Holy crap you guys....I'm a mom. A MOM! I've only been dreaming of this my entire life. Just about a full week in, and I'm still like...pinch me! Although waking up every few hours to feed her is exhausting, I almost look forward to it. I love just holding her and staring in amazement at how incredible it all is. It's a total miracle what our bodies are capable of!
The evening before our lives changed forever, we were out celebrating Dane's birthday (June 19th). We had joked about he and Lenna sharing a birthday, but I really didn't think my body was prepping for labor yet, and her due date wasn't until June 28th. In all honesty, Dane had bought me a June birthstone necklace for Mother's Day in celebration of our sweet baby-to-be, and so I was really afraid she'd be out in July. So we took my doctor's advice and headed downtown to Broadway Oyster Bar to have some cajun inspired foods, hoping to speed things up.
Right before bed, Dane had put his mouth to my belly and told Lenna that she was being evacuated. We both had a pretty good laugh and then got into bed. About 2:30 in the morning, my water broke. The feeling woke me from a dead sleep and I tried to get out of bed as quickly as I could, hoping not to make too much of a mess of the sheets. I woke up Dane -who immediately asked if I was sure I hadn't just peed myself. I reminded him that I had been on earth for 29 years and pretty much knew that wasn't what peeing felt like. Lol.
Strangely enough, neither of us panicked. It's like a sense of calmness came over us. In my mind, I thought I would just grab everything I had and rush to the hospital. But instead, I took a shower while Dane cleaned the sheets and called our parents. We tidied up a bit and I think left the house around 5am?
I wasn't experiencing contractions as they were described to me. But OH MY HECK my back hurt! I had been warned about back labor, and I guess I should've seen it coming. My pregnancy was so easy, something was bound to break my streak. I think I asked for drugs the second they put me in my labor room. Like, immediately. The anesthesiologist was my new best friend.
A few minutes after the epidural was administered, my body started shaking, I threw up, and then Lenna's heart beat dropped. The alarms started going off, and it seemed every nurse on the floor was in my room.
This was BY FAR the scariest moment of my life.
They gave me oxygen and tried a few different positions until her heart beat was brought back to a safe speed. You guys, this happened again. Finally, they had to stop administering. Yeah, also scary. But really, by that point, I just wanted her out safely, no matter what my body had to endure.
I pushed for a little over an hour and our sweet baby girl was here. I remember the pressure going away and Dane saying, "She's here! She's here!". She was definitely a nice shade of purple, but you guys, my nurses were amazing. Lenna cried almost immediately, but obviously needed help. My nurses worked so quickly to get her the oxygen and attention she needed, all while complimenting how beautiful and perfect she was, and how great I did. They did an amazing job at making sure I didn't totally freak.
Dane and I spent a few hours alone with our newest addition while my legs got their feeling back, and then we welcomed our families in to meet her. It was a beautiful day.
Lenna Christine was born June 20th at 1:23pm. 6lbs, 5oz and 19 inches long.
Today my hubby is 32 years young! This post will be short and sweet so that I can get back to celebrating him, but I wanted you all to be able to celebrate right along with us.
We each had to work today, but were able to leave early to head to our 39 week appointment and hear our baby's heartbeat one last time before meeting her. What an amazing birthday gift! It's so crazy to think that in just a week or so, we'll meet our sweet baby girl!
After our appointment, we headed downtown to Broadway Oyster Bar. Dane loves the crab they serve, and has nothing but good things to say about their outdoor patio. We're also hopeful that the Buffalo Chicken Wrap I had puts a little pressure on our baby girl to evacuate sooner than later. Haha!
I am extremely grateful today for this man of mine. When we met six something years ago, I never imagined where my life would be today. He's made me both a wife and a (soon-to-be) mother. Happy Birthday Lover! Here's to many more!
I probably shouldn’t admit how much fun I had setting this table for these photographs. While I like to keep our table at home set, I never go THIS elaborate! I mean, we run a furniture business out of our home and have 3 dogs. Nooottt a whole lot of room for nice setups like this one! But this one was too good not to share, so keep on reading to get the links for just about everything you see in these photos!
For those of you just here for links, scroll to the bottom of the post for a quick recap!
Most of the dishes you see in the photo are from Crate and Barrel. Dane and I registered for these items for our wedding and they’re still available!
The striped napkins I just picked up at Target. My favorite store! They are so classic and were so inexpensive! What I love about these fabric napkins most is that they’re washable. I would just be careful with red sauces and red wine. ..Thanks Captain Obvious, right?
The navy plates were a Christmas gift from my mom. She always buys me the cutest things for Christmas..she gets me. Although it doesn’t look like they’re still available on their website, here are a few good options that are pretty similar.
For any outdoor dinner, this caddy is a MUST! It’s great for holding the silverware extras (in case you drop one) and holds any extra napkins without having to worry about them blowing away.