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Introducing Tabatha Briar Magdalena....

First View of Mom

I'd like you to meet our daughter, Tabatha Briar Magdalena Cawood McKelvy-Weaver. Yep, that's a long name.

She was born at 8:20am on 8/20, weighing 8#, 2oz and measuring at 19". Her eyes are currently indigo (great pic available if you click above and look through set), so they could end up any colour at all. Her hair is dark brown mixed with gold and is very curly, but we aren't sure how much of the current colour will hold since the first cap often falls out. She has the full complement of all appendages and digits and was incredibly lusty from the beginning. She scored well on the APGAR. I was delighted to discover she still had some of the downy fur covering her skin, as it's not always present on full-term babies.

After 2hrs of sleep, we woke up ready to jump right to the hospital and I was surprised to note that I was having contractions. Like preparing for labour contractions. Seems she was intent on arriving before the weekend was out, either way. Kinda neat that I at least got to feel a few of those as part of the experience.

Surgery went incredibly well, even with all attendant moments of anxiety, discomfort, and downright fear. The team was amazing. I was talked through every little part of every single procedure, which helped immensely. They were all jazzed that the gender was a surprise, each informing new arrivals joyfully, so that everyone was holding their breath when the doctor pulled her forth.

Being closed up was the worst part of the whole thing. Spinal was second worst. Getting IV in was third. Every one of them were worth it, though. Completely worth it. Every moment, every pain, all of it.

We had visitors. I'll go into that later, since stories longer than I can type on right now are involved. Pretty much all sweetness and happy surprises. A teensy bit of drama, but, you know, that's to be expected, eh?

She's beautiful. Very aware. Cuddly. Ours. Loved.

Thanks for all of the support, literal and figurative. I know for a fact every bit of it helped make this the wonder that it is, and my gratitude is endless for the kindness shown.


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Aug. 21st, 2010 04:41 am (UTC)
Now I know you are alright. You've posted. Tabby (if I may call her that) looks great.
Aug. 21st, 2010 04:52 am (UTC)
Hee. Yeah, had to wait for a quiet moment and enough energy to do it.

We've been going with "Tabi" (like the shoe-socks), but you're welcome to go with whatever makes ya happy :)
Aug. 21st, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
Tabby, Tabi, just a spelling choice, Tabi, just wait until I get my "Mame" going. Hee hee hee.
Aug. 21st, 2010 05:07 am (UTC)
Wow! Well, congratulations..!

Aug. 21st, 2010 05:23 am (UTC)
Congratulations! And welcome to the world, little Tabi.
Aug. 21st, 2010 05:28 am (UTC)
You have brought a tear to my eye. She is gorgeous. Congratulations, and I'm glad it all went smoothly. How are you feeling yourself now? Make sure you take the oportunity for sleep whenever you can for the next few months until things settle down, but I'm sure everyone will tell you that :)
Aug. 21st, 2010 07:00 am (UTC)
Aug. 21st, 2010 08:05 am (UTC)
Congratulations! She's beautiful. :)
Aug. 21st, 2010 09:36 am (UTC)
She's really cute! Congratulations!
Aug. 21st, 2010 02:15 pm (UTC)
I'm crying right now, I'm so happy for the both of you.
Aug. 21st, 2010 02:15 pm (UTC)

She's beautiful :)

Now take care of yourselves and just enjoy.
Aug. 21st, 2010 03:00 pm (UTC)
Yay! Baby!

She's beautiful. Congrats!
Aug. 21st, 2010 03:32 pm (UTC)
congratulations, and welcome to the wacky world of parenthood.
Aug. 21st, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
yay perfect baby! So happy for you two!
Aug. 24th, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
I hope everything is going well at home!
Aug. 21st, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! I'm so glad it all went smoothly for you, and she's quite a wonderful bundle of a baby. Her name is beautiful, but I hope you still call her "Little Spark" every so often.
Aug. 21st, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC)
I am SO HAPPY for you two! I'm not normally the type to go awwwww at babies. (My maternal instinct only extends so far as kittens, apparently) but I am just really really awwww for you guys!


*big hugs for baby and dad, and gentle healing hugs for MOMMY!*
Aug. 21st, 2010 10:03 pm (UTC)
Baaaaabyyyyyyyyyyy! She's absolutely adorable! I can see both you and Will in her. I'm so happy for you! Congratulations!

And she really is big! I hope you get the chance to see her next to a 6lbs baby. You'll appreciate just how big she is. :)
Aug. 22nd, 2010 03:48 am (UTC)
Aug. 22nd, 2010 08:16 pm (UTC)
Eeeee! She is perfectly beautiful!!!! Congratulations!
Aug. 23rd, 2010 06:35 am (UTC)
Congrats! She is adorable. :)

Your c-section spared her the alien cone-head that as the first child I suffered in spades. I am glad it all went so smoothly!
Aug. 23rd, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
Best LJ update evar :) Congrats on such a healthy brilliant eyed baby and huzzah that you got to experience a bit of the contractions before hand so that yo atlest got a taste of it :) The universe is kind. **HUGE LOVE**
Aug. 24th, 2010 05:20 am (UTC)
Congratulations! What an absolutely beautiful little one! :D
Aug. 25th, 2010 08:25 am (UTC)
All my love to your beautiful and blessed family. Xoxo xo xo xoxo
Aug. 26th, 2010 02:38 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I hope you're all right with having a namesake :D
Aug. 26th, 2010 01:54 am (UTC)
Congratulations! :)
Aug. 26th, 2010 03:06 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! Welcome to the Freak Parent Underground!
Aug. 26th, 2010 07:17 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous baby there.
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