8.10.2009

22 Hours Later



Our little Jane was born yesterday (August 10th) at 3:31 p.m. She weighed in at 8 pounds, 8 ounces (tiny!) and is peaches and creamy - light colored hair and blue eyes.

We walked to the hospital at five o'clock yesterday morning after about ten hours of laboring at home (and a few hours more than that of really bad back pain - the precursor of labor, I guess). Then we walked home from the hospital this afternoon with a baby less than 24 hours old!

Labor and delivery was a bit more traumatic at moments than we bargained for - mostly because Jane insisted on keeping her arm above her head (her little hand came out on top, even still!), her umbilical cord was wrapped around her tummy and got pinched a bit, and meconium was thrown into the mix in a big way. But we are doing great. I was mostly just thrilled that I went into labor on my own and didn't have to be induced. And blessedly, no C-section.

For those who took a gander at her vital stats: No one guessed her date of birth right on (she came overdue, but still earlier than even I expected!), BUT she was born on her grandma's 60th birthday. What's more is that her grandmother is also the mother of three boys and one girl, so in addition to a granddaughter on her birthday, we are going to send her something extra special.

Mrs. Lemon was the closest to the date and she absolutely wins the weight guess. (Code Yellow Dad was technically the closest on the weight, but he got a daughter.) So, Mrs. Lemon, look for your prize later this fall once I get back to Ukraine. And thank you for guessing kindly. My hips appreciate it.



(My grandmother sent the beautiful quilt that Jane is laying on. Each of my kids has a quilt tied and edged with points by her. They are such treasures. Thank you, Grandma B!)

Uh oh. I hear Charlie getting the "You can't drive cars on the baby's head" lesson. Gotta go.

16 comments:

Sir Nottaguy-Imadad said...

Welcome Jane! Good to see that you came sooner than later.

Real said...

Yay! Congratulations! Can't wait to hear about how your boys interact with a little girl!! Good job, Mama!

MommyJ said...

Yay for a baby!! Welcome sweet baby Jane.

Wait... sweet baby jane? Isn't that a James Taylor song? Good night, moon light lady, rock'a bye sweet baby james...

Darn. It's James. Not jane. I'd totally be singing it with Jane in there, though. I mean really. Who's james anyway?

Oh dear. I'm random. Sorry. :)

Congrats! She's lovely.

Mrs Lemon said...

yay! babies and prizes!

Congratulations, she is precious beyond words.

So glad she was so (cough!) tiny at 8 lbs 8 oz. I held a 10 day old baby today that is just now 3 oz above his birth weight - he's now 5 lbs 14 oz.

Camille said...

Oh my gosh. She is SO beautiful. Congratulations!

Theresa said...

YAY!!! Baby Jane is absolutely beautiful. And I'm so happy that delivery went as well as it did and that you were able to bring her home within a day. One question, though, what did you decide as a middle name??

megachick said...

congratulations! i can't believe you walked home the next day??!! hope the hospital isn't too far, but regardless- you are awesome!
hope you get a chance to get some rest, you certainly deserve it.

Janelle said...

Congratulations! She looks adorable!

Rest up, life with four is a trip!

Middle name?

Rachel said...

Congrats!!! I'm curious too, what did you end up picking as the middle name?

Gabriela said...

She's so cute! I have goosebumps and tears in my eyes. Congratulations. :)

The Amazing Trips said...

Congratulations CYM!!! And welcome to the world, BABY JANE!!!

What a beautiful, beautiful baby - and what a beautiful name. Enjoy every minute ... and please do tell what her middle name is - if you did pick one out!!

Congrats, again!!

Aimee said...

She's gorgeous! Congratulations...you'll love having a girl.

Andrea said...

Congrats! So so cute.
And wow- walking to and from the hospital. That's amazing!

Julia Darley said...
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Pam said...

She's so sweet - A big congrats to all of you!

Shannon said...

Yay!!! Welcome Jane E. (E is such a great initial. I used it for my little Grace Elaine as well.) I'm so glad to hear all is going well.