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Grace’s two week appointment

May 18, 2009 · filed under: Grace Evelyn by Geoff

Today marked Grace’s 2-week appointment and another weigh-in. It also marked Dad’s first day back at work, and Mom’s first day to take care of Grace alone.

The doctor visit went very well.  Grace weighed in at an astounding 8 lbs. 3 oz. today, putting her total weight gain at a pound, and after her initial weight loss, her total weight gain for a week and a half at a pound & a half.  She’s really growing!

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And with that, Grace is officially 2 weeks old and in good shape.  Mom & Dad are still in good spirits, and Grace continues to consume all of our hearts.

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A week with Grace

May 11, 2009 · filed under: Grace Evelyn by Geoff

The past week has been filled with doctors, nurses, family and friends.  We came home from the hospital on Wednesday morning ready to relax.  Grandpa and Grandma Janes had been working at the house to keep things in order while we were gone, highlighed by Grandpa’s quest to find and water all of Jill’s potted plants.

After Grandpa & Grandma Janes left, Grandma Benton arrived to help Jill through her first night at home without nurse care, and Aunt Jessica and Aunt Jinny arrived for a quick visit.  By the time all guests left for home, not another bit of food could fit in the fridge & freezer, and the house was spotlessly clean.  Mom and Dad greatly appreciate all the work that Family and Friends provided, helping make our first few days at home pretty darn easy.

The other gift to Mom and Dad comes from Grace.  Grace has been an absolute joy during our first week at home.  Not only does she have Mom & Dad wrapped around her fingers, but she’s been incrediably good to Mom & Dad.  Only seldomly has she been fussy, we’ve had pretty good nights, and only one blow-out so far.  🙂

As we continue forward, we look back at the last week’s worth of memories and cherish the time to come.

Happy first week Grace!

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Grace Evelyn Janes

May 4, 2009 · filed under: Grace Evelyn by Geoff

At 8:48 AM this morning, Jill and I were blessed with a 7lb 4oz baby girl.  At 4:30 this morning Grace decided she was done with her home and was ready to move on.  The Braxton Hicks contractions that we thought we were having for several days ended up being the real thing, and at 4:30 they turned up the intensity.  Not only were they much stronger, they were already only 2 minutes apart.

So, only a little panicked, Geoff scurried to get things together as Jill leaned against the bathroom counter.  And as we rushed to the emergency room, we quickly called the family to let everyone know that today was the day.

By the time we arrived, we were already dilated to 6cm, and after a short period of contractions had reached 10cm.  Then an hour and 20 minutes of pushing later, Grace arrived:

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We’re blessed with such a wonderful little girl, and look forward to taking her home in a few days.  We can’t wait for visits from all of you!

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