I can’t believe it’s been 10 days of life with our darling Bastian Henry! This baby has been such a blessing. He loves to snuggle, he loves his mama and totally knows who I am which feels amazing! He’s only waking 1-2 times in the night, he started feeding immediately and eats consistently every 3-4 hours and he basically came out with his perfect routine. I think we will keep him!
The week leading up to my c-section was my most miserable week of pregnancy. Not only was I incredibly uncomfortable, but I had such painful false labor 3 nights which brought me to my surgery date completely exhausted. I had many moments thinking I’d never make it to the big day during that long week.
On May 12, Tom escorted me to the hospital at 6am to get all checked in for the c-section. Everything was going smoothly. Due to my placenta previa earlier in pregnancy, they had done extra prep with blood transfusions just in case and as I was sitting there, moments before going into the OR, there was a big kerfuffle in the hallway and we overheard the word ‘EMERGENCY’ come out of my OB’s mouth. We unfortunately got bumped out of surgery and were told that we could either rebook the c-section for Tuesday…and I’m sitting there all hooked up to my IV, in my gown and Tom in his scrubs. Or we could wait around that day on standby for a surgery time with no guarantee that it would happen. My anxiety was all over the map, but we decided to wait it out and hope they’d be able to deliver the baby the same day.
We went home for a bit then came back in to talk about the game plan with my OB. They managed to book us in the afternoon and as soon as we got the call, it was only a matter of minutes until we were in the OR and things were moving along.
I couldn’t believe the difference between my emergency c-section and the planned one. It was so much more peaceful. Bastian came out perfectly healthy weighing 7lbs 14oz, which was such a blessing for Tom and I after our experience with Wylder’s birth. My placenta delivered fine. They did find a lot of scar tissue and my uterus had fused to my abdomen wall, but they did their best to remove as much scar tissue as possible. We even had a nice stay in the hospital which I can’t say we had with Wylder. Then to make everything better, we got discharged super early which made me one very happy mama!
This baby boy is a dream. He is so easy and so sweet. He snuggles and sleeps and eats and I can’t get enough of him! Wylder calls him his ‘baba’ and he’s starting to really like his cute baby brother and even gives him mini snuggles. Nolan is a sucker for a newborn whether he would admit it or not, he can’t resist the little guy!
My mom and step dad were here to help the first week and are now gone. I can’t remember the last time I was so sad to say goodbye to my mom. This time was different. I’m about to have to face life with a 16 month old and a newborn while driving my teenager to and from everything. Let’s not talk about how many work trips Tom has coming up yet this year, but I’m working on channeling my inner 18 year old self. I was such a brave girl when I became a mom for the first time. I wasn’t afraid of anything and I look back at who I was then and what I did and I’m so proud of that Kelsey. I sure hope I can find the same strength in this new season of life. This time I’m going to take care of myself in this postpartum stage. I rushed it with Wylder in many areas while I was struggling in the postpartum stage and should’ve had more boundaries which I learned the hard way and managed to become emotionally depleted very quickly. Postpartum may just be the hardest season for me in motherhood, so I’m trying to be very mindful and remembering to be gracious to myself when I need it most.
This is an absolutely wonderful time in my life and the most tiring. My heart has never felt so full and I absolutely love having my three boys. Each boy has managed to capture my heart in ways I could never express in words. I’m so excited to watch these little ones grow and become best friends and look up to their big big brother. All of this makes my heart want to explode!