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A Very Special Welcome!

March 28, 2013

Hi friends!

Sorry I dropped away for a few days.  I’ve been busy welcoming our newest little member into the family:

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Baby Dylan!

Three Marches ago, we traveled to Shreveport to welcome Baby Sophie:

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Then, almost two years later to the T, Ryan and I welcomed our own little baby:

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Baby Lila (as you know).  Winking smile

And now, almost exactly a year after Lila was born, we have a NEW baby entering the family:

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Baby Dylan!

Apparently we love our Easter babies.  Smile 

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.  Smile 

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.

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(SO happy to be giving birth with no meds! Ha.  Not really—she was PISSED! Winking smile)

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.  Smile 

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:

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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!

9 Comments leave one →
  1. March 28, 2013 8:01 pm

    9 lbs naturally? That hurts me just thinking about it 😉 Congrats to your family! He is adorable. And way to step up!!

  2. March 28, 2013 9:22 pm

    Congratulations to your sister and BIL! He’s lovely! 🙂

  3. March 28, 2013 10:38 pm

    Congrats to your sister! I ended up accidentally being there and almost having to catch my best friend’s baby. No joke. She had just signed papers for epidural and was told she was about 4 cm. Nurse left and she said she was pushing and couldn’t stop and that was that. Baby was there! Her mom and I were scrambling to find gloves. Chaos LOL

  4. March 28, 2013 10:46 pm

    Congratulations to your family! It really is amazing witnessing births. I was there for my niece and nephew. It’s such a different experience than it actually being you! Your sister is lucky to have you! You two have a special bond and I’m really happy for all of you! Enjoy little Dylan!

  5. March 29, 2013 12:12 am

    Congratulations!

  6. March 30, 2013 11:37 am

    Holy cow, 9 pounds and a natural birth?!?! That’s crazy!!! That’s definitely motivation and inspiration for me to do that same….hopefully not 9 pounds though, wowza (although I was 8.3 ..ut oh).
    Congrats to your sister, and your entire family!

  7. March 30, 2013 10:39 pm

    Congrats to your sister and wow on 9 lbs!!!

  8. April 1, 2013 4:34 pm

    Congrats to your whole family! Yay for babies!!!

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