Layla was born on March 8, 2013. She was 7lb 3 oz, 19 inches long
She was born with a collapsed lunge, which caused her a 2 day stay in the Nicu. Fortunately, her lung healed itself with just oxygen, and I was able to hold her and nurse her while she was there.
Nelson was amazing support through the labor and delivery; and he is an awesome father!
Layla is my mom’s first grandchild, and so she will be very spoiled I’m sure!
3 of Layla’s Uncles…..they will always have her back!
I had such an easy pregnancy that I assumed I would also have a very easy labor and delivery. I had done everything possible to be prepared…stayed in good shape, didn’t gain too much weight, ate right; but there is nothing that could have prepared me for the labor. I was induced at 4 days overdue due to dangerously low fluid levels. Although my midwives tried to put me into labor using the most holistic approach possible, my body didn’t respond to anything but pitocin. Pitocin contractions are extremely difficult to withstand, but after 8 hours of hard labor, I delivered a beautiful baby girl without having any pain killers. This was by far the hardest thing that I have ever had to do, but the most rewarding! I don’t think I could have gotten through it without drugs if I hadn’t kept myself in good shape!
Layla is a month old, and she is strong and growing so fast it’s unreal! We have spent most of this last month just getting accointed.
Although I did get a second degree tear, it healed fairly quickly. I was able to start some light weight workouts, and short walks after 1 week. Each week I felt stronger, and by the middle of the 2nd week postpartum, I was able to climb back onto my bike saddle, and I’ve ridden almost every day since thanks to Nelson’s flexibility to watch his little girl while I’m out.
My next post will be about my recovery, training, and how balancing life with a newborn is going……
As always, thanks for reading!