Friday, July 16, 2010

Introducing Alexa Ruth

I know it's been even longer than usual since my last post ... most of it is due to the usual: not much to say, too much going on, etc. But now I definitely have something to say, and even though there's still too much going on, I wanted to take a few moments to share.

Meet Alexa Ruth!*

In this post, I'll just give a few key details. I'll try to post her complete birth story in a few days, but no promises ... lots going on, you know.

Birthday: Wednesday, 7 July 2010, 2:06pm (almost exactly a month early)
Amount of time from first "I hope that wasn't a contraction!" to birth: 5 hours 16 minutes
Amount of time from Mom's arrival at hospital to birth: approximately 2 hours
Amount of time from birth to getting to meet Daddy: approximately 30 hours (first available flight and all that)
Weight at birth: 6 lb 6 oz
Length at birth: 18-3/4 inches**
Number of days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU): 6
Reason for being in the NICU: difficulty breathing
Date she came home: Tuesday, 13 July 2010

*Some of you may know that Jeff and I deliberately do not put pictures of ourselves, our family, our friends, or our colleagues on the blog for privacy reasons. However, we do acknowledge two important facts: (1) many of you will want to see Alexa and won't be able to unless we post a picture here, and (2) newborns change in appearance so quickly that pictures of them won't be a privacy concern after just a short time. So we decided to post this one picture of Alexa on the blog. This isn't a change in our policy regarding pictures on the blog; this is an exception to the rule.

**Oops, I originally posted her length as 15-3/4 inches. Thanks, Mom, for pointing out the mistake!


  1. Oh, Congratulations!!! She's absolutely beautiful, and I'm glad the NICU stay was a relatively short one (though I'm sure it seemed anything but to her mommy and daddy).

    Enjoy your precious little one!!!

  2. oh, thanks so much for this one exception! she is absolutely gorgeous! I am glad she didn't spend any longer in NICU. Truly a blessing and miracle!

  3. Congratulations!!!
    Beautiful girl..lots of joy & health on this World!

  4. I was at a playdate with your doula when she had to suddenly bolt to the hospital! Glad she made it in time. Congratulations!! She is simply scrumptious.

  5. Awwww Congratulations! She's a cutie :-D

  6. Congratulations!!! I am soooo happy for you! She is so cute! My little girl is now 5 months old; it's so nice to have another mother of a girl out there! :)

  7. Oh Deborah.....I found your blog and was so glad to read your journey and about your new baby. So glad Alexa is doing well. She is beautiful. Your baby's birth is certainly different than you planned but isn't that how life is?

    I hope you remember me from MCC......Debbie K.


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