Ada's Birth Story

 

It has taken me a while to post this, life with two littles doesn't leave much time for blogging!

Ada's birth story is almost exactly how I'd hope a labor and delivery could go. What makes it all so unique though, is that my sister in law and I were due on the exact same day with girls.

Two weeks before our due dates, on January 4th, my sister in law had her daughter Dorothy sometime after 10pm. We got the text message around 10:30pm as we were crawling into bed. I was just about to fall asleep when I had my first contraction. I wasn't sure if that is what is was at first. (With Clark my water just broke, I wasn't dilated or contracting at the time.) I got up, went to the bathroom, walked around a minute then laid back down. 15 minutes later I had the pain again. I got up, went downstairs and called my Mum. I figured if this was really it, I would let Reid get as much sleep as possible. My Mum and I talked for a few minutes, I had a few more contractions, called the labor and delivery number and realized this was it. At first they weren't consistent enough so I wasn't sure, but the intensity grew so that is what made me realize it was time.

When I woke up Reid, he jumped into action. He was grabbing his belongings to pack a bag but I told him to slow down and take his time because things weren't too consistent yet. About 10 minutes later while he was brewing coffee and taking his time like I said to, I had multiple painful contractions in a short period of time. Suddenly I had a fear that I'd have the baby on route 48 so I told him to drop everything so we could leave.

It was around midnight at this time and I couldn't wait for my Dad to arrive to watch Clark so I called our neighbor Steph who had already assured me she would sleep with her phone close by in case we needed her. She answered on the second ring and knew it was baby time!

Steph walked over, we left with my Dad on the way and my Mum to meet us at the hospital. After getting settled in and checked by the doctor, things seemed to move quickly. (Not a luxury I had with Clark's labor.) We arrived at Forbes a little before 1am and Ada was safely on my chest at 5:10am. 

I got an epidural again which didn't go as smoothly as my first. I couldn't get myself positioned right during contractions but eventually it was done. Sadly it only worked on one side and I needed to move myself to my right side so it would work better. That was one of the most painful parts of the labor. I was having multiple contractions in a minute and I just couldn't get comfortable enough to turn. When it was time to push the whole process took 20 minutes. To me this was incredible considering I pushed with Clark for 4 hours. Things were calm, I was joking with my doctor in between contractions and I felt at ease.

We had a healthy, strong, 7 pound 5 ounce and 20 inch baby girl. Ada Louise Wellock. Named Ada just because we liked the name and Louise after my grandmother, (her middle name.)

The only part of this labor that was scary was shortly after the placenta was out I wasn't contracting like I needed to to stop the bleeding. I passed a few very large clots, they put me on pitocin and had to push on my uterus to make it contract. I was thankful my Mum was with us so she could be with me during this time but Reid was able to stand with Ada as the doctors looked her over. Eventually the bleeding was under control and we were moved to another room to cuddle our sweet girl. Soon after that, visitors started to arrive and Clark got to meet his baby sister. It was love at first site all around.

I can't thank my Mum enough for taking these photos. It means so much to us.

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Second Trimester Must Haves

 

The second trimester of this pregnancy came slowly but then was gone quickly!

When I was pregnant with Clark I bought a grey maternity dress from Target. The Liz Lange line there is basically what I lived in but mostly this dress. I wore it alone in the summer with flip flops and continue to wear it with sneakers and a sweater or boots.

The Bio Oil helps with stretch marks for sure. I don't know if it's helped me not get them on my belly but I have been fortunate so far. I use this on and off with the Palmers Cocoa Butter lotion.

I got a really bad head cold and since there isn't much pregnant women can take, this Crane Cool Mist humidifier was a life saver. (We have one in Clark's room and one for the new baby!)

This pregnancy I have also been congested pretty much the entire time. Whether it's just hormones or my allergies (and I can't take my normal meds for that,) saline spray is something I found safe but super helpful.

Heartburn came in full force this pregnancy. Tums are my best friend.

This is where starting to sleep on your side is important, the Snoogle pillow helps me do that since I'm a back/belly sleeper normally. Couldn't get a nights sleep without it!

A new purchase this year is the Blanqi maternity support leggings. I know it's a splurge but honestly the support in them in SO helpful since I've started to have some sciatic issues this time around. Right now they are having a half off sale. RUN don't walk for these buttery leggings.

Check back for my third trimester must haves, along with what I am packing in my hospital bag!

 

First Trimester Must Haves

 

I've decided to share some of my first trimester must haves this time around. I can vouch that each pregnancy really can be totally different!

Pure Essence Labs Mother to Be prenatal vitamins are my favorite. You have to take 3 a day but for me the plant based vitamin really saved my stomach. They have ginger root and other nausea battling ingredients that helped me out.

Saltines. All day every day. I was so nauseous this time around and still get queasy every now and again. I had these on me at all times.

The Glow Nurture app on my iPhone helps me keep track of how many weeks I am. I can also log information I get at each baby appointment like my weight/blood pressure and babies heartbeat. It's articles and facts are always fun to read through too!

These bottles are a splurge but if you're like me and want your water to stay cold ALL day, S'well is the way to go. I have a few of these and just LOVE them. Staying hydrated this time around is much harder because I feel like I'm always chasing Clark around and not paying as much attention to self care. Making sure I always have a bottle of water on me is crucial.

We were at the beach again while I was in my first trimester. For some reason this pregnancy my skin is super sensitive. I got sunburn so quickly! I first thing that helped with that is the Ocean Potion sunscreen. It's a personal favorite that smells great, works and doesn't contain oxybenzone. The second thing that helped was the long sleeve J. Crew swimsuit. It was super comfy, cute, not hot and helped me from getting sunburn.

My final piece of the puzzle was Sea-Bands. They helped tremendously with nausea. (See the theme this pregnancy? Hah.) They're not the prettiest but I wore them on days I shot weddings or when I had to ride in the car for longer than 20 minutes. Super helpful.

Check back soon to see what I've been using in the second trimester!