Thursday, August 18, 2016

Finley is Here!

Our sweet little Finley Mae made her debut on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 10:15am. She weighed 7lbs 6oz and was 19.5 inches long. 

Finley was due June 1st, but because of the scary delivery I had with Avery, my doctor wanted to deliver Finley at 37 weeks. So May 11th was the big day! I woke up that morning so excited, but sooooooooo nervous. You would think with a scheduled c-section, I would be a little less nervous. Nope! I was beyond nervous. With Avery, I didn't have time to process anything. This time, I had months to get myself all psyched out.  

We arrived at the hospital at 8am. The surgery was scheduled for 10am. Those may have been the longest two hours of my life, waiting to meet our sweet baby. I had done all of my pre-op stuff a few days before, so there wasn't much left to do aside from just trying to stay calm. Cody and my mom waited with me, so that was nice. Finally, 10:00 rolled around and it was go time.

They wheeled me into the operating room. Copeland radio was already playing on the Pandora station we had requested. Everyone was so calm and cheery. They really made me feel at ease. The surgery could not have gone any smoother. And it was really quick too! At 10:15am, to the sounds of Copeland's song, Control Freak, Finley made her arrival with the sweetest little cry, which of course made me cry. We had prayed so hard for this little girl and were so relieved and thankful when the doctor laid her down on my chest minutes after she was born.

We hung out in recovery for a couple of hours and then got placed in a room, where Finley got to meet everyone, including her big sister. Avery had been so excited to meet her. The moment she got to hold her was so sweet. She also gave Finley the gifts she picked out for her: a rubber duck, a donut rattle, and the cutest stuffed animal. Much to Avery's surprise, Finley also had some gifts for her, so she was pretty stoked about that. Avery wasn't a fan of the nurse who came in to test Finley's blood sugar (yes, Finley had to have her blood sugar checked every so often because she was so big at 37 weeks. She was totally fine though.). I had warned Avery about what was going to happen in hopes that she wouldn't be too freaked out. It did not help. She tried her hardest not to cry, but as soon as Finley let out her screams, Avery just buried her face into Cody and started screaming. Sweet tender-hearted girl.

We were only in the hospital for 2 days before getting to go home. I was so thankful. We headed home Friday afternoon and picked up Gringos for dinner. Unfortunately, Avery had come down with tonsillitis the night she met Finley so she wasn't able to come home for several days. Thank goodness for FaceTime though!

Getting settled in at home has been fairly easy. A huge thank you to my mom, who stayed with me the week we got home while Cody went back to work. Also, a big thank you to Denise, who kept Avery the entire time she was sick. We have now found our groove and the transition from 1 to 2 has been pretty smooth. Finley has been such a good baby and Avery is the best big sister.

I'm so thankful that everything went so smoothly. I'm thankful for family and friends that are here to love on us and always willing to help. Above all, I'm thankful for the sweet baby girl God has blessed us with. She is an answer to prayers. She is joy. She is a gift from God and we thank Him for His goodness.

Welcome home, Finley Mae. We love you more than you will ever know.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Finley's Nursery

For Finley's nursery, I just wanted it to be simple and sweet. I asked Avery if she could paint some original artwork for the nursery. She was more than eager to. As she was painting, she kept saying, "I hope Finley loves this!" I'm absolutely sure she will!

She did a great job and it's such a sweet gift for her sister. Here are a few pictures of the finished nursery, including Avery's precious art.

We hope you love your room, sweet Finley!