Thursday, March 18, 2010

Best. Day. Ever.

Our beautiful, perfect daughter was born at 10:30 PM, weighing 6 lbs., 13 oz., and 18 1/2 inches on St. Patrick's Day 2010 (3/17/2010). It has been a pretty busy day and half with visitors coming in and out to celebrate Ava Madelyn's arrival so I haven't been able to update my post.

I am officially a mommy! So far it has been amazing and a feeling I can't even describe or ever thought I could feel. I cannot stop staring at my little glow worm. I've only had a couple hours of sleep in the past two days but I think I am running on mommy adrenaline and pure elation.

We were admitted to the hospital around 10:30 in the morning and the doctor said we would have her by 8 o'clock. He broke my water around 2:30pm to try and speed things up and eventually was given some pitocin. I was 9 cm dilated by 8:30 pm and it was time to push before long.

I am happy to say I didn't feel any pain throughout the 12 hours of labor because of this wonderful thing called the epidural. I swear those who choose not to get it are crazy. It did make me completely numb but it was worth it not to feel the pain that I have seen women endure on all the TLC shows I had been watching while i was on bedrest.

The minute Ava came out I was instantly overcome with emotion. I couldn't even speak, it was just the most wonderful feeling knowing she was finally here! I just started crying. I wanted to say something but I couldn't even get anything out. She was amazing after she was out and swaddled. She was just so curious, looking around stary eyed at her new world.

She's been a perfect baby so far and has only cried a few times when she gets unswaddled or briefly when we change her diaper. I'm hoping this behavior follows us home tomorrow.

Here's a couple of pictures of our new addition to the Cruzan Family.


  1. I know you've probably been overwhelmed all day, so I didn't want to call but once things settle down I want to hear all about everything!

    I am beyond thrilled for you and Noah. She is precious. And I think glow worm is the perfect nickname. :)

  2. Julia, I am sooo very happy for you and Noah!! I can't WAIT to see her!

  3. You cry?!?! Nooooo! JK!

    Seriously, It's like you never thought you could love someone so much in your life until you first lay your eyes on your child. Am I right?!?!

    I still look at Haley and fall in love with her more every day!

    Congrats Mommy! Key rule #1: Sleep when she sleeps!

  4. Kathryn, I'll give you a call when everything settles and fill you in!

    Shereen, Thanks!!! We'll stop by the office on Monday before our pediatrician appt.

    Roel, Yes I didn't think I could feel like this. It's really something! And while Noah's mom is in down I'm going to fully take advantage of nap opportunities.


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