Baby Ellie is Here!

So, I’ve been pretty MIA from the blog the past few days. Weird how having a tiny human around that never sleeps for more than 2 hours at a time will do that…

Sunday morning started like this:

Still pregnant, and well-rested for the last time for who knows how long!

We got to the hospital around 11 AM to start the induction, and the first 12 hours we just hung out waiting for things to get going. I had a couple rounds of Cytotec, watched a bunch of crappy daytime television, and went for a few walks with Mike.

By that night things had progressed enough to start Pitocin, and for a few hours the contractions weren’t too bad so I walked around a lot, snacked a little, and tried to rest. Then things got a little more intense (and by that I mean the pain was pretty nuts and I was over it) and I knew I was ready for the epidural.

The anesthesiologist came and within half an hour the pain had diminished and I was definitely feeling pretty awesome. I wasn’t sure what to expect getting an epidural, but it went in quickly and easily, I could feel contractions but they didn’t bother me, and I could still feel my legs and move my feet a little bit (plus the baby’s heart rate stayed where it was and so did my blood pressure, which was nice).

The next 12 hours I napped off and on and things kept progressing. By 2 PM the nurses said I’d be ready to push soon, which honestly kind of freaked me out. But we listened to my pump up song (All These Things That I’ve Done by the Killers) and Mike reminded me that I could totally do this. I started pushing a little before 3 (holy crap, it is HARD – I have NO idea how people do that for hours. I was almost ready to give up after 15 minutes, but they put up a mirror so I could see her head and that totally motivated me)

By 3:21 Eleanor Jane arrived (TMI warning… the pushing made me feel really queasy and I ended up throwing up, which apparently just the right thing to do because it pushed her out!) She was 21″ long and 7 lbs 10 ounces. She’s an AMAZING baby and we absolutely adore her.

I cannot say enough about how absolutely wonderful the hospital staff was. All the doctors and nurses were so sweet and supportive, and I always felt like I had plenty of information and options.

We’ve been home for two nights now and I’m still getting used to being completely sleep-deprived and having milk end up all over everything, but I love this baby girl!

Mike is such a good dad, and you can already tell she adores him!


60 Responses to “Baby Ellie is Here!”

  1. 1 Amy @ The Nifty Foodie September 15, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Aww Cate! She’s beautiful! Congratulations to you and your husband on the new addition to your family!

  2. 2 Alyssa September 15, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    SHE IS SO CUTE!!! Holy cow, her face is so tiny!! I bet you just love her… what a peanut!

    Congrats to you & Mike! Welcome, Ellie! Can’t wait to meet you!


  3. 3 Emily Malone September 15, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Aaaahhh!! I LOVE HER! She is gorgeous! Sounds like you were a champ – great job, mama.

  4. 4 Krysten September 15, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    You are amazing!! And she is too darn cute…so happy for you guys! Yay Melton family!!

  5. 5 Megan (Running Foodie) September 15, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Congratulations!! So happy for you guys πŸ™‚

  6. 6 Crystal Braswell September 15, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    She is sooooo teeny tiny and so cute!! Congratulations to you both, that’s going to be one beautiful, sweet and well fed munchkin!

  7. 7 Heidi @ Food Doodles September 15, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Aw, what a sweetie! She’s adorable! Congratulations!

  8. 8 Cara Bailey September 15, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Oh. My. Goodness. The cutest little button face on earth!!! When will she be accepting visitors?!

  9. 9 Laura September 15, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Congratulations! She’s adorable! I hope you continue to enjoy every moment.

  10. 10 themilkmanswife September 15, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Congratulations!! What a little sweetheart! Enjoy every precious moment. πŸ™‚

  11. 11 Page September 15, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Oh my goodness – goosebumps! A sincere congratulations to your entire new family. I am so, so happy for you both. Enjoy every moment!

  12. 12 Heather September 15, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Congratulations!! She is such a beautiful baby πŸ™‚

  13. 13 branny September 15, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    I am so happy for you. Congratulations!

  14. 14 Lizzy September 15, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    So happy for you!!!!!!! Love the name. Congrats!!! So happy everything is going well and that picture of mike with the baby is insanely precious!

  15. 15 Jen September 15, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Cate – she is so beautiful and the picture of Mike holding her is amazing. Thank you for sharing your birth story.

    I know you are going to be an incredible mother. Sending so much love to your little family!

  16. 16 Jen September 15, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    She is so precious! All three of you look incredibly happy. I’m so thrilled for you! Thanks so much for sharing your story πŸ™‚

  17. 18 Brie @ Brie Fit September 15, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Congratulations! She is beautiful.

  18. 19 Stephanie September 15, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Congratulations! She is beautiful!! So glad everything went well!

  19. 20 maria @ alifetobraggabout September 15, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    CONGRATS! She’s absolutely beautiful just like her momma! I want to see more pics!

  20. 22 Meggie September 15, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Just found your blog — your baby is adorable. And 21 min of pushing on 1st baby – you go girl! That’s awesome!

  21. 23 Jessica @Sunny Side Up September 15, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    That last picture is PRICELESS! What a great capture.

    Congratulations she is adorable!

  22. 25 Cathy September 15, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    congratulations Cate! She’s precious!

  23. 26 elly September 15, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    She is beyond cute! Congrats again!

  24. 27 Alaina September 15, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Awwww!! So cute!! Congratulations Cate, she’s beautiful!! Love the name too. πŸ™‚

  25. 28 Jey September 15, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Ellie is beautiful, congrats!

  26. 29 Kamaile September 15, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Enjoy getting to know your baby girl!! πŸ™‚ Love her name.

  27. 30 kelly September 15, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    awww i’ve been waiting for this post πŸ™‚ congratulations!!!! so so adorable.

  28. 31 Brianna September 15, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Good job! You did awesome and she is beautiful. Enjoy getting to know your sweet little girl. I hope at some point we can get together for a “playdate” πŸ™‚

  29. 32 Krystal R. September 15, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    You’re a rockstar and Elle is beyond precious! Rest up and enjoy every minute of it! Congrats Mama Cate!!

  30. 33 ErinsFoodFiles September 15, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Congrats!! She is beyond precious!

  31. 34 Emily September 15, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    I’ve never been here before- i was linked through from Peanut Butter Runner but that is without a doubt one of the most ADORABLE babies i have ever seen. Congrats!!!!

  32. 35 Naomi September 15, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Oh Cate, Baby Ellie is beautiful! I honestly cannot wait to meet her! I’m so glad to hear things went well and you look amazing! Congrats to you and Mike!

  33. 36 Layla September 15, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Awww, she’s so cute! I looove the picture of daddy and daughter looking at each other.

  34. 38 Tasha September 16, 2011 at 6:51 am

    Congratulations! Baby Ellie is adorable!

  35. 39 Ali September 16, 2011 at 7:19 am

    Best post ever. πŸ™‚ She is absolutely gorgeous and I adore her name. Congratulations.

  36. 40 Joanne September 16, 2011 at 7:25 am

    I just cried, I’m so happy for you! She is gorgeous…just so utterly gorgeous. I’m in love.

  37. 41 Kate September 16, 2011 at 8:29 am

    It’s so nice to know that after 41 weeks of waiting, and over 28 hours of being in the hospital there’s a light at the end of the tunnel!

  38. 42 Adj September 16, 2011 at 8:42 am


    And srsly, that last photo should be on cute overload.

  39. 43 ChicagoJudy September 16, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Congratulations! She’s a beautiful baby girl. Your life has just improved a billion times over. Just wait … you’ll see!!

  40. 44 Cassie September 16, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Congratulations! She is beautiful.

  41. 45 Bree September 16, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Congratultions! She is beautiful. Welcome Ellie πŸ™‚

  42. 46 Kelsey September 16, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Was there ever any doubt you’d be a labor rockstar and that your baby girl would be completely precious? No way–we all knew everything would be just perfect. Congratulations to your new family of three!

  43. 47 Stephanie September 16, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    She’s beautiful! Congratulations!

  44. 48 Beth September 16, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Oh Cate, she is so beautiful and sweet! Congratulations to you and Mike, and to little Miss Ellie (cutest name ever!) for finally braving the outside world πŸ™‚

  45. 49 Michelle @ Crazy*Running*Legs September 16, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Ahhhh….so cute and precious. So happy you had a great birth (puking it all – hey it happens!). Enjoy every single moment! Congrats!

  46. 50 Caitlin September 16, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Congratulations and welcome baby Ellie! You’ve got quite a fantastic set of parents! πŸ™‚

  47. 51 Laura September 16, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    She’s beautiful! Congrats!

  48. 52 tyler September 16, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    She is beautiful!! Congrats! She is a future Boston Marathoner for sure!

  49. 53 Lucy September 17, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Congratulations from a quiet but longtime observer!! She is gorgeous πŸ™‚ Soon you’ll be posting recipes for baby food!

  50. 54 Kristen @ The Concrete Runner September 17, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Cate, she is absolutely beautiful! Congratulations!

  51. 55 ashley September 17, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    congrats! she is beautiful!

  52. 56 Erin September 19, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Congrats! She is adorable and such a beautiful name! And thanks for the comments and honesty about child birth-it’s refreshing and I’m impressed.

  53. 57 Alleigh September 19, 2011 at 11:55 am

    She’s beautiful! Congratulations!!

  54. 58 natalie (the sweets life) September 19, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    AHHHH YAY! i couldn’t be happier for you! she is adorable!

  55. 59 Donna Rose Houchen September 19, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Ellie is SO ADORABLE!! I am so happy for you. Loren, Roshi-Toshi and Baby Jackstier are thrilled too!

    Should we call Ellie Elliestier? Or “Eleanor, Gee You’re Swellinor”??!!

    That’s a joke from Saturday Night Live–100 years ago!

    I can’t believe you two are Mommy and Daddy. It’s wonderful.

    With Lots of Love, Donna

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