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4/6/12

03/29/2012

So I had a baby last week.






Her name is Clara Alice, and we love her. When the doctor held her up over the surgical sheet I saw her tiny face and I started crying "that's my baby" over and over. Later, when Dan left with the baby to see her measured and weighed, I listened to her cry in the next room and felt so happy that she was here. She was here: earlier than we originally thought, and not in the way we expected, but she was here, and safe, and perfect.


After what felt like hours of listening to the doctors talk about sports while putting me back together, Dan brought her back and put her next to my head. I couldn't hold her yet, so I kept turning my face so I could feel her skin next to mine. I couldn't touch her enough.



After four and a half days in the hospital, we brought her home. I wake up every morning to a face that seems to change every day, which thrills me and breaks my heart simultaneously. I think she's pretty damn wonderful.


Spouseman thinks so too. Despite a very grumpy face from Clara.












PS Clara is her real name. I'm far too lazy and forgetful to make up a blog name.

46 comments:

kdstentzel said...

She's beautiful :) Sending healing thoughts your way - sounds like you had a hell of a delivery.

Stephanie said...

Thank you! I think I am doing okay. I had a C-Section and everything is blurry, but I think it was more scary than painful.

Also, I stayed in the hospital so long because my insurance would pay for it. :)

Brammer Family said...

Congratulations! She is one beautiful, lucky little lady.

UK Yankee said...

That's wonderful! Congratulations, I'm so happy for you!

Andrew and Becca said...

What a beautiful baby! Congratulations! I am also doubly impressed because I went to the hospital today and nearly had a panic attack because it took them 2 tries to stick an IV in me. + 1 million bravery points to you for what looks to me like the most terrifying thing on earth.

Rachel Angela Clark said...

LOVE her!! Love that you blogged about her as well. You're already a killer mom. I know it.

Miranda said...

Congratulations!

Kathryn said...

Congrats! I have been a reader and very occasional commenter on your blog for years. My first was delivered via cesarean and it was rough. Hope you are recovering well. She is a beautiful baby and her name is awesome!

lindsey said...

Congratulations!!! I'm a proud c-sectioner. Don't let any crazy person tell you it's better any other way. They take CARE of you after surgeries like that. I stayed in the hospital as long as possible too. At one point I had a nurse bringing heated blankets and apple juice to me at 3:00 am. I promise you no one has done that in the two years since. And I'm more tired now than I was then!

She's gorgeous. Mazel tov.

Jessica said...

She is so beautiful and you are such a sweet mama! I love the picture of her by your head-precious! Clara is a lucky girl to have suchawesome parents! I can't wait to get our little nuggets together!

MamaBear said...

congratulations! she is beautiful, you've done a wonderful job! and you really can see the changes in the shape of their heads from one day to the next. don't believe the old ladies who say it goes by too fast, you will enjoy every minute and some of them will take WAY too long. ;) Much love!

Sunny said...

Congratulations! Beautiful!

Jessica @ One Shiny Star said...

Makes my arms ache for a tiny, newborn-smell, baby. Breath in that smell, and breath it deep. It goes away. Enjoy every exhausting frustrating moment to come because before you know it that itty bitty baby will be a toddling kiddo and you'll wonder what the heck happened to those moments when you stayed up all night swaying with her in your arms because that's what she wanted. Congratulations!

Carley A. T. said...

Woot, Woot! Yay for healthy babies! Congratulations.

Fig said...

I'd have stayed in the hospital a week if they'd let me. Being waited on is highly underrated. I'm glad you got so much of it.

I'm proud to "know" you and little Clara. Together, you'll be a force to be reckoned with.

lifeofdi said...

Congrats! And what a lovely name.

Clara is lucky to have two awesome parents.

Rachel said...

Oh she is so beautiful. Congratulations! I love the name Clara, too. Good choice!

tetisheri said...

Congratulations! Welcome to the world from another Clara!

AnnaSchu said...

yay! she is beautiful! congratulations mama! and i hope you heal quickly!

Kemi said...

Congratulations! She's perfect! I swear, I can smell her baby goodness through my computer!

My daughter was born on March 29, too. She turned 12 this year. Want to trade? (just kidding)

Racher said...

Congratulations! I hope you share more of your birth experience, I'd love to hear about it.

Terry said...

How lovely!

Andrea said...

Oh my, she's perfect! Congratulations!

Andrea said...

Oh my, she's perfect! Congratulations!

S.A.R. said...

CONGRATULATIONS!! She is so beautiful!! I wish I was there to feed you snicky strawbs and hold your baby so you can nap (sounds selfless but it's a ploy to get snicky strawbs and to get to cuddle your BEAUTIFUL baby). I'm so happy for you! I hope everything is going well with the recovery. I'm sending you something. I hope your address is the same that it was at Christmas!

XOXOXOXOXO!

Cynthia said...

Congratulations! She is beautiful and it sounds like you are enjoying every minute of being with her :)

JustMe said...

"The happiest times are when babies come"

Miri said...

Congratulations!

Crystal said...

Aw! Congratulations! She's a cute little thing.

bunkersdown.com said...

Such great news! I'm wishing you and your sweet family everything wonderful and fabulous at this tender time.
Trust your gut, attempt to get some sleep, and whenever someone vaguely says, "If there's anything I can do..." always answer with "Fantastic, I have a toilet that needs scrubbing."

LovelyLauren said...

Congratulations! She's beautiful and I love her name.

Jenna said...

Congratulations, she looks strong and healthy! What a blessing. Good luck with your recovery.

The McBrides said...

congrats steph! she is beautiful and I LOVE the name Clara, hope all is well with your new little family!

ChristyLove said...

Congratulations! I'm sorry about whatever it was that had you in the hospital for four days but am glad you guys pulled through safely!!

EEEEEE!!!!!

(That's my happy-for-you-squeal.)

NIKOL said...

So very happy for you! And I adore her name.

26dishes.com said...

Yeah!! Congratulations! She is gorgeous.

Alli (formerly known as Little Fish ;))

PS- I thought of you earlier when I saw that some kids at BYU had made an It Gets Better Video. Clearly there are a lot of awesome people out there who are gonna make the world an even better place for Clara to grow up in.

Kayce said...

She's beautiful, and her name is beautiful. Congratulations!

Mrs. Clark said...

March 29 is the birthday of my youngest! Congratulations--this will be the most fabulous experience you've ever had!

Erin said...

I adore her name, congratulations she is beautiful.

Nicole said...

Congratulations! Welcome to the crazy world of motherhood!

Valery said...

Congratulations! She's so lovely! And I love the name :)

P-Cute said...

Good job! I am so happy for your family. I had my baby on March 25th and these postpartum hormones are making me wish i could jump through the computer, meet you, have tea with you, nurse our babies together, and talk all the live long day about how awesome babies are. anyways, good job, she is truly beautiful.

Mary said...

Congratulations! She's beautiful.

Risa said...

Huzzah!

jen said...

Yay! Cute, cute, cute & so damn sweet!

CaitStClair said...

Hooray! Congratulations! She is so beautiful and so fortunate to have you and Spouseman for her parents!

I'm due in November with our first and it's been really surreal to me. I had an amazing dream about a little boy last night and now this post today... It's starting to sink in and I can't wait to meet this little creature in my belly!

P.S. Love her name!