Saturday, April 23, 2011

Eloise Grace Knight

Grandma Jill came to stay with us for two weeks starting on April 9.  The plan was for "Ah Jill" to be here to take care of Jared when New Baby Knight arrived, but the days of her visit started passing alarmingly fast with no sign of baby.  At my doctor's visit on April 8 the doctor had warned us to be prepared for a late baby, since she was still high and there were no signs of progress toward labor.  We went on long walks, did lunges and squats, ate lots of basil and oregano (I don't really buy that one), pushed on pressure points, and did everything we could think of to encourage baby girl to arrive while Grandma was still here.  We planned for every imaginable scenario for her arrival.  Finally, on April 15, in desperation and hope, Todd told his coworkers not to expect him back at work on Monday.  That evening we went on a power walk up some neighborhood hills, but I wasn't very optimistic.

Eloise Grace Knight finally decided to make her entrance on April 16, 2011.  Daddy was proud of her for picking such a nice round date to be born.  The funny thing was that after all of our planning and preparing for labor to start at any hour of the day or night, I woke up in labor at 6:15 a.m. on a Saturday.
Eloise was born at 3:03 p.m. after a fast, painful labor.  She popped out in three contractions covered head to toe in a thick layer of sticky vernix.  My first coherent thought after she was born was wondering what she actually looked like.  She weighed 7 lbs. 12 oz. and was 19 inches long.  We brought her home on Sunday.

 Jared wasn't sure he liked her at first, especially when she was on Mommy's lap.  He said "All done, Baby Eloise!" And tried to push her aside, but he is getting used to having her around.
Eloise's first week has been a bit rough as she lost some weight and then kept losing and losing instead of gaining it back.  By Friday afternoon she was too weak to suck on a bottle without help, but she is on the mend and eating vigorously.
We are so glad to have this precious little girl in our family.  Some things about having a girl have surprised us already.  For example, Jared has a hard time buying the fact that she is a girl since she doesn't have a ponytail like Mommy.  Todd was surprised by his first experience changing Eloise's diaper and clothes.  "Girls poop, too!?!"
Nevertheless we are delighted to have Eloise in our family.  If only we could get these sleepy little eyes to stay open a little more in the daytime and a little less at night. . .
Welcome to the world, Baby Eloise!  We love you.