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BabyHarris Update- She Has Arrived and Finally Has a Name!!!

Alyssa Nicole Harris, aka BabyHarris, has arrived!!

November 16, 2007 at 9:54am
7 lbs 4.3 oz and 19 1/4 inches


As many of you remember, I was blogging while in labor.  That was lots of fun!  No epidural until 2:30am.  I'm not sure many of you know this, but according to the anesthesiologist, I'm "high strung" and I "don't know how to relax" so the epidural took 45 minutes to be put in place.  Yes, 45 minutes.  Not 4-5 minutes like most people, but actually 45 minutes!  Granted, I have a high pain tolerance, but man oh man, I have no idea how people do it without the epidural.  I wanted to ring this guy's neck for taking so long!

Anyway, labor was less than 14 hours which is good on a first delivery.  Actual pushing labor was only 1 hour 14 minutes.  I was on oxygen because the baby's heartrate was dropping during contractions.  Well, the oxygen was making me a little light-headed and apparently my eyes were rolling in the back of my head a couple of times and I almost passed out.  The nurse told me to relax several times and just let a couple of the contractions go by without pushing.  My response?

"I'm not here to rest, I'm here to push and get her out of me!!"  They all thought that was funny so I took over.  Yes, the control freak in me started having to tell them when I was going to push because they didn't want to tell me when to push as they wanted me to rest.  My doctor thought I would be pushing for about 3 hours, and out pops the head.  He tells me that she has a ton of hair.  That freaked me out because I was expecting bald since I had no heart burn.  Boy (girl), does she have a lot of hair... and it's DARK!  Mike and I are both fair skinned with auburn (red) hair.  Granted, Mike was blonde as could be when he was younger, and I was bright red, but over the years, both of us got darker.  I guess she's going to do the opposite. 

Her eyes are this very dark blue-grey color, which I know can change in the next couple of years.  I have brown and Mike has hazel.  I wonder which way she'll go...  thus far, she doesn't look like either one of us.

We also had our first scare.  She was almost hospitalized for a fever of 100.3 degrees, dehydration and losing 12% of her initial body weight, and 10% is typically the highest end doctors will tolerate.  We had to swtich from breast to bottle for a day, and she gained 5.5 oz just in one day, and we'll go back to the breat (too much info?) at her next feeding in a couple of hours.

She's gorgeous and a high acheiver already!  She can push off my shoulders and chest, she can stand up and take a few steps on my stomach and chest, and she bobs her head to music.  I think the bobbing of her head is because I would beat my stomach like a drum when I listened to music in the car.

Anyway, I could go on and on.  Instead, here are some more pictures!!



The really good pictures are on Mike's laptop, and he hasn't transfered them over to our Shared file yet, but isn't she the cutest!!??

Comment balloon 36 commentsDonna Harris • November 21 2007 03:19PM


COngratulations! Your baby looks perfect & big for less than a week.  Enjoy her...a healthy baby is the best gift.  Lucky you!
Posted by DALIA KIBBY, Selling Broward County Homes with Passion! (Sellstate Partners Realty) over 11 years ago
Dalia, Thank you!  As of 1:30 this afternoon, she's "only" 6 lbs 11 oz, but that's up from 6 lbs 6.5 oz yesterday, which is down 12% from her birth weight of the 7 lbs 4.3 oz.
Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 11 years ago
Awe what a cutie.  Congrats. May you be blessed and safe during the Holidays. What a cutie!!
Posted by Suzanne Gantner, GRI, E-Pro, SRES, SRS, ABR (Sky Realty, Central Texas Real Estate ) over 11 years ago
Oh, How adorable she is!     You got your Christmas present early.  She is just beautiful!  Take good care of yourselves and don't rush back to work.  Enjoy this time, it's special and you can never get the time back. Thanks for sharing with all of us.  It's been a while since I held a tiny one.  Wish I was closer to Dallas. he he You wouldn't want everyone holding her though.  She's so precious. :) 
Posted by Ricki Eichler McCallum, Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS (CastNet Realty) over 11 years ago

By the way, I listed a house 2 hours after delivery!!  High strung workaholic??  Nah!!!

Suzanne, Thank you so much!

Ricki, You can move closer... I could always use more babysitters!!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 11 years ago

Oh Yaye!!!! What a nice Thanksgiving surprise!!!!  Congratulations to you and your hubby!  Yes, she certainly is beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Many warm wishes.  Happy Thanksgiving!


Lisa & Bob Hammerstein

Posted by Robert and Lisa Hammerstein -201-315-8618, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Keller Williams Valley Realty) over 11 years ago
What a beautiful baby!! You and you family will certainly have a lot to be thankful for tomorrow!
Posted by Lisa Ryan, Selling Princeton,West Windsor and Montgomery Town (Callaway Henderson Sotheby's International Realty) over 11 years ago
Donna, what a gorgeous baby! You and your husband sure have a reason to be thankful this Thanksgiving and how special Christmas will be for you. What a little angel.
Posted by Linda Scanlan (A Fan of AR) over 11 years ago
See's beautiful Donna. I won't comment on all the "girlie" stuff in ths post. I like my babies clean and ready to be viewed. :) 5 grandkids and I have NEVER in my life chnaged a diaper!
Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) over 11 years ago
Way to go Donna she is absolutely beautiful. Congratulations. I have one grandchild and I have changed his diapers. Somehow I just wasn't as smart as BB to get out of it. LOL 
Posted by Jay McGillicuddy, Real Estate Broker (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty) over 11 years ago

She is adorable!   (I had one with lots of dark hair, as well.  She was a c-section, and the first thing the doctor said when he opened me up was, "Look at the hair!"  Not boy, girl, just hair!) 

Yes, there does come that moment when you  just want them all to go away and let you get on with things because you're BUSY, darn it!  I recognized it from your crystal clear description.  ;-)

You're on a wonderful new journey. 

Posted by Tricia Jumonville, Texas REALTOR , Agent With Horse Sense (Bradfield Properties) over 11 years ago

CONGRATULATIONS !!!! finally.......

Alyssa is gorgeous, I have an Allyssa too. Note the double ll.

They ask me if I had a name and I said Alyssa, so they asked me how I spelled it and me after JUST delivering !! So I added the LL, well when I saw the birth certificate I was shocked.

So I was going to change it, but when I asked Allyssa she told me no, she like being different.

Anyway, good job and your life will never  be the same in a good way. I'm really excited for you Donna.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 11 years ago



She is the cutest. Congrats to you and yours :)

What a great way to bring in the holiday season.


Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Congratulations Donna!  Alyssa is beautiful.  She'll make you less of a workaholic.  It's not a good thing when you have a family.  Life has finally begun for you!

Posted by Chris Tesch, College Station, Texas Real Estate (RE/MAX Bryan-College Station) over 11 years ago
Oooh you truly do have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving!  Congratulations she is beautiful!
Posted by Erin Stumpf (Attardi), 916-342-1372 / DRE# 01706589 Sacramento, CA (Coldwell Banker) over 11 years ago

Thank you, EVERYONE, for the nice comments.  She just had her longer bout of awake time at two and a half hours.  She's been exploring and loves to watch the ceiling fan.  She can't figure out the big furry thing that keeps licking her feet.  She's set to wear her Cowboy's outfit for the Thanksgiving game tomorrow that her Uncle Erick bought her, as he's obsessed!

Thanks again, and everyone's well wishes these past 9 months were definitely heard!

Missy, that's weird that they didn't allow you to change the spelling.  When we finally gave them the name, they brought us a bunch of paperwork to proofread before they turned in official documents.  I was so scared of her name being spelled wrong, but after staring at it a million times, I gave the thumbs up.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 11 years ago

Great pictures, what a cute baby.  I am so happy for you.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Absolutely the Cutest!...Congrats, Donna! I am so very happy for you guys!
Posted by Rich Jacobson, Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker (Fathom Realty West Sound) over 11 years ago

You? High Strung? Wants to be in control?

Must have been the drugs.... LOL

Wonderful news!! I hope to see her soon!!



Posted by Tom Burris, Texas/Louisiana Mortgage Pro - 13 YRS Experience (NMLS# 335055) over 11 years ago

Donna.  What a beautiful gift!  Congratulations and enjoy your very first Thanksgiving with her!



Posted by Meg Stewart, Appraiser-Frisco, Texas (Reliable Appraisal) over 11 years ago
Donna, congratulations on Alyssa. You truly have something in your arms to be thankful about. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 11 years ago
Hi Dona, I have to agree with Broker Bryant here. Beautiful Baby, and you look happy too. Listing a house after delivery???!!!!i have one word for you ..........Assistant...Also, I too have grandkids , three of em, and have not changed a diaper either...!!@#
Posted by Mike Norvell Sr, Norvell Consulting Group (Morris Williams Realty) over 11 years ago
Congratulations!!!!!  Alyssa is beautiful!!!!
Posted by Cheryl Johnson over 11 years ago
She is really beautiful!!  Congratulations to you.  I'm sure that was a wonderful gift just in time for Thanksgiving and one more blessing to be thankful for!!
Posted by Kimberly Grant, Real Estate Agent - Huntsville Alabama (Exit Leon Crawford Realty) over 11 years ago

Oh Donna, she looks so beautiful and perfect!  Welcome to mommyhood!  I was one of those mommies who had no drugs.  The first one because I had no insurance and didn't want to pay out of pocket for an epidural.  Either way I got to the hospital too late to have an epidural for both of them!  

She sounds like my son, you are in for the joy ride of your life, keep the posts coming, I am living vicariously through you as my son is a Senior in high school! 

Posted by Renée Donohue~Home Photography, Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer (Savvy Home Pix) over 11 years ago
Donna-Congratulations!  She is adorable.  But I'm sure you think so, too.  :)  Well, enjoy these first few hours, days, months, and years.  Pretty soon, she'll be complaining that she's not getting enough presents for her birthday party b/c it's so close to Christimas!  And, yes, we DO want to "good" pictures posted soon.  (Although these are perfect!)
Posted by Lisa Spalding, REALTOR, CDPE (Casa Latino Four Corners, REALTOR, CDPE) over 11 years ago
She's beautiful Donna, And, you will never experience the strength of emotion and love as you feel for a child. The crazy thing is that you can experience that over and over again. Each child is a blessing and you have been ultimately blessed. Congratulations to you and yours. Deb
Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 11 years ago

Ahhhhh... I've been waiting for more updates. So good to read this. Now tell me, how much has life changed for you? I'm not the over-achiever like I used to be. My baby is my priority now because he needs me now.

Have you started showing houses yet? Or negotiated a contract yet?

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) over 11 years ago
Yep, I agree with Loreena, Donna!  Updates needed!  Hope everyting is going well and Alyssa Nicole had a wonderful first Thanksgiving!  My advice?  Don't miss any more than you have too!  I have three and Jason, my oldest, was unable to come to our Thanksgiving celebration.  I wished that he was little again and running into my arms, or smiling his crooked little smile at me.  The other two are 16 and 13 and, for now, they spend all holidays with us.  It's a fleeting time.  Enjoy it!!!
Posted by Chris Tesch, College Station, Texas Real Estate (RE/MAX Bryan-College Station) over 11 years ago
She's perfect!  Congratulations!  Welcome to mommyhood AND NO SLEEP!!
Posted by Jennifer A. Martin, Executive Assistant over 11 years ago

I have been waiting for this. Guess I am a little late!

Absolutely, beautiful! You done good, momma!

Posted by Toni Hogan ( over 11 years ago
Congratulations Donna on the beautiful addition to the family.  Everyone will tell you how fast they grow up... and they really do.  Enjoy every minute you have with her , good and not so good.  Yes they do eventually sleep all night then they become teenagers and you dont sleep all night , but for completely different reasons.  Again congratulations!!
Posted by Jim Patton, Realtor - Stanislaus & Merced county Realtor. (Century 21 M&M - 209-404-0816) over 11 years ago

I'm sorry I haven't responded to everyone, but I've been VERY busy... not just with Alyssa, but I've been working... TOO much!

Last week, I showed houses to two different buyers, and have one under contract.  I also had two listing appts, and I should know at the end of this week if I got those listings... AND I'm showing a buyer tomorrow...  I managed to take ONE whole week off from appts!!  One week is a lot for me!!  Oh, and I had a closing on Friday & made the #1 spot in the office last month!

Grandma is enjoying all the babysitting!!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 11 years ago

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Congratulations and best wishes!

~Maura Gebhardt

Posted by Maura Neill, North Metro Atlanta Real Estate (RE/MAX Around Atlanta) over 11 years ago

Thank you Maura!

This is her new favorite toy.  You pull the tale and it rattles and vibrates and the wings make paper noise.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 11 years ago

Here is her two year update... yes, it's already been two years!!


Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 9 years ago