Sunday, March 31, 2013

Beatrice Lea Hanson

It turned out that those 'pre-labor' contractions I mentioned in my previous post were not actually pre-labor, and were in fact labor labor.

Because after I hit publish to that blog post, Nate and I got read for bed. 
Bed for me lasted about 5 minutes until I realized that these contractions were not going to allow me to sleep.

Neighbors and parents were put on 'threat level orange' to be at the ready.
And I labored through the night.
Totally in denial that this was happening, because I had false labor with Matilda, and I was stubbornly refusing to need to need help from anyone in the middle of the night.

But around 3:45AM one doozy of a contraction made me throw the towel in.
Sina was called (THANK YOU!), the parents were on their way.
And we were off to the hospital.

After a very quick, and eventful delivery (of which there were a few swear words yelled out, quickly followed by my apologies for swearing), we were over-joyed to welcome our newest daughter to the family.

Beatrice Lea Hanson
Born March 27th, 2013 
5:23 AM
7 pounds, 6 ounces
20.5 inches

In the moment she arrived I was so relieved.
Yes, relieved to be done with labor.
But more, relieved to be done with the waiting.

The wondering.

The questions, and worries and unknowns in my mind of how having Beatrice would change me. Change Matilda. Change Nate. Change our family.

In that moment, and in the moments after, I was relieved because the answer was so clear.
All of those unknowns were answered with her sweet face. Quiet noises. 

Tiny fingers and curious eyes.

The only change that Bea would bring would be for the better.
Sure we will have bumps in the road. Matilda will have her moments. And I could do without having another four eye-teeth to cut....

But she has been here less than a week, and already I can't imagine a world without her.


McLean said...

A very touching and perfect post. I can't wait to meet Bea and see big sister Tillie in action.

Sina Teskey, RD, LD said...

The pictures are gorgeous and she is even more gorgeous in person. I can't wait to come over with Elena again so she can look up to her new bestie Tillie and I can cuddle that little bundle. We are around all week just give a hollar :) . I don't go to work until 11 wednesday too!

PS. We are here to help anytime no matter the hour. :)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations kids! Looks like a keeper. And now the fun begins eh?!
Uncle Todd

Lot 10 Linden Grove said...

Congrats!! Baby Bea is one lucky little girl to be joining your family.

Anonymous said...

What a great addition to the family!!!! Tillie is going to be a great big sister!!!! Great stories to come I'm sure!!!


Anonymous said...

She is beautiful.
I hope to meet both your little bundles of joy someday.
Cheers, alizeti

Anonymous said...

Congrats to all! Beatrice is a beautiful baby and very lucky to be born into a wonderful, loving family. You 2 are doing great and Tillie will be a terrific big sister. I am looking forward to more snuggle time soon. Love, Mom

Emily said...

Can't wait to meet Bea! And spend time with group baby who is now a big sister! P.S. I feel like when Tillie is 16 I will still be calling her group baby.