Wednesday, July 25, 2007

i was stumped

These photos were taken last Wednesday, when Henry was two weeks old.

He was able to take his first bath because his umbilical cord stump finally fell off.

When our triplets were born, they spent six weeks in the NICU so I didn't get to see their umbilical cord stumps fall off.

One day they were there and the next they were gone.

Because we brought Henry home from the hospital with us, I had the opportunity to inspect his umbilical cord stump with each and every diaper change.

Every time I looked at it, I marveled at how he was able to obtain all of the live giving elements through the cord that had been attached.

The little stump remained because of his connection to me and for some odd reason, I was really sad about him losing it. I had contemplated keeping it and putting it in a baby book.

Or maybe a frame.

Then, I caught a whiff of a two-week old umbilical cord stump.

And I couldn't get my baby in the tub fast enough.


  1. He's darling! I'm going to be there a week from today, and I can hardly wait! Love, Aunt Susie

  2. So glad to see you posting again. I hope this means you are feeling well rested

    You are in such a busy, but magical phase of life. If you think you want it to pass quickly, perhaps you should hop over to my blog (in your spare time) and see what can happen when you blink a couple of times.

    Oh, how I am wishing for the baby/toddler stages again......

  3. He is sooo cute! He's got a tummy there! so cute

  4. He looks just like Charlie!

  5. Jen- I just threw Austin's out a few months ago when I found it in his sock drawer. I thought about putting it in his baby book but thought he might think I was weird. Given the fact we've been talking about eating and burying placenta on my blog, perhaps I should have dug a hole and planted a rose bush or something.

  6. I have to admit that I have both of the boys in their baby books. I never thought it was weird until people have looked through them and gone WHAO!!!???? I would've saved Brittney's too but it took 6 or 7 weeks to fall off totally, so there wasn't much left.

    I have to say that Baby Henry is just precious. I think that face would give me the energy to go without sleep .... maybe(?).

  7. Henry is a beautiful baby!

  8. So precious. Your Henry looks so bright-eyed and lovey.

    My Calvin was fascinated by the umbilical cord - and cried when the baby didn't have it anymore.

    But a fresh-bathed baby is one of the best things in the world.

  9. Thank you for sharing your lovely family ~ My son's name is William but Henry was a close second in the running! Henry is beautiful ~ so big & healthy! How wonderful :) I love the fat rolls on his arms & legs..hee, hee!

    You sound like you're doing & coping great~ Good job Mom & Dad!!

  10. Henry is adorable and I love his name!

    Enjoy all of your precious babies!

  11. Mmmmmmm, yummy fresh-bathed baby :) He's awesome!