Jeremy, Trey and I feel so blessed to have welcomed the 4th member of our family on August 12th at 6:13pm. Charlee Elizabeth was a pleasant early birthday gift for me…God sure knows how to give the best presents.
Charlee (pronounced like Charlie) came into this world at 7lbs 9oz and 19 inches long. She also arrived just a little bit faster than her brother (see Trey’s birth recap here)…I see a little competitive drive already 🙂
Here’s how it all went down:
Sunday morning J, Trey and I decided to make a little road trip to Ames to walk around the ISU campus and have brunch at The Cafe. We had a great time chasing around Trey as he explored the campanile and Cy’s statue.
On the way home around 12:45pm I felt my first contraction. Upon arriving home J and I decided to get the bags packed. We then proceeded to head outside to throw our new ISU football around with Trey 🙂 Around 3pm Kelli came over and we went for a walk. While walking I decided this was the real deal. A little history: I showed up at the hospital for Trey at 9cm and had him within a half hour….so we knew we needed to be a little bit more proactive this time or J would be delivering this baby at home.
We packed up the car, took Trey to Kelli’s and arrived at the hospital at 4:30pm. I was 6cm dilated and started to hit some decent contractions. I made the commitment to myself to go all natural (no drugs) so I clenched my teeth, took deep breaths and squeezed J’s hand. My water was broke at 5:30pm and for motivation I kept asking to see how dilated I was. It was music to my ears when they said it was time to push. I took a deep breath and pushed. The first push we saw the head, the second push the head came out and on the third push I looked down and saw a baby GIRL! Charlee was born at 6:13pm. I cannot thank J enough for helping me through labor as well as the wonderful nurses at Methodist West and Dr. MacEntaffer. We also want to give a special thanks to those that watched Trey while were were at the hospital: my sister and brother-in-law, Tara and family, and Kelli and family.
We are tickled pink and look forward to the many memories Charlee will bring us.
I plan to take some time off from Sara B Consulting, I appreciate your understanding!
Until next time…
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