Thursday, October 24, 2013

Captured | Laila's Newborn Pictures

I've been dreaming of all the cute pictures I'd take after Laila arrived. She's such a doll and such a good baby. I didn't take near as many, or do hardly any of the ideas I had in mind for poses, mostly because well, I'm still really tired. Recovering from the physical exhaustion of actually giving birth I feel like takes longer to recover from each time I have a baby. Even with my amazingly easy births, it's still a lot for my body to go through. And really, the best newborn pictures are done within the first 10 days of life, so there really is a tiny window of opportunity. Even though Laila is a little over the window, yesterday, I packed up the kids and we drove a little over an hour to my friend Melanie's house so we could take some more pictures of Laila. I knew I wanted some pictures of me and Laila, but with Ben working, the odds of him being able to take them were scarce. So, Melanie was happy to shoot them! We were there for a few hours. Melanie is seriously amazing with newborns. Even when Laila pooped and peed all over her when she was trying to get Laila posed in a spot, she just rolled with it and kept on posing and shooting. It was pretty funny to witness. She is the newborn whisperer. Seriously. Anyway, I am just crazy in love with all the pictures we got! Thanks so much Melanie!!

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

6 Days New | Laila

I'm so madly in love with her it's ridiculous! Today, I wrapped her up in a cheesecloth wrap I made and took some pictures of her. I'm getting together with my friend Melanie next week to take so more in her in home studio, but I couldn't wait that long without doing a few newborns of my own. It's kind of a bummer because all of my photo props are packed away and kind of hard to get to, not to mention that we have literally no space for anything extra. But I worked with what I've got and am really happy with how these turned out!

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Smitten! | Loving on Laila

I snapped these pictures the other morning. Literally the first thing the boys wanted to do when they woke up this morning was hold Laila. I wonder if they realize that she is here to stay :). I'm happy to see that they are already totally in love with her! And of course, my mom already can't get enough of her!

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Nice & Clean | Laila's First Bath

Laila lost her cord off her belly button super fast! It's only been 4 days and it fell off this morning. My mom and I couldn't believe it. I was kind of scared at first because I've never heard of it falling off so quickly, but everything is totally fine. I was certainly excited that she got to have a real bath! Yay!! She loved it and really only cried at the end, probably because she was cold, but once we got clothes back on her she was happy and relaxed. She's so cute!!

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Welcome Home! | Adjusting to 3 Kids

We were able to bring Laila home from the hospital the evening after she was born. It was kind of weird bringing her home and realizing we had 3 kids and were now a family of 5! I've always heard that if you can have 3 kids, you can have 12+. I wasn't sure about that and was a little worried about how things would be and how I would adjust to having 3 kids. So far so good! Although, my mom is still here visiting, so maybe that has something to do with it. I'm pretty confident that it's not going to be that hard to adjust. The boys are madly in love with Laila and are anxious to be my biggest helpers. They actually fight over who gets to help me, so I try to come up with a task for each of them each time I need something done. It's totally cute that they want to help. I'm hoping it isn't short lived.

About 20 minutes after we got home with Laila, Austin finally decided that he wanted to hold her for the first time. Since then, he asks to hold her all the time! It's so adorable and such a relief that he totally loves her. When he didn't want anything to do with her at the hospital it made me a little nervous that he was going to be resentful, but both the boys are so tender and sweet to her. Thank goodness! Ben also surprised me with flowers when we got home, which was super sweet of him.

We decided that night we should go eat. So we packed up the kids and my mom and me and Ben went out to Chilis. Most people think I'm crazy for taking a newborn out pretty much from day 1, but I don't see anything wrong with it and I'm not the type of person that could stand to be "locked up" in my house because of a new baby. The food was good and it was good to have a night out.

So, it goes without saying that we are just madly in love with Laila! She's just such a sweet nugget and seriously such a good baby! The first night she was home she slept 7 hours straight. I know. Some of you reading this now probably hate me. Both my boys have always been really good sleepers, and I'm happy to see that so far Laila is too. She's been on a normal streak of about 5 hours at a time at night, which means she really only wakes me up once since the first time she wakes up, I'm usually still awake. What can I say, we make champion babies. Champion sleepers, champion eaters. Just overall champions.

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

A Birth Story | Laila Robyn Humphrey

Laila Robyn Humphrey made her debut at 2:17pm on Friday, October 11, 2013 at Mckay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, UT. She weighed in at 6 lbs. 7 oz. and was 20.5 in. long. Here is her birth story: 

Ben and I woke up that morning about 530am. I showered and made sure that we had everything we needed. I grabbed a quick protein bar since I knew that once I was induced, no food was allowed until after I delivered. We sneaked out, leaving my mom with the boys and drove to the hospital. I kept telling Ben how nervous I was and how excited I was. I mean, we were about to have another baby. And a little princess at that! Finally a little princess! I feel like I've been waiting my entire life for the moment that I would get to have a daughter. And the moment had finally come.

We got to the hospital, and it was still dark outside. We parked and walked inside to check in. I was so worried that we were going to be told we had to wait because my doctor told me that it may happen depending on how busy they were. Luckily, that didn't happen. They brought us to my delivery room and had me change into a gown. I had Ben snap one last picture of me in my prego state :)

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It was about 730am by the time we got settled. They started my pitocin drip and got paperwork things squared away. I started out dilated at 3 and about 90% effaced. My doctor came in and checked on me about 815am and said he'd let me progress a little and then would be back to check me. Around 9am he came back, checked me and broke my water. HOLY OUCH! So, I've never felt the pain of having my water broken. With Austin, it broke on it's own and with Logan, my doctor waited until my epidural had kicked in. It hurt so much to have my water broken, I totally cried. Eeek. Note to self for the next baby, ask my doctor to wait until I have my epidural before he breaks my water. Anyway, he asked if I wanted my epidural now, and even though I wasn't really in any labor pain, I decided to get it before I really was in pain since getting an epidural when you feel like you're dying of pain is not fun. It's hard to hold still. So they sent in the anesthesiologist. He did such an amazing job. He had me lay on my side when he did it and I didn't even hardly feel anything. It was the best epidural I've had.

So after I got my epidural, we just sat around waiting. Ben rested and worked a little bit and I sat there eating suckers and ice chips while I read my a book on my kindle. I always laugh a little when women complain about labor after they've opted to go natural. All my labors have been a breeze, of course, thank to modern medicine and let's face it, I'm kind of a wimp when it comes to pain tolerance and wouldn't have a baby without the good drugs. Hours passed, and we tried a few different positions to see if things could move along faster. I wasn't too worried, since I'd hired a birth photographer and she was busy that morning taking a work class. We were both hoping that I wouldn't have the baby before she could get there. Luckily it worked out that way! Ben and I took a few pictures of each other while we waited. Around 1230 pm, Ben stepped out to go grab some food at the cafeteria.

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Around 1:45pm my nurse came in and checked me, and told me that I was 100% effaced and dilated to 7cm. I text my photographer and shared the status update. She said she had finished her class and was headed up to the hospital. The nurses came in and asked if I minded if an intern watched my delivery. I said totally. Another nurse came in and said that the intern probably wanted to head next door since that lady was at 9cm and would probably be pushing soon. At about 2:05pm, I felt pressure and knew it was time to go. I told the nurse and sure enough. It was baby time! The intern popped back into the room, since I had progressed faster than the lady next door. My photographer still hadn't arrived at that point, and I text her it was go time and to get here asap. She said she was in the elevator. Whew! I was nervous she was going to miss it! She walked in and had about a 3 minute buffer until I started to push. 2 quick pushes later and Laila was here! Beautiful and perfect. It was amazing. Here are a few of my favorite images from my birth photographer, Kelley Anderson. She did a fantastic job. I've always wanted to photograph a birth. It's seriously such an awesome thing. I can't believe that it took me until my third baby to hire a birth photographer. I'll cherish these images forever. These are just a handful of my favorites. I put together a slideshow of the images she took if you want to watch entirely.

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So after Laila was born and had nursed for a while, our photographer left, and Ben followed the nurse to go watch Laila get a bath. Meanwhile, I was ready to be moved to my postpartum room. The move went fairly easy and I was happy to be in a regular, far more comfy bed. After the nurses gave me the details I needed to know about food, schedules etc. she left and I ordered some food since I was starving at this point and ended up taking a short nap before Ben showed up. He got some great pictures of Laila getting all cleaned up.

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Ben came back from the nursery and showed me the pictures he'd taken of Laila. We both were just completely in love with her from the moment we saw her. Such a tiny beauty. I called my mom and told her to come on over and to bring the boys so they could be their new sister. Room service delivered my food and I ate while we sat and waited for my mom and the boys to arrive. I got a delivery, flowers from Ben's parents, shortly their after. My mom and the boys showed up; my mom was super excited to meet her sweet new granddaughter. Logan was pretty excited too. Austin on the other hand, was surprisingly uninterested. He wouldn't even hold her.

The nurse came in not to long after my mom had shown up and told us that Laila had low blood sugar. We had two options, either give her a little formula or admit her to the NICU unit for an IV. Obviously, we chose the less of the two, which was giving her formula. So for the next 12 hours, each time I nursed her, I gave her 10ml of formula. The saddest part was they had to prick her heels to check her blood sugar and they were all bruised from the poking. Poor little thing. She was a champion though and her blood sugar stabilized with just my milk. Great news! We were relieved to hear it. My night went well in the hospital. I never sleep well in the hospital, but I slept about as good as can be expected.

The next morning my mom showed up again with the boys and brought me a bagel from Einstein Bagels. It was yummy! I'd had a chance to shower and get ready that morning; it felt great to shower. I felt great for just having had a baby. Literally no pain other than where I'd been poked with my epidural. Can you believe that?! It was my best delivery yet. The worst part I'd have to say was the contractions I had while nursing. Far more severe than my other two babies, but thank goodness they make drugs for such things.

We were able to go home that evening. It was fabulous to be able to go home that next day. I've done that with all my babies and I was happy that it worked out that we only had to stay one night with her. We are certainly madly in love with our sweet new baby and recognize that we are truly blessed from our Heavenly Father.

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