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First and Third <3

Hello, Friends!! I have missed you all so much! I really can not express how overwhelmed I have been with all the comments, emails, tweets, facebook messages I have gotten from everyone. You all are amazing! I felt so bad not being able to respond to each of you, but up until yesterday even sitting at my computer was utter agony. 🙁

Motherhood is the best thing that has ever happened to me. It’s so natural, like I was born to do this job. I have never been happier in my life. I have to try and keep this post quick today, but have SO much to tell you all. Recovery has been tough for me. I have been in a lot of pain and yesterday was the first day I am starting to feel a little bit better. I will tell you all about the birth, my recovery, and my little episode in the hospital soon.

Ella has been consuming all of me…and it’s amazing. My life consists of feeding her..and sometimes she is eating every hour (she like small frequent meals like her mom), changing her, trying to rest, my SITS baths, drinking tons of water, and trying to give Munchkin attention in between it all!

When I have the time and am emotionally ready my birth story will get posted. I will say that I had an wonderful experience aside from the recovery stuff. Labor and delivery went beautifully, my working out until the end really came in handy; the doctors were very impressed. 😉 Ella was perfectly healthy and beautiful from the moment she was born. Michael has been beyond amazing throughout it all. The labor, birth, and being a father. I am truly blessed. Our families have also been unbelievable. I don’t know what I would have done without my mom there in the hospital with me overnight. I wanted Michael to get rest at home and take care of Munchkin, I needed him to have strength and energy.

Like my sister said in the last post,  there was an episode in the hospital the first night that made things difficult for me. That and a couple other things left me in a lot of pain. Nothing serious. Just very painful and hard to get comfortable. My mom slept on a very uncomfortable recliner for 2 nights to take care of me. I wouldn’t have been able to stay there alone, and there were many moments I would NOT have wanted Michael to see me. Otherwise I have NO shame after this experience. Many people saw ALL parts of me at the LEAST attractive I have ever looked and I didn’t care one bit. Funny how when I was looking hott I was completely modest 😉 The nurses were great, the hospital experience was wonderful, but I really needed someone there in the room with me at all times. I couldn’t imagine anyone other than my own mother.

this was my “push present” from Michael. A beautiful “Ella” necklace with her birthstone, emerald.

Yesterday was Ella’s first doctor appointment and he said she was perfect! She has almost gained her birth weight back, so that means she is eating (glad her almost permanent attachment to my boob is paying off). Since I was feeling a little better and we had NO food in the house except oatmeal and some frozen Amy’s things I was needing a Whole Foods visit was in order. My doctor told me that I was to NOT do ANYTHING for 6 weeks but care for Ella. No exercise, no cleaning, no shopping….just Ella. After her appointment Michael made sure to stock me up in the kitchen. I was there to help him, but don’t count it as me grocery shopping because he did all the work, I just navigated 🙂

A First

My first Mother’s Day was amazing. I couldn’t have asked for a better present. She is just the most perfect little girl I have ever laid eyes on.

Mother’s Day flowers from Ella <3

and Third

I can not believe that 3 years ago today I was getting married to the greatest man I know. Today, three years later, our baby girl is not even a week old. Happy Anniversary to my Michael. I didn’t think it was possible but I love you even more today and am happier than I have ever been in my life.

I couldn’t have imagined anything back then that would have made me happier than a shiny ring and a gorgeous dress to walk down the aisle to meet you. As wonderful as that was, it doesn’t even compare to this little girl…

Hope you all are well! I will update as soon as possible…maybe tomorrow. Working on the birth story so hang in and stay tuned…

Love Yahs

xxoo

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77 Comments

  • Reply blackhuff

    She is so beautiful. And congrats on being married for 3 years now 🙂

    May 10, 2011 at 4:43 am
  • Reply Keri

    Gorgeous. Happy First Mother’s Day and Anniversary! Ella is so beautiful and your wedding dress is stunning. Love that drop waist.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:31 am
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Keri!

      May 10, 2011 at 7:18 pm
  • Reply Pure2raw twins

    She is perfect!!! Congrats again! And happy anniversary!

    May 10, 2011 at 7:26 am
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Girls!

      May 10, 2011 at 7:17 pm
  • Reply allison

    Get better soon!!!!!!!! Happy belated mothers day and congrats on the wedding anniversary:)

    May 10, 2011 at 7:42 am
  • Reply Amy

    Ella is just beautiful!! Congratulations to you, Mike, Munchkin, and your family. And Happy Anniversary to you, as well. I wish you luck as you recover over the next few weeks. Soak up every second of that time with lovely Ella. 🙂

    May 10, 2011 at 7:54 am
    • Reply laury

      thanks, Amy!I am going to soak it up. I keep looking at her thinking she is probably going to grow so fast!

      May 10, 2011 at 7:16 pm
  • Reply Katie

    This post brought tears to me eyes. Ella is absolutely gorgeous… HAPPY MOTHERS DAY! 🙂

    May 10, 2011 at 8:11 am
  • Reply Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

    Beautiful post Laury! You are a wonderful wife, and an amazing mother. Congratulations on this super-significant week of your life, and celebrate these 2 milestones to the fullest!

    May 10, 2011 at 8:12 am
    • Reply laury

      Thank you, Angela. It’s been so amazing.

      May 10, 2011 at 7:15 pm
  • Reply Donna @ Love, Run & Travel

    Happy Anniversary and Mothers Day
    What a lovely post
    Can’t wait to hear more
    And she is just beautiful 🙂

    May 10, 2011 at 8:22 am
    • Reply laury

      Thank you, she is my lil presh 🙂

      May 10, 2011 at 7:20 pm
  • Reply Sophia @ Raven Waves

    Ella is so beautiful! I’m glad you’re back to give us an update!! Happy belated Mama’s Day, girl!! I’m so happy for you!

    May 10, 2011 at 8:59 am
    • Reply laury

      thanks, Sophia!

      May 10, 2011 at 7:20 pm
  • Reply Jennifer (The Gourmetour)

    Wow! Many congratulations Laury, on Ella and your anniversary!
    She’s gorgeous!

    May 10, 2011 at 9:11 am
    • Reply laury

      thank you I can’t disagree with that 😉

      May 10, 2011 at 7:20 pm
  • Reply Holly @ The Runny Egg

    Happy Mother’s Day and Happy Anniversary!

    Ella is such a beautiful girl and I love that necklace that Michael gave you!

    May 10, 2011 at 9:13 am
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Holly!! Yes I love the necklace too!

      May 10, 2011 at 7:21 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    SOOOO Happy for you!! 🙂

    May 10, 2011 at 9:16 am
  • Reply Jess@atasteofconfidence

    Happy anniversary. Glad everything went smoothly, she is beautiful!

    May 10, 2011 at 9:39 am
    • Reply laury

      She is, isn’t she 🙂

      May 10, 2011 at 7:23 pm
  • Reply Kat

    I will not cry, I will not cry, I will not cry
    Laury, you are incredible, and I seriously am so in love with your attitude and your perseverance. I am so incredibly happy for you and your husband. You two have been truly blessed, and I pray that each day little Ella teaches you something beautiful. Congrats girl 🙂

    May 10, 2011 at 9:43 am
    • Reply laury

      Awwww thanks, Kat 🙂 We are so blessed!

      May 10, 2011 at 7:15 pm
  • Reply Joanne @ mostlyfitmom

    Congrats, Laury! What a beautiful baby girl. Love the necklace. Wishing you guys all the best as you recover and adjust. 🙂

    May 10, 2011 at 9:58 am
  • Reply thehealthyapron

    She is SO gorgeous laury! I actually got a little choked up reading about how you feel! MOtherhood is such a beautiful thing but at times it scares me! Hearing you state how you feel like you were meant to be a mom makes me feel such relief. I’m glad it’s going well for you both! You’re a lucky lady!! 🙂

    Gorgeous wedding pictures!

    May 10, 2011 at 10:45 am
    • Reply laury

      Oh, Erin, it’s amazing. You shouldn’t worry…all the worries you have in every aspect of pregnancy and motherhood just go away. It’s the best thing ever.

      May 10, 2011 at 7:14 pm
  • Reply Jessica @ Fruit and Veggie Tales

    She is so beautiful, congratulations! It’s awesome how much closer you get in a marriage when the babies arrive! I will never forget that, it was the same way for us when we brought our first baby home! Happy Anniversary! P.S. Don’t worry about the pacifier! Some kids just like to suck! 😉

    May 10, 2011 at 11:04 am
    • Reply laury

      She does like to suck!!!!

      May 10, 2011 at 7:13 pm
  • Reply Lori

    sounds like you are doing great….just like you said, you are made for this!
    Glad all is well :o)
    Lori

    May 10, 2011 at 11:05 am
  • Reply Julie (A Case of the Runs)

    Ella’s b-day, your anniversary, and mother’s day…. what a week! Congrats again!

    May 10, 2011 at 11:27 am
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Julie!

      May 10, 2011 at 7:23 pm
  • Reply Morgan

    awwww! Happy Anniversary to you and Michael!! I loved loved LOVED looking at your wedding photos! Such a cute coupe, and I gotta say, make some dang cute babies as well!! Ella is just as precious as it gets! It really is true that people can tell you there is NO love like a Mothers for her child, and you think you understand, but you just can’t understand until you are holding your very own baby in your arms, and you feel what that love IS. It is just so unconditional, and overwhelming at times, and that never goes away. I hold my oldest who is 7 yrs. old in my arms and I can still see her at Ellas age so clearly! I can still see her baby face in her “big girl face”. And the same is for my other two. And the time goes by so fast. Like a blink. Another thing that you can not fully understand until you have lived it, and then you will be like, “yes, Mothers, hold your babies and love them often, they will be big before you know it!” You will never forget this time right now with her, and she will only get MORE fun and MORE loveable the older she gets (if you thought the love tank was maxxed out, well, trust me, theres room for more.) I dont know what the trauma was at the hospital, but Im sorry! The recovery after a baby is not too fun!. I’m so glad that she is healthy and doing well! Cant wait to hear more of the details! hang in there with the recovery Sista! Sending Mo love vibes to you and the fam! Oh and P.S. I totally think she looks like you!

    May 10, 2011 at 11:39 am
    • Reply laury

      Thank you, love! You were right about everything. And NO ONE can even IMAGINE the feeling before. I said before I knew I would lover her and it would be great but really, I had no idea what I was in for. So in love. As far as Michael goes, so much more in love. He has been amazing. I’ll give the shortened, PG version of my hospital episode soon…the first night was REALLY rough…I was so not prepared for that. Especially after such a peaceful labor and delivery. I tried to do natural, but OH THE PAIN. And it was coming on LONG and STRONG like every 2 minutes and lasting a couple minutes…I got to a point where I just couldn’t handle it. I am so glad I did the Epidural, because I can’t imagine having the strength laboring for hours like that. It was peaceful, I felt strong, and I was able to focus. Michael didn’t get yelled at by me once! It was after wards all the pain and crazy stuff happened.

      And Ella has my eyes and mouth..Michael’s nose and ears 🙂 She changes a little every day though!

      May 10, 2011 at 7:12 pm
      • Reply Morgan

        You didnt even yell at Michael ONCE?! dang girl! haha kidding I was totally not a yeller, just cried non stop. lol. I know exactly what you are saying with the pain during labor and needing an epidural. That was my experience with Ezra. It got to a point where I was in so much pain I literally didnt think I could go on for another minute. Then I decided to get the epidural, and they said it would take 15 to 20 minutes to work, and I cried even harder knowing I would even have to endure for that much longer. It was rough. haha. But once it is over you totally get over it and over time you forget it to a certain degree. And after my first I had an out of control huge blood clot come out from *you know where* when they were massaging my uterus (which I HATED SO BAD) and it was totally scary, and because of that they made me stay for an extra day and a half or so. I am SO sorry girl for the after trauma! I feel so bad! I hope you are starting to feel a little better. And seriously, could you just die, really , at how beautiful Ella is, and then know that Michael gave you such a cute little baby! Gotta make you love him even more than you thought you could! Take the time and rest that you need for sure right now! <3 ya! Thinking of you!

        May 11, 2011 at 3:11 pm
  • Reply christina

    aww i am so happy she is bringing you such joy! she is beautiful and i can’t wait to see more pics. ENJOY EVERY MOMENT! xo

    May 10, 2011 at 11:49 am
    • Reply laury

      Oh, there will be more pics!!

      May 10, 2011 at 7:21 pm
  • Reply Eschelle

    a love becomes so much more when you bring a child into the world. I am so happy for you and I wouldn’t be able to say no to that little face either! I was lucky and my kids HATED “binkies,” “noo-noos” etc…

    May 10, 2011 at 11:55 am
    • Reply laury

      You are lucky…Ella is all about the boob and the binky. Hopefully the binky part subsides after a few months

      May 10, 2011 at 7:08 pm
  • Reply Chelsea

    She is beautiful! So much greatness in so little time! Mothers day, babies birthday, and your anniversary! Sounds like a very emotional/touching week 🙂

    May 10, 2011 at 12:21 pm
    • Reply laury

      It has been!

      May 10, 2011 at 7:07 pm
  • Reply Jennifer @ Evolving Well

    Laury,
    I’m so happy for you! Just do what you need to do to take care of Ella and yourself & Michael. We’re all here patiently awaiting to hear about your experience. Keep the cute pix coming!

    May 10, 2011 at 12:26 pm
    • Reply laury

      thanks, Jen…I will def keep the pics coming you all may get sick of seeing her soon 😉

      May 10, 2011 at 7:07 pm
  • Reply Laura

    Congrats on all your milestones! Happy everything! 🙂

    May 10, 2011 at 12:39 pm
  • Reply christy

    awh happy anniversary and happy mothers day!!! congrats on little ella!

    May 10, 2011 at 12:58 pm
    • Reply laury

      thank you 😀

      May 10, 2011 at 7:22 pm
  • Reply Mary @ Bites and Bliss

    This is definitely a wonderful month for you. Ella’s birth, your first mother’s day, your anniversary. So, so special!!

    May 10, 2011 at 2:56 pm
    • Reply laury

      Yes, it is!!!

      May 10, 2011 at 7:23 pm
  • Reply Naomi

    CONGRATS!!!!! omg beautiful little angel! 🙂

    May 10, 2011 at 2:57 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Naomi!

      May 10, 2011 at 7:22 pm
  • Reply susan

    Such a beautiful post, it made me smile. Happy Mothers Day and happy anniversary to you and Michael, so happy for you, Michael and Ella. Glad your little princess is healthy and well x

    May 10, 2011 at 3:53 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Susan! It’s been an unbelievable time

      May 10, 2011 at 7:07 pm
  • Reply Katie

    Laury, she is absolutely perfect and beautiful. It is so good to see a post from you and “hear” you talk about your little lovely lady. It is so obvious from your words how much she means to you. You are a great mother already.

    Also, your wedding dress is completely stunning. you look like a model. 😀

    May 10, 2011 at 5:16 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Katie! She is amazing!

      May 10, 2011 at 7:06 pm
  • Reply Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather

    I am so glad you’re getting better and beginning to feel more comfortable. What an amazing time for you.

    May 10, 2011 at 5:20 pm
    • Reply laury

      it definitely is, thanks!

      May 10, 2011 at 7:22 pm
  • Reply Alexa @ Simple Eats

    So this post made me tear up after reading it. Ella, your anniversary. Just beautiful. A huge congrats to you both 🙂

    May 10, 2011 at 5:55 pm
    • Reply laury

      thank you so much!

      May 10, 2011 at 7:06 pm
  • Reply Suzanne Williams

    Congrats. Take your time getting healthy and we don’t always expect a response. We just like to write to let you know we are rooting you on.
    Suzanne

    May 10, 2011 at 7:58 pm
  • Reply Chantal

    Congrats again to you both! Ella really is adorable, and really glad that ou are well and are home safe with an awesome husband and little girl and fur baby. Michael’s present was gorgeous! I really liked the idea.
    I’d love to hear how everything else went, but I totally see how you need the rest and to take care of Ella, but still can’t wait to know how it all really went! Love to you all 🙂

    May 10, 2011 at 8:28 pm
  • Reply Amy

    This is so exciting hearing everything that’s going on with you! To have a brand new daughter must be amazing! Plus she’s gorgeous!
    Soo happy for you! And that necklace is so pretty!
    Can’t wait til your next post!

    May 10, 2011 at 9:34 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous!

    Laury she is sooooo beautiful and I am so happy for you and Michael! I wish you a speedy recovery and many happy Mother’s Days to come!

    May 10, 2011 at 11:15 pm
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    May 11, 2011 at 7:18 am
  • Reply Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie)

    Laury I’ve missed you so much, so glad everything is going perfectly well with Ella. She is the most precious little girl ever (looks just like mom ;))
    You are a fabulous mother and I’m so happy you got to spend Mother’s Day with her in your arms. You are amazing, congrats to you both 😀

    May 11, 2011 at 10:54 am
  • Reply dani

    congrats, i’m so happy for you! and LOVE your wedding dress

    May 11, 2011 at 11:35 am
  • Reply Shayla

    Congrats Laury and happy anniversary!! We’ve all missed you and I’m so happy to hear that mommy and baby are happy and healthy 🙂
    She is absolutely beautiful and perfect and looks just like you! 🙂

    May 11, 2011 at 12:14 pm
  • Reply Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun

    She is beautiful! And so happy you celebrated the first mother’s day. So special. Hope you continue to feel better!

    May 11, 2011 at 2:57 pm
  • Reply Alisa Fleming

    So cool that Ella’s birthday, mother’s day, and your anniversary all fall within a week (or close to a week)! I’m guessing May is going to be your favorite month from now on.

    May 11, 2011 at 7:28 pm
    • Reply laury

      yes it is 🙂

      May 13, 2011 at 9:17 pm
  • Reply Tiffany @ Simply Shaka

    Awww, so many congrats and happy to hear you had a nice Mother’s Day!

    I love the pic of you and Michael overlooking the golf course/water.

    May 11, 2011 at 10:03 pm
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