Well helllllllooooo there my friends! It’s been a little quiet around here the past few days, huh? Well if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you know that our baby girl finally arrived! She made her appearance on Sunday, July 9th and I’ve been in new baby heaven ever since. I wanted to jump on real quick today to introduce you all to our sweet Ava Pearl.
Just look at those cheeks! You better believe I’ve been kissing and loving on that little face as much as possible the past few days. She smells like heaven. Pure heaven. I wish I could bottle up that newborn smell and keep it forrrrrrrrever.
Labor was smooth and pretty quick for the most part–it was definitely the fastest of my three babies. Contractions started hard and heavy at 4am on Sunday morning and she was born around noon, so the whole thing only took about eight hours or so. That was nice of her, huh? She’s also my smallest baby at 7 pounds, 13 ounces. That seems teeny tiny compared to my son, who came into the world at a whopping 9 pounds. Yeah, ouch. I barely survived that one.
After a full 9 months of debating her name (really, it took us the entire pregnancy to decide) we finally settled on Ava Pearl on our way to the hospital. Literally we were driving to the hospital when we both agreed Ava Pearl would be her name. Last minute, I know! But up until that very minute no other name felt quite right. My husband has always loved the name Ava and I’ve adored the name Pearl for years and years now and it wasn’t until we were driving to the hospital that we realized the two names went together beautifully. And it suits her just right. She’s definitely our sweet little pearl.
These first few days as a family of five have been so good. The other kids are head over heels in love with Ava and everyone is completely smitten. Sure, we’re tired, but we are smitten. And I must say it’s always a bit surreal to come home after the birth of a new baby. Maybe a few of you mama’s can relate. Pregnancy is full of so much build up and anticipation for so many months and then it seems like the birthing experience always happens so fast. It’s like all of a sudden the baby is here and you’re home from the hospital, floating on this cloud trying to figure out the new normal. And oddly enough I find myself wishing I could push rewind to Sunday morning at 4am, just as contractions were starting, so I could do it all over again and relive that amazing day. It all just went way too fast. Is that crazy? Probably. But dang, those are the best days in my life and I’ve been lucky enough to have three of them now. I’d love to do each one over, from start to finish, just so I could experience again that feeling of holding my babies for the very first time. There’s nothing like it.
I’m just so insanely grateful our Ava Pearl is here and healthy. God is good. So very good. I also want to thank you all for the prayers and well wishes over the past few days. I’ve been so overwhelmed with all the love and support, you guys are incredible.
I have lots of awesome content written and ready to go for the blog, so things will pick back up here very soon. In the mean time, I’ll be behind the scenes just snuggling on this little babe and soaking in all the fresh baby smells!