Saturday, May 22, 2010

Happy Birth Day

Everything went beautifully.

Beautifully, happily, wonderfully normal and uneventful.
What a blessing.
My final delivery room performance.
I couldn't believe I was doing all this again.
And now I can't believe it's all over!

I checked in to Labor & Delivery at about 8 in the morning to be induced, wearing my 'Knocked Up' shirt for the last time.
Then waited awhile for IV fluids to go in & epidural to be put in, then pitocin to be dripped in......
Meanwhile, my cheering section, Brian & Marlee, made themselves comfortable on the couch in my room, doing a little light reading & online shopping & ..........


Mars wanted to be there when her baby sister was born, and we felt she was old enough to not be traumatized by it & would be a such a great experience for her. She also agreed to be the birth photographer & I think she did a fabulous job.

It makes me SO happy to have all these pictures of this amazing day.........

I don't think there's ever a moment in life that tops this one right here.
Holding your baby for the first time.

My beautiful baby girl.

So precious. So perfect. So looks just like her brothers & sister did!
I was instantly, absolutely in love with that fat little face.

Little Caroline Lily was born just before 4 PM, on May 14th.

We decided on her middle name just days before she was born. We weren't even going to give her a middle name, but Marlee persuaded us to, and we decided on Lily, which was Brian's grandmother's name.

She weighed 7 pounds and 12 ounces. My smallest baby.
And she measured only 19 inches long, so they were calling her short & fat in the delivery room.

The fat's all in those cheeks! They're so kissable and yummy!

The next day Brian brought the other kids to meet their new little sister.
(Except Zane who was playing with cousins)
Welcome, little Caroline, to our family.
We're so excited you're finally here.


The McGraths said...

I'm crying right now. You look so happy... Caroline looks so much like your other kids... and I miss the infant stage sooooo much... now I'm so confused because I am so sure that Lucie is my last yet I want to feel the way you loom in those precious pictures! AHHHHHHH... so tugging on my heart strings! She is DARLING!!! So happy for you guys!

Amanda said...


Robyn said...

Your killing me right now!

There really is nothing better than those first few days - falling in love just can't be topped.

So happy for you. She's beautiful. Worth the wait in every way.


P.S. - Marlee did a fantastic job with the camera!

Marianne said...

She is so those Doyle cheeks. Makes me want to have another one. You look great in every picture....blissfully happy. Love the hospital doodle window.

Michelle said...

Yay for babies!
And YAY for looking so great right after giving birth!
You are wonder woman!!

I can't wait to meet her.

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