On January 4th, Amelia Grace surprised us by coming two days sooner than we had planned. She was scheduled to come via cesarean on the 6th, but I was pretty happy that my water broke early. We ended up staying in the hospital during most of the really cold and bad winter weather. After two hours of labor, Amelia was born by c-section at 6:40 a.m. She weighed 6 lbs 7 oz and was 19 1/2 inches long. Compared to the long labor and emergency surgery I had with Elias, this was a breeze. The only complications I had were an allergic reaction to a medication, which was fixed by another medication, and some bleeding from my incision the day after the surgery because of a persistent cough. Aside from those two issues, my recovery has been pretty quick and pain free.
Amelia has been a good eater and sleeper from day one. At six days old, she had already regained and surpassed her birth weight.
Little bits of her personality are starting to show. She has very little patience when it comes to food. When she wants it, she wants it five minutes ago. Same with sleeping. When she's tired, she wants to be asleep instantly. She definitely gets these first two traits from me. She's pretty easy going when it comes to Elias being too rough with her. So far she's been poked in the eye, slapped in the head, pulled off my breast daily, had her pacifier yanked from her mouth only to have it pushed back in two seconds later, and been rolled on (Elias is normally pretty gentle with her, giving kisses and petting her head, but he is a little boy who has not yet learned a ton of self control so I can't be too hard on him).
Choosing the name Amelia Grace was both a difficult and extremely easy process. As soon as we found out we were having a girl, we decided her middle name would be Grace, after an older lady from Peter's home church who has been instrumental in his life. I absolutely love the biblical definition of grace: "the free and unmerited favor of God." What a beautiful reminder to Amelia and to us of God's everlasting and freely given love.
Finding a first name that we both liked was much harder. Our only filter going into the search was that it needed to start with a vowel. Peter loved the name Amelia right from the beginning. It took me a few months, but I soon came to love it as well. Now that there is a little person to go with it, Amelia seems like such an obvious choice. It means "industrious leader." My prayer is that she will be a strong leader for God and have a heart that is tender towards people so she can be a daily example of Christ to her world.