Welcome Little Avery Harper

October 9th, 2013 :: 9 comments

WelcomeAvery1We are so excited to welcome little Avery Harper. There really isn’t anything that can prepare you for what it feels like to be a parent for the first time. I had a c-section which was surreal enough, but all my anxieties and fears went away once I heard that amazing cry. Her introduction to the world required a lot of convincing from the doctors, which was followed by one of them exclaiming  “Now that’s a good sized baby!”

For the first time during the surgery, Dustin let go of my hand and stood out of his chair. He said she was surprisingly clean and her eyes were open. They handed her to Dustin and he gripped her securely as if she was the most fragile, priceless thing. All I could do was touch her face with my free hand and stare at her in amazement. I know babies are born every day, but when it happens to you, it really does feel like a miracle.

WelcomeAvery2Our first and second nights in the hospital were tiring, exciting, scary, and tiring again. I was bedridden right after my surgery and it took a day before I could feel my legs again. We probably slept two hours the second night and felt completely clueless. One of the perks of having a c-section was the extra few days in the hospital, which meant extra help and advice from the staff. The nurses were nice enough to help us change our first diaper, show us how to swaddle, and answer our endless questions.

WelcomeAvery3When it comes to physical appearance, Dustin and I are complete opposites. I’m short, he’s tall; I’m dark, he is fair skinned; I have brown eyes, he has green eyes…the list goes on. We were anxious to see what features Avery would take from each of us. She looks a little different every day. Right now she looks a lot like Dustin, with light blue eyes and reddish brown hair, but with mom’s round face.

WelcomeAvery4Here is the less commonly shown part of being a parent…the meltdown. It’s her way of letting us know that we no longer make the schedule. This meltdown in particular told me she was done with pictures.

WelcomeAvery5Every week we learn something new about Avery as her personality evolves. Thankfully, we have family to help us along the way and give us time to breathe and get our bearings. Although the transition to new parenthood is rarely smooth, we are enjoying getting to know her, whether we’re well rested or not.




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§ 9 Responses to Welcome Little Avery Harper"

  • AD says:

    And then..there were three! Loved all the pictures of your sweet baby girl, Avery and of the new Mom and Dad. Absolutely love the two side by side pictures…you pregnant and you with Avery! It really is a miracle. There are no other words to use, but that. Hope all is well there. **Congratulations** and take good care.

    • Joann says:

      Things seem to go a little smoother with ever passing week. Everyone told us that the first two weeks would be the toughest and I’d say they were correct. After we got through the sleepless nights, the learning curve of breast feeding and just feeling clueless, it all starts to come together. This week Avery has started to follow us with her eyes and seems to listen when we talk. It’s so amazing how quickly she is growing and progressing.

  • Anu says:

    Loved all the moments here with your soooo adorable baby girl!
    Truly fascinating is this entire process of giving birth to a new life! Cherish many more breath taking moments to come. Enjoy! Keep in touch.

  • ML says:

    She is ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ML says:

    She is so wonderful — can’t believe the picture where she looks like she’s smiling:)

    • Joann says:

      That is one of my favorite pictures. We were so exhausted, but that smile made it worth it. Even if the smile was probably related to gas.

  • Amy says:

    Isn’t it just amazing! I remember the amount of love I felt after each of my boys! I used to think I loved my dogs till I had a baby!

    Hope your enjoying motherhood :)

    • Joann says:

      I agree. I knew I would love her, but it’s not until you meet your little one in person do you realize the extent. My poor dog is being a good sport right now. Hopefully she will get a little more attention when things slow down a little.

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