Introducing Amelia Rose {Her Birth Story}

Our sweet baby girl will be four months old on Tuesday and I realized I have yet to introduce her to you, my blog readers!  So better late than never, I’d like you to meet Amelia Rose.

She was born on Friday, October 13, 2017. She weighed 9lbs 15oz, and as you can see, she was born with a head-full of black hair just like her Daddy.

Even though she was my fourth, I was so nervous about her birth. After two inductions with epidurals (one of which was a vacuum-assisted delivery), and one very fast (scary-fast) unmedicated labor brought on by an office procedure performed earlier that day, this time I hoped to go into labor completely naturally with no inducement of any kind. Because I have a history of quick labors and would need to have someone look after our three big kids when we went to the hospital, the idea not having any clue as to when I would go into labor really made me anxious. So I prayed every night before I went to bed that I wouldn’t go into labor during the night, because I didn’t want to have to wake the kids up to take them somewhere or have them wake up to us being gone and someone else being at the house. I wasn’t worried about the boys quite so much, but Kate was extra emotional and attached to me that last month or so leading up to the birth of her new sister, and I didn’t want the experience to be traumatic for her in any way. Thankfully, the Lord answered my prayers and I went into labor on my own the morning after my due date.

I had felt extra tired the day before and had little to no appetite. When I awoke at 7:30am the morning of the 13th, I felt nauseous and shaky with mild contractions. I had been having Braxton Hicks on and off for weeks, so I wasn’t sure if this was the real thing or not, but just to be safe, I asked Phillip if he could delay going into work for an hour or two, and we went ahead and called my in-laws to give them a heads up.

The kids had been asking for weeks if I thought “today will be the day she’s born,” and I would usually answer, “It could be today, but probably not.” They could tell something was up that particular morning, so they asked me again if I thought it would be that day, and this time I said, “Yes, I think today is the day.” After that, they watched me like Fred, Ethel, and Ricky watched Lucy. (If you’ve never seen the episode of I Love Lucy where Lucy goes into labor, I highly recommend it!)

After about an hour or so, my contractions became more regular so we made the official calls to my midwife and the grandparents. They arrived around 10:30am and me and Phillip left for the hospital. Because I really wanted a natural, unmedicated birth, I chose to go with a midwife practice in Atlanta, which is one of the few practices in the area who also perform hospital water births. I wasn’t 100% sure whether or not I wanted a water birth, but I liked having the option available to me. I watched a lot of water births on YouTube and read Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth to mentally prepare for labor.

When we arrived at the hospital, my contractions were about 3-4 minutes apart, but the pain was manageable. I checked-in and they put me on the monitor for about 30 minutes and began filling up the inflatable water birth tub in my room. At 12:30pm, I was dilated 6-7cm, and they unhooked me from the monitor so I was able to walk around. The contractions were coming harder and I was really feeling them in my back, so I had Phillip press on my lower back to relive the pain and it helped so much! Within the next 30 minutes, my water broke and labor progressed very quickly from that point.

I got into the tub and sat on my knees with my forehead resting on my hands on the edge of the tub, rocking my body from side to side. (I remained in that position throughout her delivery. It was great!)  It wasn’t long before I felt the urge to push, and after a few pushes, she was born at 2:21pm. Phillip said I was in the tub for about a total of 18 minutes. I told you I have fast labors!

Once she was out, I turned around and they placed her on my chest, and the first thing I saw was all of that black hair! We had actually seen her hair in one of her ultrasound pictures, so I was expecting a lot of hair, but not quite this much! When I first looked at her, I thought, I’ve seen this baby before, because she looked exactly like the pictures I had seen of her Daddy as a baby.

After a few minutes of her laying on my chest, they took her over to the warmer to look her over and I moved from the tub to the bed to deliver the placenta and get stitched up. (Side note: I made some postpartum padsicles and they were so great to wear those first 10 days or so. You can find the instructions here.)

After they finished up my stitches, she and I were able to have some nice nursing and bonding time.

We soon moved to our real room and the kids came to see their new baby sister. The boys were instantly smitten, but Kate took a little while to warm up. She didn’t know what to think about this baby with a head-full of black hair who didn’t look anything like her or any of the other babies she had seen. By her second visit, she was over her apprehensions and held her new sister for the first time.

While they had been in the waiting room, the kids and their Papa made up a little song about Amelia to the tune of “Yellow Rose of Georgia.”

Amelia Rose of Georgia
Is our new sister now
She weighed 9 pounds and 15 ounces
And we all shouted wow!

To which Kate later added the tagline, “Except for me, I shouted, Dang girl, that’s a heavy baby!” Bahahaha!

Neither of us had any complications so we were able to go home the very next day. It was amazing to be sitting at home in my chair holding her, where I had just been sitting with her in my belly the day before. I just sat there in awe and in thankfulness. Everything about her birth went just as I had hoped and prayed!

These first three (almost four) months have went quickly and smoothly for the most part. She was a little bit colicky those first 4-6 weeks, which is something I had never experienced. She still has the occasional colicky evening, but thankfully those don’t come often. She wouldn’t latch on well during those first few weeks unless I was holding her in a football hold, but she soon transitioned into more comfortable nursing positions for me.

She loves to be worn in the Solly baby wrap and like all of our babies, she sleeps with us. We made another DIY co-sleeping crib for her because we had gotten rid of Kate’s when we moved to Virginia.

The kids are SO helpful, especially Jack! He’s like a little Daddy to her.

She hasn’t lost any hair, but it just keeps on growing longer, like a little raven-haired Rapunzel. In the last couple of weeks she has started rolling over and grabbing toys. She won’t take a pacifier but loves to suck her hands. She has the sweetest, most peaceful disposition, and she is all smiles. (Most of the time.)

She is most likely our last baby and I am soaking up every sweet snuggly moment that I can!

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  1. She’s just beautiful, and her siblings look smitten! I love the picture where they’re lying on the bed next to her with their heads in their chins!! Enjoy the moments with your sweet family!

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