Keogena Na’Airah Lynelle Atogwe
7lb 20 1/2″
September 12 2016
one day old
Hi, friends! Our sweet Keogena (Kay-oh-geh-nuh with a hard “g“) is one month old and we feel like we’ve known her for a lifetime. She is the perfect addition to our family and we can’t get enough of her newborn snuggles. Now that I know just how fast it goes, I’m savoring every moment of her being this small, snuggly and sleepy. In both of my pregnancies, the thing that most helped me prepare for natural labor was reading positive natural birth stories. I wanted to share mine while it’s still fresh to encourage anyone who had a first birth that didn’t go as planned that there is hope for the birth of your dreams.
The last time I wrote on my beloved blog, I was 8 months postpartum, knee deep in sleep training and carefully tiptoeing into parenthood. As I write this, my son-now nearly fifteen months old-is running around and I am resting my hand on my four month baby bump. (To those of you confused at the science of the months-along/baby bump size ratio…yea. this bump isn’t messing around.)
My sweet angel girl turns 2 today and I could just burst with love for her. She is, in a word, bright. Full of light! Full of life. So full of words and excitement and ideas and joy. We still call her our sour patch kid (“first they’re sour! then they’re sweet!) but the name isn’t really fitting anymore. She is our sweetheart.
One year ago today, we met our Keogena Na’Airah Lynelle.
Zeameh Azariah Atogwe.
7lbs 15oz | 20.5″
On May 24th at 9:41 in the morning, our third child and second daughter was born. As many of you know, we’ve never found out the gender of our babies and that moment in the water waiting to see if we’re adding a boy or a girl to the family is pure magic. There’s just nothing like it in the world. After weeks of prodromal labor and months of contractions, labor was fast and intense and beautiful and so intimate. I spent so much time preparing for birth and trying to envision it that I can hardly believe it was already four weeks ago. How does time do that thing it does? Erasing seconds without us noticing?
In the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing a post in my postpartum series every Monday. I’ve received so many questions about favorite newborn items, how my recovery is going, my birth story, breastfeeding and everything in between. This is some of my favorite content to share because it’s my absolute favorite content to read myself. For any mothers pregnant or walking through newborn life in these strange, heavy times, know you’re not alone. There are women all across the world facing this season alongside you, even if from a distance. I’m still soaking in newborn snuggles and adjusting to life with three children so I’ve pulled back a bit on DM’s but if you email me I will always, always get back to you there.
I can’t thank you enough for the well wishes, prayer and kindness you’ve sent my way in the past month. I’m so grateful for this community and while it can be challenging to decide what to share and I’ve been feeling a bit of a pull to privacy, sharing snippets of brightness from our days as a family of five has been such a you. For day-to-day life, be sure to follow along on Instagram. For the in-depth postpartum series, be sure to check back every Monday. I’m off to go sneak in some sleep before it’s time to feed my girl again. These are the days xo.
Yesterday, my sweet baby boy turned 3. Everyone tells you time gets faster every year but my goodness, these past three years have simultaneously felt like a lifetime and gone by in a blink. How does that happen? I never shared these photos from almost a year ago and I couldn’t pass up the chance to show my guy at 2 years old, one of the sweetest years of my life.