Willow Primrose: Welcome to the World
This post originally appeared on our old blog Born to be a Bride.
Our darling girl turned a week old Friday — and what a week it’s been. Josh and I found out last Wednesday we’d be getting induced, and we spent Thursday morning busying ourselves to get the apartment ready on our last day without a baby. We checked into the hospital at 7 pm on my due date and what followed was a 22-hour saga of our beautiful daughter’s dramatic entrance into the world outside the womb. At 3:25 pm on Friday, November 21, we welcomed an 8-pound, 15-ounce miracle into our family. My recovery has been slow with some days better than others, but despite the pain and exhaustion, she’s here and I couldn’t be happier. Watching her with her daddy is one of the best parts.
So far, motherhood is treating me well. I have been blessed with a healthy little girl who loves to eat round the clock (it’s amazing how the human body changes to accommodate these miracles of nature! And yes, my boobs are officially huge now). I’ve been searching in my mind for days to find the right words to express how all of this feels. I think the only way I can explain is that I always knew I would love my baby. But looking at her beautiful little face, listening to her breathe, tucking my nose into the sweet powdery deliciousness of her full head of hair, and running my finger tips up and down the softest cheeks and arms on the planet, my heart feels so full that I cry just to think of it. A mother’s love is so truly profound, the words just really don’t exist. I love her so much that it actually hurts, and as predicted, I love Josh with a fierceness, a protectiveness, and a strength that I didn’t know before existed.
Suffice it to say, fairy tales come true. And in this one, a little girl who grew up daydreaming about being a mommy, has fallen in love, married the kindest man on earth, and welcomed into the world the piece of herself that has been waiting inside all along. Here are Willow’s first seven days in pictures. I hope you enjoy and forgive me as I take another few days off from blogging to stare at the heaven in my arms.