Erin Virginia

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Saturday, June 28, 2014

A Week with Eloise

Here are a few pictures of Eloise since we've been home. Chris returned to work on Wednesday, and Fiona is back at daycare. I will probably keep Fiona home at least one day a week during my maternity leave so I can spend extra time with her.

Eloise started lifting up her head the day we came home from the hospital. 

First bath at home

Friday, June 27, 2014

Eloise Suzanne

On June 18 at 5:25 am, Chris, Fiona and I were blessed to welcome Eloise Suzanne Leckrone. She weighed 8 lbs, 3 oz and measured 20.5 inches long. Eloise looks much like Fiona did at birth with a full head of dark hair.

Name: Eloise is not a family name, but Chris and I both really like it. Suzanne is Chris' mother's middle name (also his sister Katie's middle name). I am happy our girls have middle names after two wonderful women in our family (Fiona's middle name is Virginia after my grandmother).

Eloise arrived quickly. I had been having increasingly frequent lower backaches in the days leading up to Eloise's birth, especially in the evenings. On Tuesday evening, my back was really sore and seemed to be cramping in sequence. I took a shower and drank some water which seemed to help. Meanwhile, Chris seemed a bit skeptical that I might be going into labor, especially since I wasn't sure myself. Finally, I knew I was having contractions and timed them from about 11:30 pm until 3:30 am, at which point they were about 6 minutes apart. (Meanwhile, Fiona had a complete meltdown in the middle of the night, and we ended up "sleeping" with her in the guest room. Not much fun while timing contractions). We called Chris' sister Allison, who arrived quickly from Eden Prairie, and then Chris and I drove the 5 minutes to Fairview Southdale. I arrived at the hospital dilated at 4 cm's, and then my contractions began coming on top of each other. The nurses started a bag of antibiotics and saline, and then my water broke on its own. I was begging for an epidural. The anesthesiologist arrived, threaded the catheter and was about to start testing the medication when I had to push. I was in denial that I was doing this without an epidural and was still begging for it when the nurses flipped me over, and Eloise emerged in 1 push. My labor went so fast that not even the staff doctor arrived in time from the other room to deliver Eloise, much less a doctor from my own OBGYN practice. Chris was a little worried because the nurses seemed to panic a little bit when they realized that Eloise was arriving, but she was perfectly healthy. When they put her on my chest, I couldn't even process the fact for a minute. I do have to say while the contractions were extremely painful without medication, I felt so much better after delivery than I did with Fiona (also because I pushed for a couple hours with Fiona).

Chris stayed at the hospital with me the first night, while Fiona had her first sleepover with her cousins at Rob and Allison's. My mom watched Fiona at our house the second day until Chris arrived in the evening. I had an excellent experience at Fairview Southdale. The nursing staff was very kind and helpful.

We've been home since last Friday morning. Eloise is a pretty good baby and seems to sleep longer and more deeply than Fiona (thank goodness). I think the hardest part of the transition has been for Fiona, who is acting out a little bit. She loves her sister and wants to hold and rock her and cover her with blankets but is still a little jealous that I can't pick her up as much as previously.

In the assessment room...little did I know Eloise would arrive about 45 minutes later. 

Meeting Fiona

First bath

Meeting grandparents

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Katie's Wedding

On June 4, we packed Fiona and Greta into our Volvo and set off at 6 pm for Indiana to celebrate Katie and Matt's wedding on June 7. The car was uncomfortable for me at 37 weeks pregnant and long for Chris who drove the entire way. Fiona eventually fell asleep about 9 pm, and we arrived in Indiana at about 3 am.

I had to order a very large-sized bridesmaid's dress and have it taken in at the bust. I was apprehensive about Fiona's involvement in the wedding (flower girl) because she threw tantrums at every dress fitting. Once in Indiana, she completely fell apart at the church rehearsal and refused to walk down the aisle with her cousins.

However, all ended well. Katie looked stunning, the ceremony went along without a hitch and Fiona paraded down the aisle with her cousins. Katie and Rhonda put a lot of time into special, hand-made accents such as bottled herb olive oil for favors, decorated chalkboards at the reception and hand-made purses for the bridesmaids and flower girls. My parents and Sean and Bonny and their kids also attended the wedding, which was very helpful in terms of corralling Fiona.

It was also nice to spend some time in Indiana with Chris' family and help with last minute wedding preparations. Best of all, I didn't go into labor. I didn't take enough pictures and none on our SLR due to being preoccupied with being in the wedding party. I will try to load up some professional pictures with Chris' family when they are available. Otherwise, I did get a few picture on my phone, although most of these are on Facebook.