With tremendous praise we proudly introduce Baby Westy, Elynor Aline! Born Thursday, Sept. 13 at 11:19am; 11 lbs. 3 oz. (no, that's not a misprint!:); 20 inches.
Thanks to everyone for your thoughts, prayers, calls, and emails over the past several days. It's not for lack of intention that we're so delayed in sharing these visual mementos of our big little girl. Things have just been a little bit hectic.
Because Elynor's blood sugars were lower than we'd like in the hours following her birth she spent her first 36-ish hours in the special care nursery with regular bottle feeds and blood sugar checks. This meant her daddy spent this time making runs between the 11th floor to care for her recovering mommy and the 3rd floor to feed and care for Elynor. Praise God! Her body took over and she began to regulate her own blood sugars by Friday morning (9/14) and she joined us in our room around 3pm that day.
Since then, we've been getting to know her and also attempting to transition her from the bottle feeding she received in the special care nursery to breast feeding. Without going into too much detail, I'll just say this process is a little bit tricky, and requires her mommy and daddy to work as a tag-team with every feeding (translation = both receiving little sleep).
As of this writing (a little under 4-days into Elynor's life), I'm recovering nicely from the C-section and Ryan & I are taking in the beauty of each new experience, supporting one another with patience, laughter, tears, and a continued awe at this miracle of life. We're on our way home today, and the adventure will continue...
Without further ado, here are a few more photos. We'll do our best to keep posting as we continue to get the hang of this parenting gig!