Thursday, March 30, 2017

Meet Miss Anna Belle

Without further adieu, I'd like to introduce the beloved, enchanted, sweet, and amazing Anna Belle!

Miss Anna Belle came rocking into our world on Monday, March 27th, 2017 at 6:12 am.  She is a tiny, but mighty 6 lbs. 4 oz and 19 inches long. 

The Birth Story

As you know, on Friday it was obvious some early labor had started. Over the weekend I had off/on contractions, cramping, and losing mucus plug here and there with a bit of spotting.  Nothing too exciting in my opinion and my only goal was to complete the nursery.  I got most of it done, I have a few touches before I post the pictures, but the important things were done and boy it looks good.

Not sure if I've mentioned here, but my tooth has been having a lot of issues. It's on the right side of my mouth and Sunday it was excruciating.  I even called the on-call OB who told me since it was the weekend there was nothing he could do for me. He had to personally write a script for any heavier pain med and there's no emergency dentist I could see. It was a miserable day physically. 

Sunday night I'm lying in bed trying to go to sleep.  I'd taken diclegis and was just praying for it to kick in.  As I'm lying there my water breaks, I'm like crap! I call hubby because he's upstairs and this even had blood on it, so I was kind of freaking out and ripping sheets off the bed, etc. Hubby is running around like crazy trying to gather things and I'm calling my mom to come stay with Katie.  I finally get to the hospital and checked in and I'm 5 cm and 80% effaced. Things just flew from then.  I got the epidural and even a norco for my mouth.  I had an amazing nurse and my sister, who's an RN, came to help and be there for support. 

My OB wasn't available and they were trying to stall labor as much as possible so he could make it.  He was doing a surgery and I needed to make it to 7:00 am.  Even with everything, Anna was like nope, ready or not, here I come! Also what was scary was around 5:00 am I started having issues. Every time I had a contraction, Anna's heartbeat went down. It was very scary as the nurse was moving me around to try and figure out what was happening and why.  I was lying there crying and praying that she please, please be born okay. 

They were considering just taking me in for  c-section, when the nurse wanted to check me and I was completely effaced and crowning. It was like whoa! And wondering how long I'd even been like that. More stalling as they are trying to get the on-call OB to come in to deliver. Finally, at 6:12 am, Anna made her debut into this world. Her cord was wrapped around her neck 3 times! This is why the heartbeat issues, it was essentially a noose.  I shutter at what could happen, but I'm just glad she's okay. Her apgars were 8 and 9. She was cold and needed to be warmed up, but otherwise no issues. No NICU, no nothing. In fact, she was born Monday and we were released on Tuesday evening.

Due to her small size her home outfit was drowning her, but seriously is she not the cutest?

Since Katie has some issues with medical stuff, plus I was having some of my own anxieties we chose to wait until we were home to introduce the sisters. I got home Tuesday after Katie was in bed, and so the girls met yesterday when Katie came home from Mother's Day Out.

We have some adjustments to do as Katie is learning she's not the baby anymore, but she loves her sister.

We're doing newborn pics on Saturday and right now it's just nursing  and trying to settle in. Anna is just the sweetest, calmest, and most awesome baby. We're so in love with her!

To everyone who's been there and continues to be there, thank you! I hope you're in love with Anna Belle as much as we are.


  1. Congratulations! Anna Belle is BEAUTIFUL! She is an answer to prayers and a blessing from above!

  2. She's amazing!!!! Congrats!!!!


  3. Oh my goodness, she is SO CUTE!!! I am thrilled for you all. What a blessing to have such a darling, especially after a long wait. What a special sweetheart you are, Anna Belle!

  4. She is absolutely perfect!!!!! This is great news.

  5. Amber I am so utterly thrilled for you and your family. Such a long and difficult journey but she is a breath of fresh air for you all. I know she will help heal your heart and will only show you what an amazing mother you are to both your living children and your heavenly children. You're strength very much helped me through the loss of our precious Bea and I am forever grateful for all the support you bestowed upon me at a time that was most difficult for you. I am honoured to know you and so very very happy for this wonderful addition to your family........ and yes she is absolutely beautiful!

  6. yayayayayayayya!!! Congrats!! What a perfect family with all your sweet loves above and with you. <3

  7. So happy your story is FINALLY complete!

  8. She's beautiful and looks like Katie is doing a great job as a big sister!