Monday, April 21, 2014

{Elodie Elizabeth Denfeld}

She's here! 

If you follow me on Instagram, you're well aware our little lady arrived exactly two weeks ago today on April 7th, 2014! 

The last two weeks have been such a whirlwind… While at times it feels like her delivery was just yesterday, there are also times it feels like she's been with us forever. 

Corey was able to take two weeks off work, which was seriously amazing. I am certain I wouldn't have gotten through the last two weeks without him. He has been the absolute biggest help. I knew he would be an amazing dad, but he exceeded every expectation and hope imaginable and my love for him has grown exponentially since Elodie was born. 

So, how about that precious baby? She arrived at 8:30 in the morning after a fairly quick (for a first timer!) labor/delivery. I can't wait to share her birth story! She weighed in at a healthy 7 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 20.5 inches long. She was born with the most adorable fat rolls on her arms -- I just wanted to eat them up!

We were in the hospital two days and two nights. I always thought we'd stay only one, but was so glad it was actually two as we learned so much from the nurses, and it just felt really good to be in our safe little bubble with our new addition for those first couple days.

Since coming home things have been a total roller coaster. Some days I am feeling like I'm on the top of the world. I couldn't be happier, I feel like I'm getting the hang of breastfeeding, she sleeps a good stretch at night... And then others I am an emotional wreck. I feel like I'm failing at motherhood and find breastfeeding completely overwhelming. The good news is the good days far outweigh the bad, and from what I hear what I'm experiencing emotionally is totally normal (thanks, hormones!). So we're just taking things day by day over here. As of today Corey is back at work and I am feeling extra thankful we live so close to family who can help me as I'm still getting adjusted to motherhood.

Just wanted to pop in for a quick update on how things were going over here. Hopefully I'll be back sooner than later with Elodie's birth story :) 
{Photos © Liz Denfeld Photography}

30 comments:

  1. Hi Liz,

    Congratulations for your new born.. She sooo adorable!

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  2. Congrats! Beautiful photos and pretty new family! :)

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  3. Oh congrats! What a little beauty! and her name is just precious!

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  4. She is adorable! So glad to hear you're setting in & hoping each day gets a little easier!

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  5. that last photo, i nearly cried, elodie is so darling!!

    congratulations to your growing family!

    xo mk
    goldhattedlover.com

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  6. Many congratulations - what a lovely post to catch up on. She looks beautiful and I am pleased to read that you are riding the ups and downs of your first two weeks as a mother. This is what parenthood is all about; it's a roller coaster and nothing much stays the same for long. Welcome!! Lou x

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  7. Love her head of hair. Glad y'all had a "quick" labor and delivery. As someone who is 7 months preggo, I cannot wait to hear her birth story!!!

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  8. oh my gosh, she is beautiful! congrats!

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  9. She is SOOOO precious! Ack! IDK why I wasn't following you yet on IG, but am now! Congrats congrats! As crazy as it seems now, it really goes by in the blink of an eye. Take tons of pics of her tiny newness now! Those toes….

    xx Viv at JoieDeViv

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  10. I can't wait for her birth story. Absolutely LOVE her name!

    bekahcurtiss.blogspot.com

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  11. What you are feeling is 100% normal! Those hormones do crazy things to you. For the first two weeks I had terrible anxiety about everything and sometimes nothing at all, I just felt panicky and overwhelmed. It does go away and it's amazing how fast you forget about the rough days at the start. My daughter is only 3.5 months but those early days already feel like years ago. I'm sure you're doing an amazing job. Make sure to take a little time for you when you can. Just 20 minutes alone, enjoying a cup of coffee and a magazine while someone else watches the little one will do wonders for your spirit. You can do it mama!

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  12. Congratulations! I've loved following along on Instagram and seeing the adorable pictures of your precious girl!

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  13. Congratulations, she is beautiful and I absolutely LOVE her name! I have loved seeing your Instagram photos over the past few weeks, what a fun summer you guys have ahead of you! :)

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  14. Looking forward to reading your birth story! The post pregnancy hormones are crazy! I didn't feel like myself until I was done breastfeeding. Hang in there! :)

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  15. Congratulations Liz! I love the name you and Corey picked out. What a gorgeous girl and she has fabulous hair!

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  16. Hi Liz!!!
    She is wonderful!!!!
    She's smiling! Congratulations!

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  17. She is beautiful and perfect, congratulations to you and your family!!!

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  18. Huge congratulations- she's so so beautiful!!
    Alice xx | The Cup and Saucer

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  19. Congratulations on your little lady! She is beautiful!

    We used the same wubanub with our little girl, and it's crazy to see how it seems to get smaller and smaller the bigger she gets. I swear, we will keep our lamb forever.

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  20. The hormones are totally normal!!! Glad it's going well, breastfeeding is tricky to figure out but it will get better! Lean on each other, that's the best advice I can give.

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  21. I love her already! (Also, breastfeeding is THE HARDEST....it gets better, and easier, and even wonderful eventually.....hang in there). So much love to you, Corey, and beautiful Elodie ;)

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  22. Congrats, momma! She is just beautiful - and all that hair! Love. The emotional roller coaster is completely normal. I think the first 4-6 weeks are the hardest, what with the hormones, trying to figure out this parent thing, breastfeeding (hang in there, it gets easier!), etc. Let hubby help you as much as possible and I agree with what Mrs Barker said 100% - make sure you take some me time!

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  23. Congratulations! Elodie is adorable (and such a beautiful name, too!).

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  24. Oh, she is adorable! Congratulations!

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  25. Congrats on Elodie! Such a gorgeous name and little nugget. Will you share how you chose her name?

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