Sebastian Alfredo Müller was born on October 23rd, 2014 at 11am in Florianopolis, Brazil, weighing 4.5 kilograms. So far he has proven to be a very sweet, easy going little guy. We are happy and blessed.
We had a pleasant two-day stay in the hospital, though I would’ve been lost without Nuni’s help. He was with Sebastian and I almost the entire time, which was amazing because I needed a lot of help moving around(I had another C-section) and I needed nearly everything translated for me. Out of all of the hospital staff I encountered(probably close to 40 different people), only one spoke English, but it was in my opinion the most important person – the anesthesiologist! My only fear about the whole thing was that they would start the surgery before I was numb because the “can you feel this ice cube here?” question would get lost in translation. Thankfully I felt absolutely nothing, and when they said, “okay, the baby is about to be born” I was thinking, “Already? I haven’t felt anything yet!” Even though I couldn’t understand all of what was being said around me, the staff were very professional and confident, which helped put me at ease.
Shasta meeting Sebastian for the first time
Shasta was in the room with his grandma when we returned from surgery and he seemed to be quite excited, saying, “Baby brother! Baby brother!” He didn’t stay long but he came back the next day and got to see him a little bit more. Besides kissing Sebastian’s bassinet he was much more interested in the new cars an aunt brought for him.
On Saturday around noon we were discharged and we went to Nuni’s mom’s house where we all(Nuni’s mom, dad, sister, nephew, and the four of us) gathered. Shasta was really excited to see us and eager to free Sebastian from his car seat – he tried to undo the buckle, saying, “Let’s check it out”. He then said he wanted to hold him, so we sat down on the couch and Shasta held him for a while(with help of course). Here is a cute video that Nuni’s sister Carol took:
Other than that though Shasta hasn’t paid him too much attention, although he does enjoy putting his diapers in the garbage. I’m so excited to see them grow up and interact together. I hope they’ll be really good buddies.
Yes, there were bribes involved in the making of this photo!
The most challenging part of the first week was getting the hang of breastfeeding. I attempted to breastfeed Shasta but was too quick to give up, and this time I was determined to try harder. It is sure a tricky thing to master, at least at first! After the third day things started to get quite a bit better and I feel that we’re doing well now, praise the Lord. Sebastian also seemed to have his days and nights mixed up for a little while but I think we are turning that around now, thankfully!
Here are some more photos from our first week and a bit. I can see a lot of similarities with Shasta’s features as a newborn, but he also looks quite different. I just love everything about him – his soft, feathery hair; smooth, delicate skin, and irresistibly chubby cheeks which I could kiss for hours.
We are extremely grateful to Nuni’s Mom, Silvia, and sister, Maria Carol, who looked after Shasta for us. Nuni’s Dad, Eugenio, also helped us immensely in many different ways. It was definitely a family effort!
Love his chubby cheeks!
1 week old
Happy Hallowe’en from our little pumpkin!
My favourite!(photo, not child) ;)