Our girl is FINALLY here!!! We are so stinking obsessed with her. She is an absolute dream and her brothers are completely enamored with her (honestly all of us are). She came 3 weeks early so we weren’t totally prepared for her arrival (ha!!) but luckily we installed the car seats and packed our hospital bags a few days before. Let’s jump into her birth story.
Alice’s Birth Story
Alice’s due date was September 28th but we were planning on inducing the 21st because of my SPD (if you have been around here for awhile, I had this hip/pelvis condition when I was pregnant with Noah). I was induced with Jack and had a good experience, and had planned on an induction with Noah but he came on his own so we didn’t end up doing one.
From the beginning, Allie has been monitored for growth restriction. I’ve had monthly ultrasounds from 20 weeks on and they were really closely monitoring her head and femur growth (she was diagnosed with something can Isolated Short Femur Syndrome). So, we knew she was going to be tiny. She was measuring in the 1st-4th% most of my pregnancy. At my 36 week ultrasound, she was estimated to be around 5lbs 11oz and in the 10th%, which was a big jump from where she’d been previously. We were so excited! At that appt, my doctor also checked my cervix for dilation and effacement and I was dilated to 2cm and 40% effaced. I was so excited to be making some progress. My doctor told me she felt like based on my ultrasound and cervix check that Alice would likely come sooner than the boys and it would be a quick delivery. I went home and packed my hospital bag immediately (thank goodness I did, too).
Two days later, we had my nephews first birthday party and I was running around helping set up and tear down and being generally busy and my husband completely attributes the next events to be because I would not sit still LOL. After got home that night and put the kids to bed, I was starting to have some contractions. They were light, but they were in my back and radiating to my front so they felt different than my Braxton Hicks. I decided to take a quick shower just in case it progressed to quick labor and while I was in the shower, I lost my mucus plug. That’s when I decided to have Adam get ready and pack his bags. I got out, put my pajamas on, sat on the couch and I had no sooner sat down than my water broke! I was totally taken my surprise because my water didn’t break with either of the boys so I had no idea what to expect.
We called my parents after my water broke and they drove over right away. By this time, my contractions were getting more intense and we knew we were probably dealing with the real deal. Once my parents were here, we got in the car to go to the hospital. I was taken back to triage right away and they agreed, my water had broken! I was dilated to a 3 and about 65% effaced so they admitted me to the hospital to continue laboring. I labored for about 2 hours until I was finally around 5cm and we called the anesthesiologist to administer my epidural. After I hit 6cm, I went from a 6 to 10cm within 20 minutes and it was time to push! I was feeling a lot of pressure and I was ready! The doctor walked in around 12:54A. My only disappointment about our labor this time around is that the OB that delivered both of my boys wasn’t able to delivery Alice! The on-call doctor delivered her, but luckily she was also fantastic and SO nice. I actually had seen her once during my pregnancy while my doctor was out of town so she wasn’t a complete stranger.
Alice Catherine Mobley was born at 12:59A on September 10, 2023 weighing 5lbs 9oz and measuring 18in.
She was BY FAR our tiniest baby – our boys were almost 8lbs each. She is the most beautiful, tiny little princess and I can’t believe she is ours. All in all, she had a fast, blissful labor and delivery and now that we are home, we really feel like our family is complete.