Jane bug

Our little Jane bug arrived a week early on November 9.  She decided it was time for us to meet her and now we can't imagine life without this little joy.  She's sweet and cuddly and at 3 weeks old is getting more alert and playful!

A quick story of her birth...

Friday, November 8, Dudley and I decided to go out on a date.  We wanted some place casual, but delicious.  Las Tortugas was the choice and on the way there I mentioned, "there aren't going to be many more times for these easy dinner dates."  He smiled and when we got to there I said how it was funny the last time we ate there was the day we found out we were having a little girl.  Maybe it was a sign, I thought...

We enjoyed a lovely dinner and then went and got a redbox movie (Django Unchained).  We called it a night around 11 and went to bed, and the next day we were planning to watch the Ole Miss/Arkansas game and grill these delicious burgers with some friends.

Around 4:45am I woke up to go to the bathroom, and then got back in bed.  I laid down and felt two sharp abdominal pains and thought to myself, "is that a contraction?"  I dozed off a little and then another one came a few minutes later.  I rolled over to get up to go to the bathroom again.  When I stood up I felt something abnormal.  I got to the bathroom and there was a lot of liquid and thought, is this my water breaking?? I don't know?  I woke Dudley up and he immediately got in the shower.  I finished up packing my bag, and then as it got closer to Dudley being ready I started having more contractions.  They weren't unbearable, just uncomfortable.

We got to the hospital around 6:15am and the nurse checked to make sure it was my water that broke, and sure enough it was!  We were going to meet our little lady Jane that day!

Around 7 we got to our room and met our awesome nurse, Jenny.  Literally the best nurse.  We loved her so much.  We then found out that my doctor wasn't on call that weekend, so we would be meeting a doctor that I hadn't seen/met before.  The epidural team came in and got that going and then we just progressed through contractions and visited with family while we waited.

At like 11ish Jenny checked and we were at 7cm, so we thought we had at least 2-3 more hours (I'd progressed about 1cm/hr at that point... so it was just a guess that it might be 2-3 more hours...)

Dudley was kicked back watching the Ole Miss/Arkansas game, I was visiting with my mom and sister, and then doctor came in to meet me/check my progress.  She sat down and checked and said, "yeah you're about 10... let's try and push once."  My mom and sister just stepped behind the curtain, and then after that push she said, "yeah you're ready to go."  Jenny said to my mom and sister it was time to go out to the waiting room, and then the rest of the delivery team came in.  It all happened so fast and then about 30 minutes later I hear "Happy Birthday Jane!" from everyone in the room and then my tiny little girl was laying on my chest!

This little joy was 6lb 11oz and 20 in long.  Our hearts were so full and tears were just flowing.  It was an amazing moment.

Jane Frances Carter
November 9, 2013

She is named after both her great grandmothers (and mommy).  Dudley's Granny Ree (Jane) and my Granny and me (Frances).  What a wonderful day.  What an amazing experience and in the blink of an eye we became parents forever to this girl.  How lucky and blessed we are!

Another special photo to share... My niece Molly was born in March and her middle name is Frances.  So now there is Martha Frances, Molly Frances and Jane Frances (and Jane wrapped in a blanket made by Granny Frances).  Full hearts and Granny is smiling down on us!

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving this year and are extra thankful for our little Jane bug.  She's just a growing and we are having the best time being her mommy and daddy.  Her daddy is sure smitten with her and it is killer watching him love her!
My loves.

I can't believe it's already December!  We are getting out all our Christmas decor and going to pick out our tree today!  Here's to our first Christmas with our Jane as family of 3!

December desktop here thanks to my pal Laura!