At 1:30pm on Monday, Joel got the call from Judy, “My water just broke. It’s time to come home from work” while Graham admonished in the background, “Mommy! You’re supposed to stop what you’re doing and pee on the potty!”. By 10:30pm we had our beautiful girl in our arms. We are home from the hospital now, settling in and getting used to each other.
Judy’s recovery will take extra time due to some ligament stretching/tearing from the rapid labor (they never tell you it can go too fast). She is hobbling around a bit, like someone who ran a marathon without training. But she is very pleased with how the labor and delivery went and in love with every part of Alice, from her perfect ears to her long fingers and toes.
Joel is loving his role as the chief burper/changer/swaddler (which affords him ample opportunity for snuggling).
Graham has embraced the role of big brother. He takes every opportunity to hold, pet, pat, tickle, or be near baby sister.
Miles is a bit more cautious (“I don’t want to hold her because I already holded her at the hospital.”), but he stays close by, paces, asks all his “why” questions, and as he puts it, “protects” and “watches over” baby sister.
And Alice… She takes it all in stride. Perhaps she got used to having constant activity around her while in utero, or perhaps she’s a little loopy from mommy’s pain meds, but either way she is very mellow and completely oblivious to rambunctious boys, doting grandparents, and adoring friends.
In other news, Joel will be starting a new job at Precor (the fitness equipment maker) in late September and today is our 10th wedding anniversary.
It’s a very happy time and we are feeling very blessed. We couldn’t have gotten through the last few days, let alone the last several years without the love and support of our friends and family.