Four Baby-related Quick Takes

1. Before Eleanor was born we’d decided we were a three-kid family. This was it: the last baby. But she’s such a dream baby she makes me want to have all the babies. She’s been a wonderful nurser right from the start, she sleeps well, she’s a snuggler, she’s calm, no reflux, not many blowouts…I’m not sure what could be better. Also, newborns are … [Read more...]

Birth Story, Part 2

By the time I reached 40 weeks I had basically lost the ability to tell what was active labor and what wasn’t. A big part of it was when I got so sick – several times the pain got so bad I was convinced I was in labor, only to be told I wasn’t even close. We were all on edge, because the doctors kept warning me between Paul’s fast labor and how … [Read more...]

Birth story, Part 1: Vindication

I had two goals for this birth: to see what going completely unmedicated was like and to prove I could do it. I always felt like with Paul’s birth I unintentionally came so close and I wished I’d gone all the way. I never considered not having an epidural back then. Partly because I wouldn’t have survived Margaret’s birth without one and partly … [Read more...]

Introducing Miss Eleanor

Our sweet girl was born at 9:15 pm on Friday, April 25th. 9 lbs, 1 oz and 21 inches long. We're all very in love with Baby Eh-nor, as Paul calls her, and are enjoying being home. Hopefully I'll get the birth story done soon! … [Read more...]

40 weeks: Happy Easter!

When I found out my due date was Easter Sunday I expected to have an adorable little newborn for the holiday. Maybe a one-week-old? Two weeker? I was going to put her in the dress Margaret wore to her church dedication at three weeks old (size newborn) and line the kids up for a picture of our three (!) children all dressed up. Little girl … [Read more...]

Uncharted territory (39 week update)

39 weeks, 2 days and still writing pregnancy updates! Who would have guessed? I'm officially more pregnant than I've ever been before. I've long since given up expecting the baby to be born any minute and have gone back to planning lots of activities, because anything is better than sitting at home waiting. For a while I was getting tired of … [Read more...]