Introducing Evelyn June

Aaron and I are thrilled to announce that our daughter was born Friday, April 29, at 3:50 a.m. Evelyn June weighed 9 pounds even, measured 20.5 inches long, and completely stole our hearts from the moment we met her.

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Although Evie (pronounced like the word “eve” + y) joined us three days past her due date, she did us a big favor by arriving quickly! I’ll share her full birth story soon, but the brief summary is that I got the greatest epidural of all time upon being admitted to the hospital — I was alert and able to move my legs a bit, but felt zero pain — pushed for an hour and a half, and gave birth less than five hours after we arrived.

It was the strangest experience of my life — the whole time, I really couldn’t believe it was happening — but also the best. Pre-epidural, the contractions I experienced were far, far more horrible than I’d ever imagined, but the seamless way things went down after the glorious epidural more than made up for the pain. 

Plus, of course, the end result was our daughter — the light of our lives.

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We stayed in the hospital Friday night, went home late Saturday night, and have been enjoying baby bliss ever since.

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That daddy/daughter nap happened today, and I just sobbed after taking this photo because it was so sweet and these two make me so, so happy. Postpartum hormones be nuts!

We are exhausted, of course, but Evie has been an incredibly easy baby so far in that we’ve always been able to soothe her crying in just a few minutes. I know this may not always be the case, so we’re celebrating small victories as they come! 

She seems to only cry to let us know when she’s hungry — although we try to look out for her early hunger cues to prevent her from getting to the crying stage in the first place — and she’s eating like crazy all the time! We can tell she’s growing, too, and it sort of breaks my heart already, even though she’s only a week old. Stay little forever, please, my sweet girl!

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Every parent thinks their child is the cutest in the world, and I am no exception. You can fully expect my Instagram to be flooded with Evie photos for the next, uh, forever. I’m not sorry. 🙂

More to come on the blog soon, including a final pregnancy recap of week 40 and the few days leading up to Evie’s birth, plus her birth story!

From there, I may write more about becoming a parent and share Evie’s progress and hilarious moments. I definitely plan to write about being active and running again, once I get to that point. Who knows! Life will never be the same again, so this blog probably won’t, either.

Both Aaron and I are amazed by the way our hearts seem to have grown a million sizes since Evie came into our lives. I couldn’t have imagined the way she makes me feel — like nothing else in the world matters more than her happiness.

When I was pregnant, I sometimes worried that I’d miss life as just the two of us. Now that she’s here, I’d never, ever go back. Aaron and I often look at her and then at each other in amazement, saying, “This is the best. She’s the best.” It is. And she is. 

Ahhh, now I have to go snuggle my baby and cry all the happy tears again. Stay tuned! 🙂

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