Sunday, December 7, 2014

Big sister gift

Emmy had been talking about giving her baby brother a rattle, so a few weeks before he was born we went to Target and she picked him out a rattle and a little teether. I had her bring it up the hospital with her and she was so proud to have picked out a little gift for him. She really has the sweetest heart.

I also wanted to make sure she had a little something, too. She loved getting a little something at the hospital and I wanted to make sure it was themed to being a big sister. (I am only sharing because it is super cute and would make a great big sister gift!)

She got her own Baby Holden!

And what she was really excited about was her big sister diaper bag. It came with burp cloths, wipes, diapers, bibs, blanket and bag. She has had so much fun playing with it.

The seller threw in a free baby carrier too due to a shipping issue, but I don’t have a picture of it. It is equally adorable!

I had the fabrics made to be a little more boyish, but thought I would share because this would make a great gift for any little momma you know!

Here is the link to the etsy shop!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Holden’s Birth Story

My doctor recommended an induction for Holden to be done about three days before his due date if he didn’t come on his own.  I asked why just out of curiosity and was given some statistics on women over 35 having babies, blah, blah. But I trust his judgment and went with it. I truly thought I would go into labor on my own since Emmy came a week early on her own. The induction was originally set for Monday at 5 a.m., but I was able to finagle that being moved until 6 a.m. because any time before then seemed inhumane!

Here I am the morning of the induction:

We got to the hospital and checked in, I got into my gown, got my iv, etc. and then was checked for my baseline and was dilated to a 3 and 75% effaced. They started my pitocin around 7ish. I started feeling contractions soon on, but they were manageable. My doctor got to the room to check on me around 8:30 and broke my water and I asked for my epidural then.

I had to have the bag of fluids before the epidural could be administered and was decently uncomfortable, but got my epidural about 30 minutes later. Honestly, afterward, I felt so calm and good. (It was like this too with Emmy.) I could have napped or just relaxed. I felt 1000 times better.

Ann came up to visit before her doctor appointment at 10:30 and I was dilated to about a 6. (Our sweet girls share their birthday!)

About 20 minutes later I was at a 7. (It was so blissful to not feel any of this!)

My sister came up around 11:30 to bring Tommy coffee and the nurse asked her if she was going to stay for the delivery because I was that close. Ha!

At 11:45 the nurse came in to check me, had me push once and then told me I was ready to have this baby and would be meeting him in about 30 minutes! I seriously thought she must be out of her mind since Emmy took FOREVER to push out. She called my doctor and he got there around noon and I pushed like 3 times and the little guy was out by 12:17.

I seriously cannot tell you how night and day the difference was between Emmy’s birth and this one. It was amazingly easy. I felt so much better (probably because I got a decent night’s sleep the night before and didn’t feel a thing) and was able to hold my little guy after he was born. (Emmy’s birth story is here.) Reflecting on this, I think I was a little traumatized after her birth.

Of course, I cannot have tiny babies…he was 8 pounds, 14 ounces and let’s just say it’s probably a good thing he didn’t have another 3 days to gain weight. He might have had a hard time getting out!

Big sister came up to meet Holden that night. She was sooo proud!

We really couldn’t have asked for a better day or experience and we are so in love with our little man and best big sister!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Welcome to the world, Holden Thomas!

Our sweet little man was born Monday, December 1st at 12:17 p.m. He weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces and was 20.5 inches long!

We are all in love! Big sister couldn't be more proud or sweet with him!

Birth story to come later, but in a nutshell it was a cake walk compared to Emmy's! (Let's give a shout out to a working epidural this time!)
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