Our daughter is nearly 6 months old and I am realizing that I should have written this post and shared her birth and newborn pictures a long time ago. Whoops. I am still figuring out how to do “all the things” as a new mom. It’s hard, y’all! ;)
Anywho - Let’s jump in.
I could honestly write a novel on this but I will try to keep it short and sweet. After carrying our baby girl for an extra 10 days, I was induced. Those 10 days felt like an entire month as you start to spiral thinking that you may possibly stay pregnant forever. haha I was starting to become a bit irrational to say the least. Thankfully, she was finally born 11 days after her due date. Whew!
We finally started the induction process on a Tuesday evening and then began the pitocin drip on Wednesday morning. (I was really hoping that my body would just kick things into gear when I had a “deadline” for my induction date but my baby girl was totally content on the inside) About an hour after the pitocin was started, the doctor decided to break my water bag to try and get my body working faster. I was contracting really strongly every 45 seconds or so… yet making zero progress. WHAT?!? Every time they came in, I was stuck at 2 cm. Seriously, our child never wanted to leave her cozy home.
So I walked, rocked, swayed, bounced, you name it - I did it. Yet still - 2 cm. FOURTEEN hours later with zero pain medication or epidural I was still at 2cm. I should have just gotten the epidural! At this point - the doctor came in and said we needed to move forward with a C-section soon because my water bag had been broken the entire day now and there was meconium in the fluid that morning. He agreed to let me try to keep laboring for another hour with the peanut ball but alas, it made no difference. I never made it past 2 cm even though my body was experience some seriously strong contractions. Even though I felt really disappointed and defeated in that moment - my husband told me to flex and flow because our baby girl needed to make it into the world safely and we could do this. I would be ok and the baby would be ok.
We took an amazing birthing class by Sarah Lavonne and her motto is “flex and flow” through your birth. Basically go with the flow and be flexible when things don’t go as planned. So when he whipped that phrase out at just the right time, I relaxed a teeny tiny bit and we prepped for surgery. By the way, I HIGHLY recommend Sarah’s YouTube videos and her online classes. They were actually FUN, hilarious, and extremely informative. My husband actually enjoyed her teaching style as well! WIN!
Back to it - Less than an hour after that conversation with the doctor - our baby girl was born. YAYYYY! It’s amazing how quickly they work and it was actually really peaceful in a weird way. Everyone in the OR was so sweet and helpful and my husband watched the entire procedure. (because he is crazy) But he got to see our girl literally come into the world that way. She came into the world with a very loud cry and surprised us all with her size. My husband then got to be with her the rest of the time while I couldn’t be. He managed to get a video of her being cleaned up and of my first moments with her in the OR though before they had to close me up and take her to the nurse’s station for weighing and tests. I cry every-time I watch it. Ugh, so good.
Our daughter was born just over 9 pounds 2 ounces (she had already peed and pooped a couple times before they could weigh her and the doctor was just marveling at her size and the fact that she had not descended at all which is why I wasn’t progressing) and 21.5 inches long at about 7:30 pm on Wednesday, March 6th. We finally had our girl in our arms and she was perfection. I couldn’t believe I was carrying around such a big girl!
Welcome to the world Arabella River Nieva
9 pounds 2 ounces + 21.5 inches long
A week after her birth, I was feeling good enough to do her newborn photos myself. So here are some of my favorites!