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Wow! Time sure has flown, and life never seems to slow down. When I last wrote, we had our house on the market and were hoping to get a contract on it before baby Luca arrived, but also able to stay in our house. Well, at the end of March, we received an offer on the house and things started picking up quickly. Our closing date would be April 30th.

My doctor had already mentioned wanting to induce me because of the size of the baby. Yes, I know some people frown on this, but I had already been induced with my other two boys so I knew what to expect. It was something that I was hoping to not have to do, but with the current situation of our house and moving half way across the country, Brandon and I decided it would be best to induce. My biggest fear prior to getting the contract on our house was that we weren't going to be able to be in our house when Luca was born. I did NOT want to have to bring my baby home to someone else's home. Induction date set: April 9th!

I spent the next week getting things lined up and ready to leave work for maternity leave. I was so thankful that I knew, no matter what, I was bringing my baby home to my house. The night before the induction, Kaydon had his first school performance. The whole family, grandparents included, was able to go and support him. After his performance, my in-laws took Kaydon and Colton back to their house to spend the night. Brandon and I had one final date night to ourselves before our lives got extremely hectic.

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We went home that night, finished packing our bags, and tried to get some sleep. I woke up at 2 o'clock in the morning and could NOT go back to sleep for the life of me. So, I just decided to get up and start getting ready. I took a shower, did my hair and makeup and then woke Brandon up shortly before it was time to leave. Our check in time was 6! We were so excited to meet our third little boy.

When we got to the hospital, I knew I was already having some contractions but did not pay attention to them since I was heading to the hospital anyway. We checked in and were told they were fairly busy, so we waited in our room for about an hour. After shift changes, our nurse, Amanda, came in and we got things started.

My doctor came in to break my water and start the pitocin. When he checked me, I was dilated to a 4! That was very exciting considering I had not dilated past a 2 at my previous appointment. I figured I was in the beginning stages of labor anyway, so the pitocin just helped move things along faster. I did have a little scare after they started my epidural when my blood pressure dropped. I got very light headed, dizzy, and clammy. Luckily, we were able to stabilize it pretty quickly.

As the morning progressed, family and friends started showing up. Everyone was there to keep me laughing and my mind off of the waiting game. My father-in-law had stayed at home a bit longer so that Kaydon and Colton would not have to sit up there all day waiting around. Two kids 5 and under, at the hospital all day, while there mom is in labor did not sound like fun for anyone.

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At about noon, I felt quite a bit of pain and pressure. I knew it was getting close to time. I told Brandon to go get the nurse. Even though I had an epidural it was getting to where I could not talk through the contractions. The nurse came in and said it was about time, so she called my wonderful Doctor. Once my doctor got there, things moved pretty quick. I pushed for about 20 minutes and our beautiful, perfect, third baby boy was born in the world. He was everything I had hoped he would be and I have never once been disappointed that he was a boy and not the girl I have so longed for.

Kaydon and Colton were the first ones to meet the new addition and instantly loved him. Well, Kaydon had an instant bond with him (after all he had been through it before). Colton really wanted to look at him for a minute and then he was done. It took him a bit longer to warm up and want to hug and hold him. Then, the family came in and were all instantly in love with him as well.

One thing I LOVED about our experience this time as opposed to the others, was that Luca stayed with us the entire time that first day. In the past, they had taken the babies back to monitor them for a few hours. Our nurse said the hospital is trying to make changes on keeping the babies with their families. I definitely liked that. It gave me time to bond and nurse him instantly, whenever he wanted for as long as he wanted. We were released on the Friday, the 11th.

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Our weekend was good and adjusting to Luca has been great. Due to our moving situation and the fact that we would be out of a house in 2 1/2 short weeks, it was time for us to look at houses in Georgia. Brandon and his dad left on that following Monday, the 15th, to go house hunting. I would have loved to go, but I felt like trying to house hunt with a 1 week old would not have been in my best interest. Plus, I 100% trusted Brandon's judgment when it came to finding our house. They looked at 22 houses in 2 days. I'm glad I was at home with a newborn, because that sounds stressful to me. Lol! He put an offer down and flew back on Wednesday.

To say my life since Luca was born has been hectic is an understatement. Movers came at the end of the month and packed our house up. I really do not think I would have agreed to the move if we did not have someone to pack our house up for us. When the movers came, all my emotions hit and hit HARD. I was a rough few days and I could not even sit and think about everything without crying my eyes out. I think I was so focused on Luca's birth the entire time, that I did not actually process the move until we were moving.

I seriously thank God everyday for the amazing baby that Luca has been, because mommy would not have been able to handle it otherwise. He has been a trooper with nursing and traveling. We have made 3 trips back and forth from Georgia to Texas since we moved and he has been amazing every time. I chose to co-sleep this time around, pretty much from day 1 and it has been the biggest blessing. I have never really felt sleep deprived with him, and he has been pretty much on my sleep/wake cycle at night since the beginning. God really did bless me with a great baby.

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We are adjusting to life in Georgia as best as can be expected. The unpacking process has been slow and drawn out, but I think after 3 almost 4 months we are pretty much done. Kaydon started kindergarten about a month ago, and loves it. Colton, Luca, and myself are adjusting to life at home and what all that entails. I feel this move has definitely brought our family closer than before because we have to fully rely on ourselves. We never have babysitters which has been hard to find our alone time, but we are making it work.

Thank you so much for following me throughout this journey. I appreciate all the prayers, please keep them coming as the holidays approach, I will definitely need them being away from family.

I am not sure if we will be blessed with anymore children, but if we are, I look forward to sharing with you again. Thank you Maribeth for allowing me to journal with you and your wonderful StorkNet family! And thank you so much for your patience.

Luca Christopher
April 9, 2014 at 12:54 pm
8 lbs 15oz, 22" long

Until next time (Godwilling)
~ Kristina

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