Friday, February 1, 2013

january 24th, 2013

the day our lives changed from this:

to this:


meet our sweet little Eleanor Dae Smith. after a long 25 hours of intense labor, this doll decided to make her grand entrance, direct OP (sunny-side-up) and star gazing at the vibrant hour of 3:50am on Thursday, January 24th. 

i delivered her at the Tree of Life Birth & Gynecology Center here in DeLand, FL. and without the incredible team of people miss Kaleen Richards has staffed at her practice, i highly doubt i would've been able to bring my baby bird into the world naturally like i did. they were the greatest support a moaning, groaning, pain bearing woman could ask for. and don't even get me started on my buck. john is my lifesaver. i could barely muster full sentences the whole experience and he always knew exactly what i needed. he pushed when i pushed, he yelled when i yelled and he held me so close when all i could do is breathe. the man is a warrior and i am just beyond blessed to call him my husband. i simply cannot thank our Savior enough for him. 

i was much too weak to even hold our Eleanor for very long after welcoming her into the world. i hemorrhaged and also lost a lot of fluids during labor and couldn't sit up without beginning to pass out. john got to really bond with her immediately as a result and for that, i am so thankful. she is crazy about her daddy & the photos are proof. 

we do have photos documenting the birth experience and i have yet to decide if/which i'll share. much of it is too explicit (i was practically naked the entire 25hrs) or they just show how depleted i really was. but i'm sure i'll be able to share some.

she's 8 days old now and i just can't believe it. she brings us more joy than we could've ever imagined. and she has made me fall more and more in love with my john. we've spent time in prayer over her and over our roll as her parents and will continue to do so for the rest of her life.

hopefully now that i am a full-time stay @ home mama, i'll be able to ACTUALLY keep this thing updated hmm?! let's hope so! 

thanks so much for reading!

john + brittany + eleanor too! 


Brittany LeSueur said...

Congrats! She is perfect! And now I am getting baby hungry

Kristie said...

Love this Britt!! I will enjoy getting on here and seeing how you all are doing. So glad you can stay at home with your sweet girl. I bet John is too. :-)

Marie said...

Congrats on your baby arrival! ♥

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Congratulations, she is just beautiful!!

Stephanie Billings said...

ADORABLE!!!! She's so cute! Congrats! <3

Jen said...

Congratulations and excellent work Mama! Eleanor is absolutely beautiful! And I love the middle name you guys came up with to go with Eleanor.

Robin said...

Awwwww, what a sweatheart! You did good mommy!

his little lady said...

I absolutely adore her name that you have given her. And definitely cherish those birth pictures between the three of you. I hope you are healing well after surgery! And this post and all of these pictures are just making me so excited to start a little family of my own someday ;)
xo TJ