Thursday, September 22, 2016

Lucy Grace Haynie


7 lbs. 9 oz.
20 in long
3:35 pm

























Two months later, and I am finally getting around to writing up Lucy's birth story! 

A few weeks before Lucy's due date, I asked my doctor if I could be induced. I had an induction with Milo and everything went so well. My doctor tried to convince me to wait it out naturally, but I had my mind set. I just really felt like inducing Lucy was what we needed to do. 

The morning of her birth, I was feeling extremely nervous. It was somewhat due to my doctor advising me against inducing early, but also because of something Milo said to me a few weeks earlier. He said, "Mama, when will the other baby come, when this one dies?" What a crazy, freaky thing to say...?

When we arrived at the hospital, my dad came by so that he and Curtis could give me a blessing. I felt a sense of calm immediately afterwards, and the rest of the day was just perfect. 

I came in at only 1 cm, but after breaking my water, I jumped to 4 cm. I got my epidural not long after that. The anesthesiologist assured me that he was the best of the best, and he proved himself right! I hardly felt a thing. I felt extremely lucky to have him, along with a really friendly, chatty nurse that we just loved. She told me a story of being told she was having a girl, only to find out it was really a boy! I was pretty convinced that Lucy would end up being a boy too, and that we'd have to come up with a new name pretty quick!

The epidural worked wonders on one side, but on the other side, I felt every excruciating contraction. It was difficult to power through, and I thought for sure it was time to push! The nurse came to check me and I was only at a 5! Seriously!? For some reason, my body was contracting but she wasn't moving down. The nurse brought in this huge thing that looked like an exercise ball that was peanut shaped. I put it between my legs, and after giving my kids a quick call, I could feel my body pushing. It's truly insane how my body new what to do, and was doing it without me even telling it to! It still amazes me. Literally minutes after using the "peanut" and only being 5 cm, we called the nurse back in. I was fully dilated and ready to go. 

Lucy's head was a bit crooked and sorta stuck on my hip bone, which is why she wasn't moving down. But one little twist of her head, and a couple pushes later, she was here! She came so fast, the doctor had to act quick to catch her! Her umbilical cord was tied in a "perfect knot" and the doctor said she was so lucky to be alive and as healthy as she was! At that moment, I knew why I so badly wanted an induction! 

I still had myself convinced she was a boy, until they laid her on my chest and I got a good look! She was a she! We were so happy to finally have our little girl with us, but more than her being our first girl, we were just so happy to have another sweet little baby in our family. We prayed long and hard for her, and for her to finally be here fills us with such joy and gratitude! 

As soon as she laid on my chest, we saw what a quiet, calm soul she is. She hardly made a peep! And now, two months later, she continues to be the sweetest blessing to our family. She can make even the wildest of brothers to stop and coo, and gently stroke her cheeks. She smiles at us all and we love her dearly.

Monday, August 22, 2016

our summer beach vacation!

Earlier this summer, we took our annual trip to the NC coast! If you've been keeping up with this blog for a while, then you know how much I love this trip every year (last year's beach trip)! We went to a beach house in Atlantic Beach that we've stayed at several times and it's starting to feel like home. This year, the week flew by so fast I could hardly believe it. 

We started out the week with an awe inspiring thunderstorm. We walked out onto the sand as soon as we arrived and started splashing in the waves and checking out shells right away. We were having a blast when we turned around and saw the darkest, most ominous clouds we've ever seen! Before we could get inside, a torrential downpour caught us! You can catch a quick glance of the storm in the video posted above!

The rest of the week was so relaxing, which was very welcome for my 36 week pregnant self! Several mornings in a row we saw schools of dolphins right outside our ocean front windows! It was so fun to watch them jump as we ate breakfast! We then spent every day out on the beach splashing, digging, looking for sea glass, and going for walks. The boys have really taken to swimming this summer, and I was so impressed with their ocean swimming skills! Ande declared snorkeling his favorite sport and they boogie boarded non-stop!

The only downside to our trip was the constant wind! It did a number on my hair, and blew little "sand daggers" at our legs. For the most part, we could ignore it, but little Owen just couldn't stand the feeling on his legs! He was miserable and we were desperate for a solution, so we pulled Curtis' church socks up to his knees and the problem was fixed! It was a silly sight, for sure! 

On the most windy day, Ande and I decided to take a walk on the beach. We wanted to make it to the pier so he could walk out on it and see what it was like. On the way there, we made it pretty far, pretty fast, with the wind pushing us at our backs. After a while, we realized that it was going to be a little harder to walk back so we turned around just short of the pier. The walk back, with the wind pushing against us, was the hardest thing! We had walked MUCH farther than we thought we had! I kept imagining myself going into labor, and tried to figure out in my head what we would do if I did! Luckily, Lucy was nice and cozy in my belly, and we finally made it back to the house! Whew!

The trip already seems like a lifetime ago, and I'm already looking forward to next year! But for now, it has been so fun to look through our photos and create a video full of memories from our time there! 


























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