WELCOME BABY BOY! + NEWBORN PICTURES

Hi y'all!

After a couple of weeks without a post (I was too busy being hugely pregnant to do much of anything besides binge watch shows), I'm thrilled to hop back on Being Heather to announce that our baby boy was born! 



Today I'll be sharing a little of our sweet boy's birth story with all of y'all, along with some of our gorgeous "Fresh 48" newborn pictures captured by the talented photographers over at Contista Productions. They took our maternity pictures that I shared here a while back, and I'm so happy they were able to take Landon's newborn pictures as well because I am obsessed with their work. They definitely did not disappoint! 

Keep on reading to hear a little more about our little dude's debut into this world!




At 40 weeks + 3 days pregnant, we went into the hospital in the early morning of July 10th so I could be induced. I wanted to go into labor on my own, but I had set the induction date the week prior with my OB so that she could be the one to hopefully deliver the baby. I was also a little worried about him staying in too long past my due date since I had a feeling he was going to be a big baby as it was (and he definitely ended up being big!).




I was nervous to be induced, as I wasn't induced with Lilah and I had heard horror stories about induction and pitocin, but luckily our prayers were answered and the labor and delivery process went almost as smoothly as I could hope. After getting checked in and contracting on my own for a few hours, my OB arrived to break my water and start the pitocin to really get things moving. 


 
After being on the pitocin for a little while, baby started to get picky about the positions I was laying in. His heart rate would drop if I was laying on my back or a certain side, so the nurses periodically had to turn the pitocin off, put me on oxygen, and have me move to a different side for his heart rate to stabilize. Luckily, we were able to get his heart rate normalized each time.




After about an hour and a half on pitocin, the contractions became very intense and I asked for the epidural (omg, sweet relief). I was finally able to relax and talk with Ryan and my mom, and enjoy the labor process as much as I could. I ended up not needing very much of the pitocin luckily, and slowly but surely progressed to 10 cm. It took from 10am(ish) when my labor truly began, to around 4pm for me to become complete. At that point, my OB was called and all there was to do was wait for her to arrive so I could begin pushing!




My OB literally ran from her office across the street and through the hospital to make it to the room in time. This little guy was READY to come out and the pressure to push was intense. After about 10 minutes of pushing, Landon James was born at 4:21 pm, weighing 8 lbs 12 oz (Lilah was 8 lbs 7 oz, I told you I have big babies haha), and was 21.5 inches long. 

Hearing his sweet cry for the first time as he entered the world brought on the most indescribable, overwhelming wave of emotions. I couldn't believe he was out of my tummy and was actually here with us! We ended up only having to spend one night at the hospital, and it was really nice to be home with him settling in the day after he was born. I am recovering really well, and have been working to learn the ropes of caring for two little ones during this last week and a half. 


Seeing him with his Ryan the first time, as well as the moment he met his big sister are memories I will treasure forever. I remember watching Ryan with Lilah in the minutes following her birth, and it was just as heart-warming and special to watch him with Landon. He's already such a good Daddy to this sweet boy, and we three are so very lucky to have him. 




Lilah is over the moon in love with her baby brother, and she is already such an amazing big sister. She wants to hold him ALL THE TIME, and always reminds him that she is his big sister. It brings me such joy to watch her and Ryan with this sweet babe, and it is so surreal to think that we are a family of four now. 



I feel very blessed to be the Mama of two amazing little ones. I am very grateful for a healthy and smooth delivery for both this little babe and I, and am currently soaking up all of the newborn cuddles I can get! I know that this newborn stage will fly by, so I'm enjoying it as much as I can. I had forgotten what it was like to have a tiny baby. Even though I wish I could keep him teeny tiny forever, I am excited for all the fun stages to come as he grows. 




I hope y'all enjoyed hearing a little of our sweet boy's birth story, and seeing some of the beautiful pictures the Contista Production photographers captured during our hospital stay. 

Stay tuned for more posts soon, and be sure to check out Contista Production's  websiteInstagram, and Facebook page to see more of their work!


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