Gabriella Grace | One Month Lifestyle Newborn Portraits
We are so excited to introduce our new little assistant–Gabriella Grace. Gabriella was born on March 19th, 2019, at 11:23pm, after laboring for over 21 hours! You can read her entire birth story here! I can’t believe today she is one month old! This past month has flown by yet has been filled to the brim with so many memories! Here are a handful of my favorite photos from her past few newborn sessions!
Gabby is such a little sweetie! She is very expressive and gives the funniest faces. She will stare you down and act like she fully understands you. Her smile is the sweetest. She eats and sleeps so well! She loves her pacifiers and is always searching for it when she’s not feeding. The doctor said she was sucking on her finger when she was pulling her out! Gabby was always so calm and mellow in my tummy. I always felt she would be on the outside too, and she is! So far, she’s just like mommy.
Although she does have some of my physical features, I see Andrew in her so much more! Even though Andrew has the more recessive genes, he beat a handful of my dominant hispanic genes for sure! She has his eye shape, toes and long legs! She may have his green eyes, too, and I couldn’t be more excited about it! From me, we think she got my nose, ears, fingers, lips and, of course, my hair! Overall she is a pretty beautiful blend of both of us!
We are finally getting into a swing of things! We have overcome many challenges: jaundice, thrush and a tongue tie, to name a few. It feels great to be past them! We are still struggling with a few things but it’s getting better everyday! We’re just so grateful to have a healthy baby!
I am looking forward to feeling 100% again! Still having a decent amount of pain; I guess healing takes longer when you push for 5 hours and then have an emergency C-section. But I couldn’t be more grateful for this season of giving myself grace and soaking in every sweet moment. Thank you, to everyone who has been keeping us in your thoughts and prayers!
Those little toes!That sweet smile! Sweet little sleepyhead! When she is awake, she is so alert and observant! So grateful for our little miracle rainbow baby. Thank you, Jesus.
Gabriella’s Birth Story: A Story of God’s Amazing Grace
Gabriella‘s birth was nothing like we had envisioned or planned. It began in the early morning hours on Tuesday, March 19th. Contractions began right around 3 AM, and I continued to labor at home until around 8 AM. We went straight to my midwife’s office. Where she said I was about 5 cm dilated. The contractions were sporadic and anywhere from 2 to 4 minutes apart. I figured we would be admitted into the hospital, so we came prepared. My midwife gave me the option of returning home or being admitted; I chose to be admitted. She warned us that it would probably be a while since this was our first baby but she felt confident that we would have a baby today!
We arrived at the hospital at 9 AM and were admitted immediately. I was very excited, because we were given the room I was hoping for! It was room 254, and it was the best room, because it faces the water. In the morning, there’s a glorious view of the sunrise! My best friend, Brooke, had just given birth in this same room just three months prior. I was also very excited about the cute cup that I got to drink my ice water from during labor! It’s the little things…
Labor continued to progress throughout the day… slowly. By mid-afternoon, my midwife broke my water but nothing came out. At home, around 5 AM I thought my water had broken but when I was checked they said it hadn’t. But since nothing came out later on, I am convinced it happened at home!
Since “breaking my water” didn’t do anything, my midwife later suggested I start Pitocin to help things progress quicker. I was worried about losing my strength and stamina, so I agreed. Contractions quickly became more intense, and I began to dilate further.
By 5:30 PM, I was dilated to 9 1/2 cm, and I was finally able to push after being told I couldn’t for the past few hours. The need to push was truly real. But I never would’ve imagined that I would continue to push for the next 5 hours! It seemed like the door was revolving, with new nurses coming in and out. I felt like everyone on the floor was in my room helping.
To this day, I honestly don’t know how I did it. I had an incredible team surrounding me, and I don’t think I could have done it without them! My amazing midwife, who tried everything to help me to birth naturally; my mom, who was constantly making sure I had everything I needed; my best friend, motivating me with encouraging words and positive perspectives all while capturing memories for us; and my loving husband, my rock, not leaving my side, holding me and giving me the strength to push just one more time.
I must’ve pushed hundreds of times and by the halfway point I was already hearing the words, “Just one more push! We see her head!” No one imagined she would be crowning for another 2 1/2 hours. With every push, I was praying that this would be the last one, but it never was. I wanted to experience the relief and joy of finally getting her out and holding her on my chest immediately, but that never happened.
After 4 hours of pushing, I was at my wits’ end, and I asked about using the suction tool to get her out, although my birth plan had specifically stated “No Suctioning”. I would come to regret the decision to use the tool, but at the time, it felt like the only option. At that point, my midwife called in her back-up OB/GYN, and she tried to use the tool, but that didn’t work. The second time, the tool popped off her head so strongly I thought her head had popped out! Instead, it left her with a large hematoma that would later contribute to jaundice and an extra 2 days in the hospital.
Shortly after, the doctor said, “All right, this is going to be the last push. If she doesn’t come out on this one, we have to do an emergency C-section.” I couldn’t help but cry, and yet, I gave it my all in that last push.
But all the effort wasn’t enough, and at 10:30 PM, they wheeled me into the operating room and placed a needle in my spine to numb me while I resisted the urge to push with every intense contraction. Once the medication kicked, in I was feeling so much better. A curtain was put in front of my face, and I knew on the other side of it, I was being sliced open. As I laid on the table, I prayed. I prayed I would make it through this. I prayed our baby girl would make it through this. I prayed. After a few minutes, Andrew was escorted in and seated by my head.
At 11:23 PM, on the 19th of March, 2019, Gabriella Grace entered this world! They immediately took her to the side table and made sure she was okay. As we waited for what felt like forever to hear her cry, they continued to work on her. Finally, we were told she was okay! She was able to breath on her own, but was unable to cry. 10 minutes after being born, we heard her first little cry. Praise the Lord!
We later found out I have an abnormally small pelvic bone that would have never allowed me to deliver naturally. I had pushed so hard for so long that she was actually jammed in my pelvic bone. During the cesarean, a doctor had to push her up from the bottom because she was stuck and couldn’t be pulled out from the top alone. Needless to say, she came out very cone-headed.
After I was back in my room, my midwife came to see me and told me Gabby also had a knot in her umbilical cord. Had she been born vaginally, she might not have made it.
I had a birth plan, but God had a different plan. My plan might not have allowed my daughter to live. But His plan made sure she would be here with us today.
Through the storm, we might not always understand why God is giving us what He is giving us. But after, once the storm has settled, He will show himself in the little things and reveal his bigger picture.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
My entire pregnancy was a huge challenge, and naturally, her birth was too. But today I get to snuggle a beautiful little baby girl, and in the end, that’s all we could ever ask for!
On February, 2nd 2019, my best friends and mom threw me the best baby shower ever! The baby shower was inspired by eucalyptus and lemon, two of my favorite things! The tones were light, bright and airy! Vintage details and whimsical touches brought this fresh theme together! They did such a beautiful job, and I’m so excited to share some highlights from the beautiful day!
Thank you so much to those who came to celebrate with us! Andrew and I feel so blessed to be surrounded by such a loving and supporting community of friends and family! We love you all so much!
These center pieces were my favorite!! They couldn’t keep me from helping out a bit! 😉Such a yummy brunch! My mom and sister! My best friends, Brooke and Emily! When you and your best friend are pregnant at the same time… Still overwhelmed by how many gifts we received! God is so good!