And all of a sudden, poof, it’s over! No more heartburn, no more enormous tummy blocking the view of my feet, no more carpel tunnel in my arms… no more being pregnant!
Wow, it’s been ages since my last post!
After 40 weeks and an additional 12 days, our little angel, our Evelyn, decided to make her way into the world. She was born on December 18, taking about 21 hours of labor to arrive. We won’t get much sleep for a while, but she’s worth it! She weighed in at 6 lbs 15.5 oz and is continuing to grow. All our thanks go out to the staff in the Midwifery Unit at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital here in Drogheda, and of course to our friends and family ’round the world who have been so supportive.
The name Evelyn, which came to Ireland from Norman invaders, means “wished for (baby)” and is thought to have originated as “Aveline.” It is also the name of my 94 year-old paternal grandmother, who is a spunky mix of German and Italian heritage. Sheila is the name of Frank’s late maternal grandmother, another lively female character. How appropriate then, that our very sweet and independent baby girl is named after these two incredible women.
I can’t finish this post without mentioning my amazing husband, Frank. He’s put up with all the emotional outbursts, late-night cravings, fits of insanity and now all the stresses of being a new daddy, and all with hardly a complaint! Often you’ll hear new fathers say how in love they are with their wife after watching her give birth… but I’m here to say it goes the other way as well! It’s surreal and exciting to be a new parent, but I also never knew just how much more I could fall in love with my husband after going through the rigors of pregnancy, labor and birth and now, parenthood. So Honey, I love you, and thanks for all you’ve done and are doing.
To all the rest of you: If I am writing in bits and spurts for a while, forgive me – I have my hands full (literally!). In the meantime, I hope you’ll keep checking back and know that I send you all my best wishes for the New Year.
From all of us – Frank, Maryann, Evelyn and Georgie – Happy Holidays!