PHEW! It’s been a long couple of days, between latching/sucking troubles and the internet being out – So sorry for the delay, everyone! Here’s the news… EVIE-BEAN is born!
11:43 AM, JUNE 28, 2009 EVANGELINE PACKINEAU WAS BORN AT HOME WEIGHING 8 LBS 4 OZ, MEASURING 22.3″.
Her original due date was June 27, and she would have been on time except for how long she took to come! Labor began Friday evening at 11:30 and lasted through Saturday. One midwife arrived at midnight Saturday night, the second at 7 AM. There was laboring upright, on the toilet, in the shower, and best of all in a blow-up baby pool (affectionately known as the fishy tub). Evie arrived on our bed, into the skillful hands of one fantastic midwife. Of course, even after all that time, she still had more drama in store for us…
She arrived with the shortest umbilical cord our midwives had ever seen -just 9 inches long! As a result, she somersaulted out like she was attached to a short bungee cord. She sure knew how to protect herself! No waiting for the cord to stop pulsing as we’d planned…
After that it was a little scary because while Evie quietly took in the new world, her mommy lost a lot of blood. But soon enough, Mommy, Daddy and baby Packineau were bonding in bed, marveling at the birth of a family.
So the Beanlet eventually became Evangeline. It’s most fitting with her old-soul demeanor and elegance. We’ll update once we pick a middle name. Don’t worry, it’ll be short!
So we’ll put up more photos soon. We seem to have made it past some of those early challenges and we’re movin’ right along. A little more sleep, a few more ounces on Evie, a little more time for all the cuteness and we’ll be on the right track. We thank everyone again for their gifts and good thoughts and prayers, and we’re so excited to show her off to everyone (in time…)
Lots of love to all!