July 3, 2012. 5 lbs. 13 oz. 18.9 inches long.
She was due on July 28. Then she was scheduled to arrive July 13th. She has proved once again that she is on her own timeline.
I was sitting at Cooper’s swim meet, sweating in the bleachers visiting with friends, waiting for the meet to start. A quick trip to the bathroom confirmed that all was not quite right. A quick phone call to Denten had him taking over at the swim meet and me on my way home to pack a bag and find someone to watch the kids. Ward families are fantastic when your biological one is far away. Upon arrival at the hospital, things moved quickly. Within an hour we had a new baby. A tiny, tiny little girl who moved our name-decision conversation into high gear.
Heaven answered my prayers with her beautiful dark hair and a delivery that will leave far fewer emotional scars than the last. My first week of recovery is by far the best I’ve experienced leaving me both physically and emotionally more available to soak up all the beauty Stella has brought with her from heaven. She left the hospital at barely over 5 pounds and was the same at her appt. this week. Sometimes her tininess scares me a little and I know that she needs to put on weight and grow, but part of me is holding onto every minute she is little because I know the growing part happens way too fast.
I’m grateful my mom is here to handle meals, laundry and kids so that long awake hours during the night do not become frustrating, they become moments I can afford to simply stare at her and be completely amazed that she’s here and she’s mine. I’m very grateful for Denten who handled everything I couldn’t after delivery, both with Stella at the hospital and with the kids at home. I’m grateful he was there with me and that he continues to balance his time incredibly well, even through his own sleep-deprivation. I had to return to the hospital on Monday night to remedy a spinal fluid leak that occurred during the delivery process. His calm presence eased my fears and made that experience much better than anticipated. Stella is one lucky little girl to have Denten for a dad during her time here on earth, and we are two very blessed parents who get to enjoy her sweet little spirit. Welcome, Stella Drew… be patient with me. I love you more than my heart can handle.