Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Emma Jean 10-16-14

It's a GIRL!!

A healthy baby girl! Emma Jean was born on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 5:15am.  She was 9lb 9oz {I know, I can't believe she wasn't over 10lbs either!}, 21 1/4 inches long, and her head was 14.5 inches.

The short birth story.

She knew exactly when Mama was ready for her to come.  All along I said she should wait until Reid finished class and Sally would be on break for MEA.

I felt my first contraction at 8pm, but wasn't 100% sure.  I didn't say anything to Reid because I didn't want to jinx it.  11am I told Reid, but told him to try and get some sleep.  1am we started timing contraction.  I wanted to labor at home as long as possible, because once I get to the hospital it's harder to focus because you have to get checked in they do blood work...and I knew I had to get an IV because I was strep B positive (dumb!).

We checked in at 4:13am and Miss Emma made her grand debut at 5:15am!  Mama did it drug free again, but did use a TENS unit to help with the back labor (google it).  Phew!

For those that are interested I'll do my best to give a more detailed birth story in a few days, but we've been busy snuggling :)

Emma really is as perfect as she looks.  Reid and I haven't had a chance to know what it's like to have a calm cool and collected newborn.  Third time is looking to be the charm.

Oh, and as far as Reid goes? He could not be more ecstatic to welcome another daughter into our family.  Neither one of us has ever cared about what gender God chooses to bless us with, all we ever pray for is a healthy new baby to love and raise.  We are richly blessed!  Three sisters?? Come on, how awesome is that!!!

Easy to see he's overjoyed! 

A wise dad {Brad, I'm talking about you :)} of 3 daughters says "Why does everyone say poor dad when they have all daughters?  Daughters LOVE their Dads.  It's poor Mom, that's who the daughters tend to butt heads with as they grow older."

First bath, Daddy's tradition with each of his daughters

And now for some pictures from the hospital.  Just a few and I only included pictures of the Grandparents as we had other visitors too (you know who you are, THANK YOU for visiting and bringing gifts and food and snuggles and love!).

Miss Libby was right, she guessed it was a Sister.  Sally was so excited for her that she was right.  They didn't get to find out the gender, per their request, until they came to the hospital.  It was so much fun!

So proud and excited, and this hasn't changed, even a week in!

Craigmile Crew, party of 5

Three, THREE! beautiful healthy girls, so very grateful!

Grandma's 7th! Grandchild.  Thank you Grandma for being with the Big Girls during our hospital stay, we appreciate you! Come back for some more snuggles soon!

  Sally was in absolute heaven when she got to hold Emma by herself.  "Ooooooooh, Oh my goodness, this is just so, so wonderful, I just love this."  She wanted Emma to come home right away.  Once she realized then when it was time for Emma to come home, she'd be home forever she was so excited, and told everyone she saw on the way out.  "I have a new sister Emma and once she gets to come home, she'll be home FOREVER!"

Libby has been fantastic.  She hasn't really been phased by the new adjustment.  It's as if Emma's always been here.  Libby still goes about her day, but will stop and give random hugs and kisses or share her baby doll with Emma.  She does request to hold Emma each morning while she watches her one cartoon.

Nana and her 5th grandchild

Grandpa and another little princess.  I think he was the most excited of all for this baby to arrive :)

Wow is he a good dad!

He has been so wonderful helping with anything and everything.  He really stepped it up! He heads back to work on Friday.  We jump right in, sink or swim, he has class already Monday night. So I'm solo from 7am until 9:30pm come Monday.  BUT he only has 7, SEVEN!! Mondays left and then he is done F-O-R-E-V-E-R!! We can do it!!

We've been making a good team!  Excited for this new phase in our family.

Emma's going home outfit--"Hooray, my sister's are coming to bring me home!" ps They basically kick you out of the hospital now.  Emma was born at 5:15am on Thursday and we could be discharged as early at 11am on Friday! We asked to push it until 3pm on Friday.  It was nice to only have to sleep one night at the hospital, as we get better sleep at home, but I still thought the discharge was fast!

Big Sister gifts, Frozen Necklaces.  Thank you dollar spot ;)

Heading home to start the journey as a family of FIVE!!

The girls had pictures taped above Emma's crib when we got home and Sally included a note:

"Dear Baby Emma. The Big Sisters Sally and Libby we can't wait for you to come home. The Craigmiles we are. Jesus Loves you."

Congratulations to Uncle Joey on winning the Baby Poll!  Text us your favorite Fall Beer and Miss Emma will hook you up!

Happy Hump Day! Happy Birthday Amy! Happy Happy Everything!

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