Say hello to my new baby girl — Harlow Eden!
Harlow was born November 15th at 9:41am, weighing in at 6.13 lbs and measuring 18 3/4″. She has a full head of brown hair and looks just like her Dad. So much so, it’s kind of disturbing.
She is named after my husband’s father Harold, who passed away when my first daughter Mazzy was about nine months old. Her middle name is derived from my maiden name which is Rosengarten. Mazzy’s middle name is Rose and Harlow’s is Eden, as in the Garden of Eden. Get it?
The second birth goes much faster than the first, which is both good and bad. Good because you get to have your baby in your arms that much quicker, but bad because the pain ramps up really quickly and becomes way more intense than you are expecting. Or I was expecting, everybody is different.
But everything should be A-OK once you get that precious epidural underway, right?
Sometimes the speed at which your baby is exiting the birth canal is so fast that she needs to take a break. And that break is spent resting on a nerve in your left ass cheek. Which is a pain worse than all of your contractions combined. Seriously.
You can read Harlow’s full birth story here, which includes beautiful details like my husband prioritizing coffee over getting us to the hospital (PART ONE) and the whole butt cheek debacle which caused me to beg anybody within arm’s reach (my husband, hospital administrators, random interns) to massage my ass (PART TWO).
Since Harlow is now at home and my uterus is in a stage of shrinking (hopefully), I will now be writing for Babble Baby instead of Babble Pregnancy. And I’ll still talk about my soon-to-be three-year-old daughter Mazzy over on Babble Toddler.
To get things started off right, here are some pictures from Harlow’s very first day on this earth.
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