Yes, it has been entirely too long since we updated here. I thought we were only a month off, but it turns out that it's been nearly two months. I blame the first three weeks off on the rush of work and volunteer obligations I wanted to finish before taking off on maternity leave. I blame the last month on this little one. I'm sure you'll agree she is worth the absence.
J and I are thrilled to introduce Kate to you all! She was born Saturday, March 9 after a blessedly short and easy labor and delivery experience. We suspect that 'short and easy' part was due in large part to our childbirth course, Hypnobabies. The course focused on relaxation and visualization, and we highly recommend it to prospective parents, particularly those hoping to go med-free. While our short labor after arriving at the hospital didn't leave us with much opportunity to put our lessons into practice there, I am confident that our preparation was key in getting us to the hospital after a pretty easy (and also short) laboring time at home.
The last month has been quite an adjustment for us, but honestly, we are very aware how easy a baby Miss Kate is. She sleeps well (and often!), has a sweet temperament when awake, and seems to be hitting all of her developmental milestones right on schedule. We are certainly blessed!
If you're interested in the chair above, you can read more about it in this Furnishing Friday post. The chair now lives in her nursery. I'm planning to take a picture of Kate each month (ideally on the 9th, but we'll see how that goes) in this chair to document her growth.
We've managed to knock out a few projects around the MP, too, and I promise to take pictures and get those posted sometime (hopefully soon!).