Monday, August 8, 2016

Welcome Emma Grace!

We did it!  Emma Grace Schwabenbauer joined us at 6:57am on Wed. August 3rd weighing 7 lbs 12 oz and 22 inches long!  She made Mommy really work for it after 20+ hours of labor and then a c-section since she just didn't want to join us in the normal fashion.  However, this does not surprise me a bit considering her Mother has always been one to do things her own way.  While I didn't plan on having a c-section and was upset for a few minutes, the most important thing was that we are both healthy and happy.  This goal was accomplished and now we are learning about each other a little more each day.  Kyle was a huge support throughout the process and continues to be awesome changing diapers and bringing her to Mom to feed in the middle of the night! 

When she was being born all the doctors and nurses kept commenting on "all that hair!"  It's very prominent and dark like when I was born.  We had a few pictures taken at the hospital with a photographer who was wonderful.  

We worried we would not get the calm temperament for the pictures, but everything turned out well.  Doesn't every baby arrive on a nest and bed of leaves?  ;) 

 We are using these first days to find our groove and understand her different cries and needs.  She has a very distinct cry which seems to involve a little squeek of breath in the middle of each yell that can be identified by her Mom and Dad anywhere!  In the hospital, I knew when the nurses were bringing her back from testing without ever seeing her coming down the hall.
We are so thankful first and foremost that she is healthy.  It was fun not knowing if we were having a boy or a girl and above all else, we breathed a huge sigh of relief when we heard her scores after birth were right on point.  We have a long challenging journey ahead of us, but we are excited and willing to spend the time to be the best parents possible.  

Thank you for the well wishes and for following our journey!  Thank you to my sponsors for you support during this year including Ultragrain (#fuelyourpregnancy), Coeur Sports, Rudy Project, QT2 Systems and many more. 

 If you have any parenting advice!  Let's hear it!  What was the biggest thing you learned in these first few months of life with your little one?  

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