Enter sweet little Ella Claire Hodges. She was born on Monday, June 2, 2008 at 11:16 am after just 5 hours of labor. I had her at the hospital (but with a different group of midwives) and she was not induced. It was tough, as I thought I was due mid May, but I waited it out, and labor started around 6 am, waking me with horrible contractions. I arrived at the hospital around 9am and was admitted. Around 10:30 I started begging for an epidural and they brought it in but took their time. But as soon as the ridiculously long scary needle was in my back, I knew it was time for her to be born. So Ella Claire was born, at 11:16am right after I got my epidural that didn't work until after she was already born! She was the tiniest, weighing in at 6 lbs 7 oz and was 20.5 inches long, born perfectly healthy. She now weighs (and I'm guessing... she hasn't been in to the doctor's office since her two week check-up! :-)) about 17-19 lbs and will be one in less than a month. She still breast feeds pretty regularly and it's wonderful. She's just recently started eating a bit, and loves real food, but never would eat anything I mashed for her.
Ella Claire, only minutes after she was born.
And since she hasn't had her first birthday yet, here are some favorites from this past year!
Your Baby's Signs of Hunger
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