Welcome Mia Rose

 


Mia made her grand entrance into the world at 11:57 am on May 20th, 2021. She weighed in at 7 pounds 8 ounces and was 19 3/4 inches long... and perfect from head to toe!!!


Labor & Delivery!

When I went to my doctors appointment on Tuesday the week Mia was born, I was not dilated more than 1 cm and I was 'thick' as the midwife described. Mia was passed her due date and because I didn't show any signs of her coming, we scheduled an induction for the following Tuesday. I really wanted to avoid this if possible and knew Mia would come if she was ready before then. Well luckily for me I woke up on Wednesday (5/19/21) at 11 pm with contractions. They were painful and I had a pretty good feeling I was in labor. Michael's parents came over to watch Ella while we headed to the hospital.

By 4 am, we had arrived at the hospital. They checked me and I was only 1 cm dilated but they could tell I was definitely in labor by the contractions I was experiencing. They checked us in and I progressed pretty quickly... I got to 6 cm by 10ish am and I was then able to get my epidural! It was such a relief. I don't know how you natural Mamas do it... I am all about the pain meds. My water broke around 11ish and by 11:30 they told me we could start pushing. At this point my epidural had started wearing off, but it was a little too late for the new dose to kick in and provide relief. Being able to feel things did make for easier pushing. Mia came out after 15 minutes of pushing (vs Ella who took 2.5 hrs) and Michael described it as "a lot less violent." Haha! 


Compared to my last labor and delivery, this was hands down easier and a lot more calm. I think the hospital and staff did an incredible job and I am extremely thankful for them and my experience. Michael also had a much better experience. They had much more comfortable accommodations for him during delivery (which I think they should) and provided him with his own bed in the recovery room which was great. A very good l&d experience. Now do I want to give birth again? No. We are done. 



Bringing Mia Home!

Mia was born with a bit of jaundice, just like big sis, but luckily we were able to go home after 24 hours because we agreed to get her blood levels checked the next day at a laboratory. Here she is before our drive home...


Our sweet girl! We dressed her in the same outfit that we took Ella home in. 

 

Michael's parents brought Ella back home so she could meet her little sister. It was absolutely precious. Ella fell in love RIGHT away, and wanted to hold her, feed her and love on her. Her obsession with her sister still hasn't ended. 

The first few days with a new baby are always a little bit rough, but I will be honest, I think Mia is hands down the easier baby. I supplemented her feedings with formula for the first few days to help excrete out the bilirubin and help her jaundice level, but I think it bothered her stomach. We had a really rough day one day and I thought I was going to lose my mind. Luckily, we haven't had a bad day since and I stopped using any type of formula for her (for now.) I am breastfeeding only at night and pumping during the day and bottle-feeding all day long. This way when I go back to work Mia is used to a bottle and other people feeding her. 


Here are some pics from our first week home!
















We are just loving life as a family of 4. Thank you all for your love and well wishes this far. I hope to be back with another update soon once life settles down a bit!

-Ashley, Ella & Mia
xoxo


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3 comments

  1. congrats she is so precious. You did great mama. Glad Ella is still enjoying her little sister.

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  2. Congrats! She is adorable! They both are!

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