his crib! He looks so tiny tiny! You look like such a good Mama Kath :)

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44 Fern September 11, 2012 at 9:06 am

yay for babywearing!!!!! And so lovely to hear your using such a lovely wrap :-) I still carry my little girl at one now and we are so close. Mazen is so cute, many congratulations to you all xx .. p.s.. i wish my mum had come to stay and cooked me loads of yummy food! lol xx

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45 Nicole September 11, 2012 at 9:09 am

Try the Woombie! It’s a no-brainer–which is nice in the middle of the night when you probably forgot how to swaddle from sleep deprivation :) http://www.woombie.com

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46 Carly @ Snack Therapy September 11, 2012 at 9:17 am

I can’t believe how teeny tiny Mazen looks in his crib. Such a sweetie!

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47 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) September 11, 2012 at 9:25 am

He is so cute!! Nap as much as you can while you have all the help! I did NOT nap as much as I should those first few weeks. I kept running on adrenaline and did OK with minimal sleep for a while but eventually it caught up with me and then I crashed and burned.

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48 Lindsay September 11, 2012 at 9:27 am

I love my Boba wrap! It really is amazing and I love to use it when E is in need of a nap but won’t settle down- she always seems to settle in the wrap!

The Maya Wrap (sling) is also wonderful and the Ergo.

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49 Cate September 11, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Just wanted to suggest moving on to woven wraps once Maze is bigger. They’re AMAZING when babies outgrow stretchy wraps. I still wear my three-year-old routinely and it’s awesome bonding time.

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50 KathEats September 11, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Can you recommend a brand? Thanks!

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51 Cate September 13, 2012 at 9:32 am

All woven wraps are pretty amazing! :) I’m partial to Didymos. If you check out TheBabywearer.com, there’s TONS of helpful info and a FSOT section…

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52 Betty September 11, 2012 at 9:32 am

Love, Love, Love the combined grandparent picture – Mazen is one lucky guy

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53 Asmita September 11, 2012 at 9:35 am

Im so happy you have the grandparents there for support and to help with your precious baby. I was watching the video and your mom asked you guys permission to do something with the baby’s clothiing or his hands I think – I just about fell out of my chair. If that ever happened to me, I think I would faint from shock!! That is such a good thing though. My mother is no longer alive, so my MIL rules the roost (it’s a culture thing). He’s not mine he’s hers to the second power. Congratulations :-)

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54 Mom September 11, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Thanks! I read ahead you’re supposed to, as a grandma, remember the baby isn’t yours. But he seems ALMOST mine!

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55 natasha September 11, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Kath is lucky to have you!

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56 Sonal September 11, 2012 at 9:36 am

Awww he looks so cute all swaddled and tiny in his crib :)

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57 Rachel September 11, 2012 at 9:39 am

awwwwww that swaddleme is adorable!!!! he looks like a little Caterpillar :)

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58 Jen September 11, 2012 at 9:43 am

First of all – CONGRATS! Mazen is beautiful. Also, have you heard of the woombie? My daughter slept 4-5 hours straight in it (we started using it right away). It’s awesome!!!

http://www.woombie.com/

You can get them on Amazon too!!

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59 Averie @ Averie Cooks September 11, 2012 at 9:43 am

Welcome home! Sleeping, swaddling, transitioning, nursing, it all takes time and no two days are alike. Sounds like you’re doing the best you can and that overall, things are going pretty darn awesome – which is great and so happy for you!

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60 Amy Wiginton September 11, 2012 at 9:47 am

Kath, your doing great! And no matter how many babies you have, those first few nights at home are scary/weird. Not enough sleep makes your mind race and think not so sensical thoughts. Give it a week or two and you guys will have tons of confidence in knowing what babies needs are..

And I second the advice on trying things more than once…he might hate something one day and love it two days later. try and try again.

Good luck:)

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61 ES September 11, 2012 at 9:47 am

I am a huge swaddle supporter. We swaddled our boy until he was 5 months! If Maze is breaking out, it’s not tight enough. Don’t be afraid to go TIGHT, remember how squished they were in the womb. Remember, no baby will act like they like it, and maybe if he hasn’t settled down in 10 or 15 minutes or so, he may not. But give it some time.

These first two weeks will be rough, and then it will ease up!

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62 krista September 13, 2012 at 8:21 am

I agree with all of this.

Oh and we swaddled until 7 months! That was 2 weeks ago, haha. He’s now in a SleepSack, which is basically a wearable blanket.

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63 Diane September 11, 2012 at 9:54 am

I think we are all fallilng in love with Maze too! He is a cutie. I had the same problem with constant checking, not being able to fall asleep with both my kids. I had to sleep in a different room as them sooner than I planned (after a few weeks) because every little noise and breathing would wake me or put me on edge. Once there were in a separate room and I couldn’t hear every little baby noise, we both slept better.

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64 Diane September 11, 2012 at 9:55 am

Also, try the Miracle Blanket. They can’t break free. Our parents thought we were torturing our kids in straight jackets, but the babies loved them.

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65 Monica September 11, 2012 at 9:56 am

Seriously, I love how celebratory you guys are keeping everything! I had this mindset that I had tot do it all alone and be some super Mom. I think next time I willhaveto take a page out of your book!

Big hugs on making it through the first night! It is so different getting use to a baby in your life and everything about them looks and feels so fragile. Things will fall into a routine very soon.

Happy Tuesday!

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66 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 11, 2012 at 9:58 am

Sounds like everything is just as it should be. I’m hoping things settle a little more for you all soon!

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67 Andrea September 11, 2012 at 10:09 am

I can imagine the feeling of wanting to check on him every 2 seconds… that would be me for sure! But you have your family there who will help with every step of the way :) Try to get some rest and have a great day!

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68 Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles September 11, 2012 at 10:21 am

I am so glad you guys are starting to settle in back home again…and that your family is around to help you out. Plus I am proud of you for eating two slices of pie. That’s the spirit!

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69 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope September 11, 2012 at 10:24 am

Welcome home! :) I love the little party that you had. Mazen is so adorable!

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70 colleen September 11, 2012 at 10:30 am

So wonderful!Your entire family is so sweet ! ps Karen is such a cute Grandma!

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71 Elisabeth September 11, 2012 at 10:34 am

Sounds like a wonderful coming home party! Mazesn sure looks tiny in his crib ;)

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72 Johanna B September 11, 2012 at 10:35 am

Oh, how I remember the days of looking in to see if she was breathing multiple times per night. I never got tired of lookin at her.

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73 Angel7 September 11, 2012 at 10:37 am

Mazen looks like he is a little peanut in that big crib.

Have you used the sound machine for him while he sleeps?

He looks like he is pointing at something or someone in the last pic. :)

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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74 Maureen September 11, 2012 at 10:48 am

Oh my gosh!! Mazen is sooooo stinking cute! And he looks so tiny in his crib!!!

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75 Blythe September 11, 2012 at 10:55 am

Baby wearing is awesome! That how we’ve taken our almost 6 week old out in public since she was 2-3 weeks. Keeps people from getting in their face and leaves your hands free to shop! As we are both foodies, we love to grocery shop together! Almost we survive her witching hour with the sleepy wrap as well! Congrats and hang in there!

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76 Sarah (the SHU box) September 11, 2012 at 11:03 am

SwaddleMe didnt work for us either. Miracle blanket all the way!!!!!

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77 Ali @ Peaches and Football September 11, 2012 at 11:10 am

Hurray for being at home with good food and lots of family! Mazen looks soooooooo tiny in that great big baby bed :-)

How lucky it is to have family there to help out as you transition and get into a new routine. The first nights are tough but you’ll get the hang of things sooner than you think.

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78 Julianna @ Julianna Bananna September 11, 2012 at 11:47 am

mazen is absolutely adorable! i hope that transitioning to a new routine goes as smoothly as it can.. and that you have lots of coffee on hand! ;)

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79 j3nn September 11, 2012 at 11:53 am

That’s a wonderful way to welcome baby and the new parents home! :) Mazen looks SO MUCH like Karen! I think he’s going to resemble Matt’s brother a lot, because he also looks like Karen. Genetics are so funny sometimes!

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80 Annette @FitnessPerks September 11, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Awww such a cutie! Love the pic of him in the crib :)

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81 Cait's Plate September 11, 2012 at 12:42 pm

He is just so, so, so perfect!!! So glad you have your whole family around you!

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82 Kavi September 11, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Congrats Kath & family! It’s so exciting that Mazen is finally here :) Glad to see that everyone is doing well!

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83 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama September 11, 2012 at 12:52 pm

The first night home was so hard! We were both exhausted but could not sleep. I kept on getting up to see if they were still breathing even though they were an arms reach away in the pack n play. You’ll figure it out! Thank God for Moms and Dads to help their big kids out!

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84 Kathy W. September 11, 2012 at 1:00 pm

In that last picture, Mazen’s like “Here’s lookin’ at YOU, mister.”

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85 Tracy September 11, 2012 at 1:01 pm

I love Karen’s hairstyle! So cute on her! I need to send the pic to my mom who is growing hers back out after completing chemo.

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86 Deirdre @ Oh Well Whatever.com September 11, 2012 at 1:13 pm

You are doing great, so happy for you. It’s wonderful that you have all the grandparent help and love there, such a great help.

I had the Moby wrap which is very similar and loved it – those wraps are a life saver!

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87 Jessica September 11, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Congrats! You are talented to be able to nurse with one hand free! In those early days, I needed three hands!

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88 Erica September 11, 2012 at 1:43 pm

CONGRATS again! So cute. Coming home is definitely a little shocking!You all wil get into the swing of thing in no time. Get some rest!

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89 Michelle (Peachy Palate) September 11, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Your so lucky to have all your wonderful family around you! Love how they all contributed to the meal!

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90 Heather Eats Almond Butter September 11, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Kath,
I know you are getting bombarded with advice, and I haven’t read through the other comments, but this is one piece of advice I’d wished I listen to when Summer was born. A lot of people told us to get the Miracle Blanket for swaddling, but it’s not cheap. So I just used the Aden & Anais blankets. However, Summer’s arms ALWAYS came loose, and we never really got the swaddling thing down with her. We also tried the velcro swaddlers, but the velcro wore out quickly especially after washing them. Anyway, for the twins we”ve been using the Miracle Blanket, and it’s awesome! They don’t have velcro, and come with little flaps to hold the arms in the swaddle. The twins love a tight swaddle, and it’s amazing how quickly it calms them down for both naps and overnight. We’re now trying to transition to sleep sacks, but they LOVE their Miracle Blankets.
P.S. They often come up as the Deal of The Day if you get the Babysteals.com emails.

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91 KathEats September 11, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Hi Heather! We just bought one! Going to try it out soon

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92 Heather Eats Almond Butter September 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm

P.S. You’re doing awesome! :)

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93 Laura September 11, 2012 at 2:22 pm

So much fun!! I’m so surprised none of your friends came and visited you in the hospital or when you were home….are you purposely trying to make this time all about family? I also can’t wait for the name history! I think of maize and corn when I hear it, which would be so appropriate! And is duke for the school? But you all went to Davidson, right?

Best of luck during these first few days at home. He sure is adorable and obviously well loved!

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94 Nicole September 11, 2012 at 2:24 pm

CONTGRATULATIONS on such a lovely baby boy, he’s so precious!
Im an italian reader since 2009, and I’ve been following you religiously since then, and Im so happy that Mazen (beautiful name btw) is finally here with “us”!
Congrats again Kath, you have a whole new look in your eyes now!

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95 IdaBaker September 11, 2012 at 3:38 pm

The first few days home are always the best. Getting to know each other, finding out little things you didn’t notice before, and just being able to spend some relaxing time together.

It was always my favorite time after having a baby.

My sisters, of which I have two, each brought our children home from the hospital in the same outfit. We just sent it to each other as the time got closer.

Now, that same outfit in on the second generation. It’s amazing to watch them grow up.

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96 Kim September 11, 2012 at 4:23 pm

I love the grandparents photo! It’s like they discovered a treasure :)

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97 Jeanie September 11, 2012 at 4:47 pm

I love the picture of you burping him and his cute little squishy face. :)

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98 Katie September 11, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Have to tell you how much I love the BERF posts. :)

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99 Margaret@KitchenFrau September 11, 2012 at 4:56 pm

So thrilled to see your healthy, beautiful little boy. Oh it brings me back to that wonderful time when my babies were new to the world. Nothing is better – except seeing them grow up to become wonderful people!

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100 Leslie September 11, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Karen’s hair looks fantastic! She’s looking radiantly healthy, which is great to see.

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101 Erin Motz September 11, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Oh there’s so much I love about this post! That pic in his crib is so, so, so unbelievable precious I can hardly stand it. The g-parents one is classic for sure and I totally laughed out loud at that awesome pic at the end. Probably won’t get him to do that again for a few more months!! haha!

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102 Christa @ Edible Balance September 11, 2012 at 6:08 pm

So, so sweet… congratulations! I adore the photo of the pie with Mazen in the background :)

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103 Pam September 11, 2012 at 7:24 pm

So cute, welcome home indeed :)!!

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104 Nancy September 11, 2012 at 7:52 pm

I just LOVE the photo of all the grandparents swooning — precious! It was so fun to watch the video you posted the other night, seeing them all just losing their minds in love with their little grandson! Tell Karen she has a lovely accent too – Maze is going to love listening to his southern grammy!

You look terrific and obviously motherhood is agreeing with you – keep up the good work and take advantage of every mom/mom-in-law offer to let you grab some more sleep!

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105 Robyn September 11, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Cannot get enough of your adorable little one! Enjoy you guys :)

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106 Jean September 11, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Hi Kath..

omg! that picture of Maze with his grandparents is so PRECIOUS!

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107 Allison k September 11, 2012 at 8:37 pm

I slept with Anderson on my chest for the first 6 weeks…it was the only way I stopped my self from checking on him every 10 seconds!

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108 Ella September 11, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Do that SwaddleMe up TIGHT! Our strapping nine pounder (head control from the day he was born) didn’t break out until 3+ months. Don’t be afraid to really snug ‘em in there.

Congrats on your gorgeous babe!!

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109 Kelsey September 11, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Have I mentioned that I absolutely ADORE the names that you chose? They’re perfect!

Cheers to being able to drink champagne again!! Whooohooo!

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110 KathEats September 12, 2012 at 12:12 am
111 Lisa @bitesforbabies September 11, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Great pics…especially the one of the grandparents oolging him! Priceless!

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112 Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) September 11, 2012 at 9:04 pm

He looks so tiny on that big bed :-)

Congratulations to you and Matt!!! He is adorable!!! I’m very happy for you both!

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113 Justeen @ Blissful Baking September 11, 2012 at 9:12 pm

LOVE the picture of the grandparents oogling Mazen. Melts my heart!

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114 Leila @ Spinach and Skittles September 11, 2012 at 10:40 pm

I’m loving all the updates and am amazed with your energy and the time you’re putting into the blog! Yo go mama! Which do you like better, the boppy or the breast friend? I bought both too!

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115 KathEats September 12, 2012 at 12:11 am

Hard to tell! I was into bf but now I’m using my arms more with boppy underneath? Finding I have more control over his position with more arms involved. Worse for back though : (

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116 kate September 12, 2012 at 5:43 am

well with any pillow configuration I still had to hold my boob with the arm on the same side and hold the baby across her body, really just holding her head. I like the BF because it was more stable for my elbows and supporting the babies body, but I also just used pillows from the couch. I was never able to just plop a baby on a BF/Boppy/pillow and have them in the right position. Once the baby can latch on his own and has more head control you don’t need pillows and all.

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117 Diana September 11, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Oh, he is just darling. <3 Mazen is one of the cutest babies I've ever seen!

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118 jenna k September 12, 2012 at 12:32 am

the whole swaddling concept just amazes me. that picture of swaddled maze in the crib is sooo cute/funny! he looks like a little pea in a pod :)

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119 Erin September 12, 2012 at 5:20 am

This is in response to your Instagram picture… Matt is NOT wearing Mazen correctly in the wrap, and incorrect use poses a risk of suffocation, which can obviously lead to brain damage and death. I suggest contacting a local babywearing group to see if you can get to a meeting and get some help learning to wrap properly. Babies, even newborns, should be worn in that type of wrap with heads out, close enough for you to kiss the top of their head. Babywearing can be very rewarding and amazing (I still wear my 14 month old and plan to keep doing it until she won’t let me!) but safety is absolutely a priority. Here’s a link to wrapping instructions for your wrap: http://www.bobafamily.com/support/boba-instructions/ and here’s a link to safety information (although it’s not the same brand as your wrap, the guidelines are the same for all babywearing devices.) http://www.mobywrap.com/instructionpages.aspx?Topic=safetychecks

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120 KathEats September 12, 2012 at 6:41 am

Thank you. We were aware it was wrong as soon as he started sliding down. Matt was holding him safely up just after until we got inside the building to re-do the wrap.

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121 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance September 12, 2012 at 1:06 pm

What a little stud! In the last picture it looks like he is giving the “wink and gun” haha! Congrats again on such a beautiful little boy :)

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