Day 289: Oh baby baby

October 16, 2007

Little Baby N finally made her grand entrance in the early hours of this morning and she is doing fantastically well. She’s a 7lb 6oz bundle of cute wonder and she is currently snoozing. She is doing great, has almost got the hang of eating, and has an exceptionally loud cry. After blogging last night, I rang the hospital and asked whether or not I should come in with contractions that were 4 minutes apart, that I could talk through, but had to breathe through. Given that this is a second child and we live across the state border from our hospital, the nurse I spoke to said “honey, you better get yourself here”. So, our friend came over to look after Big Sister A (at a fantastically civilised time; A was in bed, adults were still awake) and we hightaled it to the hospital. To cut a long story short, N was born at 1.51am after a very swift and relatively pleasant labour. Second births; so very much easier.

I am stupendously tired however, and despite feeling very well, I am suddenly very much in need of some sleep. Who knew you need more than a couple of hours of sleep a day? Mysterious. So L is at home with A and I am at the hospital with N. Whilst I ate a grilled cheese sandwich with baked potato (carbs, mmm) ordered from room service, L made Sage and Balsamic Pork Chops with Creamy Pumpkin Polenta.

As he told me on the phone, this meal is exceptionally easy to make, and yields good results within about 20 minutes. The pork chops are glazed with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sage, parsley and garlic, I believe. The polenta is made with chicken stock, butter and tinned pumpkin puree. Steamed vegetables were served alongside. He said that the meal was very tasty and satisfying, in a Christmassy, Thanksgivingy kind of way. Tomorrow he or we, depending on whether I go home tomorrow or stay here until Thursday, will be cooking Chili-Sweet Potato Hash with Fried Eggs and Fresh Tomato Salsa. That in itself sounds like a reason to stay in the hospital another night. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have another beautiful baby girl to go and gaze at.

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  • Reply Nosaby October 16, 2007 at 8:55 pm

    Congratulations! She’s beautiful. And I can’t believe you are blogging the same night you have given birth! That is true dedication.

    Oh, yeah, the food looks good, too.

  • Reply Alisha October 16, 2007 at 9:26 pm

    Congratulations! I’ve been lurking along this whole year and am pleased that your delivery went so well. She’s just adorable!

  • Reply Doctor D October 16, 2007 at 9:38 pm

    The pork chops look nice, but the baby is much better. Good baby makin’ you two! D.

  • Reply mko October 16, 2007 at 9:54 pm

    Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful baby! She’s absolutely gorgeous. You make it seem so easy!! I’ve been thoroughly enjoying your blog for a couple of months now. I’m very impressed with your dedication to it! Congrats again. I hope you get a chance to enjoy another night of hospital food!

  • Reply Melissa October 17, 2007 at 4:05 am

    Soooo pretty!

  • Reply Miss V October 17, 2007 at 6:29 am

    She is beautiful (I’m being sincere- not all newbors are, but she’s adorable). Congratulations. And, I have to hand it to you- blogging post-labor, during a hospital stay? Your dedication to this project continues to wow me. Again, congrats!

  • Reply Joannie October 17, 2007 at 6:59 am

    Congratulations on the new baby. She has such beautiful skin. Newborns often have so many skin problems, you know? I admire your dedication to the blog as well. 🙂 I hope you can manage the new baby, cooking, and recovery!

  • Reply scotte October 17, 2007 at 7:04 am

    Congratulations! That’s an adorable little pumpkin!

  • Reply Lisa October 17, 2007 at 9:01 am

    Congratulations, she is beautiful! Best wishes to you all.

  • Reply Tracy October 17, 2007 at 9:14 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! What a pretty baby! You get all the rest you can….put off the cooking and blogging for a while; take some time for you and your new family. CONGRATULATIONS again!!!!

  • Reply The Home Cook October 17, 2007 at 9:50 am

    Congrats!! She’s absolutely gorgeous. 🙂

  • Reply Lisa October 17, 2007 at 10:42 am

    Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl! Best wishes to you all.

  • Reply Cathy October 17, 2007 at 1:58 pm

    First of all, congratulations on your precious, perfect creation (and I’m not talking about the pork chops!). Now I have to wonder aloud why I didn’t start reading your blog earlier. Why didn’t you tell me it was so clever (I suppose I should have known, since it’s you writing it!)? I’m totally hooked.

  • Reply Helen | One Year Project October 17, 2007 at 8:06 pm

    Thanks everyone, we really like her, we’ve decided to keep her!

  • Reply Kristin October 17, 2007 at 6:57 pm

    Awwwww…congrats to Mom, Dad, and Big Sister!!!!

  • Reply meredith October 19, 2007 at 5:20 pm

    SO cute!!! I’ve been reading y’alls escapades for a couple of months and thought I should check in tonight and see if you’d had the baby. Congrats! Love your blog, btw.

  • Reply Belinda November 13, 2007 at 4:10 am

    Hi there!

    I know this is a couple of months late, but I just wanted to say CONGRATS! I haven’t been
    a “faithful” reader like I was the first few
    months because things over my way have been
    quite stressful with job changing and just life
    in general. But, things are settling down now and
    I was online this morning when you popped into
    my head. I couldn’t remember where I left off, so
    just decided to start with this week and work my
    way back. I was a day or so back when I remembered
    you were pregnant. So, I did some math in my head
    from what I could remember and would you believe
    the first date I clicked on was this one? The announcement? That will never happen again!


    Congratulations! She is a beautiful baby and I hope all is well. With mommy, daddy and big sister!

    I’m off to get caught up on the reading. I truly enjoy your writing!

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