Kaylee Has Arrived!
Updated: Jun 17
I've been a bit MIA from the blogging and that's because we had a whirlwind major event happen earlier than expected. Our daughter, Kaylee Riesz, has officially arrived! She came into this world on May 4th at 12:05 PM weighing 5 lbs and 1 oz at 17.5 inches long. She's very tiny, and healthy. We are so lucky to have her here 3 weeks early.
As for her birth story, it was surprisingly fast and easy. And I know that's not something a typical first-time mom would say, but honestly the whole labor and delivery went so smoothly. Of course, at times it was painful with contractions at 10 cm dilation yet once the epidural kicked in, I was finally able to bear the pain and bring Kaylee into the world. Ken was right there by my side. He was patient with my frustrations and held my hand all the way through it. When they placed Kaylee on my chest for the first skin to skin contact, it was a moment that we wouldn't forget. Both Ken and I went silent. We could only admire what we had created and truly bonded with her at that time.
Now that it's been about 10 days since her birth, we have been at every beck and call that Kaylee has. We're trying to set a better routine but with a newborn that kind of goes all out the window. She's by my side 24/7, and I've started to see what she loves.
She's quite a flail-er. She loves to move her arms and legs, and she's quite strong! We have a swaddle pod that keeps her super contained, and although she doesn't quite like it - it has helped a ton in getting her to stay asleep for longer periods of time. Also, she loves to be held, especially by Dad. Dad has already spoiled her and carries her around as much as he can. I think she loves the warmth and comfort of his body.
Only time will tell us more about her, and we can't wait. We want to know her personality, which features she starts to settle on from mom and dad, and how she will learn and develop. This is an entirely new adventure. We're so excited to see what's next and take the journey together as a family.