I am happy to share our birth story of our precious, Alexandra Rose! I am writing this story in the thick of it! I was finally able to finish writing this thanks to many nursing sessions and a few naps. We also finally just finished designing and preparing our baby announcements as well! Everything takes a bit longer to get done these days! We are still in newborn survival mode. We understand that the first three months is analogous to the fourth trimester. Our days have radically changed, for the better; however we are all still adjusting, including our fur girl, Victory! For any other new mamas out there who feel like they are the only ones who have experienced days where you get nothing else done — even the simplest things — it is ok. My main job is to keep our baby girl fed, dry, and loved. And, after all, we will never get these early precious days back with our baby Alex! We try to be fully present in order to soak everything in. Doug has been really great with Alex and we work as a team and help each other in order to make everything work as smoothly as possible!
Victory is doing well. We know it has been a big change for her, but she seems to have adopted Alex into her pack! Victory is always close by me and she follows me everywhere. She loves to lick Alex’s legs and feet when I nurse her. We all take naps together, keeping things as normal as possible for our fur girl, Victory! We look forward to the fall for more outings together, with the four of us, along with cooler temperatures. We have managed to take Victory and Alex out for a few dinners near the house and all has gone well, thankfully! Victory always loves her outings! I am also working on Victory’s birthday theme and Halloween costumes for our girls!
Overall, we are all adjusting to this new little person who is totally dependent upon us; and Alex is also adjusting to her new world, too. Thus, we are taking it a day at a time. But everyday, I wake up, I am so grateful for our miracle baby! I love her newborn smell and her extra soft skin. It was an exceptional journey, and we are so grateful to have a healthy, beautiful baby. Somedays it feels surreal that she is really here! Baby Alex is very sweet, extremely alert, loves to nurse, is physically strong, likes tummy time, likes to be talked to, and always loves to be held. The Dock-A-Tot and these swaddles have helped us get some sleep at night! Each week she is sleeping a little more, which is great! We are all learning as we go, as it is a huge life transition for everyone, and it will take some more time, but we can never imagine life without our precious little Alex. We are so blessed; and Alex is truly a gift. Our little family will never be the same and our hearts have grown immensely since her arrival!
On to our birth. On July 13 around 10:00 p.m., the doctor came in and told me that I was 10 cm dilated and 100% effaced and it was finally time to push! Finally – after a really long labor! Doug and my Mom stayed with me in the room along with the doctor and nurses for the delivery. Doug stayed up by my head and cheered me on during the pushing. After about 25 minutes of pushing, at 10:30 p.m., our baby girl made her way into the world. It all felt so surreal. Doug cut the cord and the cord tissue and the cord blood was saved and sent to be cryopreserved with the Cord Blood Registry, CBR. I will never forget Doug’s face — he looked in so much disbelief that she was actually here, with us! She weighed 6 pounds, 15.8 ounces and was 20 inches in length. The doctors quickly dried the baby off and put a hat on her and then immediately put her on my chest, skin to skin. I heard her first cry as they placed her immediately on my chest – warm and perfect. I looked at her and looked at Doug and was in compete awe at this little beautiful living being that we created. We were a family, she was all ours, and I felt so overjoyed. Then, we shared her name, Alexandra Rose! Doug picked her name, a name he has always liked for some time, and her middle name is in honor of Doug’s beloved Grandma Rose.
Fortunately, our baby did not have any latching on problems, and she was willing to nurse, something I really wanted to do for her. The nurses then took her to do some physical checks and foot prints, etc. I will never forget meeting her for the first time. Coincidently, she was even born on my Mom’s birthday as well, and she arrived, full term, five days early from her due date, July 18! We were then transferred a few hours later to the postpartum unit of the hospital where we all stayed for two nights.
The following day, our fur girl, Victory, came to the hospital and met the baby and I got to hug and hold our fur girl, who I missed dearly. (The hospital was kind enough to permit Victory to come after requesting her presence in advance). It was a treat to have our whole little family together! Friends also came to visit that evening to meet our baby girl!
On the early evening of July 15, Doug and I went home with our baby. Truthfully, we were both scared of being on our own with her. We appreciated all of the nurses’ help along with the lactation consultants’ help as well. I was fortunate to have an excellent doctor and very kind nurses during my labor and delivery stay at the hospital. Upon arriving home, it was also very helpful to have our Moms here to help us for several weeks as well.
Doug and I are currently finding our rhythm with Alex. Each week gets a little easier. We enjoy our evening walks together with Alex and Victory; and Alex loves her Bugaboo Fox and her Ergo with the infant insert! Presently, each day is different and we are cherishing our time with her and Victory; the days are moving at lightening speed. It is hard to believe she is already five weeks old! She is growing like a weed and we are trying to savor and capture these days with her, which I try to document visually and in her Promptly Journal, which I love, as an alternative to a traditional baby book. Most of all, we love getting to be Alex’s parents. Somedays, I cannot believe I get to be Alex’s mama! We are so very grateful for our little family! Thank you so much for reading our birth story and I hope to share more soon about our first month as a family of four!