Riley Wyn Barricklow came into the world last night, October 1, 2010 at 8:38pm. She weighed 8 pounds 3 ounces, is 20.75 inches long, with a full head of dark hair (where did that come from?), and the signature Barricklow chin. She's strong and healthy, ready to meet the world.
Labor was almost storybook even though I had to be induced. Things progressed at a reasonable pace and Josh and I used it as a day's vacation - sitting in the quiet hospital room watching TV and movies enjoy some "down time" together. We skyped goodnight with Dean, Gigi, Uncle Joel, and Catherine at about 8pm, and shortly after hanging up with them Riley decided she wanted to come join the party! I had some post-delivery complications, but Riley did great and after a few hours everyone was sleeping soundly.
The morning was filled with visitors and fun. Big Brother Dean seemed fascinated with "Liley" when he arrived this morning, but was quickly distracted by all the relatives around, not to mention the fish tank down the hall. We were able to get some great pictures of him giving kisses and "holding" Riley before he was running around the room and playing in the curtains.
Thanks to all who sent notes of encouragement and congratulations. We are so blessed with such a strong supportive group!