Monday, February 8, 2010

Karley's Birth Day

This wasn't my first look at Karley, I have another picture but wasn't sure how well it would be received.  I also have some "other" pictures that I think are pretty awesome.  I had a c-section with all three of my babies and Adam was able to take pictures of the babies peeking out from my belly.  I am sure that a picture like that would not be for all to see but I am so glad we have it.  It's really something.  My first view of Karley was over the curtain as the doctor raised held her high.  Then she was wrapped up and Adam brought her over to me.

Karley's birth was a scheduled repeat c-section for February 4, 2008.  Having a V-BAC was not an option for me becuase my pregnancies were so close together and possibly my age (although I am not positive on the age).  Also, my sister has told me that some hospitals won't do V-BAC's.  Hers does not due to liability.  I knew it might not be an option when I went in for my first OB appointment.  I also knew from my first delivery that I needed to be flexible with my idea of a "birth plan". 

Henry and Karley are fifteen months apart.  I had no idea what that would mean until about two seconds after this picture.  My new baby started to cry and my first baby was scared and he started to cry as well.  He had no idea.  He was still a baby.  By the end of my stay at the hospital he didn't cry every time she did, but almost. 

On the last morning of our stay at the hospital at about 4:30 AM I came out of the bathroom to find Karley like this.  I'll never forget this image.  It will forever be burned in my mind.  I thought she looked like she was praying. Maybe she was praying thanks that she was born to us.  I surely pray thanks she was born to us.

I have a picture of each of my babies like this picture.  One of my favorite things is seeing a baby sleep like this.  Sophie still sleeps like this.  I'll be sad when all I have are the pictures.  I hope each time I go in to tuck them into their beds that I'll see a glimpse of this baby look. 

There she is, my baby Karley Jane.  Named after her two grandmothers.  Karla Jo & Janice Marie.  One she will not meet in this life and the other she calls Gram.  I love her name.

Her arrival into this world was very uneventful other than the event itself, a scheduled c-section that went off without a hitch.  I think I may have had some regular pre-labor contractions but nothing like labor contractions.  Since we were the first c-section of the day, and had to be there at 5:30 AM, my sister came to stay with us the night before to take care of Henry.  We were very relieved things went the way they did, we had plenty of unexpected and expected surrounding Henry's birth.  This normal c-section was a quiet blessing.

Then we headed home.  About 15 minutes from the hospital and called ourselves crazy, we both said we were ready for another.  We already said our family wasn't complete yet.

The days after my Mom left were hard for me.  I wasn't supposed to be picking Henry up since he weighed more than the maximum I was supposed to lift.  What was I supposed to do?  He was still in a crib.  Still napped.  I had to get him in and out.  He still wanted Mommy.  It was a hard adjustment.  I felt I didn't have enough to go around.  Not that I didn't love them BOTH, because I for sure did.  I was just feeling guilty for taking time from Henry.  I remember one day Adam came home, I was in the bathroom bawling my eyes out.  Adam kept telling me that Henry was fine and that everything would be fine.  As he was saying this over and over and I was still crying, we looked over and Henry had just jumped on the scale {I'm sure you can figure out why.  I turned to Adam and said, "See, I'm ruining him".  We laughed and he said, "If he keeps doing this, then you might be ruining him".  We laughed some more.  Each day got easier.  I had some adjusting with two kids.  We were also lucky enough that Karley slept through the night at six weeks.   She's the best sleeper to this day! 

Our little Karley Janie born on February 4, 2008.

Happy Birthday Sweetie Pie!

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