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.

107 thoughts on ““Little” Leyna Lorelei”

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

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

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

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

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