Introducing Miss Laura Catherine

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We’re home! Please meet our sweet little girl, Laura Catherine. Everything went well with the c-section and she was born at 8:36 a.m. on June 3rd. Now I can say that all of my children were born on a Wednesday — how’s that for a strange coincidence? Everyone fully expected another big baby; after all, Jake was 9 lbs. 6 oz. and Noah was 8 lbs. 8 oz. But we all were proven wrong. Little miss is a very petite girl, weighing only 6 lbs. 3 oz. (the same numbers as her birthdate!) and measuring 19 inches long. She is tiny, tiny, tiny and absolutely charmed all of the nurses at the hospital :-)

There were no problems with either her or me, so we were able to be discharged early, which was wonderful! I have nothing but positive things to say about my stay at the birth center, but it’s so much more relaxing at home. Overall, I feel really good. I do have some “burning” muscle pain on my right side, low in the pelvic area, but according to the nurses that is probably not from the c-section, but from another relatively minor procedure I elected to have. Aside from that, my recovery has gone very smoothly. All of my tummy functions were right back on track and my pain has been manageable so they could see no real reason to keep me there.

It’ll be much easier for me at night now, since Drew has had to be home with Jake the last couple nights. The nurses were wonderful, though, and both last night and the night before took Laura for a few hours after I fed her, which allowed me to get some much-needed rest. Last night she was feeding constantly and I was just exhausted. But the upside is that my milk has come in and she is nursing great! Hopefully that will continue.

Although I was a little disappointed I did not get the awesome birth center mug full of goodies (like coffee and biscotti) like last time, I have to admit that the swaddle wrap that was in the free tote bag is a pretty great giveaway. She loves being all “burrito’ed up” as we call it, so I can’t wait to try it out tonight. And of course, I made sure to take the rest of the bag of disposable diapers home, too. :-)

And I just have to say how lucky I am to have such an amazing husband. The construction upstairs isn’t quite done (although sheetrock is up and it’s very near complete — and no I did not climb up all those stairs to look; I saw photos on Drew’s camera, LOL), but he really went out of his way to get things as clean as he could for me, as well as waiting on me hand and foot since we got home.

Tomorrow we’ve invited family members to visit, and I know everyone is looking forward to either meeting Laura for the first time, or seeing her again. I’m so excited to show her off!

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13 Comments

  1. I am sooo glad things went well I was worried when I didn’t see anything the first night… but she is sooo sweet looking… soo happy for ya!! Congrats!

  2. Congratulations again, Carol. I am so happy you picked such a beautiful name – I promise you she will love it, as I have throughout my life. I can’t wait to read your updates. She is gorgeous!

  3. I’m with Shannon ~ I was kind of worried that first night when I didn’t hear anything, but I sent good thoughts your way that everything was just fine. :) She’s GORGEOUS … so tiny and perfect! Enjoy this time … it goes by *way* too fast. LOVE her name and the meaning behind it. Whoa ~ didn’t think about the 6/3 thing! That is too cool! Luke was born at 12:09 a.m. ~ my birthday is 9/12 and Jeff’s is 12/9! So we thought that was neat. :) And I was born at 3:15 a.m. in room 315 😀

  4. Carol she is gorgeous! I love her name (2 of my favorites!) and it’s just so fitting. Congratulations on your little girl ~ cherish her, I know you will!

  5. She is just so beautiful!!!! I can’t tell you how much I wish I could just stop by and meet her. So glad to hear everything went well. I’m sure the boys are enjoying there new sister and can’t get over how tiny she is. Glad to hear she is eating well for you. It’s times like this I wish we lived closer. I hurt my back this weekend so I’m struggling through work today but will try to give you a call tomorrow (Tuesday). So happy you are both home and safe! love you!

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