The best surprise of the pregnancy was how easy it was for Mom. She was never sick and gained most of her weight in her belly. Additionally, Mom was really surprised by what a great experience it was and can’t wait to do it again. Just kidding about that second part. 😉 But she did say she had a great experience!
When they found out they were having a girl, it came down to two names; Penelope and Harlowe. At first, Dad wasn’t sold on such a unique name, but by mid pregnancy he came around and loved it as much as Mom.
Since Dad already has an 18 month old daughter, he was pretty much an expert with prepping baby stuff (according to Mom). Most noteworthy was the struggle with the double stroller. They couldn’t figure out all the attachments and extra extenders that made it work, so a bit of research was required. Thank goodness for mommy blogs and You Tube videos, which helped them figure it all out! Seems like those double strollers are no joke.
Due to Mom’s gestational diabetes, they were expecting a baby that was well over 8 pounds, so the doctor scheduled a c-section. It was a great experience and the doctor did an amazing job. Mom was recovered and back home in just two days! Their little peanut wasn’t quite as big as they expected at only 7 lbs 11 oz., but Mom was still so happy with the process and glad they did what was most safe for Harlowe.
Mom was expecting the baby to have more of her very dark hair and olive skin tone. When she was born, she was very fair with lighter brown hair and looked just like her daddy. As the first week passed her skin color darkened a bit, but she still looks just like her daddy.
Mom’s First Thoughts
“When I first saw her, I couldn’t believe how beautiful she was and that she was finally here. I still look at her and can’t believe that she is here and I have such a beautiful, amazing, sweet little girl. When Daddy saw her in the operating room, we had a very sweet amazing moment when we just looked at each other and teared up. It was the most emotional and happiest moment in my life; something I will never forgot.”