Claira Rene Keller is here!

We welcomed our new baby girl, Claira Rene Keller, to the world yesterday morning at 8:23 am. She is beautiful and so sweet. I think everyone was surprised by our name choice - no one even came close with their guesses. We thought the name Claira (or Claire) was a sweet and classic name and Rene is my middle name.

The Prep
I felt great all the way to the end. I wasn't nervous about the surgery, but certainly had a lot of anxiousness in preparation for it. I slept about 3 hours on Wednesday night and the rest of the night just layed there thinking about how much life was about to change.

The Delivery
We arrived at the hospital at 6am. They took all my vitals and talked me through the procedure. When I went back for the surgery, I received my anesthesia. I started to panic a little bit, but the nurse helped me calm down and soon Andy came in and we got started.

Right before they pulled her out the doctor told me she had lots of dark hair. Another surprise! I don't know how I have these girls with all this beautiful dark hair. My hair is not beautiful and not dark (at least it wasn't dark when I was born).

She weighed 8lb 5oz (I had guessed 8lb), and was 20 1/2" long. Perfect in every way - ten fingers and ten toes. I'm so grateful that none of my babies have been taken to a NICU or needed special attention at birth. We've been really blessed that way.

The First Day
We had lots of family here to welcome baby. She seems very content and has caught on well to feeding (another blessing).

As I type, she is sleeping in her bassinet beside me and looks so peaceful.

In looks, we think she's a good mix of her sisters - Jillian's body shape and hair. Lauren's nose and mouth. All around, she's pretty darn sweet. I think we'll keep her.

Just showed up to the hospital - 6 a.m. and ready to go!
Getting ready to go in to surgery!

First moments of life in the OR.

Hi Daddy!

Hi Mommy!

Day 2 - Our little sweet pea!


Amber said...

That's some preciousness right there.


The Ingraldi Family said...

Congratulations Jenni & Andy! I love the name. Claire a named we considered as well, very classic. Thanks for updating your blog, I have been anxiously awaiting to see her. She is beautiful. I can't wait to hear what the girls thought of her!

Haffner Home said...

As my text msg already said, CONGRATS! Can't wait to hear and see more. Have J & L met their little sis yet? If so, what did they say? [Ah]

Doll House said...

We are so excited for your family! Look forward to meeting her soon!!

Warner family said...

Congratulations! She looks precious. I'm so glad everything went well. You were in our prayers! Can't wait to meet her and Avery said she can't wait until they can play :)

Bob & Mai Xia said...

Awww, Jenni...she is beautiful! Congratulations to you, Andy, Jillian, and Lauren. I am so happy to hear everything went so well. Hugs...

Todd, Anitra, Mason, Sam and Ethan said...

I have been checking the blog constantly to see when this new beauty had arrived! Congrats! I'm so happy for all of you. I cannot wait to see pics of Jillian and Lauren with their new little sister. They are just going to look so big!!!

The Nichols' Family said...

Congratulations! It has been awesome to keep up with you guys on your blog and watch this miracle take place. I look forward to reading all about being a Mommy to three under two. God bless your beautiful family.

mrs. bland said...

So excited for you guys!! Claira is beauiful and I love her name!! Glad things went so smoothly! Hope to see you all soon when things settle down a bit for you. :) Love, the Blands

The Liller Family said...

She's looks so beautiful Jenni - just like the rest of your family!!! Congratulations, can't wait to meet her!!!

DesignHER Momma said...

yet another miracle! praise God, she looks great!

Susanne said...

So pretty and sweet! Welcome Claire. We are so happy for you guys and cannot wait to see her soon. Congrats to your whole fam :)

Love Melissa Meabon