So I had a very busy fall. No, it’s not because I had a ton of weddings that I was shooting. I had to turn down quite a few actually. It’s because I was pregnant and anxiously awaiting my little girl.
This picture was about a week before I delivered.
My due date was October 14th. I went to my doctor on the 15th to find out that I was in labor! I had no idea! The next day, I ran two miles, ate spicy food, bounced on the yoga ball…basically did everything the internet told me to do to get the labor progressing. On the morning of the 17th, we went to the doctor again (still feeling no pain!). I was 7 cm dilated and 90% effaced. My doctor decided the best idea would be to give me some pitocin to get the labor moving. After about 7 hours of watching Nashville, bouncing on a yoga ball, joking with my wonderful husband and parents, the doctor decided to put a monitor in me to make sure the contractions were strong enough to get this little girl out. When she did that, she broke part of my water and that is when the pain decided to show it’s ugly face. I was 9 cm and labored for about 20 minutes. I then pushed for 17 (don’t hate me ladies!).
At 5:15pm on October 17th 2013, Paisley Grace Arpasi was born.
8 pounds, 13.8 ounces, 22 inches
My poor little baby got her shoulder stuck in the delivery. As a result, she had a brachial plexus injury (nerve damage). After many prayers, she made a full recovery and can totally move her shoulder now!
We then had a little jaundice scare. We had to take her to the hospital and sit her under those blue lights for 9 hours to get her bilirubin levels down. After that, she got breast milk jaundice. Hence, her little yellow body and eyes in the first pictures.
I’ve actually been quite surprised with how easy and natural being a mom is. I feel like this is what I was always meant to do. I have a wonderful, happy baby who loves to smile, eat, and sleep. Even with the jaundice and injury, she has been worth every second of sleepless nights, weddings/opportunities missed, restless days, and one very sore body.
Thank you to everyone that prayed for us throughout this journey. Thank you to my friends and family who brought us food, cleaned our house, and ran errands for us. We could not have done it without you guys.