On June 6th, 2016 I gave birth to our little baby girl, Athena Raine. When they placed her in my arms I was overcome with relief and emotion after 2.5 hours of pushing. Jordan said he had never witnessed such a raw display of genuine emotion and happiness. Athena was born at 1:40am, 6lbs, 10oz and she had hair! I was convinced she would have little to none so when they announced half way through pushing that she had dark hair I got an extra boost of adrenaline to keep going. They put her on my chest and I was half crying, half laughing in sheer relief and joy. Her nose was completely smushed and I just remember stroking her head and kissing her.
While pushing I had been absolutely freezing. My teeth were chattering uncontrollably and I was shaking pretty bad. It was hard to grab the next breath for another push. They finally gave me a breathing mask, socks and covered my chest in warm blankets. Afterwards I was starving and super hot. I felt like I was going to pass out and could barely move my legs from the epidural.
The next few days of recovering in the hospital were exhausting. I was sore and weak, trying to sleep, trying to breastfeed, but I was happy. She was here and here early, 39 + 3, which I didn't expect, but was very hopeful for.
We brought her home on the 8th, unsure how the smushies would react. Jordan had gone home the few nights in the hospital to take care of the dogs and had transformed our bedroom into a baby oasis. He set up the pack and play (complete with changing table) next to the bed, moved in the diaper pail, changing stuff and other supplies. We had gotten new bedding and pillows a few days prior to me going into labor so it was nice the bedroom was all clean and fresh when we got home.
The dogs were surprisingly good with her. Candy just wanted to lick her from the start and is constantly wanting to be near her. Cookie was surprisingly afraid of her and has slowly begun to approach her here and there.
These past 2 weeks (almost three now) have been truly wonderful. She's been a good baby, the sleep deprivation is far better than I expected and I am constantly in awe of the little human we created and I'm lucky to call my daughter. It's been amazing having Jordan home these past weeks helping with the cooking and cleaning and taking care of us as I recovered.
Athena got her first sponge bath in the hospital. She hated it until they started washing her hair and then she relaxed and throughly enjoyed her scalp massage.