My family and I are so excited to introduce Jaxson Dale Lambert to the world! He was born April 4th at 5:09pm. He weighed 7 lbs 7oz and was 20 1/4 inches long.
A little bit of heaven
sent down to earth.
This past week has been amazing and tiring at the same time. It’s hard to imagine that less than a week ago I gave birth to our precious baby Jaxson. I’ve been trying to find the time to put together my birth story but instead I figured it might be best to wait for the right moment, so here I am now, laying in bed while he sleeps in between feedings. Get your tissues out because my birth story is an emotional one…
April 4th. It all happened in the middle of the night. I woke up around 4am noticing some pain which felt like contractions. I wanted to be sure, though hence I started timing them right away—and sure enough by 6am the pain did not go away. I couldn’t believe it: I was in active labor! I’m having real contractions! I was kind of excited (the day has finally arrived!)…I woke up my husband and told him. From there it all went very fast. We called the hospital to let them know and 45min later we were admitted. I was headed straight to labor and delivery. After the nurses had me put on a gown and socks and hooked me up to a monitor and put an IV in my arm—I knew it wouldn’t be long until I will hold my beloved baby boy. The monitor was showing I was having contractions and at this point they were definitely getting stronger and closer together. I felt great though and hence told the nurses that I wanted to wait for the epidural (I heard that an epidural can slow things down). A little later my doctor came in and checked my cervix. It turned out I was already 3cm dilated!
My mom and husband were with with me the entire time as well. Something I will treasure forever. I cannot think of a better experience than delivering a baby with your closest people surrounding you. The circle of life. My mom said it was truly special (she wasn’t there when Kingston was born) to see her own daughter give birth. It was very emotional…My husband did his very best to calm and soothe me + he was also the one who took these amazing pictures to capture the birth of our second son.
By noon I was 4cm dilated and my contractions definitely became stronger and more painful. I received an epidural around 12:30pm and the waiting began…, however, it wasn’t long until the doctor noticed that my water broke around 1pm and by 3:45pm I was fully dilated which meant: It was time to push! The doctor and I were very happy that it all happened on its own too because that meant that no Pitocin, etc. were needed. Phew!
“Mothers and daughters they will always share a special bond—though near or far apart, the words that would describe it are written on the heart.”
I pushed for over an hour which was probably the hardest and most tiring part. I hadn’t eaten nor had anything to drink + I was very tired and yet I tried really hard to push as soon as I felt the contractions. I also asked for a mirror so, I could really understand what’s going on. It helps a lot to know when to push and see where the baby is located. I just wanted to be fully prepared, and sure enough once I had the mirror everything went really fast. We could see Jaxson’s head and the doctor said that it would probably take only one more push and he’ll be out. So, she prepared everything, we waited for another strong contraction, I pushed…and then there he was. I heard his little cry and the nurses made sure to place him immediately onto my chest. It was amazing…I was so overwhelmed with emotions that I started crying. I couldn’t believe that I just gave birth to this amazing little boy. My husband cut the umbilical cord and I just soaked it all in…Here I was holding my precious baby boy.
“There is an enduring tenderness in the love of a mother to a son that transcends all other affections of the heart.” – Washington Iriving
After Jaxon’s delivery I was brought down to recovery which however, was not an easy task at first. When the nurses tried to move me I actually wasn’t able to lift one foot. In fact, when I tried to just sit up from my bed I almost passed out. Silly me thought that it would pass though so, I tried my hardest to get up anyways (with the help of the nurses) but as soon as I stood up I lost control…I remember feeling very dizzy, my eyes rolled back and I almost lost consciousness. And yet I could hear the frantic sounds of the nurses: “Vanessa, Vanessa, look at me! No, no! We cannot move her! Bring her back to bed!” I was put back on IV fluids and we simply waited to have me transferred to my recovery room.
Once moved it was just pure bliss going forward (even though you’re in pain and extremely tired). Kingston came to visit the next day and my heart just melted. He was SO excited to meet his baby brother. He gently stroked his head and kissed him all over his face. Truthfully I don’t think there’s anything more beautiful to witness than watching your oldest child meet his/her new sibling for the first time. It literally melts your heart.
So, here we are…a family of four.
It all seemed like a blur, getting pregnant, my pregnancy, labor—it felt like a blip in time. And as I am still adjusting to being a mother of 2 boys now and breastfeeding—I honestly cannot thank God enough for this beautiful miracle. This entire pregnancy wasn’t always the easiest on me, and I thought that I would never do this again, but now that it’s over and I see what my body is capable of again, I would do it 100 times over. The pain is nothing in comparison to what you get out of it.
Thanks for all of your comments on Instagram as well, they are so sweet and make me so excited about sharing this new incredible chapter with all of you.
As always, thanks much for reading and much love.
-The Lambert Family