Friday, June 1, 2012

In 'Da Club

One week ago 9:44 pm the Tapp's officially became a family of four! Avery Jessica Tapp was born healthy and happy at Albany Med to the tune of 50 Cent's "In Da Club". She was almost as impatient as her sister and decided to surprise us with an early arrival. While it wasn't exactly how we thought our Friday night was going to be, we couldn't be happier. Our doctor was awesome and knew that we had been through a lot with Ella's delivery. She made every effort to make this time around calm and memorable.  We had music playing in the OR (hence the rap tune on the radio ;-) ), Jason was able to take some great pictures and their was a calm, happy mood all around.

When we heard that first, loud cry, a sense of relief filled both of us. Avery tipped the scales at 6lbs 7oz and was 20 inches tall. Not to be outdone by her big sister, she did have a few curve balls for us. After a quick trip to the NICU (because of some concern over some extra fluid in her lungs), she was back down in my room. The NICU was more of a precaution than anything and while it was really upsetting to hear that she was going up to the place where we had so many difficult memories from our time with Ella, I am relieved to know that she was getting great care. We left the hospital on Monday as a party of four. I can't even express the feeling of happiness that drive brought me. It is everything I have hoped and dreamed about for the past nine months.

Our first week at home has been pretty amazing. Avery is the perfect addition. She is a good baby...and certainly has her own feisty little personality! Ella is a fantastic big sister. She has made the transition better than we could have hoped. She loves to help with diapers and thinks it's hilarious to tickle her sister's toes. I can't believe how BIG my Pnut feels now. She has gone from my baby to my big girl over night.

Jason and I are doing great and learning how to be parents of TWO! We appreciate all of the kind comments, phone calls, text messages and well wishes we have received. It's an overwhelming feeling to have so much love both for our family and from our family and friends.

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