My heart is so full!
I am in complete awe of God’s gift to us – our daughter.
One week ago today, we were in the hospital anxiously awaiting the Pitocin dripping into my IV to do it’s thing and help bring our baby girl into the world! Wow. I know time passes quickly for everyone as you get older but it feels like we were in the hospital two days ago just getting to see her for the first time and learning what newborns do!
Labor and delivery of Brooklyn was as smooth as could be and was an amazing time in the hospital for us. Being induced wasn’t that bad and the nursing staff was amazing – Lakeview does one-to-one so we had one nurse with us the whole time (until her shift change just before Brooklyn was born) – AH.MAZ.ING. Renee was our nurses name and I could not have picked a better nurse/support for Keith & I during this time. We were pretty prepared – read a few books and knew a lot from my work at the pregnancy center in NJ. But Renee was a huge blessing – like a doula she offered so many different options and was so in tune with helping me labor the way I desired.
The timline of Brooklyn’s birth day was:
After a night of restless “sleep,” I got up at 430am to pray and do a little Bible study and spending time with the One who has orchestrated this all! It was super early but I couldn’t sleep and couldn’t think of a better thing to do before the huge impending life change!
630am – Call the hospital just to be sure they knew we were on our way as we were already on their schedule
7am – Packed the car and headed to Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater! We still hadn’t settled on a middle name for her and were discussing that on the way – I had prayed God would bring to mind a name that had significant meaning for her being God’s gift to us after such a rough season last year (more on the name in another post!) So we decided in the car, on the way to the hospital!
8am – Settled into our room and was hooked up to the IV, vitals, monitors, etc. Big room and pretty comfortable for us! About an hour later, they began the Pitocin and we waited. Contractions began and we just hung out in the room… an hour later we went walking through the birth center halls. They up’ed the Pitocin every 10 -15 mins.
12pm – Our Dr. came in to break my water … from then on labor got pretty intense but was pretty neat to see how the body responds and goes through the process!
315pm – Contractions were VERY intense and I wasn’t quite ready to start pushing so we decided that I should get an epidural since it’d be another couple hours probably before my body was ready to begin the delivery process. I had the perfect epidural – besides a rough spot with the anthesiologiest – it was perfect. I was 8cm dilated when I got it and it numbed what needed to be numbed, but I had almost full use/control of my legs which was huge for me!
530pm – Contractions and Brooklyn beginning to make her appearance called for pushing to begin! I was feeling great and we were having a grand ole’ time with the nurse and our Dr. (LOVE OUR DR!)
615pm – After only pushing for less than an hour, Brooklyn arrived! It was a very cool experience, very surreal when she was born and cleaned up and we enjoyed the whole process. I wouldn’t change a thing… I had tried to do it all naturally but knew it was time when I got an epidural and that allowed us to really enjoy her birth.
She’s as healthy as can be and we’re loving EVERY single minute with her! We brought her home from the hospital on Friday afternoon. Our days in the hospital were fun, only a few visitors and just a fun time soaking up the beginning of her life here with us!
Her first weekend home we had a very close friends of ours come visit and we so enjoyed just laying low with them – relaxing, catching up and feeling like real adults as we both have babies now! Brooklyn is a super content baby – eating and sleeping well… even with the past two days of “cluster feedings” at night, we are getting a good amount of rest and love being her parents!
As we were preparing to leave the hospital on Friday, Keith held her in his arms and told her, “We’re going to take care of you.” Seems like a simple phrase but it was such a sweet, sweet moment. It is true, we are going to take care of her but there was so much more in that moment… a promise between a Father and his daughter, a gift of love from Keith to Brooklyn and a glimpse of how our Heavenly Father holds and promises us the same. Ah, I am in such complete awe of God for giving us Brooklyn. I’ll save some of that verbiage for another post along with an explanation of her name. But she is truly the GREATEST gift we could have every possibly imagined God would give to us after such a rough season last fall and even into the beginning of this year – for our family, our time of life, our marriage, etc. She’s SUCH a gift, an unexpected, joyfully received gift.
Were working on setting up our family photo gallery and will let you know when it’s complete so you can see more pictures of the beginning of Brooklyn’s life and keep up with us throughout the coming months and years! Both of our parents will be in town over the next two weeks and posts may be intermittent for a while on here! But know that I hope you ENJOI TODAY and make the most of every minute!
Smile, laugh, make someone else’s day with a pick-me-up and love on those who are around you!