If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I finally had my 3rd precious baby on August 6th…And he’s a boy!
The Birth Story
I woke up at 6am that Sunday and told my husband, “Okay, I think it’s time.” I started to get everything ready, grabbed my hospital bag and packed it into the car. I tried to wait as long as I could before having to wake up my two oldest. Man are they cranky if you dont let them wake up on their own! By the time we dropped them off at their grandparents house, it was around 8:45. We made it to the hospital at 9.
Once there, I realized I forgot to register and tell the hospital I would be coming in. So 20 minutes of paperwork later, I was finally in a bed and my contractions were being monitored. I was 4cm dilated.
The contractions were so strong and with every one I asked when the epidural was coming. The nurses thought it was funny that I could endure so many tattoos but couldn’t withstand the contractions…I didn’t share their humor. Let me tell you tattoos are NOTHING compared to labor! They finally told me that it would be 30 minutes, as the anesthesiologist was with a c-section patient at that moment.
Suddenly, something felt wrong. My heart was racing and I was breathing way too quickly. (Later, I was told it was a blood pressure issue caused by stress) The nurse checked me and said “The baby is coming!”
Um what?! I didn’t have my epidural, I couldn’t have the baby yet! I didn’t prepare for an all natural birth! I started crying and really just freaking out. It was all happening so fast and I didn’t think I could do it.
But at 10:06 AM, Vincent Pierce made his way into our world at 6lbs 7oz and 19 inches long.
The Hospital Stay
I thought about leaving this part out, but I wanted others to hear it. Doctors are amazing and certainly have more medical knowledge than most of us, but they don’t know your body like you do. Learn from my story and trust your instincts!
Due to the high blood pressure I mentioned earlier, the doctor ordered that I be monitored and put on magnesium for 24hrs. I automatically didn’t want to. I am about 100 pounds. If I am pumped full of medicine for that long, I start to get really sick after a while. But he insisted I may have a seizure if I didn’t agree.
I agreed, thinking that I could just tell them to stop it later on. The side effects of the magnesium hit me faster than I expected. I was so lethargic, and it gave me the worst migraine. I couldn’t hold my newborn or even breastfeed him. I could barely stay awake. I was devastated.
I started throwing up and begging them to take me off the magnesium. It wasn’t until I said my vision was going out that they finally listened to me. Within an hour off the magnesium, I was back to my normal self.
Life After Baby #3
The newborn stage is the easiest to me so far; they are either hungry, gassy, in need of a diaper change or want to be held. Most importantly, they stay exactly where you put them!
With that being said, our routine is pretty much the same as before. Three kids is not much different than having two, but my mind will probably change on that once Vincent is mobile.
Julian and Savannah absolutely love their baby brother. If he cries for any reason, they rush to his side and try to comfort him. It’s rare that they are not sitting right next to him; when he’s sleeping, when he’s getting his diaper changed, when he’s nursing… I don’t think Vincent will ever know the luxury of privacy when these two are around.
One thing we noticed right away is that Vincent looks exactly like Julian when he was born. The resemblance is so close, it’s like I cloned him! The only big difference is that Julian was born with icy blue eyes.
It has only been 12 days since he was born but we are all so obsessed with him. I have taken so many pictures, I’m going to have to free up space in my phone pretty soon.
Thank you for reading this little update on our lives! I am so excited to share more with you as he grows and we grow as a family.