Monday, February 3, 2014

Quinn Katherine Martin

It's only taken me four weeks to blog that we have a new addition to our family! Quinn Katherine Martin was born on Thursday, January 9 at 4:44 p.m. She weighed 8 pounds and 15 ounces (Will was 9.1) so just two ounces different.

I had been having contractions on and off for at least a week and was already dilated so Neil and I kept thinking it would be any day. We went in for a check up on a Tuesday and my doctor said, you're already 4 cm and having contractions you would "be an easy push" so let's induce. I'm not sure anything is easy when it comes to child birthing...

We arrived Thursday morning at the hospital, they broke my water and a mere 8 hours and 30 minutes later she arrived. And no, that was not an easy push, but she was much easier than Will's 21 hour labor.

Life has been turned upside down since then. (shocker, right?)

Will is simply in love with his baby sister and so very proud to show her off. Literally, he tells every one and wants to show them "my baby" as he calls her to everyone. No matter if she is sleeping, eating or pooping.

It's definitely been an adjustment for Will, but overall he is taking it in stride. I think the first two weeks were really rough, but we're slowly getting into a routine and as long as he is able to help and she isn't crying he is pretty happy.

Oh the crying. I have forgotten how much babies cry. Seriously. Stop. Crying. You're dry, fed, rested and cuddling, why are you crying? :-) Thankfully, she has finally figured out that the changing table is not a terrible place, but just a few moments of a chilly bottom.

She went in for her two week check up and is already up to 9 pounds 7 ounces. She is quite the eater. I won't bore you with the details on the lack of sleep patterns, nor the serious lack of sleep I'm getting, but this too shall pass.

I am just so incredibly happy that Will is a big brother to a beautiful little lady. She has so many features that look like Will - her mouth and nose for sure.


Meeting his sister for the first time.
First Bath
Photos by Sara Catherine Photography - 2 weeks old

The constant helper

Oh mother please...

This is Will at 2 weeks old...
And here at 3 weeks old.
I can't really explain or express how happy I am. It took us a long time to get here, lots of heartache, second guessing and disappointment. It's weird to look back on the past two years and realize that everything really does happen when it should Will is so stable right now (knock on wood) and that makes this "fourth trimester" a lot easier. I have so many hopes and dreams for our family and this was one of them.



  1. I'm reading this with tears in my eyes- so incredibly over the moon happy for you and your family. Quinn is gorgeous and I am so thrilled that Will is embracing his role as big brother. I can't wait to meet her!

  2. I have chills all over and such wonderful feelings of joy and love for you and your family! Congratulations to the Martin family!!!!

  3. What a great way to start my afternoon by reading this. So very happy for you guys and love looking at big brother Will. Congrats again!

  4. Congratulations again! She is just beautiful! I love the pictures of her and Will together, what a great big brother already!

  5. Congratulations again and again and again! I really love that first photo of you and Quinn. you look so beautiful, Lori! And of course, Quinn is a beauty. So happy for your family of four. Blessings all around.

  6. So so cute! She looks like Will's twin. What a beauty. and I agree with Jennifer. That picture of you and the brand new baby is gorgeous. I looked like a hot puffy mess when my kids were just born. What's your secret? ;) I can't wait to meet miss Quinn. <3

  7. That is one lucky baby to have landed in such a wonderful family! Many congratulations to her (and to you all too!)
    -Max Eichner

  8. So very happy for you guys! She is just adorable!

  9. Congratulations Lori. I am so happy to see you happy with your new baby girl :) you truly are an inspiration and a great mother to an awesome boy and now a beautiful girl. I miss Will so much. Im glad hes doing well! ♥-Ms.Cindy