April 9, 2012

this is not the birth story
but it’s coming. just as a teaser, there was some minor drama [c-section threats! yoga poses on the bed — while half-paralyzed from the epidural! etc . . . ] but it all worked out.

i can honestly say it’s been a dream come true so far. it seems crazy to be so in love already, but we are.

hospital day 2
there have already been some challenging moments/questions [we ended up giving her the pacifier the second night because even feeding hourly didn’t seem to do anything!] but on the whole i think everything is going really well. we’re learning from her every hour of every day.

we’re now home and settling into a quasi-rhythm — well, as much as you can when on-demand feeding! milk is now freely flowing [yay!] and today we even made it OUTSIDE for a 5 minute walk around the block [literally]. i’m feeling pretty good — better than i thought i would at this point.

tomorrow’s excitement:
✔ first pediatrician visit! [i hope her weight is okay!!!]
✔ first bath [sponge-bath, but i’m still nervous]

that’s about it. and if i have time, perhaps i’ll write about how it all went down on 4.5.12.

meal planning
i didn’t do such a great job of stocking the freezer pre-baby — in my defense, our freezer isn’t really that big! however, someone else has seriously picked up the slack . . .

proud father + chef!
tonight’s creation [that i had no hand in whatsoever]:

mini greek lamb burgers

i’ll be back soon!
thank you all ♥ so much for your wonderful comments and thoughts — it was so much fun sharing the past 40+ weeks with all of you. and, thank you as well as for advice over the past 9 months — i WILL be needing more of that to come.


  • Reply Diana March 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Congratulations! She’s gorgeous! 🙂

  • Reply Nico March 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    fwiw we also gave a paci early on and it was just fine. Don’t worry one more second about it. Can’t wait to hear how it all happened. And you both look marvellous!!

  • Reply Gordon Terry March 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    A moment of complete happiness, that is what I feel while holding my newly born baby. Congratulations! Keep the love burning! 😀

    • Reply Melanie Kramme March 10, 2019 at 7:19 pm

      Thanks for sharing so much with us readers, I feel like I know you. You sure have a beautiful baby!

  • Reply Trenton March 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    We did the same thing with the paci…second night in the hospital when I realized she could literally stay attached to me 24hrs a day doesn’t 🙂 though she doesn’t seem to really like it. Can’t wait to hear the whole story. So glad you are doing so well!

  • Reply molly March 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    She’s darling and you look amazing. I hope the joy is far surpassing the fatigue, but I’m sure it is based on your glow. She’s clearly already much loved. And pacis? Pah–no problem. We had the same behavior with all of ours and the paci saved our sanity and my boobs 🙂 And I’ve been nursing for a cumulative 4+ years, so my anecdotal evidence would say that nipple confusion is a myth. Go with your instincts–you’re going to be a great mommy!

  • Reply Jenny March 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    She is absolutely adorable! Congratulations to all of you!

  • Reply Monica March 10, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    Congrats. She is adorable and you are looking good too, motherhood agrees with you.

  • Reply Jon(was)in Michgian March 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Congrats! You done good. 🙂

    I tried to comment before but Blogger wouldn’t let me. 🙁

  • Reply jenn March 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Congrats! She is beautiful!

  • Reply Atilla March 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    I’m just a little prejudiced but she is absolutely darling

  • Reply Rachel March 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    She is amazing. We used pacifiers with both kids till 4 months then we encouraged the thumb! We even swaddled Ellie with her hand to her mouth. Worked like a charm!
    She is gorgeous! U and Joshua look pretty good too! XOXO

  • Reply katheats March 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!! In that second photo, I can’t believe how much she looks like BOTH of you already!!

  • Reply Elisabeth March 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Oh my goodness…what a sweetheart! Can’t wait to hear more about her birth story 🙂

  • Reply lapetitelumiere March 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Congratulations! She’s such a beauty. I’m childless, so I have no words of wisdom, but I can tell by your smiling faces that you guys are going to do just fine. You both look absolutely smitten.

  • Reply Susan March 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Is that an IV I see in Annabel??

    Welcome home, I can’t wait to hear about your adventures in motherhood. And it looks like Josh should cook more often!

  • Reply Sarah March 10, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    YAYAYA She is such a complete knock-out!

  • Reply kathy March 10, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    So happy you are all doing well! The first weeks feel really long but once they are over it feels like they have flown by, strange. Just sleep as much as you can and snuggle with her as much as possible!

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