We are so excited to announce the arrival of our baby girl, Eloise Ruby, born April 23rd at 8:01 am. She weighed 7lbs. 4oz., 19 inches long & had a full head of beautiful dark hair. She is so incredibly sweet, she loves to sleep & be held, which is just perfect because I never want to put her down! ;) It is an amazing feeling to bring another baby girl into this world, you always wonder how you will be able to love another child like the one you already have, but then it just happens. And it is incredible! My heart is bursting with love & happiness.
My c-section went really well, I went into it feeling like I knew a little bit of what to expect so I think that helped to calm my nerves a little. Recovery has been quite a bit harder this time around so far. I'm not much of a complainer, and certainly don't want to scare anyone who is having a c-section, but yesterday was really rough. It was like a rollercoaster of pain, highs & lows depending on when I took medication. I felt like it wasn't as bad the first time around but maybe that was just my memory doing me a favor? :) The nurses assured me that it would be the worst day though, and they were right. I am feeling so much better today & have been able to finally move around. Having a sweet, snuggly newborn in your arms does wonders for the pain though, it is totally worth it & I would do it all again in a heartbeat.
Despite our unsuccessful breastfeeding experience with Harper, things are going surprisingly well this time. Eloise has been doing great latching & has been nursing so well! I totally did not see that coming, I brought my dreaded pump expecting the worst. Holding her in the early hours of the morning while she nurses has been amazing, I am feeling really optimistic this time & hoping things continue to go well once my milk comes in.
Harper has been to the hospital twice now, she is in love with her sister & always asks if she can "give her a pet?" (pet her) and rubs her hair. She gets really upset when Eloise is crying, I'm sure she will get used to it eventually though. We think they look alike in a lot of ways, but not identical. My mom swears that Eloise looks just like me when I was born, which is funny because we thought Harper looked just like Brandon as a baby.
Harper is such a great big sister so far, I love seeing them together & can't wait to see how they interact once we bring her home!
Thank you all so much for all of the well wishes! I can't tell you all how much we appreciate it, we have really felt so overwhelmed with love from everyone!! You all are the sweetest & I am excited to continue sharing our journey with you as we take sweet Eloise home & adjust to life as a family of four.