Our perfect little baby girl was born at 6:46 on the morning of Sunday, December 30… officially making me by far the happiest and most content I’ve ever been in my life!
I went into labor early Saturday morning and spent the day laboring at home until it was time to head to the hospital that night. John and I drove to the hospital amidst a snowstorm that transformed Eastern Massachusetts into a winter wonderland – what I’m sure was a gorgeous sight, but which I couldn’t fully appreciate between my increasingly intense contractions. I labored for the remainder of Saturday night, John by my side the entire time, before pushing for nearly two hours in the wee hours of Sunday morning.
As soon as my warm, wriggling, cooing baby was placed on my chest and she looked up at me with her big blue eyes, I knew that my natural labor and delivery were worth every single moment of discomfort and pain. My body had naturally done what it was designed to do, and the amazing result was what is now the most important thing in my life: my sweet daughter :).
John and I have been spending the past few days getting to know – and falling deeply in love with – Lily, and day-by-day we’re learning how this whole parenting thing works. Nights have been mostly sleepless thus far, but my maternal instinct is in overdrive and adrenaline + pure bliss is fueling me through the numerous nightly feedings and diaper changes.
I can’t seem to pry my eyes away from Lily’s cute little button nose, pouty rosebud mouth, kissable rosy cheeks and deep blue eyes. I’m constantly breathing in the warm scent of her full head of downy soft hair and kissing her slightly wrinkled, long-fingered hands. I love to snuggle with her after breastfeeding (which is a work in progress – ouch! – but still wonderful) and carry her around the house in the Moby wrap.
Shelby and Roxie have been acclimating to the new addition better than we anticipated, and I’ve been sure to give them each a few daily doses of my undivided attention while Lily naps.
Sometimes we all cuddle together ;).
I don’t have any new recipes to share with you quite yet, but I can tell you I’ve had a blast indulging in some of the foods & beverages I couldn’t consume over the past nine months. Since Lily’s birth I’ve enjoyed fresh raw salmon sushi, a few sips of both earthy red wine and bubbly champagne, a taste of beer, a few eggs with molten runny yolks, and a gloriously delicious bottle of Kombucha (what I missed most during pregnancy!).
Rest assured that I will resume with recipe posting soon. We just have to figure out our routine, and I’ll be right back in the kitchen!