Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Welcome Baby O!


Baby Menor is finally here!!!

Olivia Liana Menor entered the world on Saturday, November 4th at 12:58pm. She weighed in at 6 lbs. 10 oz. and was 20 in. long. She has a head full of black hair and looks just like her daddy!
Labor wasn't too bad...well now that I look back on it. At the time I did not think I would make it through. But once we got to the hospital and I got my epidural, the world became a happy place. I was in active labor from about 3am to the time I delivered at 1pm. So that is not too bad. And after about 50 minutes of active pushing Olivia decided to make an appearance.

The biggest surprise of all is that we had a baby girl! From day one everyone told me I was having a boy. And the odds were not in our favor for a girl either. With only grandboys on the Menor side we figured it was just not in the DNA for a Menor to produce a baby girl. Everyone thought that I was having a boy by the way I was carrying the baby. But the only person who thought from the beginning that we were having a girl was my Grandpa George who passed away a few weeks ago. Every time I would talk to him he would say, "I just know you are going to have a girl." I would ask him why and he would say that he just knew. So the moment the doctor told us that we had a baby girl was probably one of the most happiest moments of our lives!

So Grandpa George was right...and I think he knew it all along. It was a very fitting end to a very sad week. I was able to attend my Grandpa's funeral in Michigan only a few days before going into labor. The funeral was on Thursday and I went into labor very early Saturday morning. I think Grandpa knew the plan all along and he made sure I got home safe and sound before the baby decided to arrive. So as one life ends...another begins. And it has allowed my family to focus on something good during this difficult time.

So for now the three of us are adjusting to our new life at home. It is a difficult time but also a very happy and exciting time. I never thought I could feel such love for another human being. Olivia is so precious and there are not words to express how much Todd and I love her.

Here are some other pictures of Olivia and our stay in the hospital. More to come...

And Baby Makes Three!

The Proud Papa

Livie & Her Nana

6 comments:

JRGilbert said...

Congratulations!!! Your lives will obviously change and change for the better. Savor every moement - even the most trying - because they pass so fast. I can't believe that Trevor is 6 and in Kindergarten. Having a child is a bittersweet journey, on one hand you enjoy the milestones and watching them grow up, but on the other hand it goes so fast you desperately want them to stay your little one to cuddle at every whim. I know you will be great parents.
Sincerely,
John Gilbert

Kim and John said...

Congrats on the arrival of my plastic niece!!!

Anonymous said...

I just love the pictures of my beautiful niece. I am also so happy that my dad predicted a girl and that he was right, I do believe also Jessica that my dad planned for you to come to his funeral and then get home safe and have this incredible little girl. I know Grandpa is smiling down on you and Todd and happy that you are starting out on your family life which as you know was so important to him...give Livi kisses from me...xxooo Aunt Susan

Aunt Delia said...

Lots of kisses from Aunt Delia, too!! Olivia is absolutely beautiful! I can't wait to meet her!!!

Congratulations to you and Todd! Such a beautiful family!

Anonymous said...

Congrats Jess and The Todd. She's so cute. We can't wait meet her when we're home. Only 6 weeks!

Mindy and Kyle

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Jess and Todd. Olivia is so beautiful. She is one lucky baby to be born to such loving parents and extended family. Her arrival so soon after the passing of Grandpa George is an amazing gift to your family........the circle of life. Can't wait to meet Olivia.
Jan