Samantha Trish Rooney, we love you.
Born Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 via Caesarean section at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital, our little girl is doing well. Meanwhile, we've had to look at each other a few times to say "she's real."
After Dominic we never thought we'd have another child. Certainly not so soon. Just like Dom, once Trish found out she was pregnant she steadfastly refused to believe it until she was born.
Unlike Dom, Samantha has some hair already and is a bit bigger than he was at first. But her face is familiar, those chubby cheeks and cute nose beg to be kissed and she definitely has a healthy set of lungs.
Though still a C-section, hers was quite a different scenario to enter the world. Two of the nurses in the operating room were friends of ours. It wasn't an emergency situation because we knew well in advance she was facing the wrong way for a natural delivery. No 29 hours of labour leading up to it, and nothing to worry about after.
She enters a world of hope where she could grow up to do anything imaginable. There will be challenges, sure, but we will do everything we can to help her navigate them.
And she's got a brother looking down on her, one whom she'll never meet but will learn so much about.