Virginia joined our family two months ago and it feels like we've had her forever. She is the sweetest little thing and has been such an easy baby. For those wondering about her birth story, it's a rather easy one with a few hiccups you'll read about below. After trying to get pregnant for about six years we decided to go the IVF route. To our delight it all worked on the first go around. For those curious as to why we needed IVF, my hormones were off and I would never ovulate.
I had the easiest pregnancy and traveled to CA, CO, SC, GA and probably some other places I'm forgetting up until I was 35 weeks pregnant. You want to get some crazy looks from strangers, try flying 35 weeks pregnant. I think I had everyone on the plane freaked out!
Now comes the more exciting part, her birth...I had been having contractions all day, but nothing consistent or that painful. Brennan and I went for our regular walk that evening and it was a lot harder than it typically was, but still nothing seemed to change so I showered and went to bed. As I laid in bed I started getting contractions every 5-15 mins but only in my BACK. I tossed nand turned waiting to see if they were going to stick around, which they did. After an hour I called my midwife and she told me to come in! Brennan and I grabbed our bags and headed into the hospital. I was already 6 cm dilated, but had stopped having contractions since we got there. The triage nurse looked at me and said "Really, I can tell you're having one right now!", but I didn't feel anything. I just assumed I had a really high pain tolerance! They checked us into the delivery room, hooked me up to pitocin, and gave me the epidural while we waited for things to get moving. We had only been in the delivery room about 30 minutes when I felt a gush from between my legs. I assumed that my water had broke and told the nurse. She lifted my blanket and said she was going to get the midwife. The midwife came and looked and said she was going to get the doctor on call. The doctor on call came in and was calm as can be. I was a midwife patient so I wasn't sure why the doctor was coming in, but he looked at me and said that we needed to talk about a c-section. I didn't care how this baby was born, just as long as it was he/she arrived safe and came out healthy! Well long story short, I was hemorrhaging blood because my placenta had detached from my uterus. My water didn't break. Nurses and doctors were rushing into my room administering more med and sticking me with more needles in case I needed a blood transfusion. It was like out of a movie. Just a few minutes later they were wheeling me into the OR (they had pushed back all the other scheduled ones). The c-section was SO easy, but it turns out that they don't like you to talk to them while they are working on you ;) I was nervous and would try to have small talk (what the heck was I thinking???) like asking them what they were doing now and if they had cut me open. The anesthesiologist did NOT like me asking that one because she thought that meant I could feel the pain of them cutting me. Oops, not smart. All in all we were only in the hospital for 3 hours before we got to meet little Virginia!
For those that don't know, because we did IVF and didn't have the surprise of getting pregnant, we waited to find out the sex. Well we have a TON of friends all pregnant with girls. We just knew we were having the boy of the group so we picked out everything in blue. My diaper bag even had a blue ribbon on it! We were SOOO shocked when they pulled her out and told us it was a girl!!
About a week or so after we got home, our friend Rachel of Rachel May Photography came over and took these AMAZING pictures that we will cherish FOREVER!!!! I'm obsessed with all of them so we ready to see an overload of cuteness!