Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Hospital #8: Afterbirth

I know I said I was going to try and get the final info up last night, but you know. The last thing my husband was going to let me do was get online -- and quite frankly, we needed a little time to ourselves. We had a good evening, I'm off the IV and the catheter, and for the first time in about 24 hours, I'm feeling vaguely human again.

My husband has gone home for a few hours to shower, change clothes, catch a nap and begin to recover his own humanity. It looks like a beautiful day outside -- lots of sun and warmth, despite the cold.

Oh, speaking of beautiful things...

World, meet The Bean.

By the numbers:

December 30, 2008
10 lb, 4 oz
20.5 inches long
APGAR scores: 8 and 9

Brown hair, blue eyes, and the absolute spitting image of her paternal grandfather and great-grandmother (who greatly favored each other). I have no idea where she got the full head of brown hair -- her older sister favored my family in that respect -- we were all baldies with no more than towheaded peachfuzz until age 2.

She has a number of things in common with her older sister: they are both Capricorns, they both seem feisty and are champion breastfeeders. They share the same long, thin piano fingers and the same freaky monkey toes. They have differences too; where her older sister had an altimeter at birth and preferred to be walked and swayed, this baby seems to like a swaddle and a close cuddle.

I'll write the full recap of the birth in a little while, I think. Right now, I need to go down to the nursery and meet with the on-call pediatrician for the daily check. So far, her numbers are perfect and she's in the best of health.

And I'm in love.

Can't you tell?


Katherine said...

Congrats! She's beautiful, and you both look great!!

MommyWolf said...

Oh sooooo cute!!!!!! What a little peanut, makes me look forward to March. By the way what is the name????

Cait said...

Whoa, that is one big, gorgeous girl. (And some beautiful Strat-playing fingers.) I think anyone who sees her is going to fall in love too!

COngrats on everything, m'dear.

AJKamper said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy for all of you. And the kid to be named later looks very content to be outta there.

(To me, she looks a ton like Jerel in general, but I'm usually horrible at figuring these things out. Something about the eyes and forehead, though.)

Hooray! (And you made it in time for the tax deduction, too!)

Gary said...

Congratulations, another beautiful girl :)

Hope you all have a very happy new year!

NETS said...

Congratulations! She is beautiful! Happy to hear that you both are healthy...such a wonderful way to start 2009.
Love you.
Neysa xo

Heather said...

Congrats - she is absolutely adorable!! Best wishes for you all.

lindasue said...

Awwww, she is so beautiful! Congratulations! And she scored well on her very first tests! I'm so proud of her (and I know you are, too).

Do you think she'll keep those blue eyes?

Peg said...

Congratulations! She is beautiful. I'm glad everyone is well. Enjoy her. Happy New Year.