Andy was working on Halloween so I had to show him my costume the next day. It's hard to tell that there's a baby bun in the oven too.
Here are a few pictures of things we accomplished today. The Cronks came over and helped put the house back together. I'm so grateful for the willingness and kindness of our friends.
Reclaimed space, finished countertop, framed out shadow boxes.
Slowly coming together, but definitely ready enough to receive a baby! Maybe next month we'll have everything in place...
Waiting for the doctor on our 39 week appointment. The wrong doctor walked in on our shadow puppet show. We're adults about to have a baby.
Way too excited to be having a home-cooked meal in our kitchen that is still a work in progress.
Day two of disposal/dish washer installation fun.
I decided to take the day off thinking this could potentially be the last few days without work before the bobby arrives. I'm glad I did because a) we finished installing the dishwasher and I've never been so happy to do dishes before in my life and b) turns out I was right about the last few days without work before the bobby arrives.
One more thing, last month I mentioned three requirements before the baby can come. The third was a working kitchen sink. Shazam!
I had to send this to our doula and it happens to be the only picture I took. Happy to say our flexible birth plan was followed pretty closely!
She's a beaut, Clark. She's a beaut.
Using it! With chef and mini chef making dinner.
I'm due tomorrow. That's a big thought to go to bed with.
Andy's working so Mom (she arrived on Monday) and I run some errands, eat Burger Bach, and organize some drawers with the things we bought, and go to bed.
Henrico Doctor's Hospital
Well, looky there!
Did you know that only 4% of babies come on their due date? Here's the quick: I started contractions at 1:30 am, waited until I had 5 and knew they were real, then texted Andy the code. "Pig's in the blanket." He came home and we labored until about 5:30 before we went to the hospital. Fast forward through about 5 more hours of laboring (it's called labor for good reason) and at 10:16 am our little babe came through. The nurse said, "It's a boy!" And Andy said, "We have an Eddie!" He looked at the gender parts and was skeptical and approximately one minute later, the nurse declared, "No, it's a girl!" Andy thought, well, that seems more like it and I think I said something like, "Who's telling the truth?"
So turns out we've got a Leena Bea. 6 lb. 2 oz. 19.5 inches. Cutest forehead wrinkles I ever saw. Not to mention the rest of her. And Andy is already the sweetest dad on the face of the planet. She might get spoiled.
Henrico Doctor's Hospital
Really what can you say when you've carried a baby inside you for 9 months and all of a sudden you have not just a baby, but a healthy baby daughter, and she's on the outside now. You get to see what she looks like and she gets to see you. And it's incredible because we've made a human. And we all got through this together.
The big trip home! Let the real parenting begin!
Giving Dad the scowl. Because, let's be honest, we are all figuring this out one step at a time.
Grandpa Bud bonds with his second granddaughter before heading back to Little Rock.
It's a rare moment when Leena sleeps not in someone's arms. She stuck her tiny foot out for us.
This is pretty much what we do. Lay on the couch and stare at each other.
Mom and Andy are back at the house projects. Here they are tiling behind the wood stove so we can get some heat back up in this place. (Okay, we have central heat, but wood heat is so much cozier.)
Our little monster is so cute I want to die.
Tiling done, wood stove installed again, men climbing up the wall. Bring it, winter.
Morning snuggles with Kiki. So happy to have the extra set of hands around. She makes pretty good company too.
Buttermilk Bake Shop
Field trip to Petersburg for the grand opening! It's so cool to see my friends in their own beautiful bakery happily making delicious things.
Sitting at the bar.
I think me and this Ergo are going to be real good friends. A pumpkin pie and a fruit tart later, Leena is still snoozing.
The little turkey celebrates her first Thanksgiving. It goes without saying, there's a lot to be thankful for.
Adah loves her Baby Cousin Leena. Here she ceremoniously gives her pacifier to the baby because she is a big girl now.
Oma meets her great granddaughter. It's a pretty special moment.
Not only is Mom great at baby help, but she paints too! The front of our house gets more welcoming as we speak!