Tuesday, June 24, 2014

reese @ 1 month

Reese has been with us a month now, and I can't believe how fast the time is going! I'm trying to absorb every minute with her. She is such a sweet baby! Reese has plumped up already, and is really resembling her two siblings. She sleeps well at night for a newborn, pretty much only getting up to eat. She has started smiling a little, plays on her playmat, and coos, gurgles, and grunts! It's a good thing she's mostly agreeable because she has a set of lungs on her. We are totally in love with our third little!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

welcome reese!

Reese Lydia Shrock 
May 18, 2014
7:20 pm
6 lbs 2 oz
19 in
I think the theme of Reese's life will be surprise. She's been a surprise from the very beginning! We weren't necessarily done having kids, but we hadn't made any plans to have another one yet. Then both Chris just felt like we should wait to find out the gender because it was more fun to have a surprise baby in the delivery room. I had in my mind she'd be a week late, because that was what Todd and Elle had done, but she surprised us by coming on her due date of all days. We had anticipated it being a quick labor because Todd was so fast, but contractions started around midnight Saturday night and we didn't end up leaving for the hospital until 5 pm the next evening. I was surprised at how tiny she was when she was born. I've been surprised at how easy she is to take care of. However, I'm not surprised at how naturally she seems to fit in already. Or about how much we all adore and love her instantly. I'm curious to see what surprises she has in store for us in the future!

A little bit of the birth story for our memories: Once we got to the hospital, it was a fast delivery. The contractions rapidly got closer together and more intense. I had decided to go without the epidural and really there wasn't any time to change my mind once I had refused. Two pushes and she was here! She had a loud squeaky cry and let everyone know she had arrived. Chris was the one who announced the gender because for some reason the doctor and nurses weren't saying anything. They put her on my chest and she stayed there for a long time.

They didn't weigh or measure her for such a long time, that Elle and Todd had arrived by then and got to watch. They got to see her first bath, which I think was good timing for their first glimpses of her. Elle was a proud big sister and wanted to hold her immediately. Todd was a little overwhelmed, and didn't really want to hold her. He was more interested in the birthing ball in the room. He finally came around by Friday and asked to hold her. He loves to give kisses to her, and stroke her head.

We've all been adjusting pretty well these early days. Chris is wonderful to help all the time. He's so good about staying up late with Reese or taking her when she's not needing to eat, but needs to be held. We've been so blessed by everyone's gifts, well wishes, prayers, yummy meals, and visits. It's hard to believe she's already 2 weeks old! I tried my hand at some newborn shots one day in her bear outfit. I have a lot more respect for people who do that professionally. Elle loved taking pictures with her, but Todd was sick and napping so he missed out. Hopefully, we'll get some with him soon.