Finn’s Arrival!

It was a very early Sunday morning when I woke up and had that feeling. It was the same feeling I had the morning I found out was pregnant with Logan. I decided to just take a test. Logan was 9 months old so the thought of having another sounded like a crazy idea but we just said what is meant to be will be. Well, my gut feeling was right and the test was positive. I walked into our bedroom and said to Matt, “so do you think Logan will have a brother or a sister?”

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In June is when we found out that we were expecting a boy – Logan would be getting a brother! At first, finding out he was a boy hit me hard. Will I disappoint those who wanted us to have a girl? How could I love another son as much as I love Logan? Will I ever get the chance to raise a daughter? It was a whirlwind of emotions for me. I experienced what some call gender disappointment. However, at the end of the day, I was thrilled we had the opportunity to be welcoming another baby into our lives and I knew I would love him with my whole heart and life.

My pregnancy compared to Logan’s was a tad easier in some ways. They say the closer your pregnancies are, the easier everything is. My morning sickness stuck around longer and my heartburn was much worse, but I felt like my body was better at handling the toll it takes carrying a baby. I experienced a few weeks of pain in the second trimester and at the end when I was close but other than that, it was pretty tolerable compared to my first. However, the summer heat was brutal. Moms who have summer babies – how do you do it!?

When I hit my 37 week appointment I was already 2 cm dilated. Everyone, including myself, thought Finn would surely make his entrance at the end of October so I made the call to stop working at the end of 38 weeks. Two days past my due date my doctor scheduled us for an induction. Inductions are absolutely no fun, however, because of my history with preeclampsia we could not risk going any longer. Finn had 5 whole days to make his entrance before then and despite me walking at least 2 miles each day (doctor approved), he did not come. I called up my best friend Erin to come watch Logan and at 4 am on November 11th we made our way to the hospital. It was a nice, calm ride with Matt as we talked about our excitement to be adding Finn to our family.

When we arrived to the hospital it felt like I was dreaming. It was really hard for me to grasp that sometime later day I would be holding my second baby boy. The nurses got me all hooked up and began the induction. My mom and sister arrived shortly after and we all just waited. Around mid-day I decided to get an epidural to get some comfort and rest. The day was pretty uneventful. It was calm, quiet and there was this sense of peace in the room.

In the early evening around 6:00 pm they told me I could begin pushing. Just like with Logan, my mom helped hold my legs and count, my sister took pictures and Matt encouraged me the entire time. Finally at 6:52 pm on Friday the 11th of November our second beautiful baby boy, Finn Howard, made his entrance into this world. He was healthy and very alert! We were all overcome with emotion. They immediately put him on my chest and I sobbed tears of joy and relief. Once everyone got to hold him we all began taking guesses on his weight. Everyone was guessing around the 7-8 lb range, but Finn weighed in at a whopping 9 lbs, 1 oz and was 20.5 inches long of perfection!

The day was going great – we were all so happy and excited. My labor and delivery was so smooth, Finn came out healthy and we ordered food with one of the nurses. My mom and sister headed home and they began to transition me to the recovery floor. Then all of sudden I started to experience excruciating pains that felt like labor pains but 100 times worse. The nurses were baffled and tried to figure out why I was in so much pain. I was screaming for my life as terrified Matt held our son who was barely 2 hours old. Finally a doctor came in and discovered that I had a hematoma on my vaginal wall. What the heck is a hematoma?! Well, a hematoma is a solid swelling of clotted blood underneath the tissues. Mine was the size of a softball and it needed to be immediately removed so I didn’t bleed to death. *I want to add this important note: what happened to me is extremely rare, so if you’re expecting, do not stress about this happening to you!* The hematoma was probably caused from Finn’s head as he passed through the birth canal. Without a second to think, I was rushed to the OR where they put me under and began the operation to carefully remove the hematoma.

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Despite what happened  to me after delivery and the torturous recovery that followed, I would do it all over again if it meant having my precious baby boy. Finn is healthy and so, so happy. Logan adores him and gives him hugs and kisses and is always putting his hands out to hold him. My boys are my world and we love watching Logan and Finn develop that brotherly bond with each other. I can’t wait to see them both running around together! (I may regret saying that later haha!)

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Finn Howard, you were the final piece to our puzzle. We are so excited to watch you grow up from our little baby to a kind gentleman. You bring that extra ray of sunshine to our worlds. We love you so much!

 

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    • Forever Young Moms says:

      Thank you! I also like reading other mom’s birth stories. No story is the same so it is quite fascinating to read them. The challenges were tough, but it was worth it. My little one is all smiles! Thank you so much for reading and sharing your kind thoughts with me! XO

  1. maria criselda maquiling says:

    congratulations on your beautiful pregnancy. my first born is also a boy and i’m currently pregnant with my second. people kept saying that I should have a girl! but I prefer another boy because it will be like taking a test again but this time, I already know the answers =)

    • Forever Young Moms says:

      I LOVE that saying! I am going to have to start telling people that. Really is true – I know the answers now! Congratulations on your second pregnancy! Hopefully you have a wonderful, healthy pregnancy and baby is healthy! Thank you so much for reading my story! XO

  2. Lauren Cunningham says:

    Brothers are the best! I applaud you for being honest about the gender reveal though – it IS tough when you’re worried about how others will respond when you have the same gender back-to-back. I had two boys and definitely got some comments…when I was expecting my third I was actually hoping for *another* boy (perhaps just to piss off everyone who said I “needed” a girl). Lo and behold we did end up having a daughter, who I LOVE because of who she is, not just because she is a girl. Goes to show you that we love our babies regardless. Compelling and tender story – thank you for sharing!

    • Forever Young Moms says:

      I never thought in a million years hearing it’s a boy would hit me as hard as it did. People don’t realize the pressure it puts on moms when they say I want a boy/girl. And it is totally out of our control! I now say to people, “I hope you and baby are healthy!” You really do love them no matter what! Thank you so much for reading and sharing your kind thoughts! XO

  3. mypetitepicassos says:

    You brought tears my eyes.I have been in scary situations with my first pregnancy- he was in the NICU and I caught MRSA. It was traumatic. It made it hard to hear the news 9 months later I was pregnant again. Now I look at my gorgeous two boys and I am so grateful it all turned ok.

    • Forever Young Moms says:

      I have so much respect for NICU moms! I can’t even imagine. And to catch MRSA on top of it? You are one strong mama! I am so glad to hear you have two perfect boys and all turned out okay! It makes all the hard times worth it. XO

  4. adventureswithnico says:

    I am glad your pregnancy with Finn was better than the last. My pregnancy was easy breezy but I am thinking my next pregnancy (if it ever happens) will be the death of me lol. Your little one is adorable.

    • Forever Young Moms says:

      You’d be surprised at how well your body adjusts the second time around! Even though my pregnancies were super close, they still say any pregnancies after are a tad easier on the body. So hopefully if you are down that road again, it’s not too bad. 🙂 And thank you! The little guy is super cute and quite the chatterbox – he really is my mini me! Thank you for reading! XO

  5. Justine @ Sunny in June says:

    WOW! How scary! Congrats on two boys though! Boys are the best 🙂 I’m a boy mom myself! I feel like no matter how much your prepare for the birth, something will ALWAYS throw a wrench in your plan! Glad everyone is happy and healthy and you’re adjusting to two kids okay!

    • Forever Young Moms says:

      Thank you! I love connecting with other boy moms! Boys really are the best – they LOVE their moms! And you’re right, you can never be fully prepared! Two kids under two has it’s challenges, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world! Thank you for reading my story! XO

  6. mamabops says:

    You have two handsome little guys! Thanks for sharing your birth story. I’m glad they were able to take care of the hematoma for you – so scary! I’ve never heard of that happening!

  7. Priyadarshini Rajendran says:

    Wow, such a sweet post. I am glad that the doctor was super efficient and found out the hematoma issue.. it is definitely a whirlwind of emotions. As a mom I feel you.

  8. Mary Ann Cluney says:

    This was so very interesting. I had no idea you had the issue after words. It was wonderful to read and I’m so happy thank God that you are OK as well as Finn is too.

    • Forever Young Moms says:

      It was the happiest and scariest day of my life! I was shaking uncontrollably when they wheeled me back. When I opened my eyes it was a blur but my mom was right there telling me everything was okay! When they let Matt come back he told me it looked like I had died because I was so white and my lips were gray from losing so much blood. But I made it! And Finn was perfectly healthy! Thank you for reading, love you! XO – Sherrie

  9. Shann Eva's Blog says:

    Awe. This is so sweet. I love reading other people’s birth stories, and yours was amazing. It sounded a little scary when they had to rush you back in for surgery, so I’m glad everything turned out OK. Your boys are so sweet together, and I love their names. I’m also a boy mom!

    • Forever Young Moms says:

      We also loving reading other birth stories! The miracle of life is truly spectacular and it is so neat that no experience is ever the same! Being rushed back was terrifying – I count my lucky stars every single day that I am here for my boys! And thank you!! We love, love the names! They sound so cute together! And I love connecting with other boy moms! Thank you for reading! XO

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