Introducing Little Bunny Fifi.

Hello Blogstalkers!

I thought I'd take just a minute to drop in and give you all the details on our small baby.  Life is crazy right now with a newborn that pretty much refuses to sleep anywhere but on top of her mother (that's right, I'm totally a mother now) but I'm hoping to have the blog up and running again very soon.

Until then,

Meet Fiona Violet Gallagher
Born at 12:42 AM on January 6th, 2014
7'13" and 20.5 inches long.

The day she was born.

I've had a ton of requests for her birth story on Facebook and via email so I'm going to go ahead and write it out here in two parts. So if that is not something that interests you, by all means, do not read ahead.  I promise not everything from here on out will be baby-themed.  So don't quit me please?

It all began on a ridiculously snowy Saturday in January.  The lease was about up on our current car and Ryan had been wanting to buy a new vehicle for some time.  The fact that I was due in just days was making him more anxious than ever to finalize some sort of car decision.  So on this Saturday off we went to the dealership to spend a couple of hours test driving some of our new car options.

And by test driving of course, I mean, Ryan drove and I sat in the passenger seat and said things like, "If you hit another pothole I am going to take off my foot and smack you with it," and "This car does not have nearly enough stomach support."

So at this point I was like...MASSIVELY pregnant and I got a lot of comments and questions about when I was due.  "In five days," I would answer smilingly then internally sigh thinking "OHMYGOD how am I going to last five more days and then probably ten more days after that."  Because I was positive that I was going to go late.  Like 99% sure.  Because my mom had been late with all five of her pregnancies and as of my 39 week prenatal appointment I had not started progressing at all.  And I was crabby about that, in case you could not tell.    

Anyway, we didn't buy a car that day because I suddenly started to feel really very yucky and my husband got worried and wanted to get me home to rest.  And then the car dealership guy, to me, was all like, "Well why don't you go ahead and drive your old car home and we'll handle the business end of things and get your husband set up in a new car and he can just meet you there later!"  And I was like (in my head), "That will not work for me you ding-a-ling."  Because I could barely fit into the drivers' seat of our car at that point, much less reach the steering wheel.  

Out loud, Ryan simply replied, "Sorry but no, I'm sort of loath to send my sick and extremely pregnant wife off into a snowstorm on her own at this point, I'm sure you understand."  And then as he walked away he muttered, "you ding-a-ling."  This is how I know we are perfect for each other.

(To sort of understand just how big my belly got during this pregnancy, here is a picture of me 34 weeks pregnant.  I still had 5.5 weeks to go at this point.)


So home we went.  I took a nap that afternoon and then that night my BFF Vanessa (who is newly engaged yay! And who moved to Atlanta with her fiancĂ© today..tear...) came over with said fiancĂ© and brought dinner.  Because she is a lovely person and I will never have another best friend who is as awesome as she is and I'm so sad she doesn't live in the same city as me any longer and HORMONES, sob.  We just watched whatever basketball game was on and they went home soon after.  At some point I had this text conversation with my sister.

Talking about car colors.

Jackson is her dog.

Then I headed off to bed.  I finally fell asleep around two and was woken just before four by my dog whining.  "She must have to go outside," I told Ryan and then heaved myself out of bed to use the washroom while he went to tend to the dogs."  I just made it to the bathroom before my water broke.  I sat there sort of stunned for a minute, I had not expected this AT ALL.  Then a giant smile spread over my face and I realized I was going to be holding my baby within 24 hours.*

*My hospital, like many, sets a 24 hour deadline for delivery for patients whose water has broken, to prevent infection.

I heard Ryan trudging back up the stairs mumbling about polar vortexes and things that go bark in the night and I halfway shouted, "Ryan! My water broke!"  He came to the bathroom door looking sort of annoyed and was like "The pipes broke?"  At which point I was like, "Pipes? Well...NO, that's not really how it works," and thought "Maybe Ryan skipping that one birthing class was not the grandest of ideas."

"Wait," he said next, "Do you mean your water broke? Are you sure?"

"Pretty sure."

"I thought you meant like the plumbing in the bathroom, because it's so cold outside."

Because yeah, it was the coldest night in Chicago in recent history, with a recorded wind chill of approximately -50 degrees, no joke.

But anyway, as soon as we were on the same page about what had broken, we jumped into action.  I took a shower and Ryan packed his hospital bag and got everything all loaded into the (not new) car.  Finally I made my way outside (OHMYGODCOLD) and we were on our way.  I waved to the doorman in the condo building next door as we left and he smiled hugely at me and waved exuberantly back as he figured out what exactly was going on.

Next up: The hospital and everything going quickly and swimmingly until it starts going the opposite of that.  Spoiler: Everyone is just fine and dandy in the end.

See you soon with the rest Blogstalkers!  For now here is a picture of my baby at one week of age.  She has very chubby cheeks.


Leave me a comment so I know you're still out there?

62 comments:

  1. I'm so happy to see you back! And congratulations and glad everyone's doing well and all that.

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  2. Oh man. I'm not on FB (yeah, I know) so apparently I am WAAAAY behind. Congratulations!!! She is super adorable, and I'm so glad to hear that everything went well (in the end) and that you're not still pregnant. And welcome back, I've missed you!

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    1. Yes haha, thank goodness I'm not still pregnant. I'd be breaking records and chairs left and right at this point probably. And thank you! I've missed you all as well. :)

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  3. Best beginning to a birth story ever. Gosh, I've missed you! And congrats again! She really, really is about the prettiest little girl I've ever seen.

    Michelle

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    1. Haha thanks! We think she's pretty fabulous but we are just teensy bit biased. She also smells very good and is excellent at being a genius in all ways.

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  4. Yay! New posts from you make me happy! And baby ones are even better!!

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    1. I'm so happy to be (somewhat) back!

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  5. This is WONDERFUL. I've only heard the abridged version, so pins and needles for part 2! (I kind of want to smother Fiona with kisses. That's got to be normal. I mean, those CHEEKS!)

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    1. I smother her with kisses most of the day. I think she pretends to sleep so I will leave her alone sometimes. It does not work.

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  6. Yay!! She's gorgeous! I was stranded at O'Hare the night this happened so I can attest to the so-crazy-cold-the-steam-on-my-glasses-froze-in-like-two-seconds kind of cold it was. I'm glad everyone is safe and sound. AND I'm so happy for you!

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    1. Yes! You sent me an email about being stuck! Also you are amazing and I have been drafting an email to you for like two days now about how amazing you and your care package are. Even Ryan was impressed and that boy is not easily impressed. Just yesterday and I was like, "Today I put on some pants!" and he was like "I'm not impressed." Pfft.

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    2. Woohoo!! I impressed Ryan! BTW, I'm totally impressed by the pants thing - I think my daughter was two before I put pants on - she's in college and I'm still catching up on the sleep I lost in the first few years.

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  7. She's so adorable and I'm glad she didn't hide out till June.

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  8. Uncanny. I was just thinking of how we hadn't heard from you in ages!

    Congratulations, she's so pretty!

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    1. Thanks so much! It's because she has such a pretty mother. Today I even wore pants and deodorant.

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    2. Pants AND deoderant?! You are rocking the mom thing. :) Congratulations, truly--I'm so happy for you.

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  9. Congrats!! I enjoy all of the pictures you post on FB and instagram. (yes I stalk) and at least like, if not comment on all of your pictures. I can't wait to read the rest!

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    1. I LOVE being stalked. It's my favorite thing. Ryan says I should not tell people that because they will get the wrong idea.

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  10. Welcome back, Lauren!

    Love,

    The Blogosphere

    Also, I wish to meet little bunny Fifi!

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    1. You can meet her any time you like. Also if you wish to babysit (when I can bear to leave her for more than sixty seconds) that can be arranged. I don't even have to go anywhere. I can just sit in my bedroom and drink Yoohoos.

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    2. Can I drink Yoohoos too? Because then I'm totally in. I'll message you about a playdate in the near future. I love tiny humans.

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  11. Now I will be checking like 18 times tomorrow when I'm SUPPOSED to be working, looking for part two. Maybe I should call in sick instead.

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  12. welcome back(ish)! Thank you for taking time away from your extremely adorable Fiona to share how she arrived! :)

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  13. Miss your blog! So happy for your little family! She is precious!!

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  14. Hooray!! She's gorgeous and I love her name. Be kind to yourself, postpartum can be brutal. Oh, and kiss those soft chubby little cheeks a million times and smell the new baby smell on the top of her head for me.

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  15. Yay! You are back! Congrats on your sweet bunny!

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  16. Yay! You are back! Congrats on your sweet bunny!

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  17. Thanks so much for sharing your story! Loving it so far! :)

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  18. She's so cute! Congratulations.

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  19. Congratulations Lauren and Ryan, and welcome to the world, little Fiona! Looking forward to part 2 of the story. :)

    - Sharon M

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  20. Congratulations on a beautiful and healthy baby! She is goregous and you looked really good pregnant. Let her be the first of many :) And welcome back, want wait to get back into stalking you!

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  21. Yes, you're a mother! Isn't that incredible? I mean going from not being a mother to BEING A MOTHER to someone. Who is incredibly adorable, by the way. Takes after her mother, clearly.
    Looking forward to hearing the rest of the story.

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  22. Congratulations!! She's beautiful and I'm in love with her chubby cheeks!! Glad to hear she didn't wait until June :)

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  23. Leave it to sunny Fiona to pick the coldest day of the year to make her appearance. I'm so happy for all of you! As to the car: I went to Cali to help my daughter paint the second bedroom for my granddaughter in prep for moving her out of the nursery so the new baby will have a place to stay - and came home to my husband having bought a whole car on his own with no input whatsoever from me. I don't think I'm over it yet. Who does that? Anyway, enjoy your new ride and your new daughter.

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  24. #1. She is GORGEOUS!!! Truly.
    #2. I'm glad that everything ended well, and you gave birth long before June.
    #3. CONGRATS to all 3 of you - what a beautiful family.
    #4. Fiona Gallagher - just like one of my fave characters on one of my fave shows - Shameless. Played by this beauty: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002536/ Did you guys do that on purpose?

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  25. She is so beautiful and wonderful and I am so happy for you! Congratulations!
    And you NEED to tell me where that adorable bunny blanket thing is from in the last picture because I am due 6 days before Easter and it would be the most perfect thing to snuggle my daughter up in!

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  26. Still here! Can't wait to read the rest. She is beautiful and I love her name. :-)

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  27. Wow she's beautiful! I love her name :-)

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  28. Baby! YAY!!! She is beautiful, and I love her name! (I was actually talking to a friend last night who has a niece Fiona, and I was telling her how much I love the name.)

    Thank you for sharing the story with us...looking forward to part 2!

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  29. I am so excited to read part 2! keep the pictures coming on FB... i am one of your many stalkers over there as well, and i especially love pictures of adorable babies. so glad the "fingers crossed" method finally worked for something!

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  30. Congratulations! You've been on my mind a lot this winter (I'm about 20 weeks now), and I was just wondering the other day how you and your baby girl were doing!!

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  31. Congratulations, she's a beauty! Can't wait to read the rest!

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  32. I have been checking your blog every day for more than a week thinking "oh my gosh I swear she should have had that baby twice by now!" yay New baby!

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  33. Congrats on the beautiful little Miss Bunny Fifi!

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  34. I miss you and Fiona (and I guess Ryan too) already! Sending lots of love from Atlanta!!!

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  35. Lovely to be reading your birth story, the first of many you will tell about little Miss Bunny Fifi, I am sure. Heartfelt congratulations to you all.

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  36. P.S Who won the sweepstake? I was sooooo close on the date, but I think I was pipped in the end.

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  37. Still here! And pregnant with my third now, I totally cried a couple times. Can't wait to hear the rest!!

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  38. Awwww So happy for you! And she's GORGEOUS!!!

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  39. She is beautiful and adorable! Congratulations!
    What a perfect little face and wook at dose wittle lips!

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  40. Yay! So happy you are back! Beautiful baby!

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  41. Well, she's adorable, and congratulations! Yay!

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  42. Thanks for the new post! She is gorgeous. Congrats. Can't wait for more updates!

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  43. Still here! So glad to see you writing again, I'm excited to hear your birth story! And Fiona is adorable, congratulations!!!

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  44. Still here! Congratulations!

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  45. Welcome back and thank you for sharing your story! FiFi is super-duper adorable!

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  46. So glad you’re back. Fiona’s a doll!

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  47. I'm so glad to see you writing again...
    and CONGRATULATIONS!! Your daughter is lovely!

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  48. Congratulations! She is an absolute doll! And so happy you're back.

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  49. Okay for real I've read every single post of yours this last two weeks, which is creepy stalker enough. I've tried so hard to at LEAST not post a creepy belated comment. But I can't help it, I think you have the cutest most awesome baby boulder, and I'm so happy to see little chubby fi fi!

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