She’s here! She’s healthy! She’s beautiful! She’s perfect!

Baby Jane was born this morning at 11:56am. She weighed in at 8 pounds 4 ounces and measures 20.5 inches in length.

The hospital told us yesterday that they would call us this morning between 5 and 6 to tell us what time to come in. Our phone rang this morning at 5:02am and they asked if we could make it in by 6:00. I was so so so glad that they wanted us to come in first thing. I hadn’t gotten much sleep, but I was bright-eyed and ready to go!

They got me into my room at 7:00 and the nurse checked me and found that I was already at about 6cm! I had been having pretty strong contractions all night long, every night long, for about a week. In fact, one night I was up timing contractions that were consistently seven minutes apart for about four hours, only to have them suddenly stop all together. Anyway, by the time my doctor came in and broke my water (8:45) I was at a 7. Three hours later, Baby Jane arrived!! No pitocin. No c-section. No problems!

It’s hard to say how long I was actually in labor. Like I said, for at least a week I had consistent contractions every single night, and they were pretty strong…thus the reason why I showed up to be induced and I was already at 6cm. I guess I was in “active labor” from the time the doctor broke my water to the time she arrived and that was only about three hours. Whatever the case may be, the labor and delivery went SO SMOOTH. I can’t imagine a better birthing experience. It was really wonderful. She came out crying and pink and perfect. We really are so blessed!

When they first put Jane in my arms (which was several minutes longer than I had hoped because the NICU team needed to check her out) I was totally taken aback. She was not what I was expecting! She looked totally different from both Megan and Jack, weighing about a pound more than both of them did, and they both had much more hair than she did. Also, her hair was BLONDE!! Jack and Megan both had tons of brown hair. I thought, I don’t know this girl,which is pretty true since it was just seven weeks ago that we found out that we were expecting Jane. It was pretty strange. But now, as she lays here beside me, I can totally see her resemblance to her big sister and her older brother. She is so cute and I love her to the moon and back.

I feel really good and I am recovering well. Seriously, everything has gone so well. I now have three little babes to call my own. I am just in heaven, and today I consider myself the luckiest woman in the world.

15 responses »

  1. Congratulations! I’m so happy the delivery went so smoothly and that she is so healthy and perfect. What a wonderful addition to your family!

  2. oh my she is GORGEOUS!!! seriously, newborns don’t usually look that beautiful. I am glowing with happiness for you….. can’t say congratulations enough! congratulations to jack too for getting to be a big brother!

  3. Yeah!! More pictures!!! Breathtakingly beautiful!!! We can’t wait to see lots more pics!

    I am so happy you had such a blessed day and all went smoothly!!!!!!!

  4. HOORAY!!! You’ve been in my thoughts and prayers all day. I am so happy to hear that everything went so beautifully for you and your darling baby girl. Does Megan ever look excited?!?!

    CONGRATULATIONS to all. We are so, so, so happy for you!

  5. My daughters husband is a cousin to Rachel Renshaw, I have followed your blog from hers for sometime now. I am truly excited and grateful for you and your family that Jane is here and healthy.

  6. oh happy happy day!!! she IS perfect- sooooo pretty!! how absolutely wONDERFUL to have had such a great delivery, it is an awesome thing. you all look so happy, such a special family you have. you KNOW Jack is smiling down on his sisters today. enjoy holding that newborn and getting to know her, she sure is a miracle. MUCH MUCH love!!! God be praised!

  7. Congratulations! I’m so happy for you! I’m so glad everything went so well!! Can’t wait to see you!

  8. This is the best news I have heard!!! Glad everything went so well!!! And she is adorable. You look ridiculously fantastic for little sleep and having a baby, and I am just too happy for you to adequately express it.

  9. Congratulations on a great birth experience and a healthy, beautiful baby! She is just perfect! I can’t even imagine the joy, peace, and relief you must feel at this moment. Have a smooth recovery!

  10. Congratulations!! We have been praying for you and are sooo glad to hear all went well and baby Jane is healthy and well:) And Megan is such a darling big sister.

  11. YAY!!!! She is absolutely beautiful!!!! I love the smile on Megan’s face in the picture where she is holding baby Jane. Priceless. We are very excited for you and your little family. Congratulations ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. congratulations! she is beautiful and you are an amazing and brave woman! I think about you often and may God send you all the happiness possible with this new baby.

  13. Congrats Liz I am so happy for you and I am so glad everything went so well. You are so strong and beautiful. Jane takes after her mom!

  14. Oh, I am just so, SO overjoyed for all of you! She is absolutely gorgeous. Enjoy every moment. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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