Friday, February 19, 2010

Happy one week!

Yesterday little Ellie Kate was one week old. Can you believe it?!!! We have been having so much fun getting to know our sweet little girl! We had a few little health issues to work out. She had some Jaundice so she had to spend the first few days laying on a light bed to receive phototherapy. This was hard because she had to be on the bed ALL of the time unless she was nursing. Of course, this was hard because we couldn't hold her too often. A nurse would come out to our home everyday and weigh her and prick her little heel to draw some blood. Poor girl! Well, after about 3 days, she had regained a lot of weight and her color was better, so she is free from the bed. Yay!!! We have had the best time getting to know each other. My mom has been here all week and has been a HUGE help and really good company. We will miss you next week Lolly! Also, Eric went back to school this week. He has been a trooper going to school and golf practice everyday and still comes home with so much energy! Needless to say, Ellie has already got him wrapped around her little finger!! Here are some one week pics. Enjoy!

One week old!

Enough pictures momma!!!

Hanging out with daddy before school.

Ellie on her little light bed,

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010

Ellie Kate has arrived!!!

We have been waiting to type that title for a little while now and it has definately been worth the wait! At 12:40pm yesterday afternoon (2/11), our beautiful baby girl came into the world. As I sit here and type this in our room at St. Vincents, it is amazing to me that exactly a day ago this amazing baby that has already brought so much joy to our lives had just arrived.
As for the delivery, Emily was amazing. Ellie was born weighing 9 lbs 5 oz and being 22 inches long. Emily delivered her after about 6 hours of labor and an hour of "pushing." We were blessed to have fantastic nurses and doctors throughout this process and we are so thankful for them. Specifically the nurse who guided Emily throughout the day yesterday was a true blessing.
Following all of her tests and being cleaned off, we were able to spend an hour with just our new family of three. It was an awesome time to just sit, stare, sit, stare some uncontrollably and then pray together thanking God for Ellie. After that both sets of grandparents along with Kelly and Drew came in to see Ellie for the first time. Everyone adored her and we were able to get pictures of Ellie with each of them. She is already seeing the amazing family that we are fortunate to be a part of.
After our family left, we spent the rest of the night taking in the excitement that is having a child. Today has gone great as Ellie is healthy and feeding like we hoped she would. We appreciate all of the phone messages and text messages that so many of you have sent.
On an Eric personal note, I have to say that this really is the most amazing experience of my life. I would rank it in a tie with my wedding day. The coolest part of yesterday following actually seeing Ellie born and hearing her first cry came late last night. As I sat on the couch at about 10:00pm last night holding Ellie as she started to fall asleep, I looked over at the bed and Emily was sleeping peacefully. I know that we are only 24 hours into being parents, but now I see what people were saying when they told me that Ellie would steal my heart. I realized at that point how fortunate I am to have an amazing wife and a beautiful baby girl.

Monday, February 8, 2010

waiting and waiting...

Here is a quick update on Ellie and our progress! Eric and I went to the doctor this morning for a check since I am 40 weeks and 5 days. Originally, I was supposed to go in this Wednesday, the 10th, to be induced if Ellie had not yet come, however, they were full. I had no idea that they could be full, but that's that. So, we were given two options Tuesday (tomorrow) or Thursday. The doctor also informed me, for the first time, that I am at a high risk for a C-section because she is measuring quite big (she appeared to be 8 pounds seven ounces last week during an ultrasound), I have not had many contractoins(if any, don't think I have becuase I still don't know what they feel like, and I take it they aren't super comfortable, so I would notice!), and she is situated further back. I think the hardest part was just picking a date. I mean, how weird is it to just pick what day your child will come into the world, what her birthday will be? I always had the assumption that it would just happen when God had it planned, she would come. But, I realize, it will. God has known for a long long time the exact second and means by which little Ellie Kate would enter the world. That, to me, is extremely comforting.

So, Eric and I decided on Thursday with the hope that a few more days would allow the chance for her to come on her own. Either way, at the end of the day, the Lord has blessed us with a healthy baby. That is what I can not forget. But, we would covet your prayers during this time! Thanks for keeping up with us. Well, I guess our next post will have some baby pictures! (How crazy/exciting is that :)!