Hello friends! I have been so MIA for a while. It has been difficult trying to post regularly with a newborn and a 3 year old. I think that as mom's we sometimes can forget how crazy and exhausting the newborn stage is, especially if you have spaced out your kids like we did. The lack of sleep, the constant feedings- add to that a high energy threenager and we our friends have chaos! Even though it is chaotic, it is the best chaos there is…there is nothing better than being with my babies and being their momma! I had promised Charleston’s birth story a while back, so here it is. Here are some of her stunning newborn photos too!
A week before my due date I started to have contractions in the middle of the night, of course I thought I was in labour but the contractions subsided and I fell back asleep. The next morning I woke up and felt really sick, like I had a bug of some sort. We went to the park, relaxed and I continued to feel ill. At around 7 pm the contractions came back and started to get worse and didn’t subside. So at around 10 p.m. my husband, mom and I went to the hospital. When we arrived, I was 5cm dilated and we also found out that I had a fever, which unfortunately indicated that I had an infection and illness. Because of this, I had to (if possible) have two rounds of antibiotics before baby came, which meant that if my water didn’t break on its own then the doctor would break it at 3:45 am. After multiple attempts at an IV, finally that was in place and so were my antibiotics. The doctor wanted me to walk around for a while before I received the epidural, so I walked around the hospital breaking for painful contractions and spending time chatting with my mom and husband.
I received my epidural at midnight and all was good in the world again. I did still have to wait for almost 4 hours to meet my baby, but the pain was gone and I was finally able physically to rest. Mentally and emotionally I was worried because the doctors had said because I had an infection there was a 50% chance that my baby would be sick too. They also mentioned that the pediatrics team would be in the room right away to check baby and if the baby was ill to, they would have to take him or her. The longest 3 hour 45 minute wait I ever had. I passed the time chatting with my mom and husband and resting. I definitely didn’t sleep- how could I when I would be meeting my new babe soon!
3:45 a.m. was finally here. The doctor broke my water and I had my daughter Charleston at 3:57 a.m., she weighed 7 pounds 5 ounces and was 22 inches long. She wanted to meet us so badly that she came out so fast! The doctors checked her right away and she was perfect- she wasn’t sick and was the most beautiful baby girl I had ever seen. If you have been following my blog, than you know I have been convinced that I was having a boy the entire time, so much so that I called her ‘he’! Sorry baby girl! When she made her grand entrance, my mom was the one to tell us that she was in fact a she; we were all shocked and of course thrilled!! So much so, that Charleston was Baby Girl for a couple of days because we didn't have a girls name picked.
My recovery has been much easier the second time around and Charleston is a great baby. She loves to party at night, but she is so calm and easy going. Jaxson at the beginning had a very difficult time accepting Charleston and my new role, which broke my heart. But slowly, and on his own (I didn’t push) he now is obsessed with his baby sister. He is so sweet and says she’s my Baby Charleston. There is nothing more beautiful than your babies, being a mother to my baby boy and girl is the greatest blessing! To say we are smitten is an understatement! Thanks for reading!