Wednesday, August 6, 2014

clara jean marie

Ta da! Here is our baby! Clara waited until just after Annie's birthday was done (literally... it was midnight) and then she started showing (some very painful) signs that she was ready to come. So after packing up our kids and delivering them to Nanny and Grandpa's house, a speedy drive to the hospital, and a very short wait in the delivery room where she was delivered by the anesthesiologist (wait - what? you were supposed to give me an epidural, not a baby), Clara Jean Marie entered the world at 2:43 a.m. on Tuesday, August 5.

Before a gigantic dumping of pictures, here are my tired-brain bulleted points on our sweet little girl:
- she's our biggest baby, weighing 8 pounds, 11 ounces, and measuring 20.5 inches long (Joe is next up at 7 pounds, 14 ounces). Apparently, she enjoyed all the ice cream and cinnamon buns that I was enjoying while being pregnant.
- her middle names are in honour of her Grammie (Helen Jean) and Nanny (Mary Alfreda). Her first name was debated for a long time... it has no family connection but is one that we liked, links her to St. Clare of Assisi, and, ultimately, stood up to David's sports announcer voice test (where he says "Clara Kantor" in a deep voice, like he's colour commentating something at the Olympics).
- the kids LOVE her. We have already broken up fights over who gets to hold her next. And Annie is under the impression that we have given this baby to her, her two favourite expressions upon seeing Clara being, "MINE!" and "I hold it!"
- this is our first night at home with her, so we'll see what a sleep schedule looks like without all the hospital interruptions. Fingers crossed that I remember how to do all this nighttime stuff.
- David is awesome. Well, first of all, David's parents are awesome for looking after Joe, Henry, and Annie for two full days. And now David is being awesome... giving me time to rest and serving me hand and foot, all with a smile on his face. I feel as though I have won the grand prize in some sort of husband lottery or awesome daddy reality show.
- Clara is sweet, sweet, sweet. She is patient with her doting siblings and she squeaks while she sleeps. I have called her Annie about one-million times, but she is patient with me and all is forgiven.
- And now, here she is:

And this shall be my crazy life...


Gillian Gauthier said...

Gilian and David and all your sweet little ones, I am SO so so delighted to hear this news! What a beautiful, precious baby delivered into your family! How wonderful! I am so excited for you all - such joyous and 'crazy' times ahead, for sure. :) Congratulations and God's blessings over your family! xo

Kimberly said...

Congrats Kantor family and welcome baby Clara! Another little sweetheart. Enjoy being a family of 6! ~Kimberly and crew

Sharon Peake said...

I have been checking every day, and when there was a pause in posts, I knew it was time! She looks like Annie! And the rest of you look over the moon.

Lizzie said...

So many congratulations Gillian and David! She's beautiful and you all look so happy. Welcome to the outside world Clara! Much love and God bless, Lizzie and James xxx