This post is a little late in the making but our little Hattie FINALLY decided to show up on Sept 6th!
I say finally because she went 3 days past her due date and everyone (including my OB and nurses) all said it was likely she’d come a little before her due date since she is my second baby. It makes sense given that your body kind of already knows what to do the second time around. But she had other plans;)
Everything throughout my pregnancy went very smoothly and according to plan which I was so thankful for. Sammie came unexpectedly at 37 weeks due to my blood pressure skyrocketing so I was pretty on edge from 37 weeks on this time around. So when 40 weeks rolled around I was anxious to find out what the plan was going to be. My OB decided to schedule me to be induced at 7am on Sept 6th. But again, proving that Hattie had other plans and is on her own timeline she decided to show up 5 hours BEFORE. So around midnight we headed to the hospital after my parents arrived at our house to stay the night with Sammie. We were brought right into a labor and delivery room after we walked in and the nurse said “you look REALLY uncomfortable!” (read: about ready to claw someone’s eyes out) where we found out I was already 5cm dilated. Woohoo! Halfway there! I wasted NO TIME and immediately opted for an epidural this time around. (hallelujah!) I didn’t have one with Sammie and Oh. Em. GEE what a difference it made in how relaxed I was. Just like with Sammie, Hattie arrived very quickly after that which is another thing I am so thankful for. So at 2:17am Harriet Shirley Sperides arrived and was 8lbs. 1oz and 20 inches long. She’s perfect!
Harriet is a name both my husband and I really liked and knew that if we had another daughter that that would be a top name choice. Shirley was my grandma’s name and she passed away a little over a year ago so it felt like a perfect tribute to her:)
Life with Two
Everyone told us it would be less of a shock going from 1 to 2 kids and they were right to a certain extent. The second time around you definitely have more confidence and knowledge on how to care for a newborn and you know what to expect in terms of feeding, sleepless nights, etc. But there is a learning curve with two. I have to keep reminding myself that when Sammie was a newborn I could sit on the couch all day and cuddle and sleep when she slept. This time around I don’t have that luxury as I still spend a good chunk of my day chasing a toddler. I also get myself caught up in the comparison game of what each baby was like at a certain age. So I find I have to keep reminding myself that each child is different. Case in point, just look at you and your siblings – usually the same parents, same house, same town, same schools – yet they can be so different!
Everything is going really well and I’m sure I’ll have updates throughout the next few months as “Happy Hattie” hits some of those major baby milestones! So stay tuned!