Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Bad and the Good

The bad. I haven't posted in a while in large part because my grandfather has been dying. I wrote a bunch of posts about it -- posts about him, about my aunt, about our final visit to say goodbye -- but never felt like any of them was complete or really said what I wanted to say, so they remain drafts. My family made the decision to withdraw life support last Monday (the 24th). He passed away this past Sunday morning. I loved him dearly, and he will be greatly missed. I am especially sad that we will miss the funeral, though I am not sad about why. Speaking of which...

On to the good. And it's great. P and I have a daughter! J0sephine M@rie M. was born yesterday (June 1) at 1:16pm. She was 7 pounds, 9 ounces and 19 inches long. I didn't end up with the VBAC I wanted, but I did end up with a very healthy and very lovely little girl in the end, which is all I could have hoped for. I will probably post her birth story tomorrow. A preview: I dropped Harry at daycare at 8:30, stopping at Dunkin Donuts on the way home. When I got home, I realized I was having contractions 5 minutes apart. By 10:15, I was getting ready to head to the hospital. Between 11 and 11:45, I dilated from a 4 to a 7. By 12:30, it was clear that she couldn't handle a labor that fast and hard and we needed to get her out immediately. We did. No regrets.


12 comments:

Amanda said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your Grandfather. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Amanda said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! She is absolutely precious! I'm sorry delivery didn't go exactly as hoped for but beyond happy your little girl made it safely to the outside!

You're all in my prayers for a smooth transition to your family of four. (((hugs)))

Nicky said...

I'm so sorry about your loss.

Congratulations on your new addition! She's gorgeous. Looking forward to hearing your full story, since our pregnancy/birth/baby experiences have been rather eerily aligned in the past. :)

niobe said...

Very sorry to hear about the bad and thrilled to hear about the good.

I love the name J0s3phin3. Is there a preferred nickname or are you using the full name?

maresi said...

Oh, wow - what a lot in such a short time! I'm so sorry about your grandfather. And I'm thrilled to hear about J0sie - she's so cute. I'm dying to hear more about the dynamic between her and HarRy, as I CANNOT IMAGINE having a newborn with maria right now. *hugs*

Photogrl said...

So sorry to hear about the loss of your Grandfather...

((HUGS))

Big, huge CONGRATULATIONS on J.'s birth! She's absolutely precious!

Holding you all close in my thoughts and prayers.

Mommy, Esq. said...

So sorry to hear about your grandfather - it is tough even when you know it is coming. And my goodness is she beautiful! Does she look like Harry? I can't tell who our Josie looks like but I'm thinking it is much closer to Ned than Penny. I can't wait to visit!

HereWeGoAJen said...

Both very very bad and very very good. I am so sorry about your grandfather. And congratulations on your lovely, perfect girl.

Yo-yo Mama said...

I'm sure a bit of your grandfather's spirit has passed to your baby girl.

A bittersweet couple of days to be sure, but hopefully surrounded by loving and supportive family.

Kimmygintx said...

I'm so sorry about the loss of your grandfather. You will be in my thoughts and prayers!

But congrats on your new baby girl! She's absolutely beautiful. Can't wait to read your birth story.

Danifred said...

Congratulations! She is beautiful and I love, love, love the name!

Danifred said...

Sorry for the loss of your grandfather. I am sure he is looking down with love!