March 23, 2015

She's here!

One week ago, on Monday, March 16, 2015 we welcomed miss Hazel Irene into the world! She busted in at 1:40 am weighing 9 lbs. and measuring 21 inches long. Her arrival was long awaited and we are overjoyed that she is finally here, although I can't believe she is already a week old. One week being overdue does not equal one week with a newborn... there must be some kind of time warp because I cannot understand how one can be so slow and the other so fast.

I hope to post an edited version of her birth story in the future, but I've spent the last week writing down everything I can remember about it and I certainly do not have the time or energy to type it all up right now. However, I will say that I feel incredibly lucky to have had a very positive labor and delivery. I wanted as natural a birth as possible, and that is what I got. I ended up going into labor on my own last Sunday and did not need an induction, and I managed the labor without any pain medications. There was a lot of yelling though.... Already the birth amnesia is setting in and I want to say that it really wasn't that bad, but In-the-Moment-Amy would tell you otherwise. I can say that it was 100% worth it and I feel like a superstar (albeit a very beat-up superstar) for creating a little human and bringing her into this world on my own (and by "on my own" I also mean with an awesome support team who I couldn't have done without!)

All I can say about life as a mother so far, is that I am addicted to my baby. Her smell, her eyes, her hair, her soft skin, the sound of her cry, and her little piggy snorts. I just want to breath her in and soak up all of her newborn snuggles.  I miss her even when she is right in front of me. I could watch her sleep for hours. If I look at her hard enough, I just start crying tears of joy and love. I am already lamenting the passing of time, and the fact that she's already growing. This is only a short phase of many that I know are all going to pass by too quickly. I love her, and even that is an understatement.

{  I also love watching this man be her dad. He is a natural.  }

{  Big blue eyes (at least for now)  }

{  Eyelashes!  }

{  Hello Spring!  }

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