Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Harlow Ava Jean has arrived!

This post is a little late.....I guess I can blame that on being a brand new mommy! Boy they were right when they said I would be busy! Let's just say, I've never really enjoyed cold dinners and 11am breakfasts like I do now!

So, my pumpkin is 7 (no way) weeks old and I'm already missing those first few moments we had with her. I feel like she is growing up a tad bit too quickly (they were right about that, too!) so I'm writing her birth story while it's still fresh in my mind.

Because my princess was breech (head up, feet down....aka not the way she was supposed to be!) we had a scheduled C-section. Her sweet doctor (Dr. Nancy Lin) let us choose her birthday, as long as it was after 39 weeks. Of course I chose the first day possible, which also happened to be my favorite number....7! August 7, 2012.....has a nice ring to it, huh?! :) the surgery was scheduled for "noonish" so we checked in for our big day at 10 am at Providence Milwaukie (conveniently located less than 5 minutes from our home)! My sweet mama followed us there and helped me get through all of the pokes and pre-procedure pain (the IV was the worst part of all!). Everything was so fast...they pumped me full of all kinds of fluids and medications, introduced me to so many people, and asked me close to a thousand questions. Before I knew it, it was time for me to go back to the delivery room. My mom and Grammy (who came about an hour after we arrived) sent me off with lots of prayers and hugs. I was pretty nervous, but overall I had a sense of peace. I knew Harlow and I were in good Hands. I got to the operating room where they gave me a spinal (a lot like an epidural) to numb me. Ron wasn't allowed in the room for that....God bless the nurse who allowed me to squeeze the life out of her! Before I even knew the spinal was started, my legs became realllly heavy and tingly. They called Ron into the room, Dr. Lin arrived, scrubbed in and we were good to go! Oh, except we were still missing the other doctor who was a little late due to his lunch at McDonalds.....don't talk about greasy deliciousness sir, I haven't eaten in almost 24 hours. Ok back to the c-section. I had NO idea they had sliced me open until they were a good 3 minutes in and my whole body was swaying back and forth from all the tugging! To not feel anything, that's some good medicine right there! The surgery seemed so fast! Before I knew it, the anesthesiologist was saying "OH! There's a foot! There's her back! Oh yep, definitely a girl! WOW she has a lot of hair! Dad, LOOK! Here she is!". Ron looked over the curtain (reluctantly, knowing I was cut wide open), turned pale as can be, and said, "Holy cow babe she has a ton of hair,". He may or may not have been teary-eyed ;)! I didn't know what to say or do, I was in shock... I was a MOM! After that, we heard that glorious first scream! Ahhh music to my ears! Ron rushed over to see his girl while I was being sewn up and snapped some pics (against the rules, shh!). Finalllllly after what seemed like an eternity, the nurse brought her to me. I was wonderstruck.....what a beautiful blessing and a perfect little 7 pound, 8 ounce, 19.5 inch long baby girl.

The next few days were pure bliss! Friends and family couldn't come quick enough when they heard the news of her arrival...I must say she already has quite a few peeps wrapped around that cute squishy finger of hers :)

Seven weeks later and Ron and I couldn't be more in love with this little sweetheart. We feel so lucky to be Harlow's parents and cannot WAIT to see our little munchkin grow and develop more every day. Mommy and Daddy love you so much Harlie Bean!! xoxo


  1. You are such a precious blessing, and now you have one of your own :) I can't believe its been 7 weeks already. Thanks for sharing. It's good to hear how everything went down. She is so beautiful,and I am sure she is and will be just a light and a blessing to the world. I can't wait to meet her in person. Missing you!!

    Love you beautiful!

  2. I still remember the day she was born! I also remember how excited you were talking about wanting a baby so bad and waiting until you were done with school, it gives me goose bumps =)

    I always love hearing birthing stories from friends because none of us ever have the same experience. I can still remember every step I took until Memphis got here. It never leaves your mind!

    LoLo is a beautiful girl and is blessed to have you and Ron, and your families being so supportive through all of the chaos and joy babies bring.


  3. What a blessing your little Harlow had such a smooth arrival! Thank heavens for modern medicine and technology to help us get our babes here safely! :) You are INCREDIBLE. And your sweet Ron sounds like he was such a support to you, I love that he mentioned her hair and then got teary eyed after seeing her for the first time. And that photo of your faces next to each other, puts tears in MY eyes! Along with that picture of Lo-Lo and her Daddy. <3

    You have such a beautiful family Caitlyn. So happy for you!! You're rockin' the mama gig. :) Love ya friend!