we love you

Dear friends and family,

As the day of our son's arrival is fast approaching, we are utterly excited. His birthing day is something we have been looking forward to and preparing for in great anticipation and love. This day is also something very sacred to us; it is a time where all three of us will get to meet and bond for the very first time. This is a crucial time in our lives, especially for that of the baby's. He will have just entered this huge new world and we want it to be the most loving and comfortable experience for our new family. We are very excited for him to get to meet all of our friends and family who will give him even more love and affection as well. However, we feel that the those first hours and days with the three of us (mom, dad, and baby) are sacred and precious and something you can never get back once they are gone. Therefore, we would sincerely appreciate it if you would let us call you and invite you to visit during this time. We will let you know when we are ready for visitors and phone calls. We don't want to put a time limit on when we will be ready because we just don't know how we will be feeling when the time arises. Perhaps we'll be ready in 6 hours for people to come... but we don't want people to be surprised or offended if it is multiple days.

"Your baby is a stranger to your world. Until his birth, he lived in a water-filled sac, never truly experiencing light, heat or hunger changes. Some babies seem content with their new world, while others seem to experience the transition with a little more difficulty. Think of a time in your own experience when you left your home and traveled to a new and strange place. Did you sleep well in a strange bed those first few nights? Transitions take time. Allow your baby some time to adjust to his new life by making it as similar to his life in the womb as possible- just the three of you. The bond between you and your child will grow stronger each day. Your entire focus should be on your baby's adjustment to his new world, and not on hosting well-wishers. ... The privacy and the moments of exploring and getting acquainted are... important now." Marie F. Mongan, M. Ed., M.Hy.

If you would like to come visit us and our lovely baby once we are back at home, we'd love any help with food and such during that time. This also might be easier for many of you since we have decided to birth at a hospital that is about twice as far as our original choice.

Thank you all for every ounce of love and support you have given to us. We can't wait for you to meet this wonderful soul that is coming to our family!

Dan, Courtney, and Baby Boy Blaisdell


The Thornocks said...

This is a great idea! I wish I would have done this. Courtney, you are like my own personal guinea pig. You're testing out all these things that I will have to try if they work well for ya.

*Lili Ballerini* said...

amen to that! i should have done that one! its for sure a special experience that you all three are going to enjoy! its a big transition for you and baby, it will go a lot smoother the way you have it planned out that s awesome! I am getting antsy over here for ya :) im so exited for you both.. what a beautiful time youll have bonding
<3 loves you!

matriarch said...

Courtney and Dan ~
I am so impressed with this wise decision you have made. Where did you two come from anyway? You both are wise beyond your years to say the least!! Tears were running down my cheeks as I read your words.
This will be a time to cherish and such a memorable way to welcome this new spirit into your lives. Choosing to do it in this way will eliminate a lot of stress which you would have otherwise.
I love and admire you both so much and say, 'Bravo!! I raise my glass in praise for your heartfelt and courageous plan for family bonding'.

Andrea said...

This is a good idea, Court. I never liked visitors at the hospital. At home it's better, but I still felt like I had to put some make up on and make sure the house looked decent if someone wanted to come see the baby. But you'll have to let Grandma Sharon come hold him while you get some rest--she's the best baby holder around. Also. . .my sister is going to be a grandma--crazy!!! Love you tons! Keep me posted!

Rob and Marseille said...

cute idea. what hospital are you delivering at?

Matt 'n Erin said...

Hey Court! I agree! I called it our "baby honeymoon" I was so afraid I would be overwhelmed and not enjoy the first few days with him. We had family and close friends come see him at the hospital but once we were home "Don't call us. We'll call you"
so excited for you two! ( i mean 3) It is such an amazing experience!

Melissa said...

Here, here! Andy and I did the same thing, and loved every moment! Best of luck!

The Churches said...

We did this the third time around with Hylton and it was the best ever! Those moments with the baby at the beginning, just the three of you, are so sweet without having to worry about when people are going to show up. You are so smart! Best wishes for you all.