Meet Henry

I am so excited to finally introduce the newest member of our family!

We welcomed Henry to our family on Sunday, November 24 at 2:16 p.m. He weighed 8 pounds and was 19.5 inches long.

His birth was totally different than what we experienced with Jack. Henry was due on November 16, so he was over a week late and my doctor decided to induce. Once I was induced, labor went a lot faster this time around. Henry gave us quite a scare during delivery because the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck and he cane out a very scary shade of purple, but the doctor and nurses were awesome and sprung into action and a few minutes later, they laid a crying little red-headed baby on my chest.

My mom was at our house with Jack, and later that night she brought him to meet his little brother for the first time. He wasn’t too sure about him at first, and wouldn’t try to hold him or let us take a picture of them together. He was a little more excited when he came back to visit on Monday and has thankfully warmed up to Henry in the last few weeks. Now he proudly tells people, “that’s my brother.”

We came home on Tuesday, November 26.

The last few weeks have been filled with sweet baby snuggles from both my boys. I’m definitely one blessed Mama!

Letters to Jack – Becoming a Big Brother

Dear Jack,

Henry will be joining our family soon, and I have been so anxious for this whole pregnancy about how having another baby is going to impact you. Lots of things are about to change for our family, and at your age, it can be hard to understand that. I’m so glad that I’ve had these last few days to spend with you before Henry’s born and soak up our time with you as my only little boy. You have the best sense of humor and the sweetest little grin, and your daddy and I live for those moments when you say, “I love you, Daddy” or “I love you, Mama.”

As we get close to Henry’s birth, I’ve been thinking back to when you were born. Your daddy and I were so nervous and clueless, but also so excited to meet you. The minute you were born, our hearts grew in ways we never could have imagined. You completely changed the way we looked at the world and what our priorities were. You took the love we already had for each other and multiplied it times infinity.

I didn’t get a little brother until I was eleven, but I can tell you that little brothers are the best and I know that you and Henry are going to be the best of friends. I hope you two are close and can’t wait to see you grow up together. You’re going to have a lot of responsibility with a little brother looking up to you all the time. I’m sure you’ll fuss and fight and sometimes you’ll wish he wasn’t constantly following you around and annoying you, but at the same time, he will be your closest ally and friend when you get backed into a corner and he’ll be a person you can always know has your back.

I know the next few months, when Henry is going to need so much of our time and attention, are going to be tough for you. It’s hard to go from being the center of attention to sharing it with someone else 24/7. It was hard for me at eleven, and you’re only two, so I know it will be tough sometimes. I hope you always know that even though you may not be the baby anymore, you’ll always be my baby. I promise that I’m still going to be there for you when you need a kiss to make things feel better, when you want to play, and when you need extra snuggles in the middle of the night.

You’re going to be the best big brother. I love you, Jackie.

Love,

Mama

Sweet Potato Chili

Originally Published – November 13, 2019 Updated – January 22, 2021

This sweet potato chili is the perfect meal to enjoy during this cooler weather that has finally made its way to Alabama. The sweet potatoes give it a unique, slightly sweet flavor while the sausage and spices give it a nice kick. It balances out perfectly. It’s also quick and easy to make and cooks in one pot, which makes cleaning up after dinner easy (always a win in my book).

Ingredients:

Sweet Potato Chili

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a large stock pot, heat about a tablespoon of avocado or olive oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add diced onion to the pot and cook for about 1-2 minutes, until the onions become transparent.
  3. Add the ground sausage to the pot and cook until browned.
  4. Add the chicken broth and sweet potato to the sausage mixture. Bring to a boil and boil for about 3 minutes, then reduce heat down to medium-low.
  5. Add beans, chilies, and spices and stir well.
  6. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for about 30 minutes. Sweet potato pieces should be fork tender.
  7. Remove bay leaves before serving.

Notes

  • I usually get mild chilies, but go with your heat preference here.
  • If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice, just leave it out and use 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.
Keywords:Chili, Soups and Stews, One Pot Meals

I like to serve this with my classic southern cornbread (click here for recipe).