Baby Bumpdate: Introducing…

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So…remember two weeks ago when I wrote my 36 week update, I said that I was in no hurry for baby to arrive? Well, apparently, God was listening and he has a huge sense of humor.

Because 20 days before her due date, someone decided to make a surprise appearance.


It is my pleasure to introduce you to Miss Juliza Ann Petersen, 6 pounds, 12 ounces and 20 inches of joy personified.




Her name, Juliza (pronounced Ju-Lee-Za), means “free spirited and beautiful in one’s own way.” She has quickly proven that she has every intention of living up to her name.

We are all deeply in love with this little character already, and we’re amazed by how much we feel like we know our little lady (seriously, she’s tiny) in just a little more than a week.


I will share my birth story another time, but here are three details to keep you wanting more:

  1. My water broke completely unexpectedly in the middle of the grocery store. I felt like I was in a romantic comedy for a half second, before I realized I was probably going to go into labor soon.
  2. I had my epidural. And it sucked. As in it worked only on one side. As in, damn, labor hurts!
  3. She’s completely healthy and we came home almost exactly 24 hours after she was born.

More details from the delivery room to come next week.

In the meantime, here are some Instagram snapshots from my Ju Ju’s first week of life:

Suffice it to say we are smitten. We think we’ll keep her 🙂

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