Saturday, March 22, 2008

Babies and new Daddies

My cousin Chris and her husband Shad had their first baby last week. I took the girls to the hospital to see baby Sedona and when I held her for the first time, I exclaimed, "Oh, she's CUTE!" Apparently it was said with a little too much force because Chris was like, "You act surprised! She is my kid, after all." Apologetically, I said, "well, most babies look a little squished and jacked up for the first few days, but she's adorable!"

That's me. Queen of Tact.

Sedona has the most beautiful black hair and delicate little lips. One of my favorite things about the visit was hearing Shad talk about his baby girl. He was so proud of her and excited to describe each of her fine features. He's the one who put the bow in her hair, people! His face was full of excitement and pride as he described the details of her birth. I said, "isn't it amazing how you can just sit and stare at them and never tire of it?" He said, "Oh, I know! After she was born the nurses were giving me a hard time because I was just sitting there marveling at Sedona and apparently getting in their way. I was like, 'Back off! This is my first kid!'"

It brought back a lot of memories of when my girls were born. There's really no words sufficient to describe the feeling of watching your husband love your child. It adds a whole new layer of love to see this man you love hold the child you created together. To see him hold her so gently and marvel at her beauty.

This is one of my most favorite pictures from Lily's birth:

When Lily was born we were fortunate enough to have a room with two beds but only one patient. Dan got a real bed to sleep on (I know Shad, you're totally jealous!) and a place to lay and snuggle with his new baby.

This is an image from Lily's birth that is seared in my mind. I remember looking over and thinking, "Man, she looks just like her dad!"

Amelia's birth was pretty amazing because I got to see how excited and proud Dan was of me giving birth the old-fashioned way (no, not drug-free, but vaginal instead of cesarean.) He was busy taking pictures with his right hand while he held one of my legs with his left hand. That's my man!

Amelia had to be on oxygen for the first day or so because she aspirated some meconium at birth and her lungs were a little gunked up. They held her hostage in the nursery and we were both so anxious to hold her. We finally talked the nurses into letting us hold her in the nursery with the oxygen mask held by her face.

Finally, we got her into the room with us and once again, I enjoyed the image of Dan laying there with his sweet girl.

Seems like I'm the only one not having a baby this year (and I'm totally OK with that!) Congrats also to my cousin Jen & Dalin and baby Patch, Lee & Kris and baby Dallin, Matt & Mindy and baby Tessa, and two more cousins for Lily and Amelia arriving this summer.

It's definitely spring, time for new life.


Anonymous said...

After Lily was born, I didn't sleep in that bed. In fact, I've never been so wired.

I didn't even close my eyes for the first 48 hours and I wasn't even a little bit tired.

I slept about 4 hours the third night after Lily was born.

After we took her home the energy definitely wore off. After a couple days I kept thinking, "when is this baby's parents going to come pick her up?"


The Nelson Family said...

Don't worry Sue, I'm not pregnant either :) I loved this post. It's so great to get those memories and feelings written down. I miss that little bundle of mush we brought home from the hospital a year ago.

Sara said...

Loved the photos! So fun to see a little glimpse of "new life"! I'm totally in the mode... :)

Spymommy said...

That seriously is one of the prettiest newborns in a hospital blanket I have ever seen! Thanks for the reminder's Sue and the great pics!

Samantha (at my parents house for Easter dinner

Becky in Wyo said...

Oh My Monkeys! You blogged! I'm so proud of you! What a great way to start off the week! The thing I keep thinking about this next baby of ours this summer, is that it's probably going to be the last. Last hospital birth, last new baby clothes, last bit of nursing... I'm kind of sad, I think. I can see now how the babies in each family get kind of spoiled.

The Queen Vee said...

What yummy beautiful baby pictures, so sweet and tender. Love babies can't wait to get my hands on our new little Tessa.

Loved Dad's comment!

inalajblack said...

she is so cute