Just coming up for air to announce that on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012, at exactly 5:06 p.m., hubby and I welcomed our daughter into the world. She is two months early and to say that we were surprised to see her would be an understatement. Now that she’s here, we are so unbelievably in love with little Peanut… who is actually…
But we’ll keep calling her Peanut on here, because… well… she is one. She’s a tiny little bundle, which is to be expected considering she insisted on being born at 31 weeks pregnant instead of 40 weeks. (Apparently Peanut has inherited her dorky parents’ tendency for being embarrassingly early to parties, only she’s taken it to new levels by showing up two months before her own birthday party.) But even though she’s tiny, Peanut is a feisty little lady who made her entrance with eyes wide open, looking around at the world when she was only moments old, and who is constantly impressing us with how amazing she is at this young age. She’ll have a few weeks’ stay in the NICU while she gets nice and pudgy so we can bring her home and show her all her fun toys and clothes and her cute nursery, which we are obviously still working on.
This has been a pretty harrowing ordeal, as you might imagine. I went from blissfully on vacation (babymooning in New York City), with no real indication that Peanut might be an early arrival… to strict doctor-ordered bed rest in a last-ditch attempt to hold Peanut in for a few more weeks… to becoming a mommy to an incredibly gorgeous preemie… all in seven days flat. The time in between was full of unbelievable highs and lows and lots of tears of both the happy and sad variety (sometimes at the same time). I was planning to share a birth story on here, but I’m really REALLY not ready. It was both the worst and best week of my life, and I’m completely overwhelmed and emotionally exhausted right now. Maybe someday I’ll be able to tell you how it all went down… we’ll see.
Now that Peanut is here, she’s captured our hearts completely and we couldn’t be happier. But we’re still going through a challenging time as a family as we learn to be parents in the NICU. So I’m going to take a bit of a break from blogging. My life currently revolves around this little girl and she needs every ounce of love and attention I can give her. I can’t really focus on anything else at the moment. So let’s meet back here in about a month, on October 1st. (I will respond to comments in the meantime, and I’ll still be reading and commenting on other blogs – I just need to take this time off as hubby and I adjust to being Mommy and Daddy and help Peanut grow big enough to come home with us ASAP.)
See you in October… and in the meantime, please keep us in your thoughts and cross your fingers for Peanut! I’m sure she will be running around terrorizing us all in the blink of an eye. In the meantime, we’ll be off enjoying our sweet baby girl.