Baby Berries due July - September 2021

Thanks, @auroradawn. I did heal again quickly. The first phase of healing took forever, but then I seem to have caught up with myself. I was all well again and fully healed down there to be ready to graduate from my midwife’s care at 6 weeks all the same. I’ve been feeling great again and actually able to care for all three kids finally.

@PrincessShannon, congrats on your babies. They are gorgeous!

@jky86, [name_f]Meara[/name_f] is cute however you wind up spelling it. Did you wind up getting induced yet? You had said they’d rescheduled about a week ago. Looking forward to hearing from you and @morgantaylore.

The time is just flying by! I finally got my first Pfizer dose today so I’m taking it easy and actually have some time to myself for the first time, essentially. Good time to check in.

Polka [name_f]Dot[/name_f] is 7 weeks this afternoon. She is over 12.5 lbs now (born at just under 8, so she is really packing it on, AND I’ve pumped over 500oz for A. It all makes me inordinately happy after all the struggles I’ve had previously with breastfeeding). We’re basically just down to the one night waking now so I’m actually doing so well comparatively (with my first two, night pumping kept me up at all hours so it was months before I got a solid stretch even when my kiddos managed it). I actually feel sane for the first time during the 4th trimester. Her brothers dote on her all day, which is adorable. Now that I’m fully back with the family all day every day things are super busy, but they don’t feel so chaotic. [name_f]My[/name_f] husband is really enjoying his leave. It will be hard on everyone when he goes back to work next month, but it has been so good to just really revel in being our new family of 5. Seriously… things are just so easy this time compared to each of the previous. I wish this postpartum bliss on everyone. 3 four and under (with 2 under 2) with nobody in preschool or daycare and no family nearby… it is no joke, but I know this will be worth it down the line and I’m just so happy things are going the way they have been so far. The three of them are already so close.

[name_f]My[/name_f] body is healed, thankfully, after the setbacks. I’m back to regular exercise (also helping me feel sane), and able to carry A again, although he is now finally walking (would have been such a help at the end of my pregnancy, but oh well, all in his own time and he had both parents and big brother with him to see his first steps)! We also just finally got our photos back from that shoot we did back at the end of [name_u]June[/name_u] and oh my goodness, I’m so glad we did that. Of course they already feel incomplete now that we have our sweet P and we can’t exactly afford another shoot anytime soon, but I will cherish them forever.

For your question about more kids, @jenileigh, I know I’ve mentioned before that we are done done. I’m more at peace with that choice than ever before, though. I turn 30 in 5 months, and my husband turns 40 at the very end of 2022. He’ll be getting a vasectomy this time next year. I’ve had two beautiful pregnancies and births, have three beautiful children and I’ve been so fortunate. We will adopt a teen in 10-15 years. It all just feels right for us right now. I am enjoying seeing the relationships between the children blossom so much already in such a short time. And I think we are at our capacity in terms of managing our individual relationships one-on-one with each child at this point. We have so much to look forward to, and so much of that will be made easier from this point by being done. We were just talking about how fun water parks will be in a few short years. Since they’re all pretty close in age, there will be so many activities like that where it won’t be so hard to do things all together in the future because there’s only 4 years between H and P. Since we have done EC (Elimination Communication) with each of our 3 and it’s just going SO well with P so far, we will be done done with diapers in a year, year and a half, I’m sure. I’m really looking forward to that milestone for us all. I love babies and have enjoyed them each in different ways, but right now, I’m not sad about saying goodbye to the fully-hands-on elements of parenting the tiniest people. I’m just looking forward to all that we will do together.

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Induction is scheduled for tomorrow first thing in the morning! And doctor hasn’t called to postpone it again yet so I think this time is on. SO is getting excited again after his mild disappointment last week of having to wait more. I was reading about pre-labour symptoms and have most of them, so I am hoping that it helps induction go a bit faster.

I have had to say “I don’t know” about induction day to family just so we don’t get requests for updates through the day(s) just knowing how our families have anxiety. I went as far as to hold back a post on my Facebook account so I can post while in hospital and make family believe we are still home (I mainly post about recipes and food I have made). [name_f]My[/name_f] mom even said to my brother that nothing has happened yet cause I posted last night so I feel okay about throwing people off this way just to avoid anxious update requests and questions.

[name_f]Glad[/name_f] to know things are well with 3 under 4 in your home, @hyacinthbucket. Great to hear your older kids are so doting.

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[name_f]Astrid[/name_f] [name_f]Lauren[/name_f] born at 7:59 pm yesterday. 7 lbs 4 ounces. 19.5 inches long.

I ended up getting an elective induction at 39+1.
I labored for 5.5 hours and pushed for 5 minutes! I’m so happy she’s here and so happy to not be pregnant anymore!!!

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@morgantaylore Congratulations! :smiling_face_with_three_hearts::partying_face: I love the name [name_f]Astrid[/name_f]! Xx

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Hey, guys! I haven’t been able to write here for some reason, and today the button was back. Weird. Anyway!

[name_u]Atlas[/name_u] [name_m]Iver[/name_m] made his appearance on the 24th of [name_u]August[/name_u], missing his due date by 2 hours and 36 minutes. [name_f]My[/name_f] water broke 23.30 and he was out 02.36. I didn’t have time for any pain reliever, which I had planned on getting, but I didn’t really need it as I felt the pain was manageable all the way through. Giving birth was absolutely amazing! I loved it. And I’m loving all the parts after it. The second he was out I wasn’t tired or frustrated or in pain anymore. It’s been such a great experience, all of it. He’s the best little guy and we’re so, so happy!

Thank you all for the support and congratulations on your little ones!

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Congrats @morgantaylore and @pennysola. Sounds like your births were wonderful.

And I am the last:

[name_m]Roland[/name_m] [name_m]Paul[/name_m]
[name_u]September[/name_u] 16, 2021, 6:34 pm
5 lbs, 15 oz.

Induction wound up starting contractions but did not work on the cervix, thus baby went into some distress and after having our options explained we wound up having a c-section within the hour (small hospital).

So our Team [name_u]Green[/name_u] baby turned out to be a he despite popular opinion from friends and family who were sure it was a girl. We didn’t talk about names until quite late, but I think upon looking at my son I felt he was a [name_m]Roland[/name_m] rather than a [name_u]Greyson[/name_u]. SO had no complaints since that was his choice.

[name_f]My[/name_f] mom called me in tears this morning out of both joy and sadness that we middle named him [name_m]Paul[/name_m] for my dad. We would much rather have dad back, but she was so happy to have honoured.

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Congratulations!!!

Congratulations @jky86 and @pennysola :smiling_face_with_three_hearts::partying_face:

How exciting to have all the groups babies here at last! Good luck to you all on your newborn journeys! :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: xx

Congratulations to @morgantaylore, @jky86 and @pennysola!!