She's here!! My beautiful Lainey was born on Monday, October 1st at 10:03am. She weighed 8lbs 5oz and was 20 1/2 inches long.
I was admitted to the hospital Sunday night for a pre planned induction. I had orders to go to the hospital around 5 and they would start cervidill that evening with my pitocin to begin early the next morning. Mom and Dad got here from Montgomery just about an hour an a half before, we went over instructions for Bennett and Will, and off we went on our merry way.
However, when we arrived they checked me and realized labor had already begun. Cervidill wasn't necessary at all and they thought she might actually come in the middle of the night. WHAT? Ummm.... it was a good thing my parents had gotten there that day. I have no idea what we would have done with Bennett and Will if I had gone into labor in the middle of the night. The timing couldn't have been more perfect. So Sunday night we just hung out and waited as my contractions became more regular.
Here I am just waiting for Lainey to get here. I think these are always the most nerve wracking hours. Luckily Anne of Green Gables was on TV so that helped pass the time. Mock all you want. My husband did. And then he found out what happens to guys who mock the viewing habits of women in labor.
Rob took one last shot of my pregnancy staples. A bottle of TUMS and pony tail holders. I went through a bottle a week and those pony tail holders were the only things that allowed me to survive being pregnant in the 102 degree summer heat with a thick mane of red hair covering my neck.
Hanging out and waiting to become a Dad of 3.
My parents brought the kids up to the hospital to say goodnight to me. Bennett had a very hard time saying good-bye. I think it all hit her at this point and she realized that it was time and what was happening. She and I had some very sweet moments together that night.
The contractions started in earnest early the next morning. My hilarious husband thought it would be great to get a shot of one of them literally going off the charts. Good thing my IV prevented me from smacking him in the face.
He made up for it though by giving me the sweetest present. A hand stamped necklace with the names of all three of my children in it. Beautiful.
And he brought 3 roses for me. One rose for each of our children.
October 1st also happened to be our OB's birthday, so we had cupcakes at the hospital so he and Lainey could celebrate their big day together. She wasn't as excited about the cupcakes as he was.
Happy Birthday, Dr. Gilchrist! Thanks for sharing your birthday with our little one.
About 6am I still hadn't progressed very much so they went ahead and started the pitocin and broke my water. I barely got my epiduril in on time. By the time they got to me the contractions were terrible and Lainey was born only about 45 minutes after I got the miracle drug. I will spare the yucky details that followed. Let's just say that after 3 labors, it has finally occurred to me that I just might be allergic to epidurals.I got sick. Again. Very sick. Labor was not fun. Nor was the hour after labor when I was still sick. Anyway, labor sucked.....yada, yada, yada..... and then......
Welcome to the world, baby girl!!!
The Birthday twins!!
Another perfect blessing.
Love at first sight.
Lainey has a certain someone wrapped around her finger already.
Introducing Lainey Kathryn Webster.
We brought my parents and the kids in soon after the birth. Bennett and Will were so so excited! Will ran from the waiting room to the delivery room telling all of the nurses, "She came out! She came out!" And Bennett quietly came in and began singing to Lainey who calmed down immediately.
Mommy and Daddy Suttle getting their first glimpse of their youngest grandchild.
Bennett holding her baby sister for the very first time.
I didn't get a picture of Will holding Lainey because he was too excited about his big brother present. Typical. But here is our very first shot as a family of 5! And the funny thing is- I have zero recollection of taking this picture. I know you can't tell, but I was so out of it when this shot was taken. I do not remember it at all. Oh, well. Glad we have the picture because I certainly don't have the memory.
My sister drove all the way from Birmingham to be there to greet Lainey on her big day. Here is my beautiful oldest niece meeting her new little cousin.
And here is sweet E holding baby Lainey.
And my youngest niece holding her cousin. I can't believe how grow up she looks here. It seems like yesterday when I was holding this little girl in the hospital. Sigh....
Aunt Lisa loves baby Lainey already.
And here is Aunt Lisa teaching Bennett and Will how to be gentle with their new little sister.
All the cousins on my side of the family! 5 girls and a boy. Poor Will.
Passing time in the hospital requires some creativity.
Boppy's have so many uses these days.
Is it possible to love three little human beings more than I love these three? Nope.
After everyone left, Rob and I got to enjoy just some quiet time with our baby girl. Those nights were the best.
The next few days in the hospital were actually wonderful if you consider the fact that you just never sleep in a hospital. We were blessed to have friends come by to meet baby Lainey and beautiful flowers and gifts delivered to our room. Each one meant so much to us. And honestly, it was nice being at the hospital alone with Rob and Lainey in the evenings. We had time just to focus on her and enjoy that amazing time with a newborn infant. There is nothing like it in the world.
Bennett and Will couldn't wait to get out of pre-school the next day so they could come to the hospital to see their baby sister. This shot of the three of them may be my favorite of the whole time we were in the hospital. I think WIll is saying, "Oh, boy. Two sisters! What do I do now?"
Me and my girls
Starting to look around
Beautiful Lainey Kathryn Webster. Named after her paternal Grandmother, Lannie Batchelor, and my cousin, Kathryn Elliot Patterson Williams.
This never gets old.
Neither does this.
We loved our hospital for many reasons, but one of the main ones was that they give you a nice steak dinner on your last night in the hospital. Well, I had steak. Rob had shrimp. Regardless, it was lovely and much appreciated. Plus Lainey was in the nursery having tests done while we ate. Free baby-sitting!
Getting ready to go home wearing the same dress that her three cousins and her big sister wore home form the hospital.
Handmade with love.
Ready to start life as a family of 5
Bennett's class at school made this for the baby. They misspelled her name, but that's okay. She'll need to get used to that. Bennett was so excited to come home and give this to her baby sister.
Home at last.