Edwin and I are overcome with pride and joy to introduce Joseph Henry Eversole to the world! Our little boy will be going by his middle name, Henry, a new word that his big brother, Rowan, has already picked up and taken to saying. My little spring baby was due Easter Sunday on April 17th but arrived a few days early, bringing so much happiness into the world with him. Henry was born on Monday, April 11th at 12:56pm. He weighed 6 lbs 9 oz and was 19 3/4 inches long. He is doing beautifully! I am utterly awestruck and so overjoyed that he is mine and I am his.
Introducing Joseph Henry Eversole
Just like when we welcomed Rowan into the world, Edwin and I knew we wanted another full hand-me-down family name. We were surprised on the gender so we had a boy and a girl name ready to go heading into me giving birth. Henry was named for so many incredible men that there is no way our little love bug isn’t destined for greatness. Joseph was the middle name of my paternal grandfather. And is the first name of my dad and brother. (Both my dad and brother go by their middle names as well.) Henry was the name of Edwin’s great grandfather and grandfather and is the name of Edwin’s dad and brother. We love that our Henry was named for so many brothers, fathers, and grandfathers.
He is a nod to all of them who have shaped Edwin and I in more ways than we will ever know. On my side specifically, I hope that Henry carries on some of the great qualities of the Josephs he is named for. I hope he inherits some of my grandfather’s kindness and gentleness. I hope he takes to my dad’s drive and courageousness. And I hope he embodies my brother’s love of life and a good time. If you put all of these traits together, it is hard to imagine a more outstanding guy. On top of all of that, Edwin’s dad, Henry, is full of wit, charisma, and brains. Add in some of the wonderful qualities of Edwin’s dad and all the other Henry’s on Edwin’s side and I think we have ourselves a winner in our little boy.
I haven’t experienced anything as profoundly life-changing as giving birth.
It is such a beautiful, raw, life-altering experience. Which creates a love so intense that my vocabulary lacks the depth to describe it. While also creating a period of healing, emotional upheaval, and hormonal imbalance. No matter what though, there is an incomparable joy that happens upon giving birth and meeting your children for the first time. I will never forget the moment when I felt Henry on my skin for the first time with the “it’s a boy!” calls still ringing throughout the room. I felt whole in a way I hadn’t ever before.
I had been mourning the loss of my solo time with just Rowan. And fretting about how a new person would shake up our relationship. However, from the first moment I met Henry, I knew there was nothing to fret about. And that my family’s best days were ahead of us. I feel so fortunate to give Rowan a little brother. And to welcome Henry into the world with the best big brother already thriving and waiting for him.
Thank you so very much from the bottom of our hearts for the outpouring of love y’all have showed us over email, Instagram, and in real life since having Henry. Our family feels so much love and support from each one of you. We are thrilled to be growing our family. And so grateful to be showered in so much love at this special time. Now, back to newborn Henry snuggles for me! xx