We welcomed our little baby GIRL to the world on Tuesday, July 7 at 5:11am. Miss Clare Elizabeth weighed 8lbs, 9oz and was 20-1/2in long.
I was & still am so shocked we have ourselves a little baby girl! Before little Clare came, Matthew and I along with the nurses and doctor wrote on the white board our guesses on the sex, weight, and length of the babe and I put my final guess in as a boy. So when she came and they put HER on my chest, I just couldn’t stop saying I CAN’T BELIEVE ITS A GIRL! MATTHEW WE HAVE A GIRL!!! Such an amazing feeling & moment that I wish I could re-live over and over again. I highly recommend waiting to find out the sex of your babe! I know so many people say they can’t do it but I promise you, you can. And that moment when you find out in the delivery room is like no other. I too like to “plan”, I’m a huge planner … but there are just no surprises in todays world and I love being old fashion about it and waiting. The anticipation is so fun. And once the babe is here, it’s still so much fun to shop and put together their space. Especially after you meet them.
I know some people have asked for me to share my birth story and I’m thinking about it & maybe even share Levi’s seeing that Matthew journaled it all. [Let me know if that is something you’d like me to share] But I can tell you this, IT. WAS. INTENSE. And so so different than my labor + delivery with Levi. I ended up having to be ‘somewhat’ induced [I’ll explain in a later post] due to being 11 days overdue. We know for sure my due date was spot on seeing that I had multiple ultrasounds in the very beginning of my pregnancy so we just wanted to get the little babe out while we knew it was healthy and didn’t want to keep waiting for potential issues to arise. I feared that being induced would make labor much worse and boy was I right. But once little Clare was here, we were on cloud 9 and have been there ever since.
I’m so very thankful the Lord blessed us with another healthy baby. I know it may sound cheesy and you hear this a lot but its crazy to me how once he or she is here, it’s like you can’t imagine life without them and they fit right in with your family. I just can’t imagine life without Levi or Clare.
Levi is doing great with his little sister [aside from nearly poking her eyes out everyday while pointing out her features] but still, so much better than I originally thought he’d do! I’m still always on high alert … toddlers just can’t be trusted with a precious new baby around. So I can’t let them out of my sight, at all. If she is in her swing, I just have to be close by. Othewise she pretty much goes room to room with me so yes, I’ve already created a monster who wants to be held all the time. But to be honest, I don’t mind. As long as I let my ‘to do list’ go and remember these newborn snuggles don’t last forever!
Can’t wait to catch you all up with life with Clare the past 11 weeks! How on earth has it been 11 weeks already, I don’t know. But its been so much fun & feels completely normal to have her here with us that I almost forget what life was like before she came. Weird. We just love our little sissy!
Thank you so very much to my dear friend Alisa who captured this amazing time in our lives! We will cherish these forever and I’m so thankful for a friend like you!