Sunday, November 11, 2018

Gabriela Cathleen

Our baby girl arrived on Sunday, September 30th, 2018. We were so in love with her immediately!

I typed out her birth story in a Word document, but I will spare you the 6 pages of reading that :) I am excited that all those details are written down though and we can look back on them for years to come.

September 29, the day before Gabby was born. Such a big belly!
In a nutshell, my water broke Saturday night and we went to the hospital. Edwin, my mom & my sister were at the hospital overnight and my dad, brother & Nenad came during the day on Sunday in anticipation. As contractions were ridiculously painful, I opted for an epidural. That made the day SO much more relaxing and enjoyable and I was able to rest for a bit.

The doctor came in at 7 pm and I was 6 centimeters dilated. He said he would come back in 3 hours to check on me. Shortly after he left, I started feeling a ton of pain and pressure; far more than the contractions from overnight. Nothing was helping after some time so the nurse checked me: I was 10 centimeters dilated at 7:45pm and Gabby was born at 8:55 pm!

My mom, sister & Edwin were all in the room when Gabby was born. I loved having all of their support & my sister took a few photos! I think someone was nervous...

We loved the name Gabriela (and Gabby for short) and Cathleen is my sister's middle name. We were sent home from the hospital Monday night at 11 pm (such a weird time to drive your newborn home at!) and the next few days were quite a blur! (a great blur, but a blur nonetheless)

Here are some of the photos we got taken at home when she was 1.5 weeks old by Amanda Coldicutt Photography.

We were not expecting SO much hair! It's so dark & adorable. Definitely got that from her father!

Brother & sister ;)

 We love you so much, Gabby baby!