A Very Special Welcome!
Sorry I dropped away for a few days. I’ve been busy welcoming our newest little member into the family:
Three Marches ago, we traveled to Shreveport to welcome Baby Sophie:
Then, almost two years later to the T, Ryan and I welcomed our own little baby:
Baby Lila (as you know).
And now, almost exactly a year after Lila was born, we have a NEW baby entering the family:
Apparently we love our Easter babies.
Baby Dylan’s birth was EXTRA special because…I got to witness the whole thing!
My sister got an epidural with Sophie, and was totally planning to get one with Dylan too—no natural birth for her! But, when her doctor checked her for her final appointment, he realized that her platelet count was low. Then, when they checked again on the morning that she was induced, the levels were STILL low, which meant…no epidural.
Katherine was freaking out a little—after all, she’d had NO plans to do it naturally, and so she hadn’t really studied up on any sort of natural childbirth “tips” or reading material—not that the reading material really preps you for it anyway, ha.
But, I gave birth myself with no meds only a year ago, and Ryan and I took extensive classes on natural childbirth techniques—breathing methods, relaxation techniques, what to expect with all of the different stages, etc.—and so I offered to help “coach” her through the childbirth.
(SO happy to be giving birth with no meds! Ha. Not really—she was PISSED! )
What an experience!! It’s very different being on the “coach” side of the hospital bed, rather than in the bed yourself. I certainly wasn’t jealous.
All of the things we’d learned in our classes and from our doula came rushing back to me, and I was able to help coach her through contraction after contraction—although, I must say, she would have been FINE without me—she was a pro!
Her labor started around 7am when her doctor broke her water, and by 1 pm, we were welcoming Baby Dylan into the world:
9 pounds!!! He’s a big boy! Which only makes my sister’s natural birth even MORE inspiring!
The birth of a baby is ALWAYS special, but I was so touched and honored to be a part of this one. It’s something I’ll carry with me for the rest of my life.
Welcome, sweet Baby Dylan!