Our sweet baby girl made her arrival one week ago
today from Thursday when I started trying to write this post. It was one of the best days of our lives and the days have only continued to get sweeter. They say that the love you have for your child is unlike anything else, and that you can't understand it until you're in it. I guess I get it now. Oh.my.word...we are so head over heels in love with our Teagan.
Our doctor offered to induce on Thursday, July 12th-just 5 days before our due date. Going into this, we didn't plan on being induced at all. However, when I started to think that I only had a 1 in 10 chance of my doctor being on call when I went into labor and that there was an almost equal chance that I would have never laid eyes on the doctor who happened to be on call when I did go into labor, we decided to go for it. I am so happy we did.
We went into the hospital on Wednesday night to start the induction process. Turns out, we think she was going to be making her arrival anyway on Thursday because I was progressing on my own without much help from the medication...maybe it was the eggplant parmesan from Scilini's that Patrick got for me on Wednesday night, who knows. I had some pretty intense labor pains Wednesday night before finally asking for the epidural-oh epidural how I love you. The whole process from there changed dramatically. I feel pretty certain we have one of the best doctors, and he made the whole delivery process so calm-not at all what I was expecting.
By 12:29pm on Thursday, July 12th- I had 8.0 lbs and 21 inches of pure preciousness in my arms. The moment was a bit surreal and hard for me to process at the time, but looking back on it-oh my goodness. I'm pretty sure I've cried each day since she's been here because I'm so overcome with love for her. It is unlike anything else. On Saturday, I told Patrick through teary eyes, "I can't believe she's already TWO DAYS OLD. It's going by way too fast..she's going to grow up too quickly!" I can't believe it has already been 9 days. I am just trying to take in every minute that I get with her.
By day 5, I already had 507 pictures to put on my computer. I've narrowed them down a bit, but I'll let the pictures do the rest of the talking...
on the way to the hospital!
grandparents trying to get some sleep in the wee hours of the morning
either pre-intense labor pains or post epidural :)
ready to meet our daughter
my first moment with my sweet, goopy girl
welcome to our world sweet Teagan
Patrick holding his daughter for the first time
family trying to catch the first bath
first grandbaby for Pappy...I'd say he's pretty happy
proud grandparents with their first grandbaby
Papa (my dad)'s turn
P changing his first diaper-there have been plenty more since this moment
lots of sweet visitors
Uncle Joe flew in from Vegas and bought her a little onesie that says, "Potty like a rockstar Las Vegas!" ha-precious!
Clemson girls...we're working on her early. :)
look at my 'do'
daddy daughter time
happy 48 hours!
the outfit that I wore home from the hospital
not liking the getting ready process
my sweet girl :)
sister time with sweet t
ready to head home...and no, we actually did not plan all the yellow...didn't realize until we were leaving for the hospital that we would all be coordinating
you accumulate a lot of things over the course of a couple of days
ready to take our sweet girl home
Aunt Kristen helping out with the car seat and double checking to make sure it is nice and safe for Teagan
ready for our first ride
Mammy and Teagan
Allen and Giuliana came to visit when we got home
not ready to leave :(
Teagan and her cousin Caroline who is 3 1/2 months older
first bath at home with Nana's help
sweet snuggles the first morning at home
"Aunt Hea and Uncle Matt" brought dinner on Sunday night-yummy!
headed to our first visit with the pediatrician
Steph and Dustin came to visit too and brought dinner on Monday night...such sweet friends
Happy Anniversary to us! Little teary eyed because we left Teagan with my mom and sister for an hour while we headed out on a breakfast date-so hard to leave. Cried almost the whole way there.
My aunt and uncle came to visit too
"Papa G and Grammy Pam"
I could just stare at her all day
Andrea came for a visit too!
We are so thankful that we were able to welcome home a sweet and healthy baby girl...and that we've been able to share our bundle of joy with such wonderful, caring family and friends.