The first official day of parenthood has gone pretty well for everyone. Hopefully, Natalie would agree. I will spare everyone the full labor story (ask Erin if you’d like the play-by-play) but the summary: we went in at 11:15pm on Dec 18th and Natalie was born at 11:40am on the morning of Dec 19th.
Overall, the nurses and staff at Evanston Hospital have been fantastic. Special shout outs to Dana and Vicky for all their help. Below are a few pics from yesterday right after the birth.
Last night, Grandpa Julie and Grandpa Dave came down from Green Bay to visit. Natalie was very happy to see them, as indicated by her lack of fussing and funny noises. As if all the cutesy pink outfits, baby booties, and other baby schwag doesn’t show the spoiling she will get, Natalie is also the first grandchild on both sides. Yikes.
Grandma and Grandpa came this morning as well to spend some time with her before heading back up north. Over the next month, Natalie is very much looking forward to meeting Nana and Pop as well as all of her aunts and uncles. Hopefully, she likes being passed around!
We will be in the hospital until tomorrow morning. Everything has been going very well, from Natalie’s health to her ability to nurse to her parent’s energy level. It will be a pretty incredible two weeks ahead with all the visitors and Christmas coming together at once. Throw in the football bowl games (including an inevitable Irish win), and I’m not sure Natalie will even be able to handle all the excitement! Thanks to everyone for the well wishes, prayers, and support.