Monday, June 11, 2012

You finally arrived!

Dear Deklan,

        You are finally here! Let me tell you how that happened...

   I was really tired of being pregnant so I googled natural ways to induce labor. There were 40 and I tried about 30; some including hot wings, black licorice, evening primrose oil, basil, oregano, & wine (a small glass). At 2:40am my water broke and we headed to the hospital. I was 41 weeks & 1 day pregnant. I delivered you at 4:27pm even though you scared us all by having a dramatically declining heart rate 3x during labor. Dr. White said your umbilical cord was short. But, you made it! I could tell because your Daddy's voice went from coaching & concern to sheer joy when he saw you come out. He said he was in awe. They laid you on my chest and we played the Beach Boys so we could feel like Grandma Carol was there with us. Dr. White assured me she was. And when I felt you, it was as if someone had just cut out my most favorite and precious organ and took it out for me to see. Yeah, that sounds gross, but all I mean is- I knew you were this little part of me and I needed you & you needed me, and finally we were face to face. Like meeting your heart and saying, "hey, thanks for my life thus far..."  

     Now here you are! 1 week and 2 days old! Mommy & Daddy snuggling you everyday. We take turns napping, changing, and feeding you. Yup, you won the jackpot with daddies. Yours bottle feeds you b-milk when I'm tired. He plays with you and takes tons of pictures. He picked out a manly diaper bag today and one of his favorite childhood books "The Hungry Caterpillar" to read to you. He even tried to console you by holding you while he ate in the restaurant where we tried dining for the first time with you. He teaches me a lot about how to put the car seat in, or how to secure it to a shopping cart. On top of it all, he never forgets to kiss us goodnight.



  1. OMG Erin!!!! I love him!! And this post was so beautiful and brought tears to my eyes! (I love the Beach Boys part.)
    Deklan (I freaking love his name) has to be one of the luckiest babies alive. He definitely has himself a wonderful daddy and you are going to be the best mommy. AND, you certainly got lucky having Joel as a husband. I'm so happy for y'all. There is a lot of love in these photos. I can't wait to see more. Congrats, Erin. ♥

    Roni (I miss you!)

  2. I agree with all the above! I am so very excited to be Deklan Lavelle's Grammy! Deklan, You are such an adorable baby and I am so glad I got to see you when you were just born! We are all so blessed - including you! God has a special plan for your life and it will be wonderful to join you in discovering it! I love you so much! Poppy, too, although he's not much with the internet! hah!