Welcome to the World: Lincoln's Birth Story

Your due date was November 25th, two days before Thanksgiving. That day came and went and you still weren't here. After being four days overdue, we decided to induce labor. You dad and I went to the hospital on Saturday, November 29th at 5:00 p.m. It felt very surreal to be walking into the hospital as a family of two, knowing we would leave as a family of three!

We checked in at the nurses' desk and they got us settled in our room where I would deliver you the next day. They came in at eight o'clock and gave me Cervidil to start my induction. After a few hours it made my contractions very strong. You didn't respond well to it, so they decided to take it out around one in the morning. By that time it had made my contractions one to two minutes apart and very intense. At five in the morning my water broke on its own and by seven I was in desperate need of an epidural. Each contraction would make me grab the bed rails and your dad’s hand from the pain, only able to close my eyes and breathe through it. Shortly after seven the doctor came in and administered the epidural. It immediately gave me relief, and I began to feel normal again.

Around eight o'clock our families began to arrive at the hospital. There was such joy on all of their faces, as the anticipation of your arrival had set in. By noon I had progressed wonderfully and the nurses were saying I would start pushing very soon. I asked all of our family and friends to come in my room one last time before I started pushing. They were all amazed at how calm I was, even with the intense contractions they could see on the monitor. I kept saying, "Epidurals are a miracle!" They all left the room, and the nurse checked me one last time.

At one o'clock I started pushing. I had my eyes closed, focusing on my breathing for most of it. One hour passed and no baby. Two hours passed and no baby. By this time I was growing very tired. Dr. Bridges (your great aunt) said you were face up, which can make for a longer time pushing. She kept trying to turn you, but you were quite cozy how you were. By this point I needed 100% concentration and asked everyone in the room to be quiet. I also asked your grandparents (who had been listening at the delivery room door) to move. I felt mean, but all of that was breaking my focus. 

The last thirty minutes were so intense. I was leaning forward to push with every contraction: holding my breath for a count of ten, taking a breath and repeating once again. The last five minutes were so exhausting and painful. I had to pull strength from somewhere. I let out what your Aunt Kristin called a "primal" scream! After two more pushes you entered the world. At 3:30 p.m., on the last day of November, you made us parents. You had a head full of dark hair, and were screaming and crying from the moment you took your first breath. They immediately began cleaning you and suctioning out your mouth because there was meconium in the fluid that had surrounded you. After a few minutes you were in my arms, nursing for the first time. Tears streamed down my face as I held my beautiful baby boy for the first time. You were perfect. 


9 Months and finally a BABY!

On November 30th we welcomed Lincoln Grey into the world. He weighed 8lbs and was 19 inches long. It was the happiest day of our lives! I took weekly pictures documenting my baby bump and thought it was about time to share them. I will be doing a post soon about my labor and delivery. 


Pregnancy Update: 35 Weeks

How Far Along: 35 Weeks

Size of Baby: Lincoln is as big as a coconut– about 17.2-18.7 inches long and weighs between 4.2 to 5.8 lbs.

Maternity Clothes: Oh yes! I am wearing all maternity pants, but can still make some regular shirts fit if I put a tank top on underneath and leave it unbuttoned with a belt.

Stretch Marks: None yet! I hope I can last 5 more weeks without getting any. The Burt's Bees belly butter is still doing the trick!
Sleep: I start out sleeping on a pillow ramp I create for myself. I then switch to a side position around 3am when I come back from a run to the potty. My left mid back and rib on the front of my body have been causing me a bit of pain, so sleeping is getting a little more uncomfortable. 

Best Moment of the Week:  Counting down the days and realizing I only have 32 days until my due date. We are so excited to meet him!

 Movement:  He moves all day long. It is so crazy to watch my stomach shift back and forth. He likes to stick what I think is a knee or foot out by my right hip and stretch out. My stomach looks like a football when he does it. 

Cravings: Nothing particular

Gender: Boy! Lincoln Grey

Belly Button In or Out: In still, but getting more shallow.

Wedding Ring on or off: Wedding ring is on. I have a little swelling in my hands when I wake up, but it goes away quickly. That rash I had developed under my wedding ring has gone away too.

Anything Making You Queasy or Sick: Nope

What I Miss: Being able to lay on my stomach. Red wine. Normal clothes. 

What I am Looking Forward to: Meeting our little fella in a few short weeks!

Labor Signs: I've been having Braxton Hicks contractions and they are becoming more often. Hopefully that's a sign he will be arriving soon!

Nursery: Nursery is complete! You can see it here.

Emotions:  I feel great! I haven't had any mood swings, only happy giddy ones. Hopefully those will continue until the end.


Lincoln's Nursery

We are all ready for Lincoln to arrive! The final touches for the nursery came in the mail a few days ago, after being back ordered for months. I was waiting on those few things to photograph the nursery and share it with you all. 

Lincoln's nursery is my new favorite room in the house. It is calming and so much fun to sit in and read a good book. My inspiration came from hours and hours of time spent on Pinterest, Etsy and various other baby blogs. I wanted it to reflect our love for animals, the world and being adventurous. The vision I had came to life exactly how I pictured it! I hope you enjoy this little tour inside Lincoln's room. Now all we need is a baby! 6 weeks and counting....