I would like to officially introduce Little Miss Hadley Marie! She was born on Wednesday, May 8th at 6:15 pm, weighing 7lbs, 8 ounces, and measuring 19.5 inches long.
We are very excited she is here! Hadley was born at 39 weeks. From the very beginning of my pregnancy, I was very adamant that I didn’t want to go past my due date, let alone past it. Parker was born at 41 weeks and weighed 10 pounds, 10 ounces. My entire pregnancy they reassured me I was measuring small, and even at our ultrasound at 37/38 weeks she was estimated at 7lbs, 9 ounces. Either way, I had very bad post-traumatic anxiety from last time. CJ and I, along with my doctor, made the decision I would be induced at 39 weeks to ease my mind and try to ensure we didn’t have a repeat of such a large baby.
We arrived at Christ Hospital on the morning of the 8th at 7:30 am. The nurse started my Pitocin around 8:30, and contractions began at 9:15. This birth was completely different than Parker’s, even though I was also induced. With him, I was already in labor by the time I got to the hospital. This time I was only 1-2 centimeters dilated and was in for a long day. The upside this time I was able to walk the halls and bounce on a ball.
Around 1:30 they broke my water and the contractions really started to come. By 3:00 I elected to have my epidural, which made me nervous even though I had one last time. My nurse was absolutely wonderful and held my hand along with CJ. The anesthesiologist, along with CJ and my nurse all talked me through the entire process. They made me calm and provided comfort.
Finally, around 5ish, I was starting to feel lots of discomfort. I decided at this point to have my epidural upped because I was getting nervous as the delivery was nearing. Also around this time, I was having more of a desire to push which I didn’t feel with Parker. They checked me and I was up to 8 centimeters dilated. The end was in sight and I couldn’t wait. My doctor came in 5 minutes later and I was explaining how the desire to push was getting a lot more imminent. Even though they had just checked me he decided to check again anyway. I was at 10 centimeters, plus!
It was time! She was coming if I was ready or not. The room started to fill up with the doctor, nurses, and the NICU team just in case. They had asked me if I wanted to watch her being born, which I elected not to, I don’t do well with blood. I pushed for 15 minutes, and she made her arrival! She wanted to make sure everyone knew she was there and her lungs worked very well.
They placed her on my chest, and my first thought was how tiny she was. My second was her hair! I had never seen a newborn baby with as much hair as she had. It was dark, thick, and dreamy. It was beyond ideal for bows and I couldn’t wait! She was perfection that was here.
We are so excited she is finally here and we are settling into a family of 4! I will be sharing all about Parker adjusting to his new role, postpartum, breastfeeding, and a lot more about this new normal. You can also follow along on Instagram for daily updates.