Happy birthday, Lily!

Elly and I welcomed our daughter into the world

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

1: We showed up at the maternity clinic for a checkup, and were told 'nope, you're not going home today. Go over to the hospital and get checked in.'

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2: So we got tagged, and started getting ready for the big event

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3: We took a few strolls around the OB wing while we were waiting. Elly brought her IV along for the ride.

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4: 'Nope, I'm outta here!'

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5: Elly pauses for a moment in a lounge

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6: Two proud grandparents-to-be wait eagerly in the birth room.

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7: Elly takes a nap

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8: Elly's nametag

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9: The labour nurses all thought Elly's birth plan was hilarous.

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10: A quick shot of the two of us

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11: Danny shares some sage advice

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12: So, the hospital food was…not terrible. Not great, mind you—it was really bland—but definitely palatable.

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13: Danny waits patiently (even though Elly and Lily were technically the patients here)

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14: 'See, labour is easy!'

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15: The pitosin was ramped up slowly, so Elly had lots of waiting to do.

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16: I eventually had to break down and try the hospital food too. Surprisingly, the salad was actually good. The pasta…not so much so.

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17: Dad and I were paged back from dinner as Elly's contractions were starting to get more intense.

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18: Mandy holds her sister's hand while waiting for the epidural to kick in

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19: After the epidural, Elly took a nap in her anime-eyes sleep mask.

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20: 'Yup, epidurals for the win.'

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21: The only thing you can eat while receiving an epidural is crushed ice.

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22: The pushing gets more intense

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23: And suddenly we have baby cries in the room, and a really happy mom!

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24: A puzzled newborn meets her daddy for the first time

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25: 'Hello there, little one!'

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26: 3.373 kg…not bad!

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27: Lily's first bath

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28: Lily meets her grandfather.

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29: Lily meets Gigi

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30: Lily meets Aunt Mandy

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31: Adorable

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32: Mom and daughter

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33: Isn't she just a cutie?

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34: The next day, we got to take her home, where she met (and blended in with) Grandfather Leaverton!

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35: Pi checks out his little sister

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36: I think they're going to get along famously

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