First Days Home

Hi! I’m alive! …but exhausted. I want to write all about the birth and the billion things that have gone on in my head since becoming the mother of two girls, but I just don’t have it in me right now. I think I’ve slept a total of 7 hours since Juliette was born. The kid is great at sleeping during the day but has been up ALL night the last two nights.

Aside from the sleep deprivation, things couldn’t be better. She is such a sweet baby and we are all incredibly healthy and happy to be at home. I feel so grateful to have had such an easy birth experience again and am really thankful that our sweet girl is so strong and lively. It’s also wonderously relaxing to do this baby thing for the second time. Seriously — it’s so much easier to bring a new baby home when you’ve already done it before. It’s already so funny to think back on the first few months of hovering obsessively over Vera’s every movement and murmur, wondering if everything was as it should be, and then to not feel the need to do that this time.

The biggest thing so far is just transitioning into being a family of four. It’s not really any harder than I imagined, or even particularly that hard yet at all. It’s more that it’s so sweet and strange to go through this shift in dynamics. Watching Vera become a sister is probably the most incredible thing I’ve ever experienced in my whole life. When I think back on moments of doubt and resentment about this pregnancy, a huge lump forms in my throat imagining having not done this. It’s just amazing to see them together. Veronica couldn’t be more enchanted/enthralled/obsessed/loving/concerned/wondrous when it comes to her sister. V wants to participate in everything that involves J and is more than happy to sit quietly and hold her for up to twenty minutes.

Another remarkable thing is that Juliette looks identical to Veronica as an infant and it’s tripping all of us out. I mean really, they look exactly alike. This photo doesn’t even do it justice. (Vera on top, Jules on bottom.)

They have the same face, make the same expressions, have the same long fingers. Who knows how they’ll turn out down the road, but all I know is that it’s the most surreal thing to be sitting up in the night with this little creature because it just flashes me back to three years ago when I became a mom altogether and it’s all so just kind of strange and wonderful.

More soon, I promise. I’ll leave you with this video of all of our first five minutes together as a foursome, and this link to a million photos from the last three days.

V meets J

Again, thank you all for the sweet messages and comments. I usually try to respond to everything that comes my way, but I just can’t right now. I’m reading and appreciating everything so much though!

p.s. I’m too tired to proof this. Excuse any errors.

9 comments

9 Comments

  • Posted June 20, 2012 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    I’m impressed that you managed to write this much (and this well!) with so little sleep — and, selfishly, I’m really pleased about it because I CANNOT GET ENOUGH JULIETTE. (Also: Jules! OMG! Sweetest nickname ever!) Glad you’re all doing well, and can’t wait to hear more about your new little family of four.

  • Posted June 20, 2012 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    Congratulations, again, dear one! She is as beautiful as your first born! Love the video of you all…and the sneeze! You look amazing, and all of you look so incredibly happy. Nothing but love for the Booses!

  • Posted June 20, 2012 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    Congratulations to all of you! Your girls are so sweet … and this is only the beginning :) Enjoy it all.

  • Posted June 20, 2012 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    All of everything everyone has already and will henceforth say about how wonderful this is and how happy we feel for you. What an amazing thing that, the birth of a little girl in LA can bring such true and deep joy to people all over the world who love her sight unseen!

  • Iza
    Posted June 20, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    Another cute baby of yours!:)Congratulations!

  • Angela
    Posted June 20, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    The sneezing part literally made me laugh-out-loud!

  • Lynne
    Posted June 20, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    You are doing pretty well to have written this much, Claire. The girls are so sweet together. Love the picture of them looking at each other. Enjoy this time! Thanks for sharing with us!

  • Posted June 20, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    What a precious family!! Beautiful, beautiful girls!! I told you having two girls would be amazing! :)

  • Posted June 22, 2012 at 1:17 am | Permalink

    Oh, they are so beautiful together! You are all so beautiful together. Congratulations, Boose family.

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