I cannot believe it. I totally missed blogging about my own bundle of joy! I apologize now for the long birth story and overload of pictures that is to follow.
Most of you know my due date was December 23. I was very pregnant throughout the busy fall season and continued to work up until December. Fast forward to December 22 and I woke up having contractions. Nothing too intense, but they were five minutes apart. I texted Ben and told him this might be it, but not to come home from work early because they weren't very strong. Dinnertime approaches and the contractions are still manageable. Ben insisted we head to my parents for the evening with Jackson and Tank since they live much closer to the hospital. So we packed everything and everyone up and were on our way. Once we reached my parents, contractions became pretty intense. I couldn't talk to anyone, but just tried to breathe through them. We made the decision to head into the hospital. FOUR CENTIMETERS! Woo hoo! I was thrilled and terrified all at the same time.
A little backstory: Ben and I decided pretty quickly after Jackson we wanted to try for a second child. After over a year of trying, a miscarriage and a chemical pregnancy, we were so blessed to find out we were expecting again. At 14 weeks I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. I was put on a strict diet and had to monitor my sugar levels four times a day. I was determined to do everything in my power to give myself a chance for a vbac so I dieted harder than I thought I could and ate so many eggs and cheese I can't even tell you! For those who don't know, Jackson's delivery ended with an emergency c-section. His head got stuck after pushing for two hours and with both our heart rates acting up, the doctor made the call for a cesarean. When I found out I was pregnant with Sawyer, I knew I wanted to try for a vbac, but was open to a c-section if it was needed. Checkups were normal and everything seemed to be going well. Right around 37 weeks, we had a growth ultrasound to check his size. He was measuring 8 lbs 6 oz. This was the moment of truth. I kept doubting my decision for a vbac because it would have been awfully convenient to schedule an RCS at 39 weeks and be home for Christmas. After much discussion and a whole lot of prayer, Ben and I decided to stick with the plan.
Okay, back to the hospital! Once I was admitted (sometime around 9 or 10pm), I found out I tested positive for Group B strep. I mean, come on! So they started me immediately on antibiotics and we got the show on the road. Things were moving along pretty well. It was time for the epidural. Then Ben and I could finally get some rest! At 3:30am, they broke my water and it was time to push! I have never been so nervous and at peace at the same time in my life. There were a few moments of doubt where I wasn't sure if I could do it, but at 5:52am, my body did what I wasn't even sure it was capable of and I pushed out my baby boy. 8lbs 3oz and a head full of hair! I cried so many tears of joy meeting this little guy. The road to meet him was not the easiest, but God brought him to us and we couldn't have been happier.
Our first time together as a family of four.
Since I was able to vbac and everyone was doing so well, doctors allowed us to go home the next day (Christmas Eve!). This was another huge blessing because I was able to experience Christmas Day with Jackson and the rest of our family. Fast forward a couple weeks and we realized we had a fussy baby on our hands. At 5 weeks, Sawyer was diagnosed with reflux and we started him on zantac. It has been quite the journey so far and he is still a bit of a mess, but the happy moments make it all worth it! Jackson is the sweetest big brother ever and loves to hug and kiss on Sawyer.
Celebrating with our families Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. (Jackson got a new train table!)
Life just got so much more fun because there are now FOUR little cousins on the Snyder side!
Sure, I have days where I just want to pull my hair out, but when I step back and look at the family that God has blessed me with, my heart is so full.
And now the part you've all been waiting for....so...many...pictures!
We had to explain to Jackson (multiple times) that the bouncy seat is for the baby.
Cranky babies have the best smiles :-)
These two are so sweet together. There was an instant connection and I love watching them get to know each other!