allow me to introduce sweet Savannah Leigh

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Savannah Leigh
April 28, 2010
1:14 in the afternoon
8 pounds, 7 ounces
20.5 inches

Now for the long winded story...

Last Wednesday morning, April 28, a very nervous me went to the hospital early in the morning to be induced at 39 weeks.  Induction made sense for us... I was "ready" physically, and with my husband's crazy schedule, we needed her to come sooner than later.  Still, I didn't really feel like it was all that natural to be induced and sort of wanted her to come into the world on her own timing.  Looking back, there are pros and cons for me.  Will I do an elective induction next time around?  Maybe...

Pros:  quick pain relief, deliver at an easier time of day, schedule care for older child

Cons:  very anxiety provoking (no contractions to distract me from worrying about everything), must have pain relief relatively quickly because it is very uncomfortable to not be able to move around during contractions, not natural in the least and will always wonder when she would have decided to be born

So all in all --- no big deal.  With Ethan I labored all day long, from 5am until he was born at 20 minutes until 7pm... so I was very tired.  Then, they had to get you to a new room, you had to eat, and all the other blah, blah, blah postpartum stuff.  We didn't get to rest until after midnight.  With Savannah, I must say, we got to bed that night at 9:30 or so, and I think that extra rest helped...a lot.

It was a great labor and delivery... she was born after 6 pushes through two contractions.  And she was bigger than anyone (except me) imagined... and was EXACTLY the same size and length as her big brother (even at hospital discharge).  And everyone was shocked at her blond hair and eye lashes... especially after Ethan's dark mop of hair...

She nurses like a champ, she sleeps well (albeit she wants to be snuggled to do this) and she is a really sweet cuddly baby.  And for the most part, Ethan enjoys her, too.

Some photos:

one last maternity shot...  thank god no stretchmarks on my tummy...

our new addition

Ethan meets his 'lil sister (I swear, I don't think he really gets that she has a name... although, he totally understood that I had to go to the hospital to have his little sister - just about floored me that he explained that to my mother in law the morning we were gone!!)

Ethan in his big brother t-shirt, playing with the gift Savannah bought him - a big rig

Welcome home, Savannah

He really missed us... just about broke my heart. 

Isn't she dainty??  Faustino helped me out and dressed her in the hospital while they were going over dismissal info with me... I was impressed with his skills....

just a couple I snapped of her yesterday while she was snoozing.  I promise, I will take more soon.

Also, for the record, Yesterday (monday) was my first day alone with the kids... Savannah had an 8:15 doctors appointment (weighing in at 8 lbs, 1 oz, I might add)... anyway, on my first day, I totally cheated and farmed Ethan out for a play date by 7:45 am.  So technically today is my first day solo... So far, so good.  I hope that having a Starbucks bearing friend stop by for a visit this morning doesn't count as cheating... 

more later... I have a baby that needs cuddling and a bigger baby waking from a nap...


  1. She is so precious! I hope I get to meet her at school tomororw:)

  2. dang...I wanted to be the first to comment! Thanks for posting! Love her sweet little face, and I'm so impressed with the belly shot...very sharing of you steph! can't wait to see more...wish I lived closer :)

  3. Girl - how do you look so fabulous on the day you give birth? Congrats, your babies are beautiful!

  4. Yeah! Congratulations! I'm going in tonight to be induced. Have been having contractions off and on all day, also, so hoping that will keep going. She's beautiful!

  5. BEAUTIFUL!!!! She's gorgeous and you look like someone posing in "Hot Glamorous Momma" Magazine or something! =)

  6. Oh Stephanie, she is absolutely beautiful!!! And I must agree with the others, you look wonderful before, during and after the experience. I understand the feelings you had with inducing. I felt the same about my scheduled section with Cora Leigh....our husbands and their stinkin' schedules! ;-)I'm glad that all is going well and can't wait to see more pictures. Congratulations. :)

  7. Yay!!! She is beautiful!!! What a sweet little blessing! Hope you are having so much fun with 2! PS-you are the cutest little pregnant lady ever! :)

  8. well isn't she a beauty!
    we love you guys.

  9. Steph -- Little Savannah is precious! Congratulations on #2! Can't wait to meet her. :-)

  10. Thank you everyone - we are indeed blessed. Your love and support of our family means so much to me.

  11. OH MY STARS! You were ALL BABY! She was beautiful at birth!! What a precious family you have. :)


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