Thursday, November 8, 2012

Introducing Finley to the World: Hospital Edition

Since our baby girl was born late in the day, we really weren't in the hospital very long.  Only one full day afterwards, but in that short amount of time Finley got a lot of loving from so many wonderful people.

Three Generations of Steeles

 JaJa and Big C love their first granddaughter.

  Cousin love is so sweet!

Charley loves her new friend!

Getting her hearing test.  It was so cute. She kind of bobbed her head when the noises were played in her ears.

We are so thankful to all of our family and friends for celebrating our big arrival with us.  We are so blessed.

Daddy's first dirty diaper.
 Of course, his baby girl had a little extra surprise to give him while he changed it...Only right for his initiation into parenthood.

Daddy and daughter loving skin to skin.

Headed home.

Isn't she adorable?  I think we'll keep her.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Finley's Birthday!

WOW!  I have a lot to catch up on.  Last time we talked I was VERY pregnant and oh so eager to get that baby out of me.  Now, I've been a mom for almost 4 weeks.  I'm a mom.  It's still so surreal.  Let me catch you up on all the events of the last few weeks.  Let's start at the beginning of this new phase of life...our sweet baby's birthday.

Last belly picture...38 weeks 6 days.

Arriving at the hospital at 12:01 am.
Nervous.  Tired.  Excited.

Dressed and ready to get this party started.

I was lucky enough to have a friend from growing up as my nurse.  Mallory was so sweet and really made the experience wonderful.

After a long night and day of labor, 3 o'clock rolled around and we were at 10 cm.  Of course my family wanted to take pictures.
 Around this time my epidural was really wearing off.  Although, I'm glad they did I was not feeling the greatest.

Last photo as a family of 2.

The next 2 hours were spent pushing.  Although, these 2 hours were definitely the hardest physical thing I have ever done, the reward was so sweet.  At 4:53pm, Finley Cross Steele finally made her arrival.

Our alert baby girl weighed in at 6 lbs. 8 oz. and was 20 inches long.

Daddy's first time to hold his baby girl.

Already in love.
We are so thankful for God's provision throughout our pregnancy and delivery and the beautiful gift he gave us in our daughter.  We can only pray for his continued provision as we learn to be parents.

Next up... Introducing Finley to the world and our hospital stay.
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