Where do I even start with this!? I feel like I have a million things I want to tell you and want to remember about December 8th so let’s just go ahead and get started. PS there might be a little tmi involved but what do you expect from me:) Thank you so much for letting me share my thoughts with you!
I mentioned on Thursday (the 7th) that I felt more and more off as the day went on! Friday morning I woke up and definitely had some great contractions going on… it was go time! I have had a few people ask if I ran the morning that I had Skye and the answer is definitely a NO ha. The idea of running made me want to pass out and I was really tired from the night before of contractions. Andrew’s cousin (bless his heart) came over to be with the kids Friday morning until my mom could get there (thanks mom)!
Can you believe the view from our room? It was a huge room and the view of the mountains was the absolute best. I overpacked just a bit (especially since we only stayed for one day) but I was so happy to feel like I had everything I could ever need! Thank you so much for all of the suggestions..
My favorite thing that I brought (thanks to you guys) was my pillow from home. Those hospital pillows were about as thick as a poster board ha so I was so happy to have my pillow. Don’t mind my tired eyeballs.
Andrew did a great job packing too… He even brought some candy for afterwards in case I liked candy again (spoiler: I do).
At around eleven my sister was able to come and hang out with us for a bit. While she was there I had my epidural done and both she and Andrew watched. Andrew because he loves everything medical and my sister because she thought it was fun to be on the other side of everything for once ha. To all of you that have gone through labor and delivery without an epidural, I just need your autograph.
Please note my lip gloss was right next to me the entire time on that little table… I was not going to do this without my favorite addiction ha.
I remember with Brooke that I didn’t eat before going into the hospital because I didn’t know that you couldn’t eat while there (at least with an epidural) so I had a waffle and eggs before going in and then lots of ice while we were there. They even let you have flavored ice so I felt like I ate snow cones all day long. After a little while my sister left to get her kids and then Andrew and I just hung out. We watched shows together (King of Queens, Family Feud and Ellen) and kind of called it a date to be able to just hang out with each other with nowhere to go:)
PS Brooke was with my mom loving life the entire weekend and Knox was with his mom! It worked out really nicely.
For a long time after getting to the hospital my body was not wanting to progress very quickly at all (just like with Brooke). She was still high up and just wanting to hang out for a while. At around 4:00 they checked me and said we still had a few hours to go so Andrew took a little nap and I got comfortable to just hang out.
At around 4:50 pm I woke up Andrew and told him that I was positive she was RIGHT THERE and ready to come out. I couldn’t believe how quickly I felt her move, it was bizarre. It actually made me crazy nauseated with how fast it went in those 50 minutes and that meant my water broke when I threw up. Andrew hurried and called the nurse and she came in and sure enough, I was a 10 and ready to go. My doctor was not quite there yet (we thought we definitely had some time) but nope! We really wanted my doctor to be there because he is our favorite (he has 10 kids of his own and he delivered a few of my sister’s kids… he is the best) so we held off pushing for a little while until he rushed into the room. Luckily, this hospital has an OBGYN at the hospital at all times (this hospital has on average 11 babies a day ((I might not be exact but they told me it was around that number)) and he hung out in my room until my doctor got there!
We also texted my sister at five to RUN OVER. We were thinking we would just have it be the two of us at the delivery but last second I changed my mind and asked her to come. I really wanted pictures and a video suddenly and it was amazing to share the experience with her too! She got there right in time too (sorry to be so last second sissy ha)!
Once my doctor was there they told me it was time to push! With Brooke I remember it taking SO long and so much work to push (it felt way harder than any of my races in the past) but Skye was a bit different. With two contractions of pushing, Skye joined us! We also really lucked out because there was no tearing/stitches or anything which means all I’ve had is a few Ibuprofen and that’s it (strong painkillers make me so nauseated and I’ve loved not having to have any of that)!
When they first gave Skye to me I realized I kind of forgot how to hold an infant… she seemed SO tiny to me but within a few seconds it felt normal again.
And then I got beyond emotional (I felt like I was hit by every happy emotion there ever was so quickly, it was amazing). I could feel her little spirit so strong right away and it was a moment that I had seriously dreamed about for so many years. I couldn’t believe it was actually happening and I will never forget how I felt in that moment.
The nurses and doctor let me have skin to skin contact for about an hour which felt like 5 minutes but I loved it.
We named her Skye Jo and fell in love with her name the moment we thought of it. Andrew came up with Skye (we started our name search by trying to think of one syllable names to match Knox and Brooke). When he first said the name Skye (it was the second name he suggested) I automatically said yes, we both felt like it was the perfect name for her. After that we thought of Jo for her middle name! Jo is my mom’s middle name (same spelling) and as you know we are obsessed with my mom so it worked out perfect.
During this time she kept trying to suck her thumb and she still does!
I love that these little babies can recognize our voices once they join us!
And this was Andrew’s first time holding her. He was right there with me crying and soaking in every second of the whole experience. He also cut the chord which was really special.
From there they took her away and weighed her! She was 7 lbs and 5 ounces which is just 1 ounce off from what I told Andrew I thought she would weigh right before she was born. She was also 18 inches long and had the pinkest skin and quite healthy lungs:)
She had her first little bath once we moved down into my next room and they put her first bow on!
Even though we were exhausted it was so hard for us to put her down and fall asleep! The adrenaline was intense from the evening and we had to force ourselves to sleep because if it didn’t happen then, it wasn’t going to happen again for a while ha!
She’s got some spikey hair just like Brooke did:) We see a little mixture of both Knox and Brooke in her face!
We had a great experience at our hospital and loved all of the nurses and the doctor so much!
This picture was from the next day but I was SO HUNGRY after having Skye. My hunger hit right away and that night we had three dinners ha. One from Andrew’s parents, a turkey sandwich right after having her and then we ordered more later on that night too. Our hospital didn’t put a limit on how much food you ordered (it comes as part of your stay) and it is really good for hospital food which was so nice now that I finally don’t feel full after 2 bites ha.
Recovery has gone really well so far and I feel like I could run in a week or two but I’m not going to (I’m waiting six weeks). I’m so loving staying in bed with Skye most of the day and focusing on learning how to feed her and take care of her. Running is always there for us when we are ready for it!
Oh and those cramps that happen after having the baby… I forgot about those, ha, but other than those a few times a day I’m feeling really good! The kids have asked me if I have another baby in my stomach still but we’ve talked all about how normal that is after a baby but they were a little disappointed when I said no… they want more already!
The other question Knox had for me after first seeing me was if I liked candy again. I think it really stressed him out that I went without candy for so long… I reassured him that I did.
Thank you for letting me tell you all about this pregnancy and now our time with Skye! I’ve been so excited to write this all down so I could remember everything!
We are already so beyond in love with this little one! This picture was from our first outing together yesterday. Andrew had a shift at the hospital so we bundled up and took Brooke to school!
Would love to hear any birth stories if you feel like sharing! The whole thing or parts or whatever you want!
Who has a December birthday? Anyone else born on the 8th?
How was recovery for any moms reading?!
-Brooke was a lot harder for my body… I’ll just tell myself it gets a bit easier with each one;)
Now that I like candy again… let’s talk about it! Have a favorite holiday candy? Please tell me!! Also, chocolate or sour candy?