4.04.2011

remember that time i had a baby?

Remember that time that I showed you pictures of a finished nursery? Oh yeah, I haven't finished it.....
Remember that time that I packed a hospital bag? Oh yeah, I thought I had another 10 days to do that....
Remember that time that I told you what we were going to name our daughter? Oh yeah, we didn't have a name picked out....
Remember that time my maternity leave didn't start until April 8th? Oh yeah, I think my fill-in is actually on vacation right now.....

Remember that time I had a baby? Oh yes. I did actually accomplish that last week ;)

Elliot Katherine Jones
born 8:15pm on April 1

I always look forward to Fridays. They're a great catch-up day for me at work (note to boss: not that I'm ever behind on anything, promise!) and such a fun time of anticipation for the weekend. This past Friday was no exception: my sister Lauren was coming into town for the weekend. We were going to decorate/finish the nursery, shop, have a mani/pedi session, giggle, go to a baby shower in Charlotte and enjoy our last weekend as sisters-without-babies.

And then it all started. I woke, after a wonderful night's rest (which has been a rare thing!) to the sound of our home phone ringing. It was a call from Spencer, one of our Wyldlife leaders, requesting help driving some of his middle schoolers to school from Bible study that morning. (PS, what a blessing to have more kids show up that you can carpool in your own car!) And, to spare you all the gory-oh-my-gosh-you-totally-just-turned-into-a-mom-this-is-entirely-too-much-information-to-share-in-any-kind-of-public-forum-type details, shortly after Josh got home from helping with the carpool, my water promptly broke.

But it wasn't supposed to happen like that. So few women actually have the water break before labor. And the nursery wasn't done. And we didn't have a name. And seriously, I had plans for the weekend ;)

We checked in with my OBGYN and it was confirmed, the babe was on the move. I managed to convince Josh to let me stop by work to finish a few last minute pressing pieces of paper work and call my boss, who was in England at the time, to tell him I was calling in sick for work. (PS, Dicky, if you're reading this---this was the third sick day I've ever taken in six and a half years of work :)

We drove home, where Josh turned into boss-man ordering me around to pack my bags and I proceeded to annoy him by saying things like "But I don't have anything to wear. Do I have time to straighten my hair? " Hey, its allllllll about priorities ladies. I knew this baby was about to take over my schedule.....I just wanted one last day of Blair-dictated-grooming-regimen. Which I didn't get because Josh wouldn't let me dry or straighten my hair. Which I have only brought up 09582309482309 times.

Josh drove me to the hospital. I had a baby. It wasn't really that simple or pretty, but Elliot is here and she's so very healthy. And what really else matters, right?!

A word about her name......Elliot Katherine Jones.
Elliot: we loved the idea of the name, but totally fell for it when we learned the meaning is "the Lord is my God"
Katherine: we wanted something really girly to go with Elliot....and my older sister's first name is Katherine, it was just the perfect fit
Jones: yeah, I guess its kind of obvious


baby Elliot with her namesake Aunt Lauren

8 comments:

Maury said...

She's absolutely perfect and I can't wait to meet her!!!! Congratulations. It so doesn't matter that things weren't done. It only matters that she's healthy and that you and Josh are going to be such amazing parents to that very blessed little girl.

Zach said...

sitting at my desk crying. love you guys so much.

Pashmina and Pearls said...

and i realized i was signed in google under "Zach" but this is totally brittany. but zach loves you too and i am sure he is at his desk crying too.

Brittany said...

Blair, she is so beautiful! I can't wait to meet her!

Brittany said...

Blair! She is such a beautiful baby and I'm glad to see that she gave you enough time to blog about her! I can't wait to finally meet Baby Elliot!

amy p said...

and you are blogging 3 days later. can't wait to hear more details, meet that baby and give you a big hug

Baird said...

Wait, how did I miss this???

juuust kidding. I love her.

Connie Rollins said...

Blair you are on top of your game to be blogging already. Elliot is perfect and I am so very blessed by her safe arrival. Grandmother said that she had NEVER seen a newborn smile like the picture with Lauren holding her. That must mean that she is going to have the same out going personality as her Daddy and Mom. She is blessed to have such wonderful family. Hope you and Josh get some much needed rest.

 
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