Sunday, February 27, 2011

introducing "sister" sara!!!

Sara Patricia Palmer was born at about 12:15pm on Tuesday, February 22, 2011
she weighed 8 lb. 9 oz. and was 19 1/2 inches long
she has lots (and lots) of dark, crazy hair and rosy pink skin

here she is with her daddy.  she was so excited to finally meet him. 

sara was born at fairview hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.  it was a cold, wintery, and snowy day. 
and here sara is with her mommy... who looks a bit like she's been hit by a truck (she felt that way too.)

the labor and delivery went well. we got to the hospital just before 5am to be induced. they started me up around 6am. i got the epidural at about 10:30am after which they told me i was dilated to a 5. once the epidural kicked in i was happy as a clam and ready to take a nap for the next few hours until the baby was ready to come.
BUT an hour or so later i started feeling a terrible pain down south. within minutes the nurse was in the room telling me to turn over because the babies heart rate was dropping. the pain suddenly got really intense and the nurse (upon checking me) announced, "the baby is ready to come out!"
within minutes the room was full of nurses, students and a doctor that looked and talked just like dr. burke from the show grey's anatomy (my doctor was in the middle of a c-section). but i really liked the "dr. burke" doctor (whose real name is dr. harlem) so it was all okay.
about 15 minutes of pushing later sara was born!
first family portrait with our new little addition

here i am with my two little pals.  scott has been such a good big brother to sara.  he has been calling her sister sara for a couple months now and the name kind of stuck. 
i can't stop taking pictures of this girl.  take a look at all that hair! the camera just doesn't do it justice.
i can't say enough about how nice it was to have my mom "grandy" here this past week.  i honestly don't know what we would have done without her.  she cooked, she cleaned, she played with scott and took care of the baby while i napped. she nursed me back to health and was just so fun to have around.  i am kind of in a state of panic right now wondering how i'm going to survive without her. 
and a few more shots of the girly girl because she is as cute as a button.
my mom and i tried doing her hair with a bow but we weren't quite sure how to negotiate all that hair.  tips from other moms would be greatly appreciated!
we finally let scott hold his sister sara and he was thrilled.  he is constantly calling himself a "big boy" and whenever sara cries he becomes very concerned about her getting some "milk!"   he loves playing with her hand and her hair and this afternoon after he had been fluffing her hair for a while i noticed potato chip crumbs in her hair!  i guess that's what having a big brother is all about.
my mom didn't want me to put this picture of her on the blog (i think she looks cute but i agree that she looks better in real life) but i couldn't help it since this is such a great angle of sara's hair.  i seriously can't get enough of it.
my mom left today (sunday) but we had to get a few more shots in before the sad moment arrived.

i keep trying to get a good picture of this girl but i can't seem to capture how stinking cute she is on camera.  so you'll all just have to come visit us so you can see her in person!


today sara is 5 days old.  i can't believe time is passing so quickly!  and i'm truly sorry to those of you who have had to wait for details on the birth or for me to return your phone calls.  the past 5 days have been a whirlwind of aches and pains and juggling two kids but i'm sure things will mellow out eventually... right? 

and one last final thanks to my mom for coming out to help.  i can't stress enough how much fun we had with you and how much of a life saver you were.  thank goodness grandma palmer is coming in a couple days.  i'm sure i'll have many more photos to post soon!

26 comments:

Rach said...

Ok seriously?? Could she be ANY cuter!!! I can't wait to send my package to you :) She's got so much hair & I've got way too many bows that will look so stinkin cute on her! I want to kiss her cheeks! Congrats Nat and James! She is gorgeous! Wishing you a fantastically fast recovery. Love ya, Rach

Ryan & Amanda said...

Oh my word, so adorable!! Scott looks looks so happy, just such a proud big brother! You look great in the hospital pics! I wish we were close so we could see you sooner, but hopefully we can meet her before too long!

marta said...

congratulations, nata!! i've been thinking of you. that hair is amazingly unbelievable. wow, what luck. so glad she is here, safe and sound. what a crazy delivery.. funny how both your docs weren't there for your babes! it's a good thing you are so flexible. am so happy for you!! good luck with the transitioning.. am sure scotty will be such a sweet little helper. xo.

allison said...

Nata! She is so perfect. I think I'm dying my hair that exact color this wee. So happy for you. You're family is just getting more and more adorable! xoxo

Elise said...

Yay Natalie! I am one of the people you apologized to b/c I checked your blog SO many times the last few days! I am so so happy for you. She is so precious and pretty. You will have so much fun with two. I was very scared and sad when my family left, too but you will get things down in no time. Just enjoy. :) Did Scott name her Sara or was that the name you wanted and he started calling her that? Congrats!

Christia said...

Congratulations Palmer family!! She is a doll! I am so excited for you!

Devin & Shalise said...

Oh my gosh!! She is AdOrAbLe!!! I totally wish you guys were here right now so I could snuggle up to that little girl! I cannot get over all her hair!! That is awesome! We sure love you guys and miss ya tons!

waukeelittles said...

Congrats Natalie! She is beautiful. Both my girls had tons of hair also. I think all girls should be born with hair! love her name as well!!

MACK said...

Sara and Scott look so much alike! What a little dollie. We are very happy for your family - take care :)

Annie said...

Her hair is just like Audrey's was! We had to skip headbands and move on to little ponytaies. I can't WAIT to meet her this weekend!!!

bj+anne+brody+macie said...

I am a little upset that I have not held her yet. She is a beauty- no doubt about it. Does Scott seem huge now? It was like an instantaneous thing when Macie was born-Brody was a giant.
Miss you

Kimi said...

Yay for pictures of sister Sara! She is absolutely darling, Natalie. I can't get over the HAIR! LOVE IT! Caelen has been sitting here the whole time saying, "Oh! Aw, pretty cute! So cute!" I totally, totally agree. I think you look fabulous. I can't wait to meet little Sara.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Amanda said...

Hi Natalie,
Congratulations!! What adorable little children you have. I really have enjoyed looking at all the pictures! Yes, that is a lot of dark hair. Very unusual for this family. Little Scotty is SO cute as well. I am so happy for you. What a lovely family you have been blessed with!

Shaina said...

Yay!! She's gorgeous! She has more hair than Scott! and both my kids combined! I love her luscious locks. Have FUN dressing her up and being girly with her. Every mom needs a daughter. Congratulations again!

jamie said...

she is so cute and I absolutely love all that dark crazy hair! Congratulations to you all. I am glad to see this post- I seriously have been worrying about you these past 5 days! Glad that everything is good.

Melanie said...

What a cute little girl! She has more hair than Aurora!

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Cassie and Mitch said...

WOW what a GORGEOUS baby girl!!! Congrats on little Sara, she seriously is beautiful and I love all her hair, it reminds me of my baby. You will love having a little girl and you will love having two even more. It is so fun to see them interact once the baby gets a little bit older. Congrats and hope you have a speedy recovery!!!

anya said...

Congrats!!!! So beautiful!

Luke and Katie said...

are you kidding me?! look at that hair! she is such a doll and i can't wait to meet sara :)

The Stones said...

Congrats! I love her hair

jaredandgina said...

She is so adorable. Love all that hair. Congrats you guys!

sara, ryan, and lucy said...

Congratulations! She is seriously so BEAUTIFUL. That hair is crazy! I'm going to keep pretending that you named her after me. :) I wish I could see her in person. So happy for you and your sweet little family. I really do miss you so much. Enjoy her while she is small... it will be gone before you know it. Love you!

Mimi said...

So glad James' mom is coming out - 5 days of help is not enough! Woah hair! I suggest a pho-hawk with gel and a cute little bow clip by it. Who knows, in a few weeks it may even fall out. I think you look great and hope we can see you all again someday!

Chelsie Brady said...

Holy cute baby girl, guys! I love her! Liam is, right now, wearing those same jammies that Scott has on with the little dinos in the car- well, half of the jammies. He prefers running around pants-less. Anyway, congratulations on your beautiful Sara! Love the name! Love the hair! Love the cute little stinker! Enjoy your sweet babies!

Jaime said...

Ah! She is so cute! That hair truly is amazing--I would have kept taking pictures too! :) Makes me want to snuggle her. :) My "baby" just had her one year, and I truly can't believe how fast the year past--much faster than with Ashtyn, so enjoy what you can. I hope the coming weeks go well for you. Why is it that babies are so hard and so wonderful at the same time? Best wishes!