Friday, October 12, 2007

Helen Carlin MyLastName Arrives!

This morning, at 7:41, I gave birth to Helen Carlin MyLastName. While Connor's name was chosen via a game of chance (Ed had even days, I had odd days), I saddled Helen with my last name with no game involved. There are enough people with Ed's last name in the household. Just like her big brother, she was born at home with no complications, on the 12th of the month, weighing 6.5 pounds. She was measured at 19.5 inches, slightly shorter than Connor who was 21 inches at birth. Unlike her big brother, she was slightly posterior for most of my labor, which was much more painful. But, she redeemed herself in the end by taking only 5 minutes to get herself out once the pushing stage began. Thank you, Helen, for that gift at the end.

Connor has been a champ. He woke up at 5:15 this morning, and Ed was able to coax him back to bed until 6:40. My friend Laurie came over and picked him up to spend the day with her daughter. He did ask Ed to go play with him, but Ed told Connor that he needed to stay home today.

At this moment, 45 minutes after his normal bedtime, I can hear Connor singing "Happy Birthday to Helen" over and over, and it makes me want to cry tears of joy.

Welcome, little baby. We all love you so much.



  1. Your blog is an inspiration! Congratulations to the family of 4! Todd & Sarah

  2. Congratulations, Elaine and Ed! She's really beautiful. We look forward to seeing and meeting Connor too.

    Jenny & Brian

  3. Congratulations to Elaine, Ed, and Connor! Am so glad to hear that things went smoothly. Hope everyone is able to get some rest soon.


  4. congrats!!! what a beautiful family :))