December 5, 2009

Riley Elizabeth "Baby Gator" LeCompte


It's official, this is a true Gator Daddy blog! Riley Elizabeth "Gator Baby" LeCompte was born at Florida Hospital's Ormond Memorial Medical Center on December 1st, 2009. A healthy baby girl, weighing in at 8lbs 11oz and 21 inches long, she is amazing! She has her mom's nose and cute cheeks, and has been cursed with her father's stunning good looks and blue eyes.

Overall, the whole experience there was excellent. The staff were tremendous from the moment we arrived, the rooms comfortable and spacious, and even the food was pretty damn good. We arrived, as previously planned and scheduled by our doctor, and were escorted to our room (416 - my birthday for superstitious purposes). We immediately met our delivery nurse, a wonderful woman named Chris who previously was a mid-wife for 32 years in the Northeast, who led us through the entire process beautifully.

After several hours in expectation of our new arrival, we finally began to experience some of the tell-tale signs of imminent birth. Following a brief examination by our doctors and nurses, it was determined that we were going to forego our "planned" C-section, as our Baby Gator was already well of her way and our water had already broken. After only 2 hours ( I say that with a smile because I know how GREAT my Gator Momma really did!) we were blessed with a healthy baby girl, Riley Elizabeth LeCompte.

Tears of Joy from Gator Momma
Welcome to the world Riley Elizabeth "Gator Baby" LeCompte
5 minutes in and already sleeping a champ!
We were joined at the hospital by several of our immediate family members, including my father (G'pa Gator), Gretchen's parents (they root for the Irish, so they don't get cool nicknames...sorry), my best friend Mark "Uncle Gator" Demma (seen below) and a few close friends. Thanks to everyone who were able to come visit us prior, during and after the birth of Baby Gator, we love and appreciate you all!

Uncle Gator meets Riley for the first time!


Gator Mommy's parents holding Baby Gator Riley for the first time


Grandma sneaks in a Notre Dame sweater into the shot while Gator Daddy isn't looking... :)
We spent another two days in the hospital waiting for Riley to clear her initial examinations and get clearance from the doctors to take her back to the Swamp. One amazing thing that the hospital did for the happy parents during our stay was offer us a gourmet romantic dinner in our room, along with Baby Gator sleeping at our side, so that we had the opportunity to celebrate together. The food was excellent, the champagne was wel-deserved for Gator Momma and the deserts were amazing! What an excellent way to help new families celebrate and help new moms & dads get a break together before the coming storm of visiting family, friends and diapers! Thanks Florida Hospital Memorial! You Rocked!



Baby Gator's first Chomp! It just comes naturally to this one!

December 1, 2009

The Peanut has landed!

She's here! I would like to introduce, the newest lady in my life, my new love, my new boss; my daughter, Riley Elizabeth. More pictures to come...back to my girls for now.
 
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