Introducing Kiera Lynn Ford

Kiera at home
Originally uploaded by Waterloo Fords.

James and I had our baby yesterday! We have a new daughter - Kiera! The important details first:

Birthdate: November 7, 2006, at 4:39am
Weight: 8lbs 11oz (apparently that's big for a girl)
Length: 21.25 inches

So here is the story... My water broke at 1:50am, so we called Aunt Candy, and she came over to stay with Eowyn. James and I were at the hospital by 2:30, and the contractions had already started and were getting worse each time. I got into a room, and the doc was there for the epidural at about 4:15am. It was in just in time - Kiera was delivered about 25 minutes later! There almost wasn't enough time for it! So from start to end was just under 3 hours.

Our day at the hospital was relatively quiet - lots of nurses bustling in and out checking us over. The pediatrician came in at about 9am, gave Kiera a clean bill of health, and signed her discharge papers. So now we just needed my 'clean bill of health'. That came at about 2:30pm, just after Kiera's first bath. So... We were almost out of there!

Art and Ruby brought Eowyn up to see us, and she was really excited about finally meeting Jellybean. She got a big smile on her face, and was really good about being gentle with her, and touching her really lightly. She is going to be a good big sister!

We left the hospital at about 3:30, and came home to start figuring out this newborn thing again. So our entire stay in the hospital was 13 hours.

Compared to Eowyn when she was born, Kiera is very fair in colouring, and is a bit chubby - there is definitely fat on her bones! She is eating well, and spends most of the time sleeping - but then of course, she is only 33 hours old right now...

Housekeeping Notes

Sorry for the lack of posts on our blog. I knew I wasn't going to be very good at this 'blogging' thing, but hopefully now that there are things to share, it will get better.

For those who are new to Flickr... We have posted all our family photos onto Flickr (follow the link to the right). You can download the the pictures by clicking the "All Sizes" link on each photo.