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Introducing Lily Isabelle

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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 ;).

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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!

36 thoughts on “Introducing Lily Isabelle

  1. Congratulations!! Love your blog and so happy to hear everything went well – God Bless you and your family. Enjoy every moment with your precious daughter!! They grow up way too quickly!

  2. Congrats! I’ve been waiting to hear the news! We just had our second daughter 10 weeks ago…such a blessing! 1st time pushed for just under 2 hours, second time was 2 minutes! You probably have a gazillion people to recommend things to you, but Happiest Baby on the Block and Becoming Babywise have worked great for us. Sleeping 9 hours straight at 9 weeks thanks to these books :-) Most libraries have them. Enjoy your sweetie!

  3. She’s beautiful!!! Congrats Lauren! I hope you have a fast recovery and are feeling well too. We must get the girls together for a play date in a few months after she’s sleeping more and you’ve settled into a routine :)
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  4. What a cute picture! She’s adorable. :)

    Congratulations! And I can’t believe you’re already thinking of going back to the kitchen. I could never handle all that! We’re not going anywhere so I hope you take your time with getting back to blogging (that sounds bossy but it’s most definitely not meant that way!)

    Congratulations again!
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  5. Congrats Lauren! Babies are the best!!! And double congrats on a natural birth- I know how hard that is so GO YOU! And trust me, breastfeeding gets SO MUCH easier after the first month and then you will absolutely love it. The bond cannot be described, it’s amazing!!! Hope everything is going fabulous and ask me anything if you want !!!

  6. Congratulations and welcome to the mommy club :-) She is beautiful. She just made it right on time for the new year!! and I am so glad you intend to breast feed. Artificial milk will never compare to the amazing nourishment your daughter will get from you. Nutrients that will never be able to be provided by artificial milk like a fat component they have just discovered essential for brain development to newborns. I did breastfeed my two kids for two years each. A lot of work but worth every minute of it!! You just need to really do for a year but I went a bit overboard :-) Congratulations to you both, what a pretty name.
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  7. Congratulations, Lauren! I am looking forward to hearing about your daughter as she grows. My first was a girl and she’s 23 now and on her own, but it doesn’t seem that long ago. What a sweet name you’ve given her.

  8. You, and Lily, look beautiful! Congratulations and so nice to hear the birth went as you had hoped! There is nothing quite like those first few weeks of your baby’s life – who knew you could be so busy staring at someone?! Have fun :) xoxo

  9. Awww! Perfect date for a baby…my first-born also arrived on December 30…but it was 25 years ago! Enjoy every moment…because honestly, 25 years will literally fly by.

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