On October 29th at 8:02 AM, my handsome and snuggly baby, Carter John was born! We are smitten and I have been enjoying the last week and a half healing and cuddling the sweetest and cutest little boy I have ever seen. If you’re interested, here is the birth story.
We arrived at the hospital at 6:15 AM on the 29th. For the last couple of months, I have been having lots of contractions and was told to take it easy because I couldn’t go into labor. Both of my girls were delivered via c-section and the hospital policy is that you can’t VBAC after two c-sections. My c-section was scheduled for the 29th, which just happened to be my dad’s birthday! (This was particularly fun because Carter is also the first grandson to be born in my family!) We got checked in and we went over my history and I shared some concerns based on my previous c-sections. During my first c-section, I could feel them cutting me because the medication wasn’t strong enough. For my second c-section, I had a bad reaction to the medication and was itching like crazy. I was hoping to avoid both of these during the third c-section. They hooked me up to an IV and wheeled me back to the OR. Once in the OR, the anesthesiologist did my spinal block and then we were ready to go.
When my Dr. opened me up, he got the first look at Carter and said, “This is one big boy!” Normally, the Dr. pushes once on your stomach to push the baby out of the opening that he has cut. This time, my baby was so big and squished in my stomach that they had to push over and over on my stomach trying to get him out. It was just as painful as it sounds and is the part that has hurt the most during recovery. When they finally got him out and weighed him, I couldn’t believe how big he was! 9 LBS 3 OZ and 19.5″ long! He really was a big boy!
Our family brought the girls to meet their new brother a couple of hours after he was born and I loved seeing their reactions. The girls were smitten from the first time they saw him!
We were in the hospital for about 4 days and then finally got to go home. We are so lucky to have such a calm, happy baby! The girls can’t get enough of him and are such good helpers. We definitely have had to adjust to a new norm, but overall, it really has been a good transition. I feel so lucky that I have three beautiful and healthy children to call my own.
As I am trying to figure out a new schedule, please excuse the sporadic posting. I still have the rest of the nursery to show you, and I have a ton of fun holiday tutorial ideas that I can’t wait to try out. Thanks for all of your support!