“Little” Leyna Lorelei

And by “little” I mean, yeah, she’s not as big as my 2.5 year old, but HOLY HELL this kid is huge for a newborn.

Leyna (an Old German name meaning little angel, pronounced LAY-na) Lorelei (also German, the name of a rock on the Rhine river- yeah, that’s a Pica reference on purpose, not a shout out to the Gilmore Girls) Krause was born at 2:38 today, 2 hours after we checked into the hospital and 1 hour after my midwife broke my bag of water. She was born med-free on a wet, rainy day. It was intense, but it was fast.

She weighed in at 9 lbs, 9 oz and 20 inches long! And she is breastfeeding like a champ.

Kendall met her earlier this evening and was adorable. First, he walked into the room and said, “Where is she?” and began looking under the bed. Upon discovering her in my arms and seeing that she moves, he exclaimed, “It works!” Yes, honey. She works. We put the batteries in her and away she went. He also wanted to know where all her toys were. I had to explain I barely had enough room for her in there, so no, she did not come with her own toys.

I’ll have to post the full birth story later. Suffice it to say, it was totally different than Kendall’s birth, but just as amazing. Intense (did I mention that already?), but amazing.

Kendall is 2 years and nearly 8 months old and Leyna is 9 hours old.

  • Ginger - Congratulations, she’s beautiful (and big!)Go mama!ReplyCancel

  • Momma Lioness Michele - So happy for you! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - <3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3 I love her!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Congratulations! She’s beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Linz - Beautiful!! Congratulations mama!ReplyCancel

  • Lynet Witty - WOW! that’s amazing that kendall completely knew that a baby was coming. too cute on his comments. I want to congratulate you on your amazing, natural, INTENSE birth. You worked hard, NOW stop worrying about your blog and spend it all on Leyna!ReplyCancel

  • Sam - Congrats! What a beautiful baby, mommy, and big brother. Good job on the birth, too!ReplyCancel

  • Jazzmine - OMG I love Kendall’s reaction!! haahaha SO cute! Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey - Congrats! She’s beautiful. love her name. :)ReplyCancel

  • Adrienne - Congratulations Mama of Two!!ReplyCancel

  • Alyssa - Congratulations Mama!ReplyCancel

  • Jenni - Congrats Jill!!ReplyCancel

  • GreenInOC - Beautiful!

    Where are her toys? – so sweet and innocent!

    LOVE the nod to PICA!

    Congratulations to all and to all a good life.ReplyCancel

    • GreenInOC - Oh, and I wanted to mention, in the photo of you nursing – you look like a teen mom! You look fantastic and about 16!!ReplyCancel

  • Emily - Congrats! That pic of Kendall holding her is precious.ReplyCancel

  • Amy @ babybabylemon - Congrats! She is beautiful and you look radiant. A lovely new addition to your family.ReplyCancel

  • Ruby - Woohoo, oh my I am tearing up! She’s gorgeous… you look and did great momma! I love the names as well. Enjoy this time!ReplyCancel

  • Monica - Congrats! You both look beautiful. I had a little tear in my eye reading that. Since my oldest son is 2yrs 8 months and my newest is 3 months all your posts are so close to home you know… especially now with her size (mine were 10lb and 9lb 7oz) lol. Big girl! Now I know why you were getting just a little bit ornery there at the end just like I was and having to hold yourself up just to brush your teeth haha. I thought that sounded awfully familiar.

    Kudos to the no meds. It’s a crazy but exhilarating experience isn’t it. The human body is truly amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly - Congratulations, Jill and family! She’s beautiful, and wow… holy huge baby! I was proud of myself for going med-free, but my baby weighed almost 3 lbs. less than this sweet girl! **gulp**
    Yeah, my friend, YOU are a warrior! Can’t wait to read the detailed birth story!ReplyCancel

  • weeza - She’s beautiful! Good job!
    If I had your mailing address, I’d mail you a gift, but I guess my congrats will have to suffice…CONGRATS!!!ReplyCancel

  • Beth - Contests! Beautiful little girl! Beautiful family! Pictures of your son remind me of mine when he met his sister. So beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • meghan - So glad she is here!!ReplyCancel

  • Megan - Congratulations, she’s beautiful! (And she arrived in time to add another tax exemption for 2010- good girl!)ReplyCancel

  • Nicole D - Congratulations! That’s a beautiful name! I feel your pain (literally) with the huge babies. I had a 10lb 11oz with meds and an 11lb 0oz without meds. My second was also a very intense birth (and quick!) He was born 20 minutes after we checked in to the hospital!

    Congrats again! I’m sure Kendall will make an excellent big brother!ReplyCancel

  • Cole - Congrats! What a beautiful name – I love the lyrical sound of the l’s, and the nod to pica. I like a bit of whimsy in middle names! :)ReplyCancel

  • Laura - Congrats, Jill. She’s gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Jill - Ohhh I love the name. Lorelei is on our list should we procreate and bring forth another girl! Woot!

    congrats mama, we’ve been waiting. Hopefully your rock cravings become baby snuggle cravings. We will be thinking of you!ReplyCancel

  • Megan - Congratulations! She’s beautiful! And her name is wonderful! I love the Pica reference. Kendall seems to have taken really well to his new sister. So cute! I can’t wait to see my daughter’s reaction to her new brother or sister!ReplyCancel

  • Ciera - Congratulations she is beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney - Congrats on being a mama of 2! Love her name, and love Kendall’s reaction! So cute.ReplyCancel

  • Jess - Congratulations on a beautiful little girl!ReplyCancel

  • Blair@HeirtoBlair - Congratulations!! She is beautiful, just like her momma.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Congratulations! I absolutely love the picture of you breastfeeding.

    Kendall’s reaction was adorable.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - Holy moly Jill, you gave birth to a two month old! She’s gorgeous – congratulations!!!ReplyCancel

  • Katie - Congratulations Momma! Enjoy your babymoon!ReplyCancel

  • Tameika - Congratulations again Jill! You are amazing! And your girl is gorgeous! Can’t wait to read your birth story. Kendall is too cute! Love his reactions.ReplyCancel

  • Toni - Congrats!! She is gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - Congratulations – she is beautiful! Love the pic of your little ones together.ReplyCancel

  • Amie - Oh Jill! She’s just gorgeous, and Kendall is precious! “where is she?” lol! <3 <3 <3ReplyCancel

  • Amie - AND you look fabulous, by the way! Way to go!ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - Awww, congrats! She’s beautiful! I was thinking about you yesterday wondering when she would get here!ReplyCancel

  • Whitney - Congratulations, Jill! She is beautiful :)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - Congrats Mama! That pic of she and Kendall is precious!ReplyCancel

  • nsees - Kudos on a med-free birth..thats awesome! And congratulations…she’s gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Jocelyn - Beautiful! Congratulations and your perfect little family!ReplyCancel

  • becca - aw, congrats, mama! i love her name; it’s absolutely beautiful. & kendall seems as though he loves her so much already – too cute!ReplyCancel

  • Megan (Modern Bird Studios) - Congratulations, Jill! She is beautiful, and I love her, and now I want another one of my own!! You are my birthing idol!! Seriously, I’m so happy for you and your family!!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica@ The Southern Belle Baby - She is such a beautiful baby! Can’t wait to hear your birth story. Kendall is too precious, and they are so sweet together in that picture. Congratulations on your new family of four!ReplyCancel

  • Elisabeth - Gorgeous! I love the meaning behind her name. And as if fresh baked baby pictures aren’t emotional enough — I completely lost it seeing the pictures of Kendall and Leyna!ReplyCancel

  • Rocky Mountain Mama - Congrats Jill! I absolutely love the picture of Kendall holding Leyna.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy @ Sweet Harper - Congratulations! I love her name, just beautiful. Hopefully, you are getting a teeny tiny bit of rest ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Abigail @ Skywaitress - Congratulation! She is just beautiful. And Kendall cracks me up with “it works”. He looks just precious with her.

    Can’t wait to read the detailed birth story.ReplyCancel

  • Jess@Straight Talk - She’s gorgeous!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jacqie - Congrats, again!ReplyCancel

  • Charma - Congratulations! They are so cute together already! And Kendall sounds like he’s going to be a great big brother to “little” Leyna!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Congrats :) send some labor dust my way. I’m 2 days overdue :(ReplyCancel

  • mae - So thrilled for all of you. She’s beautiful and I love her name!ReplyCancel

  • stardustdawn - Congratulations! What adorable pictures, story, and baby! Can’t wait to hear the birth story!ReplyCancel

  • Steph - Congratulations Jill! She is beautiful! The pictures with Kendall are so adorable!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • SB - OMG! What a big, beautiful baby…congrats on your new addition… I love her name. It is absolutely beautiful :)ReplyCancel

  • Lena - What a great name for such a gorgeous girl. Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • laurajane - CONGRATS! She is beautiful, and I adore the name(S). :)ReplyCancel

  • Susan - Your pics make my uterus ache. The pic of Kendall holding Leyna is stunning – what a beautiful gift they are to each other. He looks like a great big brother already.

    Oh, and you look AMAZING! Really. I looked like I had been hit by a truck after having Emily. You are glowing in the nursing pic. Good for you.ReplyCancel

  • Tena - Aw, congratulations! I love the expression on her face in that first pic. Way to bake a big girl, and yay for a short labor! I can’t wait to read your birth story!ReplyCancel

  • Kerrin - Beautiful name for a beautiful girl! Congratulations to your whole family!ReplyCancel

  • Traceyh415 - Congrats!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - 9 hours? It took you longer to do the blog post than it did to labor. ;-)

    She’s beautiful. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - Welcome to the world beautiful Leyna!!! Congrats, Jill!ReplyCancel

  • laura @ alittlebarefoot - congratulations!! she is gorgeous, and kendall looks like he’s taking to the big brother thing like a champ.ReplyCancel

  • Teresa - Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Jessi - congratulations!
    love the name (s)!! you have such a beautiful family :)ReplyCancel

  • Meghan - Congrats! Love the name & love that K has your sense of humor.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - Congratulations she is adorable!!ReplyCancel

  • kara - Congrats! This brought tears to my eyes. My daughter is 6 months old and my son turned 3 last month. So far, it has been perfect. I hope your experience is the same.ReplyCancel

  • Laura - Congratulations!! She’s beautiful! And great name choice (ode to the rocks) :)
    And wow, the fact that you’ve already blogged about Leyna impresses me like crazy!ReplyCancel

  • GossipMom - Sooo Sweet!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle - Congrats Jill! I can’t wait to hear more about your birth. Such a rockstar!
    And she is beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Kendra - Congratulations from a longtime lurker!! :) I love your blog, and am very happy for you and your fam.
    -KendraReplyCancel

  • TheFeministBreeder - Awesome, awesome, awesome! I can’t wait for the full story!ReplyCancel

  • Colleen - Congratulations on your newest addition!

    My son was 10lbs 14oz when he was born on Sept. 13th. Yes, it was a c-section.

    Can’t wait to hear your birth story!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - you look fantastic! congrats! and great pics of K with L :)ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Drysdale-Rickman - Congrats Mama!!!

    She is gorgeous! My last was a 9 lb’er too!!! Love the chunky babies!! Enjoy this time…ReplyCancel

  • Shari - Such sweet pictures! Your heart must just be overflowing with joy and love. Congratulations on the beautiful baby girl!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - Congratulations! She is beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • kaybee - Congratulations! That is so amazing. Kendall’s reaction is absolutely adorable.

    Leyna is beautiful, and such a pretty name.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah @ Peggy Ann Design - She is precious!! Congrats Mama!ReplyCancel

  • sarah - Congrats on your newest addition. She’s beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Alexandria - Aww Jill she is so adorable!!!ReplyCancel

  • AmazingGreis - Congratulations!! So sweet!ReplyCancel

  • B Harper - Finally!! She’s so beautiful, congratulations. I can’t wait to read all about it.ReplyCancel

  • Nanette - Eeeeeeeeee! Congrats, mama! She’s STUNNING and a love the names! Kendall’s reaction was PRICELESS!ReplyCancel

  • Ashleigh - Congrats!! I’m so happy for you! Also: You look AMAZING… Can’t wait to read the full story, and also to receive an answer to my burning question–Breastfeeding: as painful the second time around?? I have to know!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - Congratulations!!!! Shes so pretty!ReplyCancel

  • Donna - Congratulations!! Your beautiful “little” angel (OUCH BTW!!) is absolutely gorgeous!!
    I’m glad all went well, fast is always good…ReplyCancel

  • katie - Congratulations!! She is beautiful and I love the name :-) I adore the way Kendall looks at her. He is going to be such a great big brother. Best wishes to all!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - She’s perfect! Congratulations! Can’t wait to hear the birth story.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle, CLC - Congratulations Jill! Go you for doing it natural. It IS intense but so worth it.

    I love that photo of you with Leyna. That photo of her by herself is like “holy crap, that was a tight squeeze!”

    “It works!” has to be the best response to a new sibling I’ve ever heard.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - Congratulations!! I love the name. Can’t wait to read the whole birth story :)ReplyCancel

  • Law Momma - Just gorgeous. Congrats, Mama. She’s breathtaking!ReplyCancel

  • B - Congratulations!!! She’s beautiful.

    Props to you for going natural with a 9.5 pounder! Whoa!ReplyCancel

  • Morgan - Congratulations! What a beautiful name for a beautiful baby. I can’t wait to hear her birth story!ReplyCancel

  • Rainyday - Congrats – what a beauty!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kate - Congratulations on your beautiful healthy baby girl! Her name is very cute.ReplyCancel

  • Upstatemamma - Congratulations!!! She is adorable – and here before the end of the year :) I am so happy for you! I cannot wait to hear the whole birth story.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie - Congrats on your beautiful little lady!ReplyCancel

  • Tatjana - Congratulation! What a pretty addition to the family, right on time for New Year’s Eve! Looking forward to hear stories about her.ReplyCancel

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