I had been having contractions on and off for at least a week and was already dilated so Neil and I kept thinking it would be any day. We went in for a check up on a Tuesday and my doctor said, you're already 4 cm and having contractions you would "be an easy push" so let's induce. I'm not sure anything is easy when it comes to child birthing...
We arrived Thursday morning at the hospital, they broke my water and a mere 8 hours and 30 minutes later she arrived. And no, that was not an easy push, but she was much easier than Will's 21 hour labor.
Life has been turned upside down since then. (shocker, right?)
Will is simply in love with his baby sister and so very proud to show her off. Literally, he tells every one and wants to show them "my baby" as he calls her to everyone. No matter if she is sleeping, eating or pooping.
It's definitely been an adjustment for Will, but overall he is taking it in stride. I think the first two weeks were really rough, but we're slowly getting into a routine and as long as he is able to help and she isn't crying he is pretty happy.
Oh the crying. I have forgotten how much babies cry. Seriously. Stop. Crying. You're dry, fed, rested and cuddling, why are you crying? :-) Thankfully, she has finally figured out that the changing table is not a terrible place, but just a few moments of a chilly bottom.
She went in for her two week check up and is already up to 9 pounds 7 ounces. She is quite the eater. I won't bore you with the details on the lack of sleep patterns, nor the serious lack of sleep I'm getting, but this too shall pass.
I am just so incredibly happy that Will is a big brother to a beautiful little lady. She has so many features that look like Will - her mouth and nose for sure.
Meeting his sister for the first time.
Photos by Sara Catherine Photography - 2 weeks old
The constant helper
Oh mother please...
This is Will at 2 weeks old...
And here at 3 weeks old.
I can't really explain or express how happy I am. It took us a long time to get here, lots of heartache, second guessing and disappointment. It's weird to look back on the past two years and realize that everything really does happen when it should Will is so stable right now (knock on wood) and that makes this "fourth trimester" a lot easier. I have so many hopes and dreams for our family and this was one of them.