Monday, January 25, 2016

One Month.

I can't believe our sweet baby joined our family a month ago already. At her 5 day Well Child Check she weighed 7 lbs, exactly what she left the hospital weighing. 


At her 2 Week Well Child Check she weighed 7 lbs 5 ounces and grew to 21.4 inches tall! She also did great during her heel prick, and proved that she's a great bleeder just like her mama. Thank goodness for hydrogen peroxide, and it's great job at making our clothes blood free.


She's been a great nighttime sleeper, she will give us a 5- 6 1/2 hour chunk of sleep every night then another 3-4 hour chunk. It's perfect. If only her 2 1/2 year old sister would do the same. (We're dealing with some separation anxiety for sure.)

She is constantly being kissed and loved by her big sisters who want to help with her and hold her any chance they get. She is still so very sweet and loves to just look you in the eyes and listen to you. She's a very smiley little girl and is often caught giggling in her sleep. 



I don't remember time going this fast with my first two, but it is for sure flying with her. 


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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Baby #3: {Birth Story}

I love reading birth stories and love knowing that I have my girls' written down. Here is Baby #3's birth story.

Let's start with how surprised I was to wake up December 23rd still pregnant. It was the furthest I'd ever been. My first born at 39 weeks- my water broke at 38 weeks 6 days. My second born at 38 weeks 4 days- again my water broke. I thought- and so did my doctor- that baby number 3 would come around the same time. 



 At 39 weeks 1 day I was walking into the hospital to be induced. At 7:10 am an IV was started and I was dilated to a 2 still. 


At 7:25 they went ahead and started Pitocin. At 8am my doctor finally made it over (later than he thought, we had a wonderful storm that morning that slowed everyone down). He then broke my water and said I was 3cm, 40% and baby moved to a -1 station while he was checking. He guessed baby would be here around 2 or 3 that afternoon. He also said he would be back at 12 pm to check on us. 

I was able to make it till 8:50 before getting an epidural. After that I didn't get checked again till 11 am. At that point I was at a 6. My husband asked the nurse how fast things could happen from there and she told him "sometimes it takes 10 minutes to go from a 6 to a 10 and sometimes a few hours." Well at 11:40 I started to feel a bunch of pressure and sure enough when the nurse came in, it was time to go! 


The doctor arrived at 12 and after 3 pushes our sweet little girl joined our family at 12:10 pm.

She weighed 7lbs 2 oz and was 20.5" long. Since the birth of my second daughter the hospital had changed a few things and baby got to stay in the room with me the whole time. She left twice in our whole stay and it was wonderful. I never got the chance to attempt nursing my first two until a while after they were born so being able to try right away was a new, and great experience. She came out knowing what to do and ready to do it! 



We were moved to our recovery room a couple hours later and after her bath (in our room!) and after the feeling returned to my legs our sweet big girls got to meet their new baby sister. It was amazing. She did have a hard time keeping and was dealing with some jaundice (Combs problems- her blood type and my blood type are different and her body was having a hard time passing the bilirubin as fast as her body was breaking down the blood cells.) that threatened to keep us in the hospital through Christmas, but over night and with lots of cuddles and some time in front of the sun filled window all her little problems disappeared. 



So on Christmas Eve, we traveled home as a family of 5, read The Night Before Christmas and snuggled in and waited for Santa. 

It was absolutely amazing and such a great start to our Christmas. This sweet miracle baby has changed our family so much in such a short time. She has been so very sweet since day 1. She is the perfect mixture of her sisters & we are so very blessed to have her here with us.


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