My sweet little baby is two weeks old today. Our rainbow baby has brought so much to our family. We are all head over heels in love with her.
Two weeks later, I am just now getting around to sharing her birth story. I have spent the last two weeks just taking her in and soaking up every moment with her. I have less than four weeks of maternity leave left and I am savoring every second of it. I love my job and will love being back, but I also know all too well that this stage in my precious baby's life will go by way too fast.
Cate's birth story:
We were scheduled for an induction to begin at 6 a.m. on September 9th. We were to check in to the hospital at 8 p.m. on that Sunday night before. I spent Saturday doing last minute things around the house and making sure our bags were completely ready so that I could spend Sunday resting before I spent all day Monday laboring.
Well, Cate had different plans on Sunday as I woke up at 2:30 a.m. with contractions. They continued all day, but they never stayed consistent with timing, so I breathed through them all day, and at 7:45 p.m., we checked into the hospital as planned. Though we didn't yet know it, we would never make it to that 6 a.m. induction.
At 11 p.m., I started having painful contractions. Brent had laid down and I decided to let him rest instead of waking him, because I figured that we would be up all day Monday laboring. At 1:30 a.m., while breathing through a contraction, I felt a "pop" and texted my mom to let her know that I thought my water might have broken. Sure enough, with the next contraction I got my confirmation that my water had indeed broken.
I paged the nurse and Brent shot up out of bed when his Daddy senses went off at the sound of "My water just broke". From 1:30 to 2:30 a.m., I breathed through constant, intense contractions until they finally showed up with that magical epidural. After that? I slept peacefully until 4:45 a.m. when I sent word to the nurses that I felt like I needed to push. Sure enough, Cate was ready and at 5:09 a.m. on September 9th, she made her debut into the world.
Cathleen Nora weighed in at a whopping 7lbs 15oz and 19 inches long.
I can't describe the feelings that you have when you give birth to a rainbow baby. Giving birth period is a beautiful and life changing experience. There are already no words. But, I'd be lying if I didn't admit that Cate's birth brought completely different feelings to me. After giving birth Barrett just over a year before, I was overwhelmed with emotion when I heard Cate cry. That painful silence wasn't present this time. Instead, I heard a loud and absolutely beautiful cry of a newborn.
I fought back tears as I watched them clean my baby and heard the nurse announce that she had red hair. I watched my husband taking her in as they checked her out and made sure she was 100% healthy. Holding her for the first time, I couldn't believe how perfect she was. I couldn't believe that her tiny little feet were the same ones that had been doing gymnastics on my ribs just hours before.
To say I feel blessed is a gross understatement. I have three beautiful children; two gorgeous girls here with me, and a handsome son who is waiting for me in heaven. Not only that, but physically I had the best labor and delivery ever--quick, fast, and so much easier than my L&D with Audrey was.
We hit a few "bumps" in the road with recovery. Immediately after Cate was born, I developed a headache that progressively got worse until around lunch time I couldn't move my head without crying from pain. I had all of the symptoms of a spinal fluid leak, but the doctor was a little baffled because it usually takes 24 hours for the symptoms of that to set in. However, a few hours later the nurse came in and found me in tears from the pain and they decided to do a "blood patch" on me. Not the most comfortable thing in the world, but man was it better than that headache.
After that, I felt great and Cate was doing wonderfully too so they let us come home the next day--a whole day early! I was so happy. I was ready to see Audrey and be home with my family. That week went pretty smoothly. Cate is an awesome baby and I seemed to be recovering well until late Friday night. I started having severe abdominal pain and by Saturday it was so bad that Brent was having to actually lift me out of the bed--I couldn't sit up or stand up at all on my own and walking was extremely painful.
We found ourselves in the E.R. in the early morning hours on Sunday and a few hours later after running some tests, I was admitted into the hospital and bawling at the thought of being away from my girls. Apparently there was still part of the placenta that hadn't been delivered that was causing my pain. They did a D&C and I had instant relief. Thankfully, I did well after the procedure and they let us go on home instead of keeping us for the night like they had originally told us.
Ever since, I have felt good as new and have just been enjoying time with my girls and taking in every second with Cate--all of her adorable facial expressions and bonding with her every single moment that I can.
Having a rainbow baby is an experience like no other. After such a hard year in 2012, I couldn't think of a better way to spend 2013 than with Audrey and our precious rainbow baby. For me she has truly been the bright and beautiful color in my life after the storm we endured with the loss of our son last year. She didn't "replace" him because no one could, but she is filling her own special place in our family.
Transitioning from one kid to two in the house hasn't been as hard as I thought. It has actually come pretty naturally. Getting Audrey off to school in the morning is sometimes a challenge because Cate usually decides that is when she wants to eat, but we have managed.
Audrey has been an amazing big sister. We have only had a handful of jealous moments, but they weren't bad at all and she adores her little sister. She loves helping by getting the baby's things for me and is constantly asking if she can give her a kiss. I adore watching them together.
Thank you to everyone for your prayers and support the last nine months as we awaited her arrival. I feel blessed to share my family with you!