Holy crap, babies are awesome.
So is my husband.
Dave has taken such good care of us all. I had a few days of being pretty helpless, and Dave did everything for me. This whole birthing thing has laid waste all my personal dignities. All different parts of my body have been hanging out, leaking, or causing me incapacitating pain. I have leaned on Dave in ways I never thought I’d have to lean on another human being. I am so, so thankful for him.
And we are both, so, so, in love with these guys.
Here’s Cascadian eating lunch.
His little face makes me weak in the knees. That’s my giant hand in there, just to give you an idea of how little this guy is. He hasn’t lost as much of his birth weight, but he’s still just over 4 pounds. He’s tiny.
So their names. Loyal was Dave’s Dad’s name. Before we were even married, Dave had alerted me that should we ever procreate, he was going to name our kid Loyal. I am glad that Dave’s dad had such an unusual name, and I love that Loyal has some heritage with Dave and his family.
For Astor, it was because of our love for Astoria. We were married in Astoria, and our kids were “made” there. We originally thought both kids would get Astor for a middle name.
For the second name, we struggled for a while. Loyal was unconventional and had heritage, which we loved. I wanted to also honor my own dad, his name being Donald. I didn’t think Donald fit for a first name, so we spent some time thinking about unconventional names, names that had meaning to us, and names that simply sounded nice with Loyal.
We went with Cascadian because that is what he is. And we do love where we live. And pretty much no one has named their kid Cascadian. We’ve taken to calling him “Cask.” We aren’t sure which nickname will stick permanently. But it could be Cas, Caz, Cask, Cade, etc.
I will try to start relating all the different experiences we’ve had since they were born. And I’ll write the actual delivery story. For now, we are dealing with “small baby” issues. They aren’t “premies,” and have not had to spend any time in the NICU. But they are “late pre-term.” There are some basic issues that come with having been born early.
They need to be able to suck down their own food. They need to keep their temperature stabilized. They need to keep their blood sugar above a certain level. Etc. I’m not naming everything, but for the most part, they are doing very well. In some areas, they need a little help.
Loyal kept getting chilly the other day, so he was double swaddled and he got a warmer hat to wear. Which lead to this first “WTF?” moment.
I just can’t even stand how cute he is. I CAN’T STAND IT.