On the morning of June 30th, at 4:08am, we welcomed our second daughter – Layla Josephine. Although she made us wait an extra 8 days past her due date, once she was on her way, she moved pretty quickly, arriving 9 1/2 hours after my water broke. My mom and sister were in the delivery room (my Dad stayed home with big sister Ellie) and Chris got to catch her, pulling her out by holding under her armpits and placing her on my chest. He didn’t have time to put gloves on – neither did the midwife – because once I started pushing, she came out much quicker than expected. You’ll hear me complain every day about pregnancy pains and discomforts but I’ve been blessed with two relatively smooth deliveries. It doesn’t escape me how fortunate I am.
Layla weighed in at 8 lbs, 2 oz, a half pound bigger than her sister was. She came out quiet and I had to keep asking the midwife if she was okay. Ellie had entered this world wailing. It will be interesting to see how that difference is reflected in their personalities.
Once we were settled into our postpartum room, we invited Ellie to come meet baby sister. I’ll never ever forget this moment, it was everything I hoped it would be! I remember thinking that it could go either way – she could be super excited OR she could be confused and not like that Mom and Dad were spending their time with another baby. I can’t say I’m surprised that she reacted so well (we had, of course, been preparing for this in various ways for months), but it exceeded my expectations. She SO impressed us with her enthusiasm, pure joy and pride over her new “baby sister.” (By the way, she has yet to call Layla by anything other than “baby sister.”)
Baby sister gave her a bag of presents (and a lollipop!!!!) which went over REALLY well, and at the end of the visit we sang her happy birthday and Ellie got to eat a cupcake in celebration. SOLD. Chris and I were worried that she wouldn’t want to leave us in the hospital to go home with my parents, but it was no problem. She was a big girl and she needed to go push the elevator button. See ya Mom and Dad!
Here are some photos from the first afternoon with our new family member. Thanks to our amazing friends Cherie and Scott, and my sister Sally, for capturing the special moments.