It was 5:00 am on Thursday October 20th when Robyn awoke me from my sleep. I had stayed up to around 1:00 the night before finishing up all my photo editing, so I had around 4 hours of sleep, something that seems like an accomplishment these days. Robyn informed me that she had been having contractions for a couple hours and that we should probably get ready to go to the hospital. Luckily for us, my mother in law was staying at our house so we didn’t need to scramble to find anyone to watch Isla as we took off for the IWK.
Unlike with Isla, our newest addition; Autumn Elora Hall came rather quickly and made her entrance into the world at 11:19am, weighed in at 7 lbs 3 oz, and was 19.5″. She was a 1/4″ taller and weighed 3 ounces less than her sister Isla, so basically the same size. Her first act was to scream at top of her lungs, and even the doctors remarked at how loud she was. Isla was also a loud baby, and she cried a lot so we are lucky that to this point we have found Autumn only seems to cry when she’s hungry. With Isla we had sleeping troubles from the start, and with Autumn we have already seen a marked improvement, hopefully she continues on this path.
About 6 hours after she was born, Autumn got to meet her big sister for the first time and it was adorable. Isla got right up on the hospital bed with Robyn and Autumn and said “awwww, soo cute, I love her” and even nearly gave her a kiss, but stopped just short as Autumn wasn’t clean enough for Isla’s standards. Isla loved showing Autumn her toys and her stuffed animal Duck, and then gave Autumn a welcome present. It was heartwarming to see Isla’s excitement, an excitement which has continued for Autumn’s first 2 weeks. Isla is constantly asking to hold Autumn and wants to play with her and show her things. We love to hear Isla’s spontaneous declarations that “Autumn’s my best friend” or “I love Autumn”, I really do hope they grow up to be best friends.
I took some photos of Autumn and I fully admit that before Halloween I took Christmas photos. You won’t see those ones now as we are still yet to decide on a Christmas card and frankly, it’s too early. So here are a few of the other photos we’ve taken in Autumn’s first couple of weeks of life. You’ll notice the one of her in a basket holding herself up at 4 days old, she nearly toppled the basket when she unexpectedly did that. My favourites though are the family photos, it wasn’t easy to get those with an uncooperative 2 year old trying to run the show, but we managed to get something I’ll be happy to hang on the wall.