Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Introducing ...

... the long-awaited, much-anticipated, heart-captivating Claire Devon Kirby!

It's still surreal, but as I write this, Claire is sitting by my side.

She was born July 2 at 3:46 a.m., weighing 7 pounds 9 ounces and measuring an impressive 21 3/4 inches long. She has Matt's great facial features and a long, lean Loyd body; a head full of the kind of hair I always dreamed of; freakishly large hands and feet; and beautiful skin, even if it does have a yellowish tint at the moment.
She's extraordinarily expressive, more alert every day, and seems to have such a sweet, good-natured temperament. She took to nursing like a champ and, while it's hard to detect a pattern from five days, shows signs of being a good sleeper (her days and nights are a little confused, but we're working on that).
We are incredibly thankful for a deep and wide support network of family and friends who fill our fridge or just show up with Bojangles, who leave encouraging messages and repeatedly promise us a day is coming when we'll all sleep through the night, who clamor over who gets to hold Claire next even when she reeks. And I can't begin to adequately articulate what a rock Matt has been, in every way.
Cliche or not, the ordeal of labor was nothing compared to the reward. Welcome, baby girl!

9 comments:

Gail said...

She is BEAUTIFUL. I can hardly wait hold and cuddle her. Two little girls to go with my 4 little boys, who could ask for more.

Kaitlin said...

Aw, hooray! And you're writing this on her actual due date. Sweet. Claire is so incredibly cute. I'm so excited to hear about your days with her. Congratulations to you and Matt! =) I wish I could be there.

Amanda said...

She is such a beautiful baby! I can't wait for her and Bri to really be able to play together. I'll take them to triple coupons and you can take them running. And we'll all go to CFA!! I love you!

Ally said...

Congratulations!! So very exciting. And she looks perfect. I'm so glad things are going so well and that you're feeling well loved by those around you. Looking forward to more photos.

Katie said...

She is a doll! So precious! I'm so glad to hear all is well on the home front. I'm so happy we live in an age where blogs & FB can keep me up-to-date with all the news. Congratulations on your love!

Kels said...

Congrats to all three of you! I found your blog through BDish and love reading it. I had my own first baby girl in February-they are such a blessing!

Ken Loyd said...

I hope lots of my blog readers will find their way here. My words of description can't match a REAL MOM! Can't wait to hold Claire again even if she's stinky! :)

r8chel said...

Yay! Congratulations!! Little Miss Kirby is adorable! :)

Libba Lemon said...

I'm in LOVE!! I know I have said this like 10 times already, but she is soooooo gorgeous (duh!)!

We love you three and can't wait to see you! Ruthie wants to meet Claire and maybe chew on her arms.

What an incredible adventure!