meet della

Happy Monday! All the days lately are running into one another, as we welcomed our baby girl Adaline Elizabeth, who we call Della, last Wednesday February 1 and I've lost track of time a bit since. I was due February 11 and was (very pleasantly) surprised when my water broke Wednesday morning when I woke around 7am, 10 days before we expected her. Dustin had just walked into work when I called him and told him to come back home, and once my mom got to our house we headed to the hospital. I was able to do a natural water birth again like I had done with Penelope, and Adaline was born into the water at 1:30pm that afternoon, weighing 6 lbs, 6 oz and measuring 19.5 inches long. I really wanted a February baby (maybe because I'm a January baby and wanted her to have her own whole month?!) and God so kindly waited until the first day of the month to send her on her way to us! ;)

Everything went well with labor & delivery and we are so so grateful to have a healthy and happy baby girl at home with us, making us a family of 5. We came home on Thursday afternoon and have been learning our new groove with three kids ever since. We like to say we moved from a man to man defense to zone, now that we are officially outnumbered! Adaline is our smallest baby yet and she feels so tiny; she weighed 5 lbs 13 oz at her newborn check on Friday but with how good of an eater she is, my guess is she'll be back up to birth weight soon ;) 

Getting to know her more each day is one of my favorite parts about having her here. She is incredibly mellow, tender and mild. She loves being held and her favorite place to sleep is in our arms or on my chest. Her big sisters adore her (and need to be reminded to give her space quite often...). She has her most alert wake time for an hour in the morning after waking up before I feed her and she just loves to lay and look around to take the whole room in. She has been giving me a few 3- and 4-hour stretches of sleep in the night and as tired as I am, I know this newborn season of endless cuddles and nursing is going to go by so so fast. I am going to miss it before I know it, so I am trying to soak it all up, enjoying every moment, even those at 2 in the morning. Dustin is home from work all week so it's given me some extra time with Della while he keeps Olivia and Poppy occupied. 

We got out of the house on Saturday with all 3 of the girls for a little trip to a favorite local bakery and it felt so good to do something normal again and just be together. She had her first bath yesterday and in just a few days she'll be one week old. It's already going by too fast! We are all smitten with her sweet and gentle spirit and mellow personality. God is good and our hearts are so full!

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