Sunday, January 25, 2015

Being a party of five is a whole new ballgame...

Well, here we are... five months since my last blog post and the Sharktank is now a family of five.  I would love to say it was an easy transition, but the first few months were an adjustment for all of us.

In attempt to keep up with the blog as documentation of our family, I will try to give an accurate birth story (five months later ha). At exactly 40 weeks I was induced.  I really wanted to go into labor on my own, but I was extremely uncomfortable and being stuck at 3 cm dilated for over month was making me crazy.  Since I delivered NAS via c-section I was a bit nervous about attempting a VBAC with Mary Anne, but I was hoping to avoid surgery this time around. 

We went to the hospital and were ready to go by 9 am.  I did not progress very fast, so my doctor broke my water at about 1 pm.  Things started to pick up and by 4:30 I was ten centimeters and we were ready.  I was lucky to have my husband, one of my best friends, and a dear photographer friend in the room with us during delivery.  After only about twenty minutes of pushing Mary Anne Mae arrived at 5:02 pm. weighing in at 8 pounds and 14 ounces.

From the start Little Miss MAM was a bundle of energy.  She hardly slept (unless I was holding her) and the colic arrived at around three weeks.  Though, through all the crying, tummy aches, and spitting up I loved this little baby more than I could imagine.  I find it amazing how you never think you could love another human being more than your other children, but then you have another and the love is just the same!

Fast forward to three months later and we had a different baby.  The crying nights and endless tears left and a happy and relaxed baby showed up.  She loves her big brother and big sis and could laugh at them all day.  I would definitely say she is a momma's girl, but she loves when Daddy comes home and gives him a big smile every night! 

We are so thankful for our newest addition and love how she fits into our family so well.  Matthew and Natalie love her and are such a big help with her and we are looking forward to the future as a party of five!