I think my sweet baby boy is teething. Already? Can this be? You be the judge…

Swollen cheeks (and swollen gums).

Very sad (and sometimes grumpy) faces.

Gnawing on his hands (and anything else he can get in his mouth).

All tell-tale signs, I say .

What are some other symptoms Not-So-Tiny Tim is displaying? Well, he’s been drooling up a storm and hasn’t been nursing well. I’m happy to say, however, that he hasn’t had a fever. Nor has his sleeping pattern changed much… Or, maybe it has and his  Mama is just too tired to notice.

My poor baby. He’s just miserable.

Newborn Bliss

Words can not express how much I have enjoyed soaking up every single moment with my precious baby these past 11 days. Even though Timothy is Baby #7 I feel like I am able to really enjoy having a newborn for the first time.

I know that may sound weird, but I was overwhelmed with the twins and then each baby came so soon after the one (or two) before that I never really took much time to just enjoy these first few weeks after the birth of a new baby.

Sure, I lack sleep and I’m just as busy as ever – I have six other children who need me, of course – but I am taking the time to just enjoy Timothy in this newborn stage. Snuggling with him as he slumbers, nursing him when he’s hungry (and even when he’s not), and gazing in to his sleepy eyes in rare moments of consciousness bring me such joy.

Timmy and his siblings

My older kiddos are enjoying cuddling with Timothy, too. Julia is such a big help and even Zach has that special touch when Timmy gets fussy. Noah and Ben want to hold him every chance they can, and they get so worried when he seems upset. To be honest, I’m having a hard time sharing Tiny Tim!

This time goes by so fast. I can look at each of my “big” kids to be reminded of just how quickly.

5 days old

We had Baby Timothy’s follow-up appointment with the pediatrician today, so we decided to make a family outing of it.

Mama’s tired, but Baby is good – a bit jaundice, but nothing that a little sunlight won’t help. Timmy is almost back up to his birth weight, too, weighing in at 6 pounds, 5 ounces!

Timothy 10-15