We are slowly settling in to our NEW normal around here and I am excited to introduce you to our newest family member- Zoe Michelle !
She was born on Wednesday; February 5th with a little more excitement than any of us had anticipated!
I had been having inconsistent contractions for a little over a week before my doctor estimated that Little Sister was most likely measuring over 8 pounds. She shared that she would induce my labor by breaking my water if I wanted on the 5th to ‘get things rolling’. I was more than willing; as this pregnancy had definitely been more exhausting and full of swelling, nausea, and aches I hadn’t had with our boys.
My husband and I headed to the hospital at 7am on February 5th full of anticipation of meeting our little girl! When we arrived, we went straight to our family birthing suite; where I would both deliver and recover. I was excited to be able stay in the same room for both as we didn’t have that when our boys were born in San Diego.
(The boys stopped in with my mom and my husband’s parents to say hello before Little Sister arrived. They were so excited to wear their shirts!)
My doctor came in quickly after I arrived to break my water around 7:30am. Quickly after she broke my water, I became nauseous and faint, and my blood pressure dropped quickly. At the same time they had a hard time finding Little Sister’s heart beat. As the nurse checked to see what was happening, she noticed that Little Sister’s arm was reaching out above her head. She quickly called the doctor and the doctor determined that they needed to prep me for an emergency c-section as they couldn’t deliver her with her arm above her head.
(Our first picture of Little Sister)
During that time as they were prepping me for a c-section and my husband was scrubbing up, the doctor attempted to move Little Sister’s arm back down. (pre-epidural; ugh!) She was able to do so, but as my water continued to break, her arm floated back up again, so the doctor had to move her arm again. Luckily, during all of this Little Sister moved down further and her arm was no longer able to move above her head.
(Cuddling with Mom right after she arrived!)
The doctor then asked the anesthesiologist to give me an epidural instead of a spinal so she could wait and at least attempt a normal delivery. I was relieved and was quickly able to relax after the epidural kicked in. My labor quickly proceeded and when the doctor came back to check how far I was, I was already 9 1/2 cm. dilated and the doctor asked me to give her a ‘test push’.
(Little Brother peeping through the rails at his little sister!)
I began pushing at 1:29pm and after 4 pushes and a laugh Zoe was born at 1:35pm! When she came out she had her umbilical cord wrapped around her neck twice, which no one had any clue to because it had never affected her heart rate. Praise God that her umbilical cord was much longer than normal, allowing it to be loosely wrapped around her neck.
(First bath in the hospital)
Little Sister is a perfectly healthy and happy little girl and we are so grateful for the Lord’s protection on her. We feel beyond blessed for all our family and friends who were praying for her and us as we went through a rather crazy 45 minutes of trying to get her arm back in position.
(Proud Little Brother)
Her brother’s couldn’t love her anymore, their abundance of love has even left her with the remains of their stuffy noses this week. They want to kiss, hold, and hug her every moment that she doesn’t have a dirty diaper!
(Our first picture with Little Sister)
Our cups are overflowing with gratitude and love for this precious little girl and her two awesome Big Brothers!
(Getting ready to go home!)
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down