Adding a 3rd child means you are officially outnumbered. Having 2 boys already and waiting to find out if they have a 3rd, Mom and Dad seemed pretty convinced of another boy, actually saying, "we just don't make girls..."
Soon to find out, we arrived in the early hours of the morning on a Tuesday, and checked in for a scheduled induction. Taking the elevator to the 7th floor to get checked in, the hospital was quiet and mostly still asleep.
Once they got baby on the monitor, they continued getting things going, placing an IV and getting fluid and Pitocin going, Mom and Dad continued to joke about what to watch on TV and what their boys were likely doing at the time!
Baby and Mama were looking good and the Pitocin was starting to get things going.
Pitocin doesn't give you a break, doesn't let you rest between contractions, Mom kept breathing through them one after another.
Her boys sent her with this rock to remind her to pray, and this rock represents so much more than just that. The thoughts and the worries of a child anticipating the arrival of another sibling, another friend for life, little do they know, this sibling will give them the best job ever, big and biggest brother.
Still smiling and looking gorgeous, things kept on moving.
Laboring in different positions until things were far enough along for an epidural, Dad helped and watched the contractions roll in and out and never fully letting up. Mom breathed through them and things continued to get more intense.
Calling her biggest babies and waiting for a fan, no matter how cool the room was, each wave of contractions brought on a wave of heat as well.
As 8:00AM rolls around, shift change begins and the pitocin is increased. The day is in full swing and this baby is on its way!
As each contraction rolled in, Mom had to also remember to keep her blood sugar levels in check. Not only having to feel the pains of labor, trying to decipher feeling shaking from blood sugar or from pain, this Mama handled it with strength.
Moving back into bed and getting a little juice, she got visitors from her littlest biggest fans.
And sometimes, all you need is your own Mama, to just hold your hand, reminding you to breath and that it will all be okay.
As everyone was patiently waiting, Mama breathed through the contractions and after they broke her water, things got intense and epidurals cannot come soon enough. First upping the flow of the IV fluids as high as they can go, and checking her blood sugar one more time, things began to pick up and the anesthesiologist asked everyone to leave for the placing of the epidural.
Epidurals are great when they work, and this Mama was waiting for that moment, and waiting in pain is not easy.
Using the giant peanut ball to get that baby off her back, Mama labored for a while in this position with no relief from her epidural. Breathing and getting support from her husband, she was doing it, as best as she could.
After another blood sugar check, she decided that she needed to rest and get everyone out of the room. Sometimes labor goes smoother once you can just let your body work.
Scrubs awaiting a doctor who was waiting for a baby... the time is almost here and everyone wanted to know what that baby was.
Lunch time came and went and Mama kept on laboring and feeling it all, the epidural yet to take full effect, and she was so strong!
One contraction after another and that baby was on the way...
Feeling ready to push, she got into position with the help of her sweet husband and her nurse, that baby was ready to meet the world!
The first push for "practice" was really all she needed. She was doing it, she was strong and ready.
Just like that, the second push and the sweet baby was here.
Not fully realizing she had delivered, she looked up and saw it...
The baby GIRL she had always dreamed of... a girl, a sweet little baby girl!
Still in disbelief, she kept looking and looking, and yes, that is still a gorgeous baby GIRL!
"we CAN make girls!..."
This is the face of a Mother, a mother who worked hard, labored hard and got an amazingly sweet surprise at the end!
There is nothing more overwhelmingly emotional than a Dad looking at his DAUGHTER for the first time...
Baby girl, who had yet to be named, gets measured and weighed, and with 10 fingers and 10 toes, her brothers make their grand entrance to meet their new little baby SISTER, and they were not too sad about it after all.
Life has begun with a baby sister in tow, and this family could not be more complete.
Just as every birth is different, every baby is different and the first parts of life that seem the most natural can be the most challenging. Nursing for the first time, this sweet girl latched on and wanted no one to watch. Already a little lady with the sass to match her brothers, sass with a touch of modesty...
And just like that she is already wrapped around her Mama's finger and stole her whole heart.
Welcome to this great big world sweet baby girl, may your brothers watch over you, your Daddy attempt to say no to you and your Mama be your very best friend. You are beautiful and strong and so so loved!