Unmatched delight–Just look at the wonder and excitement in their faces!

My little man is four days old, and I am finally getting used to the idea that he is here and very much part of the family. I’m feeling amazingly well.

My biggest issue right now is that my breasts think I’ve applied for a job as a stripper and are engorged constantly. Add to that bloody nipples and you’ve got a miserable top half. He nurses voraciously nonetheless and doesn’t seem to mind. Cadrian sounds like a flock of geese the whole time he’s eating.

My bottom half is recovering nicely, thanks to my midwife’s astounding skill in stitchery. I didn’t tear as badly as I had with Brielle too, thanks to God!

I was reading an Amish diary in Our Iowa. The author (the husband) had just had a baby the night before he started keeping the week long diary. They had hired their 18 year old niece to be maid and child care taker for a few weeks, so all the mama had to do was rest and take care of the new baby. I don’t have an 18 year old niece to hire, but I am definitely going to be taking a cue from the Amish and resting for the next few weeks.

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  1. He’s so handsome! I wanted to say beautiful, but he’s a boy so I can’t say that!

    I had to same issue when I started breastfeeding. It was enough to make me want to quit, but I powered through and am so glad I did!

  2. He is PERFECT!!!!!!! WOW! YOU LOOK AWESOME TOO! Congratulations on your new little man! What a change in the diaper dept eh?!
    LOL! I am STILL shocked 8 months later after 3 girls! LOL!
    Everyone looks SO EXCITED AND HAPPY!

  3. Jessica- He is beautiful! You look amazing. You do not look like you gave birth 4 days ago. I’m so happy for you, and glad to hear you are recovering nicely! Keep resting!

  4. he is beautiful! What a gorgeous baby! You look fabulous too. The pic of him sleeping on your husband is so precious. Nothing better than seeing our tough men snuggling with a newborn. Blessings to you all!

  5. Congratulations! What a wonderful blessing! He looks perfect and healthy – the girls look like they adore him. You are wise to take as much time resting as possible! I love that his daddy is so good with him. You are truly a blessed woman!

  6. So glad to get an update on you all! He’s adorable! And you, girl, look great. Must feel good to have him “out” and hold the little cutie. I know you want to rest…but keep us posted here in the bloggy world. I could always pack up my 3 and come be the nanny for awhile! Wouldn’t that be fun! 🙂 Take care.

  7. So great to see an update! He looks just like his sisters!!! And then so much like his own person at the same time. Definitely see a resemblance! He’s soooooooooooo cute! I love his hair!

    You look fantastic, Momma!

  8. What a sweet, sweet family! I’m so glad all is going well, and hope the boobage gets under control soon. Enjoy this magical time, Jessica!!!
    PS – You look gorgeous!

  9. Wow! You have such a beautiful family Jess! Cadrian is so cute! He reminds me of my now taller than me, younger brother Caleb.

    God bless you & your family. Don't you just love the glow of having a new baby? 🙂


  10. Congratulations!!! He is really precious. 🙂 I am sure the girls will love being big sisters, and helping mommy 🙂 Good luck with the top half issue, that sounds pretty miserable. 🙁

  11. oh, i just adore soft sweet heads breathing soft little breaths on my neck. oooh, they just never, ever stay that small! too adorable! and you’re lookin’ good!


  12. Hi Jessica,


    He is so beautiful….I mean it!!! I’m one of those people that would rather stand in awkward silence than say something false!!

    *tight hugs making sure to forget that you have sore and engourged boobs*

    Way to go on home birth Mama!!

    (I’ve always wanted one but its too risky in our country.)


  13. He is absolutely Beautiful! Congratulations! The pics are great, thanks for sharing them! You look wonderful in the last picture! Glad you are feeling well too. What an exciting delivery. huh? Go figure! 🙂

  14. Hi Jessica. The baby is so precious. I miss those days!!!

    In light of your recent birth (and the fact that you have little girls), I wanted to invite you over to my blog. I am having my first giveaway this weekend and my post today may be of interest to you. Just wanted to let you know!

  15. First of all, YOU look fantastic! Second of all, Cadrian is GORGEOUS! Third of all, rest as much as you can and take all the help and meals offered to you! Seriously, 4 days post partum and I can’t get over how fab you look! BTW, I think Cadrian looks just like you!

  16. Absolutely fabulous pictures! I love the looks on Joyce, Aviana and Brielle’s faces as Kevin passes Cadrian to his mom. And girl, you look HOT for being so newly postpartum!
    I think you are Wonder Woman.

  17. yes, the amish are very good about getting "mauds" for their babies & mommies. my mom was a "maud" for her brother's children (before she was married herself) several times in her amish years. 🙂

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