After months of anticipation, our daughter has finally arrived! Ella Beth was born on Friday, January 8th at 10:32pm. She weighed 8lbs 6ozs and was 21 inches long. In the days since, we have learned much, slept little, and fallen in love with our precious gift.
As if 9 months isn't long enough to wait, Ella kept us waiting at the end as well. We checked in to the hospital at 7:30pm on Thursday night, and started drugs to induce the labor shortly thereafter. In the next 27 hours, we spent a lot of time staring at machines like this:
All of the waiting and struggle of labor paid off the second we laid our eyes on Ella Beth. She came out wide awake and full of life!
Even though it was the middle of the night, we were blessed by having family visit shortly after the birth to share in our joy. (Having trouble getting these pictures uploaded!)
After everyone had left, and we were transferred to our recovery room, it was wonderful to get a few relaxing moments as a new family.