Adriana Rose Medley joined us tonight at 7:57 p.m., weighing in at 6 pounds 11 ounces, measuring at 19 1/2 inches long. Grandma Pam at first said her head measured 33 inches, and then my Momma offered that 33 inches is the size of her waist, so perhaps Pam meant centimeters? Oh yes, of course! :)
I've not seen the little Princess yet, so I have no pictures to offer at this time. Immediately after birth, Stacy and Jessie were given an hour of mommy/daddy/baby time before they were going to move rooms or some such thing. Near 9:30, I looked around and realized that there were way more immediate relations present than my humble little "first cousin of the mom" title - Jessie's parents and sisters and nieces and nephews, Stacy's Mom and Dad - and that my turn getting in to see the baby was going to be a long time coming. Stacy was awake since before 5 a.m., spent her day laboring, and birthed a child, all without food since 11 o'clock last night. I imagine she's not much interested in entertaining till midnight. I'll meet my niece-cousin tomorrow, and I promise pictures will follow.
I did get a glimpse of her, briefly. Pam snapped a picture of the new family with her small point-and-shoot: Stacy laughing and crying holding her newborn, her face radiant but pale; Jessie standing at the edge of the bed, looking down at his daughter with love written all over his tear-stained face; little Addy Rose with her mouth open in a scream, her little red face scrunched up, her dark wisps of hair just visible under a little pink cap. Pam queued up the photo and passed the camera to my mom, who shared with me, then Pam passed the camera to Stacy's dad, who couldn't make out the details well. Momma says, "Rick, zoom in on it", and he pushes the trash can button. "Rick," I say, "you're about to delete that, careful." He moves the cursor up and down - and deletes the picture. "You just deleted that, Rick." He was crestfallen. "Why did you ever give the engineer the camera?!" he exclaimed. And thus the first piece of folklore involving our sweet Adriana Rose was created - I assured the new grandpa that we'll be re-telling this story for the next thirty years, about how Rick deleted the first photo of his daughter holding his granddaughter.
Congratulations, Stacy and Jessie. Welcome to the world, Miss Adriana. I love you all so very, very much.