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Baby Mercury is here!

Mercury is a GIRL!  Gretta Joleigh was born Friday at 7:34 pm, she was 7 lbs, 12 oz and 19.5 inches long.

I woke up around 7:30 am on Friday and felt a little "different," but didn't really know whether I was in labor or not. We want to our Ob at 10:00, who confirmed early labor gave us the option of going to the hospital to labor or heading home for a while. We decided to go home at first, but the contractions started getting stronger and closer together, so we were at the hospital by 12:00 pm.  I got an epidural around 2:30, and started to push around 5:30 pm - she was born about 2 hrs later!  Since she had passed some meconium in utero we had a visit from the NICU team, but they were able to get everything out of her throat/lungs so we were able to avoid a NICU stay.  Overall it was a fairly easy labor, especially for a first born. The pushing hurt more than I thought it would, but it was all obviously worth it in the end.  I ended up tearing quite a bit, so I am really sore today and don't plan on pooping ever again.  Tongue Tied

She did so well on the first day - latched easily, slept well, didn't cry much at all, but seems kind of uncomfortable today. We can't tell if it is reflux, gas, or just normal 24 hr-baby behavior.  Hopefully she will figure out sleep again sometime soon, or it could be a long first few weeks!

Here is our first family picture (we are obviously crazy about her!):


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  • Congratulations! Thats so exciting. You are such a beautiful family. I'm so glad everything went well for you. Thanks for posting a picture and update so soon.
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    Congratulations!? So glad everything went well and I hope she re-finds sleep soon for the two of you.? If not, the nursery is a LIFESAVER while you are in the hospital, don't be afraid to use it!? Its hard to be away that first night, but at least you can sleep and conserve your energy for when you get home.??
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  • Congrats!!! She is beautiful and your family picture is adorable! I also love  her name, very cute!!!

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    Congrats!  The 3 of you look very happy!
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  • Wow!  Congratulations!  Beautiful family..beautiful name.. sounds like it went almost as well as having a baby could go.. ;)
  • Congrats! I love her name!
  • What a beautiful name for a very beautiful baby!  Congrats!

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  • YAY!  Congratulations!  I'm so happy for you.  :o)  Glad to hear things went well....even if you're never going to poop again.  lol 
  • Congratulations! I've been thinking about you guys and was so happy to see your post! You're going to be great parents and I can't wait to hear your updates in the upcoming months. Enjoy your little angel.
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  • Wow-congrats! That is so exciting!!!! :o)
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  • Congrats!!  That's so exciting! 
  • Congratulations!!!  I am so excited for you!!  She is beautiful and the 3 of you look great!  Good luck with everything and keep us posted with pictures!!

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  • Congrats!!! So happy for you and your family! And I love her name!
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  • Aww, congrats! She's beautiful. (And what a quick labor!)


    If you ever want any pictures, let me know. I'd be happy to take some shots of that little cutie. ;) 

  • Congratulations!  Gretta is beautiful!  I'm glad baby and mom are doing well.   Enjoy your new addition to the family!
  • She is a gorgeous baby girl.  Congratulations.  You have an adorable family and I am so glad that everything went so well for you.  I hope you recover from everything soon...that is the not fun part :( 

     Thanks for posting and I am so glad to finally know that Mercury is a girl.

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  • Congratulations!  What a beautiful baby and I love her name.  It makes me ready for my little one to arrive, even though I still have a little more than 7 weeks to go.  I am sure the time will fly by. 
  • Congrats Jamie!  She is beautiful and I'm happy to hear that you are all doing well!  You look absolutely amazing after giving birth!!  If I can look like you after having a baby, then I can die a hppy woman!!!  Good luck with baby Greta and the whole pooping thing!!

  • You're even beautiful after you give birth!  Congrats on a healthy and wonderful daughter.  Glad to hear all went so well.

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  • She is just beautiful! I was trying to figure out who she looks like, but you and your DH actually have really similar features. You look absolutely radiant for just having a baby as well. Enjoy sweet little Gretta and give her lots of snuggles. I hope she's feeling more comfortable soon and that you are able to get some much needed rest. Take care!
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