Hello, dolls!! Hello, Amelia Caroline <3 She’s here!!! My baby girl is here <3 The past week felt surreal, are we really a family of 4 now? Everything has been pretty smooth (so far). Believe it or not, I’ve been getting enough sleep, long enough for me to not feel like a zombie and look forward to shopping 😛 Although I have to admit, I am kind of scared once A goes back to work. This “new world” that I live in now has been pretty serene and I know it’s because of the help I’ve been getting from A and my Mom. Hopefully, week 2 will be just as good, or at least bearable.
Let me officially introduce you to the newest member of my tiny tribe — baby C! <3 My pregnancy with her was not easy. From food aversion to physical pain, I think I’ve experienced them all! I dodged the severity of pregnancy symptoms with Little A and had a looooong labor and delivery. With baby C, it was painful but short! It’s amazing how different both experiences were, I feel like a new woman each time!
I shared my birthing story with little A a couple of years ago and it’s one of my most favorite entries so far! I love sharing my story — especially if I can make a Mom-to-be know that childbirth is not so bad at all!
It is best to have this blog post open while reading this one to see the similarities and differences I went through since my childbirth experience with little A.
Hello, Amelia Caroline Stavrides! <3
Whenever I think of the name Amelia, I think of a strong independent woman. The name reminds me of Amelia Earhart and weirdly enough I think about Joan of Arc too! Anyway, my fascination with the name got validated because of Amelia Sheperd from Grey’s Anatomy (my all-time favorite show). I love the Greek translation even more (which is a must), Amalia.
Caroline…well because of the song Sweet Caroline.
Moving on to my childbirth experience..
I started having light contractions at 4PM. I went to my 40-week check up 2 hours before that and my Doctor told me I was 4cm dilated. She asked me if I wanted my “sack” to be popped and I said yes. It was my due date and I couldn’t fathom being pregnant for another day longer! I knew since then that I should prepare myself mentally to go to the hospital.
The real contractions began around 7PM, I made sure I would eat dinner first because I did not want to have a repeat of what happened with little A — no food for more than 16 hours!
I took a bath and did my make up (yep! it’s already going to look scary “down there” so might as well make my face look presentable lol!) and when I couldn’t handle it any longer, I told A we should go to the hospital. It was 9:09PM when I got in the car.
11:06PM was when the epidural kicked in. I never thought I would be one of those who would beg for an epidural as soon as I get to the hospital. I still remembered all the things I had to do prior to getting settled in the delivery room so I knew it would take a while before I could feel better.
I found myself holding every hand that was close to me! I grabbed my anesthesiologist’s arm, stopped the nurse that was putting the IV on me so I could hold her hand, and hugged my main nurse, Emily (who by the way went an extra mile to make me feel comfortable for 5 hours and 33 minutes!)
I also appreciate how the staff made me feel like I am home. My anesthesiologist told me he was on duty when I gave birth to little A. The Pediatrician that checked baby C for the first time was the same one that checked little A too. It really makes a difference when you feel comfortable with the people you are surrounded with.
Back to my apple juice diet 😛 I may have sent A to the pantry every 2 hours to get me apple juice while we were at the hospital…
..and at 12:34AM my little girl said hello to the world <3
20 inches long
The girl that made my heart bigger.
No pictures of A eating this time 😛
It was just A and I in the delivery room again, just the way we wanted it. The two of us welcoming our baby girl in our own moment.
5 hours felt like nothing because we were so busy getting myself prepped for delivery. We did not have time to take pictures until baby C came out.
13 hours after she came into this world, she met her best friend and big brother, Kuya Alexander! <3
Little A has been very excited to meet his baby sister. During my pregnancy, he would often tell me to go to the hospital so he can meet her. He was very excited to hold her and when he finally did, he had the biggest smile on his face.
He’s been really good to her since we came home — always telling her how cute she is, loves being beside us during feeding time, and makes sure there’s music for her to listen to when she’s in her crib or baby rocker.
I can look at them forever and be content <3
Thank you, baby C for the fast labor and delivery! My body is recovering faster than the first time and I feel like mentally I am more aware of what’s going on, not overwhelmed.
Our hospital stay was short than usual. Since I had an early delivery (Friday 12:34AM), I was allowed to leave on Saturday afternoon, if I wanted to. Since I was feeling good, I told my Doctor I am okay getting discharged early.
Thinking about little A spending another night without us made me miss him so much! I know I would feel better being home with both of my babies <3
My heart is full and it’s because of these two <3
Seeing little A be so affectionate to baby C gives me pure joy. He is the big brother I’ve always wanted. I can sense that he is excited for her to get bigger and play with her!
Oh my sweet Caroline — you make our days brighter and our hearts fuller.