For now, I'm enjoying lots of snuggling with my long-awaited sweetie and really really trying to take it easy. Charlie and the girls are taking such good care of me, and it's so wonderful to not have to be jaunting off here and there to appointments since my midwife comes to me to check us both out. My recovery over the last (almost) 48 hours has been the easiest and healthiest yet - the only complaint I have is that I have a LOT of sore muscles! So naps, baths, and soooo much nursing....delicious food...coffee (yay!)...and yesterday, we had a little birthday party to celebrate - these have marked the last two days with our newest, precious daughter.
She's a total angel, my Adelaide. She's delightfully sweet and aware and wonderful. She's absolutely beautiful and such a gift from God.
I can never thank all my family and friends enough for the support I have received while waiting on her arrival. It was a tough pregnancy in so many ways and I still have some things I want to say about that here, later. But, now it's over and the fruit of the suffering is 100% worth it. She is such a delight and a gift!
Here are some photos to hold things over until I can write up the story of her arrival! If you want to follow me on Instagram, I've been posting pics of this precious time there too, but trying not to OVER post. haha
|When I first picked her up - that was easily the most painful pushing time I have ever experienced in labor.|
|My midwife and me while I was getting my vitals checked while waiting on the placenta.|
|Baby girl getting checked out - she was perfect with perfect Apgar scores!|
|Adelaide's first public photo - shared with grandparents, friends, and social media! So alert...|
|Snuggling my sweetheart. One of the best parts of homebirth is being tucked into my own bed with my baby.|
|My biggest and littlest girls. This was right after she and I had a wonderful herbal bath together.|
|Joe was asleep when he came home after the birth, so he didn't meet his baby sister until the next morning! He and I were sitting in the kitchen here, keeping Charlie company while he made me a huge, delicious breakfast. I am so spoiled.|
|Adelaide's first official visitor! Meeting Nana. :-D|
|We had a family birthday party for Adelaide, I want to give this it's own post because it was such a special way to celebrate as a family.|
|This was at our 24 hour appointment yesterday evening. My midwife let the girls listen to baby's heartbeat.|
|One of my favorite visions: my beloved husband with our baby. They were buddies last night while I had another healing bath.|
|We have a maybe thumb sucker? This one is from today!|
|Such a gift. (And look at that nose! SO cute!)|