Tuesday, August 28, 2012
In child birth class, our instructor had told us that everyone feels like they have an "emergency" c-section when the c-section is unexpected. She told us that unplanned c-sections are just that, unplanned. A true emergency c-section happens within 5 minutes, where the husband doesn't even get a chance to be in the room. Well, we qualified for a true emergency c-section, which scared the hell out of me and John, but we both went into it knowing how quickly they are capable of getting babies out when they need to. I think from the time I was put under to the time Orelia was born was a total of 2 minutes. We thank God for her every day, and we are so grateful to have been in a place where she and I were taken care of so well.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
A friend advised me to enjoy the stage we're in with Orelia, and I'm trying to take that advice to heart. Yes, newborns are hard with their constant feedings and waking up in the middle of the night, but they are also incredibly wonderful at this stage. One day she will sleep through the night, but it isn't going to happen anytime soon and we will just appreciate her for who she is now.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
People often say "hmm that name sounds familiar," and I usually remind them that Aurelia is the name of the Portuguese woman from Love Actually who falls in love with Colin Firth. Or perhaps they knew that Aurelia was the name of Julius Caesar's mother.
We've been planning for Orelia Marie for a long time, and we couldn't be more thrilled that she finally arrived to claim her name.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Thursday, August 16, 2012
I wouldn't say things are feeling normal yet, but things are starting to feel settled around these parts. Everyone is on the same page about the feeding, waking, and sleeping situation and works together to make sure things run smoothly.
My mom is here and has been an immense help. She has done a load of laundry basically every day and has been getting our lunches and dinners together (while also helping take care of Orelia). I don't know what I'm going to do when she leaves!
The best part was to find out from the doctor that our baby girl is thriving. She is already back to her birth weight in less than a week. He was really happy to hear how things were going at home, and seemed relieved that John and I didn't seem miserable, like many sleep-deprived parents. (Luckily we had had a really great night of sleep the night before.) There's nothing like hearing how well your newborn is doing from an authority to make you feel good.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Looking forward to sharing more photos soon.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Our daughter has finally arrived, and we couldn't be happier.