Ella Zsofi made her way into this world on February 21, 2009 at 5:38 pm. She weighed 7 lbs. 15 oz. and measured at 20 inches long. She has beautiful dark hair and her daddy's beautiful eyes.
Everyone is so filled with joy and excitement in our family. She is the first grandchild on my side of the family and the second by only three months (first granddaughter though) on Peter's side. She has already become the pampered princess she was born to be with grandparents, great-grandparents, uncles, aunties, and great uncles and aunts fussing and fawning over her.
We have had so many well wishes from friends and family all over the globe and everyone just wants to see and love her. It is amazing to me how many people know of her birth and care for her.
We have already had so many fun experiences together as a little family. Our little girl is so cute when she is in that delirious state right before she falls asleep - and she grins shamelessly. It is just adorable and we could honestly stare at her for hours on end.
Being a mother is one of the most wonderful things in the world! Peter and I (although this parenting thing is a lot harder than we expected) are growing closer than ever and falling more in love with each other and our precious little girl.
~The proud grandparents ~
My labor and delivery went SO amazingly well - I was shocked. We went into the hospital at 8 am after waking at about 6 am with consistent contractions. We had taken our time getting ready, so much so that Peter didn't think that I was really ready and that we didn't need to go to the hospital. Once there, the nurse said I was dilated to a 6 and 80% effaced and my contractions were happening close enough that they would keep me.
Once I got into my room it wasn't too much later that the Dr. who was on staff that morning came in and broke my water. Unfortunately that didn't speed up my contractions like we were hoping so I decided to take a walk around the halls which still did nothing to speed things up.
Back in my room, they hooked me up to the pitocin which made things happen really fast. I went about an hour to an hour and a half without any pain meds and then I was ready for my epidural - which I must say was the most blessed thing ever! Once I had that I was able to take a nap and get myself rested enough to prepare for labor. The whole thing took about 8 hours from when we went to the hospital to when she was born. The actual "pushing" part of labor went really smoothly as well - I really feel so lucky! They checked me around 4 and I was dilated to a 9 and she said she would come and check me in a half hour to see if I had progressed and when she got back in she said I was ready to go! We did a few practice pushes while we waited for the Dr. Once he got there it was quick and fast through 3 contractions and she was there!
I requested a skin to skin delivery which means that after Peter cut the cord they place her on my belly to clean her off. That was the most special moment. Even though she was all purple, she seemed so peaceful - hardly made a peep and was just wide awake looking around. Her little hands were moving around and I stuck my finger in her little hand and she grasped it which was one of the most tender moments.
Oh we just love her so much! She has been such a good baby, I couldn't ask for anything better. Hopefully you enjoy these few pictures - I am sure there will be LOADS more to come!