Seraphina : 5 months old

This is the first update I’ve done on Seraphina since I blogged her birth story. What can I say? Time got away from me. And also I have 3 kids now so…yeah.

Sera is everyone’s favorite these days. We all compete for her attention when she is awake. She is happy, sweet and just adds so much love to our family.

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size: She weighs 18 lbs and is 26 inches long. She is in the 90th percentile for her age. She’s wearing a size 4 diaper. Yes a 4! She could probably still fit a 3 but I got tired of cleaning poop explosions out of her clothes so I moved up to a 4. She wears size 9 month clothes and I have no idea what size shoe because she never wears them. #thirdbabyprobs

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eating: Still 100% breastfed. I own a really great pump that I got from my insurance back in September. It’s just sitting there unopened. I know that’s a great problem to have though. You won’t find me complaining. After struggling with Alina to nurse after 3 months and having to pump. I don’t mind it sitting unused at all.

She nurses on demand. Honestly I don’t keep up with it. I think it’s about every 3-4 hours a day. At night she nurses even more frequently. Sometimes every 2 hours. It’s a work in progress.

She’s had a taste of avacado ,banana and apple. Just a spoonful or two. She wasn’t overly interested after that so I’m going to hold off a few more weeks.

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sleeping: She naps 3-4 times a day in the swing. I don’t know what I would do without our swing. Right now it’s the only place she will nap. At night she sleeps in the rock and play beside our bed but will only sleep 2-3 hour stretches in that. Sometimes I pull her into bed with me and of course she will sleep longer stretches there but pretty soon I am going to move her to the crib. All of my kids do this until about 6 months and then they’re golden. It’s coming little missy.

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movement: She finally rolled over! Now she’s rolling all over the place. She likes to play in her new exersaucer or sit in her little chair with some toys.

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likes: Mama and Emma are probably her favorites right now. Emma can get her to laugh better than anyone and she pouts when she walks away. It is the cutest thing. She loves to be held, loves to ride in the Ergo and just basically like to have your attention.

dislikes: um..sleeping….being left alone. Oh and pacis! Never had a baby that will not take one.

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I love this age. Still a baby, still likes to be cuddled before the independence sets in. Can’t wait to see what the next months hold.

Seraphina birth story- part 2

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Jonathan arrived about 11am. That man I tell you, he’s wonderful. I labored uncomfortably for several hours. The contractions got progressively worse and I tried to manage them in different positions but the most comfortable was sitting butterfly style on the bed. I always puke during labor so when that started happening I knew I was approaching the time where I wanted to get my epidural. Can I just say that I love those things. I am not shy about saying that an epidural was definitely in my birth plan.

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(if you look closely in the right corner you can see my lovely throw up bucket)

I let the nurse know that I wanted to get the epidural so she started my required fluids. The Anesthetist came in and set up to start the epidural. Caroline, my nurse, was busy and couldn’t assist so the doc asked Jonathan to step in and help hold my hands. I thought that was nice and preferred it actually, rather than having the nurse do that part.  Once the epi was in place and I was sufficiently numbed it was smooth sailing. My doctor came in and checked my progress and I was 7 cm.

By this time it was 2:30 pm or so. Everyone left the room except Jonathan and I. We sat around and watched episodes of Friends. It was very relaxing and I am always amazed at modern medicine when I get epidurals. There we sat chatting and watching tv while we waited for my body to finish progressing. It’s just amazing.

About 4:30pm as I was in the middle of the episode where Joey is trying to find the hot girl in the apartment building across the street but keeps going to the wrong room, my doc came in and checked me and said I was 9.5cm. He asked me to give a test push. So I did, right there with Friends playing in the background. After that push he declared it time to push for real and the room erupted in frenzy as everyone started getting in place for delivery.

I literally said out loud “Oh so we’re doing this now”..Referring to the pushing part and turned the tv off. It just caught me off guard how quickly it happened. I thought I still had hours left. I continued to practice push while everyone got in place until my doc told me to stop so he could get dressed.

Everyone in place,I pushed through 2 contractions and out she came at 4:48pm. My 2nd VBAC baby. A whole 8 minutes from the time the doc declared it time to push. It happened so quickly I think Jonathan and I were in shock.

She passed meconium on her way out so they took her off to the side to get her checked out. I had a great view and was able to watch and get a good look. While that was going on we took a poll about how much she weighed. I said she was 8lbs 3oz, my doc agreed with me that she was over 8 lbs. The baby nurse and Jonathan said there was no way she was over 8 lbs. Her official weight was 8lbs 5oz. Mother’s intuition I guess.

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Seraphina Lilly Hutto

11-2-15

This birth was truly amazing and a gift from God. From the beginning of the pregnancy Jonathan and I prayed that I would have a quick and easy labor and delivery and that is exactly what happened.


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proud daddy

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first skin to skin

Oh and I got my Subway for dinner that night. My wonderful Father in Law was nice enough to go get me one!

Seraphina birth story- part 1

On November 2nd I went to my scheduled doctors appointment at 8 am. I was 39 weeks and 5 days pregnant. I had been contracting regularly for hours at a time for a few days so I was hoping for good news. I got situated in a room and then had to wait a good long while because my Doc got called away to an emergency c section. I knew I couldn’t leave since I was most likely in labor. So I sat on the table waiting, contracting and texting Jonathan who was with our oldest, Emerald, at the doctor for a mysterious rash (another story for another day).

Doc finally came in to check me and I was 4 cm! Woo hoo! He confirmed that I was contracting and said ” Let’s have a baby today”. It was music to my ears I tell you. He told me to head over to the hospital across the street and he would meet me there. I already had my bags in the car since I knew this was likely how it would turn out. I called Jonathan and my mom and gave them the update. Then headed down the street to get a sprite since I was so thirsty and I knew I would be cut off once I set foot in L+D.

I parked and waddled myself into the maternity center and got registered, since of course I never pre-register like you are supposed to. (Fun Fact, I’ve had the same lady take my information at the desk for all 3 deliveries and she is always so nice and quick.) I got taken to my room, changed into the very flattering gown and then hooked up to the monitors. My contractions had moved to 4-6 minutes and were pretty uncomfortable.

I had the best nurse ever Caroline and a student nurse Lauren. I just loved them and they went out of their way to make our stay great. They were so excited about this delivery being another VBAC for me. They got my iv started and all that great stuff. They were fun to talk to and Caroline told me she was 1 of 3 girls in her family and I loved that,since of course we were welcoming girl #3.

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(I had to resort to selfies since Jonathan wasn’t there yet)

About 10:30am My doc came in and broke my water. I was about 5 cm.  I was also started on a low dose of pitocin. He asked where Jonathan was and I told him he was getting the girls situated with my mom. You know there’s the switching car seats over and making sure they have everything they need to stay at her house. He said to tell him to hurry up. Everyone was nervous this baby was going to come quick since she was #3. I wasn’t too worried. My previous labor lasted 12 hours. I kept joking with everyone that my goal was to have her out by suppertime so I could have a Subway. I was starving and that’s what I had my heart set on. I really didn’t think I would have her by then but I had no idea how wrong I was.

To Be Continued…

Click here for part 2