[This post is a little overdue, but it's hard work being a new Mommy, and my time has been very limited the past week and a half. I do intend to post Elliott's birth story, but first I wanted to conclude my series of letters to Elliott.]
You are here! I induced on your due date at 5:30am, and after 12 hours of labor, you arrived at 6:00pm. You weighed 8 pounds 11 ounces, and measured 20 1/4 inches long. I cried when I saw you, amazed by how perfect you are. The moment they placed you on my chest is a moment I'll never forget. Your Daddy and I were both filled with love for you in that moment, it's love like we've never known before.
This first week has been rough. We brought you home on Saturday, and had to be readmitted on Sunday for 24 hours of phototherapy, because your bilirubin levels were too high. We had to watch them stick your little hand more times than I can count, I've struggled to learn how to breastfeed you, and we've gotten very little sleep, but I wouldn't change it for the world. You are home and healthy, and you have filled our home to the brim with love.
It's hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that you were growing inside of me for the past 40 weeks. What an amazing thing! We are praising God for your life, and looking forward to watching you grow outside the womb over the years.
So, welcome to the world little guy. We will be your biggest fans in life, encouraging you to be whatever you want to be.
We love you more than you will ever know,