Brendan and I welcomed our little boy into this world at 6:43pm on January 15, 2014. Boyce McCollum Curran arrived weighing 8lbs 6oz and measuring just over 21 inches. It's been a month since the delivery, and the past few weeks have been both wonderful and challenging. Here are a few images from along the way:
Meeting Bo in the NICU a few hours after he was born. His delivery became complicated at the very end, and the Doctors had some concerns about his breathing. They let me hold him briefly before whisking him away, but to be honest, I was in shock and barely remember it. This moment is much more clear in my memory. Seeing him hooked up to an IV line and all these gadgets was heartbreaking, but I was also elated to finally get to be with him.
Hanging with Dad and meeting friends. Bo was still in the NICU on day two, but we could spend as much time with him as we wanted. I was able to nurse him and we held and cuddled him most of the day. It was a welcome change of pace to have friends stop by, reminding us of life outside the hospital.
In the wee hours of the morning on the third day, Bo was discharged from NICU and we brought him back to our room in post-partem. So grateful to have my baby.
We brought him home on the fourth day. Now the adventure really begins!
Geordi is rather aloof when meeting new puppies, but she's really been very good with him. She's mostly put out by the freezing temperatures and getting less attention from me.
Bo getting to know Nana, (Brendan's mom).
Spending time with MiMi, (my mom), who flew in from Texas to meet her new grandson and help me recover.
Naps are key to surviving these first few weeks.
Bo has lots of adoring fans already. Over the past few weeks, so many people stopped by to say hello and bring us food. I cannot thank them enough. It was a huge help and kept me going through one of the most difficult times of my life. I am so grateful to be loved by these amazing, thoughtful people.
Bo's first photo shoot. He's not sure what to think about the camera, but certainly did not appreciate all the costume changes we subjected him to.
What a sweet, perfect angel, (particularly when sleeping soundly). We love him so much.
Eventually this blog will get back to its regular, euphonium-themed programming. Over the past month, 100% of my focus has been on the baby. It feels right, and it's hard to imagine it any other way. Frankly, I've just been surviving. Now that Brendan and I are starting to get the hang of this whole parenting thing, I am anxious to pick up the horn and get back to playing. I sure hope this little guy likes long-tones. I'll let you know!