Welcome Clara Gisela Kristi Rauschert, born 2:49am on Wednesday, July 8th, 2009, weighing six pounds nine ounces, and twenty-one inches long!
From a little past midnight when Alice called to tell me that Ingmar had called her and that he and Emily were going to the hospital but we didn’t have to rush (because he was remembering the 36 hours of labor when Sofia was born) all through the night until we arrived at Mount Nittany Medical Center a few minutes after six in the morning, Alice, Nathan and I were on a journey to welcome dear little Clara to the beautiful world! She was born at 2:49am. The labor was nothing like Sofia’s! From the time Emily was checked into the hospital and they told her she was ready to deliver it was only four pushes until darling Clara was an “outside baby”. Everyone is doing very well! In fact Ingmar brought Emily and Clara home to St. Paul Street in the middle of Thursday afternoon! My heart is so happy! Sofia is very interested in her new sister and gives her “softies”, “aya ayas” as a sign of her love. After lunch on Friday Alice, Nathan and I drove home to Ohio and some down time. It’s been so busy for the last week. Friday July 3rd I was driving to Chautauqua and Alice and Mike and Nathan did too, but with a stopover in Clarion, PA to pick up Sofia so she could come to the cottage with us and give Em and Ingmar a weekend together with a bit of peace before the busy-ness of a new baby. And now they are a family of four! I hope Paul is rejoicing somewhere!
p.s. I am using one of Ingmar’s photos of his daughter because, naturally, I forgot to take my camera with me!