Tuesday, August 29, 2006

smitten


Steve and I are completely and totally in love with our baby son. Besotted and delirious and exhausted. Let me introduce you: Daniel Joseph, previously known as the Lemmondrop, was born Friday, August 25, 2006, at 5:01 p.m. He weighed 8 pounds and nearly 10 ounces and was 21 inches long. It was a Cesarean birth that followed 26 hours of labor in the hospital and more labor at home beforehand (having found out when we checked in that I was already 6 centimeters dilated). Because it was a Cesarean, I was in the hospital for four days instead of two, which is why this blog has been silent. (Oh how I wish our hospital had Internet access!) I'll write more later about the experience we like to call "The Sampler Plate of Labor," but suffice to say that it was very positive, despite an outcome we had hoped to avoid. Even the surgery had an element of joy and emotional wonder to it. We felt very well-cared-for throughout the entire process. (And our doula was fantastic.)

We got home this afternoon, and as you can imagine, it's a new kind of hectic trying to get Daniel acclimated to his new home. It all feels very surreal. Like, it's the same house we left Thursday, but it's not. Everything is different.

P.S. You can see more pictures of Daniel here, on my friend Liz's blog. She and her husband Chris were among our visitors over the weekend.

12 comments:

Missy said...

Congratulations Emilie and Steve! Daniel is so cute - what a great picture! I'm so happy for you :)

Missy

Aimee SANDS said...

I'm thrilled for you, Emilie and Steve! Welcome, Daniel Joseph! I've enjoyed reading about your journey here, and look forward to more photos. What a beautiful family!

Christina said...

CONGRATS, Emilie! It is almost surreal to see the picture of your precious son posted on this blog after such anticipation!

He is such a sweet, handsome fellow. And what a great name! Sounds strong and masculine.

I am so happy for you. Daniel Joseph is a blessed baby to be born to such wonderful, loving parents.

With Joy & Prayers.....

Christina said...

Just checked out the pix on Liz's blog. Steve looks so overjoyed it melted my heart. He will be a wonderful dad.

By the way, is there a reddish cast to Daniel's hair? Some Irish coming through, perhaps?

LutherLiz said...

Aww! That picture is fabulous! You know how thrilled Chris and I are for you and Steve. What a happy family you three make! :)

Laura said...

Welcome to the world, Daniel! Congrats, Emilie and Steve... he's just precious!! Hope everything is going well and hope to see more pics soon!

Cynthia said...

Oh, Daniel is so cute.
Congratulations you guys.
I've been checking this blog daily looking for just this piece of news.
I'm so happy for you.

liz said...

Emilie & Steve, congratulations!! Daniel is just perfect - so sweet and precious. We are so beyond thrilled for you! And I *LOVE* the name!!

Hope you're feeling well - a C-section, oof! I'm so glad you were happy with the hospital/experience. Take good care of yourself, Mom!

Kerry said...

Welcome home beautiful family! We are so thrilled for you and looking forward to meeting Daniel. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

Ellen said...

Awww, I can't believe how cute my nephew is! Congrats to the new family! I can't wait to see more pictures. Em, I'm not sure if I agree that he has our family's nose. I am not sure whose nose he really has, actually! But I definitely see you and Steve in him. You must be glad to be home. It's always so special when the family brings the baby home to start their life. Ya done good, sis!!

Monkeymama said...

Congratulations!! I'm so happy to hear that things went well (26 hours?!?) and that you are all home now.

Susanne said...

OH MY GOSH!

He's beautiful, Emilie! I pulled up the blog, not expecting to see any updates, and then this beautiful picture of my nephew came up! Like Ellen said, he definately has some of Steve in him. But Ast eyes, I think.

Once again, congratulations Sis and Bro-in-law!