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Row’s newborn session was 1-week after he was born! Lindsay Thallinger Photography came to our house to shoot us (which was so much less stressful than going somewhere!) and we love how they turned out! Callahan’s pictures on the bed with Row were the scariest moments of our lives, but he did pretty well! :) Lindsey Regan Thorne came over and made me look human again-thank goodness! Enjoy some photos of our family and precious Baby Row :).
Introducing our newest little family member, Woodrow “Row” Davis Hutchins. Woodrow is Hutch’s grandfather’s name and Davis is my Mom’s maiden name. I love old-fashioned names with meaning (if you couldn’t tell by now). We are just smitten with this little guy and adjusting to being a family of ‘4’.
My how this ‘birth story’ is night-and-day from my last. And for precisely that reason–it did not go well and we were trying to avoid a ‘repeat’ at all costs. This time, I went in for a very calm and scheduled c-section at 5am on March 22, 2016.
I sort of didn’t know all of what to expect out of a scheduled c-section (or a c-section at all for that matter), so if you’re interested, please read along! I’d love to explain a bit of how it works. At 5am we checked in, went to triage and got hooked up to see how the baby was doing. All looked good, I was given an IV and told my doctor would come see me before we move to the next stage. My doctor came in, gave me the run-down of what would happen next (including a spinal block and where I’d be recovering) and told Hutch where he would be in all of this as well.
Next we moved to the area where I’d recover as well as sit and wait for the surgery. Once there, my anesthesiologist came in to explain the spinal block process both before, during and post-op. All of a sudden, it was time to ‘go’! At this point, I separated from Hutch and went in to the operating room alone. I was literally getting ON the table, about to get my spinal block when my doctors (I had 2 during surgery) bolted in to say to ‘WAIT’—there was a 26-week-old being delivered at that very second and they needed to pull me. My heart immediately sunk for 2 reasons–1. I was SO ready and 2. it made me think of Mason (my SIL’s baby who was just delivered at 26-weeks). As eager as I was, I was more than “ok” with them tending to her first.
I was scooted back out to Hutch, who was suited up in his surgery gear and obviously now very confused as to why I was back out sans baby. I explained what happened and we texted family to let them know that there would be a delay–how long? We had no clue. No less than 10 minutes later, my doctors were back and said we were ready…all I could think about was that scared mama and sweet baby. I had to quickly shift gears because I was going in for a major surgery and was back on the table within seconds.
As soon as you’re ready for your spinal, an entire team of people is surrounding you. This is because it kicks in so fast, they lay you down and get things going before you’re unable to move yourself anymore (imagine a flopping fish–at least that’s how I imagine it!). As soon as the spinal was in, a catheter is placed in you, you’re given oxygen, the dressings go up and within minutes my husband was next to me. “Here we go!”…some cutting, pushing, tugging, pulling…a few minutes in the doctors told me to take a DEEP breath because they were going to push the baby out. I guess I had never realized they still do have to push ‘down’ to get them to come out of the small incision they’ve just made below your bikini line.
In the mean time, my anesthetist was up at my left shoulder (Hutch was on my right, btw), and was asking how I was doing periodically. At some points I felt dizzy/light headed and nauseated which were all normal. The STRANGEST thing was my shoulders hurt–badly. She said it was one of the more rare side effects of the spinal and gave me some sort of medicine to help (no clue what it was).
Back to the surgery itself–the doctor popped her head over after the big ‘push’ and said she couldn’t believe she had to tell me that his head is too big and they’d have to make the incision a bit longer than usual. This came as no surprise to me (or Hutch) as my children’s big heads are precisely the REASON I was having a c-section in the first place (i.e. I still have a broken tailbone from Cal’s).…So a larger incision was made, deep breath–baby was out and SCREAMING! Praise God. They showed him to us over our curtain and my first thought was, “OMG he is HUGE!”. Much larger than Cal, I thought. They did the usual, wipe him down weigh him etc–Hutch got to go over and help with that (still behind the curtain) as they got me ‘back together’.
Sure enough, Row was 8lb 3oz and 21 inches of sweetness. How in the world did I have an 8lb baby in me is beyond me…but sure explains my discomfort level! (In comparison, Cal was 7lb 11oz and 20 inches).
After being sewn back up, cleaned off etc…I was wheeled back to recovery where we had originally been waiting. I was given compression socks that fill up over and over again for hours on end (to prevent blood clots), oxygen and warming blankets to bring my temperature back up. Row was placed on my chest within minutes and we began our skin-to-skin and breastfeeding journey together (which he is doing GREAT with!). We had to sit there until I could begin moving my legs and I was STARVING (I hadn’t eaten anything since 7pm the night before). I think we finally got out of there around 11am (not sure on that), and in to our post-partum room for the rest of the week. I was then only allowed a liquid diet so I gorged on chicken broth and lemon Italian ice for my meal. I was a bit nauseated but never threw up.
As the day wound down (like 11pm wound down), my compression socks were removed (yay!), and it was time to ‘sleep’–whatever that means with a newborn in a hospital. They come in and check your vitals and catheter what seems to be every hour. The next day, my catheter was removed and I was free to move about the cabin. I got up, showered, began using the toilet (woohoo!) and really thought the pain wasn’t that bad as long as I kept up with my pain meds.
We were discharged 3 days later on Good Friday and came home. I am 1 week post-op today and feeling GREAT. This was truly a breeze compared to my last birth experience. I am up walking around, doing a lot of ‘normal’ stuff, showering etc. It just hurts to laugh really hard and cough–oh the coughing. Ouch. The other hardest part is not being able to lift Cal, and him not understanding ‘why’ in any way–hurts my mama heart.
All in all, a c-section was the ‘right’ choice for me and I have had a GREAT recovery! The only ‘set back’ is that I developed a severe allergic reaction where any tape/glue was used during surgery–apparently I’m the only weirdo that is somehow allergic to that! So I have a very nasty rash and am on steroids among many other things–but it’s really not that bad. I know I couldn’t get away with a ‘perfect’ recovery :).
We have spent the last week loving on Baby Row and learning who he is. The sleepless nights are back (forgot how tough those are) but I am enjoying him WAY more than I did the first time since I am feeling so great. Hutch and I are really on the divide and conquer approach–he tends to Cal (and me!) and I tend to Row. I’ll look forward to feeling even better soon and getting back to all ‘4 of us’ being together! Right now my 19-month toddler is a bit too aggressive around me to play just yet!
Cheyenne, of The Schultzes, was not allowed to shoot the birth this time (literal knife to the chest…so sad) since it was in the OR. But, she graciously came and took some hospital pictures for us and I am so so glad she did. Here are just a few of our favorites :). Enjoy!
We’ve made it. And I truly don’t say that lightly, and with out being thankful and understanding how blessed we are that we are full term with this sweet boy. In the past few weeks my Sister-in-Law delivered her baby boy at just 26 weeks (he’s a fighter–keep praying for Mighty Mason! I think about this boy all day every day, I can’t imagine what his parents are going through!), I’ve heard of premature-infant-death and a few friends have let me know of unfortunate miscarriages. Please pray for all of them. As physically miserable as I am right now, I can not imagine the pain and suffering that these strong mamas are going through and my heart goes out to all of them–and to all of the moms who have suffered through any of it. I can barely walk, I am literally in tears with my pelvic pain and I just don’t know how my belly can get ANY bigger (although I know it will)–but through it all, I know that I’d rather take the brunt of pain than our sweet boy, so I’m hanging in there.
**Just a plug for Mighty Mason. If you want to follow along with his journey, you can find it HERE. My sister-in-law, Elisha, diligently updates it every night. Her strength and positivity during this is astonishing to me. I know I could never hold up like she is (and her husband too!). We are so proud of them! Mason was just transferred to CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) to undergo a brain surgery today. They are guessing he will be there at least 1 month. If you are interested in donating to help during this tough period, please go HERE to their Go Fund Me page. Elisha and Chris have also set up a March of Dimes page if you’d like to donate to that! Thanks so much! Hang in there, Mason!
Just a few short days to go. A few very short days as a ‘family of 3′–a family with just our precious first born. Life has changed so much for us in the past 2 years and now it’s going to change again. I am feeling so very blessed when I think about all of it. We’ve gotten pregnant (the first time), built a house, moved, gotten pregnant again, continued in our careers, traveled, laughed, cried, fought, made up, grown, humbled ourselves, grew some more, made new friends, lost old ones, made mistakes, made things right, slept less, changed 304982 diapers, made 2394802834 bottles, and our hearts grew more than we ever knew possible. I just hope they can continue to stretch with our second boy. I don’t know how it is possible to love this much for a second child, but I have been assured that you do :). We can’t wait to meet you Baby Boy Hutch #2! We love you. Here’s my top 10 of the month!
1. The nursery is ALMOST done. I have just about everything but just waiting on his window treatments. I’ll post some pictures when it’s complete!
2. I scheduled our newborn photos with Lindsay Thalinger Photography. A good friend used her and I loved them–she’s coming to us at the house to shoot the family as well :)
3. I have stacked Callahan’s schedule with some new activities (in addition to school MWF), so he has things to do to get him out of the house. It will save all of our sanity. Any other ‘summer toddler’ ideas are welcome! I know our nanny would appreciate it too! Speaking of Cal–his new nanny started last week! We need more full time help now that we’ll have 2 (and one won’t be in school!). Our wonderful old nanny actually went to work for a friend of mine so I know she’s still close by and in good new hands :).
4. In true-planner-form, I have already done both boy’s Easter Baskets and have everything ready (outfits included) to celebrate their holiday! Not that they’ll ever remember…but I will :). Plus I want a cute picture of them together on their first holiday (hopefully with Cal NOT trying to kill his brother…).
5. I am having a scheduled c-section (I had a VERY bad vaginal birth with Cal-so we are NOT repeating that again!), and realized I’m a little nervous about it. It’s a MAJOR surgery and I know recovery varies person-to-person. I am praying it all goes really well (please pray too!). Any advice–shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org! I’d appreciate it! I just ordered this and hoping it helps…Just had a thought of finding something to minimize the scar…(help!).
6. My mom is coming in to town for the first week, then the CFO’s parents are coming and then my Dad is rolling through–looking forward to seeing family (as chaotic as it will be!).
7. Hutch and Cal flew up to see Mighty Mason 2 weeks ago, and it gave me 2 uninterrupted (minus going pee every 20 seconds) days to NEST. I got a LOT done–tons of laundry, hanging clothes, putting diapers away etc. It was a nice little break (under very unfortunate circumstances). I was so glad for these boys to be home, missed them! I also may have Amazon-Primed my limit as I thought of things I needed (oops).
8. A few of my friends have asked me to make sure to send out the Meal Train for this baby–this made me really excited because with Cal we had about 10 straight weeks of dinners either sent or brought to us!! Not only is food-not-made-by-me fantastic, but getting to see everyone is SO fun. I’m excited! My good friend Elisabeth took the reigns from me on this–I am so glad she did :)
9. Our new house is 3 stories…and as I started to really think about logistics of caring for a newborn and a toddler– I got nervous (especially while recovering from a c-section!). SO, I have basically stacked this house with more baby gear on each floor than I ever knew imaginable. I have changing stations on each floor (4 total–2 in the boy’s rooms, 1 on the first floor and 1 in their playroom in the basement). Each has diapers, wipes, diaper cream, Boogie Wipes, onesies, changing pad liners, burp cloths and bibs. I have swings, and some sort of ‘seat’ (Rock n’ Play, Mamaroo, Boppy, etc.) on every floor. I have activity gyms on each floor. And last but certainly NOT least–I even have bottle/pumping stations on 2 floors (kitchen and the laundry room upstairs). I have 3 pumps total now, 2 bottle warmers, tons of extra pump parts, Medela wipes, Medela soap, and 2 bottle warmers . Double everything. Literally STACKED. I ran this all by the CFO and we both agreed this will alleviate a fight at 2am when we are more than sleep-deprived. (and hopefully drive me to try harder with the olé’ breast feeding ‘thing’)..totally worth all of the extra work I put in to it! Or…maybe I overdid it (probably the latter). :) I am hoping it was worth it as I don’t have to haul a newborn, toddler, 2 dogs AND some sort of Boppy or something up and down stairs every day!
10. Really excited to announce his name and show his face for the first time–I am giddy to see what he looks and acts like! :) (ANY possible way he’ll be blonde with blue eyes??!)
And one last set of bump pics! Thought it’d be fun to do it from all angles and here is a comparison with Cal at 38 weeks (which do you think is bigger?!). I’m up 20lbs (gained 1 more than with Cal!), feeling big but grateful. Thank you all for your well wishes, prayers and kind words–next up, we’ll have a baby! :) x0