Our third baby boy has officially been here for almost 2 weeks now and I am feeling more grateful than ever. Grateful for the amazing nurses and doctors who were part of our labor, delivery, and postpartum care… grateful for our “village” who took care of the boys while we were in the hospital and are still here to help with anything we need… and most importantly, grateful for the safe arrival of our healthy son. Thank God for it all. We truly don’t take one ounce of it for granted.
Shay Joseph Lehmann was born on Wednesday, May 15th at 8:26 AM weighing 7 lbs. 6 oz. and 19 inches long. We are enjoying getting to know our guy and are learning with him everyday. Right now, we’re getting into the swing of his sleep patterns and are adjusting to life with 3 littles. Shay is an awesome eater (our best nurser by far!) so that is a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. He’s gaining weight and eating often. I am shocked at how much better my milk supply is this time around and I owe it all to him. My supply has been in for 8 days and I have over 150 oz of excess milk stored in our freezer – not AT ALL how my previous experiences with breastfeeding have gone. I’m going to be writing a post about all my breastfeeding must-haves because there are a few new things I’m using this time around. Anyways… Shay snoozes a lot during the day and already gives us one solid 3 hour stretch at night. He is a very chill baby and is allowing us to ease into the transition of being outnumbered. We couldn’t love him more.
Nate and I went into my 38 week appointment with high hopes that we would be sent to Labor & Delivery. The entire week before my appointment I really felt that my body was gearing up for labor. I was having Braxton Hicks and menstrual-like cramps pretty much throughout the day, and being that I was 2cm at my previous appointment, I figured I had to have been progressing.
Sure enough, I went in and was 3cm & 80% effaced. My doctor decided to send me over to L&D to be monitored for a few hours because of my history of going early with Drake & Ford. Within an hour of being there, I had progressed to 4cm, which is when she said, “Alright, you’re here until you have a baby!” Nate was at Chick-Fil-A at the time she came in to check me (we were starving and I needed 2 chocolate chip cookies), so by the time he walked back in the room with our food I was able to give him the exciting news that it was baby time. 🙂
Fast forward a few hours – I was having some contractions, got my epidural, and was put on pitocin to get me over the hump of being 6cm dilated. At 4:20 AM, my doctor broke my water and the nurses brought in the peanut to help widen my hips (the peanut does it for me every time).
At 8:00 AM, another doctor in my OB practice came in and said it was go-time. Once we started the pushing process, it took me 3 good rounds to really get going. I was at the “perfect point” with my epidural – comfortable enough to be present during his birth, but not too numb to where I couldn’t feel where to push (which is what happened with Drake). It took 2 good rounds of pushing and baby boy was here. Nate cut the cord and they placed him on my chest… and now we’re here – 3 baby boys and my heart couldn’t be happier.
Ford already loves having a baby around and is eager to share everything with him. What he really wants to do more than anything is snuggle up and love on him. His version of hugging Shay is to throw his (very heavy) head onto him so we are constantly on Ford Watch. It’s so precious, but we’re not quite at the age to understand what gentle means. 😛 Drake is very concerned when Baby Shay is crying and is quick to grab a binky for him. He talks about him often and even includes him when he sings the Daddy Finger song. 😛 We’re really seeing the sweet sides of both of them and are taking in every moment.
Welcome Home, Shay Boy. We love you SO MUCH!