Thursday, January 29, 2009

Surprise Delivery!

Baby Aissa decided to arrive a month early! My water broke at 1:00 a.m. on Monday, and she was born at 1:18 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27th. And so the adventures in parenting begin!
Pre-contractions, heading out for a walk...and later sitting in the whirlpool to distract myself from back labor. The smiles didn't last all day.
Ahhhhh....after my epidural was underway, we were both able to catch a few moments of sleep before the delivery. Kyle was an excellent labor coach and never left my side.
And here she is! Aissa Elizabeth Anne. Elizabeth Anne is my Aunt "Tam," Sr. Elizabeth Anne Swartz, an influential woman in my life and Aissa's namesake. She weighed 5 lbs. and was 19 inches long. She has lots of blonde hair, leading me to believe my husband once had blonde hair!

Because she was a "preemie," she spent some time in a warmer to get her temperature regulated and adjust to life on the outside.

One day old and already Daddy's Girl.

We headed home on Thursday with our healthy baby girl. Stay tuned...