He’s Here!!!

IMG_0077A week ago, May 24th, 2013, our lives changed forever when our son (I can’t believe I’m writing that), Wendell Jameson Jacobs burst onto the scene weighing in at seven pounds two ounces of perfect and wonder.  The labor was intense and another sobering reminder that all plans are subject to ruthless revision.  But Dina was INCREDIBLE and after 36 hours, pulled us through… err, I mean pushed.

Now that he’s here with us, Jameson (we’re calling him by his middle name) is melting our hearts and kicking our butts in equal measure.  Dina summed it up well for a friend who wanted to stop by:

C’mon over soon. It’s messy and raw here. Lots of crying (and not the baby so much) and zero sleep. But he’s so beautiful and wonderful. His name is Wendell Jameson Jacobs. And we’re calling him Jameson (when we manage to not call him swisher). 

Erik and I are flat-out flat out. Baffled at how children happen and survive to independence. And how parents survive. And we’re apprehensive about the move west soon. And, and, and. 

We’d love to see you regardless. Honestly, there is no good time. Whenever you come, I will likely be naked, or nearly naked, crying or just having finished crying, and Jameson will be contentedly sleeping, eating or peeing. 

But slowly we seem to be figuring things out.  After a scant 16 hours of sleep during the first five days, we got a glorious five hours last night (not in a row, mind you).  And we seem to have figured out how to keep most of his pee inside his diaper and off the walls of his nursery.  These tiny victories are carrying us these days as we marvel at how a seven-pound person can upend two adults’ lives so completely.

We’ll be traveling to the farm next weekend to put some twigs into a summer’s nest for our new family.  Given that we’re barely able too feed ourselves these days without ready-made meals from friends and family (thank you, friends and family!), I can’t wrap my head around how I’m actually going to transition back to farming once we’re there.

But in between all of our crying, new-parent amnesia and bewilderment, there is Jameson’s stoic slate-grey gaze.  When we’re lost in it, everything somehow feels manageable.

Here are some photos from his first week of life.



  • May 31, 2013 at 7:10 pm // Reply

    erik. dina. he is AMAZING. well done. sounds like a perfectly normal first week to me :) you’ll find your groove & the three of you will be do beautifully. no doubt bout it!

    i’ve never seen a person hold a baby quite like you did there in that photo, erik, but you didn’t drop him (at least i don’t think :) so well done!

    i love the one of the gentlemen letting him smell the flowers. priceless!


  • May 31, 2013 at 7:47 pm // Reply

    Congratulations Erik. Welcome to Fatherhood!
    You plateau on the routine about 5 months.
    It really happens.

    Kim’s mom Polly

  • May 31, 2013 at 8:15 pm // Reply

    God damn folks… Speechless. Congrats on that handsome little man.. By the sounds of zero sleep, it looks like your settling in nicely with this whole parenting thing.. I guess the only way to say it is this… It never really gets easier. You just do it.. Because you have to. You don’t even think about it. Yah, it’s super effing hard, and trying, and sometimes the zero sleep pushes you closer and closer to insanity. But holding that little man.. You realize nothing makes you happier, and you wouldn’t trade those sleepless, almost painful days for anything. And before you know it, WHAM! That little 7lb baby is a 3 year old boy cracking jokes from the backseat and bringing tears to your eyes.
    Love you all.

  • May 31, 2013 at 10:12 pm // Reply

    no words are needed when you see sheer bliss on your faces with that precious baby.

    we are so happy for you and for what happiness you have given all of us !!!! CANNOT WAIT TO MEET JAMESON. AND SEE THE BIG SMILES ON YOUR FACES INCLUDING THE HAPPY TEARS.

  • May 31, 2013 at 10:12 pm // Reply

    Freaking out! He’s so amazingly beautiful! What a perfect name for your wee one…such precious and hard days…sending you so many good thoughts and wishes for peace peace peace. smooch your little swisher for me xoxo

  • May 31, 2013 at 10:15 pm // Reply


    GREat grandparents dorsey and irv
    can”t wait to meet you!

  • May 31, 2013 at 11:20 pm // Reply

    Thank you for sharing, just awesome, made me tear up… We have two four year old girls and now my 11 month old boy Forrest, am so excited for you, and too what memories you brought back to the present.

  • May 31, 2013 at 11:41 pm // Reply

    The photos are absolutely amazing especially the wide-eyed next to last one and “This American Life.” Jameson seems so totally calm. Congrats to you both. Good job!

  • June 1, 2013 at 2:18 am // Reply

    Dina and Erik, he is PERFECT. We are so happy for you both and can’t wait to meet him! Let me know how we can support you from down South. Love, Rae and Cavan

  • June 1, 2013 at 3:11 pm // Reply

    Welcome to the world, Wendell J! Dina, Erik, I’m so happy for you, and wish you much happiness and joy (and some sleep) with your new bundle of wonder.

    I cannot wait to meet him!

    Bill sends his hugs and congratulations, too!


  • June 3, 2013 at 3:38 am // Reply

    Delighted and thrilled
    Jameson has a treasured name in English history [ and unconnected with the whisky }

    Love to you all

  • June 5, 2013 at 1:49 pm // Reply

    Dina!!!!! he is so absolutely gorgeous. Congrats! there is so much love and real life in these photos. you.look.gorgeous. i’m going to have to find a way to invite myself over!!! xoxoxo

  • June 12, 2013 at 8:18 am // Reply

    OH WOWEE!!! Wendell Jameson Jacobs is the most amazing baby boy ever! His name is phenomenally awesome and he is just adorable. He obviously is being exposed to the finer things in life as evidenced by your lifting him up to smell the yellow roses! Love all the great pics you have posted of him and I know how exhausted you are but I promise every day will get better and you will be in a routine before you know it. This is the best news ever!! I am thrilled for you three Jacobs!!! Hugs and kisses all round! XXXOOOLYNNE

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