New Baby Advice : The Girls With Glasses

We love Summer and Brooke from the Girls with Glasses so much. They are down to Earth, talented, and so refreshing to be around. We’re so excited to have both their birth stories and advice on that amazing time with a new baby today!
New Baby Advice : Girls with GlassesSummer:
1. What is one thing you would go back to tell your new-mom self?

I would tell myself, that everything is going to work out fine. However, even if I was able to convince myself, I think it would be hard to not have some anticipation for what is about to happen. Until you experience it, feel it, and survive it, the concept of birth and starting a family can be almost impossible to fully understand.

2. Was there anything surprising or shocking that happened that no one warned you about?
I felt I was overly prepared for most things, but my post baby body was the biggest shock. I didn’t realize how long it would take to get my body back to normal. I wrote about dressing your post-baby bod here. I didn’t realize I would look 6 months pregnant for a few weeks. Even if you didn’t gain a lot of weight, unlike me, that uterus takes it’s time shrinking.

3. Do you have a bedtime routine?
We always brush teeth, read a negotiated number of books, usually an average of three, say a prayer to thank God for each member of our family and all the great things in our life, and ask for his help in anything that “we” are trying to work on, like “not hitting our little brother,” or “not saying penis at inappropriate times,” then lots of kisses, and trying to get out the door.

Brooke:

And an excerpt from Brooke’s birth story with London. It is so beautifully written, with imagery that perfectly captures the feelings of new motherhood, and should be read in its entirety here.

“I looked at the clock, it was just ten minutes past six pm. It was go time, I tried to calm my shaking body with the deep breathing techniques I had learned in my pre-natal yoga class. I wanted to be brave, I said a million little prayers under my breath “please heavenly father, please help me do this”. I begged Dave to not “look”, to stay up above with me, but he couldn’t help himself and wanted to be a witness. He was amazing. I was relieved after my first push to feel pressure instead of pain… though the pressure was intense it was bearable to my worn out body. My tricky doctor would distract me in between pushes by asking me about how Dave and I met nearly nine years before at the Thanksgiving dance in Mesa. I would get to a certain part of the story and suddenly feel the strong urge to push. It was hard physical work. My dad waited just outside of the curtain to be saved from the visual of the birth, but I could hear him cheering me on from the other side. My mom and sister stood at my side wiping my forehead and taking photos that would document the most important experience of my almost twenty nine years of life. We never made it to the end of the story, and those final pushes I squeezed Dave’s hand with all I had left, the doctor exclaimed “she has hair!” I was over the moon with just the thought of her little head of hair and I started to cry, I could hardly wait to see her, and with one motivated last push and she was out by 6:41pm, it was so quick and yet played out in slow motion, she didn’t even cry, as they immediately placed her beautiful little body on my chest.”

And Summer’s birth story too, after the jump!

We woke up at 4am, with my water breaking. The baby was already six days late, I was more than ready. We were planning on inducing later that week, but were thankful that the baby decided to come on his own!

The week leading up to this historic day, I felt good. Although I had gained fifty pounds, and felt as big as a house, I was able to still work and get things prepared for our little arrival.

Because my water brooke the doctor told us to get to the hospital as soon as possible. We made sure our bags had everything we would need, including: our iPod with songs I had chosen for the birth, a small speaker to listen to it, clothes to change into, our Canon 7D camera, our apple laptop, snacks for Kerry, Origins peach shampoo and conditioner, Victoria Secrets body lotion and assorted Lindt truffles for the nurses. When dealing with your health and the safety of your baby, chocolate bribes are always a good idea. Check out What to Bring to the Hospital video here!
Summer:

We arrived at the hospital at about 6:30am. At my doctor’s appointment the day before I had been dilated to a 2, and with my contractions getting less than 5 minutes apart, I was hoping I was dilated to at least a 5. I had no such luck. I was only at a 3. The pain was pretty bad and I knew it was going to be a long day. Bring on the drugs.

We got comfortable in our room and I took a nap, while Kerry began the first of many texts and phone calls. He excitedly let our family and friends know that our little guy was on his way. He called his parents, his brothers, my mom and dad, and almost every friend we have. Since I was still asleep he started watching a show on Netflix.New Baby Advice : Girls with Glasses

At 4pm-ish the time had come to start pushing. We turned on the music to help calm the room and sweeten the atmosphere. A few songs we vividly remember playing were Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah, Cat Steven’s Father and Son, Ben Fold’s The Luckiest and Priscilla Ahn’s When You Grow Up. I pushed hard at every contraction, but as he started getting down lower his heart rate would drop as I pushed, which worried the nurse. The Dr. had us only push every other contraction to give the baby more time to recover between pushes. An hour past and still no baby. We talked about the possibility of clamps, the vacuum, or the dreaded “C” word. The last thing I wanted was a Cesarean section. I said a little prayer to myself. I asked ” If Rockwell could hear me to trust me, and together we could do this.” I felt a warmness in my heart and knew that it would be okay. I concentrated and with a few more hard pushes Kerry saw his little head. The umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck. Kerry was able to cut the cord, with the Doctor’s help, of course, and the baby was able to come out the rest of the way. They put my beautiful baby on my chest and we sat there looking at each other. I couldn’t believe that this was my baby. We had made him and now he was in the world.

New Baby Advice : Girls with Glasses

5:33pm Rockwell Clark Bellessa was born. We had been given the opportunity to be parents and to do our best to protect, teach and learn with him. He was a gift from God and we couldn’t be more excited. It had taken us over 5 years to get pregnant, yet he had come at the perfect time.

Comments

  1. Jenelle:
    on February 21, 2014 at 6:16 am said:

    Love these chairs. I don’t have one for my own LO, but I use them in my job as a pediatric physical therapist. They make a great adaptive high chair for some of my students with special needs.

  2. courtney d:
    on February 21, 2014 at 8:12 am said:

    I would love to have this chair! so pretty.

  3. Kaylene:
    on February 21, 2014 at 9:13 am said:

    Wow, such beautiful amazing stories.

  4. Christina Adams:
    on February 21, 2014 at 9:44 am said:

    I love reading these stories! I have a little one on the way and this chair would be awesome to put baby adams in 🙂

  5. Jemaica:
    on February 21, 2014 at 10:34 am said:

    What a great chair and beautiful stories!

  6. sarah:
    on February 21, 2014 at 10:49 am said:

    on the top of my list!

  7. Annie white:
    on February 21, 2014 at 1:16 pm said:

    We love our Stokke highchair for our 3yr old, we’d love another for our 6 month old.

  8. Sharon Roche:
    on February 21, 2014 at 1:28 pm said:

    I have always wanted one of these high chairs!! Fingers crossed!

  9. Kennebec Vial:
    on February 21, 2014 at 1:54 pm said:

    Always been a fan! Awesome products!

  10. Anne:
    on February 21, 2014 at 2:25 pm said:

    I would love the Tripp trap chair!!

  11. Sharice:
    on February 21, 2014 at 2:26 pm said:

    Would ❤️ to win !!

  12. EllaY:
    on February 21, 2014 at 3:39 pm said:

    We would love this!!!!

  13. clarissa:
    on February 21, 2014 at 4:14 pm said:

    Would love love love to be the lucky winner!!

  14. Jannelle Howerton:
    on February 21, 2014 at 4:28 pm said:

    I’d love to win anything Stokke. All their products are exquisite.

  15. noelle l:
    on February 21, 2014 at 4:53 pm said:

    I am looking for a high chair that grows with little guys and think this might just be it!

  16. Sheena Childs:
    on February 21, 2014 at 5:16 pm said:

    This is awesome! Live the color!

  17. Janet:
    on February 21, 2014 at 6:43 pm said:

    Baby’s joining us at the table soon and would love this!

  18. Emily Bellassai:
    on February 21, 2014 at 7:10 pm said:

    I love this chair. A friend has one and it is so versatile!

  19. Jenny:
    on February 21, 2014 at 7:17 pm said:

    I’ve always wanted one of these! I have a toddler and am now expecting twins so we could use it! 🙂

  20. Arin:
    on February 21, 2014 at 7:18 pm said:

    Would love love love this for baby 2!!!

  21. Kirsty Quinlan:
    on February 21, 2014 at 7:25 pm said:

    We would love this chair for our teeny tiny apartment

  22. Ashley L:
    on February 21, 2014 at 7:32 pm said:

    This is so awesome! I would love to have this at my table versus the traditional high chair!

  23. on February 21, 2014 at 7:54 pm said:

    I’ve been dreaming of one of these but just can’t seem to pull the trigger!

  24. Leah:
    on February 21, 2014 at 8:09 pm said:

    Need this!

  25. Courtney Messick:
    on February 21, 2014 at 8:28 pm said:

    I’m seriously loving all these stories! It’s so refreshing to be upon such a great community of moms! I would absolutely love to win this high chair!! Fingers crossed!

  26. Faith Kezos:
    on February 21, 2014 at 8:32 pm said:

    I LOVE this!! My name is faith I’m a brand new mommy and I am LOVING IT!! I just had my first son, Teddy, he is crazy awesome and I have so much fun with him! is 2 months old now but this would be so perfect for my home! I love it so much!

  27. Rebekah:
    on February 21, 2014 at 8:34 pm said:

    Awesome possum!

  28. Mea bradshaw:
    on February 21, 2014 at 9:12 pm said:

    Love your website! Love this giveaway!

  29. nancy:
    on February 21, 2014 at 9:55 pm said:

    I love that this chair grows with the child. I’ve been wanting one for years…

  30. Olivia:
    on February 21, 2014 at 10:09 pm said:

    I have high hopes!!

  31. Yvonny James:
    on February 21, 2014 at 10:27 pm said:

    I love seeing everyone’s different post delivery/new mom stories!

  32. on February 21, 2014 at 10:29 pm said:

    I looove this high chair!! And blog:)

  33. Brittanie Lanier:
    on February 21, 2014 at 10:31 pm said:

    LOVE this! Really, really want to win!

  34. Anisa:
    on February 21, 2014 at 10:31 pm said:

    Love this chair…awesome giveaway 🙂 have two babies and only one highchair so would love to have this for my toddler to sit in.

  35. Gillian:
    on February 21, 2014 at 11:46 pm said:

    Love this chair – so genius

  36. Adrianna Butler:
    on February 22, 2014 at 12:43 am said:

    Such a cool looking high chair!

  37. Christy B.:
    on February 22, 2014 at 3:21 am said:

    Fingers crossed!! I’ve been eyeing this chair for ages! Wanted it for baby girl #1 (18 mths), but would be perfect for baby girl #2 (2 mths)! Love, love, love your blog!!

  38. Hilary:
    on February 22, 2014 at 4:29 am said:

    I just love all of their products!!!!! I would love to win!!

  39. Hannah:
    on February 22, 2014 at 7:57 am said:

    Just found this blog and I’m loving it! We also need a high hair for our little one! I don’t think the Bumbo is gonna cut it for much longer!

  40. Amanda K:
    on February 22, 2014 at 10:47 am said:

    Love these give always 🙂

  41. on February 22, 2014 at 12:20 pm said:

    So beautiful! Love these thoughts & birth stories.

  42. on February 22, 2014 at 12:30 pm said:

    A friend of mine, who coincidentally gave birth two days after me, has this chair and I’m always fawning over it! Would love to own one!

  43. Kendra:
    on February 22, 2014 at 12:51 pm said:

    Love the blog!

  44. Monica:
    on February 22, 2014 at 1:45 pm said:

    I bought one of these second hand for my older son. We LOVE it- especially his little brother. It would be wonderful for them each to have their own awesome chairs.

  45. kitsie:
    on February 22, 2014 at 1:48 pm said:

    I’m expecting my first baby in June! this would be perfect for our sweet baby girl!!

  46. Rachel B:
    on February 22, 2014 at 2:08 pm said:

    Just adopted an infant and we will need this soon!

  47. Reina J.:
    on February 22, 2014 at 6:27 pm said:

    Love!!!

  48. Amy Landis:
    on February 22, 2014 at 7:11 pm said:

    Would adore this for my little cutie pie!

  49. Leah:
    on February 22, 2014 at 7:38 pm said:

    Wanted this!!

  50. Cassidy:
    on February 22, 2014 at 9:13 pm said:

    Love these girls!

  51. stella:
    on February 22, 2014 at 9:19 pm said:

    love love love <3

  52. Meg:
    on February 22, 2014 at 10:03 pm said:

    Amazing chair! Fingers crossed my son will be sitting in one soon!!!

  53. on February 24, 2014 at 6:05 am said:

    Absolutely adore this chair!!

  54. Andrea:
    on February 24, 2014 at 7:57 pm said:

    Wondering what my little miss would look like with all these awsome giveaways

  55. Holly r:
    on February 24, 2014 at 9:21 pm said:

    Beautiful chair

  56. Samantha Monson:
    on February 24, 2014 at 9:32 pm said:

    I love this chair. Stokke is Awesome!

  57. Jami:
    on February 24, 2014 at 9:54 pm said:

    Sooo excited!

  58. Katie:
    on February 24, 2014 at 10:18 pm said:

    Hope I’m lucky enough to win one of these amazing giveaways!

  59. Danielle:
    on February 24, 2014 at 10:29 pm said:

    Fingers crossed

  60. Kalli varela:
    on February 24, 2014 at 10:44 pm said:

    Sweet chair!

  61. Meghan:
    on February 25, 2014 at 5:35 am said:

    Ahh, I wanted one of these high chairs! Love the clean look and blends right into our kitchen 🙂

  62. Keely Roberts:
    on February 25, 2014 at 7:41 am said:

    Would love this for my baby boy due this August’

  63. Marissa M:
    on February 25, 2014 at 8:50 am said:

    I love the look of this chair as much as the grow-with-you function of it. <3

  64. Heather:
    on February 25, 2014 at 3:04 pm said:

    Love this chair! Baby #1 has one so it’s only fitting that baby #2 has one, too!

  65. Lilly:
    on February 25, 2014 at 10:04 pm said:

    Stokke=Style= Baby Zara wants 😀

  66. lale:
    on February 25, 2014 at 10:36 pm said:

    this chair would be perfect for my modern “big city” apartment! Space is so hard to come by here in Chicago! I could see my little guy in this chair! <3

  67. Julie:
    on February 26, 2014 at 7:32 am said:

    nice!

  68. holly rice:
    on February 27, 2014 at 12:37 am said:

    Nice!!

  69. Brittany Peck:
    on February 27, 2014 at 11:20 am said:

    What a awesome highchair and so nice to that it’s not HUGE! like all the others!

  70. Angie:
    on February 27, 2014 at 1:51 pm said:

    I’d love a stokke for my little guy!

  71. Mckae:
    on February 27, 2014 at 7:15 pm said:

    I would love to have one of these chairs!

  72. Carli:
    on February 27, 2014 at 10:35 pm said:

    I am suuuuuppper excited about this giveaway!! Hoping to win this for my 5 month old! 🙂

  73. on February 28, 2014 at 8:00 am said:

    Sistahs please!

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